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Recap: Georgetown Fintech Token Revolution

Last month, Georgetown FinTech hosted the Token Revolution, a three hour event that explored topics including 'The Token Landscape,' 'Policy and Regulation,' and 'Investment Opportunities: A VC Perspective.' Speakers and guests from across the country joined in conversation about the transformation of industries including financial services, voting and politics, digital identity, and much, much more. The event, which was co-hosted by the Chamber of Digital Commerce and Georgetown University's Center for Financial Markets and Policy, attracted over 350 students, alumni, and industry professionals.

The event kicked off with a panel moderated by Georgetown FinTech's Omar Al-Alami, which explored the transformation of fundraising and the rise in tokenomics. With the rise of ICOs in 2017, the panel explored 'why to tokenize?' Panelists included Steven Sprague, the CEO of Rivetz, Eric Turner, Director of Reserach at Messari, and Jeffrey Stern, who led the token sale at Votem.

The second panel evaluated the current regulatory environment. Led by Perianne Boring of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, panelists discussed the way in which policy makers are approaching the regulation of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and other tokens. Joshua Ashley Klayman, a leading attorney in the crypto space, shared her insights into the importance of a regulatory framework, while Nithin Eapen shared his perspective from the viewpoint of CIO at Arcadia Crypto Ventures. The panel was rounded out by Margaret Paulsen of PWC and Alex Khachaturnian of FINRA, who each shared their ideas of how the government could approach regulation in this complex space.

The afternoon was concluded with a fireside chat with Matthew Roszak, Founder and CEO of Bloq and Founding Partner at Tally Capital. Mr. Roszak shared how his experiences as a venture capitalist led him to build one of the world's largest enterprise software companies in the blockchain space. Mr. Roszak has invested in over 20 blockchain enabled technology companies, including Blockchain Capital, Block.One, Blockstream, Civic, Factom and QTUM, which he shared about in his discussion. The conversation was hosted by Georgetown University's John Jacobs, who is the Executive Director of the University's Center for Financial Markets and Policy.

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