“Harnessing the Transformative Power of Technology” – Theme of WCD Global Institute May 19-22, 2019, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Headquarters
Top Silicon Valley CEOs are on the agenda to share insights on what’s ahead in innovation and investment at the WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) Global Institute this May. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) President and CEO Antonio Neri, CEO and co-founder of 23andMe Anne Wojcicki, founding partner and co-CEO of private equity giant TPG Jim Coulter, and other leaders will be headlining WCD’s May 19-22 summit of 250 women directors, board chairs, and CEOs from top companies around the world. The Institute is being held at the HPE headquarters in San Jose.
WCD has 2,400 members in 80 chapters, making it the largest organization of women board members globally. With a focus on technology and innovation, the Global Institute will explore how boards can manage the impact of emerging technologies – where many governance best practices are still being written.
“Best practice can be a moving target when it comes to new products and services that break all the traditional rules around privacy and security, and have complicated jurisdictional and infrastructure requirements on top of that,” says Susan C. Keating, CEO of WCD. “Our Institute gives directors an early look at what innovations lie ahead and how they can start to frame guidance around the highly charged issues that frequently come with brand-new technology and applications.”
Top CEOs, investors, and innovators on agenda
Kicking off the Global Institute at HPE’s soon-to-open headquarters, Antonio Neri will deliver the opening keynote. A 23-year veteran of HPE and the Hewlett-Packard Company, Neri is also a director at Anthem, Inc. Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of the direct-to-consumer personal genetics testing company 23andMe, will be interviewed on day two of the Institute; Wojcicki is a co-founder of the Breakthrough Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions in life sciences, fundamental physics, and mathematics.
WCD will also feature a conversation with Jim Coulter, one of the most influential investors in Silicon Valley. With more than $103 billion assets under management, his firm TPG has been one of the leading equity investors in technology, internet, digital, and consumer-digital ventures such as Airbnb. Coulter is a director at J. Crew Group, Philz Coffee, and Rodan + Fields LLC.
Other directors and executives of companies in the tech space on the agenda include:
- Maggie Wilderotter, Director, Ardent Health Services, Cadence Design Systems, Costco Wholesale Corporation, DocuSign, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lyft, and Tanium; WCD Member
- Liz Centoni, SVP and GM, Internet of Things, Cisco
- Nikhil Goel, Head of Product for Aviation, Uber
- Julie Maples, Co-founder and General Partner, FYRFLY Ventures
- Cheemin Bo-Linn, CEO and President of Peritus Partners Inc.; Director, Sphere3d and Snomed International; WCD Chapter Chair
- Kenny Vassigh, Chief Systems Architect, NASA Ames Research Center, Technology and Product Development Advisor and Mentor,Bay Angels
- Nelda Connors, Director, Delphi Technologies, Enersys, Echo Global Logistics, and Boston Scientific Corp; WCD Member
More topics are being added to the WCD Global Institute agenda weekly and will be announced as they are added. The Institute’s social media hashtag, #WCDSiliconValley, can be followed for updates on speakers, panels, special events, and more. The Institute is open only to WCD members and invited guests. The Visionary Awards Dinner, on the evening of May 20 at the Santa Clara Marriott, will recognize the 2019 WCD Visionary Award winners BMO Financial Group, Singtel, Hallmark Cards, and Penn Mutual Chairman and CEO Eileen McDonnell.
SOURCE: WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation, Inc.
Leading Decentralized Investment Banking Group – Coinstreet Partners, Awarded Asia Futurist Leadership Award
The Asia Futurist Leadership Award in the category of High Flyer Award – Outstanding Deal Originator In Asia was awarded to Coinstreet Partners by the Association of Family Offices in Asia, the Association of Private Bankers in Greater China and the Women In Leadership Association at the Asia Futurist Leadership Summit, held in Hong Kong during International Financial Week.
Asia Futurist Leadership Awards (AFLA) recognize family offices, family enterprises, industry professionals, private banks, institutions, funds and new ventures around the world that are creating a positive environment, promoting sustainability and making social impact, ultimately contributing to the creation of a better world.
The Association of Family Offices in Asia, principal organizer of AFLA, is a professional society that distinctively connects single, multi and virtual family offices as well as the industry societies in the region. It currently has more than 9000 institutional associates and hundreds of single and multi-family office members, with investment net worth typically over USD50 million.
“Digital assets are one of the transformative forces shaping the new face of the financial service industry and the economy as a whole. We would like to see more prudent players and regulation to ensure this development heads in the right direction,” said Ms. Eva Law, Founder and Chairman of the Association of Family Offices in Asia. “We are very pleased to see Coinstreet Partners win this award and look forward to their continuous effort to make digital assets widely available, and bring value to investors and to economic development.”
“Congratulations to Coinstreet for winning the Asia Futurist Leadership High Flyer Award, it recognizes them as an outstanding deal originator in Asia, and their vision to crossover Finance, Media and Technology is an exciting future trend,.” said Ms. Mercedes Ho, Executive Director of Forbes Global Alliance, and the presenter of the award.
Coinstreet is a leading decentralized investment banking group and consultancy firm in the F.M.T. (Finance, Media & Tech) field, providing a business eco-system for the new era of digital economy. Coinstreet focuses on five business segments: Token Finance Consultancy, Digital Asset & Wealth Management, PR Media & Investor Relations, Digital Asset Tokenization & Trading Platform, and Decentralized Finance & DLT Solutions.
“The Association of Family Offices in Asia is a highly respectable organization in traditional investment communities,” said Mr. Samson Lee, Founder and CEO of Coinstreet Partners. “We are very honored to be the recipient of the Asia Futurist Leadership Award. It represents a significant recognition of our efforts and vision of the convergence between the traditional financial eco-system and the digital assets system.”
According to a survey from the World Economic Forum, around 10% of global GDP will be tokenized and stored on Blockchain by 2027. Coinstreet serves clients with tokenization needs ranging from stablecoins, real estate, financial services, technology, biotech, healthcare, telecommunications, energy, manufacturing, hotel, hospitality, lifestyle, gaming, media and entertainment sectors. Significant growth in the number of high-quality STO projects and global expansion of investor communities is expected, as adaption of this new corporate finance model gains popularity globally.
SOURCE Coinstreet Partners
Monerium and Algorand enter partnership to issue e-money on the Algorand protocol
Monerium (https://www.monerium.com/), the world’s first authorized provider of licensed e-money for blockchains, and Algorand Inc. (https://www.algorand.com/), the world’s first open source, permissionless, pure proof-of-stake blockchain protocol, announce a non-exclusive partnership to support the Algorand protocol in 2020 with Monerium’s fully programmable and redeemable e-money.
Mainstream adoption of blockchains requires a reliable form of digital cash on-chain. Since receiving its e-money license in June 2019, Monerium has announced several B2B use cases for e-money, including a cross-border transaction in euros. Monerium now supports e-money across the EU, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein in US Dollars, Euros, British Pounds, and Icelandic krona.
Algorand recently benefited from a significant upgrade, Algorand 2.0, which includes a number of features that enable sophisticated exchanges such as account quarantine, whitelist models, flexible asset reserve models and more.
“We look forward to supporting the Algorand protocol. Algorand incorporates key features for many mainstream use-cases, including stateless smart contracts and scaleable proof-of-stake consensus. The Algorand leadership has taken a pragmatic and deliberate approach in designing a blockchain for mainstream applications while staying close to the ethos of the open source community” states Sveinn Valfells, co-founder and CEO of Monerium. “Supporting new blockchains with mainstream relevance is a priority for Monerium.”
“Monerium and Algorand have a shared vision for real-world use cases that are enabled by advanced blockchain technology,” said W. Sean Ford, COO of Algorand, Inc. “We are thrilled that Monerium will be bringing their solution for e-money to Algorand and we look forward to our community’s ability to leverage the technology for straightforward regulatory compliance.”
SOURCE Algorand Foundation
Kadena Launches Public Chain with Smart Contract Transactions, Completing Industry’s First Hybrid Blockchain
Kadena, the first blockchain technology company to come out of JP Morgan’s Blockchain Center for Excellence, has announced the full launch of its public blockchain. Kadena’s public blockchain is first to market as a sharded Proof of Work Layer 1 network. Following the start of genesis mining in October 2019, Kadena has surpassed having two million blocks mined at hash rates as high as 40 TH/S. Today’s launch includes full transactions and the ability to write smart contracts. The latest functionalities of the network complete Kadena’s hybrid blockchain platform. Kadena is already delivering interoperability, scalability, and security across industries including finance, healthcare, and insurance.
The hybrid blockchain supports interoperability using Pact, Kadena’s open-source, Turing-incomplete smart contract language with Formal Verification. The simple smart contract language is powerful enough to code complex contracts and execute multi-party transactions. Enterprises and developers alike will find that applications once considered too difficult to build are now achievable with Kadena. Removing the complexity and vulnerability of other smart contract languages, Pact advances secure and legible transactions.
“Despite blockchain having immense potential, our experience building JP Morgan’s first blockchain showed us its limitations,” said Founder and President Stuart Popejoy. “Launching a fully functional hybrid blockchain which seamlessly integrates a public chain with a private network is a significant step forward in reimagining what applications can do on-chain.”
Kadena’s public blockchain functions through a braided, parallelized Proof of Work consensus mechanism, the only protocol that has been validated in the market. The architecture enhances throughput and scalability while preserving the reliability of Bitcoin. Kadena Kuro, the platform’s next-generation private blockchain, overcomes the challenges of security, scalability, and speed found in existing blockchains such as Ethereum.
“We’ve solved the scaling challenges of Bitcoin with parallel Proof of Work chains while addressing the security issues of Ethereum with Pact,” said Founder and CEO Will Martino. “Today’s launch of our public blockchain with smart contract transactions, which completes our hybrid platform, advances mainstream adoption. We’re excited to see how Kadena’s blockchain will empower entrepreneurs and enterprises to bring in Economics 2.0.”
The launch comes after Kadena completed a year full of milestones in 2019, including the news that next-generation blockchain networks such as Cosmos and Polkadot are looking to implement the Pact smart contract language. Businesses exploring deployment of applications on blockchain were able to utilize the speed and security of Kadena Kuro when it got listed on AWS Marketplace and Azure Marketplace with free community editions.
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