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Blockchain Executive, International Fintech Speaker, Disrupter & Strategist Steve is serial entrepreneur and angel investor with a keen eye for emerging technologies trends and the business instincts to position companies in the critical path. Co-founder of GoCoin, the world's highest transaction volume Blockchain payment company. GoCoin was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine as the "Hottest LA Startup" for 2014. Prior to GoCoin, Steve had a diverse 25-year career as a technology pioneer in Fintech, mobile apps and eCommerce landing multi-year contracts with industry giants DIRECTV, BlackBerry, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, TRW, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Honda, Microsoft, IBM, Wells Fargo Bank, Countrywide, Hughes, LIONSGATE Films, Creative Artists Agency and myriad state & federal gov't agencies. Steve has been COO of a publicly traded eCommerce business, conducted due diligence and made countless angel investments into startups, acted as strategic advisor to Fortune-500 C-level executive teams. Steve has delivered keynote speeches around the globe at mobile, eCommerce, Fintech and Blockchain currency events. He is often quoted in trade press and speaks at prominent universities (USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, Chapman, Harvard, Oxford UK). Specialties: Public Speaking, Payments, Bitcoin, Digital Currency, Virtual Currency, eCommerce, merchant services, mobile solutions, mobile apps, social media, digital marketing, flash sales, startups, business accelerators / incubators, strategy

REGULAR PRICE : $250
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Developed the business model & plan, raised the capital, and oversaw the design and development to launch the world's highest transaction volume blockchain payments platform. The first in the category conceptualized and designed from the ground up as a multi-blockchain, multi-token service with a triple ledger accounting backend. Steve departed as GoCoin CEO after four years having processed over 12M merchant transactions on 4 blockchains (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin and Tether) totaling $80M. The company was the first in the category to be profitable and has continued to be cash flow positive since Q3 of 2015. While no longer active in the day-to-day, Steve actively advises management and continues to serve on the board of the parent company GCZ, Inc.

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Master's Studies Computer Engineering
BS Degrees Computer Science & Accounting

Summary

For two plus decades, Steve has been a pillar of the LA startup community leading innovations in Internet, mobile, social media, app development, eCommerce, and now, digital currency technologies. Now the co-founder and CEO of GoCoin named by Entrepreneur Mag 3/2014 LA's Silicon Beach #1 hottest startup and one of three worldwide selected by PayPal, Steve is actively circling the globe speaking at International conferences on digital currency and next generation merchant payment solutions. Steve is serial entrepreneur with a keen eye for emerging technologies and the business instincts to develop businesses in the critical path of the trends. In the early 90?s, Steve helped DIRECTV launch the first commercial satellite TV service in the US and Latin American. In the mid 90's, Steve identified email as the next ?killer app? and launched a successful enterprise messaging solutions practice and later became the first BlackBerry partner in the western US bringing mobile email to west coast law practices and entertainment industry giants. After the Y2K craze, REGARD expanded into a high-end boutique Internet strategy firm. REGARD quickly added clients TRW, VPA (bought by Fidelity), and DIRECTV and mobile division landed Sony Pictures, Universal, Wells Fargo Bank, Hughes, LIONSGATE, Creative Artists Agency and myriad state & federal gov't agencies. REGARD software solution became the go-to dev shop for RIM, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and SPRINT/NEXTEL building mobile apps, games and eCommerce solutions for enterprise and multi-channel retail merchants. Steve has been COO of a publicly traded eCommerce company, is active angel investor and a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at Bitcoin, Payments, Mobile and eCommerce conferences. Specialties: Payments, Bitcoin, Digital Currency, Virtual Currency, eCommerce, merchant services, mobile solutions, mobile apps, social media, digital marketing, flash sales, startups, business accelerators / incubators, strategy

Experience

Chief Revenue Office, Bloq, Inc

March 2017 - Present (1 year 9 months)

Executive team member responsible for communicating the company’s vision and transforming that vision into a long-term strategy for pioneering new blockchain markets and opportunities.

Fintech Executive - Digital Currencies, eCommerce, Mobile, International Keynote Speaker, Disrupter & Strategist

October 2013 - Present (5 years 2 months)

** Keynote Speeches ** (Boston, Singapore, NYC, Isle of Man, Slovenia, San Diego, Melbourne) 1. Inside Bitcoins - San Diego (Dec 2015) 2. Virtual Currency Summit - Boston (Apr 2015) 3. Alix Partners Digital Currency Summit - NYC (Mar 2015) 4. Inside Bitcoins - Singapore (Jan 2015) 5. Crypto Valley Summit - Isle of Man (Oct 2014) 6. Bitcoin Central & Eastern European Conference Ljubljana (June 2014) 7. Bitcoin Singapore (Oct 2013) * Featured Speaker / Moderator / Panelist / Guest Lecturer * - UCLA, Anderson School of Management, Cryptography, Blockchain, Smart Contracts (May 2017) - University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, UK - Future of Finance (March 2016) - NACHA Payments 2016 - Phoenix (April 2016) - Inside Bitcoins (Seoul, San Diego, Vegas, Berlin, Chicago, NYC, London 2013, 2014, 2015) - CA State Bar Assoc. - IP Law Institute (Palm Springs Nov 2015) - CLSA - Analyst's Call Guest Lecturer (Jan 2016) - https://www.clsa.com/about-clsa.php - WGES - World Gaming Executive Summit (Barcelona 2014) - AFC- Asian Financial Congress (Singapore 2014) - APEX - All Payments Expo (Las Vegas 2015) - IGaming Super Show (Amsterdam 2014) - DEW - Digital Entertainment World (Los Angeles 2014) - ICE Totally Gaming (London 2014, 2015) - Casual Connect (SF, Amsterdam 2014 2015) - IAGR - International Association of Gaming Regulators (Philadelphia 2014) - WSAA - Western States Acquirers Assoc. (San Diego 2015) - Coin Congress (Singapore, San Francisco, Amsterdam 2014, 2015) - Bitcoin Foundation (Amsterdam 2014) - Bitcoin in the Beltway (Washington DC 2014) - State of Digital Money (Los Angeles 2015) - BayPay (Los Angeles 2014, 2015) - Social Media Week (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) - Silicon Beach Fest (2013, 2014) Countless additional speaking panels and major news, radio & television interviews. - Bloomberg, WSJ, TechCrunch, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Coindesk, Cointelegraph, Yahoo! Finance, BBC, VentureBeat, Mobile Payments, Business Rockstars, Money & Tech

CEO, GoCoin

May 2013 - March 2017 (3 years 10 months)

Developed the business model & plan, raised the capital, and oversaw the design and development to launch the world's highest transaction volume blockchain payments platform. The first in the category conceptualized and designed from the ground up as a multi-blockchain, multi-token service with a triple ledger accounting backend. Steve departed as GoCoin CEO after four years having processed over 12M merchant transactions on 4 blockchains (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin and Tether) totaling $80M. The company was the first in the category to be profitable and has continued to be cash flow positive since Q3 of 2015. While no longer active in the day-to-day, Steve actively advises management and continues to serve on the board of the parent company GCZ, Inc.

Education

The Johns Hopkins University

Master's Studies Computer Engineering

1988 - 1990

Frostburg State University

BS Degrees Computer Science & Accounting

1982 - 1987