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Media Summit New York, March 4 - 5, 2014
McGraw-Hill Building, 49th Street and 6th Ave., New York City
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
The Strategic Track II
Money & the Internet: Virtual Currency, Payment Systems and Online Gambling
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Session C:
Room 207
The Road to a Mainstream Bitcoin Economy: The Future of Virtual Currencies
Max Hoblitzell, GovLab Fellow and Strategy & Operations Consultant, Deloitte's Federal Practice
Paul Dravis, founder and President, Dravis Group LLC
Brandon Quartararo, Vice President, Digital Capital Advisors
James M. Burger, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, Moderator

Paul Dravis, founder and President, Dravis Group LLC: Read his Bitcoin Report - Paul founded the Dravis Group to help organizations and individuals understand the changing dynamics of markets, finance, technology and the economy. Paul recently published “Bitcoin, Digital Currency and the Internet of Money: Innovations in Global Commerce" which included a brief history of currency, “Bitcoin 101: A Few Basics,” initiatives by global regulators, a timeline of notable events, firms developing digital currency products and services, and innovations supporting the development of the “Internet of Money”. His Clients have included multi-national corporations, non-governmental organizations, government agencies and entrepreneurial start-up firms such as the World Bank, Microsoft Corp., SAP AG, Silicon Valley Bank, Government of Jordan, and many friends and colleagues around the world. In his past career Paul was Director at RCM Global Investors managing a $1 billion global equity fund along with global research staff. He had advised institutional investors around the world as a Managing Director & Senior Analyst at Banc of America Securities and as a senior analyst at Robertson Stephens and Co. Paul was a Wall Street Journal All-Star Analyst (stock-picking). At JP Morgan, he was a founding member of the firm's equity research practice and member of RiskMetrics task force to formalize value-at-risk (VaR) as a global market risk management tool for foreign exchange trading.

Max Hoblitzell is a GovLab Fellow and Strategy & Operations Consultant
in Deloitte's Federal Practice. He is currently researching virtual currencies and the impact of this emerging financial technology on the global economy and international security. Previously in GovLab, Max researched the use of challenge prizes and open innovation to solve problems in the federal government. Max's previous consulting experience includes work in the healthcare and telecommunications segments. Max has a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University. You can reach him at @MaxHoblitzell.

Brandon Quartararo, Vice President, Digital Capital Advisors: Before joining Digital Capital Advisors, LLC in 2011, Brandon Quartararo was an Associate at a southern California boutique investment bank focused on middle market digital media, entertainment and technology companies. There he was responsible for executing all facets of M&A and private placement mandates for a variety of companies spanning the digital media and entertainment landscape. Prior to focusing on digital media, Brandon was part of the founding team at 6Pacific Partners where he was responsible for executing M&A, private placements and other corporate finance mandates for both private and public middle market companies. Brandon began his career an analyst at BMO Capital Markets where he honed his skills executing a wide variety of advisory assignments for mid and large cap companies across a multitude of sectors. He graduated with a dual B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Claremont McKenna College.

James M. Burger, Partner, Thompson Coburn: Jim is a member of the Thompson Coburn Lobbyi
ng & Policy and Intellectual Property Groups. He has worked extensively on legal and policy issues arising from the intersection of digital technology, intellectual property protection, communications, and government regulation. Jim has represented the Computer Industry Group and other information technology entities in efforts to secure copy protection rules for DVDs, Blu-ray discs and digital music downloads. He has also represented technology clients before the Administration, Congress, and the FCC in regard to the Digital TV Transition, the Broadcast Flag, and international agreements affecting U.S. intellectual property law. His efforts in the copyright law arena include his work leading negotiations to exclude the computer industry from the Audio Home Recording Act, to avoid passage of the Digital Video Recording Act, and prevent passage of analog hole legislation. In addition, Jim has worked with the semiconductor industry in its efforts to prevent the importation of dangerous counterfeit semiconductors. Jim served seven years as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia Law School, where he taught Advanced Administrative Law.