Financial History Issue 125 (Spring 2018) - Page 7

MUSEUM NEWS   THE TICKER MoAF Evening Lecture Series Features “The Blockchain and the Future of Everything” By Mindy Ross, Director of External Relations through cryptocurrency investments, but also revealed some of the threats inher- ent in these alternative investments and the significant technical development and regulatory reform needed to bring these transactions into large-scale mainstream acceptance. An engaging Q&A followed, with the audience submitting questions to all par- ticipants on a wide range of topics. The evening also marked the release of the newest book by authors Casey and Vigna, The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything. A book signing and cocktail reception followed the formal program. Sponsors for the evening were ING, program sponsor, and Investopedia, media sponsor. A video of the program is available on the Museum’s YouTube channel, and sev- eral articles on the program are featured on the Museum’s website.  On February 27, the Museum hosted an evening program featuring some of the leading figures in blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. The event was held in partnership with the Fordham University Gabelli Center for Global Security Analy- sis. Speaking to an engaged audience of 350 Museum members, invited guests and members of the press, Museum President David Cowen introduced the topic and cited a quote from former Treasury Secre- tary Lawrence Summers: “Views differ on bitcoin, but few doubt the transformative potential of blockchain technology.” His remarks were followed by a brief welcome from the Dean of the Gabelli School of Business, Donna Rapaccioli, and a pro- gram overview by Gerald Walker, CEO of ING Americas. The program began with a fireside chat between Michael Casey, MIT Digital Cur- rency Labs and Chair of the CoinDesk Advisory Board, and Ethereum Co- Founder Joseph Lubin. Mr. Casey encour- aged Mr. Lubin to share his inspirational thoughts on the transformative potential of blockchain technology and decentral- ized economic models on financial trans- actions and other wide-ranging applica- tions throughout society. A panel discussion followed, moderated by Paul Vigna, reporter for The Wall Street Journal, featuring Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, co-founders of Gemini, and Joshua Brown, CEO of Ritholz Wealth Management. There was a lively discus- sion on the future of cryptocurrencies, the investment landscape and the expan- sion of ICOs (Initial Currency Offer- ings). The panel highlighted potential opportunities to expand wealth creation Left to right: Joshua Brown, Paul Vigna and the Winklevoss twins discuss the future of cryptocurrencies. More than 350 people attended the Museum’s recent blockchain event, which was held at Fordham University. www.MoAF.org  |  Spring 2018  |  FINANCIAL HISTORY  5