Tech Supper Club #1
"The Future of Crypto: Beyond the Hype and Speculation"
Date: Thursday Mar 15
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Wishbeer Home Bar, Soi Sukhumvit 67
Speaker(s): Jun Hasegawa – CEO & Founder of Omise and OmiseGO, Paul Ark (Polapat Arkkrapridi) - Managing Director at Digital Ventures Admission fee: 0
About our event
Forget about the price of Bitcoin for a second. Join us for an exclusive fireside chat with Jun Hasegawa and Paul Ark (Polapat Arkkrapridi).
How is blockchain changing the world? What are the use cases? What to expect from cryptocurrencies in 2018? Will this new digital economy stay or go bust?
Explore these questions together in this casual gathering. The session will be conducted in English and take around 1 hour, followed by networking session.
Tech Supper Club series are informal evening gatherings for tech enthusiasts in Thailand. Each edition focuses on emerging trends and hottest topics in the digital space, where we bring to you tech evangelists from around the globe.
Tech Supper Club session is free to attend (for a limited time). No technical knowledge required, sign up, and come with the open mind and your burning questions!
What you will learn from this session (Talking point)
- Crypto101: Cryptocurrency, the blockchain technology behind, and the use cases, explained simply for dummies and beginners
- Crypto Regulation: How are different countries reacting to cryptocurrencies? And what does it mean for world economy?
- Are we heading for a Cryptopocalypse? Exploring some of the potential scenarios that could happen in 2018 and beyond.
Disclaimer: The conversations taking place do not form part of any investment recommendation of any specific product or company.
Who should attend this session
Discover and meet with some of the cryptonerds, investors, blockain developers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and other like-minded individuals in town.
Spaces are limited to 80 only - Please RSVP.
18:00 Registration and networking
18:30 Welcome session
18:45 Fireside chat and Q&A
20:00 More networking
About our speakers
Jun Hasegawa / CEO & Founder of Omise and OmiseGO
Jun is an entrepreneur and no stranger to the startup world. Prior to founding Omise, he was involved in founding a series of tech companies mainly in the fields of e-commerce, life log and mobile payments.
Jun currently leads the team at Omise, a multinational payments company currently present in Thailand (HQ), Japan, Singapore and Indonesia. He has led the company through dramatic growth from its launch in 2013 to its establishment as one of Southeast Asia's leading online payment platforms.
Jun's desire to stay on the pioneering edge of practical tech innovation led to Omise becoming the very first financial services company to join the Ethereum community. This culminated in the launch of OmiseGO, the blockchain subsidiary of Omise tasked with creating the OMG network, a public Ethereum-based financial technology for use in mainstream digital wallets, that enables real-time, peer-to-peer value exchange and payment services agnostically across jurisdictions and organizational silos, and across both fiat money and decentralized currencies.
Paul Ark (Polapat Arkkrapridi) - Managing Director at Digital Ventures
Paul Ark spent the first half of his career as an investment banker, working on IPOs, acquisitions, and private equity deals for global banks Deutsche Bank and Citigroup in Asia and New York, as well as boutique advisories Tonson Capital and Blackwood Ventures in Southeast Asia. He then transitioned to the world of retail by joining Central Retail, working on regional joint ventures and working on the company’s market entry into China and other Asian markets. He spent several years facilitating Apple Retail’s market entry into Asian markets, opening up flagship stores in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia, before joining Microsoft and advising on their China retail market entry strategy. Paul is also an active startup mentor and angel investor, having made investments in early stage companies in the United States, China, and Thailand, and devotes much of his time supporting and developing the Thai startup ecosystem as a Startup Grind chapter director and Seedstars World ambassador for Bangkok. He currently manages the US$50 million corporate venture capital fund for Siam Commercial Bank’s Digital Ventures group, which has made investments across the globe. Paul has studied at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and London Business School.