Alex Winter entered show business as a child actor with co-starring roles on Broadway in 'The King & I' and 'Peter Pan', and came to prominence starring in movies such as Warner Bros' hit 'The Lost Boys' and the wildly popular 'Bill & Ted' franchise. Winter has directed three narrative features: cult classic 'Freaked' for 20th Century Fox; 'Fever', for Lionsgate, which screened at Cannes; and 'Smosh: The Movie', which opened in 2015 as the #1 comedy on iTunes. Winter has directed hundreds of award-winning television commercials and music videos. Winter's VH1 Rock Doc 'Downloaded' earned worldwide critical acclaim at theatrical and festival screenings. Winter's latest, multiple award-winning documentary 'Deep Web', had its world premiere at SXSW and a broadcast premiere in the U.S. on the Epix network, alongside a global festival tour. The film opened wide as the #1 documentary on iTunes. Recently completed are two short documentary films for Laura Poitras's Field of Vision; 'Relatively Free' and 'Trump's Lobby'. Winter is now making 'Zappa', the first all-access documentary on the life and times of Frank Zappa. The Kickstarter campaign for this project was the highest funded documentary in crowdfunding history.
Rosario Dawson is an American actress, producer, singer, comic book writer, and political activist. Her most notable works include the movies Top Five, and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. She currently portrays Claire Temple in five of the Marvel/Netflix series: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. Rosario is involved with non-profit organizations such as the Lower East Side Girls Club and supports other charities such as environmental group Global Cool, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and Voto Latino among others.
Kim Jackson is SingularDTV Co-Founder and President of Entertainment. After working with Universal Pictures for Steven Spielberg (MUNICH) and Spike Lee (INSIDE MAN), Kim Jackson founded Streetwise Pictures. Her critically acclaimed production, BLUE CAPRICE- seen in theaters across the country- premiered at Sundance and was the opening night film at New Directors/New Films at MoMA. Kim was nominated for a Spirit Award for producing. She has been the driving force behind more than a dozen award-winning and theatrically released independent films including CHILDREN OF GOD and GUNHILL ROAD. She executive-produced KING COBRA, starring James Franco and Christian Slater. She is a selected Artist Academy member of Film Society of Lincoln Center and an alumnus of Simmons College. She co-founded the blockchain entertainment studio SingularDTV, which is producing Alex Winter’s feature-length documentary TRUST MACHINE: THE STORY OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY and THE HAPPY WORKER by Duwayne Dunham (HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY and LITTLE GIANTS), executive-produced by David Lynch.
Geoffrey J Clark is President of Futurism Studios. As the Executive Producer of more than 50 documentary films and numerous television series, Clark has carved out his niche for creative and fact driven documentaries. He has helped shepherd series like “The Numbers Game” on Nat Geo, “Trip Testers” on Travel Channel, “The Short Game” on Esquire Network and “Tyler Shields: Provocateur” premiering for Youtube Red. His documentary credits include Netflix’s “Isolated”, and Showtime’s “Sweet Mickey for President” and Alex Winter’s latest film, "Trust Machine".
Arie Levy-Cohen is the co-founder of SingularDTV. For more than 8 years Arie Levy-Cohen worked at Morgan Stanley as International Client Advisor and Private Banker running both The Levy-Hafen and The WMO Groups. As a dual licensed Financial Advisor with both Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Morgan Stanley Private Bank N.A., Arie serviced institutional and ultra-high net worth clients. He also served as an investment advisor to think tanks, technology incubators and Blockchain companies and single-family offices. Since 2010, Arie has been actively involved with various distributed ledger initiatives, advising start-ups and speaking at multiple FinTech conferences. He also co-moderated the Morgan Stanley Bitcoin Forum. Currently Arie is Founder & President of The Blockhaus, AG, Founder & CFO of SingularDTV, and VP Strategy to Monetary Metals. He is also deeply involved in FinTech serving as an Invited Expert with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and advisor to select Blockchain companies. Special focus on Identity, cryptographic security, risk and compliance (KYC\AML) and Tokenized Ecosystems.
Joseph Lubin is a Canadian entrepreneur. He has founded and co-founded several companies including the Swiss-based Ethereum, a company working to extend the capabilities of the type of blockchain database first popularized by Bitcoin, and extend the capabilities of the blockchain to store programs in addition to data, as well as facilitate, verify, or enforce the negotiation or performance of smart contracts. Lubin is the founder of ConsenSys in 2015, a Brooklyn-based software-production studio. Lubin has been personally involved in cross-industry groups attempting to advance solutions to governance issues in the blockchain industry. Lubin was also involved in the creation of the Ethereum Foundation, a Toronto-based non-profit organization to be a "nonpartisan industry body, made up of industry players. As of February 2018, Forbes estimated Lubin's net worth between one to five billion dollars.
Zach LeBeau is co-founder of SingularDTV. He has traveled and lived in over 50 countries, working extensively in entertainment, finance and technology along the way. When Zach discovered blockchain, he realized he could combine this innovation with his previous experience to create a global, decentralized entertainment industry. Zach is an artist himself, having penned the novel MONKEY ME and written and directed the sci fi feature THE SCIENTIST, starring Bill Sage.
Lauri Love is a British activist and a computer scientist charged with stealing data from United States Government computers including the US Army, Missile Defense Agency, and NASA via computer intrusion. Lauri faced potential extradition to the United States for his alleged involvement in #OpLastResort, the series of online protests that followed the persecution and untimely death of Aaron Swartz. On September 16, 2016, Judge Nina Tempia ruled in favor of extradition, passing the case to Secretary of State Amber Rudd, who approved the order. Lauri’s legal team then took the case to the High Court, where the Lord Chief Justice issued a landmark ruling in his favor on 5 February 2018.The United States had until February 16, 2018 to send an application to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Vinay Gupta is a leading figure in the blockchain space, having co-ordinated the release of the blockchain platform Ethereum in July 2015, and was the strategic architect for ConsenSys Systems, a technology hub focusing on the Ethereum blockchain and related applications. He now leads Mattereum’s corporate strategy, vision, external communications, investor relations, and reputation. He was the architect of the National Blockchain Strategy for Dubai and is a partner at Hexayurt Capital, the technology-focused VC firm behind the Internet of Agreements. He was on the editorial team of ‘Small is Profitable’, winner of The Economist’s Book of the Year in 2003. He has contributed to the US Department of Defense research and was an associate fellow at the UCl Institute for Security and Resilience. As a techno-realist, he believes that technology and engineering, including blockchain, can contribute to positive social and commercial transformation and help deal with resource scarcity.
Laura Shin is a senior editor at Forbes, managing crypto and blockchain technology coverage (Bitcoin, Ethereum, ICOs, token sales, etc.). She’s also the co-lead reporter of the Forbes Fintech 50 list and host of the podcast “Unchained: Big Ideas From The Worlds Of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain.” Laura graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from Stanford University and holds a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
Bill Tai has been building startups as a venture capitalist since 1991 and is a leading figure in the blockchain segment. He is the chair of strategy and board director at BitFury and board chairman of Hut8, North America’s largest publicly listed cryptocurrency miner. Bill is a VC backer of a number of cryptocurrency and blockchain ventures including Cryptokitties, Fluidity, and Airswap. He’s also the co-creator of the annual Blockchain Summit on Necker Island. He serves on the World Economic Forum’s technology pioneer committee and is an adjunct professor of innovation at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.
Imogen Jennifer Heap is an English singer, songwriter, record producer and audio engineer. She is known for her involvement in electronic music and as a member of the short-lived project Frou Frou. She began writing songs at the age of 13 and while attending boarding school taught herself both guitar and drums, as well as music production on Atari computers. Imogen Heap believes that a blockchain-empowered rights and payment layer has potential to get the messy house of the music industry in order. She is the inventor of Mycelia, a non- profit research and development “hub” for musicians harnessing blockchain technology to create a fairer music ecosystem.
Tim Draper is the founding partner of Draper Associates and DFJ Venture Capital. Tim’s original suggestion to use viral marketing as a method for spreading software applications from customer to customer was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail, Skype, and other applications. He was listed #46 of the most outstanding Harvard alumni, #7 on the Forbes Midas List, and #98 in Worth Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful People in Finance.Tim also received the World Entrepreneurship Forum’s “Entrepreneur for the World” award in 2015. In 1994, he created the non-profit organization BizWorld for young children to learn about business and entrepreneurship. In 2011, he created Draper University of Heroes, a residential and online school to help extraordinary young people meet their entrepreneurial goals.
Spyridon Michalakis does research on quantum many-body physics and topological quantum order at Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM), where he is also the manager for outreach activities. He also served as a consultant to filmmakers on the physics of Marvel movie ANT MAN.
Mark Jeffrey is the award-winning co-founder and CEO of Guardian Circle. Guardian Circle aims to support the six billion people worldwide and in developing countries who have no emergency services at all. He’s also a serial entrepreneur, a published author, one of ‘50 to Watch’ by Variety magazine, and has worked closely with some of the biggest names in tech, including Jason Calacanis and Travis Kalanick. Mark presented at the first Harvard Conference on The Internet and Society in 1996. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in computer science from the University of New Hampshire and a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do.
"Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain is a compelling new documentary about blockchain and cryptocurrency that is dramatic, poignant, and engaging no matter whether you are working deep in the tech space, a business executive trying to grasp such disruptive changes or the everyday person intrigued about digital privacy, activism and power."
BITCOIN: The first decentralized digital currency or cryptocurrency, as the system works without a central bank or single administrator. It was created by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 as an answer to the worldwide financial crisis and the power of traditional financial systems to control transactions. Bitcoin uses a Proof of Work system to maintain its integrity, trust and security.
BLOCKCHAIN: A transparent shared digital ledger in which transactions are made using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether. The transactions are recorded chronologically, publicly, and secured using cryptography.
SATOCHI NAKAMOTO: An unknown person, or persons, associated with the creation of Bitcoin, and subsequently, blockchain. Nakamoto’s 2008 paper Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System would become the catalyst that sparked the cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies that exist today.
VITALIK BUTERIN: The co-founder and inventor of Ethereum
ETHEREUM: A public decentralized protocol, built on blockchain technology, which allows the development of decentralized applications (DAPPS) and supports the deployment and execution of smart contracts. Ethereum was released on the 30th of July, 2015. It was launched by Vitalik Buterin, Gavin Wood, and Joseph Lubin.
ETH / ETHER: The token powering the Ethereum blockchain. It is traded in the public markets but Ether is not intended to be a unit of currency on a peer-to-peer payment network. It is to act as the “gas” that powers the Ethereum network.
CRYPTOGRAPHY: The constructing and analyzing protocols that prevent third parties or the public from reading private messages; various aspects in information security such as data confidentiality, data integrity, authentication, and non-repudiation are central to modern cryptography. Cryptography is the backbone of all blockchain and cryptocurrencies, as it allows for information be stored and freely transferred between parties in a secure manner.
CRYPTOCURRENCY: A non-government issued and exchangeable digital currency
FIAT: A government-issued currency that is designated as legal tender in its country of issuance through government decree, regulation or law.
SMART CONTRACT: Contracts created by a line of code instead of a document. They work based off if-this-then-that systems. Smart contracts are written with all the parameters between all consenting parties, and then automatically execute the contract once conditions are met. The automation of the contract allows for the removal of timely and costly middlemen.
DIGITAL WALLET: An encrypted software that stores your cryptocurrency stakes. Each cryptocurrency has its own wallet, and must be set up before transactions can be completed. If a wallet key is lost, it is not possible to recover it due to each private key being unique and not stored on a centralized database.
EXCHANGE: An online marketplace platform that allows users to buy and trade cryptocurrencies, using either traditional FIAT or other cryptocurrencies. Users can then send their newly acquired coins to their own digital wallets, or temporarily store them on an exchange wallet. Think of these as a digital crypto focused version of a stock/currency exchange.
GAS: The small fee required to make a transaction or execute a contract on the Ethereum blockchain.
DECENTRALIZED: A term used to define blockchain technology. Think of it as the spreading out of computing power, rather than having everything stored in one central point. This removes the need for central authorities.