Miko Matsumura is a General Partner with Gumi Ventures, a US $30M venture capital fund focused early stage blockchain startups and a Venture Partner with BitBull Capital, a cryptocurrency fund-of-funds. He is also an advisor to Arrington XRP Capital. He has been a keynote speaker at dozens of conferences around the world. He is also cofounder of crypto exchange Evercoin,
Miko participated in the first wave of the Internet as chief Evangelist for the Java Language and Platform at Sun Microsystems and is now fully engaged in Internet of value. With 25 years of enterprise software marketing experience in Silicon Valley, he has raised over $50 million in venture capital for Open Source startups such as Gradle, Hazelcast and has participated in multiple exits including INFRAVIO, webMethods, Db4O. He has invested in open source money, advising successful startups like Celsius ($2B in loans), Pundi X (global point of sale devices), Tassat (banking infrastructure), Guardian Circle (Decentralized Global 911 Emergency Services) and Hub (Decentralizing Professional Social Networking). He is also an LP with Focus Ventures, a firm with over $800M under management, 9 IPOs and 44 exits. He holds an Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Yale University where he worked on abstract computational neural networks.
Ben is a Hong Kong based interdisciplinary researcher, entrepreneur and author, widely known as the “father of artificial general intelligence.”
He is the founder and CEO of SingularityNET, a blockchain-based AI marketplace, the leader of the OpenCog open source.
Jordan French is an award-winning journalist and the Executive Editor at Grit Daily news, his sixth company.
Following work as an engineer and a two-year stint as an enforcement attorney at the Federal Energy French grew his first company, (as CEO and COO) to Fast 50 and Inc. 500 rankings and his first exit/buy out. At BeeHex, his third company, French 3D printed food -- including pizza you eat -- for astronauts.
On the editorial staff at TheStreet.com, Jordan French is a columnist or regular contributor to The Next Web, Inno & Tech Today, Entrepreneur, CIO.com, TechCrunch, Tech.co, Huffington Post, business.com, Outlier magazine, and Influencive. French also served on the leadership team at FOWNDERS, the social-impact startup accelerator serving entrepreneurs internationally and based in Newark, New Jersey.
Prior to his media, entrepreneurship and legal careers, French worked as a payload engineer for NASA's Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program. He also worked on micro-electro-mechanical devices, Free Electron Laser beam delivery systems and on a XML bariatric Medical Intake Chair at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. French holds a degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
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