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The Business of Blockchain

Blockchain technology is a potentially powerful method for maintaining secure distributed ledgers without relying on a trusted third party. While cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have made the headlines and fueled financial speculation, the underlying technology of blockchains shows strong promises for streamlining and securing business processes without providing any direct means of payment. The May 12, 2018 session of the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum will focus on entrepreneurial opportunities related to those  blockchain technologies – ones that do not market or depend on cryptocurrencies.  What are the potentials? The economics?  Opportunities for startup businesses?


Our program will kick off with a keynote talk by Leonard Adleman, of the University of Southern California.  Prof. Adleman has been a pioneer in public key encryption, the co-inventor of the RSA encryption algorithm that is at the heart of many of the systems that help protect secure records and communications.  A successful entrepreneur as well as academic, Adleman co-founded RSA Data Security and has insights into what it means to be a business based on encryption technology.  A highly interactive panel discussion will follow, delving into the opportunities and challenges of starting a successful business based on distributed encrypted ledgers.  The current panel line-up includes a Venture Capitalist, a Supply Chain Management specialist from Accenture and a serial software entrepreneur working in Blockchain.


Keynote Speaker: 


Professor Leonard M. Adleman

University of Southern California

Co-founder, RSA Security





Alon Goren

Venture Partner

Wavemaker Partners


David Padula




Joe Andrieu, PMP


Legendary Requirements

Co-chair W3C Credentials Community Group




Ira Moskatel

Arnold & Porter, Kaye Scholer LLP




Lynn Foster

Founder and CEO

Z-Field Technologies LLC


Russell M. Frandsen

The Business Legal Group



Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Networking with refreshments from 8:00 – 9:00 AM / Program: 9:00 – 11:30 AM


Formed in 1984, the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum is an entrepreneurship resource of Caltech’s Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships.

The mission of the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum is to encourage the growth and success of technology-based entrepreneurial ventures in Southern California.

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