New York, December 4, 2015 —  On Monday, December 7th, at RISE New York in Silicon Alley, a panel of leaders in fine art, finance, securities law and technology will tackle the question of whether blockchain technology can increase value through more exacting provenance, radically new financing methods and other issues in the virtually unregulated $115 billion dollar Fine Arts market.

Judy Pearson, President of the ARIS Title Insurance Corporation and Li Jun Xian, a partner at Emigrant Fine Art Finance are featured on the panel of art-business and technology luminaries that will unpack how the fine art business works and how Blockchain technology creates new value opportunities. Other panelists include Jeffrey Smith, a co-founder of the Tradable Rarities Exchange (T-REX) — the world’s first patent-protected global exchange for the initial public offering and secondary trading of whole and fractionalized interests in rarities and pools of rarities, and Jesse Grushack, Blockchain Strategist at ConsenSys, an global technology development firm specializing in emerging finance-based Blockchain applications.

The panel will be moderated by Rik Willard, a 25-year veteran of technology and venture development. Mr. Willard has developed a series of emerging technologies for a long list of clients, including Calvin Klein Cosmetics, MGM Resorts, and (Alcatel) Lucent, and helped finance leading tech companies. He has appeared on CNN and CNBC covering digital issues and has spoken about various digital matters for the Harvard Business School Club and the Kaufmann Institute. In 2012, he co-founded the world’s first think tank devoted to digital currencies like Bitcoin, which led him to create Agentic Group earlier this year, which focuses on understanding and applying the underlying technologies that have sprung form the digital currencies movement: especially the Blockchain.

Most widely known as an indelible ledger of Bitcoin transactions, Blockchain technology has a wide range of uses and promises to radically disrupt and revolutionize a wide variety of traditional business processes from fine art to retail, finance, supply chains and almost any human truncations. In a recent front-page article by The Economist magazine, “Blockchains are… the latest example of the fruits of cryptography.”

“The Blockchain presents us with new ways to understand, visualize and execute a wide range of human transactions”, Willard says. “ It is a trillion dollar opportunity with a language all it’s own, so our goal at Agentic Group is to be the Rosetta Stone that allows businesses and nonprofits to make sense of these emerging technologies for the betterment of the world at large. The Blockchain gives us possibilities that are larger in scope than we can even begin to predict right now. We are the very first in the U.S. to chart the trajectory of this technology and apply ‘Blockchain thinking’ to business sectors outside of the financial markets.”

“It is a very empowering moment in tech right now, on a global scale”, Willard added. “We are at the vanguard of a new age.”

The panel is part of a series of Blockchain-themed events produced by Agentic Group, a global membership of leaders in finance, technology, business and the arts, located in New York City. In 2016, Agentic Group will produce similar events covering Blockchain applications in a variety of business sectors, including social good efforts for the nearly 3 billion “unbanked” people in the world. 

RISE New York is a financial technology incubator created by Barclay’s bank, located in Manhattan’s Flatiron District.