The global conversation about identity, inclusion, interconnected "things" and how sustainable value can be created on the Internet is one of the ost important discussions of our time. This new value will be driven by an explosion of financial transactions, affecting business, societies and relationships both locally and globally.
In some cases, whole sectors of business will be re-evaluated. Some will be totally eliminated. Simultaneously, new value drivers will be born and eventually flourish, creating a new era of global opportunity and financial inclusion.
Our mission is to support the ideas, companies, and people that develop and monetize this emerging "Internet of Value" by 1) exploring real-world technology opportunities through our event series, 2) providing executive education and insight in this ever-evolving space, and 3) consulting and developing advanced distributed and decentralized solutions for corporations, governments and nonprofits.
Charting the trajectory of how distributed technologies work across sectors.
Providing up-to-date and Visionary Executive Education.
Consulting and Developing Strategies and Solutions for Business and Social Benefit.
A social cognition theory proposed by Stanford University Psychologist Albert Bandura that views people as proactive, self-organizing, self-reflective and self-regulating as situations evolve. An Agentic perspective realizes that we are more than reactive organisms shaped by our environment or our impulses. With the right frameworks in place, we have the intelligence, foresight and will to create and shape our collective future. To be Agentic is to be both creative and practical, futuristic and grounded, self-interested and inclusive.
The collective power of a global network of information, commerce, society, things, and money. The "IoV" is redefining how business interacts with itself and consumers, how people will work in the 21st century, and how new value is created and unleashed around the world. In the IoV each person is an "economy of one", connected with others to create consensus-based value in ways never before dreamed of. Blockchains, Digital Currencies and Payments are at the core of the IoV.
To make sense of this constant state of evolution, successful businesses, professionals, creatives, and investors are becoming more agile and proactive in their understanding and execution of technologies that increasingly blend commerce, security and communication with social benefit, emerging markets and new value creation.
The media is full of information about Digital Currencies and Blockchains and many times, this is information is incomplete or misleading. Actionable insight from a trusted source is critical to understanding the evolution of the space.
Our panels feature leaders and stakeholders featuring a wide range of perspectives. This approach helps attendees unpack the hype, gain real insight and get down to business. We are the forum of choice for professionals in technology, law, finance, strategy, art, media and others that want to learn how the IoV is really working, who is building it, and real-world investment opportunities.
"Agentic Group is one of the world's premier sources of information and insight into real opportunities in digital currencies, Blockchains and other world-changing technologies. Their insight is absolutely necessary for private funds trying to understand new investment options emerging from this space."
Arthur Andrew Bavelas, BavelasGroup Family Office CEO and founder of Family Office Insights
"Agentic Group's blockchain event (about blockchain opportunities in Switzerland) was an enjoyable, informative, and ultimately important evening attended by a diverse mix of industry professionals and stakeholders in technology and finance."
Garnet Heraman, Partner at Anvil Venture Partners and founder of GSH Ventures
"Speaking on a recent Agentic Group panel provided great exposure for my company, Tendermint. It was standing room only and the room was filled with GPs at prominent venture firms, founders of blockchain startups, and investment officers from family offices, as well as many across the spectrum of the financial services industry."
Dustin Byington, CEO at Tendermint
Rigorous exploration of the sectors, products and ideas that are creating new value around the world.
Access to the people and companies who are building and funding the IoV.
Emerging insight, trends, trajectories and benchmarks for long-term growth.
Agentic Labs is where we envision possible futures suggested by the convergence of Information, commerce, data, things, access and payments. We use a spectrum of input to further the application of technologies and platforms that support the IoV.
Our Consortium Members, and Senior Advisory, form a cross-section of global talent dedicated to developing new expressions of value and monetizable connectivity, in an increasingly decentralized world.
MUST SEE: The Blockchain And Us is a documentary by economist and filmmaker Manuel Stagars and features Agentic Group founder Rik Willard. It contains frank insight from noted global Blockchain professionals, as they reflect on the seeds of this technological evolution, its inevitability and what it means for the future of value, governments and possibly for humanity itself.
We are continually expanding our international network and adding innovative new companies and thought leaders -- building entrepreneurial, financial and insight pathways that benefit local venture ecosystems and expand global opportunities.
Membership in Agentic Group is currently extended through an invitation from our Partners, Members or Advisors.
Our membership consists of Digital Currency/Blockchain and related companies, Investors, Corporate Executives, Individuals and Agencies that are interested in understanding and developing new insights into the global Blockchain ecosystem. We are very proud of our elite corporate members, as well as our confidential syndicate of private funds.
BITNATURA (HONG KONG/NATURAL CAPITAL)
BLOCKCHAIN CLEARING CORP (USA/FINANCE)
BLOCKCHAIN HEALTH (USA/HEALTH)
BLUE ORANGE INNOVATIONS (USA/INNOVATION)
BRAVE NEW COIN (NEW ZEALAND/DEVELOPMENT)
BRECKENRIDGE PRIVATE ASSET MGMNT GROUP (USA/INSURANCE)
BLUE SKY MLS (USA/CONSULTING)
CODE TO INSPIRE (AFGHANISTAN/NONPROFIT)
COFOUND.IT (SLOVENIA/BLOCKCHAIN STARTUPS)
COINSOURCE (USA/BITCOIN ATM NETWORK)
DIGITAL CITIZEN FUND (GLOBAL/NONPROFIT)
DGS VENTURES (BRAZIL VENTURE CAPITAL)
EQUIBIT (CANADA/DECENTRALIZED EQUITIES)
INTELLIGENT MANAGEMENT (CANADA/INNOVATION)
FERMAT (SWITZERLAND/P2P MARKETPLACE)
GLOBAL COMPLIANCE CONSULTANCY GROUP (USA/COMPLIANCE)
GLOBAL CYBER CONSULTANTS (USA/INSURTECH)
GREATER ZURICH AREA (SWITZERLAND/INNOVATION)
GROUPO CIMCORP (BRAZIL/IT)
LIVELY GIG (USA/WORKPLACE)
MOOTI (USA/DIGITAL IDENTITY)
NETWORK SOCIETY RESEARCH (ITALY/RESEARCH)
OLARENT (FRANCE/REAL ESTATE)
PAY ANGEL (UK, AFRICA/PAYMENTS)
PROCLIVITY MEDIA (USA/MEDIA & PAYMENTS)
SCIENCE4DATA (USA/DATA ANALYTICS)
STASH CRYPTO (USA/FINANCE)
SWARM (USA/DECENTRALIZED MARKETPLACE)
SULLIVAN AND WORCESTER (INTERNATIONAL LAW)
TRADABLE RARITIES EXCHANGE (USA/FINE ARTS EXCHANGE)
UBITQUITY (CANADA/REAL ESTATE)
WACHSMAN PR (USA/INDUSTRY SERVICES)
WHEATON LAW GROUP (USA/LEGAL)
WISE HOLDINGS (BELGIUM)
Founder and Executive Chairman of Evercore, which, in many years, has been the most active independent investment bank in the United States. Trustee of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and a Trustee of MIT. Member of The Council on Foreign Relations.
Former Chief Investment Officer of Major League Baseball. Previously Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer at MLB.
Ann J. Camarillo (Global Payments)
Ann is the former CEO of Maestro International, the largest global debit card network and the former CEO of Cirrus, the largest global ATM network and has over 20 years of experience in consumer payments with MasterCard. As MasterCard's Chief Debit Officer she created the award winning Debit Centre of Excellence and managed the Global Debit Advisory Board responsible for all debit and prepaid strategies, policies, financial performance and investments. Prior to joining MasterCard, she worked in telephony including starting up the marketing department for a fiber optic telecomm venture, LDXNet/WilTel, and sales management and marketing positions with AT&T (pre-divestiture) and Southwestern Bell.
Jeff Carter (Security/Privacy/Access)
Chief Strategy Officer at Eyelock, and a multidimensional thinker in the intersection of science, business, technology, identity and society. Jeff holds several patents related to information banking and the monetization of personal data for individual privacy, control, and empowerment. In 2008, he founded the Center For Future Banking, joint venture between Bank of America and MIT that researched the impact of identity on global banking. As Head of Innovation for Bank of America, he played a key role in creating the bank's first information strategy, a catalyst for advanced quantitative risk analysis, risk assessment and increased customer intimacy. He has been recognized as one of the most innovative banking leader in the world by several organizations including American Banker magazine. His opinions on issues ranging from national security to privacy, personal identity and information ownership have been extensively published and many used as the basis for launching radical business models at institutions that include Bank of America and the Federal Reserve of Boston.
Michael Casey (Digital Currencies/Blockchain)
Author, journalist, public speaker, media commentator and Senior Adviser of Blockchain Technology to MIT Media Lab's New Digital Currency Initiative. Michael left a senior journalist position at The Wall Street Journal to focus on social impact projects that leverage blockchain technology and digital currencies. He has published a number of widely distributed books including The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order (with Paul Vigna). He is an accomplished speaker and continues to make frequent media appearances on CNBC, Fox Business News, the BBC, CNN, MSNBC and other outlets.
Michel de Kemmeter (Economic Transition/Entrepreneurship)
Michel de Kemmeter is an expert in economic transition, an author, keynote speaker, consultant, and investor. He started his career as an M&A consultant, and went into real estate renovation and investment. In 2000, he began research and publications around economic and societal paradigm shifts. He developed several transition tools such as 7D-Value (the first algorithm to measure intangible value), GrowthXplorer (projections on job destruction and creation), Systemic Economy (new business models), and Extrapreneurs (economic transition entrepreneurship). He started the Economic Transition Center in Brussels and is managing director of Wise Holding. With clients and partners in 16 countries on 4 continents, his team develops tools to facilitate economic transition and business model shifts, for companies and governments. He brings a holistic vision on a human-centered economy, leveraging systemic intelligence, inspired by natural systems.
Stephen DeMuelanaere (Community Currencies)
Founder and coordinator of the Complementary Currency Resource Centre (CCRC), an information centre created for, and by, users, initiators and academics of community currencies. He has been working in the field of community and complementary currencies for more than 20 years in Canada, Latin America and Asia. He has designed several community currency models for economic development purposes in Mexico, Argentina, India and Thailand. Stephen has experience working with a wide variety of institutions, including the United Nations, financial institutions, community-based organisations, cooperatives and governments. He has presented at Universities and conferences all over the world, and has published over 25 articles on the subject. His work has been featured in “The Future of Money” by Bernard Lietaer, “The End of Money and the Future of Civilization” by Thomas Greco, in “Healthy Money, Healthy Planet” by Diedre Kent, and in numerous other publications and articles.
Joel Dietz (Collective Intelligence)
Joel Dietz is the Chief Scientist at Quantum Holonic Swarm Systems, a Palo Alto based research institute that works in the legacy of DARPA to fund and facilitate long term technology projects. They have funded and facilitated early experiments around blockchains, collective intelligence, biohacking, and virtual reality. He works especially closely in the evolving field of organizational design and advises his corporate clients on how they can leverage these exponential technologies.
Dr. John C. Edmunds (Professor of Finance/Babson College)
Taught extensively at international MBA programs in Spain, Central America, Dominican Republic and Chile as well as US universities including Harvard University, Boston University, Hult International Business School, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Northeastern University. He is a member of the Golden Key Society and has been honored as Professor of the Year at Hult and the Arthur D. Little School of Management. He is the author of over 300 articles and cases published in both academic and professional journals and has published five books on economics. Dr. Edmunds holds a D.B.A. in International Business from Harvard Business School, an M.B.A. in Finance and Quantitative Methods with honors from Boston University, an M.A. in Economics from Northeastern University, and an A.B. in Economics cum laude from Harvard College. He has consulted with the Harvard Institute for International Development, the Rockefeller Foundation, Stanford Research Institute, and numerous private companies.
E. David Ellington (Fund Management/Data Management)
Co-Founder and President of GridSpeak Corporation which provides visualization, situational intelligence and predictive analytics tools for 'Big Data'. A former Trustee and Commissioner on the San Francisco Employees' Retirement System (SFERS) with then US$16.7 billion of assets under management. Before joining SFERS, David was chairman, president and chief executive officer of NetNoir Inc. (150+ employees; investors included Time Warner [NYSE:TWX]). Prior to NetNoir, he was an attorney in Los Angeles specialized in international, entertainment and multimedia/new technology law. At that time, he served as the chairman of the international law section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He was also Commissioner of the Telecommunications Commission for the City and County of San Francisco, a member of United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security and a White House Fellowship regional review panelist.
Philip Farrah (Financial Services)
Philip Farah is a Financial Services digital innovation leader, strategist and fintech evangelist. He currently serves as a Senior Managing Partner with Gartner Consulting, advising Gartner’s largest financial services clients on Digital Transformation strategy. Prior to Gartner, Philip led the Global Financial Services Innovations practice at Cisco Systems and before Cisco, he headed a Decision Science unit at Capital One Financial. He started his career in the US as a management consultant with McKinsey and Co. with a focus on retail banking and insurance. In addition to his corporate experience, Philip is actively involved in advising and mentoring startups on growth strategies. Philip has commented on the role of innovation and fintech in transforming payments, retail banking and wealth management within leading publications and at forums around the globe. Philip serves on the board of Fermat.org, a Multi-purpose Peer-to-peer Mobile Platform and Good Works Houston, a not-for-profit social entrepreneurship accelerator.
Ray Garcia (FinTech/Payments)
An entrepreneur with over twenty years of global experience in creating business value with innovative technology and FinTech products, focusing on the development and delivery of complex commercial software to international clients. Ray co-founded Smart Systems Technology which delivered contactless proximity payment and loyalty applications to large retail environments and sports stadiums, resulting in the sale of the company. He also co-founded Zonebee after managing a team of researchers within a major university to generate intellectual property which was spun-out to the commercial entity. Ray was also an Executive-in-Residence at MIT Media Lab. HIs specialties include global entrepreneurship, technology team-building, technology audit and assessment, technology turnarounds and workouts, infrastructure planning and selection, product architecture and design, software process improvement and contract negotiations.
Harri Hursti (Digital Security)
A Finnish computer programmer, Harri is currently the CTO of Zyptonite, and former Chairman of the Board and co-founder of ROMmon where he supervised in the development of the world's smallest 2 gigabit traffic analysis product that was later acquired by F-Secure Corporation. He is well known for participating in the Black Box Voting hack studies, which were part of a series of four voting machine hacking tests organized by the nonprofit election watchdog group Black Box Voting in collaboration with the producers of the HBO documentary, Hacking Democracy. The studies proved serious security flaws in digital voting systems.
Juan Llanos (Blockchain AML/KYC/Compliance)
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2003. Currently EVP at Skry. Over 13 years of global experience building and managing AML and regulatory compliance programs for multiple international jurisdictions, including Canada, the United States and Spain. Recognized as a pioneer in the development of compliance, operational and risk management best practices for the money remittance industry. Born in Argentina, Juan was granted permanent resident status by the US Citizen and Immigration Services 'by reason of extraordinary ability' in the fields of Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism.
David Orban (Venture Capital/Technology/Education)
An analyst of the global technology landscape, applying cycles of accelerating technological change to the needs of high-growth organizations. Deep understanding of the needs and mechanics of both product marketing, sales development, localization and globalization. Founder and Managing Partner of Network Society Ventures, Faculty Advisor at Singularity University, and Mentor at The Thiel Foundation.
Judy Pearson (Insurance/Private Asset Management)
A seasoned insurance industry expert and former co-founder of ARIS Title Insurance. Currently President of Breckenridge Insurance Group's Private Asset Management Group providing leading-edge consulting and insurance solutions for the commercial/corporate/personal sectors and the Family Office Network. In 2015, named one of the 100 Leaders in the art world by Blouin/Artinfo International for her innovations in insurance. A frequent speaker at IvyFON, Art Law Day, Art Crime Symposium, and Art Law Division of the New York City Bar. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, Chicago Sun Times, LA Times, Art and Auction magazine and has written for Quest Magazine and the Appraisers Association of America.
Marco Santori (Digital Currencies/Law/Regulatory)
Leader of Digital Currency and Blockchain focus team and a partner in Corporate & Securities-Technology practice for Pillsbury Law in New York City. Winner of the first annual Blockchain Award for Bitcoin Legal Expert. He has successfully represented large brands such as Nike Inc. 3M Corp., Nautica and Tory Burch and has appeared on Real Money with Ali Velshi and Bloomberg. Marco has also been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Wired, Entrepreneur.com and Crains New York Business.
Mark Stahlman (Digital Strategies)
Mark Stahlman is President of the Center for the Study of Digital Life (CSDL). He started his digital career as a computer architect and programmer, designing computer and networking systems for Wang Labs, Citibank and the Diplomat Arabic word processor for Computron. He began his Wall Street career as a principal at Sanford Bernstein, and is credited with being the first to cover Sun Microsystems (SUNW) in 1986. He continued at Alex Brown and Sons, where he was a partner and he formed of the New Media banking practice which managed the initial public offering for America Online (AOL) in 1992. Stahlman’s work in computer architecture led him to coin the term “network computing". In the 1990s, Stahlman co-founded the world’s largest Internet group, the New York New Media Association (NYNMA), and is credited with the term “Silicon Alley.” He is a prolific writer whose reports have generated over $50M for his firms and 10-20x investment returns for his clients. He has appeared often on CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg TV, and was profiled by Forbes as “The Futurist”.
Thibault Verbiest (European Union Blockchain/Law/Intellectual Property)
Partner with the law firm De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, a leading firm in France and Belgium with 120 lawyers. As a former Fintech entrepreneur, he developed a specialized practice in intellectual property, technologies, media and telecommunications and advises various national and international clients in the context of transactions such as the dematerialization of banking and financial services, their digital transformation, and mergers & acquisitions in the technologic sector. He also advises clients with respect to the disputes they may be facing in terms of intellectual property and cybercrime liability. Thibault co-authored the first book on blockchain in French and is directing an impact study for the French Patent Office on Blockchain and Intellectual Property.
Rik Willard (Digital Currencies/Blockchain/Media)
Founder and Managing Director of Agentic Group. Former co-founder and CEO of MintCombine, the world's first digital currency and blockchain think-tank (NYC). A pioneer in engagement media including DOOH and large-public screen projects, branded content, CMS, mobile and social media with clients and productions including: MGM Resorts, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Lucent Technologies, Dictaphone; as well as global couture fashion including designers Chado Ralph Rucci, Oscar de LaRenta and Kevan Hall, The French Ready-to-Wear Association (Pret-a-Porter) and others. One of AlleyWatch magazine's "14 NYC People in Bitcoin You Must Know". Featured on CNN, CNBC, with speaking engagements at Harvard Business School Club, Kaufmann Institute, Dow Jones Speaker Series and more.
Pindar Wong (Internet/Finance)
Pindar Wong is an internet pioneer, who co-founded the first licensed Internet Service Provider in Hong Kong in 1993 and the 'Belt and Road Blockchain' Consortium in 2016. He is the Chairman of VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd, an Internet Financial Infrastructure consultancy. In 2015, he helped organize Asia's first Blockchainworkshops.org, Phase 1, 2 and 3 of ScalingBitcoin.org and sponsored the Hong Kong Bitcoin Roundtable. Together with Dr. Shin'ichiro Matsuo, he is establishing the bsafe.network to promote applied academic research in blockchain technologies. Pindar serves as a Director of the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and also serves on the Hong Kong Trade Development Council ICT Services advisory committee, the School of Engineering Advisory Committee HKUST, the Technical Advisory Board of the Packet Clearing House, Editorial Advisory Board of the Internet Protocol Journal. Previously, he was the first Vice-Chairman of ICANN, Chairman of the Asia Pacific Internet Association, alternate Chairman of Asia Pacific Network Information Center, Chairman of APRICOT, Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance and elected Trustee of the Internet Society. From 2010-2015 he served on the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Government and the Task Force on Industry Facilitation.