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Chamber of Digital Commerce Announces Blythe Masters As Keynote Speaker At DC Blockchain Summit

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The Chamber of Digital Commerce, the first Washington, DC-based trade association representing the digital asset industry, announced on Wednesday that Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, will be a keynote speaker at the Chamber’s DC Blockchain Summit on March 3, 2016 at Georgetown University. The summit aims at providing the DC community, government, technologists, finance experts, nonprofits, and students a chance to explore opportunities and challenges surrounding blockchain technology in the nation's capital.

“The DC Blockchain Summit is a first of its kind event bringing the best and brightest from both industry and government to address the policy challenges facing this technology that has the power to positively disrupt,” said Perianne Boring, Founder & President of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. “We’re thrilled to have some of the most innovative speakers provide insight into this crucial and emerging innovation.”

Masters is a well known name in the industry. She has worked for 27 years at J.P. Morgan Chase and has held several senior level positions at the firm, including Head of Global Commodities, CFO of J.P. Morgan Investment Bank, Head of Global Credit Portfolio and Credit Policy and Strategy, and Managing Director.

She is the Chair of the Board of Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. Masters also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Chamber.

"Distributed Ledger Technology has the potential to solve real world financial problems and create operating and capital efficiencies. However, in order to realize these benefits it is important to preserve the legal and regulatory protections afforded to participants in the existing financial system,” said Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset Holdings. “The DC Blockchain Summit has developed an important platform to enhance the dialogue between policy makers and the industry to promote public trust and confidence in this new technology."

Additional speakers include: Don Tapscott, Best Selling Author; Marley Gray, Director Blockchain Technology Strategy, Microsoft; Arvind Krishna, Senior Vice President and Director, IBM; Sean Murphy, Global Head of Blockchain, Norton Rose Fulbright; Matthew Roszak, Founding Partner, Tally Capital; C. Alden Pelker, FBI; Rep. David Schweikert (RAZ); Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC); Jeff Garzik, Core Developer and Co-Founder, Bloq; Adam Ludwin, CEO, Chain; Vitalik Buterin, Founder, Ethereum; Stephen Pair, CEO and Co-Founder, BitPay; John Beccia, CCO, Circle Internet Financial; and many more.

Digital Asset Holdings recently announced it raised over $50 million in funding from thirteen leading firms from financial ecosystem that includes ABN AMRO, Accenture, ASX Limited, BNP Paribas, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., Citi, CME Ventures, Deutsche Börse Group, ICAP, J.P. Morgan, Santander InnoVentures, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) and The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.  The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and IBM also joined the funding round bringing the total to more than $60 million. 

Moreover, Digital Asset is also actively involved in the distributed ledger initiative “Hyperledger” that was announced at the end of 2015.

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