Cryptocurrencies: The Challenges & Opportunities Ahead

Is the cryptocurrency trend a boom about to go bust, or is it something more? Experts discuss this and more…

Event Details


swissnex Boston
420 Broadway, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138 United States



Free Admission

Every day a new article arises on the subject of cryptocurrencies  – be it on Bitcoins, or on any of the other digital currencies currently being traded globally. But, what exactly is a cryptocurrency – a currency, a commodity, or another asset class? And, what does one stand to gain from this new system? Is the cryptocurrency trend a boom about to go bust, or is it technology that offers more? How can this system become mainstream? What legal framework and regulations will be necessary to facilitate the use of cryptocurrencies?  These and many other questions will be the focus of the second event of our Future of Money series.

A panel of both Swiss and American industry experts will discuss the underpinnings of cryptocurrencies and examine key questions about the future of this innovation. This event will be a unique opportunity to understand the workings of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A and networking reception.



  • Euny Hong, Author, Birth of Korean Cool


  • Christian Decker, Distributed Computing Group, ETH Zürich
  • Gil Luria, Managing Director and Equity Research at Wedbush Securities
  • Chrisopher Odom, CTO and Co-founder at Monetas
  • Kyle Powers, Co-founder of Liberty Teller


  • 6 PM Doors Open
  • 6:30 PM Welcome Address by Dr. Felix Moesner CEO/Consul Swissnex Boston – Consulate of Switzerland
  • 6:40 PM Panel discussion and interaction with the audience
  • 7:45 PM Reception
  • 8:30 Doors close

Panelist Bios

euny hong headshot (1)Euny Hong is a journalist and twice-published author, most recently of a work of non-fiction entitled The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture (Picador, August 2014), which received rave reviews. “The Guardian UK “described the book as “fabulously snarky.”  Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The International Herald Tribune, The New Republic, and The Boston Globe, among others. She has many TV appearances, on such programs as “Picture This” on BBC2, “Ronan Farrow Daily” on CNBC, and Bloomberg TV. Currently, she is an editor at Previously, she was with the France 24 TV news net work in Paris, and she started her journalism career as a TV columnist at the Financial Times. She has a Higher Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Philosophy and is a former Fulbright Scholar. She is fluent in English, French, German, and Korean.


Christian Decker, ETH ZürichChristian Decker is working on the networking aspects of Bitcoin and has written extensively on the subject. He first discovered Bitcoin in 2009, while reading the paper, and then participated in what was, at the time, a small network. After concluding his MsC in Computer Science, his hobby transformed into a job, when he was offered a PhD Candidate position in the Distributed Computing Group at ETH. Here, he researches how information is distributed in the network, and how the consensus mechanism could be improved to make the system more scalable and secure.


201403_GilLuria_PANELISTGil Luria is Managing Director at Wedbush Securities covers Financial Technology stocks. He joined Wedbush in 2005 and was previously at Sanford C. Bernstein covering large U.S. telecommunications companies. Prior to that, he was a Manager with Deloitte Consulting focused on telecommunications companies. Gil holds a B.A. in Economics from Hebrew University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Gil makes frequent appearances at payments and Bitcoin conferences and in the media, including CNBC, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and NPR.


Chris_OdomChristopher Odom is CTO and Co-founder of Monetas. Chris is the creator and lead developer of the Open-Transactions digital finance suite. His twenty-year software career has encompassed coding and managing enterprise software development projects for leading US and foreign multinationals. Monetas is building the world’s first decentralized system for financial and legal transactions.



kyle photo Kyle Powers co-founded Liberty Teller, the company that launched America’s first bitcoin ATMs. From that experience, the team learned that most consumers want the speed, but not the volatility of bitcoin. With that in mind, Liberty Teller created a new service, LibertyX, which solves bitcoin’s volatility problem. Prior to LibertyX, Kyle studied at The Wharton School of Business. Before Wharton, Kyle worked as an investor at a private equity fund with over $3B in assets and as a management consultant at Bain & Company.