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21 Jun

Dealmakers Series: Blockchain

4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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On June 21st ODP Hosted the Dealmakers Blockchain Summit

Blockchain is an emerging technology that is becoming essential to all businesses.  On June 21, 2018 Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips brought together senior executives and thought leaders to discuss how businesses are being impacted by blockchain.

ODP provided an overview of the M&A activity in blockchain and discussed how the M&A market for blockchain is emerging. The first panel focused on early stage investing in blockchain and provided insights into the motivations for selecting between various potential funding and exit strategies – conducting an ICO, raising funding through a traditional venture capital firm, or considering an acquisition. The second panel provided insights on blockchain’s impact across all industries and addressed the concept of owning and aggregating personal data and the accelerating rate of change in the blockchain industry as a whole.

The speakers included founders, CEOs, and senior executives from Greycroft, SAP, Amberdata, The Block, NYIAX, Dun & Bradstreet, IHS Markit, Health Wizz, and The Wall Street Journal.  Approximately 150 PE, VC, Corporate Development, Business Development, as well as C-Level executives, entrepreneurs, and founders gathered to join the conversation.  All attendees received signed copies of Paul Vigna and Michael Casey’s book, The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything

About the Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips Dealmakers Series

Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips has hosted the landmark annual Dealmakers Summit for nearly twenty years. It is the seminal event in the firm’s Dealmakers Series, which are topical, invitation-only discussions for the top dealmakers and operators in the Media, Advertising & Marketing, Education, Technology, Healthcare, and Private Equity industries. Each event focuses on a specific aspect of the M&A landscape and features innovators in that sector – in this case, blockchain. The events approach the discussion through the lens of M&A. They feature industry experts discussing the future of the media and technology industries, specifically focusing on recent and imminent notable transactions, as well as emerging trends and opportunities in our space. We bring together influential leaders for stimulating discussions, valuable networking opportunities and engaging programming.


Welcome from Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips

Speakers: Reed Phillips III, CEO & Managing Partner, Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips and Joanna Stone Herman, Partner, Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips

Early Stage Investing in Blockchain

Speakers: Mike Dudas, CEO, The Block; Tongtong Gong, COO, Amberdata; and Chris Wallace, Investor, Greycroft 

Moderator: Shwetha Shetty, Senior Director Corporate Strategy, SAP

Blockchain is the Future of Everything

Speakers: Carolina Abenante, Founder, NYIAX; Saleem Khan, Global Leader, Data Innovation, Dun & Bradstreet; Jeffrey Maron, Managing Director, IHS Markit; and Raj Sharma, Co-Founder & CEO, Health Wizz

Moderator: Paul Vigna, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal  & Co-Author, The Truth Machine


Carolina Abenante

Founder, NYIAX

Mike Dudas

CEO, The Block

Tongtong Gong

COO, Amberdata

Saleem Khan

Global Leader, Data Innovation, D&B

Jeffrey Maron

Managing Director, IHS Markit

Raj Sharma

Co-Founder & CEO, Health Wizz

Shwetha Shetty

Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, SAP

Paul Vigna

Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Co-Author, The Truth Machine

Chris Wallace

Investor, Greycroft


Date: June 21, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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