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
CEO, The Block
Global Leader, Data Innovation, D&B
Managing Director, IHS Markit
Co-Founder & CEO, Health Wizz
Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, SAP
Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Co-Author, The Truth Machine