Join the Wharton Club on 5/6/21 for Bitcoin or Bust: Digital Gold or Bubble?

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
5:00pm— 6:00pm
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Ever wonder what Bitcoin is and why you should consider investing? Why are institutions, including publicly-traded companies, putting Bitcoin on their balance sheets? There are thousands of cryptocurrencies - why is Bitcoin different? Should CFOs be exploring investing in Bitcoin? What exactly is blockchain? Is Bitcoin a legitimate threat to the government's currency monopoly? How might China or other nations use Bitcoin to their advantage?

Please join us for an insightful discussion to explore these questions with experts in Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain.


Dan Held, Growth Lead at Kraken, a crypto currency exchange and Sarah Hammer, Managing Director, The Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance, The Wharton School.  Sarah also supervises the Blockchain Lab at Wharton.

Stephen Alpher, Managing Editor of Breaking News, Seeking Alpha, a financial news platform, will moderate this discussion.


Dan Held, Growth Lead, Kraken, a crypto currency exchange

Dan is an expert in Bitcoin and currently leads growth at Kraken, one of the few cryptocurrency exchanges. His former company, Interchange, a portfolio reconciliation tool for crypto institutional traders, was acquired by Kraken in July 2019. Prior to that, he was at Uber on Rider Growth/Global Data. Before Uber, Dan built some of the most popular early crypto products including ChangeTip (acquired by AirBnB), and ZeroBlock (acquired by in the second ever all Bitcoin acquisition). He was part of the original 2013 crypto meetup group in SF which was comprised with the founders of Kraken, Coinbase, Litecoin, and others.

Sarah Hammer, Managing Director, The Blockchain Lab

The Stevens Center is the premier research, education, and thought leadership institution in the world for financial technology and blockchain.  Sarah Hammer is Managing Director of the Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance and Senior Director of the Harris Alternative Investments Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In these roles, she focuses her efforts on private capital investments and financial technology. Ms. Hammer is also Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, teaching an upper-level juris doctor course on financial regulation. Click here for her full bio -


Stephen Alpher, Managing Editor of Breaking News, Seeking Alpha

Steve has been with Seeking Alpha since 2010, and leads a global team of writers covering all aspects of financial market news - from traditional areas like stocks and bonds, to alternative investments like cryptocurrencies. He co-hosts the weekly Alpha Trader podcast featuring conversations with some of the top market experts.

Date: May 6, 2021

Time:  5 PM EST

Cost:  Wharton Members - Free
          Non-members:  $20

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