December 4, 20172017 Block & Coin Summit: NAVIGATING THE CRYPTOCONOMY

The Morris Tech Meetup is thrilled to host the 2017 Block & Coin Summit: NAVIGATING THE CRYPTOCONOMY

For the Morristown, New Jersey event, the Morris Tech Meetup is hosting TWO Panel discussions.

The four hour event including free dinner (only pay for bar drinks) will be only $35 (+ processing fees). Cost at the door will be significantly raised.

Signing up on the Meetup site will not allow for entrance without PAYING YOUR ENTRY FEE AT OUR EVENTBRITE SITE:

Keynote Speaker: Alex Mashinsky, Founder/CEO of Celsius, a P2P decentralized credit protocol based on smart contract technology. Alex is an investor, ICO advisor and early entrepreneurial leader in the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency industries.

Panel One: Trends in Cryptocurrency – Moderated by David Postolski of Gearhart Law, this panel will explore much of the excitement and confusion around the cryptocurrency space. Even the common consumer has heard of Bitcoin’s meteoric rise, due to the 850% gain in one year (as of 10/26/17, now close to $6,000) and Ethereum’s gain of over 2,600% in the same timeframe (even with it closing below $300 yesterday).

Let’s explore deeper:

  • What it means to businesses (and investors) to go through an Initial Coin Offering (ICOs)? what are the latest regulations from industry and the government? What are the benefits of being treated as either equity or pre-revenue?
  • How do you successfully proceed with an ICO? Do I need a Syndicate? What does an ICO Syndicate do and provide for my business and how much typically does it cost?
  • Is Cryptocurrency speculative (investment) or utilitarian (money)? How can we justify using it as a currency if it is so much valuable as an investment?
  • What is a Fork (hard and soft)? What are the recent forks and how have they affected the Cryptonomic Ecosystem?
  • What are the Regulations and Treatment of Cryptocurrency in the U.S.A. and Internationally? What is the Dark Web and how does it effect treatment of cryptocurrency in various countries?

Panel Two: Trends in Blockchain – Moderated by David Sorin of McCarter & English, this panel will explore the less sexy – though much more profound – side of the Cryptoconomy, the underlying foundation that makes it all happen.

  • What are the business model cases best able to take advantage of the Blockchain?
  • How important is the Blockchain to the development of new technological capabilities able to change the way business is being done in many companies?
  • What are Smart Contracts? How are they being used? What kind of technological proficiency and concerns need to be addressed to create great, secure contracts?
  • Why is the power of distributed computational power so important? How does the blockchain irrefutably verify transactions in a way that the veracity of transactions is immutable?
  • How are enterprises taking advantage of the Blockchain and developing more efficient ways of doing business?
  • What exactly is proof of work? Or proof of stake or proof of authority? What are the different types of consensus mechanisms that make the Blockchain a reality?
  • Does a Blockchain based business model need a cryptocurrency? What is the economic incentives (or otherwise) that allows Blockchain to thrive?


  • A startup FinTech company that will be RAISING AN ICO at the time of our event with a special announcement
  • A special announcement about the Technology/Business Initiatives of the Morris County Econcomic Development Corporation and the future vision of Morris County.
  • THIS EVENT WILL BE HELPING TO RAISE MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE ALIGNED WITH THE INTERESTS OF OUR TECH COMMUNITY: Fairleigh-Dickinson University runs a High School Idea Pitch competition which last year attracted over 600 high school students from the entire state of New Jersey. We strongly encourage this program to continue to help foster entrepreneurship at a younger age and expose high school students to creative business concepts, design thinking and a greater sense of self-reliance.

If you are able to help sponsor this worthwhile program or connect us with a company who is interested in evolving young minds by sponsoring, please e-mail me at

We are holding this event at Morris County’s Only Speakeasy – The Laundromat, a block away from the Historic Green in Morristown, NJ (4 DeHart Street). Event starts promptly at 5pm. Pizza dinner and appetizers will be served during the event. DRINKS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AT THE BAR.

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