Bitcoin and Blockchain – Best New World or Biggest Bust?

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Deutsche Bank Labs
Silicon Valley
2650 Birch Street
Suite 150
Palo Alto, CA 94306



Are cryptocurrencies a passing fad, the future of our financial system, a system of distributed abuse-resistant ledgers, or a platform for black-market transactions? Quite possibly they’re all of the above!

Did you know that bitcoin mining uses more electricity than the entire nation of New Zealand? Or that entire datacenters are being built with cutting-edge custom silicon just for bitcoin?

Please join ACG Silicon Valley’s evening Keynote, bring your questions and let our panel of experts separate fact from fiction.


Our Distinguished Moderator


Don Proctor

Founder & CEO
Bk97 Digital

Don Proctor is the Founder and CEO of Bk97 Digital, providing advisory services to companies and government agencies on product strategy, innovation, technology policy, and cybersecurity.

Don was previously a Senior Vice President at Cisco Systems, Inc. As leader of the Cybersecurity Task Force, he worked with worldwide government leaders in defense, civilian agencies, and the intelligence community to advance the safety, privacy, and integrity of their critical infrastructure.

After joining Cisco in 1995, Don held a variety of leadership positions in the company’s enterprise, commercial, and service provider businesses. He served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s software engineering group and was responsible for development of Cisco’s IOS software, network management, VoIP, web collaboration, and global government businesses.

Don was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Collaboration Software Group, Voice Technology Group, and Service Provider Switching Group. Early in his tenure at Cisco, he led the product team that developed Cisco’s first integrated voice/data router. He continues to serve as the founding CEO of the Center for Cisco Heritage, the LLC responsible for Cisco’s historical archives. Prior to joining Cisco, he worked for software maker Sybase.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Proctor teaches in graduate programs at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the UC Berkeley College of Engineering, and in the University of San Francisco’s Silicon Valley Immersion program. He formerly taught Internet technologies in the UC Berkeley Engineering Extension program.