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 Panel


Tarun Wadhwa

Founder & CEO
Day One Insights

Tarun is an entrepreneur, academic, and acclaimed writer who is working at the intersection of technological advancement, innovation, global growth, security, and public policy. He regularly writes for Forbes, and his work has appeared in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Marketwatch, The Washington Post, Digital-Life-Design, and many other prestigious journals.

Tarun is currently a visiting instructor at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, and was previously Co-founder and COO of AIC Chile, a private innovation lab that creates technologies aiming to alleviate poverty (acquired in 2016). He worked to commercialize the breakthrough Plasma Water Sanitation System (PWSS), a sanitation technology that is currently providing at-risk communities across Latin America with clean drinking water.

One of Tarun’s most exciting ventures is Day One Insights, a strategy and advisory firm he founded around technological convergence, corporate reinvention, and social impact. This work focuses on trends that are overturning established industries; developments in cyber-security, privacy, and surveillance; and the impact of technological advancements on legal systems and societal institutions. All of this cutting-edge research has provided opportunities to partner with several of the most talked about companies in the world and influence leadership decision-making that is transforming these organizations. around technological convergence, corporate reinvention, and social impact.


Jaim Harlow

Sybil Systems, Inc.

Jaim is co-founder and CEO of Sybil Systems, Inc., a company building AI technology for doctors and nurses to help them handle more patients, faster, using blockchain to protect patient data; Sybil has offices in China and U.S.

Jaim is a technology pioneer, who has been implementing blockchain ciphers and encryption in public and private computer systems for over 20 years. He helped cross-pollinate military cybersecurity methods into U.S. Banking Infrastructure as CEO of NetFuel, Inc. His patents, going back 16 years, use blockchain hash keys/trees long before it was in vogue. He has consulted with various government agencies on methods to track bitcoins used for illicit transactions on the “DarkNet”. At present, Jaim’s activities in non-dilutive ICOs, cross-border Bitcoin capital flows and blockchain ‘digital rights management’ leave him with a fresh no-nonsense perspective in blockchain and bitcoin use.


Danny D. McLane

Founder & CEO
Jamii Technology

Danny D. McLane is Founder and CEO of Jamii Technology, a software development firm creating mobile, web, and enterprise applications that optimize and automate business processes. Jamii Technology is on the leading edge of blockchain technology development and offers a California certification course for engineers interested in this industry.

Danny has taught entrepreneurship camps at Stanford University in blockchain development and executive courses. He has experience with startups, privately and publicly held companies, implementing LEAN Six Sigma principles and technical solutions – including Project Frog and United Parcel Service (UPS).

Danny has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from San Jose State University and serves on the board of directors for the Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce.


Amanjyot Johar

Investment Strategy

Over the last 10 years, Aman has worked with a variety of start-ups and has a broad background in strategy, operations, and deal-making. In the start-up world, Aman has been on both sides of the table. He co-founded Applied Protein, a drug company simplifying oncology care, which was acquired by Pivot Pharma. As an investor, he has invested in distressed assets, often taking on the role of an operating partner in turning around the companies.

At Proteum, Aman is excited about enterprise applications of blockchains and advising companies in building their capabilities to adapt to a rapidly shifting tech landscape. He has also advised companies on their ICO execution strategy.

Currently, Aman is a mentor at the Singulairty University, a board member at a stealth mode solid state battery company and at Telewave. He holds a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon where he was named a Swartz Fellow for entrepreneurship.


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.