Innovation develops within a complex regulatory, financial, social and global ecosystem. We provide a space in Washington DC for nuanced collaboration between public and private stakeholders focused on using blockchain technology to accomplish tangible goals.
We need products, not promises. This industry is crowded with claims and platitudes, but few real-world solutions. BlockShop provides space and connections to help blockchain builders build.
Dead Engineers Society is a network of engineers who help each other to get their projects off the ground. It acts as a grassroots incubator and an open-source foundation focusing on supporting technology that brings a positive impact on society and can benefit people beyond BlockShop. The participating engineers agree to contribute to each other's projects on a voluntary basis without claiming the ownership or enforcing any licensing. Our expertise spans across Software Development, IT Security, DevOps, AI, Neuroscience, and Applied Linguistics. In addition to this, we help early-stage projects with infrastructure resources, project management, and hiring efforts.
BlockShop organizes and hosts events with leaders from Wall Street, venture capital, the technology community, and government. Our events focus exclusively on concrete applications of blockchain solutions – i.e., products, not promises.
We also host networking events for BlockShop members and newbies. Rotating themes will include start-up pitch nights, group brainstorming for specific industry issues, engagement with regulators and other policymakers, brass-tacks how-to talks, and more.
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David C Johnson is a business-savvy technology lawyer based in the DC office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. He helps Fortune 500 companies and tech startups navigate the intersection of business, technology, and law. Prior to law school David worked in 40 countries over 7 years selling environmental remediation technologies.
Evgeny Dmitriev is an information security and blockchain technology expert, whose clients include the Central Bank of France, Diebold, Alcatel-Lucent, Caisse des Dépôts, and many others. He designed secure database access solutions at INTERPOL, and is completing his PhD in Computer Science at the Sorbonne University.
Adam Zarazinski is an attorney and blockchain entrepreneur. An Air Force JAG and Afghanistan Campaign veteran, he previously worked for INTERPOL and the World Health Organization. Adam has experience in small business development and fundraising across 3 continents.
Alex Wilson's background is in management consulting, specializing in digital transformation which led him into a career focused on blockchain and cryptocurrency. For the last few years, Alex has been investing and consulting in the blockchain space and now has turned his attention to the nonprofit world.
Patrick Duffy began as a federal consultant for pharmaceutical companies, focused on collaboration with nonprofits. He then shifted to the nonprofit sector, focusing on operations and fundraising. Merging his nonprofit experience and passion for crypto trading, he now designs and implements initiatives focused on elevating nonprofit outcomes and cryptocurrency adoption. Pat formerly served as the CEO of Bitcoin before stepping down due to a potential conflict of interest with his alpaca farm.
Kristin Smith runs the Blockchain Association, a Washington DC-based trade association that works to improve the public policy environment in order for the open blockchain technology ecosystem to thrive. Kristin leads the association’s engagement with its members and outreach to policymakers. She is responsible for the strategy that drives the organization’s education efforts, advocacy campaigns, and events. She also serves as the spokesperson for the association.
Les Aker is, what he calls, an ‘old school computer guy’. He is a computer scientist, consultant, and the president and founder of Gondolin, Inc. He has more than 35 years of professional experience working as an innovator and disruptive technologist in advanced research and development, much of that at the Naval Research Lab. He currently works heavily in blockchain technology and has designed cryptographic systems using very similar cryptographic algorithms, hashing and data encoding in the past.
Cleve Mesidor is founder of LOGOS, Publisher of Blockchain Buzz, and Former Obama Presidential Appointee & Capitol Hill Staffer. Cleve is very active in the NYC and Washington DC crypto communities. She is organizing the inaugural Women of Color in Blockchain Congressional Briefing and was a 2019 SXSW speaker. Additionally, Cleve was appointed to the Board of Library Trustees by DC’s Mayor in 2016 and worked in City Hall in NYC in 2017.
Jake Chervinsky is General Counsel for Compound Labs, a cryptocurrency company building a decentralized protocol for autonomous interest rate markets on the Ethereum blockchain. Before joining Compound, Jake worked in private practice at Kobre & Kim, representing individual and corporate clients in financial services litigation and government enforcement defense matters. Jake started his career at Baker McKenzie, where he focused on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance and investigations.
David S. Feldman is an experienced CTO who oversees the design, development, implementation of mission-critical initiatives, and complex data/insights systems. He was the CTO of the Forbes CryptoMarkets initiative, where he led the product and technology teams to provide clients with data and insights on the Blockchain ecosystem. Previously he was a Partner at IBM, in their global center of competency team, focusing on high-profile digital projects.
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Blockshop strtups get to work out of our space in the heart of Washington, DC, within walking distance of major U.S. government agencies, multilateral institutions, and global nonprofit organizations. They also enjoy:
• Free 24/7 access to the BlockShop co-working space
• Product presentation and demo opportunities
• Exclusive and preferred event access
• Collaboration with sponsors and industry leaders
Interested in joining the BlockShop as a startup? Apply to be a startup.
Our sponsors are active members of the BlockShop community. BlockShop sponsors – industry leaders in finance, technology, legal, consulting, and government fields – receive access to top start-ups driving blockchain innovation. Sponsors also have the opportunity to contribute programming and interact with the BlockShop community. BlockShop sponsorship packages can include:
• Sponsor’s logo prominently displayed in the BlockShop office and website
• Verbal “shout-out” and signage at all BlockShop events
• Preferred and free access to exclusive and paid BlockShop hosted events
• Named event sponsorship (1 per year, sponsor-selected topic and content)
• Preferred access to regulatory discussions involving government and industry leaders
• Participation in sandbox and brainstorming sessions with BlockShop founders, startups, and developers
Interested in joining the BlockShop as a sponsor? Please fill out our Sponsor Contact Form.
The companies and projects selected by BlockShop are not charged. Rather, these teams contribute significant time and effort toward growing and supporting our community, while BlockShop’s costs (primarily rent and event expenses) are supported by sponsors and donors.
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