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The World of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies: Webinar Highlights

On July 6th, DC Finance, a global family office and high net worth individual community, hosted a webinar, “The World of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies,”that included several speakers and an audience from all over the world. In this brief recap, I am going to highlight some of the speakers that most stood out to me:

The first speaker and panel that I found fascinating was one led by Diana Adachi, Partner, True North Impact, along with Susanne Somerville, CEO, Chronicled and Lucas Perez, Co-founder of Health My Project. Ms. Adachi along with her peers discussed the applicability of blockchain technology to the healthcare industry. The industry is worth around $2 billion today, according to Diana Adachi, and is projected to be $3.5 billion by 2026. The panel speakers stated the significance of blockchain technology in addressing issues within the healthcare industry, including data breaches. Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize the healthcare sector as it would allow for data to be stored, verified, immutable, transparent, and secure. Its applicability is far reaching and is enabling ample capabilities.

“I think Ethereum is going to continue to rally…I am extremely bullish” — Mike McGlone, Senior Commodity Strategist, Bloomberg Intelligence.

The second speaker that I want to address is Miami mayor Suarez. Mayor Suarez is one of the most futuristic, opportunistic, and innovative mayors the city has ever seen. Suarez believes in an experiential Miami, where “the most precious commodity is not money anymore, but rather is time.” Through an experiential Miami, mayor Suarez is bringing the best of the world’s minds to Miami. He is doing everything to continue the migration to Miami, via keeping taxes low and supporting businesses relocating there. He states that “Miami has a different attitude” and he is determined to turn Miami into a tech hub with opportunities for all. In the webinar, Suarez stated “every company is a tech company; or at least they should be or else they are in trouble.” He says that this “movement” is evidently going to lead the city to prosperity and experiences for its residents. For example, he is planning to allow residents to pay taxes and rent in cryptocurrency. Suarez is one of the most innovative mayors out there and his actions speak louder than political words. One last interesting piece he mentioned in his panel was his city based initiative to build a technology-based and focused charter school. Although it is very early in the process, this school would foster a technology class that could have massive potential to contribute to Miami’s economy.

The DC Finance webinar was one to remember for the various speakers that were represented on the panel. From this webinar, it is evident that blockchain and cryptocurrencies offer ample opportunities across industries and sectors.. More to come; but, until then #ToTheMoon!

Jordana Cohen, Writer and Associate, Alpha Sigma Capital

Jordana joined Alpha Sigma Capital in November 2020 as writer and associate. Jordana graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University with a business major in finance and a minor in Spanish. In addition to her academic accomplishments, she has substantive experience in management and marketing endeavors through her establishment of several start-up events to fundraise for pediatric cancer research. Alpha Sigma Capital is a pioneering digital asset fund that invests in growth companies, private and public equity, mergers and acquisitions, and special situations. Alpha Sigma Capital believes in a fundamental research approach for investing and supporting the blockchain economy; and, it is rigorous in determining the value of such organizations.

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F. Daniel Siciliano is an Independent Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and Chair of the American Immigration Council. He is the former faculty director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and former Professor of the Practice and Associate Dean at Stanford Law School. His work has included expert testimony in front of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and for 2009, 2010, and 2011, alongside leading academics and business leaders such as Ben Bernanke, Paul Krugman, and Carl Icahn, Professor Siciliano was named to the “Directorship 100” – a list of the most influential people in corporate governance.

Siciliano was also co-founder, CEO and ultimately Executive Chairman of LawLogix Group, Inc. – a global software technology company named 9 consecutive times to the Inc. 500/5000, several times ranked as one of the Top 100 fastest-growing private software companies in the US and named to the US Hispanic Business 500 (largest) and Hispanic Business 100 (fastest growing) lists for 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he sold a majority stake of the company to PNC Riverarch Capital, continued as Executive Chairman, and led the sale of the company to Hyland Software/Thoma Bravo in 2015.

Siciliano is a co-founder and board member of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX), Chairman of the national non-partisan American Immigration Council, past-President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #1057, and an active member of the Latino Corporate Directors’ Association.


Siciliano’s related areas of expertise include executive compensation, corporate compliance, the legal and social impact of autonomous (AI/robotic) systems, and corporate technology strategy and security. He has served as a governance consultant and trainer to the Board of Directors of dozens of Fortune 1000 companies (including Google, Microsoft, Fedex, Disney, Entergy and Applied Materials), is an angel investor and consultant to several firms and companies in Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, India, and Latin America, and currently serves as an independent director on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. He lives in Los Altos, California.