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The Origin of Blockchain and Its Potential

2:10 pm - 2:25 pm

Sheri Kaiserman
Principal Advisor & Co-Founder at Maco.la

Sheri is an accomplished finance professional with over 25 years of equity sales and leadership experience, previously serving as the Head of the Equities Division at Wedbush for sixteen years. Under her leadership, Wedbush published the first Wall Street research report on the topic of Bitcoin and Blockchain in 2013 and was one of the first financial services firms to start investing in the sector. Prior to joining Wedbush, Sheri spent ten years at Oppenheimer as an Institutional Equity Research Salesperson.

Sheri was awarded the “Achievement in Innovation Award” from Markets Media’s Markets Choice Awards: Women in Finance in November 2016; the “Excellence in Leadership” award from Trader Magazine in 2012; was a top 10 finalist “Executive of the Year” nominee at the 2010 Los Angeles Business Journal sponsored event, “Women Making a Difference”; and has been a guest on CNBC’s Power Lunch and Squawk on the Street.

In addition to being influential, spearheading cutting edge initiatives in the financial sector, Sheri has been an active leader within her community, serving on the community boards and also on the advisory boards of public company, PeerStream, startup healthcare company, 4C Health Solutions, and blockchain leisure company, KeyoCoin. Sheri is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Course Description:

In response to the 2007 financial crisis, the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto penned "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System". Like many great advancements that take existing technologies and apply them in uniquely different ways, Satoshi combined cryptographic encryption, distributed computing, hashing, game theory and consensus building and inadvertently unleashed blockchain technology. Many get confused between cryptocurrency and blockchain, but the vast potential is all about blockchain; while we are still in the early stages of development, blockchain will ultimately have as much impact as the Internet and effect our lives in ways that today we can't imagine.

Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how to:


  • View blockchain technology independent of cryptocurrencies.

  • See where the development of blockchain technology is and where it is going.

  • How to recognize the transformative nature and utilize the true potential of blockchain.