Ken DeLeon is the founder and visionary behind DeLeon Realty. Ken was a scholar – he has a degree in mathematics and economics, and graduated from Berkeley Law. Ken was a lawyer – he practiced law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of the nation’s most prestigious law firms and the largest firm in Silicon Valley. Ken is a real estate rockstar – it took him less than ten years to skyrocket from a brand new agent to one of the country’s best and most successful, with over $275 million in sales in 2011 alone. In June 2012, the Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc. announced that Ken DeLeon was the nation’s #1 real estate agent out of over 1.2 million agents, the only agent in Silicon Valley to ever be ranked the nation’s top agent. Ken and his team sold over $330 million in 2013 and over $550 million in 2014, and he regularly appeared in newscasts and storied in national shows and publications.
Natalia Karayaneva is the CEO and founder of Propy Inc. She has an extensive and very successful background in real estate development for more than 12 years’ experience with thousands of sales and contracts closed within the companies she founded. She is not only an awarded real estate developer, a serial entrepreneur, but also an experienced software engineer. In 2015 she finished her Master of Science in Sustainable Urban Development from Oxford. Her focus, activities as an entrepreneur and studies have always been on real estate and urbanization. With Propy, a Blockchain real estate venture and its new service she and her team will completely secure and automate the real estate transaction process globally. Propy’s technology will allow countries to adopt a comprehensive real-time database for real estate, and implement the Blockchain ledger for land registries and title companies to simplify real estate sales and prevent fraud.
Jason Kumpf is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at OFX Global Payments. He works with Global Fortune 1000 Groups and other alliance partners that have member companies, employees or readers that are transacting globally to improve their international business using the leading fin-tech systems. For the last 4 years Jason has helped OFX grow its partnership and clients base in the US and abroad, arranging partnerships with major media groups, technology, accounting and real estate firms. Previous to OFX, he was VP of Institutional Sales for a Bitcoin Crypto Currency Exchange. Before that, Jason was a key team member, reporting directly to the CEO, of a once junior wireless company assisting it to quickly grow to over a billion dollars in revenue. With experience at Global Fortune 100 to start ups, he has led a diverse set of important initiatives resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and transactions. His entrepreneurial curiosity and persistence leads to implementing exciting new ideas for growth. He also takes time to be an advisor to growth companies. Jason has been quoted in CNN Money, Fox News and is asked to speak on international business, accelerating growth, real estate and emerging opportunities.
Bruce Cahan is President of Urban Logic, Inc. and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. Bruce is co-founder of Stanford’s Sustainable Banking Initiative, a Distinguished Scholar at Stanford mediaX, and a member of Stanford’s Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX). Bruce created and taught three Stanford courses: Ethics of Finance and Financial Engineering (MS&E 148), Understanding the Buy Side of Wall Street (MS&E 449), and Sustainable Banking (CEE 244A). As a recovering Wall Street lawyer, Hong Kong merchant banker, geospatial technology finance pioneer, 9/11 emergency responder and Ashoka Fellow social entrepreneur, Bruce is designing for and educating a new cohort of bankers by working on projects ranging from how we will bank and exchange commodities in space, to how to eradicate consumer debt as a factor in intergenerational inequality, to building a periodic table of quality of life and using it as a valuation model in an independent teaching hospital bank (GoodBank™(io)), to creating a blockchain for recording the decisional history of buildings (RE-OS). Bruce has advised and nurtured innovation programs in Fortune 1000 companies, and federal and local government agencies. Bruce regularly mentors Stanford student and Silicon Valley startups, and is on the Investment Committee of Chestnut Street Ventures, an angel/VC fund investing in University of Pennsylvania alumni and others’ growing technology businesses. Bruce graduated Temple Law School (J.D. 1979) and The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. He is licensed to practice law in California, New York and Pennsylvania.
Moderator: Pierre-R. Wolff is Managing Director of ExecConnect, a firm facilitating professional transactional connections. His clients include firms in global financial services and corporate venture capital interested in executing corporate development transactions (specifically investments, M&A, and strategic partnerships), and early stage companies in need of business/corporate development and fundraising strategy assistance. Over the past 3 years he has spent a significant amount of time in the Blockchain ecosystems consulting on various transactions. Pierre currently serves on several advisory boards of blockchain, 3D printing, collaborative communications, real-time streaming and payment system companies. He received his MBA from EDHEC in Nice, France, and conducted his undergraduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.