Featured Speakers Update

Excited to welcome Starsky Robotics, Bitmain, Numerate, Invia Robotics, and First Block Capital!


Stefan Seltz-Axmacher is CEO and Founder of Starsky Robotics, a driverless truck startup launched in August 2016 which aims to make roads safer and allow truck drivers to work closer to home. Starsky Robotics began moving freight on the highway in February 2017, and in February 2018 drove a truck fully unmanned for seven miles on the highway. Starsky raised a $16.5 million Series A round led by Shasta Ventures, with substantial contributions from previous investors like Y Combinator, Trucks.vc, 50 Years, 9Point Ventures, and many others.

Phillip Liu is currently the COO of Bitmain, a global leader in the cryptocurrency mining market. The hardware maker with a commanding market share of 75% in the cryptocurrency mining market has seen revenue grow at a 328 percent compound annual growth rate from 2015 to 2017, reporting revenue of $2.5 billion for the full year of 2017, and $2 billion alone in Q1 2018.

John Griffin is Chief Scientific Officer at Numerate, which has developed and applies an AI-driven approach to small molecule drug design. He was formerly Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Theravance and Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Stanford.

With more than twenty years of leadership and business experience bringing to market many of the systems that power the Internet, Lior Elazary has directed and guided teams developing everything from back-office systems to the core technologies of the business. As the Founder and CEO of inVia Robotics, Lior leads the team in strategically developing, implementing, and deploying robotics automation technology through inVia’s innovative “Robotics-as-a-Service” platform and solutions for e-commerce distribution centers and supply chains.

Marc is a successful technology entrepreneur and thought leader in the cryptocurrency space. In 2005, he co-founded Tudou, which was ultimately sold to Alibaba for $5bn in 2016. Until 2011, Marc acted as CEO of Spil Games Asia. After moving to to Vancouver in 2013, Marc became a managing partner in venture capital fund, CrossPacific Capital where he focused on FinTech, with an emphasis on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. In early 2017 Marc founded the first registered cryptocurrency investment fund in Canada, First Block Capital, and launched Canada’s first licensed Bitcoin fund, the FBC Bitcoin Trust. He also founded Initial Coin Offering investment bank First Coin Capital and the largest Bitcoin miner in North America Hut 8 Mining, taking it public in March 2018.