Bitcoin and the Rise of Digital Currency
With Richard Bard, Bill Laggner and Zach Markiewicz
Dec. 28, 2017
Donovan Pavilion | Vail
It’s been almost nine years since Bitcoin burst onto the scene, but many people are still wondering how digital currency affects not only the individual, but also the financial world. The invention of the block chain for Bitcoin made it the first digital currency to solve the double spending problem, without the use of a trusted authority or central server, but digital currency and crypto-currency are still very much a gray area for many people. Some call it a hoax while others have an eye on how other countries, like Russia and China, are handling the phenomenon.
In this fireside chat with Richard Bard, experts Bill Laggner and Zach Markiewicz will discuss the future of cryptocurrency, both nationally and globally, focusing on block chain concepts as a core component of Bitcoin, where it serves as the public ledger for all transactions.
Bill Laggner was an early adopter of Bitcoin and investor in Uphold, “the internet of money.” He is the co-founder of Bearing Asset Management (2002) and manager of Bearing Fund LP, one of the top performing macro funds from 2005-2010. He also created the Bearing Credit Bubble Index, which measured the various credit enablers responsible for the great financial crisis.
Zach Markiewicz is a specialist in Payments System Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City where he is responsible for gathering market intelligence and advising policymakers on developments in the payments system. Prior to joining the Fed, Mr. Markiewicz was a senior manager of consumer insights and brand research for Anheuser-Busch Inc.
Richard Bard is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bard Capital Group, LLC, a middle market private equity firm with a diversified portfolio. He has been involved in the acquisition and operation of several private and publicly traded businesses over the past 30 years. He previously served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
This program is sponsored in part by Alpine Bank and generously underwritten by Dierdre and Ronnie Baker.
Note: The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; the program will start at 6 p.m.