Industry Perspectives

Jason Kelley

General Manager, IBM Blockchain Services


Jason Kelley leads IBM's Global Blockchain Services, partnering with client organizations and consortia to unleash the exponential business value of blockchain technologies and reinvented business process. His teams provide the thought leadership and consultive capabilities needed to design, develop and rapidly adopt digital ledgers, digital identity, trust and transparency with IBM Blockchain offerings and solutions.Prior to this role, Mr. Kelley led IBM Global Business Services Solutions, Design, &Innovation, helping clients transform to differentiate and lead in the market through digital reinvention, applying IBM Design Thinking and the application of Agile, DevOps and innovative technology. His teams bring endless energy, creativity, and outcomes for IBM clients around the world, delivering unique business capability with the marriage of analytics, automation/robotics, Watson, and cloud technologies. Mr. Kelley also served as IBM CTO and design leader for IBM Business Process Outsourcing, and previously managed IBM's Analytics business in North America, China and Asia Pacific. He has also led initiatives in IBM's Software, Global Technology Services, and Sales and Distribution units across industries. With 13 with years of military service as an Army Airborne Ranger, Mr. Kelley values integrity, leadership, and loyalty, and proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Corporate America Supports You (CASY) organization and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, both national nonprofitsoffering employment assistance for current and former military personnel and their spouses. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Kelley also earned an MBA from the Cox School of business at Southern Methodist University, with a concentration in Technology and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Kelley contributes to IBM's ongoing leadership in patents as the holder of three U.S. Patents with others pending.

Steven Nerayoff

ICO Architect


Steven Nerayoff, Esq. LL.M. is a prolific serial entrepreneur, attorney and inventor of 20 international patents, having founded seven companies in Silicon Valley and New York City. Steven is a blockchain pioneer with his involvement in top projects including: Ethereum, Lisk, Bancor, tZERO, ZenCash, ZCash, Ripio, Aion and Storm. Steven is also the Chairman of the publicly listed company Global Blockchain Technologies (OTCMKTS:BLKCF) (TSXV:BLOC).Stevens innovative work as the legal architect of Ethereums record setting token sale continues to be the basic structure used throughout the world today. Steven innovated the concept of utility, specifically using the concept of "gas" or "fuel" for legal purposes. Steven continues to be instrumental in defining the industry standards.In 2017, Steven founded Alchemist specializing in blockchain project development and investment. Steven has assembled a team of industry leaders having advised and invested in over 25 projects.Steven has had involvement as either a founder, advisor or investor in following projects: Aion, Bancor, Basic Attention Token, Blocktix, Civic, Enjin, Ethereum, Factom, GlobalBlockchain, Investfeed, Kudos, Lisk, Metrosage,, Polymath, Ripio, Shopin, Sirin, Status, Steemit, Storm, Stox, Streetwire, tZERO, Veridium Labs, Vezt, ZCash, ZencashHe is the Founder & CEO of Maple Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on emerging technologies including blockchain-based payment systems, consumer internet companies, and socially conscious enterprises. He is also the Founder & Executive Chairman of CloudParc, a patented next-generation artificial intelligence smart city platform that has groundbreaking technology for the city of the future.

Jeff Pulver

Vice Chairman


Brian Cooper

Visionary Leader and Technology Strategist

Stillwaters Technologies

Brian has worked for nearly twenty years as a technology leader, responsible for building high-performing software development teams, identifying technology trends and driving technology strategy and innovation.Brian brings deep experience of software design and architectural principles as well as consultant expertise where he partnered with clients to rapidly build and deliver their products to market.