january, 2018

18jan6:00 pm- 9:00 pmBitcoin, Block Chain, and ICOsHope or Hype?


Event Details

Will ICOs disrupt venture capital? Is blockchain technology as big as the internet? And is crypto here to stay as an asset class as well as a currency? Join us for an exciting and informative evening about the newest developments in blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and ICOs. Hear from the experts and entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of the financial industry.


6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking

About the Panelists:

Steve Hoffman (Captain Hoff) is an angel investor, partner in FOUNDERS.VC, Eminence Ventures (China), LP in August Capital, serial entrepreneur, and author of the book Make Elephants Fly. Hoffman is also the Captain & CEO of Founders Space, one of the world’s leading incubators and accelerators, with over 50 partners in 22 countries.

Hai Tang is a Managing Director at Andersen Tax. He is a member of the Andersen Tax Alternative Investment Funds Services group and works with venture capital funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, and venture backed companies. Hai provides services in partnership, international and M&A tax planning and compliance.

Hai advises alternative investment funds and their portfolio companies in structuring, transaction planning, Subpart F and PFIC planning. He also has extensive experience helping clients meet compliance obligations.

Jennifer Han is an attorney at Royse Law Firm. She received her LL.M. in Taxation from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2015 and her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law in 2013. Her areas of focus within the tax practice include corporate transactions, business structure planning, deferred compensation, and federal and state tax compliance. Ms. Han also assists the estate planning team with domestic and international tax planning research.

Paul Brown is the founder of yex Ventures. A seasoned entrepreneur, now turned investor, Paul has extensive expertise in the FinTech and the cryptocurrency space. With 3 exits (two in the FinTech space), and having been involved with Bitcoin since 2014, Paul now looks for businesses to invest in and/or advise that properly understand (or want to understand) the power of cryptocurrencies and blockchains.

About the Moderator:

Roger Royse is the founder of Royse Law Firm, PC, a business and tax law firm with offices in Northern and Southern California (www.rroyselaw.com). Roger practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. His clients include international emerging and middle-market companies and high net worth individuals. Roger has represented companies in a variety of industries, including clean tech, Internet, life sciences, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate, retail and mobile devices and applications. Practicing since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Roger is an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University Law School Tax program (Corporate, International, Property Transactions) and is a frequent speaker, writer, radio guest, blogger and panelist for bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo.

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(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST


College of San Mateo

1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd. Building 10, 2nd Floor San Mateo, CA 94402


Silicon Valley Startup: Idea to IPO

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