Technically Speaking Series

Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain, Cryptos, Smart Contracts, Oh My! | Technological Leadership Institute

Series Event Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 5:30pm

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:30pm

Location: Johnson Great Room | McNamara Alumni Center | 200 Oak Street, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Speakers: Benjamin M. Cole, Ph.D.

When Thomas Edison created his Direct Current system, he wasn’t the first person to experiment with electric currents. But what Edison did is take those pieces and assemble them into a complete system that could be commercialized. Similarly, the pioneers of Bitcoin took concepts that have been around for decades—cryptography, game theory, digital cash—to create the first coherent blockchain system. To help us understand how the blockchain innovations sparked by the Bitcoin protocol are upending industries as far ranging as music, energy and insurance, Dr. Benjamin Cole of Fordham University will be joining us for TLI’s Technically Speaking Series on November 15, 2018. Consider Dr. Cole’s session your primer on the path of blockchain to date and where the technology is headed.

Event Schedule:
5:30 p.m.: Registration
6:00 p.m.: Program begins - includes table group discussions
7:00 p.m.: Large group Q&A with the guest speaker
7:15 p.m.: Networking
7:30 p.m.: Program concludes

About the Speaker

Photo of Benjamin Cole, PhD, the speaker of the November 15 Technically Speaking event on blockchain

Benjamin M. Cole, Ph.D., holds the William J. Loschert Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, where he teaches the Strategy and Blockchain: Industry Disruptor & Creator courses. Dr. Cole is the organizer of the Blockchain Disruptor Conference and serves as an external advisor to two blockchain platforms: Sindric, a platform that helps retail and institutional investors develop frameworks for assessing crypto-asset markets, and ConsenSys, the creator of the Ether cryptocurrency and the Ethereum blockchain platform. Dr. Cole has provided briefings on blockchain and cryptocurrencies to the Finance Minister of Luxembourg, His Excellency Pierre Gramegna; Bain Consulting; and the Institute of Food Technologists, among others.

At Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business, where he served as the Director of MBA Programs for three years (2015-2018), Dr. Cole has been awarded the Dean’s Award for Impact (2018), the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (2016), the Gladys and Henry Crown Award for Faculty Excellence (Class of 2015), the Stanley Fuchs Award (Class of 2015) and the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Classes of 2016, 2013, 2009). At the Academy of Management, his scholarly activity has been recognized by three different divisions — Gustavson Award finalist (2013, IM Division), Douglas Nigh Award finalist (2013, IM Division), Outstanding Reviewer Award (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, BPS Division) and ABCD Reviewer Award (2007, 2006, OMT Division) — as well as by AoM’s flagship empirical journal — Outstanding Reviewer Award (2016, AMJ).

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