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Decentralizing Carbon Neutrality: Youree Lee

Dr. Lee is the Co-Founder and CEO of W-Foundation ( and an Adjunct Professor at Hanyang University School of Business. W-Foundation is an international non-profit organization and one of the most active nonprofits accredited by the Korean government. Recognized as a pioneer in bringing blockchain to social finance, she led the launch of the blockchain W Green Pay (WGP, for ‘HOOXI’, a global nature conservation campaign organized by W-Foundation and the Korean government. Dr. Lee has investment and corporate banking experience (Macquarie and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) covering infrastructure and renewable energy project financing. She received Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees in International Business from Ewha Womans University.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Gates 415

Past Events

Decentralized Financial Inclusion: David Lee

David Lee Kuo Chuen, professor at the Singapore University of Social Sciences, a 2015 Fulbright Scholar at Stanford, will be speaking on general trends in decentralized technology from the investor point of view and successful frameworks for projects that want to use blockchain to tackle financial inclusion and social improvement issues. Examples of such frameworks are the 5Ds, LASIC, and 3Cs. In addition, David will highlight key insights from recent events such as general cynicism towards blockchain projects and ongoing debates on the legitimacy of financial inclusion projects using blockchain technology.

Saturday, September 1, 2018
12:00 PM to 2:30 PM
The Den,
48511 Warm springs blvd suite 201 ·
Fremont, CA

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August 9 - Kickoff - Blockchains and DLT.

Tickets are available free of charge at Eventbrite (

The Agenda is:


Opening Remarks: Jan Liphardt (Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford, founder of CancerBase, and Director of the Distributed Trust Initiative)

9:00AM-10:10 AM
Presentation & Discussion: Decentralized Identity and Privacy
Brian Behlendorf (Executive Director of the Hyperledger Project)
Daniel Buchner (Senior PM at Microsoft & Decentralized Identity Foundation)
Ray Valdes (Consensys Solutions)

Presentation & Discussion: Developer Tools and Infrastructure
Suhabe Bugrara (Security Researcher at ConsenSys Diligence)
David Chen (CEO of MOAC)
Mike Godsey (PM at INFURA)

11:30AM - 1:10PM
Lunch and Networking

Presentation & Discussion: The Financial Side of Decentralization
Elizabeth Yin (Co-founder and General Partner at Hustle Fund)
Joey Krug (Co-founder at Augur; Co-Chief Investment Officer at Pantera Capital)
Robert Leshner (Founder and CEO of Compound)

Presentation & Discussion: Alternative Approaches
Cliff Szu (Co-founder of Hadron)
Bradley Miles (Co-founder and CEO of Turing Advisory)
Nikil Viswanathan (Co-founder and CEO of Alchemy)

Presentation & Discussion: Security Considerations for Smart Contract Platforms
Dawn Song (Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, Co-founder and CEO of Oasis Labs)
Jan Gorzny (Blockchain Researcher at Quantstamp)

Presentation & Discussion: Data Mining for the Distributed Age
Alan Chiu (Partner at XSeed Capital)
Jochen Kumm (CEO at Healio LLC)

Beyond our first meeting, we are planning a hackathon, a regular seminar series, an industry/student mixer, and community events focussing on distributed trust. If you know of an event you would like us to co-host or that you think would be relevant, please email us.

Past Events

Tuesday April 10, 2018: Decentralized Identity, Reputation, and Trust Speaker: Eric Ly, CEO of Hub; Rich Miller, CTO of Hub Time: 6:30PM-8:00PM Location: 260-113, Stanford University

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Description: Trust is foundational to online platforms and marketplaces. As a society, we have solved the online trust problem by mostly relying on services provided by trusted third parties. That said, there are still several problems with relying on centralized trust providers: - The application platform owns and controls your reputation data (i.e. reviews, likes, etc) - Your data gets fragmented across multiple services - Your data are not portable to other platforms

Eric Ly, the co-founding CTO of LinkedIn, is trying to solve these problems by building Hub, a decentralized blockchain-based protocol that will integrate identity, reputation, and trust layers, and provide these services to higher-layer use cases. In addition, Hub is creating an innovative system of incentives to drive trusted interactions on the platform. They're also building the Hub App, a next-generation professional network built on a messenger experience that will be a proof-of-concept for the underlying decentralized trust protocol. On April 10th, from 6:30pm-8:00pm, Eric and his CTO, Rich Miller, will come speak about decentralized identity and reputation, and share their vision for Hub. Eric will share his views on how Internet 2.0 platforms like LinkedIn find it challenging to create robust trust on their platforms, necessitating new blockchain-based approaches. They will also answer questions about what it's like and what it takes to work in an early-stage blockchain technology company.‌