Next Money Conference in SKOLKOVO
NextMoney Moscow Meetup #1 - Blockchain: a fork in the road

July 7, 2016 / 09:00
Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Next Money is the world’s fastest growing fintech collaboration platform built by a global network of innovators, communities, events and programs. SKOLKOVO, collaborating with Digital Space Ventures, is happy to open a new chapter, where our core motivation is:

To allow bold stories of fintech innovation and entrepreneurship in the CIS region to be heard around the world

To enable local enthusiasts and practitioners to connect with leading global minds on important subjects, to foster collaboration and improve their success odds

Finally, to connect local startups and aspiring teams withe the leading international accelerators, VC and banks that are friends with Next Money


Meetup 1: blockchain: a fork in the road

DLT are gaining much interest from all parties involved in the fintech revolution: dozens of startups are starting overnight to attract attention and investment, bent to solve a multitude of cases enabling trust, distributed storage of rights, effective exchange of value and notatisation power alongside payments, remittances, insurance, rights attribution etc.

Born out of the Bitcoin protocol, blockchain is the new intellectual word, but is it that magical and everpresent in every preconcieved problem? Can it operate outside of the Bitcoin domain, propagate trust as part of a private chain, solve regulation obstacles. Or is it just another gimmick, that enjoyes attention thanks to the founder’s myth and a vibrant developer’s community, spawned by mistrust for the central banking system of 2007-08?


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09:00 Arrival, Coffee and networking.


09:30 SharpNext Money introduction.

Daniel Gusev, Next Money Moscowchapter lead and managing parner of Digital Space Ventures

Daniel Gusev is a seasoned entrepreneur in financial services innovation space, starting and chairing several successful labs and design-driven project offices in leading banks of Russia, advising aspiring companies and established banks in Europe and the UK. His present professional interests lie in behavioral spending control (, payments and remittances (, insurance telematics ( and helping others to succeed through a London-based venture fund (

09:45 ‘A 15 minutes to mastery course’: what blockchain is (and is’t).

Meetup moderator


10:00 Update on the blockchain technology implementation + Q&A.

Chris Skinner, The Financial Services Club

Chris Skinner, author most recently of “The Value Web”, “The Digital Bank” books, is a reknown authority in banking and financial services innovation. Regular speaker at conferences, BBC, CNBC etc. He writes a regular blog
• Worldwide status of blockchain fintech activity and what supports this?
• Cautionary tales of success: what to expect (and not)?
• VC investment agenda for blockchain - recommendations for aspiring entrepreneurs?

10:30 Artem Tolkachev. The state of blockchain projects in Russia.

Managing partner of a Tolkachev and Partners law-firm and acting president of Russian blockchain community (

Artem is one of the leading minds in the law-aspects of blockchain technology in Russia, and a speaker at anumber of professional meetups and conferences, eg., Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Russia.
• What are the projects available today in Russia and what is their focus?
• What are the most well known usecases for blockchain projects in Russia?
• What is the current investment climate in Russian given the various insinuations re BTC and blockchain technology? Latest deals?

11:00 Fascinating usecases of blockchain usage and main caveats to master the art.

Dave Birch - Consult Hyperion: (also joined by Sally Parulava, CHYP Bitcoin Research Scientist)

David G.W Birch is Director of Consult Hyperion, the secure electronic transactions consultancy. He is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money; Named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information (Wired magazine); One of the top ten most influential voices in banking (Financial Brand); •Can blockchain solve the world poverty and malnutrition problems - and where does such myths come to life? •The evolution curve / adoption curve, should we expect a breakthrough in usage soon and should there be a standard bearer (like it happens with other innovations, eg., contactless)? •Basic elements a corporate should understand when approaching blockchain hype?

11:30 Gleb Davidyuk.

Managing Partner, iTechCapital

Gleb has almost 20 years of private equity experience in both Western and Eastern European private equity funds. Prior to founding iTech Capital Gleb spend 5 years (2005-2010) as a Partner with Mint Capital, midsized Scandinavian private equity fund actively investing in the Eastern European market. Before that Gleb worked for more than 5 years (2000-2005) as Managing Director at Alfa Capital Partners, where he was also one of the co-founders. Gleb Davidyuk has gained valuable regional investment experience from four years work (1996 — 2000) with EBRD-sponsored private equity fund managed by Quadriga Capital.
Gleb graduated from the Yaroslavl State University with Ph.D. in Finance (2000). Graduated Executive MBA at the University of Chicago GSB (Booth School of Business, 2010). Holds a B.S. degree from the Ivanovo State Power University (1997). Gleb Davidyuk is fluent in English.

12:00 An academic perspective and impact on real-life applications of blockchain tech.

Vili Lehdonvirta, Senior Research Fellow (faculty member) at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), a department of the social science division of the University of Oxford

Vili is alsoa OII's DPhil Programme Director, responsible for the department's doctoral programme. His two main research themes are online labour markets and virtual economies. More generally, his research deals with the design and socioeconomic implications of digital marketplaces and platforms, using conventional social research methods and novel data science approaches. Vili advised various startups, companies and policy makers in Europe, United States and Japan, including the World Bank, Rovio (Angry Birds), CCP Games (EVE Online), Mojang and Amimaru. Previously he worked at London School of Economics, University of Tokyo, Waseda University and Helsinki Institute for Information Technology. Before his academic career, Vili worked as a game programmer. Vili is also an author of a book Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis (with Edward Castronova) is published by MIT Press:
• How could something vague like BTC and blockchain conquer the minds of the offline public and how strong the connection between the world is today?
• What are OII current projects in the blockchain space and what other interesting developments in the data science involve blockchain?
• What’s next for blockchain?

12:30 Accelerating blockchain projects in Russia Maxim Avdeev.

Head of international business development of Life.SREDA VC

Maxim is also VP of strategy of a Kazan based blockchain technology that is a joint operation between Life.SREDA and TFB Holding, is mentoring a number of fintech projects and advise a number of banks and telcos.
• What is the status of Russian blockchain projects and what stacks are used to develop them?
• Examples of breakthroughs and what are the key pitfalls in DCT acceleration?
• Prospects and steps needed to take the blockchain tech to a new level?

13:00 The old guard: the challenges of blockchain survival without Bitcoin. Jon Matonis, Bitcoin Foundation.

Jon Matonis is a Founding Board Director of the Bitcoin Foundation and his career has included senior influential posts at VISA International, VeriSign, Sumitomo Bank, and Hushmail. An economist and e-Money researcher focused on expanding the circulation of nonpolitical digital currencies, Jon also serves as an independent board director to companies in the Bitcoin, blockchain, mobile payments, and iGaming sectors.
• Blockchain vs sidechains: what economic constructs support the liquidity of the information flow in the network?
• Is blockchain reputation tainted to be a corporate standard? What are the views on the world using classic BTC or other standards?
• Should we expect the platform to be standardised by the government that would stimulate mass usage?

13:30 Roundtable Q&A and closing remarks All Russian experts.


14:00 Networking and end of Meetup.


15:00 End of Meetup.



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Attendance is free of charge. Places are limited. The Organizer reserves the right to decline registration of any participant without explaining the reason or disqualify.


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Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Address: Novaya ul. 100, Skolkovo village, Odintsovsky District, Moscow Region

How to get: Shuttle bus #523 departs from Kievskaya metro station or Slavyanskyi Boulevard to "Moskovskaya shkola upravleniya" bus stop