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Peter Vessenes - Participant

Peter Vessenes founded CoinLab in 2011, the first U.S. venture funded Bitcoin-related company.  Coinlab is a business incubator that supports firms building fundamental infrastructure for Bitcoin. 

A born entrepreneur, Peter started his first technology company at age 13.  After graduating from Brown University with a cryptography and theoretical mathematics degree, Peter founded several startups over the years including OHO, a marketing strategy provider, MedTouch, a web-based marketing service for healthcare organizations, and ADC Energy Corp, a South African-based Black Woman Owned (BWO) enterprise supplying electrical products, components, and safety equipment to internationally renowned companies like BHP Billiton, Anglo Platinum, and Anglo Gold. He has also served as a financial-sector technology and strategy consultant for The Mitchell-Madison Group, a management-consulting firm.  Peter is president of Healthy Futures, a Massachusetts-based holistic relationship education program, focused on helping children make healthy life decisions. 

In addition, Peter founded the Bitcoin Foundation, for which he currently serves as Chairman of the Board. The Bitcoin Foundation’s mission is to standardize, protect, and promote the use of Bitcoin for the benefit of users worldwide.  While the Bitcoin protocol is an open-source venture with many collaborators, its popularity made representation to government, the media, and the general public a necessity.  Since its inception, it has represented the Bitcoin community in front of the U.S. Senate and Congress, the Federal Reserve, the FBI and other government organizations and emerged as the technology’s champion.  The Foundation has also interacted with representatives from the Treasury Department, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the IRS on behalf of its members and the greater community.

A popular speaker on Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and investment strategies, Peter travels worldwide enthusiastically advocating for Bitcoin adoption in every day life.



CoinLab Inc.


Chairman and Executive Founder and Chief Executive Officer

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