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FinTank's -- Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies Seminar Series

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Illinois Institute of Technology

565 West Adams

Chicago, Il 60661

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Please join us at FinTanks new Blockchain location. Teaming with Illinois Institute of Technology.

This session will be held at the IIT location -- 565 W. Adams

Justin Gutknecht

Justin Gutknecht, CFA, is Project Manager, Strategic Projects for Constellation Energy (an Exelon Company). He proactively helps shape the firm’s strategy in idea generation for new business incubation efforts and assess the potential of new growth markets. Justin collaborates with the Retail and Wholesale organization to plan, implement, and support the execution of new technologies within the business. Prior to joining Exelon, Justin held various roles in corporate development, strategy, capital markets, and financial planning at Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. and EVRAZ North America. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Wulf Kaal:

Wulf Kaal is a leading expert at the intersection of law, business, and technology. His research focuses on blockchain technology innovation, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, and ICOs. Kaal is an adviser to European and American crypto startups and venture capital funds. Before entering the academy, he was associated with Cravath, Swain & Moore LLP, in New York, and Goldman Sachs in London, UK.

Melvin Petties:

Melvin Petties is a Digital Strategist and local Blockchain Evangelist. His deep enterprise experience in IT Management Consulting allows him to rapidly engage the business with meaningful technology solutions. His blockchain advisory work focuses mainly on startups with a Supply-chain or Finance focus. More recently, Melvin was featured in several CoinTelegraph articles that covered practical application of blockchain technology and the importance of governance in helping to protect against fraudulent practices in the cryptocurrency investment space. Melvin's passion for blockchain technology and helping others understand complex topics has recently culminated in the formation of BlockHive.org - a non-profit organization that links industry experts and business professionals through education and networking events.

Zach Smolinski:

Zach Smolinski is an experienced intellectual property and M&A attorney with a strong interest in emerging technologies. His practice, Smolinski Law, helps clients with a wide variety of matters at the intersection of technology and the law. Mr. Smolinski's practice areas include the evaluation and negotiation of license agreements and cloud services contracts, IP due diligence for investors and purchasers, and working with company founders and executives to optimize their companies' approaches to intellectual property.

Mr. Smolinski is a registered patent attorney with a background in physics and he frequently speaks on intellectual property matters of importance to founders, executives, and investors of technology-focused companies. Working with FinTank, he coordinates this monthly Blockchain series to provide a regular forum for discussion and collaboration within the Chicago blockchain community.
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