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

Hosted in partnership with Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center, part of the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology

At this month's discussion, Blockchain in the Real World: Addressing The Top Ten Problems with Cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and Blockchain Adoption.

This Month's Special Guest:

J. Scott Nelson – Chairman & CEO

  • Visionary Founder and CEO of Trax Technologies, 22 years

  • Global leading Logistics Settlement & Data Risk Mgmt solution

  • 35 years of global logistics experience

  • Led successful venture funding, exit to PE firm at 3.5x revenue

  • Consulting, finance, data science and executive management


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 - 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.

Melanie Swan:

Special Guest, Melanie is a Blockchain Economic Theorist at Purdue University, a Wharton MBA and former options trader, and the best-selling author of the O'Reilly book /Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy. She has a recent Op-Ed piece in Blockchain Magazine regarding Blockchain ICOs (

About Sweetbridge:

Sweetbridge sponsors the development of blockchain-based economic protocols and applications to transform high-friction global supply chains into Liquid Value Networks. The Swiss-based non-profit foundation is gathering interested industry technologists, blockchain projects and open-source contributors from around the world to form a blockchain alliance. The shared goal is to transform brittle, industrial-era commerce through decentralized industry ecosystems that create a faster, fairer value exchange, unleash working capital, better utilize resources and optimize talent for the benefit of all participants. To learn more or get involved visit
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