Startup Societies Summit

George Mason University

 
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MAY 9 & 10

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Don’t argue. Rebuild.

The Startup Societies Foundation is hosting a Summit at George Mason University in Washington D.C. to discuss how special jurisdictions, blockchain technology and green infrastructure will rebuild Puerto Rico. The event goal is creating partnerships that will establish startup cities benefiting all Puerto Ricans.

You now have the opportunity to help.

In September 2017, Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million Americans, was hit by Hurricane Maria.

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The property damage caused by the storm is estimated at over $100 billion.

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Puerto Rico’s energy grid was devastated, creating the biggest blackout in American history. In all, Hurricane Maria has caused a loss of 1.25 billion hours of electricity supply.

The Summit will help rebuild Puerto Rico through developing an international consortium to establish sustainable “startup cities” in Puerto Rico.  

The consortium will include investors, blockchain leaders, green tech entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers, legal experts, and SEZ (Special Economic Zone) developers. We intend for the consortium to develop a proposal and execute it. This conference is the call to action to rebuild!

Now is the time to show the world that entrepreneurship can succeed by creating the Hong Kong of the Caribbean.


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In order to rebuild, Puerto Rico should equip communities with renewable energy and telecommunications infrastructure, such as solar panels, solar cells, water filters, mesh networks, hydroponics farming, and fiber optic cables can empower Puerto Ricans.

The goal is to make these communities self-sustaining and focused on 21st Century solutions, putting Puerto Rico at the forefront of the green tech revolution.

However, smart infrastructure alone will not rebuild Puerto Rico. Aid and rebuilding efforts must be innovative and based on local knowledge. Moreover, friendly business environments are crucial for sustainable economic redevelopment. 

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Special jurisdictions with more innovation-friendly policies are the solution. Cities such as Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Dubai, grew from nothing within the span of a few decades due to innovative policies.

To remain competitive, Puerto Rico should also turn to blockchain technology:

  • E-government — which can drastically increase transparency and ease of doing business
  • Initial Coin Offerings — to tokenize land holdings and municipal bonds in order to attract capital
  • Blockchain Regulations — streamlined in order for Puerto Rico to become the "Crypto Capital" of America

With state of the art infrastructure and an entrepreneur-friendly environment, Puerto Rico can make startup cities to rival Silicon Valley as the tech capital of the United States.

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Progress.
Now Faster.

 

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A Startup Societies Foundation event isn't complete without massive innovation.

Gain an insider's perspective at our Impact Accelerator Day, where you'll join leaders and strategists from Digital Raign as they develop ground-breaking solutions for sustainable startup cities and demonstration projects in Puerto Rico.

This one-of-a-kind consortium will feature the brightest minds in investment, blockchain, green technologies, NGOs and much more.

By the end of this explosive introduction to the GMU Summit, you'll witness the birth of a real proposal that can be effectively implemented to bring economic prosperity and development to the areas that need it most. 

In other words, we won't be arguing. We'll be building.

Let's make History.

 
 
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Startup Societies GMU Summit
for Puerto Rico

We will feature some of the biggest leaders in: 
investment, tech entrepreneurship, NGOs, policymaking, media, and Special Economic Zone development.

THE LEADERS

 

Rik Willard
Founder, Agentic Group

Rik Willard

Founder, Agentic Group

Rik Willard is the Founder of Agentic Group, a New York-based federation of over fifty blockchain companies worldwide, and Interim CEO of Global Blockchain Technologies, a publicly traded blockchain investment firm. Agentic Group promotes the blockchain ecosystem through education, consulting and deployment within the private and public sectors. He is a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, an Advisor to the field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College and other board appointments. His speaking engagements include events for the World Web Forum, the European Union IP Summit, Finance 2.0, the Emerging Links Blockchain Series, Harvard Business School, Dow Jones, Davos 2018.


Tom W. Bell
SEZ Expert

Tom W. Bell

SEZ Expert

Bell has published papers on copyright, Internet law, polycentric law, prediction markets, and the Third Amendment (the one about quartering troops). His books include "Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good" (Mercatus 2014) and "Your Next Government? From the Nation State to Stateless Associations" (Cambridge University Press 2017, forthcoming). Through Archimediate LLC, Bell designs, installs, and supports legal systems for special jurisdictions. Most recently, that work has taken him to French Polynesia, where he helped forge a memorandum of understanding to allow seasteading in that island paradise. Bell lives surrounded with books, guitars, surfboards, and smiling friends in the sunny beach town of San Clemente, California.


Crystal Rose
CEO & Co-Founder, Sensay

Crystal Rose

CEO & Co-Founder, Sensay

Crystal Rose is a technologist and lifelong entrepreneur. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sensay, a Los Angeles-based artificial intelligence (A.I.) and communications platform and SENSE, a blockchain protocol. In the 3 years as an established company, Sensay has raised $21M in capital with prominent institutional VCs, most recently completing a successful ICO for the SENSE digital token (makesense.com). Crystal is on the Board of the ICO Governance Foundation (icogovernance.org), establishing global standards in Initial Coin Offerings (ICO). She is a founding member of the California Blockchain Alliance. Previously Crystal founded and sold ONVI Media, a digital marketing agency and Hyype, a social media software platform. She is the founder of LA Startup Week, a community-wide conference and worked with the Los Angeles Mayor’s office on the Open Data Initiative as the Director and Co-Founder of grassroots organization Code for LA (now Hack for LA).

 

Michael Strong
Radical Social Entrepreneurs

Michael Strong

Radical Social Entrepreneurs

Co-Founder of FLOW, a non-profit devoted to promoting entrepreneurial solutions to world problems, co-founded with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market. My second book, Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World's Problems, co-authored with Mackey, Mohammad Yunus, Hernando de Soto, and others summarizes our approach. Because global poverty is the biggest of all problems, FLOW led me to focus on bringing better law and governance to the global poor. As a consequence, I began working to create Special Development Regions and e-government in Honduras and Senegal. I'm also involved with Original Path, a media channel designed to help teens craft their own learning path beyond conventional education, and The Transpartisan Voice, a media channel providing a venue for healthy transpartisan conversation and policy development, both at TheMaven.net.


Samuel Hammond
Niskanen Center

Samuel Hammond

Niskanen Center

Samuel Hammond graduated from George Mason University with an MA in economics in 2017, St. Mary’s University with a BA in economics and from Carleton University with an MA in economics. While at George Mason University he was a Mercatus Center MA Fellow. He is currently working as the Poverty and Welfare Policy Analyst at the Niskanen Center. His research interests include the political economics of the welfare state, aviation regulation, and social capital theory.


Lotta Moberg
Refugee Cities / SEZ Expert

Lotta Moberg

Refugee Cities / SEZ Expert

Lotta Moberg is the author of “The Political Economy of Special Economic Zones: Concentrating Economic Development” which explores the political economy of special economic zones. She is a Macroeconomic Analyst at William Blair in Chicago and also serves as an economic advisor at Politas Consulting and Refugee Cities. Lotta has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University and a BA in Economics from Lund University in Sweden. She has worked for over a year in Kaliningrad, Russia, for the Swedish Foreign ministry and participated in two NATO missions in Kosovo for the Swedish Defense forces. In Sweden, she has worked for the Ratio Institute and the free-market think-tank Timbro. She has published articles on special economic zones, tax benefits, tax competition, and municipal bankruptcy.

 

Derek Magill
Praxis

Derek Magill

Praxis

Derek Magill is a marketer, business strategist and career expert. After dropping out of college during his sophomore year, Derek started a marketing company that went on to generate millions of dollars in business for clients.He is currently the Director of Marketing at Praxis and has consulted with companies such as Voice & Exit,The Objective Standard, the Foundation for Economic Education,Glockstore,Colliers International,Daily Caller, and Undertech.He has been a guest lecturer at the Foundation for Economic Education and The Institute for Humane Studies and has spoken at dozens of conferences and universities internationally. Derek is the author of the upcoming essay collection “Create Your Career” and a top writer for Quora in the College Dropouts and Bitcoin Cash section with over 1.5 million views.In 2014, Derek was the lead plaintiff in the Young Americans for Liberty v. University of Michigan free speech discrimination lawsuit. The lawsuit was settled out of court.


Titus Gebel
Free Private Cities

Titus Gebel

Free Private Cities

Titus Gebel is a German entrepreneur with a PhD in law. He founded Deutsche Rohstoff AG and now lives with his family in Monaco. After 30 years of political activity he came to the conclusion that freedom cannot be achieved in the democratic process. His solution: create an entirely new product that will work as a role model in case of success. He is currently working on a book about Private Cities and will subsequently put the idea into practice.


Jaime Yordan-Frau
Praxis

Jaime Yordan-Frau

Praxis

Over 30 years of experience in successful strategic planning and tactical implementation, Jaime's expertise in maximizing individual and team performance is recognized and praised across markets and business segments. Always focusing on results, and with a proven track record of goal achievement, Jaime brings to his clients a unique mix of visionary development planning, repositioning of resources to maximize performance and the application of a unique management style which he has labeled "directive empowerment", aligning every component to conquer the bottom line - goal achievement and growth.

 

Oliver W. Porter
Sandy Springs

Oliver W. Porter

Sandy Springs

Oliver Porter has done the impossible. He led the movement to incorporate his town into a privately run city. Oliver gave a talk at the International Society for Individual Liberty World Conference on Market Liberalization in Bali about the town of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Oliver was instrumental in incorporating his town of about 100,000 people, which allowed the town to privatize almost all of it’s government services. The town has outsourced it’s parks, traffic, 911, permitting department, call center, and even city hall — all run by a private company.


Matt McKibbin
DecentraNet

Matt McKibbin

DecentraNet

Bio coming soon.


Max Borders
Ex. Director, Social Evolution

Max Borders

Ex. Director, Social Evolution

Max Borders is Executive Director at Social Evolution (social-evolution.com), a non-profit organization dedicated to solving social problems through subversive innovation. Max is former Director of Idea Accounts at Emergent Order and former Director of Content for FEE.org where he remains a contributing editor.In 2013, Max co-founded Voice & Exit (http://voiceandexit.com/) -- an annual event dedicated to exploring the ideas of human flourishing. The event is in its fifth year.Max is also the author of Superwealth: Why we should stop worrying about inequality (2013). http://superwealthbook.com/ Max authored a chapter in New Threats to Freedom (Templeton Press 2010) alongside lights such as Christopher Hitchens and David Mamet.

 

Greg Delaune
The Urban Innovation Exchange

Greg Delaune

The Urban Innovation Exchange

Internationally recognized consultant, teacher, speaker, and writer specializing in sustainable economies, innovation ecosystem development, and public-private partnerships (PPPs) for green cities and smart cities.Cofounder and CEO of The Urban Innovation Exchange (UIX Global), Business Development Director for Cleantech Open, and founder and editor of the blog IMPACT URBANISM (www.impacturbanism.org).Over 15 years of international experience in economics, urban design, and regional planning policy, managing multidisciplinary teams in the formulation and execution of innovative development strategies, including applied research on integrated sustainability tools and techniques for emerging economies in peripheral Europe and Latin America (e.g. Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay).Architect, licensed landscape architect (CA #4759), AICP certified urban planner, and economic development specialist for Green Economy and Smart City development models, including finance support consulting for entrepreneurs and Greentech startups.


Joe Quirk
Blue Frontiers

Joe Quirk

Blue Frontiers

Joe Quirk is an American author originally from Westfield, New Jersey. His latest book is Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians. Quirk is also a spokesperson for the non-profit Seasteading Institute.


Marc Joffe
Reason Foundation

Marc Joffe

Reason Foundation

Experienced public policy analyst and op-ed writer. I leverage my previous experience in financial technology world where I was involved in product management, development and implementation of vendor-supplied and internal applications focusing on credit. Current interest areas include public pensions, fiscal policy, healthcare and infrastructure.

 

Denisse Rodriguez
Director, Colmena66

Denisse Rodriguez

Director, Colmena66

Dynamic business professional with 11+ years of progressive experience in entrepreneurship, social innovation, program management, financial services, public sector and leadership. My increasing commitment to social innovation led me to transition into an entrepreneurship ecosystem builder position. Before that, I entered the tech industry to support the development of tech talent and scalable startups that will insert Puerto Rico in the global economy. Known for strategic and focused approach in establishing creative strategies for optimizing internal operations and financial results. Respected by clients, peers and senior leaders for my commitment to driving results and transforming concepts and ideas into reality. Consistent community involvement and leadership, selected as a Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.


Tagg Jefferson
Founder, GridCure

Tagg Jefferson

Founder, GridCure

Founding member responsible for managing business development and customer outreach for GridCure's big data venture in the electrical and power utility sector. GridCure provides SAAS analytics for operational and maintenance improvements of distribution and transmission utilities around the world, and was recognized as one of the top four companies in Batch 12 of 500 Startups.


David Geeter
Development/Commerce Dept. of Puerto Rico

David Geeter

Development/Commerce Dept. of Puerto Rico

Actively connecting new dots and solving complex problems; I am design leader with entrepreneurship experience who finds integrated ways to create strategies, brands, experiences, products, and services that infuse lessons from Ecology and Human Centered Design. I am currently passionate about 3D scanning our natural world and bringing sustainable development solutions to Puerto Rico.

 

Edward Stringham
Professor, Trinity College

Edward Stringham

Professor, Trinity College

Edward Peter Stringham (born January 18, 1975) is an Austrian School American economist. He is the Davis Professor of Economic Innovation at Trinity College (Connecticut).He received a B.A. in economics from College of the Holy Cross and his Ph.D. from George Mason University.He was Associate Professor at San Jose State University from 2002 to 2008, the F.A. Hayek Endowed visiting professor at University of Klagenfurt in 2008, and Shelby Cullom Davis visiting associate professor at Trinity College from 2008 to 2010. He has also held faculty positions at Fayetteville State University and Texas Tech University.He has been the editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise since 2006. Additionally, he served as the President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education from 2006 to 2007. He has edited Anarchy, State and Public Choice (2006) and Anarchy and the Law: The Political Economy of Choice (2007).


Javier Malave
Founder, Puerto Rico Science Technology & Research Trust

Javier Malave

Founder, Puerto Rico Science Technology & Research Trust

Bio coming soon.


Luis Davila
Consultant, DLA Piper

Luis Davila

Consultant, DLA Piper

Inter-American Institute for Social Development

 

Rahul Chopra
Partner, Ventus Partners

Rahul Chopra

Partner, Ventus Partners

Bio coming soon.


Philip Saunders
Creater of ERC-994 Federated
Non-Fungible token

Philip Saunders

Creater of ERC-994 Federated
Non-Fungible token

Bio coming soon.


John Cronin
CEO of BuildCoin

John Cronin

CEO of BuildCoin

Bio coming soon.

 

John Wise
CEO, Loci

John Wise

CEO, Loci

Bio coming soon.


Nathalie Mezza-Garcia
Host/Spokesperson, Blue Frontiers

Nathalie Mezza-Garcia

Host/Spokesperson, Blue Frontiers

Nathalie Mezza-Garcia is the Seavangelesse of the seasteading company Blue Frontiers. As a Seavangelesse, Nathalie’s job is to share the message of seasteading to every infinite corner of the world. Nathalie hosts the Blue Frontiers Podcast and is spokesperson for Blue Frontiers. Additionally, she has a trajectory in academia in the field of complex systems, applied to the study of self-organizing, post-statist and anarchic societies. Besides her role as a seavangelesse, Nathalie is currently doing a PhD at the University of Warwick in the UK. Her PhD case study is the Floating Island Project in French Polynesia. There is seasteading everywhere in the life of Blue Frontiers’ Seavangelesse!


Dale Brown
DTMC Founder

Dale Brown

DTMC Founder

Bio coming soon.

 

Master of Ceremonies

 
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Michael Gasiorek
Founder of Truth Cartel

 
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About The Venue — 
The Founders Hall, Arlington Campus
George Mason University

Named after one of the founding fathers of the USA, George Mason University is a private research university located in Arlington, Virginia - across the Potomac river, just a few miles from the White House.

George Mason has over 34,000 students hailing from 130 countries, and specializes in the fields of conflict resolution, information technology, bioinformatics and computational social science. 

The university was founded in 1957, and has 3 campuses in Virginia and one in Songdo, Korea. The university's alumni include judges, congressmen and even astronauts!

 
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