Marc is a successful technology entrepreneur and thought leader. In 2005, he co-founded Tudou, which was ultimately sold to Alibaba for $5bn in 2016. Until 2011, Marc acted as CEO of Spil Games Asia. Managing Partner in venture capital fund, CrossPacific Capital. Co-Founder of First Block Capital, He also founded ICO investment bank First Coin Capital and the largest Bitcoin miner in North America Hut 8 Mining, taking it public in March 2018.
Co-Founder of First Block Capital, Canada’s first fully regulated crypto investment firm. Co-Founder and CEO of Hut 8 Mining Corp. (TSX: HUT), and Co-Founder and Director of First Coin Capital, sold to Galaxy Digital (TSX: GLXY) in January 2018. Founded SHOEme.ca in January 2012, which he sold to Shoes.com in 2014. Business in Vancouver Forty under Forty list in 2015, the winner of STARTUP 50 in 2016 and 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Ben is an entrepreneur with executive and advisory experience in private and public companies in fintech, blockchain and digital assets. He serves as an advisor to the British Columbia Securities Commission on the Fintech Advisory Forum and to FINTRAC on virtual currencies. Ben currently serves as CEO of DeFi Ventures. He previously practiced law at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in capital markets.
Rui has 15 years of experience in technology and finance, spanning seed stage to pre-IPO investing. She is an advisor to multiple startups and funds and hosts the popular podcast Tech Buzz China. Rui co-created the Transformative Technology Academy. She previously worked at 500 Startups as an investment partner, and spent a decade in private equity and mergers & acquisitions roles at the Raine Group, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in both Silicon Valley and China.
Sharon has over 20 years of experience in the banking and investment industries. She previously worked at HSBC Bank Canada, Assante Financial Management, and Spud.ca. With extensive experience in finance, customer relations, and operations management, she has finally found her true calling. Her exceptional organizational skills, meticulous eye for detail, and results-driven attitude now has her managing the operations, accounting, and client matters for several organizations.