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Tuesday, October 23 • 10:50am - 12:00pm
The Anthropology of Money

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Money is one of humanity’s oldest technologies. From cuneiform tablets to QR codes, stone discs to mag stripes, double-entry to distributed ledgers, people have used money to keep track of obligations, settle debts, distribute and redistribute resources, claim and contest authority. The recent proliferation of payment and accounting technologies has put the diversity of money’s forms and functions—not just the economic, but the social, cultural, ritual, and political, too—on full display. Led by a leading anthropologist of money and technology, with representatives from power players in the fintech revolution, this session features presentations, moderated discussion and audience Q&A exploring the past, present, and future of money.

Moderator
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Dr. Taylor Nelms

Managing Director of Research, Filene Research Institute
Taylor C. Nelms is Managing Director of Research at Filene Research Institute, a nonprofit, independent think and do tank for the consumer and cooperative finance industry. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. As an anthropologist and ethnographer... Read More →

Speakers
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Jason Gardner

Founder & CEO, Marqeta
Jason Gardner is the founder and chief executive officer of Marqeta, Inc. Under his leadership Marqeta has defined the global standard for modern card issuing, developing an industry-leading issuer processor platform that now powers the world’s most innovative companies. Prior to... Read More →
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Jalak Jobanputra

Founding Partner, Future Perfect Ventures
Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in NYC focused on next generation technology such as blockchain and machine learning. FPV’s portfolio includes Abra, Open Garden, Blockstream, Bitpesa, FuseMachines, Everledger and... Read More →
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Tom Villante

Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, YapStone
In 1999, Tom Villante founded YapStone with the simple goal of converting bills commonly paid by paper check into online electronic payments. Today, YapStone processes over $18 billion in online and mobile payments and has raised over $110 million in capital. As Chairman and CEO... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2018 10:50am - 12:00pm
The Avant-Garde at Expo Hall, Level 2