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Corporate Member: Validators


We are the technology company that built and developed the world’s first open, permissionless, pure proof-of-stake blockchain protocol that, without forking, provides the necessary security, scalability, and decentralization needed for today’s economy. With an award-winning team, we enable traditional finance and decentralized financial businesses to embrace the world of frictionless finance.

Elliptic is the global leader in crypto-asset risk management for crypto businesses and financial institutions worldwide. By providing transparency into the risks of wallets, transactions, and VASPs, Elliptic helps its customers remain compliant in their blockchain activities. Recognized as a WEF Technology Pioneer and backed by investors including Evolution Equity Partners, SoftBank, and Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, Elliptic has assessed risk on transactions worth several trillion dollars, uncovering activities related to money laundering, terrorist fundraising, fraud, and other financial crimes.

Sarson Funds is an independent provider of blockchain technology  and cryptocurrency educational services and investment vehicles designed for the financial professional community and their clients. At Sarson Funds, we believe that disruptive innovation deserves thoughtful, unbiased education. We work with your existing Financial Advisor to determine if an allocation to cryptocurrency is right for you.

Ropes & Gray is at the vanguard of the digital asset legal market, advising clients across industries on matters related to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology that are critical to their business, including securities and commodities laws, enforcement, tax planning and structuring, private litigation relating to ICOs or exchange operations, and other business risks and considerations.

Corporate Member: Nodes

Fueling the Adoption of Permissionless Blockchain Networks

PureStake is focused on providing the highest quality infrastructure and services for public blockchain networks.

Trusted by customers all across the blockchain — including early backers, developers, enterprises, and other participants that need to interact with crypto networks but don’t have either the time or the expertise — to launch and manage the infrastructure they need to run their technology.

Better content


Better blockchains.

We’re the global media platform that
builds your blockchain audience.

Real people. Real results.

We’re leading the media by modeling the Three T’s:
Trust, Transparency, and Truth.

We’re building the biggest and best blockchain media company in the world.

Our ambition is to serve up the world’s most-loved digital media properties dedicated to blockchain: websites, events, television shows, books, podcasts, and blogs. We want to help the most people possible, to make the maximum positive impact on humanity.

The Blockchain Practice

A specialist team dedicated to applying distributed ledger technologies

Is your business ready for Blockchain?

Imagine a shared computer accessible to anyone, a single source of truth within which to store events, ownership and activities, and to execute workflow involving multiple parties without the use of separate systems and databases – and with no reconciliation required.

It will change the way digital services are provided across all industries globally. Blockchain changes the rules, prepare for disruption or prepare to disrupt.

Global Executive Search, Talent Consulting 

Unblocking blockchain

“Across nearly all industries, the workplace is becoming more distributed, faster paced, and increasingly consists of both full-time and gig workers,” said Odgers Berndtson PartnerRichard Pooley, who will lead the Blockchain Practice in the United States. “This blended workforce requires organizations to adopt a new kind of ‘liquid’ talent strategy tailored to their short-term and long-term hiring needs and can provide their business areas with fluid resources to quickly scale up or down as needed.”


ACKCS is a developer of an NFT ecosystem where value is created, captured, and transferred among creators, owners, and system participants.

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As part of the Central bank of the United States, the Boston Fed works to promote sound growth and financial stability in New England and the nation. We contribute to communities, the region, and the nation by conducting economic research, participating in monetary policy-making, supervising certain financial institutions, providing financial services and payments, playing a leadership role in the payments industry, and supporting economic well-being in communities through a variety of efforts.

We strengthen the competitiveness of the tech and innovation economy by driving strategic investments, partnerships, and insights that harness the talent of Massachusetts.

As a unique public agency, MassTech supports business formation and growth in the state’s technology sector, helping Massachusetts lead in the global digital economy.

True Tickets is a client first start-up keenly focused on providing digital customizable rights management for contactless digital tickets to the ticketing issuer. We actively work with venues and platform partners to provide a lasting business solution for both primary and secondary ticket markets. This gives venues true control of their mobile tickets for a better patron experience.

9th Gear powers instant settlement – starting with foreign exchange (FX). The current FX markets are plagued by antiquated systems and technology from the 1970’s. 9th Gear solves this problem with distributed ledger technology and a patent-pending engine that provides transparency, reduced risk and lower cost to participants.

We work hard at discovering the companies that will shape the future of FinTech.

Unparalleled knowledge and advocacy of the New England payments landscape

Board of Directors

Lynne Marlor

Stephen Leahy

Previously Managing Director and Head of the Specialized Industries Group at BNYMellon, Lynne is the Founder of Transformational Strategies, LLC, with a long history as trusted advisor to major corporations, financial institutions, foundations and startups. Lynne has served as consultant in both valuing companies and transforming their global business development strategies. Lynne has spoken at numerous financial and innovation forums, including Oxford and Cambridge Universities, where she is Senior Advisor to EnterpriseWomen, and most notably the National Association of Financial Professionals speaking on Global Payments, Back office systems including STP, Blockchain and DEFI.

Sam Nathans

Vice Chair
Sam Nathans

Sam has served as the system architect of several tech start-ups in the blockchain space. Sam has a deep understanding of blockchain structures, governance, privacy, and usability, while also being able to clearly translate tech-speak into easy-to-understand operational Use-Case applications.


Eric RouxEric Roux

Eric Roux

Executive and Consultant with extensive international experience who collaborates with colleagues, customers and partners to develop and implement solutions that create new business, generate sales, drive revenue, growth and profitability.



Peter BrooksPeter Brooks

Peter Brooks

Passionate about creating innovative and actionable business strategies, product strategies, and fact-based business value / financial analyses that make a difference.What does a Blockchain Business Architect do? I define the business value of blockchain solutions for developers and solution customers, define business and technology requirements, map business value to technology architectures, and quantify the value of blockchain solutions.


John HargraveJohn Hargrave

Marketing Director
John Hargrave

CEO of MEDIA SHOWER, the blockchain media company. Publisher of BITCOIN MARKET JOURNAL, trusted by 100,000 blockchain investors monthly. Author of the bestseller BLOCKCHAIN FOR EVERYONE (Simon & Schuster, July 2019). Leader of the Blockchain Revolution.


Jenell McLaughlin

Jenell McLaughlin

Membership Chair
Jenell McLaughlin

A Blockchain and Cryptocurrency educational program designer, Jenell is a digital asset, finance, marketing, and education professional with Sarson Funds. With a strong knowledge of cryptocurrency, blockchain technology, and business finance, Jenell enjoys researching new technology, market trends, and developing strategies with purpose.



David Cutler

Strategic Development
Sam Nathans

David is a Sales Coach for B2B companies, bringing out their best with faster than expected results. Are you a Founder or salesperson that could use experienced support and corroboration on your best next steps… all the way to the close? David delivers quick wins and new tactics developed from decades of experience between SMB, enterprise, and emerging tech startups.


Stephen Leahy

Stephen Leahy

At-Large Member
Stephen Leahy

Growth-focused Sales and Operating Executive in the FinTech industry.  Stephen has broad international experience in financial services on the Buy-side, Risk Management, and building Financial Services Technology platforms. Blockchain technologies remove friction from current financial system transactions. The time has come to educate regulators, operators, and consumers to the benefits of implementing blockchain technologies in the global financial system.

Mike Wise

Head of Partnerships (Ex-Officio, Immediate Past Chair)
Frank Makrides

Mike is a global executive consultant in blockchain, DLT, Social Tech, and eCommerce strategy in Fintech and Insurtech. Mike is the current Head of Partnerships of the Boston Blockchain Association and is studying in the MIT Sloan School of Management technology program. Mike’s vision and mission is to spread the influence of the Boston blockchain and innovation ecosystem around the world and to expand the roster of engaged Corporate Members & Sponsors.



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