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Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum Speakers Biographies

Brock Pierce
Digital Currency Pioneer, Serial Entrepreneur

Brock Pierce is a 10x entrepreneur best known for pioneering the market for digital currency. He has raised more than $200 million on behalf of his companies and led more than 30 acquisitions. Pierce launched his first of many digital currency startups in 1998, which have collectively processed billions of dollars in sales. He was an early adopter and advocate of Bitcoin beginning with mining in 2009, starting numerous businesses in the Bitcoin economy, and speaking at many notable conferences on the subject including the Milken Global Conference in 2012. Pierce is currently a Managing Director of the Clearstone Global Gaming Fund and sits on the boards of IMI Exchange, Xfire, Playsino, GoCoin, FGL, Spicy Horse Games, KnCMiner.cn and the Mastercoin Foundation. He is also an active angel investor, member of Bit Angels and an investor in BTC China.



Mary Dent
Founder, dcIQ

Mary Dent is the founder of dcIQ in San Francisco, California, a consulting firm that helps empower entrepreneurs by providing insight into public policy issues affecting their businesses. Before forming dcIQ in August 2013, Mary served as General Counsel and Vice President of Public Policy for Silicon Valley Bank, the leading provider of financial services to innovative companies and their investors around the world. Before joining SVB, Mary served as General Counsel and Special Counsel for New Skies Satellites, a Netherlands-based company that owned and operated a global satellite communications system. Mary's work with SVB and New Skies built on more than a decade working in and with Washington, D.C., both on the staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and as an attorney with Goldberg, Godles, Wiener & Wright, where she advised companies on spectrum policy and other issues before the Federal Communications Commission. Mary serves on the Boards of Green Dot Corp. and Green Dot Bank and on the Advisory Board of Stanford's Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS). Mary holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.



Jay Postma, CAMS
President, MSB Compliance Inc.

Jay Postma is founder and President of MSB Compliance Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, providing BSA/AML compliance consulting to money services business (MSBs), third party payment processors (TPPPs) and community banks. With extensive experience in financial services, Jay has worked as an intrepreneur within the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and entrepreneur at Towne Services, El Banco de Nuestra Comunidad, Ingo Money and other entities to create value while ensuring effective risk mitigation. Mr. Postma, Co-Chair of the Atlanta ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists) Chapter and Lifetime Member of the Bitcoin Foundation, has worked for multiple bitcoin clients and spoken on bitcoin for the South West Border Anti-Money Laundering Alliance, Western Union's Consumer Protection & Compliance Conference, and at the Texas Bitcoin Conference.


Brian Klein
Partner, Baker and Marquat LLP
Chair, Legal Advocacy Committee, Bitcoin Foundation

Brian Klein is a partner with Baker and Marquart LLP, a Los Angeles-based litigation law firm, and is Chair of the Legal Advocacy Committee of the Bitcoin Foundation. He represents individuals and corporate clients in criminal, regulatory and intellectual property matters. He also teaches federal criminal law at USC's law school and has written about the regulation of virtual currencies. As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles for 5 years, Brian handled significant white-collar criminal cases, including cases involving money laundering, corporate fraud and tax violations. Brian graduated from New York University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.



Kevin DeBré
Partner, Stubbs Alderton and Markiles, LLP

Kevin is a partner with Stubbs Alderton and Markiles, LLP, a corporate, securities, M&A and intellectual property law firm in the Los Angeles area, where he leads the firm’s intellectual property and technology transactions practice. His focus is advising companies engaged in building businesses based upon technology or intellectual property. As a business lawyer, a registered patent lawyer and a former engineer, Kevin works with clients to transform technology conception to commercialization. His clients include software companies, mobile commerce businesses, semiconductor design firms, e-commerce enterprises, electronics and hardware manufacturers, media companies, content publishers and medical device developers. Kevin’s experience as an Internet lawyer dates back to 1995 when he represented Cisco Systems, Inc. and a year later when he was the principal technology lawyer for Geocities. Kevin has been selected among his peers as a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Kevin is a contributing author of several treatises on intellectual property and licensing. Kevin has been quoted in numerous high-tech industry publications and has appeared on Bloomberg TV. Kevin is the founder and Chair of the Licensing Committee of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section. Prior to joining Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Kevin was a partner in leading international law firms, including Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, LLP, where he headed the firm’s technology transactions practice in Southern California. After law school, Kevin served as a judicial law clerk for Hon. John G. Davies, United States District Court for the Central District of California. Kevin received his J.D. degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and B.S. degree from University of California, Davis.



Michael M. Krieger
Attorney at Law, Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado LLP

Michael Krieger has practiced high technology business and intellectual property law for more than 20 years, focusing on counseling, litigation strategy, and preventive means to both secure and exploit clients’ key assets, whether patents, trademarks, web content, or other valuable IP. His practice includes issues of development, licensing, services, and disputes in the software and Internet arenas His clients have included both start-ups and industry leaders, as well as the United Nations and international web-based initiatives. He also serves as an expert in software litigation. With degrees in mathematics (B.S., Caltech; Ph.D., UCLA) and law (UCLA), Michael spent 15 years on the MIT Mathematics and UCLA Computer Science faculties and as a Fulbright Scholar, all prior to practicing law. This back-ground catalyzed his involvement in key areas as they emerged, including the Internet itself -- born “Arpanet” in the UCLA Computer Science Department (1969), public key encryption (1978), open source software (1999), and Internet governance (as personal advisor to Internet pioneer Jon Postel, 1998). Michael has served on the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the California Bar, was Editor-in-Chief of its journal New Matter, and currently chairs the Section's Technology, Internet & Privacy Law Committee. He also serves on the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum executive board and as a Director of the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, From 1997-2006 he returned to the UCLA faculty to organize and teach a graduate seminar “Entrepreneurship and Technology Development” for UCLA‘s Computer Science Department. His contact info is mkrieger@willenken.com and 310/428-5208.



Ira D. Moskatel
Attorney at Law, Arnold & Porter

Ira D. Moskatel, practices law at Arnold & Porter LLP in Los Angeles, where he focuses on the representation of businesses that depend on intellectual property or technology, with emphasis in licensing, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Ira was a founder of Teradata Corporation, a manufacturer of massive parallel database computers (acquired by AT&T several years after a major public offering), and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Peter Norton Computing, Inc. before its acquisition by Symantec. He is a past chair of the Caltech/MIT Enterprise forum and has served as Chair of the Law and Technology Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He has lectured and written extensively for major publications on legal aspects of technology, electronic commerce and data security.