Beyond Blocks Summit Tokyo 2018-04-09T19:02:03+00:00

Beyond Blocks

Thank you for attending our last Beyond Blocks Summit in Tokyo!

  • APRIL, 4th & 5th, 2018
  • The Westin Tokyo, Japan

Beyond Blocks Summit Tokyo

  • Japan itself is the ‘New Heart‘ of Bitcoin & Blockchain
  • Key insights from renowned Blockchain regulators & experts
  • Amazing opportunity to meet, greet & network with like-minded Blockchain enthusiasts
  • Engage with new and innovative Blockchain start-ups that are reshaping traditional industries and understand how it will impact you and your future.


  • Full access to the 2-day conference
  • Live translations for all speaker panels
  • Workshops hosted by renowned experts in the industry

Ticketing Details

Beyond Blocks Summit Tokyo 2018 will be hosted at The Westin Tokyo on April 4th and 5th, 2018 from 09:00 – 18:00.

Tickets are available at an early discounted rate and will increase!

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Beyond Blocks Summit Tokyo Speakers

Yuzo Kano

Co-Founder & CEO, bitFlyer, Inc.


Jack Lu

Founder, Wanchain


Matthew Spoke

Founder, Aion


Fabio Canesin

Co-Founder, NEX


Patrick Byrne



Martin Lim

Co-Founder, Electrify Asia


Brandon Synth

Co-founder, Skycoin


Loi Luu

CEO & Co-Founder of Kyber Network


Richard Ma

CEO & Co-Founder, Quantstamp


Jonathan Ha

CEO, Red Pulse


Noritaka Kobayashi, Ph.D

Founder, LastRoots Co., Ltd


Eiland Glover

CEO & Co-founder, Kowala


Abasa Phillips

Founder, Zilla


Hope Liu

CEO, Eximchain


Steven Nerayoff

CEO & Founder, Alchemist


Fran Strajnar

Co-Founder & CEO, Brave New Coin


Ryan Gittleson

Co-Founder, Virtue Poker


John Burbank

Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Passport Capital


Marina Titova

Head of Digital Capital Markets, NKB Group


Joey Huang

Co-Founder, GameBank


Sunil Verma

Co-founder, Creator.Ai


Tanner Philp

Director, Kik Interactive


Bowen Lu

Co-founder & President, UTour


Matteo Zago

Founder, Essentia One


Gaurang Torvekar

Co-Founder & CEO, Indorse


Mark Bivens

Venture Partner, Truffle Venture Capital


Raphaël Mazet

CEO, Alice


Chris Tse

Founder, Cardstack


Alex Shin

Chief Business Officer & Partner, Hashed


Phil Woods

Managing Partner, Abele International


Katsuya Konno

Chief Financial Officer, Quoine


Natavudh “Moo” Pungcharoenpong

Co-CEO, SIX Network


Joshua Ho

Co-Founder, QCP Capital


Bo Wang

Founder & CEO, Delphy Foundation


Cyrus Khajvandi

Co-Founder & COO, Mobius Network


Kevin McKenzie Cook

President, AllSpark


Darius Sit

Managing Partner, QCP Capital


Nithin Eapen

Chief Investment Officer, Arcadia Crypto Ventures


Masa Kakiya

CEO, Smart Contract Inc.


Tomoaki Sato

Founder, Starbase


Andrew Hyde

Head of Community, Origin Protocol


Masa Keith Nakatsu

Entrepreneur, Investor, and Philanthropist



April 4, 2018

08:30 – 09:30

60 Mins

Registration Starts

09:30 – 09:45

15 Mins

Opening Remarks

Gabriel Yang, COO, Beyond Blocks

09:45 – 10:15

30 Mins

Keynote: The State of Japan

Overview of the progress of all things Blockchain.

Yuzo Kano, Co-Founder & CEO, bitFlyer, Inc.

10:15 – 11:00

45 Mins

Panel: The Role of Governance in Asian markets

A discussion on China, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Japan

Moderator: Abasa Philips
Alex Shin, Chief Business Officer & Partner, Hashed
Bo Wang, Founder & CEO, Delphy Foundation
Joshua Ho, Co-Founder, QCP Capital
Natavudh “Moo” Pungcharoenpong, Co-CEO, SIX Network
Masa Keith Nakatsu

11:00 – 11:30

30 Mins

Tea Break

11:30 – 12:30

60 Mins

Keynote: WanChain

Wanchain has grown to become one of the most visible and reliable public blockchain platforms worldwide. It aims to provide the cross-chain protocol that can connect all the chains in the future. Meanwhile, since Wanchain is a public chain, its ecosystem has several vertical LANchains to help them successfully embrace the blockchain technologies.

Let Wanchain share their vision and power together with 3 vertical applications that have recently become members of the Wanchain family. Each of these projects will be launching their ICOs soon.

Japan is the first stop of Wanchain and its ecosystem projects world tour!

Jack Lu, CEO and Founder of WanChain
Bowen Lu, Co-Founder & President, UTour
Joey Huang, Co-Founder, GameBank
Kevin McKenzie Cook, President, AllSpark

12:30 – 13:00

30 Mins

Blockchain in Education

Indorse, will share about the way blockchain technology can revolutionise the education sector. He will speak about his own experiences where he piloted the use of blockchain based digital certificates at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and grew out the idea to Indorse. At Indorse he is building a digital backpack for users to store their skills based professional profiles. Indorse have received notable mentions in a parliamentary report by the European Union in November 2017.

Gaurang Torvekar, Co-Founder & CEO, Indorse

13:00 – 14:00

60 Mins


14:00 – 14:30

30 Mins

Fireside Chat: Culture & Talent – The Quantstamp Story

Quantstamp is the first scalable security protocol designed to find vulnerabilities in Ethereum smart contracts before they are published to the blockchain. In this fireside chat, Richard Ma will share his insight about growing teams from two founders to a much larger team that recently graduated from Y Combinator. From writing a whitepaper to shipping Quantstamp’s testnet in less than 75 days, Richard hopes to offer a primer to all aspiring blockchain entrepreneurs.

Richard Ma, CEO & Co-Founder, Quantstamp
Interviewed by Gabriel Yang, COO, Beyond Blocks

14:30 – 15:00

30 Mins

Keynote: Mobius and the Solution to Blockchain Based Payments

Unlike many blockchain companies, Mobius had a live product before their token sale, resulting in the #1 ranked Google result for “DApp Store”, along with numerous media articles about their universal API that allows any existing company to accept blockchain-based payments. They also have two patents submitted and pending on their Proof of Stake Oracle Protocol (PSOP) that will revolutionize the future of data. Mobius also took a very contrarian view when they decided to build their MOBI token on Stellar, when every other blockchain company was building theirs on ERC-20.

Since then, they went on to have one of the most successful token sales of Q4 2017 and of 2018, selling out of their token at $39M with over 58,000 people registered for their KYC/AML.

Cyrus Khajvandi, COO and Co-Founder of Mobius

15:00 – 15:30

30 Mins

Keynote: History of Blockchain, Challenges with the Future of Blockchain

Bitcoin was the first blockchain, but will it be the last? What are the issues the successors of Bitcoin need to address? What is blockchain? What are the actual applications of the blockchain technology? What platforms are building the next generation of blockchain technology? What comes after Bitcoin?

Brandon Synth, Co-Founder, Skycoin

15:30 – 16:00

30 Mins

Tea Break

16:00 – 16:30

30 Mins

Keynote Session: Institutional Money and the march into Crypto

At Passport, we believe markets are poor discounters of long-term secular trends, in particular when there is no historical precedent. Additionally, to make real returns, you need to invest in things that have never happened before. Blockchain technology is one of those transformational breakthroughs that impact major portions of the global economy. A key theme in the blockchain/cryptocurrency asset class we are focused on are security tokens, which have the potential to speed transactions and unlock liquidity in near limitless private assets.

John Burbank, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Passport Capital

16:30 – 17:00

30 Mins

Keynote Session: Liberalism and the Blockchain

Dr. Patrick M. Byrne explains that for thousands of years mankind has been trading money for goods creating a third-party dependency. Using the Blockchain allows people to trade with each other in a trust-less fashion (with no intermediary); what Byrne calls “consensual exchange.”

Patrick Byrne, Founder, tZERO

17:00 – 17:45

45 Mins

Panel: ICO vs. VC

Cryptocurrencies have introduced the world to a new method of start-up finance, the ICO. So far, this has translated to billions of dollars in funding. It however has been a speculative space filled with failures, scams and underperformance. How does this compare to traditional VC investment?

Moderator: Abasa Philips, Founder & CEO, Zilla
Dr. Noritaka Kobayashi, Founder, Last Roots
Mark Bivens, Venture Partner, Truffle Venture Capital
Marina Titova, Head of Digital Capital Markets, NKB Group
Steven Nerayoff, CEO & Founder, Alchemist
Natavudh “Moo” Pungcharoenpong, Co-CEO, SIX Network

17:45 – 18:00

15 Mins


19:00 – 22:00

Beyond Blocks House Party X ninetytwo13 by Tokyo Chapter

Hosted by one of the first co-working and co-living spaces in Tokyo, ninetytwo13’s venue is one of the best designed spaces in the city today. Located 2 minutes away from Roppongi Mid Town, this is one of the first places that come to mind for all blockchain entrepreneurs.

Drinks and Tapas Provided

Day 2 Coming Soon!

April 5, 2018

08:30 – 09:30

60 Mins

Doors open

09:30 – 09:45

15 Mins

Opening Remarks

09:45 – 10:30

45 Mins

Panel: Real World Applications of the Blockchain

The Blockchain world has this year made stunning progress in moving out of R&D and into the real world. Hear from the panel of real-world examples on how they are using Blockchain to better their businesses and the industries they are part of.

Moderator: Masa Keith Nakatsu
Chris Tse, Founder & Head of Product, Cardstack
Martin Lim, Co-Founder & COO, Electrify Asia
Hope Liu, CEO, Eximchain
Raphaël Mazet, CEO, Alice
Ryan Gittleson, Co-Founder, Virtue Poker

10:30 – 11:00

30 Mins

Keynote: A New World of Sharing Economies

Sharing economies are all the buzz nowadays, with multi-billion dollar companies providing shared rides, housing, and workspaces. However, the concept of sharing economies is not new, going back as far as when most people lived in villages and benefited from communal goods and services. Now with blockchain technology and cryptocurrency-based economics, we can explore how to build and scale new types of sharing economies.

Jonathan Ha, CEO, Red Pulse

11:00 – 11:30

30 Mins

Tea Break

11:30 – 12:15

45 Mins

Panel: The Next Generation of ICO’s

Tokenization of Real Businesses. The first of it’s kind was Kik. Then came Telegram, Kodak and even KakaoTalk has made headlines. Join us for a panel of leading entrepreneurs and their path to launching a reverse ICO.

Moderator: Alex Shin, Chief Business Officer & Partner, Hashed
Alex Won, Co-Founder/COO, Copyright Protocol
Grant Sohn, Founder, Carry Protocol
Howon Song, Founder and CEO, Cosmochain
Chase Chang, VP of Ecosystem, TTC Protocol

12:15 – 12:45

30 Mins

Keynote: Bringing Users to Decentralized Applications

In this keynote, Fabio Canesin, the Co-Founder of NEX, will discuss how advanced forms of trade combined with simple user experiences can solve the access problem in decentralized applications.

Fabio Canesin, Co-Founder, NEX

12:45 – 13:45

60 Mins


13:45 – 14:30

45 Mins

Panel: Decentralized Exchanges

Will decentralized exchanges be able to solve all the issues we are facing today with centralized exchanges?

Moderator: Masa Keith Nakatsu
Loi Luu, Co-Founder & CEO, Kyber Network
Fabio Canesin, Co-Founder, NEX
Katsuya Konno, Chief Financial Officer, Quoine

14:30 – 15:00

30 Mins

Steady Baby! – The need for stable cryptocurrency, current approaches, timelines, opportunities.

Eiland Glover, CEO & Co-Founder, Kowala

15:00 – 15:30

30 Mins

The future of Tokens

A macro overview of the crypto asset class trends to-date and their end game over the next two decades.
Fran’s talk breaks down what infrastructure is required to institutionalize tokenization, Delivered with hard data and practical examples.

Fran Strajnar, CEO & Co-Founder, Brave New Coin

15:30 – 16:00

30 Mins

Tea Beak

16:00 – 16:45

45 Mins

Panel: Protocols of the Future

The worldwide crypto market is now worth $340 billion, and with banks, corporations and governments announcing their own blockchain projects at an encouraging rate, this is a promising sign of the increased legitimacy of the technology in the eyes of the business world. Listen to the panel discuss what needs to be done to make Blockchain swifter, more secure and scalable.

Moderator: Masa Keith Nakatsu
Jack Lu, Founder, Wanchain
Matthew Spoke, Founder, AION
Matteo Zago, Founder, Essentia One & President, Internet of Blockchain Foundation
Andrew Hyde, Head of Community, Origin Protocol

16:45 – 17:30

45 Mins

Panel: The Art of Trading and Investing

The growth and surge of cryptocurrencies has brought many an enthusiast into the fold. The panel looks to discuss the opportunities and differences, between trading/ investing followed by the opportunities that come along with it.

Moderator: Jonathan Ha, CEO, Red Pulse
John Burbank, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Passport Capital
Phil Woods, Managing Partner, Abele International Pte Ltd
Darius Sit, Managing Partner, QCP Capital
Kazuki Obata, CEO, Smart Contract Inc.
Nithin Eapen, Chief Investment Officer, Arcade Crypto Ventures

17:30 – 17:45

15 Mins

Day 2 – Closing

19:00 – 21:00

120 Mins

Beyond Blocks Closing Party @ NOS Bar & Dining Ebisu

Come join us as we close an epic two days at NOS located just 5 minutes from Ebisu Station. We’re running a free flow bar for the first two hours so don’t be late!

Tokyo Summit Workshops

Looking to dig even deeper into blockchain and cryptocurrency while you’re at the conference? We’ve curated a set of workshops with renowned enterprises so you can do just that.


“Bitcoin actually has the balance and incentives right, and that is why it is starting to take off”

Julian Assange, Founder of Wikileaks


Beyond Blocks looks to be the online and offline platform for Blockchain enthusiasts to network, gather information and share insights with the purpose of moving the industry forward to greater heights. We bring in top industry leaders and community builders in one place for this purpose around Asia and beyond. The team strongly believes that developments on the Blockchain has a bright future with real world economic applications and will one day surpass our expectations.

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“Da Hongfei, founder, and CEO of ‘NEO’…recently gave an insightful look at China’s blockchain landscape at the blockchain world conference here in Bangkok. He outlined what his business is setting out to do within the market…with regards to cryptocurrencies.”
“The Blockchain Conference by Beyond Blocks…was home to a lot of conversation on the topics of cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and blockchain between startup founders, investors, and the participating and interested audience.”
“There is a bubble in this industry; I’ll say it’s okay. Every technology that is so disruptive, there definitely will be bubbles. Like train and automobiles, there used to be bubbles”
“Altogether, the Blockchain World Conference 2017 was a living extravaganza and nothing less than a joyride for Affiliates and Internet marketers.”


The Westin Tokyo

Location : 1 Chome-4-1 Mita, Meguro-ku, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan | Phone +81 3-5423-7000


“Oh, it’s been excellent. There’s a great community here in Bangkok. A very fast growing one. And we made some really good contacts today.”

- Roger Haenni,

Co-founder & CEO, Datum Foundation

“The future of blockchain is that it is going to eliminate a lot of rent seeking behavior from companies because the nature of the blockchain is to give value to the end user and that’s really powerful."

- Richard Ma

CEO & Co-founder, Quantstamp

“ It’s been a fantastic event, over a thousand people I think, from all over the world. Wonderful audience and really great discussions over the future of the blockchain. So yeah, great event!.”

- Helen Disney,

CEO & Founder, Unblocked Events

"The organizers really went above and beyond in choosing an attractive venue, assembling a respectable roster of speakers, providing excellent catering, and attracting a well-informed and socially interesting group of attendees. There was an excitement and energy around the event that I normally don't find at blockchain events, which often turn out rather dull."

Henok Tekle

Cryptocurrency Angel Investor

“I think it is already evolutionizing quite a lot of different industries. It will change a lot, how things work in the business world, and how we interact with everything, basically.”

Nick Martyniuk

Co-Founder & CEO, WePower Network

“It has the potential to change every single aspect of how we interact with the world”

Anastasia Andrianova

Founder, Akropolis & Advisor, Web3Foundation

“I’m loving the event so far. It’s great to have these types of events here in Asia particularly as blockchain is such a new and emerging market…For all these people who want to learn about the space and actively wanting to get involved in the blockchain. Blockchain is internet 3.0 if you wanna call it that way”

James Giancotti

CEO & Co-founder, ODDUP

“The event is amazing. A lot of great energies, positive people. There's alot of excitement and the sort of forward thinking movement out here has been fantastic."

Jarrad Hope

Co-Founder, Status

“Blockchain will be in everything. Period. Full stop.”

Abasa Philips

Founder & CEO, Zilla