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(SOLD OUT) 1st Friday Founders Fireside Chat – Blockchain

October 5, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for our October 1st Friday on the future of Blockchain. This is sure to be an insightful and well-informed discussion with experts from the industry sharing their views on the past, present, and upcoming trends in the space. If you are a Blockchain enthusiast and would like to learn how you too can be part of the change in our business infrastructure, then we’ll see you for the Fireside Chat.

MODERATOR | Tope Alabi

Tope Alabi Is a blockchain developer at Consensys, where Tope enables private data communication on the blockchain. He is also a co-organizer for the Oakland Blockchain Developers meetup group.

He has made various open-source contributions to the blockchain ecosystem and is an Innovator in Residence at the Kapor Center.

PANEL | Ben Arnon, Erika Alexander, X. Eyée, Corey Harris

Ben Arnon is the co-founder and CEO of Color Farm Media, a media and venture studio. Color Farm is digitizing and scaling the Motown model of talent and content development, building a human capital IP base in the process. Ben’s co-founder is award-winning actress/writer/producer, Erika Alexander.

Ben also produces a podcast called Blockchain Bridge.

Prior to founding Color Farm, Ben joined the Facebook-incubated tech startup, Wildfire, as its 6th employee, and played an integral role in building the company to 400+ employees and an acquisition by Google in 2012. Ben then spent four years at Google in a Head of Industry leadership role.

Ben began his career in the film and music industries. He spent several years at Universal Pictures, where he worked in a variety of divisions, including film music, retail marketing, and brand marketing.

Ben is also an active angel investor in tech startups and a mentor in the Techstars accelerator program.

Ben earned a BA from Emory University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Erika Alexander is an actress, writer, producer and activist best known for her roles as Cousin Pam on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, as Maxine Shaw on the FOX sitcom Living Single, for which she won two best actress NAACP awards and Detective LaToya in the Academy Award-winning movie Get Out. Erika was most recently seen in HBO’s Insecure and horror-thriller film, I See You, with Helen Hunt. She is also in Queen Sugar, Beyond and Bosch.

Erika has launched a media and venture studio called Color Farm Media with Ben Arnon, a former Google executive and blockchain tech entrepreneur. The new banner’s slate of film, television and digital projects features diverse creators. Color Farm has hit the ground running, setting up an untitled horror/thriller film, written by Alexander, at Lionsgate Entertainment. She is also a co-writer of the new Buffy spin-off, Giles, a graphic novel collaboration with Joss Whedon and Dark Horse ( Alexander previously collaborated on Dark Horse’s award-winning, ground-breaking sci-fi series, Concrete Park (

Erika is on the advisory board of, a non-partisan group that trains women to run for office and win. She was Hillary Clinton’s most traveled surrogate. Born in Winslow, Arizona, Erika grew up in Philadelphia.

X. Eyeé is a software developer, military veteran, and startup entrepreneur from Richmond, California. She is a Blockchain Ambassador at Microsoft, where she works with leading Fortune 500 companies to pilot blockchain solutions. X is passionate about using technology to solve social problems – she’s worked on startups that have raised more than 15M! Currently, X is the CEO & Co-founder of Harvest, a blockchain track-and-trace app to help medical marijuana distributors maintain compliance with state laws.

Corey is the Growth Manager for Dispatch and leads their growth marketing strategy. Dispatch is a DLT platform for creating data-centric smart contracts for B2B enterprise businesses. Before joining Dispatch, he cofounded, Blackchain, a distributed tech education platform, where he discusses tokenomics, distributed network history, blockchain infrastructural issues and consensus models’ impact on distributed network platforms’ adoption.

He is an avid blogger ( who writes about tokenomics and how to create effective token incentive models. He views distributed network technologies like Blockchain, DAG, and IPFS as the next wave of new economic theory.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Those who have not registered will not be allowed to attend.


October 5, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Kapor Center
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Kapor Center
2148 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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