William Mougayar

Business Blockchain (Toronto)

Big Idea:
The Blockchain Economy – What Bitcoin started is metamorphosing into something bigger: a blockchain driven economy with its own value creation, not unlike the Web’s own economy. With the Web, we had e-commerce, e-business, e-services, e-markets, and later the social web arrived with social networks. Soon, we will see a number of emerging businesses that will run on blockchains, and they will create value that didn’t exist before.

Money as we know it, and as we earn it, will have competition from cryptocurrency and tokens, as exciting alternatives. At the heart of this evolution, a new system of work is unraveling, one where workers earn and generate economic value while getting compensated inside circular economies that have their own currency and work units. William Mougayar will take you on a journey to discover the Blockchain Economy, an inescapable consequence of the blockchain’s entry in our lives and work.

About William:
As a long time industry insider, William Mougayar is a prolific researcher, writer and theorist who has been described as the most sophisticated blockchain business thinker. His views and insights are well respected worldwide.

William is a direct participant in the crypto-technology market, working alongside startups, entrepreneurs, pioneers, leaders, innovators, creators, enterprise executives and practitioners; in addition to being an investor, advisor, and Board member in some of the leading organizations in this space.

William is the General Partner at Virtual Capital Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund, and currently on the Board of Directors of OB1, the OpenBazaar open source protocol that is pioneering decentralized peer-to-peer commerce, a Board Advisor to the Ethereum Foundation, a member of OMERS Ventures Board of Advisors, an Advisory Board member to the Coin Center and Bloq, and founder of Startup Management.

Previously, he held senior level positions at Hewlett-Packard, Cognizant and AberdeenGroup, and he founded 3 startups, CYBERManagement, Eqentia, and Engagio.

William is a graduate of the University of Washington, the University of Western Ontario Ivey School of Business, and attended the University of British Columbia Graduate Commerce School.