TALK’s Free Event on Oct. 27 at Noon: Understanding Blockchain-based Decentralized Finance

Date: Oct. 27th, 2020

Time: Noon

Location: Virtually

Register: On Eventbrite today!

Invited: All Tech and Business Professionals Interested

Cost: Free

Speaker: Attorney John Wagster, Frost, Brown, Todd

Topic: Understanding Blockchain-based Decentralized Finance

Sponsor: Frost, Brown, Todd

TALK’s next event will be an engaging discussion with question and answers on DeFi. The creation, sale and use of digital tokens, also known as coins or cryptocurrencies, has evolved significantly since the creation of Bitcoin.  The eras of initial coin offerings (ICOs) and Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs) were a mere training ground for what has become the fastest growing use of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies: Decentralized Finance, better known as “DeFi”.

This discussion will cover how the marketing, sale and use of digital tokens has evolved from the early days of bitcoin to today’s DeFi.  DeFi  is comprised of a complex array of platforms on the Ethereum blockchain through which borrowers, lenders and investors can undertake bank-like transactions without banks.  Importantly, Defi runs on accounts that are accessible to anyone in the world with an internet connection.  Users can store and transfer value and create and access any imaginable financial product on the same terms as anyone else.  No banks. No brokers.  No politics.

We will cover the evolution of DeFi, from its first use of stablecoins to the “yield farming” protocols that have pulled in billions of dollars of new money over the last few months.  Topics we will cover:  How did it start? Is it real?  Is it regulated? Is it dangerous?  Is it the future of global finance?

Speaker Bio:

John Wagster has unique experience helping companies forge cross-cultural contractual agreements around the world using industry best practices and western style contracts. John also focuses on technology-related commercial agreements with a particular interest in blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and the automotive space. An essential element to his approach is to let the business terms, rather than the legal structure of a business opportunity, define the relationship.

John represents scores of clients across the blockchain ecosystem, including issuers of digital tokens through Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), providers of distributed applications (DAPPs) cryptocurrency hedge funds, exchanges, consultants and marketers. John also represents OEMs and suppliers in the automotive industry as they interact to build best practices and hold each other accountable in the rapidly emerging connected car/autonomous vehicle arena. Finally, John has extensive experience handling complex cyber security incidents and serves as chair of the firm’s China desk.

John has hands on experience with all types of software and technology agreements including: blockchain-based distributed applications, software development, licensing, subscription and reselling agreements; digital tokens and cryptocurrency; outsourcing (onshore and offshore) agreements; hosting agreements; private and public cloud infrastructure and application hosting; service level agreements; maintenance and support agreements; training and installation agreements; software acceptance procedures; commission agreements; data sharing and privacy agreements; IT security policies (BCP and VTA); Value Added Reseller (VAR) Agreements; Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Agreements; and open source software.