Welcome to Wacoinda: Bitcoin, the Blockchain and Freedom

Lamar Wilson

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

5:30 pm

Gatton 111 - Kincaid Auditorium

Sponsored by:
Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and Gatton Fintech

Come hear from blockchain fin-tech startup Hijro co-founders Lamar Wilson and Lafe Taylor, as they share their passion and energy around financial collaboration and cryptocurrencies. Using their experience at Hijro, their goal is to educate, inspire and cultivate discussions on the endless possibilities this technology can provide.

Hijro, the world’s first trade finance blockchain network, powers solutions designed to optimize working capital for businesses and streamline supply chain operations. Currently, Lamar Wilson serves as the CETO (Chief Executive and Technology Officer) of Hijro and is heavily involved with the architecture of the software and the day-to-day operations. Wilson started his entrepreneurial career with the purchase of two Cold Stone Creamery locations at the age of twenty-five after graduating from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in finance. It was during this time that he taught himself to develop and created the company, 212ths, an enterprise media and software development firm. His enthusiasm for learning while at 212ths led him to develop Pheeva, a mobile bitcoin wallet; at the time the only bitcoin wallet that could be distributed on the Apple iPhone. Continuing to pursue opportunities centered around blockchain technology, Wilson started venture-backed Hijro and merged his love for finance and technology. He is a frequent speaker at fintech conferences nationally and internationally, such as Money 20/20, Consensus and Eurofinance. 

Lafe Taylor is co-founder and chief design officer at Hijro. Taylor has been an entrepreneur for more than 16 years, with 9 of those years as a business partner with Wilson. With a background in corporate branding, marketing, design and a passion for entrepreneurship, Taylor has led the direction for product design innovation, marketing and ideation for Hijro and 212ths. As a part of his passion for social justice and economics, he ventured into cryptocurrencies as a means to help those who are marginalized by economic oppression and systemic injustice.

When:
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where:
Gatton 111 - Kincaid Auditorium
Audience:
General Public