Brian Forde

  • Director, Digital Currency at MIT Media Lab
  • Former Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation, The White House

Featured on the cover of the Economist, bitcoin and the blockchain have taken the world by storm and today more than $1 billion has been invested in startups harnessing this nascent technology. Despite this, bitcoin is still widely misunderstood. 

From Iraq to the White House, Brian Forde has helped to educate Heads of State, Fortune 500 CEOs, and thousands of others as they race to get up to speed before this new technology disrupts their organizations.

Named one of the top ten "Most Influential People in Bitcoin and Blockchain 2015" and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Brian breaks down this complex technology into simple, universally understandable explanations to help audiences quickly grasp one of the most important emerging technologies for the next 10 years.   

Leading the world's largest academic research initiative on cryptocurrencies at the historic MIT Media Lab, Brian draws upon his experience as both a former Senior Advisor at the White House and top technology entrepreneur to provide crucial insights and real life examples of how bitcoin and the blockchain will rapidly impact companies, consumers, and governments. 

 

Add to my speaker list
Brian Forde headshot
Brian Forde photo 3
Brian Forde photo 2
Rave Reviews About Brian Forde
Brian is an engaging, compelling speaker who makes an audience instantly grasp the complexity of the new rules being written by bitcoin and the blockchain. He was a standout success at the WIRED Money conference.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Brian Forde
  • Personal Democracy Forum and Civic Hall
  • Wired
Brian Forde - Bitcoin innovations will come from developing countries - Get Sharable Link
Brian Forde - Bitcoin innovations will come from developing countries
(>)
Now
Playing
Brian Forde | Exponential Finance | Business Decentralized
(>)
Now
Playing
Brian Forde | Blockchain As the Next Platform
(>)
Now
Playing
Explore Brian Forde's Talks
Expand all >

Bitcoin 101: An Introduction to Bitcoin, the Blockchain, the Future of Transactions

The future of the finance, government, insurance, media and entertainment, travel, healthcare, education, the sharing economy, and many more sectors will each be impacted by cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, yet this technology remains highly misunderstood. In his signature talk on bitcoin, Brian educa ...

The future of the finance, government, insurance, media and entertainment, travel, healthcare, education, the sharing economy, and many more sectors will each be impacted by cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, yet this technology remains highly misunderstood. In his signature talk on bitcoin, Brian educates audiences on how bitcoin works, dispels popular misnomers, and provides real life examples about how it’s being used throughout the world. He’ll also provide insights on the strengths and weaknesses of this technology to prepare leaders for experimenting with bitcoin in their organizations.

Learn more about Brian Forde
Follow   LinkedIn  Twitter 
Tweets by Brian Forde
(+)
Articles
(+)
Biography

Brian Forde has spent more than a decade at the nexus of technology, entrepreneurship, and public policy. He is currently the Director of Digital Currency at the MIT Media Lab where he leads efforts to mainstream digital currencies like Bitcoin through research, and incubation of high-impact applications of the emerging technology. Most recently he was the Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation at the White House where he spearheaded efforts to leverage emerging technologies to address the President’s most critical national priorities. Prior to his work at the White House, Brian founded one of the largest phone companies in Nicaragua after serving as a business and technology volunteer in the Peace Corps. In recognition of his work, Brian was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Digital currencies like Bitcoin are poised to make a dramatic impact on most people’s lives over the next decade. To help realize the projected impact of this technology, Brian recently launched the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. He is responsible for bringing together global experts in areas ranging from cryptography, economics, privacy, and distributed systems to take on this important new area of research that will support the commercial and social viability of this technology. Specifically, the initiative is conducting research and engaging students on digital currency topics that address questions regarding security, stability, scalability, privacy, and economics. It is also convening governments, nonprofits, and the private sector to research and test concepts that have high social impact.

In his role at the White House, Brian was responsible for determining how the Obama Administration would leverage open data and technology to address national priorities. These priorities included crowdsourcing, the sharing economy, and innovation prizes and challenges to address issues including Hurricane Sandy, climate change, and the revitalization of Detroit. A passionate advocate for diversity in tech, Brian formed the White House Tech Inclusion and TechHire Initiatives, bringing together leaders from the technology community, large corporations, and advocacy groups to support the hiring and training of more women and minorities in tech.

Prior to his government service, Brian brought tech and innovation to the rural mountain communities of Nicaragua. From 2005 to 2010, he was the co-founder and CEO of Llamadas, S.A., a low-cost internet phone service provider serving more than a quarter of a million Nicaraguans. A pioneer in leveraging tech in the developing world, Llamadas, S.A. was recognized by the US Ambassador to Nicaragua as one of the most innovative companies in the fight against poverty.

Prior to founding Llamadas, S.A., Brian served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the mountains of Nicaragua where he taught small business classes to local high school students.