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Bettina Warburg

Blockchain Expert & Co-Founder of Animal Ventures

Blockchain Expert Bettina Warburg, is a researcher, entrepreneur and educator. A political scientist by training, she has a deep passion for the intersection of politics and technology. Bettina educates audiences on the potential of blockchain holds for their particular industry while painting a realistic picture of our future with these and other future technologies.

San Francisco, California, United States

Presentations

The Looming Blockchain Revolution 
Say hello to the decentralized economy—the blockchain is about to change everything. In this lucid explainer of the complex (and confusing) technology, Bettina describes how the blockchain will eliminate the need for centralized institutions like banks and governments to facilitate trade, evolving age-old models of commerce and finance into something far more interesting: a distributed, transparent, autonomous system for exchanging value.

Robots with wallets: A.I. in the Blockchain
The decentralized economy – Blockchain, AI, and IoT are about to change everything. In this lucid explainer of complex (and confusing) technologies, Bettina Warburg describes how three forces (Blockchain, AI, and IoT) will eliminate the need for centralized institutions like banks or governments to facilitate trade, evolving age-old models of commerce and finance into something far more interesting: a distributed, transparent, autonomous system for exchanging value.

The Future Of Healthcare
Leading blockchain expert Bettina Warburg discusses what this game-changing technology may mean for the future of healthcare.

  • Bettina is a communicator of big ideas. Not only does she help distill complicated ideas into bite-sized nuggets that others can more easily understand, but her foresight challenges people to look ahead and make new decisions with purpose.
    - Founding head of marketing for Yahoo
  • Bettina's talk about blockchain was one of the most insightful and clear explanations of this new technology that I've seen. The tech is abstract and exotic, but she makes it concrete and familiar. Most who see it will get it.

    - Founding executive editor of WIRED

Summary Profile

Bettina partners her network with Governments and members of the Fortune 500 to help drive the global commercialization and integration of blockchain technology. Bettina first became interested in blockchain technology’s ability to shift entire systems, disintermediating many traditional trusted parties through her research on cutting-edge governance practices.

Bettina is passionate about the convergence of technology and politics and the impact it will have on our future. She is the Executive Producer of a new tech show called Tech on Politics, interviewing some of the greatest minds in technology, media, venture capital, and government about the convergence of technology and politics. Prior to Animal Ventures, Bettina received her MSc from Oxford University and BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and developed a keen interest in global governance and cultural diplomacy. As a Public Foresight Strategist at the Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley think tank, Bettina brought a futures lens to a variety of strategic initiatives with top corporations, foundations, education institutions, and city governments. While at IFTF, she also developed its future of philanthropy and future of governance research practices.

In 2016, Bettina was invited by TED to be one the first speakers ever to unpack the topic of blockchain to a global audience. She has given talks and curated conferences such as Skoll World Forum, Salzburg Global Seminar, City Innovate Summit, Personal Democracy Forum, and numerous universities around the world. Bettina’s work has been cited in publications such as The Atlantic, Center for Public Impact, ICMA.org, and the San Francisco Chronicle.