Digital Transformation of Financial Markets

Industry Leadership Series - East Bay

6:00 - 8:00 pm
University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, Berkeley, CA 94720 - Cheit Hall, Room C230


Technology is being developed at a light-speed pace and is revolutionizing business models and workflows, particularly in the global financial markets. Examples of this transformation include:

  • Crypto-currencies and tokens are challenging traditional corporate finance. Internet Coin Offerings (ICOs) have provided over $2 billion in funding to young companies, representing close to six times the amount provided by traditional early stage investors.
  • Robo-advisors are competing with traditional financial advisors, offering portfolio management that leverages big data and artificial intelligence to produce returns more economically.
  • Traditional financial organizations are partnering with technology companies to provide blockchain solutions which expedite processes and facilitate corporate cross-border payments that bypass traditional systems.

Our speaker, Cristina Dolan — founder and CEO of InsideChains and COO and co-founder iXledger — will provide her insight into the digital transformation of the financial markets through blockchain ecosystems. As a former executive of a global FinTech software company, she understands the value of a market ecosystem and the growing regulatory requirements for transparency and best execution. Cristina is a recognized authority and Internet pioneer and will share with us her journey as a female engineer trailblazing through the early days of the Internet.

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Christina DolanCristina Dolan

As an MIT Media Lab alumna and Engineer and Computer Scientist, Cristina co-founded, which grew to be the tenth largest ISP after a successful IPO. She is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and launched Dream it. Code it. Win It., a non-profit organization that promotes creative problem solving within computer science education for students. Cristina earned a Masters of Media Arts and Science from the MIT Media Lab and also holds a Masters of Computer Science Engineering and a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering with concentrations in Computer Science, Communications Technologies, and Business. As a member of the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation in 1992, Cristina placed first in the US National Championships and Empire State Games in Skeleton. In 1990, she competed in the World Cup Championship in Königsee, Germany, earning second place among the female competitors.

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