Blockchain technology offers tremendous hope and promise to drastically improve data transparency and data sharing, as well as reduce the risk of a central point of failure for corporate, government, and private entities. But there is also significant hype around blockchain that has been driven by the bubble in cryptocurrency investments and people who don't want to miss out on the next wave of new technology. What will determine the future of blockchain - the hope or the hype? Attendees conviened for a presentation from Jason Schenker, Futurist and author of The Promise of Blockchain: Hope and Hype for an Emerging Disruptive Technology.
President, Prestige Economics
Chairman, The Futurist Institute
Mr. Schenker is the President of Prestige Economics, and he has been ranked one of the most accurate financial forecasters and futurists in the world. Bloomberg News has ranked Mr. Schenker a top forecaster in 42 categories, including #1 in the world for his forecast accuracy in an astonishing 25 categories, including for his forecasts of the Euro, the British Pound, the Swiss Franc, the Russian Ruble, the Chinese RMB, crude oil prices, natural gas prices, gold prices, industrial metals prices, agricultural commodity prices, US new home sales, and US jobs. In June 2018, he was ranked one of the top 100 most influential financial advisors in the world by Investopedia.
Mr. Schenker attends OPEC and Fed events, and he has given keynotes for public companies, industry groups, and the US Federal Reserve. He has even advised NATO and the Department of Defense on the future of work, blockchain, Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and fake news. Mr. Schenker is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and he has written eight books. Four of his books have become #1 Best Sellers on Amazon: Jobs for Robots, Commodity Prices 101, Recession-Proof, and Electing Recession. He also wrote the books The Promise of Blockchain, Midterm Economics, Robot-Proof Yourself, and Be the Shredder, Not the Shred. Mr. Schenker is also the editor of The Robot and Automation Almanac, which is compiled annually by The Futurist Institute. His next book, Quantum: Computing Nouveau, will be released in November 2018.
Mr. Schenker advises executives, industry groups, institutional investors, and central banks as the President of Prestige Economics. He also founded The Futurist Institute in October 2016, for which Mr. Schenker has created a rigorous course of study that includes The Future of Work, The Future of Transportation, The Future of Data, The Future of Finance, Futurist Fundamentals, The Future of Energy, The Future of Leadership, and The Future of Healthcare. Mr. Schenker is also an instructor for LinkedIn Learning, for which he has released a course on Corporate Finance Risk Management and a weekly Economic Indicator series. LinkedIn will be releasing his courses on Audit & Due Diligence and Recession-Proof Strategies in late 2018.
Mr. Schenker is very active in FinTech and he has been an executive and advisory board member of multiple startups. He is the Executive Director of the Texas Blockchain Association and a member of the Central Texas Angel Network — the most active angel investor network in the United States. He is also the Futurist for Hyperloop Massachusetts.
Mr. Schenker holds a Master’s in Applied Economics from UNC Greensboro, a Master’s in Negotiation from CSU Dominguez Hills, a Master’s in German from UNC Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s in History and German from The University of Virginia. He also holds a Certificate in FinTech from MIT, a Certificate in Supply Chain Management from MIT, a Certificate in Professional Development from UNC, a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School, and a Certificate in Cybersecurity from Carnegie Mellon. Mr. Schenker holds the professional designations CMTÂ® (Chartered Market Technician), CVAÂ® (Certified Valuation Analyst), ERPÂ® (Energy Risk Professional), and CFPÂ® (Certified Financial Planner). He is also a Certified Futurist and Long-Term Analyst (FLTA).
Before founding Prestige Economics, Mr. Schenker worked as a Risk Specialist at McKinsey and Company, where he provided content direction to trading, risk, and commodity project teams on six continents. Prior to McKinsey, Mr. Schenker was the Chief Energy and Commodity Economist at Wachovia Bank, which is now part of Wells Fargo.
Based in Austin, Mr. Schenker is one of only 100 CEOs on the Texas Business Leadership Council, a non-partisan group that advises Texas elected leadership at the state and federal level. He also sits on multiple boards and is a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Schenker is on the advisory board of Hidden Star, a non-profit focused on helping low-income, minority, and disadvantaged entrepreneurs start new businesses and succeed. He has also been a member of the advisory board of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at North Carolina State University since 2013. Mr. Schenker is also a director of the 2018 class of The Texas Lyceum, a non-partisan non-profit that fosters business and policy dialogue on important US and Texas issues.