October 18, 2020 – Centralized Finance in a DeFi World

October 18, 2020 – Harumi Talks Centralized Finance in Decentralized Finance

Harumi Urata-Thompson was recently interviewed in a live podcast by Norbert Gehrke of eXponential Finance.

In the podcast, Harumi as Chief Finance Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Celsius Network talks about her current endeavors promoting centralized finance in a decentralized finance world.

eXponential Finance provides advisory and customized research services, primarily focused on – but not limited to – market entry to Japan/Asia, business model validation, innovation and scale-up strategies.

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October 5, 2020 – Harumi Talks Cryptocurrency Lending with Blockchain UniVRse

Harumi Talks Cryptocurrency Lending on Crypto Mondays VR with Blockchain UniVRse

Blockchain UniVRse’s Annalese hosts a weekly webcast event, “Crypto Mondays VR”.  In this episode, Harumi Urata-Thompson spoke about the current environment of decentralized finance and cryptocurrency, and her latest project as CFO at Celsius Network.

Celsius Network is one of the most popular cryptocurrency lending platforms.  From this vantage point, Harumi provides an inside view of crypto lending business models that are driving some of the biggest trends in cryptocurrency today.

Celsius Network enables interest-bearing cryptocurrency accounts and low-fee lending that utilizes cryptocurrency as collateral.  Companies like these platforms have grown significantly since they allow users to earn a substantial passive income on cryptocurrency digital assets, particularly in comparison to fiat-based savings account interest rates. They often offer higher interest rates on savings accounts and loan rates that are generally lower than traditional alternatives.

In the webcast, Harumi addresses key questions like:

What is Celsius Network and how does it work?

How does Celsius Network pay interest?

What was involved in fundraising $20 million during COVID-19?

Blockchain UniVRse is part of Bits and Tokens, a blockchain media company that focuses on the world of cryptocurrency. Their goal is to educate, inform, and teach the public about how cryptocurrency works and how it can be used in day-to-day life.

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September 24, 2020 – Space and Blockchain, An Online Panel by Blockchain Center

Space and Blockchain, A “Thursdays on the Block” Online Panel

The Blockchain Center hosts a weekly webcast event, “Thursdays on the Block“.  The New Space Economy was the centralizing topic de jour for a panel of experts that included Harumi Urata-Thompson, who appeared as CEO and Co-Founder of celestialdata.

This week’s panel discussion, “Space and Blockchain” was held with deeply experienced knowledge experts and entrepreneurs who operate at the intersection of Space (as in Outer Space) and emerging enabling technologies like blockchain.

Appearing on the panel alongside Harumi were Grant Blaisdell and Samuel Reid.  Grant Blaisdell is an early innovator in applying blockchain technology to various industries, having co-founded the leading Blockchain Analytics and AML company Confirm and the marketplace for digital Space assets, Copernic Space.

Samuel Reid is a mathematician, business executive, inventor, and STEM polymath, having been the Chief Blockchain Engineer of the world’s first government regulated cryptocurrency exchange, the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange. He was CEO of Clean Crude Corporation and GeometricLabs Corporation and is also part of the Space Exploration Branch of the Canadian Space Agency as a member of the Signature Technology Consultation Committee.

Engaging in a lively conversation, the panel addressed issues like:

How do you get involved in the New Space Economy?

What can we learn about New Space Economy startup trajectories?

What about the New Space Economy startup ecosystem is different?

When and how do you fundraise in the New Space Economy ecosystem?

The online event was hosted by the Blockchain Center as part of its weekly “Thursdays on the Block” webcast panel discussion.

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September 11, 2020 – Current Issues in Corporate Governance Update Webinar on HalfMoon

September 11, 2020 – Current Issues in Corporate Governance Update Webinar on HalfMoon

Presenting on Day 2 of a 2-day webinar series as part of continuing education for professional accountants and lawyers, Harumi Urata-Thompson provided an update on cybersecurity issues today. Harumi addressed a myriad of key cybersecurities topics, including:

Understanding cybersecurity risks
Management and board member training
Implementing internal controls and best practices
Cybersecurity insurance
Recent developments in cybersecurity: examining the latest attacks and defenses

HalfMoon Education Inc. provides high-quality continuing education seminars to professionals. HalfMoon Education Inc. is the successor to the combination of HalfMoon LLC and Foxmoor Continuing Education, a respected provider of post-secondary learning activities and programs for attorneys, accountants and financial professionals. HalfMoon Education selectively recruits distinguished faculty members that understand professional needs by geographic region.

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September 7, 2020 – Harumi Urata-Thompson Shares Her Journey with Gaper.io

September 7, 2020 – Harumi Shares Her Journey Through the Years with Gaper.io

Harumi Urata-Thompson was recently interviewed in a live podcast by Gaper.io about the way in which her professional career took unconventional turns over the years.  For Harumi, these lead to trailblazing in the corporate sphere and ultimately, to entrepreneurship.  Also archived on YouTube as a video, Harumi’s interview is freely available for viewing by anyone interested.

Gaper.io is a Pakistan-based provider of remote software engineering talent, with a specialization in preparing and vetting the top 1% of full-stack engineers that global firms are looking to hire.  Full-stack developers are proficient in both the front-end and back-end languages and frameworks, as well as in server, network, and hosting environments.

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August 27, 2020 – “SEC & Mom and Pop Investors? Nodes on CODA” Podcast with Matthew Aaron

“SEC & Mom and Pop Investors? Nodes on CODA” Podcast with Matthew Aaron

Listen to Harumi Urata-Thompson and Matthew Aaron as they talk about “mom and pop” investors and the CODA “lightweight” blockchain protocol on his podcast show, The Decrypt Daily: Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency Podcast. Matthew Aaron, Editor-in-Chief of CRYPTO 101 Media, is an advocate for blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. He is focused on educating the average consumer to the benefits and real-world applications of blockchain technology.

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June 19, 2020 – Cybersecurity in the Work From Home Environment of COVID-19: NELA Panel

Cybersecurity in the Work From Home Environment of COVID-19: NELA Panel

In a time of COVID-19, people working from home use virtual communication platforms within varying home office situations.  This raises the challenge of applying the right cybersecurity policies and procedures, which protects and supports but doesn’t hinder work.  This also applies directly to the ambient issues surrounding employment law. Accordingly, the panel of experts that included Harumi highlighted current cybersecurity issues for the online audience members of the National Employment Lawyers Association in New York.

As Harumi describes the work-from-home environment today in a COVID-19 world:

Bad actors do not discriminate the organizations with 10 people from that of 10,000 people so regardless of whom we work for or where we are, we all need to be cognizant of what’s happening out there and be prepared. There are a lot of things that we can do in this field to protect our computers, data and work environment from being breached without having a big group of people working solely on it. It all starts with awareness and it doesn’t have to be scary.

Presenting alongside Harumi Urata-Thompson were Paul Jang, Legal & EdTech Specialist at Brooklyn Law School, employment lawyer Troy Kessler, Roseni Plaza, Executive Director of NELA NY, and Mark Rosen, Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School.

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June 18, 2020 – Blockchain Center Expert Panel: Enterprise Blockchain Webinar

Blockchain Center Expert Panel Webinar: “Enterprise Blockchain”

Harumi Urata-Thompson’s homebase is New York City, the world’s leading financial center.  It was natural for Harumi to reference fintech as examples of enterprise use of blockchain.  In a time of COVID-19, people are using virtual means of communication and come from many different homebases.  Accordingly, the panel of experts that included Harumi related enterprise blockchain to other areas like medtech. The lively webinar discussion on Enterprise Blockchain focused around addressing questions like:

At what point can we say a certain technology is truly adopted?  Is it when most solution providers consider this as part of the product?  Or when the majority of  end users have switched?

What is the best use case of this technology? Is personal data one of them?

Presenting alongside Harumi Urata-Thompson were respected peers, Manny Alicandro, NYC attorney and former candidate for New York Attorney General and NYC Public Advocate, Brian J. Esposito, Founder & President of Esposito Intellectual Enterprises, a holding company with 20+ years of taking a company’s vision and launching successfully into market, Radhika Iyengar, Founding Partner at StarChain Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture studio focused on the convergence of advanced technologies and enterprise blockchain expert, and Xenia Vyazemskaya, co-founder of It Takes Two content marketing and PR firm for startups in fintech and digital assets.

The webinar was moderated by Peter Borovykh, who made his name in finance and created groundbreaking algorithmic trading strategies that quantifies market sentiment and leverages market participant emotion.

The online event was hosted by the Blockchain Center and Bitcoin Center NYC, with special thanks to Anna Ginzburg, Nick Spanos and Scott Spiegel.

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June 4, 2020 – Blockchain Panel: Modern Stores of Value and the World Economy

HUT Consulting on Blockchain Expert Panel, “Modern Stores of Value and the World Economy”

With blockchain’s underlying technology still so young, there remains a lot of room for innovation and improvements. Subjects discussed in the webinar varied from financial trading to legal & compliance across to marketing communications and technology. These areas were focused around addressing big questions like:

Are cryptocurrencies really acting as stores of value?

What can we do to bring more transparency?

What’s the “it” that will push this technology and investment vehicle into mainstream?

Presenting alongside Harumi Urata-Thompson were respected peers Bryan McGurk, investor and writer experienced in non-profit sector and legacy market trading, Xenia Vyazemskaya, co-founder of It Takes Two content marketing and PR firm for startups in fintech and digital assets, and Manny Alicandro, NYC attorney and former candidate for New York Attorney General and NYC Public Advocate.

The online event was hosted by the Blockchain Center and Bitcoin Center NYC, with special thanks to Anna Ginzburg, Nick Spanos and Scott Spiegel.

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June 4, 2020 – ETC Labs Accelerator Interviews Mentor Harumi Urata-Thompson

ETC Labs Accelerator Interviews Mentor and HUT Consulting CEO, Harumi Urata-Thompson

Recently Harumi was interviewed in her role as a mentor in the ETC Labs Accelerator program on the state of blockchain technology.  Among the many key insightful thoughts from the Q&A session, Harumi answered a question that is particularly relevant today,

What do we need for the next generation of workers and employees to understand about blockchain? What does it mean to have blockchain as a skill?“.

See Harumi’s response in the original medium article.

“We believe having a robust board of mentors with a breadth of experience within innovation, blockchain, and financial sectors is a crucial component for the startups coming through our program,” said Liz Kukka, Executive Director of the ETC Labs accelerator program. “We’re elated to work with Harumi and bring her scope of experience and expertise to the Ethereum Classic ecosystem.”
Liz Kukka, Executive Director of the ETC Labs accelerator program

ETC Labs Accelerator promotes the advancement of blockchain technology and Ethereum Classic; providing technical support for blockchain and digital asset startups through the Ethereum Classic Labs Accelerator. One aspect that makes them a leading accelerator for Ethereum Classic and other blockchain projects is their esteemed board of mentors. Harumi Urata-Thompson is honored to be one of them.

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