April 1, 2021 – Harumi Presents at GBA Blockchain Week 2021 Virtual Summit

Harumi Presents on GBA Blockchain Week 2021

Greater Bay Area, the region which was previously referred to as the Pearl River Delta, includes Hong Kong, Macao and nine cities in South China’s Guangdong province.  GBA Blockchain Week 2021 is where “Speakers and high-profile experts from Asia, Europe, and the US will converge to discuss major opportunities and prospects of DCEP.”

In a panel moderated by Dwight van Diem of BCW Group and appearing with blockchain advocates like Che Cabreros and Micah Kershner of Worldpay, Reed Holmes (Head of Banking & Payments Americas) of Kraken Exchange, Harumi Urata-Thompson had her CIO hat on for Celsius Network.  The panel of blockchain and cryptocurrency experts addressed the topic of “Unlocking Retail Growth: Card to Crypto” on Day 2 of a packed week.

Other applications of blockchain technology addressed at GBA Blockchain Week 2021’s Virtual Summit ranged from supply chains, port logistics, trade infrastructure to smart cities development and the enterprise, and of course to finance.


Greater Bay Area Blockchain Week 2021 is described as “the premier virtual event for an international audience passionate about technology, education, and business.” GBA Blockchain Week is hosted by NexChange Group, an innovation and media platform specializing in Blockchain, Fintech, AI, Healthtech, Entertainment and Smart Cities.

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November 19, 2020 – Harumi Speaks at Goldfingr Virtual Deal Club for Hong Kong Blockchain Week

Harumi Opens Hong Kong Blockchain Week with Goldfingr Virtual Deal Club

Appearing alongside notable blockchain investors and advocates, Brock Pierce and Nick Spanos, Harumi Urata-Thompson opened up Hong Kong Blockchain Week for Goldfingr Virtual Deal Club.

Brock Pierce, a blockchain billionaire, spoke about “The Future of Blockchain and Crypto during the Global Economic Crisis — A Time for Rebirth”.

Nick Spanos, Founder of the Blockchain Center, talked about “Ushering in the Digital Age: Smart Contracts and Oracles.”

Harumi, speaking as CFO at Celsius Network, addressed “The Crypto Lending Economy”.

Hong Kong Blockchain Weeks Premier Investor Event – Goldfingr Virtual Deal Club XVI, was hosted by Lior Messika, CEO of EdenBlock VC.

Goldfingr is an exclusive global investment club, based on the mastermind principle. Founded in NYC (2014), Goldfingr is the 1st digital members-only club.  The Virtual Unconference of Conferences, a Boutique Experiential Summit for Investors, Founder/CEOs & VIPs.

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November 19, 2020 – Harumi Interviewed on Bitcoin Price Appreciation by Finance Magnates

Harumi on Bitcoin Price Trends as $20K Looms Again

Rachel McIntosh of the Finance Magnates interviewed Harumi Urata-Thompson among other cryptocurrency experts on Bitcoin’s potential to break the $20,000 price threshold. In particular the news analysis focused on what’s different in the environment for bitcoin in 2020 from that of 2017.

Key themes on what’s different include:

This Time, Bitcoin’s Price Rally Is More Stable and Seems to Be Driven by Larger Players

Growing Institutional Interest Is Feeding Bitcoin’s Rally

But, as Harumi described it,

“whenever the market had some peak and came down the way Bitcoin did in 2017, it does create a psychological (and physical, as there will be a lot of sell orders that will be placed around that level) top that will take a bit more than a few buys to breakthrough.”

Read the full article with further details here.

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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 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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April 23, 2020 – Delivering Cybersecurity Learning to the LairEast NYC Startup Community

LairEast NYC Craving for Cybersecurity Learning Satisfied by HUT Consulting

Harumi Urata-Thompson delivered cybersecurity knowledge that was especially in demand in a post-COVID-19 world to the highly engaged (and engaging) Lair East community.

While presenting the cybersecurity topic itself isn’t particularly unique, given the pandemic, these are by no means ordinary times, and new things develop day by day.  Harumi talked about the heightened importance of protecting our digital assets and securing the work-from-home environment by better understanding what exactly we’re facing.

HUT Consulting thanks Cyber Dacians for contributing content to the presentation.

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September 21, 2019 – The Top 3 Most Powerful Technologies Driving Economic Growth in the 4th Industrial Revolution, Part I

The Top 3 Most Powerful Technologies Driving Economic Growth in the 4th Industrial Revolution, Part I

HUT Consulting published an article with Part I about the top 3 most powerful technologies driving economic growth in the fourth industrial revolution.

In today’s fourth industrial revolution, driven in part by the mainstream adoption of the smartphone, there has been explosive proliferation of massive datasets or “Big Data”. In actuality, there are more than a handful of emerging technologies enabling the fourth revolution, all of which have advanced very quickly in only a few years. In the article, we describe the top three most powerful enablers: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and Blockchain. Interestingly, these leverage and capitalize on Big Data. Read more here.

This article is part of Tokyo FinTech publication series.

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February 28, 2019 – Blockchain in Japan: World Leader or Falling Behind?

Blockchain in Japan: World Leader or Falling Behind?

This event was organized to inaugurate Asia Decrypted: NYC Blockchain Meetup Series to educate the New York community what is going on in Asia.  HUT Consulting was asked to present the Japanese market and compare it with the US market.


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