November 19, 2020 – Harumi Kicks of Hong Kong Blockchain Week with Blockchain Center

Harumi Kicks Off Hong Kong Blockchain Week with The Blockchain Center

The Blockchain Center was LIVE from Hong Kong Blockchain Week, launching off with a panel on Central Bank Digital Currency with Harumi Urata-Thompson from Celsius Network and Andrew Durgee from Republic Crypto.

In the webcast, Harumi and Andrew talked about the current cryptocurrency landscape. The lively discussion ranged from talking about the variety of financial and technological features of NFT’s and NFT exchanges to a wide-ranging back-and-forth of crypto “war stories” about the recent past and future trajectory of cryptocurrency businesses. Their segment of the live webcast was followed by presentations of the biggest Non Fungible Token projects: Juergen Hoebarth from Tokenization Limited, Jesse Johnson from Aavegochi, and Devin Finzer from OpenSea.

Andrew Durgee entered crypto in early 2010, pioneering early blockchain technology plays including an industry first multi signature wallet repository. Andrew studied Management Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a highly skilled executive with over 12 years of experience. Andrew was previously a Partner at a leading blockchain advisory group, TLDR.

The online event was hosted by the Blockchain Center.

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November 4, 2020 – The Block Babes Interview Harumi On Cryptocurrency Lending

The Block Babes Interview Harumi on Cryptocurrency Lending

The Block Babes host a weekly webcast event, “Today in Tech”.  In this episode, Harumi Urata-Thompson was interviewed by the three GenZ blockchain advocates who comprise The Block Babes team. The trio have made it their mission to promote financial education in the area of blockchain technology, decentralized finance and cryptocurrency. Their topic today was about Harumi’s latest endeavors as CFO at Celsius Network.

In the webcast, Harumi talks about:

What is Celsius Network and how does it work?

How does Celsius Network pay interest?

How has Harumi’s career trajectory evolved to get here?

Celsius Network has emerged to become one of the most popular cryptocurrency lending platforms.  Against this backdrop, 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.

The Block Babes video channel on pscp.tv and YouTube were created in efforts to bring awareness about blockchain technology, decentralized finance, and education to the younger generations. They are a self-described group of “GenZ girls that fell in love with blockchain technology and the ability to build and capitalize on it.” The Block Babes believe that financial freedom is so important yet it’s not common knowledge or something you typically learn in schools.

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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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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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May 13, 2020 – What Blockchain Could Look Like in a Post-COVID Economy

Podcast Appearance by HUT Consulting: What Blockchain Looks Like in a Post-COVID-19 Economy

Harumi Urata-Thompson was the guest speaker at LairEast’s podcast hosted by Ron Hamenhem. 

Harumi addressed the LairEast community to talk about what we are going through at the moment as we continue to stay in COVID-19 lockdown and its impact on economy.  She discussed what blockchain can do in this environment and what it could become. 

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November 8, 2019 – HUT Consulting Discusses FinTech and Blockchain for the Lawyers

November 8, 2019 – HUT Consulting Discusses FinTech and Blockchain for the Lawyers

HUT Consulting was invited to speak on a panel at the “Fintech 2019: A Regulatory Overview of Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Digital Coins & Tokens” event at the New York City Bar.  The panel topic was Ethics of Bitcoin and ICOs Enforcement. 

 

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