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 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.”

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November 13, 2020 – National Cybersecurity in the Time of COVID

Harumi on Cybersecurity and the Legal Sphere

Harumi Urata-Thompson is often asked to present to members of the NYCLA Continuing Legal Education Institute. This time in an online webinar, Harumi appeared alongside a panel of respected experts at NYCLA’s Sixth Annual program.

Using a panel format comprised of all-star experts in their fields, the program looked today’s ever changing technological climate, the threat of cyberwarfare and hacks, the impact of COVID-19, as well as the changing role of the attorney and law firm.

Panels in the program included:

  • Cyber Security and Crime: How to Understand the Threat to Your Firm and Client
  • The Intelligence Community Under Attack: The Risk to National security; whistleblowers and Why we Need Them
  • COVID and the Changed Workplace: How to Has Affected the Employer and Employee
  • National Security and Counterterrorism in the 2020’s: Prosecuting Terrorism Cases; Investigating National Security Cases; The Mind of a Domestic Terrorist
  • Pandemic Response and National Security: Deployment of thee Military; Legality of Quarantine Orders; How to Fight COVID-19
  • The Changing Supreme Court: Animus at 1 First Street NE, Washington DC
  • Lies, Deceit and Fake News: How it Impacts National Security
  • Homeland Security Investigations: IP Investigations; Cyber Crime; Money Laundering; Human Trafficking
  • Customs and Border Protection: What do They REALLY do?

Harumi reunited with Mark Rosen, Esq., Brooklyn Law School, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, who serves as Program Chair and Moderator.

NYCLA’s Continuing Legal Education Institute set up the program to inform the public, lawyers, corporations and national security practitioners about the latest developments in the area of cyber security, national security, threats, privacy, and the evolving role and responsibilities of attorneys and firms in the time of COVID and beyond.

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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 18, 2020 – Centralized Finance in a DeFi World

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

Harumi Updates Professionals: Current Issues in Corporate Governance 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

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 in making career shifts.

Gaper.io is a Pakistan-based provider of remote software engineering talent, with 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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