This week brings another big blockchain conference to London, while a charity-focused blockchain startup plans to launch its token sale.

Crypto Leaders to Meet at MJAC Blockchain Summit London

Coinbase’s U.K. CEO Zeeshan Feroz is one of several crypto industry leaders who will speak at the MJAC Blockchain Summit in London Wednesday. Organizers of the event say it will foster discussion on a variety of topics, including blockchain’s role in the banking and gaming industries, how to mine and trade cryptocurrencies and how to list a new cryptocurrency.

Danny Aranda, managing director of strategic growth at Ripple, will speak about blockchain and the internet of value, while a panel that includes Citigroup executive Ruth Wandhöfer will discuss the regulation of cryptocurrencies. Read more here. to Launch Token Sale, a startup that says it will use digital tokens to reward people for promoting charities, plans to launch its token sale Friday, according to its website.

The company says it will it will price 5,333 of its “CHR” tokens at one ether (ETH). says it plans to sell 120,000 tokens during the offering and expects to have an eventual maximum of 200,000 tokens.

According to marketing materials on its website, wants to use tokens to motivate people to promote humanitarian and charity campaigns via social media. Read more here.

Notes from Last Week
Coinbase’s Big Deal 

Leading cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase said last week it was buying securities dealer Keystone Capital in a bid to become a fully SEC-regulated broker-dealer. Read more here.

SEC Appoints ‘Crypto Czar’

The Securities and Exchange Commission has named Valerie A. Szczepanik to a new post that reflects the growing importance of cryptocurrencies. A former assistant director in the Division of Enforcement’s Cyber Unit, Szczepanik, becomes associate director of the Division of Corporation Finance and senior adviser for digital assets and innovation. Read more here.

Blockchain International Show in London

The Blockchain International Show brought together blockchain experts and enthusiasts in London on Wednesday and Thursday.

Scheduled speakers included Marloes Pomp, the head of blockchain projects for the Dutch government; Arnab Naskar, CEO of Sicos; Iman Mutlaq, CEO of Ingot Coin; and Lex Sokolin, global director of fintech strategy and partner at Autonomous Research. Read more here.

Michelle Rama-Poccia
Michelle Rama-Poccia has written financial news since 2001, covering everything from Latin American debt capital markets to the U.S. credit crisis. She began her career on the enterprise desk at Dow Jones Newswires, and was an editor and producer for Thomson Reuters before her stint as Fast Money, Strategy Session and Options Action producer at CNBC. Most recently, Michelle has worked as a contributing editor for