The Weekend Update: October 7-11, 2019
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Jake Morowitz came to the Chicago Board of Trade as a philosophy major and a member of the Students for a Democratic Society. A former professor recruited him to come work in the markets and he was hired as a researcher. He bought his first membership with the help of Leslie Rosenthal. He talks about his interaction with one of the FBI moles who was in the soybean pit.
After finishing her education at Pepperdine University, Lexy Prodromos dove headfirst into the blockchain world, quickly establishing herself as an influential figure. An early contributor to the Illinois Blockchain Initiative, she later became executive director of the Chicago Blockchain Center as well as a strategic lead at Bloq.
After the close of the first day of the Voice of Blockchain conference in Chicago on Monday, dozens gathered on the tenth floor of the venue for a Digital Asset Summit hosted by FinTank, a fintech development hub based in Chicago, as well as Fidelity Digital Assets, Galaxy Digital, and Token Daily. It was a closed event unaffiliated with the Voice of Blockchain conference, though many attendees from VoB were there.
For nearly 50 years, the Chicago financial district has supported the Boy Scouts of America with a fundraiser. The glory years of the LaSalle Street Dinner featured a circus tent set up on LaSalle Street for a summer soirée.
In 2018, “Disruption” Joe Hernandez’s Chicago-based blockchain conference, Voice of Blockchain, debuted at Navy Pier from August 24-25. When I asked Hernandez why he started VoB, he said he was “disappointed with the quality level of most blockchain events.”