FinDEVr SF 2015 / Gem

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Gem makes Bitcoin easy by allowing developers to build feature-rich blockchain applications in minutes using less than ten lines of code. By leveraging industry leading security features such as multi-signature wallets, multifactor authentication, and Hardware Security Modules, the Gem API provides an easy to use, comprehensive security solution for Bitcoin apps, without ever taking possession of funds. Gem’s mission is to empower individuals to have control over their own assets, starting with Bitcoin. Gem, launched at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield, was founded in 2014 and is located in Venice, CA.


Redefining Banking from the Ground Up

Bitcoin and its underlying technology, the blockchain, triggered a fundamental shift in the way we think about money. The blockchain is redefining age-old practices around payments, custodianship, stock and asset issuance, auditing and settlement. And for the first time, it has created an open financial platform that invites any developer from around the world to participate and innovate, without permission. Learn how you can use blockchain technology and the Gem API to build a whole new generation of financial products both inside and outside of the traditional banking system.

What You’ll Learn

  • How programmable money and smart contracts can redefine ownership and custody
  • How to secure digital assets from hackers and would-be thieves
  • Practical tools that can get you started building with the blockchain quickly


Micah Winkelspecht, CEO & Founder
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Micah Winkelspecht is CEO of Gem, a secure platform for blockchain developers. Micah is an active Bitcoin thought leader and author of MoneyTree, the first Ruby implementation of a Bitcoin HD wallet. Previously, Micah spent 10+ years developing software for AT&T Interactive, Guide Financial and Pose.

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