Boston QWAFAFEW Meeting: Tuesday, 15 Dec 2015 Business Perspectives on Blockchain: Update, Trends, Insights and What Really Matters – Dushyant Shahrawat, CFA

Next Boston QWAFAFEW Meeting: Tuesday, 15 Dec 2015


Time: 6:15 PM sharpe

3rd Floor of the Tennis & Racquet Club, 939 Boylston Street



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Business Perspectives on Blockchain: Update, Trends, Insights and What Really Matters



A QWAFAFEW discussion led by:

Dushyant Shahrawat, CFA




2015 has been the year of the Block chain. The Economist even did a cover story on it. VC investment keeps pouring in with an estimated $625 million of funding in 2015, new startups are still being created, while financial institutions, policy makers and governments are keenly following it.


The evening will start of with a presentation on Block chain technology, followed by a lively discussion covering the following issues:


  • Key trends and updates on Block chain
  • Mundane and unconventional use cases in the financial industry, especially Capital Markets (e.g. smart contracts, clearing/settlement)
  • Short-term, and longer-term opportunities and threats related to this technology
  • Controversies, Conflicts and Communities emerging around Block chain.


Don’t miss this end of the year session and celebration!




Dushyant Shahrawat, CFA has 20 years experience in the financial industry analyzing industry trends, and being an advisor to executives at financial institutions and service providers about strategic challenges across marketing, strategy, digital service, IT and operations. He is a Principal Executive Advisor at CEB and Founding Principal of FINTECH Associates, LLC. His passion is how technology is transforming business, with a particular focus on new business models emerging in the financial services industry using Block chain, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Mobility.


Dushyant has spoken about industry trends at events across the US, Europe and Asia including SIFMA, SWIFT’s Sibos, ISITC, Institutional Investor and Financial Times. He has been interviewed on NPR, CNBC, Fox News and quoted in several publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune and Financial Times.


He is a CFA charter holder and member of the Boston Security Analysts Society. From 2014-2015, he was a full-time Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship, where he also earned an MBA. He serves on the Advisory Board of Mercy College’s Ethics and Leadership Council, and is an Advisor to StockTweets and Innosect, two FinTech startups.


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Hugh Crowther (Treasurer)

Dan diBartolomeo

Steve Gaudette

Mark Kritzman

John Minahan

Donna Cool Murphy (Dinners)

Larry Pohlman

Dan Potter

Dan Rie

Evan Schulman

Michael Wilcox


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