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IMD Global Leaders Signature Series

Bitcoin: Boom or Bust?

2 October 2014

Come watch the "Bitcoin Jesus" Roger Ver debate with Arturo Bris, Professor of Finance at IMD

Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009 with its price fluctuating between USD $0.30 to $1135 in its short existence. It is hailed by some for its virtual nature and costless transactions as the future of currency and a great investment, but decried by others as a pyramid scheme or speculative bubble. It has been frequently linked to illicit activity and some question whether it can even be classified as a currency. But bitcoin is now accepted as payment by a growing number of mainstream merchants and has been increasingly legitimized by governments such as that of United States, which auctioned off 30,000 bitcoins in June.  

  • Are virtual currencies like bitcoin going to revolutionize traditional banking and finance?
  • Could the costless transactions and virtual nature of bitcoin benefit you and your company?
  • Is it a safe investment for you personally?
  • Or will bitcoin eventually reach its "real" value of zero as some economists claim?

Join us at IMD on 2 October 2014 for a lively debate on these issues between bitcoin evangelist and investor Roger Ver and IMD Professor and finance expert Arturo Bris.

Roger Ver known as the "Bitcoin Jesus" made a fortune buying bitcoins and became the earliest, and one of the most prolific bitcoin related start-up investors. He spent 10 months in prison in the United States before renouncing his American citizenship. He now lives in Tokyo and recently founded Passports for Bitcoin, a company which helps clients to buy citizenship of the Caribbean island nation of St. Kitts using bitcoin. He is also the Founder of

Arturo Bris is Professor of Finance at IMD and directs the IMD World Competitiveness Center.

Roger Ver will share his personal journey and discuss his views on bitcoin.

Arturo Bris will explore the challenges surrounding virtual currencies.

The presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience.    

17h00 – 17h30: Registration
17h30 – 17h40: Introduction by Professor Arturo Bris
17h40 – 18h25: The power of bitcoin — Roger Ver
18h25 – 18h45: Virtual currencies: a critical look — Professor Arturo Bris
18h45 – 19h15: Debate and Q&A
19h15 – 20h00: Networking Cocktail  

IMD Alumni and IMD Corporate members: CHF 220.-
Non-members: CHF 280.-

Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of your payment. Seats are limited and will therefore be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you to IMD on 2 October 2014!

Kind regards,

Annie Moret
Event Operations Officer
Tel: +41 21 618 02 57                        


On October 2, 2014


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