On November 30th the founders of NEO, Elastos and Stellar will join together for a discussion on ‘The Future of Blockchain’ in San Francisco, CA.

The event will feature presentations from Da Hongfei, NEO founder, Jed McCaleb, Ripple and Stellar founder, Chen Rong, Elastos founder and Li Jun, chief architect of Onchain, before they move onto a panel discussion and Q&A.

The agenda and speaker information can be found below. You can register to attend here.


500 Startups
814 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA


6:30pm – 7:00pm: Networking & Refreshments
7:00pm – 7:50pm: Introductions

  • 7:00pm – 7:15pm: Intro to Neo (Da Hongfei)
  • 7:15pm – 7:30pm: Intro to Elastos (Rong Chen)
  • 7:30pm – 7:45pm: Intro to Stellar (Jed McCaleb)
  • 7:45pm – 7:50pm: Intro to Ontology (Li Jun)

7:50pm – 8:00pm: Break
8:00pm – 9:00pm Panel on The Future Of Blockchain
9:00pm – 9:30pm Q/A
9:30pm – 10:00pm Networking


Da Hongfei
CEO of Onchain, founder of NEO, a key opinion leader of the Chinese blockchain industry, serial entrepreneur, a Bachelor of Arts graduate capable of coding virus with assembly language. Da Hongfei is blockchain advisor to a handful of banks, brokers, and clearing houses. He has keen insights on the underpinning technologies, various application scenarios, and the industry structure. Da Hongfei came across Bitcoin in 2011, and has worked fulltime in the industry since 2013. In 2014, he founded NEO, a blockchain to register, transfer, and exchange digital assets, and led the startup to become the benchmark in the Chinese blockchain community.

Chen Rong
Rong Chen is a professor of Cyber Intelligent Economy & Blockchain of Tsinghua University postgraduate school. He is also one of the most respected Tsinghua alumni. Rong was working with Microsoft employees from 1992 to 2000. During his work there, he led the teams of Microsoft Research OS, IE3 ActiveX, Ole Automation, .COM and .NET. He proposed various new ideas on the technology of Operating System 30 years ago but failed to see progress till the launch of Windows 10. He left Microsoft and started working on Elastos’s OS in 2000. When blockchain technology was introduced he saw an opportunity to make operating systems a safer and more efficient environment. Elastos has been financially supported by Foxconn, the Chinese Central Government and Thsinghua University. Rong was also invited by the former Premeir of China to be a speaker at the Great Hall of the People about his work on Operating System.

Jed McCaleb
Jed McCaleb, founder of Stellar.org. Jed is a programmer, investor, and serial entrepreneur. He created eDonkey2000, one of the largest file-sharing networks of its time, and Ripple, an enterprise blockchain protocol. Recognizing that the world’s financial infrastructure is broken and that too many people are left without resources, Jed cofounded Stellar, an open-source, distributed financial payments infrastructure, to connect people, banks, and financial institutions in emerging markets.

Li Jun
Co-Founder and Chief Architect of Onchain, Jun Li has 16 years experience in IT/financial technology. He is an author of MIIT (Ministry of Industry & Information Technology) blockchain reference standards and previous Technical Architect of China Financial Futures Exchange. He has degree in computer (BA) and communication enginneering (MA), MBA, and PMP.