Michael Terpin co-founded BitAngels (www.bitangels.co), the world's first angel network for digital currency start-ups, in May 2013, and now serves as its chairman. The distributed angel network currently has more than 600 members, and it has made more than 25 investments in bitcoin and cryptocurrency companies, with two exits and several follow-on rounds. Terpin is also founder of CoinAgenda, a bitcoin investing conference taking place in October, and co-founder of the Bitcoin Syndicate, the largest bitcoin investor syndicate on AngelList. He has spoken widely on bitcoin at leading conferences, including Bitcoin 2014, BitFin, CoinSummit, Inside Bitcoins (Berlin, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, New York), North American Bitcoin Show, Satoshi Roundtable, South by Southwest, and TEDx Hollywood.
In addition, Terpin is founder and CEO of Transform Group, a marketing holding company that includes SocialRadius (www.socialradius.com), one of the nation's first social media marketing firms, and Transform Public Relations (www.transform.pr), a global digital PR firm. The firm currently represents more Bitcoin companies than any other PR firm in the world, including ChangeTip, Factom, Gem, Synereo, and UnbreakableCoin, taking on projects for Bitcoin Shop, Counterparty, Gyft, KnCMiner, Kraken, MaidSafe, Mastercoin/Omni, and Swarm. Transform Group is headquartered in Las Vegas, with additional offices in Santa Monica and Mountain View, California.
Terpin also founded Marketwire, one of the world's largest and most technologically sophisticated company newswires. Originally known as Internet Wire, Marketwire was acquired in 2006.
Terpin holds an MFA in creative writing from SUNY at Buffalo and degrees in newspaper journalism and English literature from Syracuse University, where he serves as an advisor to its top-ranked Newhouse School of Public Communications and was inducted into its prestigious Wall of Fame in 2000. Terpin is also an investor and advisor to many media and technology companies, including CoinVox, CommPro, eSpend, GoCoin, Liquipel, Revenue.com, Rivetz, Walls360, XFire, and YouMail.
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