Exploring Blockchain & Bitcoin For International Trade – June 14, 2017

REGISTER NOW! Advance online registration required. Limited spaces!

You’re invited… Join us quickly after work for a thought-provoking discussion on a major foreign policy/economics topic and how it could influence your business internationally.
This event is part of our small group Business Briefings series which adds a deeper level of discussion to our gatherings. We draw inspiration from experts and articles in well-established publications and build on these by delving deeper into how foreign relations and geopolitical developments could influence our businesses/the global economy.
Let’s draw on the wealth of knowledge within our IBCircle to gain valuable perspectives. What developments should we be aware of? What initiatives are on the horizon? And what challenges and opportunities will these be creating for business across the globe? What can we learn?  Find out! Powerful insights and lively, cordial and stimulating discussions for sure!
Our Speakers/Discussion Leaders for this evening:
  • Discussion Leaders: Benjamin Yablon, Partner, Atlas Law Group (Bio) & Frank Ricotta, Managing Partner, BurstIQ (Bio)
  • Commentators: IBCircle members active around the world
Discussion Synopsis for this evening:
  • Exploring Blockchain & Bitcoin For International Business: Who’s using it now for international business? And why? And how? And what are the opportunities/implications for international trade and finance?
  • Background Info:
    • Blockchain is a platform for digital assets.
    • Blockchain is the technological innovation that allows Bitcoin to function.
    • Bitcoin is a digital currency using encryption to regulate the generation of currency and to verify fund transfers; it operates independently of central banks.
    • Links to introductory articles:
      A quick intro to blockchain (Forbes.com); What is Bitcoin? (coindesk.com)
  • 5:30 PM – Guests arrive, networking + cash coffee bar
  • 5:45 PM – Introductions and topic overview
  • 5:55 PM – Subject expert speaker(s) – special remarks/insights/stimulating ideas to spark participant discussion
  • 6:10 PM – Discussion on topic facilitated by main subject expert(s) and moderator
  • 7:00 PM – Close (Attendees are welcome to continue discussions informally by going out for drinks/dinner)

  • Registrations for Individual members: $45 per event
  • Registrations for Annual Patrons, Sponsors & Corporate Members: Free

Advanced, on-line registrations required. The IBCircle has a standard no-refund policy. Space is limited to 25 maximum. Early booking recommended.


  • February 22: The Russian Perspective
  • April 12: The Chinese Perspective
  • May 10: Exploring Healthcare In Other Countries

Paul Kullman
Paul Kullman is President of Business Beyond Borders, a strategic business consultancy that assists companies to successfully trade and invest around the world. Since 1998, Paul has served in Beijing, São Paulo, Brussels and Guadalajara as a Commercial Diplomat for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2014, he began working at Commerce’s office in Denver where he gave export advice to local companies in a number of sectors, including optics and photonics, education & training, publishing & media, and financial & investment services. Paul has an entrepreneurial background, having founded and managed four private companies in the trade, education, art and real estate sectors. He holds a BA in journalism from San Diego State University, an MA in international relations from San Francisco State University and another MA in political science from George Washington University. Paul speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, German, French, Swedish and English.
Looking forward to seeing you on June 14!

Elegant Global Summer Party By The Lake – June 8, 2017

REGISTER NOW! Advance online registration required. Limited spaces!

Join us… for a powerful and pleasant international evening to celebrate the start of the Summer Season. Along with connecting in a wonderful setting, we’ll enjoy sharing our favorite Summer traditions, cross-cultural survival tips and entertaining travel anecdotes from all over the world.
6:00 – Cocktails and international conversations
6:40 – Gourmet buffet
7:25 – Welcome address & Interactive Activity to get you all meeting one another
7:45 – More international conversations
9:00 – Close

MEMBERS, MEMBERS’ GUESTS AND FIRST-TIME GUESTS ONLY. Spouses and friends with International business experience welcome.
  • Registrations by May 20: $75.00
  • Registrations after May 20: $85.00
  • Registrations after June 4: $10.00 surcharge

Drinks and dinner included. Advanced, on-line registrations required. The IBCircle has a standard no-refund policy. Space is limited. Early booking recommended


Casually classy or elegant global summer party appropriate.
Looking forward to seeing you on June 8!