Conferences of Antoine Verdon

Antoine Verdon is a specialist in, and speaker on, the subject of blockchains.

Antoine switched to new technologies after finishing his law studies in 2008. He has founded several companies, the common thread being digitalisation and its impact on the business models of traditional firms.

Antoine is executive director of BlockFactory, based in the heart of Zoug’s so-called « Crypto Valley ». The firm has grown into one of the largest providers of software development services in the blockchain space. Antoine is also one of the founders of Proxeus, a set of open-source standards for digitising, recording, storing and managing assets, dubbed the « WordPress for blockchain apps », which raised $ 25 million via an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) in February 2018.

In 2016, Antoine co-founded Swiss LegalTech, an association for lawyers and developers interested in the digitalisation of the legal profession. The Swiss LegalTech Conference, which first took place in 2017, has also helped shape the Swiss scene by bringing together 700 actors for a two-day hackathon in Zurich.

Between 2013 and 2015, Antoine developed and directed one of the first venture capital vehicles in Switzerland, focusing exclusively on financial technologies and blockchains. Antoine has also worked at UBS and Lombard Odier and as a strategic advisor to the management and boards of several Swiss banks, consulting on topics related to financial technology and blockchains.

In 2008, Verdon co-founded Sandbox, one of the world’s largest communities for entrepreneurs under the age of 30, which now operates in over 100 countries. Antoine is also passionate about politics: aged 20, he became the youngest-ever member of parliament for his hometown, Lausanne. In 2005, he co-authored a book on global challenges in collaboration with several leaders, including HRH The Prince of Wales.

Antoine studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and St Gallen In 2010 and 2013, the magazines L’Hebdo and Bilan listed Verdon as one of their top 100 leading figures in Switzerland.

Langages spoken by the speaker

  • German
  • English
  • French

Antoine Verdon gives conferences on new technologies throughout Switzerland and internationally.

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Antoine Verdon is a first-rate populariser of new technologies in the broadest sense. He supplies his audience with the tools to master the central issues by presenting simple, lively examples that help participants understand how the topics addressed impact on their own respective professions.

Conference themes:

  • Blockchains and new business models
  • Artificial intelligence
  • The future of the legal profession
  • The future of work

Feedback from people who have attended Antoine’s conferences:

It was a pleasure to listen to you and learn a bit more about blockchains in your company. Your way of presenting, analysing and simplifying the subject captivated us, made us laugh and gave us plenty of food for thought. We were talking about it this morning internally over a coffee and, if the effect is the same with our customers, then we can say for all to hear: you totally fulfilled our expectations, and we are very grateful. It wasn’t a foregone conclusion by any means!

You knew how to pitch things just right for the people in the audience, most of whom had no prior knowledge about the technology or legal aspects.

His conferences

Economy and finance
Future and digital

Professional career

2008 Founded Sandbox, a global network of entrepreneurs

2013 Launched an investment fund specialising in FinTech start-ups

2015 Proxeus blockchain project launched

2016 Swiss LegalTech Association created

2018 BlockFactory launched

2018 Proxeus ICO (Initial Coin Offering)