Max Keiser is the co-host and producer of Keiser Report, the first international financial news program that covered bitcoin in early 2011 when the cryptocurrency was still trading under $3/btc. Keiser founded the Hollywood Stock Exchange in 1996 and was awarded a US patent for his virtual specialist technology which traded virtual securities and currencies. The patent is referenced in many subsequent inventions relating to derivatives trading. Keiser’s ‘Hollywood Dollar’ was one of the first proof of concepts that a digital currency could be established without permission and then used to create an economy and network around a currency not backed by a state. Keiser co-founded Heisenberg Capital in 2013 and became an early investor in bitcoin and many related startups, including Kraken, Bitpay, Shapeshift, Unocoin, Bitpesa, Bitso, Bitfinex, Factom, Storj and Uphold. In July 2017, he raised $500,000 in 24 hours from the Dash treasury for a television sponsorship deal, which was the largest blockchain, crowdfunded program in history. His work on Wall Street in the 1980s included banking and options trading roles at Paine Webber, Oppenheimer & Co, Shearson Lehman Hutton and Alex. Brown & Sons. Keiser is a featured keynote speaker at international cryptocurrency conferences, including the first ever bitcoin conference held in 2011 in Prague.