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Neil Bergquist is the co-founder and CEO of Coinme, the largest cryptocurrency cash exchange in the U.S., on a mission to increase global financial equality by making digital currency more accessible to everyone. Neil works with his team to build solutions making the buying, selling and managing of cryptocurrencies safe, easy and efficient. Through partnerships with Coinstar and MoneyGram, the company offers the world’s largest bitcoin point-of-sale network with thousands of physical locations. Before Coinme, Neil was director of innovation at Delta Dental of Washington, charged with removing barriers to oral healthcare, and helped organizations form, execute and thrive as an innovation management consultant with Point B. In his role as managing director at SURF Incubator, he grew the organization to be the largest technology incubator in the Pacific Northwest, with 250 resident startups and strategic corporate partners including Microsoft, PayPal and Intellectual Ventures. In 2012, Neil coordinated the world’s largest snowball fight, which set the Guinness World Record and raised $50,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He was recognized in 2014 for his collective entrepreneurial efforts as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Washington State Small Business Administration. Neil completed his undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Willamette University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in rhetoric and media studies and Master of Business Administration.
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Coinme operates a leading licensed cryptocurrency cash exchange in the U.S., founded in 2014 with a mission to be the world’s most trusted gateway to digital currencies and a better financial future. Through partnerships with Coinstar and MoneyGram, Coinme enables thousands of physical locations in 48 states to facilitate the cash purchase and sale of bitcoin. The company offers an enterprise-grade API helping to “crypto-enable” legacy financial systems and a vertically integrated suite of consumer products providing a simple, trusted and affordable way to buy, sell, store and manage digital currencies. For more information, visit www.coinme.com.