J.D. Salbego is a highly-respected global leader in blockchain, digital assets/securities, and decentralized finance with a history of working with industry-leading startups, crypto funds, institutions, and governments to drive blockchain innovation, STOs/IEOs/ICOs, investment banking (both crypto & digital securities), international and Asia expansion, digital asset fund strategy, and go-to-market frameworks. He’s spearheaded projects and worked with the some of the biggest global blockchain and digital asset leaders who have cumulatively raised, manage, and generated over $2Bn, spanning across U.S.A, Asia and Europe.
J.D. currently serves as CEO of BitTok.io, a Singapore based Crypto Exchange. Prior, he held past positions as CEO of leading global blockchain & crypto investment bank and market advisory Legion Ventures, with previous COO and senior management positions with successful Asian companies including Head of US West Coast of Investment Bank & Asia STO market leader CoinStreet Partners. He has raised over $80M ($45M+ from crowd funding) for projects and clients. J.D. currently and previously advises many other companies including BitSong, Solidum Capital, BoostChain, Rune Wallet, Zuzor, and Google’s Startup Grind, a global startup platform with 3M entrepreneurs and operations across 400+ cities and 120+ countries. Along with advising companies, he works with governments utilizing blockchain infrastructure to fuel economic growth, and organizes Blockchain Conferences globally. In June of 2018 he co-organized the largest Blockchain Conference in the world in Tokyo (JBC2018), in partnership with the government – nationally televised with 15,000 attendees.
As a market influencer, international speaker, published author, and internationally-recognized subject matter expert, J.D. is regularly invited to host presentations at leading conferences and events worldwide like the World Economic Forum, BlockShow, and Delta Summit. He has been a featured speaker alongside industry leaders such as Tim Draper, Brock Pierce, Roger Ver, Chang “CZ” Pengzhao, Kristalina Georgieva (CEO of the World Bank), Charles Hoskinson, Yoshitaka Kitao (CEO SBI Group), Bobby Lee & CEOs/senior management from digital securities leaders TZero, Securitize, R3 Corda, SharesPost, Templum, etc.
J.D. frequently gives media interviews, has been quoted by leading blockchain and crypto news sites, and is a featured contributor on the #1 blockchain news site Cointelegraph.com. His work has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Yahoo, Entrepreneur, Cointelegraph, Inc., etc. In 2018, Forbes and Business Insider linked J.D.’s work in Japan to boosting Japan’s economy with blockchain and crypto. He also appeared on the Acuvue “One Day” Celebrity Contest Campaign 2011, as a digital entrepreneur mentor aired on national U.S. TV to a 3M national audience. J.D. also hosts his own blog on his official site, consistently writing articles and reports on blockchain innovation, market trends and outlooks, and strategy.
Earlier in his career J.D.’s business interests focused on entertainment tech and fundraising, digital innovation, and growth strategy. Along with working with some of the biggest global celebrities, he also negotiated national and international strategic partnerships and financing with Multi-Billion Dollar Fortune 100/500 media companies like NBC, YouTube, Shazam, WMG, FOX, Disney, Sony, etc. J.D. has also executive produced media shows & original content broadcasted live to audiences of up to 10M.
In addition to his experience, J.D. has studied digital business strategy & innovation under renowned Columbia Business School professor David Rogers – innovation leader responsible for coining the term “Digital Strategy”.
J.D.’s consistent drive and passion, deep rooted in an inherent responsibility, keeps him busy working on solutions to this new paradigm shift that we have arrived at. He is an active leader in this 3rd evolutionary stage of innovation fueled by blockchain and distributed ledger technology. This new stage will reshape not only financial and monetary systems for the better, but societal, economic, consumerism and its protection, data and privacy, and last but not least political. Well, at least hopefully for the latter.
This excitement keeps J.D. on the road majority of the time working and educating the market. He has traveled to 31 countries and over 230,000 miles. As expressed by the industry and felt by most new people who meet him – his energy is inspirational, engaging, and contagious.
When J.D.’s not working or educating the market which is rare, he spends his time traveling and adventuring. He lives by the rule that “new experiences birth uninhibited creativity and freedom; that type of creative freedom births new ideas…and new ideas can change the world.” In is quest for knowledge, he has seen patterns in history that shows over and over (cracking of the DNA code-Einstein’s theory of relativity), that truly innovative ideas can come from the free-flow of energy thats not bound to any expectations or monetary attachment. J.D. says, “Entrepreneurism and innovation stem from a special place within us, a pure and non-local field where intention is met with desire and freedom.”
J.D.’s passionate about personal and spiritual growth, constant learning, living a principle based life, cultivating meaningful relationships, and giving back to society. These are a couple of his favorite principles: 1) work smarter not harder, and 2) there is no “work-life balance”, its just life, and everything you choose to fill it up with.
With a hefty work, media, and travel schedule, J.D. started 2020 without missing a beat. He’s excited about entering a new decade to continue to innovate the future – a better future fueled by blockchain.
Some of J.D.’s favorite quotes from other iconic figures are:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin
“Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell.” – Elon Musk
“Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see it.” – Carl Jung
“Play is just another version of work.” – Ray Kurzweil
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” – Hunter S. Thompson