SPEAKERS

#ESSWI 2019: Nov 5-7 at Monona Terrace in Madison

Jeff Schumacher
55 Foundry
Thursday, Nov. 7th

Venture capitalist and tech veteran Jeff Schumacher, known internationally for his work around “decentralized technologies” such as blockchain and encryption used in financial and e-commerce transactions, will speak the morning of Nov. 7 during the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison.

Schumacher is a UW-Eau Claire graduate who recently launched 55 Catalyst Capital, which invests in decentralized technologies and next-generation internet infrastructure.

A speaker at events such as the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and a frequent guest on business news shows, Schumacher launched 55 Catalyst Capital in early 2019 to blend “expertise in technology, venture capital, liquid markets and financial services” addressing growth in decentralized technology.

Schumacher has described decentralized technology as a “next generation internet” that is “consumer-based and able to bring security, transparency and access in a way that restores trust.”

Based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., 55 Catalyst Capital also has offices in Palo Alto, Calif.; Cologne, Germany; and Seoul, South Korea. He was previously founder of BCG Digital Ventures; co-founder of Booz Digital; co-founder of Axon Advisory Partners; led the North American marketing and sales practice of McKinsey & Co; and was chief strategy officer for Sports Authority. While at UW-Eau Claire, he was student body president.

“Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest have complex economies that will benefit directly from decentralized tech,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “We’re eager to welcome Jeff Schumacher back to the state.”