Charlie Shrem is co-founder and CEO of Bitinstant, the leading financial integration service of the international, open-source Bitcoin payment network. Charlie leveraged his position in both the old banking world and new alternative currency world to help pave the way for the Bitcoin economy to emerge in early 2011. Known in the Bitcoin and old hacker communities as “Yankee,” Charlie is also a founding member and current Vice Chairman of the D.C-based Bitcoin Foundation. Along with Gareth Nelson, Charlie found the need for a more secure, faster, and convenient way of transferring funds between and within payment networks around the world and leads BitInstant through the complex compliance, licensing, and regulations of the worldwide banking system. Currently residing in New York City after his successful exit from DailyCheckout. Charlie earned his BS in Economics & Finance at the City University of New York–Brooklyn College in 2011.