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Global Business Strategy / Blockchain & Identity at Microsoft
Yorke E. Rhodes III is a passionate technologist with broad interests, always drawn to the next shiny object. He earned a BS in Computer Science from NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He has worked in industry for over 20 years, in large enterprises such as Microsoft and IBM as well as startups in wireless, mobile, digital marketing and ecommerce. At Goldman Sachs Investment Bank he built their first wireless internet ingress and advised bankers in wireless, telecom and media. His perspectives are informed by his experiences as a young developer where he witnessed the beginnings of client server databases, OS/2’s demise, clamshell laptops, obscure languages like ada, lisp & paradox and the birth of the internet as we know it today. His interest was piqued by blockchain during the summer of 2015 with the launch of Ethereum. He is currently at Microsoft working on blockchain and looking at various levers to help mature and accelerate this exciting nascent industry. Yorke is also an Adjunct Professor at NYU where he has taught Digital Marketing, Ecommerce and Intrapreneurship and is currently developing a course on the user centric economy called #OurNextEconomy.