Max Keiser is the co-presenter and producer of Keiser Report, the first international financial news program to cover bitcoin when the cryptocurrency was still under $3. His background is in banking, options trading and financial technology innovation. Keiser was awarded a US patent for his virtual specialist technology patent for trading virtual securities and currencies. The patent is referenced in many subsequent inventions relating to derivatives trading. Keiser was an early investor in both bitcoin and in many bitcoin related startups, including Kraken, Bitpay, Shapeshift, Unocoin, Bitpesa, Bitso, Bitfinex, Factom, Storj and Uphold. He raised $500,000 in 24 hours from the Dash treasury in July 2017 for a television sponsorship deal, which was the largest blockchain crowdfund in history at that time. Keiser is in demand to speak about cryptocurrencies and is a frequent speaker at international conferences, including the first ever bitcoin conference in Prague in 2011.