Lauren Thorbjornsen

Lauren Thorbjornsen is the Chief of Staff and Vice President of communications at the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF), a non-profit organization that supports the development and growth of Stellar, an open-source network that connects the world's financial infrastructure. She supports SDF’s strategy development and leads SDF’s communications and public relations activities, building Stellar’s reputation as the blockchain that people know and trust. Lauren started her career in political campaigns, which led her to serve on the White House Communications team under President Obama. She went on to work internationally at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), communicating on a range of policy issues such as migration, education, and economic development. Before joining SDF, she led partner communications at Salesforce, helping tell the story of the ecosystem of businesses that build and implement on the platform. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Tuesday, October 11
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Founders Fireside Chat with Jed McCaleb and David Mazières

Stellar is one of the OG blockchains — launched before words like DeFi, stablecoin, or DAO became common industry vernacular. Join us as we sit down with Jed and David, Stellar creators and SDF founders, to cover as much as we can in 30 minutes—everything from advice for other founders in this market, AI research, new projects, tribalism in crypto, and shutting down the taco stand.