Steve Ehrlich is the Lead Analyst for Emerging Technologies at Spitzberg Partners, a boutique corporate advisory firm headquartered in NYC that advises technology and financial services firms on innovation goals and strategies to navigate political and regulatory hurdles worldwide. Spitzberg Partners specializes in the payments and blockchain industries, with a particular emphasis on how distributed ledger technologies can improve operational efficiency and create new business opportunities for the financial sector. Another area of focus of the firm is evaluating how blockchain technologies fit into existing and changing data privacy/data security regulations, with a focus on digital identity.
Prior to joining Spitzberg Partners, Steve was a Senior Intelligence Analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton supporting the U.S. Department of Defense. In this role, he led a team of all-source intelligence analysts that provided intelligence support to U.S. Department of Defense officials and combatant commands on emerging security threats in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, East/Southeast Asia, and Latin America.
Steve has a B.S. in Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Additionally, he is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (United States, Canada, and the European Union) and a Certified Information Privacy Technologist at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
He is a sought-after speaker, commentator, and author on emerging technological issues, with a focus on digital banking and the blockchain. He has been featured on numerous outlets, including Forbes, Nasdaq, CoinDesk, BAI, Bitcoin Magazine, Yahoo, American Banker, International Business Times, and New York Business Journal.