Griffin is a serial entrepreneur and founder of multiple startups. He has spent the last 5 years building, designing, and growing fintech and social media companies. He brings a deep knowledge of the mechanics and the interactions necessary to build internet platforms. At ConsenSys, Griffin is architecting and developing accounting and financial applications utilizing the blockchain. Griffin graduated from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business with degrees in Accounting, Computer Science, Finance, Economics, and Mathematics.
Shruti Appiah is a product-focused engineer who has led projects in AI, systems integration, and global social issues. She is also a presenter at IBM’s Application Integration Group. As an advocate for corporate social responsibility and environmental ethics, she hopes to significantly impact global systems through technology. She foresees Ethereum as a means to achieve decentralized governments and economies. In past internships, she has contributed to developing IBM Cloud, and has helped automate customer support at Infosys.
Her interests include political and economic philosophy, user-centred technology, art, and theoretical physics. When she’s not building stuff, she loves working with her grandfather on his novel desalination technology. Shruti is currently a Systems Design Engineering student at the University of Waterloo.
Kishore leads the virtual bank spoke and consulting initiatives at ConsenSys. Kishore focuses in enabling business transformations through effective use of blockchain technology. He brings 20+ years of technology strategy, architecture and solution delivery experience across banking segments including retail, treasury and mortgage. Kishore has deep knowledge and experience that covers the breadth of banking from channels through operations and the core processing technologies that enable them. Kishore helps his clients transcend business challenges by providing strategic advisory services, developing business cases, building multi-generational roadmaps, managing large programs and implementations. Kishore was a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Financial Services practice and some of the key clients that he has served include Bank of America, Capital One, BMO Harris Bank and First Niagara Bank. Prior to Deloitte, Kishore led architecture teams at Fidelity Information Services (FIS) to build and implement their TouchPoint suite of channel solutions that are currently in use at several leading financial institutions. Kishore has a Masters in IT and Mathematics and Bachelors in Instrumentation Engineering.
Niran writes software and designs products to make people more powerful. After spending years building journalism products to help people understand their world better, he dove into the payments industry to help people pay with their phones and stumbled across Bitcoin in the process. He helped build Augur and Gnosis, and is excited to find new ways to bring the power of an executable historical record to everyone.
For 30 years Jim has worked on software ranging from the Hubble Space Telescope ground system to the Framingham Heart Study’s Research Data Application to Linux drivers for an aerial image acquisition system to installing appropriate-technology email systems for developing nations in the South Pacific. Most of his career, however, has been spent working on computer games for companies like MicroProse, Looking Glass, and Electronic Arts - among others - specializing in physical simulation and graphics. Cryptocurrency is a relatively recent interest.
Mark is currently on his way to attaining a dual degree in Computer Science and Business Administration at the University of Waterloo & Wilfrid Laurier University. After diving into the blockchain space during his internship at the Rubix by Deloitte team, he fell in love with the paradigm shifting possibilities that Ethereum provides developers.
Pelle Braendgaard is a software developer with more than 25 years experience in working with internet technologies in Europe, the US, Africa and Latin America. He has worked with a diverse group of services from being Alta Vista’s first web master to investment banking in Deutsche Bank, consumer banking in BRF Kredit to developing secure communication platforms for doctors at Doximity. As an entrepreneur he has worked in early crypto currency startups CorpFlow in Anguilla and Verax Pay in Panamá. Previously working on bringing Bitcoin to consumers and merchants in Africa with Kipochi as well as Bitcoin based remittance startup Mondome. Pelle is now working with Consensys on mobile wallets and identity technology for Ethereum.
His first “job” as a designer was back in the 8th grade - drawing tattoo designs for underground tattoo artists. When he got his first Pentium 1 and started exploring Photoshop 3.0 as a way to improve his tattoo ideas, he fell in love with the stuff and never looked back. In 2015 Bogdan celebrated a decade since he first started as a professional full time designer in the intricate world of advertising. Slowly making his way from graphic design to art direction and then creative direction, in 2010 he moved his focus to designing for the web and mobile. Since then he had the opportunity to create well thought user experiences through pixel perfect interfaces for a few of the largest companies in the world. After learning about blockchain technology and realizing how Ethereum can change the world, he left client work behind and joined the wonderful people of Consensys to do his part and try to bring beauty to the blockchain.
Sam’s experience spans from consulting to technology entrepreneurship. His clients have included some of the world’s largest organizations in government and industry, where he has consulted on consumer analytics, computer vision, and machine learning. He has also led entrepreneurial technology organizations at the forefront of consumer mobile technology.
He focused on the intersection of technological and biological computation at Johns Hopkins University, conducting graduate work and research in Cognitive Sciences. His research into human visual and language processing eventually led him to co-found Sensorstar Labs, a research and development company focused on computer vision, robotics, and biosensing. In consumer technology, he acted as CTO of Atmospheir, a mobile identity company.
Now, as CSO at ConsenSys, he defines strategy regarding business models in the emerging blockchain economy. Additionally, Sam brings expertise in Venture Capital, software development methodology, enterprise architecture, and growth strategy to ventures within ConsenSys.
Sam has volunteered time in South Africa with Engineers Without Borders, building water pumps that require no electricity and educating local communities on their construction. He has served on the board of The Philosophical Society of Washington and the Baltimore Green Currency Association, an organization that issues and promotes local currency.
Graduated with a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, Henry entered the blockchain industry as a miner in 2013. He would later join Deloitte to co-found their blockchain practice, Rubix by Deloitte. Leading the technology team, Henry has worked with Fortune 500 clients in the financial, healthcare, and public sectors focusing on the Americas and Asia Pacific markets. Currently residing in Toronto, Henry spends his spare time working with start-ups build their businesses.
Hadrien studied Financial Engineering in France and Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley. In 2013, he became passionate about Blockchain technology and the positive social impacts that it could bring to the world. He experimented with smart contracts and joined the Ethereum ecosystem early as he shares a lot of values with the community. He is now working to build decentralized Applications, and the tools that will bring their benefits to everyone.
Joseph works on smart contract security auditing and helps write tips, best practices, and technical and general education about Ethereum for the community. He built BTC Relay, a bridge between the Bitcoin blockchain and Ethereum smart contracts. Joseph has a background in software engineering and his interests include incentive mechanisms for fully decentralized contracts to be autonomous, tokens, decentralized exchanges, sidechains, off-chain state networks, channels, and micropayments. He co-hosts the Silicon Valley Ethereum meetup.
Tim is miner-turned-contract developer who became interested in blockchain technologies following the boom in 2013 that made Bitcoin mainstream. Previously a startup founder and QA engineer, Tim is taking his experience in app development, quality assurance and automated testing and building exciting new tools and distributed applications on top of Ethereum.
Mark joins ConsenSys with seven years of consulting experience in the financial services industry. At Deloitte he straddled the consulting and advisory space to develop a blockchain market offering focused on delivering exponential growth and operational improvement solutions to his clients. While on the leadership board of Deloitte’s global internal blockchain community, Mark presented to financial institutions, G7 governments, life sciences conglomerates and other fortune 500 companies, all in an effort to spread awareness of the utility of distributed consensus technology, specifically Ethereum. Mark has a background in foreign exchange, having built and managed the team that reconciled and settled claims against the Lehman Brothers International estate. He has a firm understanding of federal banking regulation, specifically related to resolution and recovery planning as mandated by the Dodd Frank Act. He is a registered CPA in New York State and has a background in both accounting and finance. When he is not postulating on the crypto-revolution’s transformative effects on society, Mark spares time to read, fish, and play chess.
Nick is a musician, software engineer and philosophy undergrad at the University of Toronto. He has completed three U.S. tours with the Toronto based electro-pop trio Parallels, and has over 6 years experience as a professional drummer. He is also a member of the Toronto rock trio, Eyes of Giants. Nick has a several interests regarding political systems, economic philosophy, decentralized ecosystems, natural and synthetic forms of harmony, sustainable architecture and agriculture, biological and organic systems, law, and energy management. He is currently working on WeiFund, a decentralized crowdfunding platform; BoardRoom, a decentralized governance apparatus; Akasha, a decentralized publishing platform; Feedlot, a decentralized on-chain pricefeed market place; and Cosmo, a in-browser solidity development environment.
Catalin is a digital designer since 2010. Now he’s working together with ConseSys, creating fresh and engaging dApps. “I believe that good design gives you a good spirit. I do my best trying to create a beautiful experience for the users so that they can enjoy it like a walk in the park, where beauty is around you and the alleys take you to discover new places :)”
Arthur is a journalist and content marketing specialist with a background in media production. He has produced several popular blockchain centric podcasts, most notably Beyond Bitcoin and The Ether Review. He leads ConsenSys Media, the in house media outlet and produces the ConsenSys State Change podcast. Arthur’s itinerant employment history in the New Zealand orchard industry, Australian wine industry, and Maine lobster fishery, sparked his interest in economics and international finance. This he has pursued since 2013 through independent journalism.
Dan is a software developer with a humanities background. He taught himself to program web apps because he had ideas for how to help people deliberate and form consensus online. Now, after a couple years developing software at Apple, he’s found Ethereum full of the kind of democratic potential that he’s always looked for in technology, and is helping make the platform approachable for anyone by contributing to Metamask.
Karl specializes in the development of production-ready blockchain systems, focusing on Ethereum. His experience prior to blockchain had him engineering software for clients including Macy’s and SC Johnson, and working full time with Citibank and Riverbed Technology. After graduating from Stony Brook University with a degree in CS, Karl has been contributing to the growing Ethereum software ecosystem. He maintains an Ethereum focused blog, karl.tech, and coordinates with community members to define Ethereum best practices based on production experience. He is driven by the opportunity to build a better future, which Ethereum provides.
Stefan is a full stack developer who became interested in Bitcoin in 2013. He started his own Bitcoin startup Fairlay.com together with Martin Köppelmann. Previously Stefan worked at SAP in Palo Alto and at Berlin based startups. After finishing his Master’s in CS he decided to travel Asia for a year in 2014 and joined Consensys afterwards working from Berlin. When not working on Ethereum related projects, Stefan enjoys to play Tennis and Squash and likes to travel the world.
Bill is focused on cross-platform integration within ConsenSys. He has recently developed industry-leading secure rollout best practices for WeiFund campaigns that can be applied to any smart contract system.
Bill is a founding member of Blockchain Technology Group, the creator of Alexandria.io, and co-founded Coinalytics - an analytics firm for the blockchain, recently re-branded Skry - as the technical and machine learning lead. Prior to his focus on the blockchain industry Bill spent ten years improving security practices, developing security SDKs & intellectual property, and established Google’s IoT security black-hat group which resulted in successful releases including HBOGo and XfinityNow. Bill received a Bachelor of Science from University of California in computational neuroscience. Bill has a Master of Science from University of Colorado where he specialized in machine learning and researched Szabo’s smart contracts and Minsky’s law-governed systems fields of research.
Mike began working on applications for the Ethereum blockchain during the summer of 2015 as an intern at ConsenSys. He worked on the smart contract backend for Ujo Music and published two well-received introductions to programmable blockchains: “Just Enough Bitcoin for Ethereum” and “Ethereum: Bitcoin Plus Everything”. He joined ConsenSys full-time after graduating from Columbia University with a degree in computer science.
After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in Environmental Studies, Sidonie wanted to continue pursuing her interest in enhancing the world through technology and solutions. Though she has no particular background in technology, she was interested in the number of applications that Consensys builds to improve businesses and communities. She is working on improving the understanding of the blockchain, Consensys, smart contracts, and everything in between. When she has the time, she enjoys exploring the city.
Jesse is a graduate of Union College where he majored in Computer Science and Economics. Going completely off the fixed path, Jesse worked at SFX Entertainment specializing in RFID payment technologies and live-event management. In 2012, Jesse found a love for bitcoin and decentralized technologies, he realized their importance and continued learning when writing his thesis on Cryptocurrency. He continues his passion for music and technology at Consensys and looks forward to reshaping the future.
Rouven has a computer science background and over 12 years experience in banking IT, having worked for Deutsche Bank in various IT project & program management, architecture and strategy roles in Germany, Hong Kong and New York.
Rouven founded Deutsche’s internal Blockchain community & represented Deutsche Bank in the R3 distributed ledger consortium working groups for Architecture & Collaborative Lab.
At ConsenSys, Rouven is leading the product development of the uPort Digital Identity solution and Enterprise Architecture across ConsenSys.
Graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in Engineering, Math and Physics from the University of Connecticut. Obtained PhD from Yale University in theoretical particle physics. Simulations and statistical analysis of physical systems. James recieved his postdoc at McGill University and proceeded to found two companies. Safeweb, a website with millions of users per day, one of the largest deployments of SSL of the day. Safeweb was sold to Symantic in 2003 James also founded robotgenius, a built data crawler and product based on statistical behavioral analysis of malware. Robotgenius crawled many billions of sites, downloaded and tested executables. James also served as Chief Technical Officer of mobile family startup SmarTots.
A PhD candidate in Mathematical Physics at UC-Berkeley, Kieren has entered the Blockchain space as BlockApps’ API lead. His contributions include popular articles, writing the BlockApps API and pieces of the Ethereum Haskell client, and organizing and engaging in Blockchain research.
Kristoffer has a background in mathematics and differential geometry. After spending years researching at TU Berlin, he ventured into the world of architecture where he worked as a geometry specialist for Foster + Partners in London.
Besides being interested in programming language theory and mathematics, he puts time and energy into creating live-and-work spaces buffered from the rampant economy of gentrification in cities world-wide.
Andres has worked almost 20 years in the software industry. 4 years he discover Bitcoin and knew this is going to be a game changer for the world. He has been working on that since then in diferent companies. He started Yaykuy, a chilean company that helps chileans and latin americans to get into the bitcoin world easily.
Herman has implemented a wide range of solutions from crypto currency exchanges to digital signature web services for public and private organizations based in Japan, USA and Chile. He co-founded Yaykuy, the first site enabling chilean people to buy and sell Bitcoins. At ConsenSys, Herman founded INFURA, a scalable, standards-based cluster and API endpoint for Ethereum & IPFS.
Connor received a B.S. in Computer Science and an additional major in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. After college, he worked as a Release Engineer at Epic Systems in Madison, WI. He started tinkering with Ethereum contracts in the summer of 2014 and got hooked on crafting data structures to optimize gas costs. For ConsenSys, he maintains an internal Ethereum testnet while building out infrastructure for threaded discussion, voting, and lottery platforms. Connor is also an avid glade skier and frequents the Upper Peninsula, Michigan for some of the best snow in the Midwest.
Andrew comes to ConsenSys with capital markets, technology, and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, Andrew worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereum.
Andrew drives strategic technological partnerships, business development, and communications for ConsenSys and co-founded ConsenSys Enterprise, to create Ethereum blockchain solutions for Fortune 500 clientele.
Andrew graduated from Loyola University Maryland and University of Auckland with degrees in economics and international finance.
Martin Köppelmann has been an entrepreneur and thought leader in the blockchain space for more than 3 years. He is the founder of the biggest Bitcoin prediction market, Fairlay, but has shifted his focus to Ethereum and co-founded the decentralized Gnosis prediction market - the first bigger DAPP that went live on Ethereum. Closely related to prediction markets is his work on decentralized market driven governance mechanisms: Futarchy. Beyond the entrepreneurial activity Martin has done research on the economic incentive structure of different consensus mechanisms and scalability solutions via state channels. Martin co-hosts the Ethereum meetup groups in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Finally, Martin is well known for his work and research on “basic income on the blockchain: Circles” - a new currency built on top of Ethereum that aims to implement a basic income as monetary policy.
On the for profit side, dedicated to delivering solutions that enable companies across industries and geographies to benefit from simplified technology landscapes, integrated processes, streamlined operations and improved agility and performance the Ethereum blockchain ecosystem delivers. On the non profit side, John is the co-founder of Code to Inspire is a 501c3 filed non-profit committed to educating female students in Afghanistan and improving their technical literacy by teaching them how to code and helping them find employment as programmers.
Formerly a senior consultant at ThoughtWorks, software development engineer at Amazon Web Services, OANDA, SAP and AMD. Enterprise development, implementation and delivery experience at a variety of Fortune 100 companies. University of Waterloo, Honours Computer Science alumni.
Matt dove into the cryptocurrency space in 2013 after becoming fascinated by the potential for smart contracts and blockchains to revolutionize information economies. Currently he works on strategy and communications for Gnosis. Prior to joining ConsenSys Matt founded Augur, consulted for EthDev, and designed an IoT blockchain solution for Enlighted. When not DAO-whispering he composes algorithmic music and dreams of a future Skynet-on-a-blockchain.
Joseph Lubin’s career has involved various posts in the fields of technology and finance and in their intersection.
Subsequent to graduating cum laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton, he worked as research staff in the Robotics Lab at Princeton and then at Vision Applications, Inc., a private research firm, in the fields of autonomous mobile robotics, machine vision and artificial neural networks.
His next project was the development of an autonomous music composition tool with tomandandy music.
Joseph worked as a software engineer and consultant on various projects, eventually being tipped for the role of Director of the New York office of Blacksmith, a Virginia-based software consulting firm.
Software engineering, finance and cryptography were central during employment with Goldman Sachs, eMagine’s consulting work on the Identrus project, and the founding and operation of a set of hedge funds run with a partner.
Switching gears, Joseph moved to Kingston, Jamaica to work on a set of projects in the music industry. Two years into the music project, Joseph co-founded the Ethereum Project, and has been working on Ethereum and more recently ConsenSys since January 2014.
ConsenSys began as a blockchain production studio building decentralized applications, mostly on Ethereum, and continues on this track, but has expanded its activities since inception. Many of those components are core elements that can be used to construct larger solutions as well as being standalone solutions in their own right. Since ConsenSys began operations before the Ethereum ecosystem existed, ConsenSys has also built core infrastructure elements like Ethereum clients, testing frameworks, rapid application development frameworks, and Integrated Development Environments. ConsenSys Enterprise, the professional services arm, works with various enterprises to help them formulate their blockchain strategy and develop business processes for them on private or consortium blockchains, as well as on the public Ethereum network.
With a background in mathematics, engineering physics and computer science, Martin’s interest in blockchain technology comes from the interdisciplinary challenges it provides, as well as the opportunity to engineer solutions to political and social problems. In 2014 he organized Bitcoin meets art while working at the Swedish bitcoin retailer Safello, and he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics in Berlin. At Consensys, Martin’s main focus is on developing the TransActive Grid energy project.
Christian started his career as a mathematician doing research in Algebraic Geometry, followed by a deep dive into quantitative finance developing and implementing derivatives pricing models at Bloomberg. After venturing down the Bitcoin rabbit hole he discovered Ethereum and ConsenSys. Christian is now working on a diverse set of projects including accounting systems, document signing, wallets, and various financial applications. He also maintains a general overview of ConsenSys projects and provides technical expertise when needed. When not in the Blockchain world Christian enjoys scuba diving in the waters of the NorthEast US.
Thessy Mehrain is a user experience designer and product strategist. At ConsenSys she creates experiences for enterprises that look to gain efficiency and transparency via the blockchain, and designs products that are uniquely enabled by blockchain technology to disrupt existing markets or create new ones. Thessy holds a Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction. Prior to joining ConsenSys, she was VP of User Experience/Product Strategy at JPMorganChase for 6 years, partnered in a consultancy, and had a start-up which co-created a scientific peer review system/digital library for the Association of Computing and Machinery (ACM).
Working at the intersection of technology, transaction and social change, she promotes diversity as essential to creating a world that works for everyone. She taught UN teams innovation methodologies, works with the Alternative Banking Group on financial inclusion, consults on Women’s Leadership and started the NYC Women-in-Blockchain Meetup.
Alex is a software engineer with a background in applied physics. After earning his master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, he worked as a software engineer at a financial technology startup whose system was interfaced with conventional payments infrastructure. Although he had been familiar with cryptocurrencies for some time, Alex became immersed in the blockchain space when he learned about Ethereum and realized the impact it could have on large, established industries. He is excited to participate in the growth of blockchain technology.
Zac became interested first in cryptography, and then Bitcoin in 2014. He imagined new uses built on top of Bitcoin, but never acted on any of them. After a friend told him about Ethereum, he became hooked and left his security job in late 2015 to pursue the exciting new tech full time. He imagines a future with more individual freedoms, as well as greater social prosperity and Ethereum is key to getting us there.
Milad is a Software Architect with a passion for designing stable, scalable, and maintainable code. He is a senior developer with 10 years of experience in software development. While specialized in middle-tier server-side languages, he also has experience in the development of the relational databases and user interface layers. This wide range of experience allows Milad to mentor and fill gaps in development teams, filling a full-stack roll. He loves using and playing with new technologies while valuing the stable and predictable nature of mature ecosystems.
Nchinda is an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying computer and political science. As an officer for the MIT Bitcoin Club he spends his time researching and developing decentralized applications and neocurrencies. He has a strong background in altruism as a former member of the National Youth Leadership Council and during high school co-founded a non-profit, Lead2Change Milwaukee. His persona exists as much in physical as in electronic mediums as Firescar96.
Before joining ConsenSys, Daniel founded Basebit, a Bitcoin Exchange based on Brazil where he currently lives. His entrepreneur career started in 2005 when he founded MobileBR, the first Brazilian company to offer a mobile trading platform. Among its customers, MobileBR had the presidential ministers, Brazilian Central Bank directors as well as the biggest banks and Brokerage Houses in Brazil. He has a BSc degree in Computer Science and a MBA in Financial Markets. His previous experience includes working with genetic algorithms, data mining, distributed systems and general artificial intelligence. He is passionate about new technologies and is particularly amazed with the possibilities brought by the BlockChain. He believes Ethereum is going to play a big role in that field and he feels very lucky to be fully involved with it.
Connor is a senior at Middlebury College majoring in computer science and economics. He has always been interested in finance and emerging technologies and began trading bitcoin summer 2013 after following it for some time. His passion for bitcoin and other blockchain based technologies has grown into a drive to change many aspects of our global financial and social systems to be more efficient, transparent, and secure.
Marian Oancea is a full-stack developer with over 12 years of experience in web development. Over the last 3 years he’s been closely working with blockchain technologies joining Ethereum from the early beginnings, helping put together the ether sale, contributing to the web3.js library and developing the ethereum network stats dashboard (ethstats.net) from the ground up. In the present he is working with ConsenSys on projects like uPort (the identity management platform), Inflekt (the events and community management platform), Ujo Music and others.
Johannes graduated from Technische Universität in Dresden, Germany where he received a Masters degree in Mechatronics. Johannes is currently a Ph.D. candidate as well. He has been following the rise of cryptocurrencies from the beginning, a history immutably sustained in the various blockchains. Data is Johannes’ medium and he loves to mold information into beautiful illustrations. By creating a blockchain analytics platform he is making the inherent transparency of the public ledger accessible to anyone.
Maurycy Pietrzak is a Decentralization and Identity Engineer at ConsenSys. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University and has over a decade of industry experience in companies large and small. Maurycy has a passionate interest in emerging technologies and the future of computing. He is deeply enthusiastic about the potential of Ethereum.
Julian studied finance at the University of Michigan, while playing online poker professionally by night. He then worked as a prop trader for Chimera Securities until discovering Bitcoin in January 2013. His mind properly blown from the possibilities of digital property on decentralized platforms, he has been immersed in the world of software ever since. Julian is working on several projects within Consensys, with a focus on gaming.
Carolyn has a background in social science and organizational systems research. She recently earned her Master’s in macro social work at Boston University, and made the switch to the tech sector after understanding how technology is becoming the evolving force behind humanity. Carolyn is Director of Operations at ConsenSys, She is also a co-founder of Fabriq, a identity and reputation management system for communities built on Ethereum. Carolyn recently moved from Boston to NYC, studies ballet & modern dance, and serves on the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge’s cleantech committee.
Ryan received his PhD in Mathematics from Harvard University in 2011 and was a postdoctoral assistant professor at the University of Michigan from 2012–2015 until being introduced to Consensys. He became interested in Haskell through word of mouth during the months before and joined the BlockApps team after learning about it as a development opportunity in the language. Although he has been a periodic observer of Bitcoin, this was his technical introduction to blockchain technology and he has since been intrigued by its possibilities to breathe life into purely virtual creations.
Before turning to blockchain programming, Ryan specialized in the mathematics of algebraic geometry and representation theory. He is a native of New York City, lived in Cambridge, MA for six years during graduate school and Chicago for four years during college at the University of Chicago, and met his wife Marisa in Los Angeles shortly before moving to Ann Arbor, MI, where they currently live.
Simon builds decentralised applications for use in the music industry, online communities and the developing world. He has been in the Bitcoin/blockchain space since 2011, developed a decentralised band around a full blown cryptocurrency, and is writing a book on the blockchain. He previously worked on research into the design & maintenance of online communities (earning a Master of Arts, cum laude, in Socio-Informatics from Stellenbosch University in South Africa) & was a member of the MIH Media Lab, one of the premier multi-disciplinary post-graduate research labs in Africa. Before getting into blockchains, he created 2 successful side-projects (Tweekly.fm & TwimeMachine) used by more than a million people. Tweekly.fm has sent more than 30 million updates to social media platforms over its existence. When he is not developing new technology, he is a musician by night.
Prior to ConsenSys, Jeff Scott helped build the interfaces for the Bitcoin OTC trading platform at TradeBlock and the New York Stock Exchange-backed ACE Portal’s private equity trading platform. He also worked as the Lead UI Engineer at 360i, a large scale New York City-based digital agency.
Michael Sena is a Product Manager for Uport at ConsenSys. Michael brings a diverse background in product management, technology consulting, capital markets, and political economics to the blockchain. In previous roles, he designed and deployed consumer and enterprise technologies for some of the largest organizations in the world, managed a portfolio of international financial securities, and launched a startup. At ConsenSys, Michael is using these foundational experiences to unlock value on a global scale by building applications for the emerging blockchain economy. He believes that exponential blockchain adoption is only a beautiful Dapp away and is passionate about getting these products into the hands of people.
Eva is dedicated to forging technology on the anvil of human-centered design. After working as a geospatial developer, she helped lead transit and geospatial UX at open source organizations OpenPlans and OpenGeo. She holds a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon. At ConsenSys, Eva works on improving developer and end-user experience for Ethereum-based dApps. Outside of work she is often hanging out with furry animals.
James Slazas has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry. At Lehman Brothers, James managed a proprietary arbitrage book of derivatives and created a global risk management group for the HNW exposure of the London, Swiss and Hong Kong banks. Later James co-founded a hedge fund managing a portfolio of life settlements, uniquely acquiring assets as contributions as well as pricing assets from both the VBT mortality tables, as well as, underwriting internally to determine longevity risk.
Utilizing the healthcare components of the fund, James successfully negotiated a preferred status from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s Regional Extension Centers of AZ, CA, FL, NJ, and NY to rollout Med A-Z/Healthcare Inside’s nationwide electronic health record (EHR) and billing services as well as a joint binding agreement with HCL America, a ‘$6 billion publicly traded company to provide patient support analytics and medical billing services to laboratories, ACO’s, private practices, and hospitals.
Mr. Slazas graduated from the University of Richmond, E. Claiborne School of Business and studied at Oxford University, Hertford College.
Saraswathi is an Experience Design Lead with work ranging from Bloomberg, to Wieden and Kennedy, to computer vision start-up VeePio, and beyond. At ConsenSys, she is thrilled to take part in the creation of user-friendly, inclusive dApps for an omni/IOT universe.
In her rare off-hours she produces music videos, participates in hackathons, and plays with AR/VR as a means of subversion
Ryan serves as a software engineer at ConsenSys, predominantly working on decentralized applications for global capital markets. Ryan brings with him experience as a full-stack software developer, quantitative analyst, and entrepreneurial experience founding prior companies.
Vlad is a graphic designer, who has spent the last 7 years perfecting his art. Whether he needs to draw the perfect logo or to create an entire concept for a new project, one thing you can depend on: he will get to the very core of the idea behind the company and build a complete visual identity, starting with the basics and paying extra attention to the finishing touches, the small but oh-so-important details. Having graduated Photography, he is vastly aware of how much an image conveys, and uses his acumen to put stories and histories into visuals. After working on projects for the likes of Heineken, McDonalds or Ikea, he now comes to Consensys with a desire to learn more and to perfect his skills in a different environment.
Joel is a student at Chalmers University studying computer science and physics. He has been following the cryptospace since he first discovered bitcoin in 2011. Having a general interest in using new technology to cause change, he thinks working with blockchains is the best way to do so right now. When not hacking away at his computer he enjoys reading about economics and playing music.
Eric is an aspiring Pure Mathematician and Computer Scientist at the University of Waterloo. His interest in blockchain is due to its highly multidisciplinary nature, a complex intersection of computer science, cryptography, economic theory, psychology, and more. He is excited about the potential social and technological implications that will follow as the blockchain world matures.
When he isn’t spending his time in the blockchain world, he spends his time in the world of cooking, mathematics, and physics. To be more specific, Eric is mainly interested in pizza making, exploring topics in abstract algebra, and astronomy.
Gabriel’s background is in being a jack of all trades and a Master of Accounting Science. After receiving his CPA certification and working a year in public accounting, Gabriel helped to pioneer the first blockchain research initiative at KPMG. He has been actively following the development of the blockchain space since he was at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he led several student-run consulting engagements, won national and regional business case competitions, and re-booted a chapter of the largest fraternity in the world. Gabriel’s current focus is on Ujo Music and bringing the blockchain to creative fields for artistic identity and rights management.
Russell graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Following his undergraduate years, Russell eventually received a Masters degree in a different discipline but was first the CTO and co-founder of two mobile and social applications companies, where he wrote software, directed product management, and aided business development.
Russell was the CTO of the first company, Vortex Mobile, a digital marketing agency that built its own social and mobile products on SMS, Facebook, iPhone and Android (… and Blackberry). It was acquired by Transcontinental Inc. in 2010. Russell was a co-founder of Vortex Connect, a mobile workforce software provider that was acquired by RedPrairie (now JDA) in 2012.
Shortly afterwards, Russell studied research methodologies at Oxford University where he received an MSc in Social Science of the Internet. His Thesis inferred early adopter behaviour in collaborative consumption marketplaces from a case study of a car sharing service based out of San Francisco.
Russell keeps finding himself having fun with new technologies and the other people who bring them to market. Before joining ConsenSys, his work in the Cryptocurrency space includes the CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4) and Ethereum.
Victor Wong is a serial entrepreneur and tech/product founder of multiple start-ups. He was the Founder and Chief Product Officer of the mobile family startup SmarTots. SmarTots was the winner of the Global Mobile Internet startup award and has over 7 million app downloads. It has partnerships with Hasbro, Crayola, Apple, Xiaomi and Tencent, and received Series A investment from SoftBank and ZenFund. He was also the Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Speak2Me, the largest English language learning social network in China with over a million registered users. Speak2Me was acquired by the publicly-listed company Lingo Media in 2007. His previous experience includes working at adidas, where he developed and launched their award-winning Canada B2B portal and online store, and video/image software company Ulead Systems in Los Angeles/Taipei. He holds a patent for Conversation Advertising, a method for embedding product placement in online interactive lessons.
Michael began his career at an Internet startup in the late 90s where he built out and supported early web infrastructure components. After the dotcom bubble burst, he shifted to the Enterprise where he developed a broad-based background spanning technical and business infrastructure, transformation, and operations. Previous to ConsenSys, Michael was a Senior Vice President at Bank of America in the CTO organization where among other roles he ran Middleware and Messaging globally for the Global Markets line-of-business and most recently served as COO for the Engineering teams working on Software-Defined Infrastructure. Michael has over 20 years of experience as a Business and Information Systems leader with a proven ability to envision and develop business solutions, provide thought leadership and influence on business, technical, and organizational strategy. Michael has a Masters Degree in Information Systems Management and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.