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Founders, leaders, technologists and visionaries, these experts bring a deeper level of understanding about their specific crypto projects. Follow them on social or learn more about their crypto contributions on their websites.
Adam Zadikoff is COO of BRD, where he heads up product and engineering across multiple lines of business as well as operations, HR, and Investor Relations. Adam is focused on growing the reach of cryptocurrencies in order to advance the world’s financial systems. He has spent more than 15 years working in startups with multiple successful exits under his belt.
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Founder, Boba Network
Alan is the founder of Boba Network. Alan also serves on the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Board and the board of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs.
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Founder & CEO, Celsius Network
Alex Mashinsky is one of the inventors of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), and is now working on MOIP (Money Over Internet Protocol) technology. More than 35 patents have been issued to Alex, relating to exchanges, VOIP protocols, messaging, and communication. Alex is the founder of seven New York City-based startups, raising more than $1 billion and exiting over $3 billion. He founded two of New York City’s top 10 venture-backed exits since 2000: Arbinet and Transit Wireless. Alex has received numerous awards for innovation, including Crain’s 2010 Top Entrepreneur, the 2000 Albert Einstein Technology medal, the Technology Foresight Award for Innovation, and two nominations by E&Y as Entrepreneur of the Year. As one of the pioneers of web-based exchanges, Alex authored patents that cover aspects of the Smart Grid, ad exchanges, Twitter, Skype, App Store, the Netflix streaming concept, and many other popular web companies.
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CEO & Co-Founder, Helium
Amir Haleem is the CEO & co-founder of Helium. Prior to Helium, Amir served a long career in the video game industry as CTO at gaming startup Diversion. He was also a member of the original team behind Battlefield 1942 at DICE in Stockholm, Sweden. Outside of work, Amir is a former world champion esports gamer, co-founder of the popular esports community esreality.com, and builds and races 90s Japanese sports cars.
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Co-Founder & CEO, Solana
Anatoly Yakovenko is the creator of Solana. He led development of operating systems at Qualcomm, distributed systems at Mesosphere, and compression at Dropbox. He holds two patents for high performance Operating Systems protocols and was a core kernel developer for BREW, which powered every CDMA flip phone (100m+ devices). He also led development of tech that made Project Tango (VR/AR) possible on Qualcomm phones.
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Cofounder & CTO, Goldfinch
Blake West is the cofounder and CTO of Goldfinch, the first credit protocol on Ethereum to target real world businesses and use cases. Before Goldfinch, Blake was a Senior Engineer at Coinbase, where he worked on the core payments team and led the engineering for the USDC savings product. Prior to Coinbase, he was the first employee at Hint Health, and prior to tech was a full-time musician in Austin, TX. He is also the inventor of Hummingbird Notation, a music notation system that's far easier to learn, with tens of thousands of downloads.
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Co-Founder & CEO, Brave Software and the Basic Attention Token
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Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss co-founded Gemini, a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian, to empower the individual through crypto. Gemini is a New York Trust company that allows customers to buy, sell, and store more than 60 cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, zcash, and litecoin. They graduated from Harvard University with degrees in Economics in 2004 and earned their MBAs from Oxford University in 2010. Together, they represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, placing 6th in the Men’s Pair event. Cameron and Tyler have been angel investors and entrepreneurs in emerging technologies since 2003. They began investing in bitcoin in 2012 and launched Gemini in 2015.
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Creator of Litecoin & Managing Director, Litecoin Foundation
Charlie Lee is the creator of Litecoin and the Managing Director of the Litecoin Foundation. Prior to creating Litecoin, Charlie was a software engineer at Google. In 2011, he created Litecoin in an effort to improve upon Bitcoin’s high fees, slower transaction times, and scalability issues. Lee then worked at Coinbase, where he became Director of Engineering before leaving the company in 2017 to focus on supporting the development of Litecoin full time. Charlie graduated from MIT in 2000 with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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Chris Hart is the CEO of Civic. He is also on the company’s board of directors. In his role at Civic, Chris’ priorities are leading strategic business development, aligning the business in a dynamic environment, and building a thriving global culture. He is a long-serving member of the Pat Tillman Foundation and is the vice-chair of the PTF board of directors. Chris previously served as CFO at Guidebook, Inc., and Nextag, Inc. Chris holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Emory University and an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco, where he graduated summa cum laude.
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David Schwartz is the Chief Technology Officer at Ripple and is one of the original architects of the XRP Ledger. Prior to joining Ripple, David Schwartz was Chief Technical Officer for WebMaster Incorporated, a Santa Clara software developer. He developed encrypted cloud storage and enterprise messaging systems for organizations like CNN and the National Security Agency (NSA). Known as “JoelKatz,” he is a respected voice in the digital currency community.
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CEO & Executive Director, Stellar Development Foundation
Denelle Dixon is the CEO and Executive Director of the Stellar Development Foundation, a non-profit organization using blockchain to unlock the world’s economic potential by making money more fluid, markets more open, and people more empowered. Before joining Stellar, Dixon served as COO of Mozilla, one of the most successful mission-driven open-source organizations. During her tenure at Mozilla, she led the organization’s business, revenue and policy teams including the ongoing fight for Net Neutrality and the global effort to ensure that people can control their personal data. She also pushed Mozilla to understand how to partner with commercial entities while staying true to its core mission of openness, innovation, and opportunity on the web. A lawyer by trade, Denelle previously served as a general counsel and legal advisor in private equity and technology.
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Founder & CEO, Livepeer
Doug Petkanics is the founder and CEO of Livepeer, where he focuses on protocol research and software development. Livepeer is building an open source video infrastructure platform, which leverages decentralization to drive down costs and meet the needs of developers building video streaming applications at scale. Prior to Livepeer, Doug was founder and VP Engineering at Hyperpublic (acquired by Groupon) and Wildcard.
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CEO & Co-Founder, Orchid Labs
Dr. Steven Waterhouse (Seven) is the CEO and co-founder of Orchid Labs. Dr. Waterhouse previously served as a partner at blockchain-focused venture Pantera Capital and worked at Fortress Investment Group, where he founded the Digital Currency Fund with Mike Novogratz and Pete Briger. Dr. Waterhouse was a co-founder and CTO of RPX and served as Director of the Honeycomb product group at Sun Microsystems, one of the first computer and software technology companies to evolve during the dot com era. He holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
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Co-Founder, Nifty Gateway
Duncan Cock Foster founded Nifty Gateway along with his brother, Griffin Cock Foster, in 2018 to help more people access NFT technology. Nifty Gateway was acquired in June 2019 by Gemini, and Duncan continues to operate Nifty Gateway as a Gemini employee.
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Dylan Macalinao is the co-founder of Saber and Ship Capital. He is a product designer and early stage investor in the Web3 space. He currently resides in Texas.
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Eric Anziani is Chief Operating Officer at Crypto.com. Previously, Eric worked at leading global companies Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, PayPal, and Global Fashion Group in London, Paris, Singapore, and Tokyo. Eric completed his MBA from INSEAD in 2012, and holds a Master of Science degree from the Ecole Superieur d’Electricite (Supelec). Eric has invested in and advised several ventures across Asia and U.S. markets, and actively contributes to the blockchain and startup ecosystem in Singapore in his personal capacity as part of ACCESS, the Singapore Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Industry Association, and BANSEA, a leading angel investment network in Southeast Asia.
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Co-Founder & CEO, Injective Protocol
Eric Chen is the co-founder and CEO of Injective Protocol. He was previously a cryptographic researcher at a prominent hedge fund. Armed with the core philosophies of DeFi, while wary of issues crippling the DEX space today, Eric believes Injective will pioneer the innovations necessary to usher in truly free and decentralized trading for all.
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Co-Founder & Chief Product Architect, Bancor
Eyal Herzog is a Co-Founder and the Chief Product Architect of the Bancor Protocol, the Bancor Network Token (BNT), and the suite of end-user products that utilize it. Eyal has been a venture-backed technology entrepreneur for over 20 years, and was the Founder of MetaCafe, Israel's fastest growing video sharing site. Eyal began his career in the technology industry in the Israeli military, where he served four years as an IT department manager for the Intelligence Core (8200) and was responsible for the IDF’s first computer networking projects. After leaving the army in 1997, he joined serial networking startup Class Data Systems as an application marketing engineer. The company was later sold to Cisco for $50 million, and Eyal invested his windfall into his first startup, Contact Networks, one of the first online social networks, after which he founded MetaCafe to address the emerging long-tail of user-generated content in the nascent online video space.
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Co-Founder & CEO, Balancer Labs
Fernando Martinelli is the co-founder and CEO of Balancer Labs. He is a mechatronics engineer with a masters in robotics and image processing. Fernando also has an MBA from the Sorbonne University in Paris. Prior to creating the Balancer Protocol, he founded a few startups and worked as a consultant for Bain & Company in Germany.
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CEO, Cardano Foundation
Frederik Gregaard is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cardano Foundation and has more than a decade of experience in banking, wealth management, and asset management. He is a certified currency trader and digital asset management expert. Frederik has worked with a larger number of Fintech companies in Switzerland and abroad predominantly covering DLT, robo advisors, asset allocation, and KYC automatization. He has also built operational and trading infrastructure for more than 100 asset managers and helped implement and advise on cryptocurrencies for Swiss banks and infrastructure providers.
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Hart Lambur is the co-founder of UMA, a decentralized financial contracts platform built to enable Universal Market Access. He studied computer science before working as an interest rate trader at Goldman Sachs through the financial crisis. In 2013, he co-founded Openfolio, a personal finance tracking platform that was acquired by a financial planning firm in 2017. He now leads a team of financial contract and oracle design researchers at UMA.
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CEO & Founder, Fetch.ai
Humayun Sheikh is the CEO and founder of Fetch.ai. Fetch.ai provides a framework for building and customizing decentralized, autonomous AI networks to carry out complex coordination tasks. Its vision is to connect digital and real-life economies to allow automation to change the way we use data. Humayun is an expert on the topics of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and autonomous agents as well as the intersection of blockchain and commodities.
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Ilija Rolovic is CMO at Enjin, a leading NFT ecosystem developer. Prior to joining Enjin, he ran two agencies specializing in marketing for companies in the PC, XR, console, and mobile gaming spaces. As one of the pioneers of the NFT industry, Ilija played an integral role in conceptualizing and designing the world's first interoperable assets, and creating and launching the first blockchain multiverse.
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Joseph Sticco is a co-founder & core contributor of the Cryptex DAO. A lifelong equity trader and investment manager, Joseph brings immense knowledge of traditional market structure to the project. He founded Cryptex with the vision of blending traditional finance with world class blockchain development in building state of the art investment solutions for tomorrow.
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Founder & CEO, The Render Network
Jules Urbach is the founder and CEO of The Render Network. Jules is widely hailed as a leader in computer graphics, streaming, 3D rendering, and cloud computing with over 70 patents and 25 years of industry experience. He is also the founder and CEO of OTOY, a pioneer of Academy-Award winning GPU cloud graphics and CGI technologies. Jules sets the strategic direction and vision for the company, and is the chief architect of OTOY’s technology roadmap. Prior to OTOY, Jules created the web’s first 3D video game platform and licensed the software to Macromedia, Disney, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Microsoft, Hasbro, and AT&T.
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Jun Li is the founder of Ontology. He is a highly regarded blockchain solutions architect with 17 years' experience in IT and fintech. Li previously provided support in areas such as technical architecture, management, and planning to top international IT firms and major financial exchanges, playing leading roles at the China Financial Futures Exchange and Infosys. Li holds a BA in Computer Science and an MSc in Communication Engineering from one of China's most prestigious universities, as well as an MBA from the University of Manchester. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.
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Justin Sun is the founder of TRON, one of the world's largest decentralized blockchain ecosystems, and CEO of BitTorrent, the leader in peer-to-peer software and services. A protege of Alibaba's Jack Ma, in 2017 Sun was named to Forbes' 30 under 30 list for China and 30 under 30 Asia in the Consumer Technology category. Sun is an avid gamer, investor, and philanthropist.
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Kain Warwick is the founder of Synthetix, a derivatives liquidity protocol on Ethereum. Synthetix has processed hundreds of millions of dollars in trading volume, mostly through its trading dApps, Kwenta and Synthetix.Exchange.
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Kathleen Breitman is the co-founder of Coase, a software company that aspires to lower transaction costs. She previously co-founded Tezos, a blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network. She has also worked at Accenture, Bridgewater Associates, and the Wall Street Journal.
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CEO & Co-Founder, Centrifuge
Lucas Vogelsang is the CEO and co-founder of Centrifuge. Before diving into crypto in 2017, Lucas co-founded the Swiss e-commerce startup DeinDeal. After its successful sale, he helped the German startup KaufDA with its international expansion. Lucas spent six years in Silicon Valley where he worked at early stage startups including Taulia, where he met his Centrifuge co-founders.
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Founder & CEO, Moss.Earth
Luis Adame is the founder and CEO of Moss.Earth. Luis worked from 2012 to 2019 as the portfolio manager and partner for Latam equities long-only funds at Newfoundland Capital Management. Previously, he worked as a Managing Director of York Capital Management. Prior to York, Luis was a Partner at BRZ, a Brazilian hedge fund, working as a commodities Analyst and Portfolio Manager for both their value and long/short funds. Luis began his career working as a Latin American financial institutions Research Associate at Credit Suisse and later moved to the bank’s proprietary desk in São Paulo. Luis holds a B.Sc. in Management Science and Engineering with a minor in Economics from Stanford University. He is a CFA charterholder, a native of Brazil, and is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
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Co-Founder & Managing Partner, SuperLayer
Mahesh Vellanki is the co-founder and managing partner of SuperLayer. Previously, he co-founded Rally. Prior to this, Mahesh served as a venture capitalist at Redpoint Ventures from 2012 through 2018, where he led growth investments in the consumer internet, ecommerce, online education, fintech, and healthcare spaces. Before joining Redpoint, he was an investment banker at Citi where he worked on IPO and M&A transactions in the consumer internet space with companies such as Zillow, Facebook, and Groupon. Mahesh is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.
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Co-Founder & CEO, Merit Circle
Marco van den Heuvel is the co-founder and CEO of Merit Circle. He has been active in the cryptocurrency industry since early 2017, both as an investor and as an active contributor to various projects. With years of experience in community management, marketing, and business development, he co-founded Merit Circle in an ecosystem that combines two of his passions: cryptocurrency & gaming.
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Founder & CEO, Directed IRA & Directed Trust Company
Mat Sorensen is founder and CEO of Directed IRA and Directed Trust Company, which provides retirement accounts that can invest in crypto, LLCs, private companies/funds, and real estate. Mat has been at the forefront of the crypto IRA industry since 2017 when he used his own retirement account to buy crypto, and has helped thousands of crypto investors since. Mat is an attorney and author of *The Self-Directed IRA Handbook*, which includes an entire chapter on crypto and IRAs. Mat is also a VIP Contributor at Entreprenuer.com and writes on retirement, crypto, and tax topics. He has been quoted, referenced, or published by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and The Guardian.
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Matt Luongo is the founder and CEO of Thesis, a venture production studio. The first products of Thesis are Fold, a consumer payment app, and Keep, the builders of tBTC, which is a safe and permissionless bridge for Bitcoin holders to earn on Ethereum.
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Founder & CEO, Unstoppable Domains
Matthew Gould is the founder and CEO of Unstoppable Domains, a blockchain domain company that makes it possible to replace cryptocurrency addresses with human-readable names. Gould's mission is to help onboard Internet users from around the world onto Web 3.0 through blockchain domains, which make it easier to send crypto and interact on the decentralized web. Prior to founding Unstoppable Domains, Gould led product and analytics teams for over 10 years.
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CEO, Curve Finance
Michael Egorov is the CEO at Curve Finance. Before starting Curve, Michael worked on infrastructure tools at LinkedIn and co-founded NuCypher. He has experience as a scientist and physicist, and was a bronze medalist in the 2003 International Physics Olympiad. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Michael was introduced to cryptocurrency in late 2013 and later became a DeFi user starting with Maker in 2018. He began researching liquid staking, which later led him to develop an algorithm for creating deep markets for similarly priced assets. This algorithm became the foundation for Curve, which Michael created in early 2020.
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Michael Kong is the CEO of Fantom. Previously, he worked as CTO at several startups and started a cryptocurrency fund that assisted Fantom with a capital raise in early 2018. Michael studied Information Technology and Finance at the University of Sydney where he built one of the first Ethereum decompilers and smart contract vulnerability detectors.
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Founder, ICON Project
Min Kim is the founder of the ICON Project, a leading public blockchain project. Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer of DAYLI Financial Group, Korea’s largest fintech holding company, and the Chief Operating Officer at Tapas Media, a U.S. digital content distribution platform backed by Daumkakao and SK Planet. Min started his career at Deutsche Bank's technology investment banking division in San Francisco. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.
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As CMO at Storj, Paul Ford is instrumental in driving the critical product development, data science, marketing and growth initiatives required to take decentralized cloud object storage to the next level. Prior to Storj, he held executive positions at Twilio, SendGrid, SoftLayer and Rackspace. He is a pioneer in technologies such as cloud, SaaS, IaaS and crypto. Throughout his career, Paul has contributed greatly to emerging technology startups and early stage companies and he continues to give back by serving as a mentor at the world’s top accelerators.
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CEO, Golem Network
Piotr Janiuk is the CEO of Golem Network. He designed and developed the first Golem PoC and helped design the high level architecture of both implementations of the Golem Network platform. He also designed and implemented the Golem crowdfunding contract and presented Golem Network in the very first Ethereum Developers conference, DEVCON0. Previously, Piotr was a designer and lead developer of Black Vision, a real-time rendering engine for TV broadcasting. He implemented the fastest (at the time) software jpeg2000 codec for DCP. Janiuk holds a MsC in Mathematics and Computer Science.
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Founder & CEO, Numerai
Richard Craib is the founder and CEO of Numerai, based in San Francisco. He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Mathematics in 2012 with a focus in abstract algebra. He has also taken classes at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the University of Cape Town. Before starting Numerai, Craib was a quant at an asset management firm with $15 billion in assets under management in Cape Town, South Africa, where he built a global equity long-only fund powered by machine learning.
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Founder & CEO, Caspian
Robert Dykes is Caspian’s founder and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Caspian and parent company TORA, Robert spent 11 years in the enterprise software and high-tech industry in Europe, North America, and Asia. Robert has held executive management positions in several start-up and early stage software companies including WebPartner, a software provider of corporate testing applications, and AudioSoft, a software services company providing online music licensing solutions, which was sold to Macrovision Corporation (NASDAQ: MVSN). Robert started his career at Deloitte working in various positions in audit, consulting, and mergers & acquisitions groups. Robert holds a B.A. in Economics with an emphasis in Mathematics from Princeton University.
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CEO, Compound Labs
Robert Leshner is the CEO of Compound Labs, which built the Compound Protocol, the first DeFi money market. He is also an investor at Robot Ventures.
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CEO, Dash Core Group
Ryan Taylor is CEO of Dash Core Group, which supports and nurtures the continued worldwide development and integration of Dash, a top digital currency for payments and e-commerce. He is an expert in the payments industry, with more than 20 years of experience at the intersection of financial services and technology. Ryan has been CEO of Dash Core Group since 2017, having joined the company in 2016 as Director of Finance. Prior to Dash, Ryan was a hedge fund analyst covering a global stable of payments industry investments for the private equity and public market funds of a $20 billion investment firm in New York. Previously, Ryan was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company’s Business Technology Office in New York, where he served senior executive clients of some of the world’s largest financial institutions, covering a wide variety of strategy and technology topics. Ryan holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with a concentration in Finance and Economics, and a Bachelor of Science from W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
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Co-Founder & COO, Polygon
Sandeep Nailwal is the Co-Founder and COO of Polygon. Sandeep discovered the revolutionary nature of blockchain in 2017 and set his sights on solving for scalability issues with the founding of Matic Network (now Polygon) alongside Jaynti Kanani and Anurag Arjun. His main responsibilities include spearheading branding, marketing, adoption, operations, and stakeholder partnerships in service of pushing forward the vision of Polygon.
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CEO & Co-Founder, Geojam
Sarah Figueroa is the CEO and co-founder of Geojam. Sarah is a serial entrepreneur with 10 years of experience building and designing consumer tech companies centered around social media, entertainment, and community. She has been recognized in the New York Times for Geojam’s pivot during the pandemic and is a member of the Rolling Stone Culture Council. Sarah is extremely passionate about community governance and decentralization. As an early adopter of Ethereum, she has been mining crypto since 2016. At Geojam she leads a fifteen person team on product, marketing, and token utility.
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Co-Founder & COO, The Sandbox
Sébastien Borget is the Co-Founder and COO of The Sandbox. He is an entrepreneur with 14 years of experience in both tech & gaming. Sébastien is also the President of the Blockchain Game Alliance, a non-profit organization of 200 key members in the industry. He was recently named as one of the Top #100 most influential people in crypto by CoinTelegraph.
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Sergej Kunz is the co-founder of 1inch Network. Sergej first entered crypto back in 2012. After mining Ethereum for years, he launched a YouTube channel, CryptoManiacs, in which he did live security audits of smart contracts. His eventual 1inch Exchange co-founder, Anton Bukov, would join him as a co-host on CryptoManiacs soon after. In May 2019, at a hackathon in New York City, over the course of 60 sleepless hours, Sergej and Anton developed a DEX aggregator solution. This idea of a crypto exchange aggregator that splits deals across multiple exchanges, offering the user better rates than any individual exchange, became the basis for 1inch. From 2015 to 2019, Sergej worked for Mimacom consultancy, running projects for major customers, such as Bosch, Siemens, and Porsche. After joining Porsche on a full-time basis, he gradually shifted towards cybersecurity.
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CEO & Co-Founder, Maple
Sid Powell is the CEO & Co-Founder of Maple. With his Co-Founder Joe Flanagan, he launched Maple in 2021. Sid comes from a background in debt capital markets and institutional banking. During his career in traditional finance, he participated in $3BN+ of corporate bond issuance, established and ran a $200M+ bond funding program, and managed Treasury at a commercial lending FinTech company.
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Founder & CEO, Aave
Stani Kulechov is the founder and CEO of Aave, an open source and non-custodial liquidity protocol that enables users to earn interest on deposits and borrow assets. Stani was studying law at the University of Helsinki when he first got into Ethereum and started exploring how it could impact the traditional financial system. In 2017, he released ETHLend, one of the first DeFi dApps. Since then, he has made it his mission to create tools for an open, transparent, and equitable financial ecosystem through Aave Protocol.
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Founder & CEO, Mask Network
Suji Yan is the founder and CEO of Mask Network. Suji is currently a mentor of RadicalxChange Fellowship and has co-authored articles with RadicalxChange. His work has been covered by Wired, South China Morning Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and more. He is currently focusing on open source, encryption, and privacy protection.
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Co-Founder & CEO, Ren
Taiyang Zhang is the co-founder and CEO of Ren. Taiyang has been involved in the digital asset ecosystem since 2016 and has worked with and advised a variety of blockchain projects, helping shape the ecosystem as we see it today.
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Co-Founder & CEO, Flexa
Tyler Spalding is co-founder and CEO at Flexa, a cryptocurrency payments network making real-world payments more efficient, accessible, and affordable for everyone. Tyler has been founding and investing in various blockchain projects since 2011. He was previously the CTO of Raise, co-founder and CEO of Tastebud Technologies, and an engineering lead with the United Space Alliance, US Air Force, and NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. He holds two Masters degrees from MIT and UIUC.
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Co-Founder & CEO, 0x Labs
Will Warren is co-founder and CEO at 0x Labs, where he is developing public infrastructure for peer-to-peer exchange on the Ethereum blockchain. After receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC San Diego, Will worked as a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory and conducted applied physics research. Will spent two years in UC San Diego's Structural Engineering doctoral program before dropping out to pursue an interest in Ethereum full time.
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Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Animoca Brands
Yat Siu is the co-founder and executive chairman of Animoca Brands, a global leader in blockchain and gaming. Yat began his career at Atari Germany in 1990. In 1995 he moved to Hong Kong to establish Hong Kong Cybercity/Freenation, the first free web page and email provider in Asia. In 1998, he set up Outblaze, an award-winning pioneer of multilingual white label web services. In 2009, he sold Outblaze’s messaging unit to IBM and pivoted Outblaze to become an incubator of projects and companies to develop digital entertainment services and products. One of those incubated companies is Animoca Brands, which was created in 2014. In 2017, he set up the Dalton Learning Lab, an afterschool digital lab for skills not emphasized by most education systems, including divergent thinking and design thinking. He is the founder of ThinkBlaze, the research arm of Outblaze investigating socially meaningful issues in technology.
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