Crypto Working Group
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MEET THE FOUNDING TEAM


Management

   Richie Hecker, Chief Economist    Richie Hecker is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded the Crypto Working Group. He is an op-ed writer for TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal Accelerators, HuffPo and Observer and lectures at universities including Columbia, Parsons and NYU. Follow him on twitter @RichieBlueEyes.

Richie Hecker, Chief Economist

Richie Hecker is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded the Crypto Working Group. He is an op-ed writer for TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal Accelerators, HuffPo and Observer and lectures at universities including Columbia, Parsons and NYU. Follow him on twitter @RichieBlueEyes.

   Andrew Hoppin    Andrew Hoppin is a gov-tech entrepreneur and former CIO currently developing  CoverUs.io . Andrew was the first CIO for the New York State Senate, and he was selected as the 2010 NY State Public Sector CIO of the Year and voted into "Government CIO 50" by Information Week

Andrew Hoppin

Andrew Hoppin is a gov-tech entrepreneur and former CIO currently developing CoverUs.io. Andrew was the first CIO for the New York State Senate, and he was selected as the 2010 NY State Public Sector CIO of the Year and voted into "Government CIO 50" by Information Week

  Aaron Franco   Aaron Franco is an Innovative engineering executive with a passion for technical strategy and building high performance teams. Proven track record for guiding engineering process to deliver high quality products. Vast experience leading innovative, industry-changing products that meet user needs.

Aaron Franco

Aaron Franco is an Innovative engineering executive with a passion for technical strategy and building high performance teams. Proven track record for guiding engineering process to deliver high quality products. Vast experience leading innovative, industry-changing products that meet user needs.

  Lenny Hardenberg   Lennart Graf von Hardenberg is passionately working on democratizing startup investing as a software engineer at SeedInvest. He left Germany to study at Columbia University and is focused to make crypto investing a trustworthy and standardized process during his spare time.

Lenny Hardenberg

Lennart Graf von Hardenberg is passionately working on democratizing startup investing as a software engineer at SeedInvest. He left Germany to study at Columbia University and is focused to make crypto investing a trustworthy and standardized process during his spare time.

 
  Zak Hap   Zak Hap is a graduate of Columbia University and co-founder of a media company which currently works with early-stage blockchain companies, as well as an independent researcher and consultant. Zak’s current research is focused on understanding the relationship between politics and consensus-based governance.

Zak Hap

Zak Hap is a graduate of Columbia University and co-founder of a media company which currently works with early-stage blockchain companies, as well as an independent researcher and consultant. Zak’s current research is focused on understanding the relationship between politics and consensus-based governance.

  Ed Sappin   Ed Sappin is an investor and C level leader in finance, business development, and strategy. Ed is an active crypto angel and advisor and has held senior level positions in growth stage firms, VC, PE, & Fortune 50 corporations. He is a frequent media contributor for outlets including VentureBeat, HuffPo, CNBC, and the Washington Post.

Ed Sappin

Ed Sappin is an investor and C level leader in finance, business development, and strategy. Ed is an active crypto angel and advisor and has held senior level positions in growth stage firms, VC, PE, & Fortune 50 corporations. He is a frequent media contributor for outlets including VentureBeat, HuffPo, CNBC, and the Washington Post.

   Andrew Hancox    Andrew is an entrepreneur and investor. Most recently, he was Co-Founder and COO at Cognical, a financial technology start-up in New York which raised more than $200MM in debt and equity funding rounds. 

Andrew Hancox

Andrew is an entrepreneur and investor. Most recently, he was Co-Founder and COO at Cognical, a financial technology start-up in New York which raised more than $200MM in debt and equity funding rounds. 

 
  Danielle London   Danielle is a product designer with a diverse research and design skill set working at McKinsey. She is a CFA charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Danielle London

Danielle is a product designer with a diverse research and design skill set working at McKinsey. She is a CFA charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

  John Collins   John is a Senior VP at Mercury. With nearly a decade of communications experience, John currently oversees narrative development and messaging for political campaigns, non-profit organizations, and corporate clients.

John Collins

John is a Senior VP at Mercury. With nearly a decade of communications experience, John currently oversees narrative development and messaging for political campaigns, non-profit organizations, and corporate clients.

  James Featherly   James is currently working at Omega One as their Trading Product Lead. Previously, he had worked at Morgan Stanley for over 13 years where he served as the Executive Director of the Electronic Trading Product.

James Featherly

James is currently working at Omega One as their Trading Product Lead. Previously, he had worked at Morgan Stanley for over 13 years where he served as the Executive Director of the Electronic Trading Product.

 
 

 
  Andrew Keys   Andrew runs ConsenSys Capital. Previously, he was head of global business development and co-founded ConsenSys Enterprise, to create Ethereum blockchain solutions for Fortune 500 companies.

Andrew Keys

Andrew runs ConsenSys Capital. Previously, he was head of global business development and co-founded ConsenSys Enterprise, to create Ethereum blockchain solutions for Fortune 500 companies.

  Jason Jones   Jones is an entrepreneur and investor with over 200 technology companies. He is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of the Cardinal Rose Group, and serves as Co-Chairman of LendIt Fintech, one of the largest fintech conferences.

Jason Jones

Jones is an entrepreneur and investor with over 200 technology companies. He is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of the Cardinal Rose Group, and serves as Co-Chairman of LendIt Fintech, one of the largest fintech conferences.

  Lou Kerner   After a career on Wall Street Lou Kerner became an internet entrepreneur, turned angel investor, turned VC, turned VC focused on Israelis, turned VC focus on crypto and the Intersection of crypto and Israel

Lou Kerner

After a career on Wall Street Lou Kerner became an internet entrepreneur, turned angel investor, turned VC, turned VC focused on Israelis, turned VC focus on crypto and the Intersection of crypto and Israel

  Bradley Tusk   Bradley Tusk is a political strategist and venture capitalist who founded and leads Tusk Ventures, the world's first venture capital fund to work with and invest solely in high growth startups facing political and regulatory challenges.  

Bradley Tusk

Bradley Tusk is a political strategist and venture capitalist who founded and leads Tusk Ventures, the world's first venture capital fund to work with and invest solely in high growth startups facing political and regulatory challenges.
 

 
  Scott Walker   Scott is a Serial Entrepreneur, early Internet CEO and has invested in the crypto space since 2012 holding Investments in BTC, ETH, EOS, and many others. He is considered one of the most knowledgeable crypto investors in the sector.

Scott Walker

Scott is a Serial Entrepreneur, early Internet CEO and has invested in the crypto space since 2012 holding Investments in BTC, ETH, EOS, and many others. He is considered one of the most knowledgeable crypto investors in the sector.

  David Namdar   David Namdar is a partner and Head of Investments for Galaxy Investment Partners. He has expertise in digital currency investments, blockchain technology, and the emerging decentralized economy

David Namdar

David Namdar is a partner and Head of Investments for Galaxy Investment Partners. He has expertise in digital currency investments, blockchain technology, and the emerging decentralized economy

  Kelcey Gosserand   Kelcey is a pioneer in the blockchain landscape, entering the scene as an early investor and participant in the crypto-economy, specializing in marketing and strategic communications.

Kelcey Gosserand

Kelcey is a pioneer in the blockchain landscape, entering the scene as an early investor and participant in the crypto-economy, specializing in marketing and strategic communications.

  Ben Shapiro   Ben Shapiro has been a bank lawyer for over forty years. In 1972 Ben became Midwest Regional Counsel for the FDIC. After years in private practice and government, he formed his own firm in 2012.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro has been a bank lawyer for over forty years. In 1972 Ben became Midwest Regional Counsel for the FDIC. After years in private practice and government, he formed his own firm in 2012.

 
  Matt McKibbin   Matt McKibbin is the founder of D10e, DecentraNet and has been involved in blockchain and decentralizing technologies since 2012.

Matt McKibbin

Matt McKibbin is the founder of D10e, DecentraNet and has been involved in blockchain and decentralizing technologies since 2012.

  Oz Sultan   Oz Sultan is a Cyber Social Media & Crypto Counterterrorism strategist focused on Anti-terror & ISIS efforts related to the use of crypto-currencies. He was recently published in the Army Cyber Defense Review.

Oz Sultan

Oz Sultan is a Cyber Social Media & Crypto Counterterrorism strategist focused on Anti-terror & ISIS efforts related to the use of crypto-currencies. He was recently published in the Army Cyber Defense Review.

  Richard Kastelein   Richard Kastelein is founder of a number of Blockchain projects including Blockchain News. He is an active speaker and has shared Blockchain knowledge via keynotes and panels globally.

Richard Kastelein

Richard Kastelein is founder of a number of Blockchain projects including Blockchain News. He is an active speaker and has shared Blockchain knowledge via keynotes and panels globally.

  Pete Wassel   Pete is a NYC & Silicon Valley based company founder and entrepreneur in areas of Wearables, IoT, and Blockchain technologies.

Pete Wassel

Pete is a NYC & Silicon Valley based company founder and entrepreneur in areas of Wearables, IoT, and Blockchain technologies.

 
   Adam Helfgott    Adam Helfgott is an entrepreneur and is currently the Founder/CEO of MadHive.com and MADNetwork.io and has had several exits in the past. Today, he is focussed on tokenized Blockchain economic models.

Adam Helfgott

Adam Helfgott is an entrepreneur and is currently the Founder/CEO of MadHive.com and MADNetwork.io and has had several exits in the past. Today, he is focussed on tokenized Blockchain economic models.

   Andrew Masanto    Andrew Masanto is an entrepreneur and investor. He successfully exited three companies and invested in several companies. He is a regular lecturer on internet marketing at Harvard and Oxford University.

Andrew Masanto

Andrew Masanto is an entrepreneur and investor. He successfully exited three companies and invested in several companies. He is a regular lecturer on internet marketing at Harvard and Oxford University.

  Scott Hughes   Scott D. Hughes is a civil and criminal lawyer representing several blockchain related startups.  He is author of a law review article entitled, Cryptocurrency Regulations and Enforcement in the U.S., published November 2017

Scott Hughes

Scott D. Hughes is a civil and criminal lawyer representing several blockchain related startups.  He is author of a law review article entitled, Cryptocurrency Regulations and Enforcement in the U.S., published November 2017

  Debby Chiu   Previously of JP Morgan, as a Banking professional, Debby Chiu is a blockchain and digital currency investor and advisor helping the next wave in finance and technological innovation. Debby is focusing at evaluating Token economics.

Debby Chiu

Previously of JP Morgan, as a Banking professional, Debby Chiu is a blockchain and digital currency investor and advisor helping the next wave in finance and technological innovation. Debby is focusing at evaluating Token economics.

 
  Alex Krupp   Alex Krupp co-founded LaunchHear, a Y Combinator backed startup and is currently the managing partner of Triple Entry Capital, and the CEO and co-founder of FWD:Everyone ( www.fwdeveryone.com ).

Alex Krupp

Alex Krupp co-founded LaunchHear, a Y Combinator backed startup and is currently the managing partner of Triple Entry Capital, and the CEO and co-founder of FWD:Everyone (www.fwdeveryone.com).

  Francis Frecentese   Francis is MD and Director of Hedge Fund Investments at Bessemer Trust. He is responsible for sourcing, selecting, and monitoring Bessemer's external hedge fund managers and oversees the firm's portfolios.

Francis Frecentese

Francis is MD and Director of Hedge Fund Investments at Bessemer Trust. He is responsible for sourcing, selecting, and monitoring Bessemer's external hedge fund managers and oversees the firm's portfolios.

  William Davis   William Davis is a Managing Director at LDJ Capital a multi-family office in NYC that is a leader in advising VCs, HNW and Institutional Investors in blockchain, crypto and mobile payment opportunities.

William Davis

William Davis is a Managing Director at LDJ Capital a multi-family office in NYC that is a leader in advising VCs, HNW and Institutional Investors in blockchain, crypto and mobile payment opportunities.

  Jill Richmond   Jill Richmond is a strategy consultant and thought-leader on emerging technology and is currently working with new leaders in some of the most advanced technologies coming to market, among them blockchain, artificial intelligence and digital platforms. Currently the Senior Vice President of SparkPR.

Jill Richmond

Jill Richmond is a strategy consultant and thought-leader on emerging technology and is currently working with new leaders in some of the most advanced technologies coming to market, among them blockchain, artificial intelligence and digital platforms. Currently the Senior Vice President of SparkPR.

 
  Dana Farbo   Dana Farbo is the COO of Augmate, the leading wearable device management platform that is bringing the power of blockchain and distributed ledger technology to all Internet of Things (IoT) devices. 

Dana Farbo

Dana Farbo is the COO of Augmate, the leading wearable device management platform that is bringing the power of blockchain and distributed ledger technology to all Internet of Things (IoT) devices. 

  Jai Prasad   Jai is bringing transparency to the crypto markets through on-chain analysis at TokenAnalyst. Prior to starting his own company, he advised large enterprises at Accenture and worked in equity crowdfunding at SeedInvest

Jai Prasad

Jai is bringing transparency to the crypto markets through on-chain analysis at TokenAnalyst. Prior to starting his own company, he advised large enterprises at Accenture and worked in equity crowdfunding at SeedInvest

  Demetri Kofinas   Demetri Kofinas is a technology and media entrepreneur, as well as the creator and former executive producer of a popular international finance television news program broadcast in over 100 countries around the world.

Demetri Kofinas

Demetri Kofinas is a technology and media entrepreneur, as well as the
creator and former executive producer of a popular international finance television news program broadcast in over 100 countries around the world.

  Amy Vernon   Amy is a sought-after expert on community building, an effort she heads up for Rivetz Corp., a hardware-based blockchain cybersecurity startup based in Richmond, Mass.

Amy Vernon

Amy is a sought-after expert on community building, an effort she heads up for Rivetz Corp., a hardware-based blockchain cybersecurity startup based in Richmond, Mass.

 
  James Haft   James is the Co-founder of CryptoOracle.io, a crypto fund. He has 30 years experience in emerging markets and early-stage finance in tech. Since 2015, James has focussed on the political, social and economic impact of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, including advising 7 ICOs and co-founding ClimateCoin.

James Haft

James is the Co-founder of CryptoOracle.io, a crypto fund. He has 30 years experience in emerging markets and early-stage finance in tech. Since 2015, James has focussed on the political, social and economic impact of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, including advising 7 ICOs and co-founding ClimateCoin.

  George Chrisafis   George is Managing Director at SenaHill. He is a senior banker responsible for the several verticals including Blockchain, Crypto Currency, Data Rights Management, Artificial Intelligence (AI), RegTech and Cybersecurity.

George Chrisafis

George is Managing Director at SenaHill. He is a senior banker responsible for the several verticals including Blockchain, Crypto Currency, Data Rights Management, Artificial Intelligence (AI), RegTech and Cybersecurity.

  Michael Steuer   Michael comes with two decades of technology leadership across industries and continents. He is currently the CTO of Titan Gaming, Inc. in Santa Monica and has been and is advising several ICOs.

Michael Steuer

Michael comes with two decades of technology leadership across industries and continents. He is currently the CTO of Titan Gaming, Inc. in Santa Monica and has been and is advising several ICOs.

  Steven Hatzakis   Steven is the Global Director of Research, Forex & Crypto at ForexBrokers.com, the CEO of his NY-based Fintech consultancy, and a Director at BCA Ventures Inc. He's an ICC member for Financial Commission,  and contributes to projects including The Brooklyn Project.

Steven Hatzakis

Steven is the Global Director of Research, Forex & Crypto at ForexBrokers.com, the CEO of his NY-based Fintech consultancy, and a Director at BCA Ventures Inc. He's an ICC member for Financial Commission,  and contributes to projects including The Brooklyn Project.

 
  Rupert Ommerborn   Rupert is a German American Entrepreneur, Influencer and Business Development Executive with a history of excellence and is currently focused on using his analytical and interpersonal skills to shape and grow the crypto currency industry.

Rupert Ommerborn

Rupert is a German American Entrepreneur, Influencer and Business Development Executive with a history of excellence and is currently focused on using his analytical and interpersonal skills to shape and grow the crypto currency industry.

  Emerson Taymor   Emerson is the co-founder and managing director of Philosophie, a digital innovation firm with offices in Seattle, LA, and NYC. Emerson is also a former instructor at General Assembly and a freelance designer in San Francisco and New York.

Emerson Taymor

Emerson is the co-founder and managing director of Philosophie, a digital innovation firm with offices in Seattle, LA, and NYC. Emerson is also a former instructor at General Assembly and a freelance designer in San Francisco and New York.

  Brian Rodgers   Brian is the Chair & Co-Founder of the Columbia University Blockchain Alliance. Brian is Founder & CEO of modgital, Inc., a software company which has been focusing in digital health, machine learning, and recently on blockchain technologies.

Brian Rodgers

Brian is the Chair & Co-Founder of the Columbia University Blockchain Alliance. Brian is Founder & CEO of modgital, Inc., a software company which has been focusing in digital health, machine learning, and recently on blockchain technologies.

  Akash Garg   Akash Garg is the Director of Engineering for the Driver Team at Uber. In 2016, Akash led the Mobile and Web Platform teams that spearheaded a rewrite and successful launch of the core Uber Rider app.

Akash Garg

Akash Garg is the Director of Engineering for the Driver Team at Uber. In 2016, Akash led the Mobile and Web Platform teams that spearheaded a rewrite and successful launch of the core Uber Rider app.

 
  Lauren deLisa Coleman   Deciphering the convergence of popular culture & emerging tech and the impact of that on business and politics

Lauren deLisa Coleman

Deciphering the convergence of popular culture & emerging tech and the impact of that on business and politics

  Gabriel Ortiz   Gabriel has been building internet software products and concepts since 2007. His latest focus has been on the Blockchain. Gabriel is personally interested in the development of blockchain based applications.

Gabriel Ortiz

Gabriel has been building internet software products and concepts since 2007. His latest focus has been on the Blockchain. Gabriel is personally interested in the development of blockchain based applications.

  Miles Jennings   Miles Jennings is an entrepreneur, investor & current CEO of VocaWorks, a publicly traded (OTC: TRLI) Internet software system for hiring, and developer of the Jobs in Crypto-currency brand. Miles also founded Recruiter.com in 2010 and built it into a leading Internet career platform.

Miles Jennings

Miles Jennings is an entrepreneur, investor & current CEO of VocaWorks, a publicly traded (OTC: TRLI) Internet software system for hiring, and developer of the Jobs in Crypto-currency brand. Miles also founded Recruiter.com in 2010 and built it into a leading Internet career platform.

  Mike Raitsyn   Mike Raitsyn is the Co-founder of ICObox, a fixed provider of premium SaaS ICO solutions. In addition he is a successful serial entrepreneur and business angel, and has been a blockchain enthusiast since 2013.  

Mike Raitsyn

Mike Raitsyn is the Co-founder of ICObox, a fixed provider of premium SaaS ICO solutions. In addition he is a successful serial entrepreneur and business angel, and has been a blockchain enthusiast since 2013.  

 
  Olga Feldmeier   Olga Feldmeier is CEO & founder of SMART VALOR, a Swiss-based blockchain start-up building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments.

Olga Feldmeier

Olga Feldmeier is CEO & founder of SMART VALOR, a Swiss-based blockchain start-up building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments.

  Brandon Goldman   Brandon Goldman is a cryptocurrency investor and angel investor with a background in software engineering.

Brandon Goldman

Brandon Goldman is a cryptocurrency investor and angel investor with a background in software engineering.

  Nina Knox   An agile strategy, strategic relationship, business development, transformation, go-to-market and strategic growth professional and management consulting leader. Lawyer by education, business strategy by trade.

Nina Knox

An agile strategy, strategic relationship, business development, transformation, go-to-market and strategic growth professional and management consulting leader. Lawyer by education, business strategy by trade.

  Andrew L. Schwartz   Andrew is an attorney representing institutional investors – including sovereign wealth funds, family offices, mutual funds, banks, hedge funds, labor union and pension funds – and corporations in sophisticated commercial disputes with an emphasis on securities litigation.

Andrew L. Schwartz

Andrew is an attorney representing institutional investors – including sovereign wealth funds, family offices, mutual funds, banks, hedge funds, labor union and pension funds – and corporations in sophisticated commercial disputes with an emphasis on securities litigation.

 
  David Wachsman   David Wachsman is CEO at Wachsman, the world's largest blockchain public relations agency.

David Wachsman

David Wachsman is CEO at Wachsman, the world's largest blockchain public relations agency.

  Rita Golub   Founder with passion for helping entrepreneurs leverage technology and make choices that lead to long term growth and support the increasingly networked peer to peer economy and society.

Rita Golub

Founder with passion for helping entrepreneurs leverage technology and make choices that lead to long term growth and support the increasingly networked peer to peer economy and society.

  Kenneth Goodman   Kenneth is an experienced quantitative developer and lecturer In Mathematics. Currently, he is working as the CIO of a Crypto Hedge Fund. 

Kenneth Goodman

Kenneth is an experienced quantitative developer and lecturer In Mathematics. Currently, he is working as the CIO of a Crypto Hedge Fund. 

  Thomas Nicholas   Thomas is the founder of alloy.co, a KYC/AML service provider. He is also the founder of rareart.io a crypto-art platform

Thomas Nicholas

Thomas is the founder of alloy.co, a KYC/AML service provider. He is also the founder of rareart.io a crypto-art platform

 
 
  Eugene Lewis   Eugene Lewis is founding team member of Republic, a leading Reg CF crowdfunding portal. He also founded Blockchain Engage, which helps large ICO sponsors access retail participants.

Eugene Lewis

Eugene Lewis is founding team member of Republic, a leading Reg CF crowdfunding portal. He also founded Blockchain Engage, which helps large ICO sponsors access retail participants.

   David Nuelle    David Nuelle is a partner in Hehmeyer, LLC. Throughout his career, he has helped  companies in the financial industry successfully expand their scope, both nationally and globally.

David Nuelle

David Nuelle is a partner in Hehmeyer, LLC. Throughout his career, he has helped  companies in the financial industry successfully expand their scope, both nationally and globally.