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TEAM:

  • EVAN SHAPIRO: CEO. Evan Shapiro graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a BS in computer science. He then obtained his research MS while working in the CMU Personal Robotics Lab, where he did research for the HERB robotics platform. He has also worked as a software engineer for Mozilla.
  • IZAAK MECKLER: CTO. Izaak Meckler is a mathematician and computer scientist. Most recently, he was a PhD student studying cryptography at UC Berkeley. Prior to that, he worked as a software engineer at trading firm Jane Street, and has contributed to numerous open source projects including the Elm compiler.
  • BRAD COHN: STRATEGY & OPERATIONS. Brad Cohn has diverse work experience, including stints in an electrophysiology lab, high frequency trading firm, a technology think tank, and a hedge fund. He most recently came from Bridgewater Associates where he was an engineer on the currency team and Ray Dalio's research team before joining a group of engineers dedicated to rearchitecting core investment systems. He holds a BS in math from UChicago with a minor in computational neuroscience.
  • BRANDON KASE: HEAD OF PRODUCT ENGINEERING. Brandon Kase loves functional programming. He was first introduced to it while pursuing his BS in computer science at Carnegie Mellon. He has worked as a software engineer for Highlight (acquired by Pinterest), Pinterest, Facebook, and Mozilla. Brandon is excited about the safety and clarity strong statically typed functional programming techniques can bring to the software industry. He also enjoys proselytizing, so you may find him speaking at a conference near you.
  • EMBER ARLYNX: PROTOCOL ENGINEER. Ember Arlynx is a seasoned open source contributor, recently working primarily on the Rust compiler and libraries. They studied computer science at Clarkson University and have worked at Dyn, Mozilla, Leap Motion, and NICTA. They are especially interested in formal verification, the seL4 microkernel, and what high powered functional programming can do for trustworthy software.
  • DEEPTHI KUMAR: PROTOCOL ENGINEER. Deepthi is a functional programming enthusiast and software engineer. In her recently completed master's work, Deepthi designed GitQL, a novel embedded DSL for querying textual changes in software repositories. Her interests span programming languages and program analysis. Deepthi holds an MS in computer science from Oregon State University and a BE from Visvesvaraya Technological University.
  • NATHAN HOLLAND: PROTOCOL ENGINEER. Nathan is a passionate, self-taught programmer who loves programming languages and paradigms and using high-level abstractions to create high-performance systems. Some of his favorite projects have been developing an array programming languages that targeted GPUs, an Elixir DSL for service buses, a MySql binary log deserializer, and a VR-based window manager on Linux. Most recently, Nathan was building a unique educational program to teach people how to program from the ground up using simplified programming languages and a simple virtual machine.
  • NACERA RODSTEIN: OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE. Nacera has had a career spanning startups, medium sized companies, and corporations. After earning her BS and MS from IAE in Lille, France, Nacera moved to San Francisco. Over the next decade, she worked with Bleacher Report (through growth from 10 to 60 employees and an acquisition by Turner), Mokum Solutions, Sephora, Venture Beat, AMSI, Oracle, and a software sales business which she helped start up and scale.
  • PAUL STECKLER: PROTOCOL ENGINEER. Paul is a functional programmer and researcher. In the academic realm, he's followed his interest in PLs, type systems, and formal verification through collaborations with INRIA, the MIT PLV Group, and NICTA. He also worked on the initial implementation of Alacris, a cryptocurrency solution layered on top of existing blockchains. He holds a PhD in computer science from Northeastern University.
  • HAROLD HERBERT: HEAD OF DESIGN. Harold previously designed brands, products, and experiences at Hired, Flipboard, Zillow, and with a range of technology companies while running an independent design studio. He believes that all design is experience design. Regardless of the medium, the end goal is for the well-being of the user.
  • VANISHREE RAO: PROTOCOL RESEARCHER. Vanishree is a theoretical and applied cryptographer with deep experience in industry and academia. She earned her PhD at UCLA through her work on zk-proofs, multiparty computation, hashing, and pseudorandom functions, among other projects. She then worked in industry at Xerox PARC and Intertrust Technologies. Vanishree enjoys developing cryptographic solutions for real-world challenges and communicating intuitive explanations of complex cryptography concepts.
  • MATTHEW RYAN: PROTOCOL ENGINEER. Matthew Ryan is a self-taught programmer with a strong interest in computer-aided theorem proving, formal program verification, and functional programming. He has been involved with several open-source projects, and passionately believes in the open-source philosophy. He has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Warwick, U.K., where he studied cryptography.
  • REBEKAH MERCER: PROTOCOL RESEARCHER. Most recently, Rebekah was a PhD student at Aarhus University, where she was advised by Claudio Orlandi and Ivan Damgård. Her research revolves around cryptography and privacy, particularly privacy in cryptocurrencies. Rebekah holds an MSc in Information Security from UCL and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Manchester.
  • JIAWEI TANG: PROTOCOL ENGINEER. Jiawei loves writing interpreters and type checkers. He received his BS in computer science from Indiana University, and he's fascinated by categorical semantics and dependent type theory. Currently, he is implementing a toy dependently typed language called Pie.
  • AVERY MORIN: PROTOCOL ENGINEER. Avery first encountered OCaml during his BSc in software engineering at McGill University. Since graduating, he's been involved in the ReasonML community in his free time. He's worked on several projects including Reprocessing, a cross-platform port of Processing designed for beginners to the language. Avery is interested in making the helpful aspects of functional programming and type systems more accessible to people who aren't already taking advantage of them.
  • CAREY JANECKA: PRODUCT ENGINEER. Carey loves working on crazy ideas. He's designed and built products for SpaceX, Coinbase and a variety of early-stage companies. Nothing gets him more excited than working on simple user interfaces for complex systems. He's excited for the applications that can be built on top of Mina and enabling others to build cool things.
  • CLAIRE KART: HEAD OF MARKETING & COMMUNITY. Claire's career has focused on using technology to reimagine financial services and building community to increase engagement and opportunities for individuals. Prior to joining the team at O(1) Labs, she was at Ripple, where she led a number of strategic projects and served as the main liaison to the XRP community. Prior to that, Claire was an early employee at SoFi, were she was involved in the day-to-day operations across all functions of the marketing team during four years of hyper growth, including leading their member engagement strategy. Earlier in her career, she designed and implemented a community-based micro grant program in rural India that has sponsored 300+ women to attend university. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Claire graduated with distinction from Dartmouth College (A.B.) and holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • PRANAY MOHAN: DEVELOPER RELATIONS. Pranay is a frontiersman at heart, and joined the cryptocurrency space to play a role in the rethinking of financial systems. He is excited about changing the story of money to create a more equitable world. Pranay's interest lies in digesting complex technical concepts and delivering them to users as intuitive experiences. Prior to joining O(1) Labs, he built products at Snapchat and co-founded Software Engineering Daily.
  • CONNER SWANN: PROTOCOL RELIABILITY ENG. Conner is an infrastructure enthusiast with extensive experience operating distributed systems at scale. His journey through the technology sector has taken him from People Analytics to Healthcare Tech and now to the Crypto space. He enjoys the challenge of applying DevOps methodologies and tooling to emerging industries, and looks forward to contributing back to the wider Open Source community. Conner is a California Native and has a BSc in Computer Science from Northern Arizona University.
  • EMRE TEKISALP: HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT. Emre's career has focused on bringing new economic opportunities to societies using the power of technology. Before O(1) Labs, he spent two years at Coinbase's Business Development team where he led a number of strategic programs during a period when the company grew 10x. Before Coinbase, Emre was a Product Manager at Intel's wearable devices group. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Emre has an MBA degree from Columbia University.
  • CHRISTINE YIP: COMMUNITY MANAGER. Christine is an early contributor in the community with broad experience in multidisciplinary engineering teams. She previously worked for global firms in the US, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Hong Kong. She believes that we can take more ownership of our lives than ever before by using blockchain technology. She supports the community and Mina by combining their efforts in achieving a decentralized future.
  • MICHELLE WONG: PRODUCT ENGINEER. Michelle believes that great products are built upon empathy for the user and iterative processes. She recently graduated from Smith College with a BA in Computer Science and is excited about developing products that contribute to the evolution of decentralized technology.


ADVISORS:

  • JILL CARLSON: ADVISOR. Jill has worked with the IMF and is an advisor to cryptocurrency and blockchain-based ventures. Previously, Jill ran strategy at blockchain start up Chain, where she managed initiatives with Nasdaq and State Street. Jill has conducted academic research on cryptocurrency at the University of Oxford, where she focused on the economic and political implications of bitcoin. Jill began her career as a credit trader at Goldman Sachs. She holds a MSc from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an AB from Harvard, where she studied Classics.
  • PAUL DAVISON: ADVISOR. Paul Davison is the CEO of CoinList - the leading platform for high quality, compliant token sales and airdrops. Prior to CoinList, Paul was the Founder/CEO of Highlight (acquired by Pinterest), an EIR at Benchmark Capital, and a VP at Metaweb (acquired by Google). He holds a BS from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford Business School.
  • JOSEPH BONNEAU: ADVISOR. Joseph is an assistant professor at NYU. His research has spanned a variety of topics in cryptography and security including HTTPS and web security, passwords and authentication, cryptocurrencies, end-to-end encrypted communication tools, and side-channel cryptanalysis. He is co-author of the popular textbook "Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies" and co-taught the first MOOC on cryptocurrencies. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and BS and MS degrees in computer science and cryptography from Stanford University.
  • AKIS KATTIS: ADVISOR. Akis is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at NYU's Courant Institute, where he is advised by Professors Joseph Bonneau and Yevgenyi Dodis. His research revolves around cryptography, privacy, and security, currently focusing on the privacy and scalability issues affecting cryptocurrencies. He also works on differential privacy and its applications to distributed systems and private learning. Akis holds an MSc in theoretical computer science from the University of Toronto and a BSE from Princeton University.
  • BENEDIKT BÜNZ: ADVISOR. Benedikt is a PhD student in the Applied Crypto Group at Stanford and he is advised by Dan Boneh. His research focuses on improving the cryptography of cryptocurrencies. He has done research on zero knowledge proofs (Bulletproofs), verifiable delay functions, super light clients, confidential smart contracts and proofs of solvency.
  • AMIT SAHAI: ADVISOR. Amit Sahai is a Professor of Computer Science at UCLA, Fellow of the ACM, and Fellow of the IACR. His research interests are in security, cryptography, and theoretical computer science. He is the co-inventor of Attribute-Based Encryption, Functional Encryption, Indistinguishability Obfuscation, author of over 100 technical research papers, and invited speaker at institutions such as MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley. He has also received honors from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Okawa Foundation, Xerox Foundation, Google Research, the BSF, and the ACM. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from MIT and served on the faculty at Princeton before joining UCLA in 2004.