Meet the team, the idealists, the visionaries, and the rebels that are revolutionizing social media.
Tim is our Founding Father! He is the visionary Inventor of RUON & SovereignSky, the concept of SovereignAid, Founder of Hollywood's now famous MovieFund, Writer and Co-Director on Planet X and executive producer on Lionsgate's "Killers Anonymous" which stars 2018 Oscar winner Gary Oldman and Jessica Alba. He and Marvel's Jeff Hadderstad - (Doctor Strange, Iron Man 3, Captain Marvel, Antman and the Wasp) will co-direct his ancient alien epic; “Planet X” (which has been described in the Huffington Post as like "Star Wars on Steroids"). The very concept of SovereignSky and beaming cryptocurrency from space, in fact came from - and will make up - part of the currency in the Planet X Movie. His vision is clear. Like no other social media, banking and shopping platform on the planet, RUON is set to completely revolutionize life online. Tim sums up RUON in five words. Post. Stream. Earn. Spend. Give. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-burke-1a987136
This pioneering team includes Stan Larimer, The ‘Godfather of Bitshares’, and father of Daniel Larimer, Creator of EOS - the World’s most scalable blockchain which raised over $4B in 2018.
Stan Larimer is a prolific Blogger, Keynote Speaker and expert Consultant on real-time industrial grade digital currencies. He is CEO of Cryptonomex, Co-founded with his son Dan Larimer, the originator of blockchain technology, which currently processes over half of all public blockchain transactions in the world. These include BitShares, Steemit, Peerplays, Muse, Golos, and next year EOS. BitShares and Steemit each exceed Bitcoin and Ethereum combined records for daily transactions and together they surpass the rest of the industry.
Stan has used his MSEE degree to teach rocket science at the US Air Force Academy and to develop unmanned air, ground, sea and space 'drones' for 40 years with aerospace giants such as Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Boeing, General Dynamics, and SAIC. Stan has led engineering deployments from Cape Canaveral in 1998 to Western test ranges in 2001 and Fallujah, Iraq in 2008 and parking lots of Duke University and the Durham Bulls in 2011. He Co Founded Invictus Innovations in 2013, Cryptonomex in 2015, Steemit in 2016, and Heronomex, Hero Hub, and Hyperion in 2017.
Stan has over 40 years experience in software, hardware, and systems engineering, program management, business development and even teaching rocket science at the US Air Force Academy. Contributing to 17 different R&D programs for air, ground, sea and space systems, Stan is now building a new industry to develop unmanned companies that produce smart currencies and other decentralized financial services.
Dino Lorenzi is President at SpaceQuest, Ltd. the leading developer of advanced satellite technology for governments, universities and commercial use since 1994. Dino specialises in the design, development, testing and manufacture of spacecraft as well as space and ground components for operation with low earth orbiting satellites.
Through innovative designs and the latest electronic technology, SpaceQuest is building satellites and satellite components faster and more cost effectively than ever before.
SpaceQuest specializes in Microsatellite RF and power components, communications enabled microsatellites, earth station equipment, and S-AIS data and payloads.
Larry is the CEO of Stealth Grid™.
Following Larry’s vision, Stealth Grid™ has embarked on developing, testing and eventually releasing the very first, entirely encrypted mobile phone. Larry is a recognized leader in cyber security, with more than 30 years’ experience. Larry is a polished Business Strategist and Visionary who has been successful in identifying opportunities, developing corporate strategy, licensing, digital platforms, mergers & acquisitions, startups, and capitalization strategy. He recently served as an Executive for a cross platform technology that was brought to the public market through his strategies and execution. He serves as an active Advisor to several technology and sports entertainment companies and has served as the Director and Founding CEO at multiple companies including his latest venture Stealth Grid™.
Stealth Grid™ is establishing itself as a leading provider of cyber security solutions. It's unique combination of cutting edge technology and vast expertise in cyber security are essential in dealing with the complexities of today's cyber attacks. Larry, Stealth Grid's CEO and Technical Founder, brings together his team's experience in enterprise security, fraud prevention and IoT technology to help develop Stealth Grid's innovative solutions.
STEALTHGRID INC. (including STEALTHCLOUDTM, STEALTHCRYPTOTM, AND STEALTH IoTTM) provides leading edge solutions to guard against cyber theft ($ & IP), cybercrime, cyber fraud, cyber terrorism and IoT data breeches. With groundbreaking technology and unparalleled manageability, Stealth Grid™ is enabling consumers and businesses to rapidly protect their data in the cloud, on their devices, as well as email, phone, video chat and the IoT communications.
Jim is President of Compliant Token Solutions. Jim is an equity crowdfunding and compliance expert. Jim's specialties include FinTech, ICO's, Blockchain, Equity Crowdfunding, Token Mechanics, and Ethereum. Jim is the President of CrowdEngine, Inc., a Co-Founding Member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA), a software-as-a-service (SaaS) industry expert, and a specialist in building and managing complex software platforms. He is the Founder and Board Member of several leading technology companies, and has built, managed, and sold several software businesses over the last decade. Jim is a rare combination of marketing expertise and tech savvy, enabling Jim to use "out-of-the-box" thinking to turn cutting edge ideas into successful enterprises.
Brandon is a Graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Brandon began his career in finance at Walt Disney World where he taught himself how to program, leading to the development of many applications automating various business area tasks. Brandon went on to serve in an IT role at Royal Caribbean and became an integral part of project development and deployment of the new 'Smart Ship' initiative. These projects included working internationally to build the largest and smartest ships in the world that currently sail the seas today. By building finance and technology skill sets, Brandon has won multiple hackathons/startup events and naturally transitioned into cryptocurrency. Brandon is now pursuing blockchain full-time as a Smart Contracts Developer, Consultant, and Miner.
Caroline has over 20 years experience working in global Communications, Marketing and Operations, successfully delivering innovative solutions for a range of companies in the Private Equity, Investment Banking and Property Sectors.
Caroline is a prolific Networker and Relationship & Communications Manager and has developed extensive relationships with investors and clients through business development, investor relations and investment conferences. She has also successfully managed relationships with a range of portfolio companies and delivered roadshows throughout Europe and the US.
Michael is Co-Founder of Cryptonomex where Stan and Daniel Larimer are Partners and Co-Founders.
Michael recently joined Forbes Tech Council Members who receive access to a trusted and selective community, and the ability to contribute to Forbes.com. Existing members include Salesforce, Electronic Arts, Cisco, Philips, Dollar Shave Club, and Thomson Reuters. Michael has recently added the Council membership to his growing resume of positions, which includes Founder, Speaker, Strategist, Evangelist, and Marketing Veteran.
Michael assisted in the feature, design and development of Graphene, a high-speed blockchain capable of 100,000 transactions per second. Graphene was the basis for the BitShares platform, a decentralized exchange for cryptocurrency, among other popular blockchains. Graphene currently processes over two thirds of all blockchain transactions performed worldwide.
Michael is also Co-Founder of Quint, a revolutionary new cryptocurrency that can be used as specie legal tender and is backed by gold and silver. Unlike Bitcoin and Ether, Quint is designed to maintain a stable value. Quint is still in its early stages but aims to upend the current altcoin dynamics through its unique proposition.
In addition to his executive roles, Michael also travels internationally educating businesses, students, and government officials on Graphene, and continues to be an advisor for many blockchain platform startups, including Eristica, Micromoney International, Bitcoin Latina, and more.
Cryptocurrency is just one of Michael’s passions, and he also has a national reputation for his digital marketing expertise. Michael has been involved in companies that specialize in PR and news, business development, SEO, and SEM. His guidance and expertise have brought in six and seven figures for various ventures.
Now, in his new role as Forbes Tech Council contributor, Michael combines his marketing and blockchain expertise to provide the public with more in-depth insights into the cryptocurrency world. His first article covers the uphill battle that cryptocurrencies face with mounting regulations and government involvement and suggests a few possible solutions for protecting cryptocurrency assets. In future posts, Michael will contribute to other topics including commodities, legal tender, precious metals, and Quint, in addition to discussing current cryptocurrency regulations and future legislation.
As the cryptocurrency industry becomes more fragmented and complex, Michael remains an influential voice and leader to watch in the space.
Sean is President of CloudCoin Consortium, Author of 'Beyond Bitcoin: The Future of Digital Currency' and Inventor of Digital Currency based on RAIDA (Redundant Array of Independent Detection Agents), provisional patent. Sean is also a Candidate PhD, Computer Information Systems and Computer Science Instructor tenured at Butte College, Oroville, California. He is a candidate for a PHD in Computer Information Systems. Sean also has a patent pending on a counterfeit detection system and he is the Creator of CloudCoin, which is the world's first cloud based currency and a Tenured Computer Science Instructor at Butte College in Northern California.
Jonathan is an Innovator, Media Originator, Publisher, Author and Film Producer – his latest film 'Killers Anonymous', will be released in 2019, starring Gary Oldman, Jessica Alba and Suki Waterhouse.
Jonathan has established of a large number of businesses and has been integral in their guidance and direction, primarily through his company The Ideas Factory, one of the UK’s premier angel investment platforms. Over the past 7 years, The Ideas Factory has raised £60m+ for hundreds of startup enterprises.
Following a spell as a lecturer at New York University, Jonathan wrote two books, the first of which was brokered to a publisher in days and the second title, around which he developed a publishing business on Fleet Street, sold 286,000 copies in six months. Subsequently, Jonathan has created many popular consumer and business magazines and books, and his advertising copywriting skills have led to the creation of several thriving private companies and 3 PLC’s.
Jonathan’s film credits include: Clubbed, Twenty8k, 7 Lives, Don’t Let Him In, It’s A Lot, Silent Hours, The Lucifer Effect, Dartmoor Killing, Romans 12:20 (which won the Grand Prize at The Rhode Island Film Festival, ‘Best’ prizes at the LA and NYC Film Festivals and won the Soho Film Festival), the highly acclaimed Sci-Fi thriller The Machine (winner Raindance 2013 and BIFA 2013 and 3x BAFTA awards), social satire LA Slasher (winner NYC International Film Festival 2015), Sci-Fi thriller and Sundance favourite Let’s Be Evil. In 2019, Jonathan will produce the Hollywood family martial art fantasy 'Kung Fu Princess' and romcom 'One Night In Bath', together with 9 films commissioned by Sony Entertainment.
Jonathan is a Serial Entrepreneur, a Champion of tech start ups, President of the De Beers Group and an Executive Producer in the film industry.
Jonathan's career in the diamond industry has been long and illustrious, spanning more than seventeen years. He is currently President of the De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds, a role he achieved in 2018. De Beers is one of the world’s largest and oldest diamond companies, having been founded in 1888, achieving annual sales of $6 billion.
Jonathan has been instrumental in many of the De Beers Group’s innovative successes in recent years, including the development of De Beer's Forevermark brand and marketing the Diamond Dream to consumers, an innovation that underpins the whole industry.
Before moving to De Beers, Jonathan worked in fashion and marketing, as International Sales and Marketing Director for Elizabeth Arden, and then as Vice President of International Marketing for Unilever Cosmetics, where he was Marketing and Sales Manager for all Unilever cosmetic brands outside the USA, including Elizabeth Arden, Chloe, Fendi, Scherrer, Cerruti, Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein and Valentino.
Jonathan's diverse, lively and global career means that he has travelled all over the world throughout the last three decades, living in London, New York and Geneva.
Outside of the diamond industry Jonathan is an 'Ambassador for Good' and a Mentor with the 30% Club and has continually added to his experience with educational qualifications in business from the Universities of Cambridge (UK) and Stanford (USA).
Jeff is a passionate MD/PhD student at University of Miami.
Jeff led the adjustable-prescription glasses project Liquid Vision in South America and the campaign in the Brazilian Amazon in June 2015 in collaboration with Instituto Dharma.
Jeff is also a former volunteer in prosthetics clinic in Bolivia (Centro de Miembros Artificiales).Jeff is also a graduate of the UC Berkeley Bioengineering program and has over three years of experience in medical device research and engineering.
Jeff also does marketing and PR for 'The Bee Token'. The Bee Token consists of a team from Google, Facebook, Uber, and Civic taking on the mission of decentralized short term housing on the blockchain.
Andrew Taylor is CEO/Founder of the 'Wild West Crypto Show', Autodidact, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Advisor to ICO's & related Organizations, and a Mentor. The Mission of the Wild West Crypto Show is to be the most reliable source for the best and most current information about cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and these technologies.
Andrew is an Autodidact, an inventor with 7 patents and franchised 2 companies as well as building multi million organizations. Andrew founded, produced and has been an air host for 7 radio programs and 2 Television shows as well as mentoring Inventors, Aspiring business owners, students and children.
Rocco Azzarito is the Co-founder, Senior Partner, and CEO of Telic International. The son of a shoe retailer who was the son of a shoemaker in southern Italy, Rocco brings passion, devotion, and an intrinsic love for premium healthy footwear to the Telic brand. Rocco's vision of owning a footwear brand became a reality in 2012. As a boy, Rocco worked alongside his father (Rocco Sr.) in the family retail shoe stores, until at a young age set out on his own to pioneer over a dozen different companies. As a serial entrepreneur, Rocco has spent his entire working career turning ideas into businesses. As CEO of Telic since 2012, Rocco has guided the brand to global notoriety. Telic is now sold in thousands of accounts across the US and in over 30 countries around the world.
Rocco is presently developing 3D print technology for Telic footwear and plans to make Telic the world's first mass-produced 3D printed shoe. His newest venture is in building a global P2P marketplace for decentralized 3D manufacturing. Rocco is now living in Boise, Idaho along with his wife Kimberly and 6 of their 8 children.
Mark Jeffrey is an accomplished CTO/CPO/CEO with 25 years of experience and three exits. He is an award-winning serial entrepreneur of innovative technology companies backed by Tier One investors. These include The Palace (sold to Communities.com in 1998), ZeroDegrees (sold to InterActive Corp/IAC in 2004), TargetClose, Mahalo (now Inside.com), ThisWeekIn, and Guardian Circle. He has authored eight books, including the Max Quickseries (Harper Collins).
Mark consults as CTO / CPO for a portfolio of companies in e-commerce, mobile, digital media, social, crypto-currency and digital publishing.
Most recently, Mark built a massively scalable e-commerce multi-variant testing platform used by AARP, Tile, Zillow, Nestle, Time-Life and others. This included a radical new kind of A/B testable cart in a fully PCI-compliant environment.
Mark also created Guardian Circle, a personal safety network app variously characterized as 'mobile messaging for emergencies' or 'peer-to-peer protection'. By providing a real time intelligence grid of where trusted help is, Guardian Circle provides flash coordination of resources to render assistance.
Mark was the founding CTO of Mahalo.com (now Inside.com), a human-powered search and learning site, backed by Sequoia Capital (Google, Youtube, Yahoo), CBS, Newscorp, and Elon Musk (Paypal, Tesla, SpaceX). He also Co-founded and served as founding CEO of the web television network ThisWeekIn with Jason Calacanis and Kevin Pollak.
Mark was Co-Founder and VP of Product & Technology for the early business social networking company, ZeroDegrees. Founded in 2002, Mark sold the company to Barry Diller’s IAC/InteractiveCorp in 2004, with more than one millionregistered users.
Mark also consulted for several years with Travis Kalanick (now CEO of Uber) on his first company, Red Swoosh (sold to Akamai 2007).
Mark’s first company, The Palace, was backed by Time Warner, Intel and Softbank, and sold to Communities.com in 1998. The Palace was a popular avatar virtual world environment that grew to 10 million users at its peak. The Palace was selected ‘The Best of 1996' by Entertainment Weekly, and received numerous awards and coverage including: a Webby Award nomination; 'Cool Innovation of the Year' nomination; and was selected as the Chicago SUN-Times’ Best Website in 1998.
Mark has been named one of '50 to Watch' by Variety magazine, a 'Hero of Multimedia' by Entertainment Weekly and presented at the very first Harvard Conference on The Internet and Society in 1996.
Mark is the author of six books of fiction, published both traditionally and as an audiobook podcast. His first novel, MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT is published by HarperCollins. Mark was one of the first three people ever to podcast a novel: MAX QUICK originally received over 2.5 million downloads in 2005.
Mark is also the author of BITCOIN EXPLAINED SIMPLY (2013) and THE CASE FOR BITCOIN (2016).
Mark continues to consult and increase his portfolio of technology ventures and his fiction publications.
Tim Bichara, Co-founder of Giftcoin Tim is an entrepreneur and CPO. He was the Co-founder of Fintech start up Q App (Acquired by Yoyo wallet in 2016), as well as product consultancy Nimble Mobile. His awards include Times 2015 top 10 disrupters to watch, Startups 100 two years running and two interactive BAFTAs.
Ashley Juchawski focuses her practice on early-stage, high growth companies in matters related to corporate formation, business structuring, fundraising, financing rounds and intellectual property protection.
Ashley is a member of DLA Piper’s NEST Program (Nextgen Environment for Startups), serving the specific needs of entrepreneurs and emerging businesses.
Prior to joining the firm, Ashley launched the Venture Law Project, a Pro bono legal services program at Dade Legal Aid. Ashley remains involved with the program’s continued operation and growth on a volunteer basis.