Skycoin Team


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Synth, one of the earliest developers behind Bitcoin, started Skycoin 8 years ago with a vision of creating a new, decentralized Internet. He sits on the advisory boards of several cryptocurrency projects. Synth has a background in mathematics, distributed systems, and symbolic logic.

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Houwu Chen

Houwu is one of the creators behind Ethereum, and the author of the Obelisk whitepaper which sits at the heart of our decentralized Internet and currency. He was formerly a researcher at Tsinghua University.

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Steve Leonard

Steve wrote most of the original Skycoin software. Prior to Skycoin, he created several popular enterprise eCommerce backends. His background includes functional programming, chemistry, and mathematics.

Key Investors and Advisors

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Michael Terpin

Founder and CEO of CoinAgenda

Michael Terpin is the Founder and CEO of Transform Group and the Founder of Marketwired. In early 2013, Terpin co-founded BitAngels, which gave birth to the CoinAgenda conference series. He also co-founded early blockchain incubator bCommerce Labs and the Dapps Fund. Currently, Terpin heads the ICO investment committee for the Alphabit Fund and advises numerous blockchain companies and foundations. Terpin has led the PR efforts for more than 150 blockchain companies and foundations.

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Mike Doty

Co-Founder of Ark

Mike Doty has over 25 years of experience in mechanical engineering and design, including manufacturing, design, analysis, testing, and systems integration. Doty holds a BS Degree in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE).

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Richard Kastelein

Founder of the Blockchain News (acquired in 2017) | Director of Cryptoassets Design Group | Partner at Blockchain Partners

Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive, and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups. Kastelein has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News, and is published in reputable publications including Harvard Business Review, Wired, and Venturebeat.

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Dr. John Henry Clippinger

Chief Innovation Officer | Founder of | Founder of | Scientist at the MIT Media Lab

John Henry Clippinger is currently a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab’s Human Dynamics Group. He is also Co-Founder and Executive Director of ID3. Previously, Dr. Clippinger was Founder and Co-director of The Law Lab at Harvard University. He is also a member of the eG8 Forum and the Global Leadership Telco Council and the Risk Analysis Network for the World Economic Forum.

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Patrick Dai

Founder and CEO of Qtum

Dai graduated from Draper University and departed from the Chinese Academy of Sciences before completing the doctoral program. Patrick formerly worked at Alibaba. He has expertise in blockchain technology development and remains committed to its advancement.

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Josh Ogle

CEO of and The Original Agency | Angel Investor

Josh has a proven track record of bootstrapping and scaling up companies to powerhouses that help redefine their respective niches. From lead generation to agency work, under his watch each venture has flourished. He brings a savvy understanding of how to operate and scale businesses in a cohesive and productive way to maximize their potential. A Cornell University Alumnus, Josh is passionate about the future of technology and blockchain.

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Digital Currency Fund

Co-founded by Liam Robertson, a former currency trader at hedge fund Light Peak Capital in London, Alphabit is $300 million fund that operates as a cross between an open-ended mutual fund and a hedge fund. Alphabit’s previous investments include Videocoin and Stormx.

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TokenKey is an end-to-end solution for ICO and token launches.

Skycoin Team

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In 2014, Sam began investing in blockchain and now holds a number of successful portfolios. He is currently a founding Partner of a management consulting firm with offices in Shanghai and Singapore. Prior to that, Sam served a Singapore group as Global Project Manager. He also served a Germany-based Fortune 500 company as Project Manager and Solution Architect. He holds a degree from UniSA.

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Jesse Sun

Eastern Operations

Jesse Sun is both the Founder and head of a fund investing in blockchain startups, applications and cryptocurrencies, as well as bitcoin mining. In 2014, Sun was COO to one of the first blockchain companies. Before joining the crypto world, he was a management consultant. Sun holds an MBA from the Manchester Business School and a master’s degree from Tongji University.

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Simon Hobbs

Engineering Leadership

Simon has 28 years experience delivering secure, high-availability, high-volume platforms. He began his career as an engineer on missile guidance software, and later moved into financial services, leading IT projects for Barclays Home Finance Mortgage, Swiss Bank and Cedel Bank. Simon holds a BSc in computer science from the University of Hertfordshire.

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Jonathan Wilson

Branding and Communications

Jonathan is an experienced crypto trader, investor and strategist. He holds degrees in Marketing and International Business from Southeastern University, he is a researcher and consultant in crypto.