Advisors

Reeve Collins

Co-founder and CEO of BLOCKv

Reeve Collins has been a long-standing pioneer in the Bitcoin/Blockchain space and was co-founder and CEO of Tether. His efforts revolutionized the way currency is transacted by creating the world’s first fiat currency platform on the Bitcoin blockchain. In just over one year from inception, Tether was acquired by Bitfinex the world’s largest bitcoin exchange.

Prior to Tether, Collins founded several successful ventures, including Traffic Marketplace, one of the first online ad networks to be acquired by Vivendi Universal, RedLever, a branded entertainment studio, acquired by Adconion Media Group, and Pala Interactive, where he secured $70 million to create a legal, real-money gambling site in the US that is live today.

Currently, Collins is creating an entirely new economy around digital goods as co-founder and CEO of BLOCKv. BLOCKv provides an innovative platform for the creation of a new class of virtual goods called vAtoms. vAtoms are interactive smart objects on blockchains, enabling ownership, scarcity, and authenticity of digital goods for the first time.

Sean Walsh

Founding Partner, Redwood City Ventures

Mr. Walsh is the founding partner of Redwood City Ventures, a Silicon Valley investment firm targeting the Bitcoin, crypto-asset, and other blockchain ecosystems.

RWCV’s leading portfolio company is the largest Blockchain Security Datacenter in North America. Starting with Bitcoin mining exclusively, it now provides blockchain security, aka mining, and custom servers for a variety of networks. These include Bitcoin, BitcoinCash, Ethereum, Zcash, and Litecoin.

Redwood City Ventures stimulates collaboration between Chinese and American businesses, and seeks to accelerate global Bitcoin and crypto-asset adoption by funding and advising companies across the industry.

In 2015, Walsh left the award-winning private equity firm Bertram Capital to focus solely on Bitcoin. At Bertram, Walsh was responsible for Product Marketing, Product Design, Ecommerce, Online Marketing, Customer Acquisition, and Mobile Applications across the dozen companies in Bertram’s $1+ Billion portfolio. He co-founded the Bertram Labs incubator which was recognized for disrupting the trillion-dollar private equity middle market.

Walsh has devoted more than 15 years of his career to launching and growing online and mobile products and businesses. In this time, he has created many $100s of Millions in enterprise value, and been awarded numerous software patents. His larger ventures include a $125 Million P&L he ran for Bank of America / Countrywide, and executive roles at two divisions of Sony Corp. Other ventures were funded and bootstrapped startups in the enterprise software, telecommunications, travel, and social networking markets.

Alex Lightman

CEO Millennium Energy Corporation

An entrepreneur, speaker, and futurist with over two million words in print about the future. He is Chief Strategist for Passport Cities $300 M+ ICO and an advisor to several current and near future ICOs, including Guardian Circle’s Guardium $30 M+ ICO, Phireon Global Partners $60 M+ ICO, and to the $100 M+ Science Incubator ICO. Lightman is the recipient of four global technology awards, including the first Economist magazine Reader’s Award, and has written national innovation plans and technology transition plans for the US and Mexican governments and NATO. He has been one of the most highly rated mentors for Founder Institute in the world (“Global 100”) and qualified as a director, after six 16 week startup creation programs, each of which launched over a dozen companies. He is an MIT graduate and attended graduate school at Harvard’s School of Government, and is the author of the first book on 4G and co-author of 2016 Amazon best-seller in seven categories, Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane.

Pierre-R. Wolff

Managing Director, ExecConnect

With over 20 years as a business and corporate development executive defining disruptive positioning and business strategy for companies of various sizes, Pierre-R. Wolff, through his firm ExecConnect, is now facilitating highly targeted professional connections for the purpose of executing various types of business transactions (eg. investment, M&A, recruiting, and strategic partnerships). Other consulting services include working with companies on their business models and fundraising strategies. Clients include global financial institutions as well as early stage companies in the FinTech and blockchain ecosystems.

Pierre sits on the board of advisors for several early stage companies of blockchain, real-time streaming software, e-commerce and payment system companies. He received his MBA from EDHEC in Nice, France, and conducted his undergraduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Richard Titus

Serial entrepreneur / Co founded Prompt.ly

Richard D. Titus, named to the Wired 100 list in 2010, is a serial entrepreneur with executive experience in startups including Razorfish, Schematic (now Possible) and Videoplaza (now Ooyala). His most recent startup, Prompt.ly, he co-founded in 2013 and sold in 2016 to Breezeworks. Titus recently led product experience for Samsung Consumer Electronics and previously held senior leadership roles at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), where he launched iPlayer and the BBC mobile service and subsequently served as chief executive of Associated Northcliffe Digital, the digital holding company of Daily Mail and General Trust. Richard is an active strategic advisor to a number of companies in the ICO process, including a cohort who collectively raised $+80m in 45 days this summer, including PILLAR, HIVE PROJECT, EOS and PO.ET.

Mike Costache

Managing Partner at KrowdMentor

Mike is a Managing Partner at KrowdMentor, a strategic investment and advisory firm empowering blockchain startups, funds and entrepreneurs to reach their funding and liquidity goals. Mike is also the founder of the Blockchain Investors Consortium (BIC) and serves on the Advisory Board of Token-as-a-Service (TaaS), the first ever tokenized closed-end fund dedicated to investments in blockchain assets.

Since 2011, Mike is a member of Tech Coast Angels (TCA), a network of 330 angel investors in Southern California who have invested $185 million in 300+ deals and raised over $1.5 billion from VCs. From 2006 to 2011, Mike was the President of Leo & Leo, which represented brands such as Maserati, Segway, NetJets, PrivatSea, Sunseeker Yachts, NetSuite, Marsh, Orgil Greenhouses, Miss Universe, and Rockstar Energy Drink. Total sales amounted to €60 million.

Jeremy Gardner

Founder, Augur / Founder and Chairman of the Blockchain Education Network (BEN)

Jeremy Gardner is the founder and chairman of the Blockchain Education Network (BEN) and a founder of Augur, the decentralized prediction market platform. He now works as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Blockchain Capital, where he has started a new company, SAAVHA, and serves as editor-in-chief of Distributed Magazine. Outside of the blockchain space, he is a board member at Unsung, the food waste and hunger-fighting nonprofit startup.

Apolo Ohno

8 Time Olympic Medalist / Crypto Entrepreneur

My career began in 1994 when I started training for the Olympics. I retired in 2010 as an 8-time Olympic medalist in the sport of Short Track Speed-skating. I am still very much involved in the Olympic movement as an ambassador to the Olympic Games, broadcaster for NBC, and Special Olympics as a Global Ambassador. Also, I am on the bid committee for the 2028 Summer Olympics here in Los Angeles.

My dedication, perseverance, and passion for sport brought me to where I am today, as a businessman and philanthropist. I began investing in real estate and technology in the early 2000’s and also involved in the creation of health and fitness supplements and programs.

In addition to angel investing I wrote a NY best seller “Zero Regrets.” I regularly speak to the fortune 400, and have been on and won popular TV shows such as Dancing With The Stars with Julianne Hough, Hawaii-five-0, Tasmanian Devils, and hosted GSNs ³Minute to Win It², and Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge on NBC.

A large project that I am spending time on is our City of Pearl project in the Philippines. From December, we are planning on digitizing portions of this smart city to allow access for all to participate in any capacity both financially and on the service level.

My love for cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology is a life changing experience and opportunity. Utilizing our unique distribution and internal network throughout Asia, our goal is to onboard as many humans into the world of blockchain, cryptocurrency and impact their lives in a meaningful way.

Kartik Mandaville

CEO of SpringRole

Kartik Mandaville is the founder and CEO of SpringRole – a machine learning based recruiting Startup. SpringRole is backed by notable investors such as – Science, Bloomberg Beta and high profile Angels like Gil Penchina and Mike Jones.

He also serves as the Senior Technical Advisor at Science-Inc.

Kartik graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh with Masters from the Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science focusing on Big Data, Machine Learning, NLP and Bio-technology. During his time there, he was part of the IBM Watson project and worked on genome analysis with machine learning.

He’s also an advisor to Handstand (on demand fitness trainers – funded by Reebok), Lenny (helps build one’s credit score) and Burst (electric toothbrushes on subscription).

In 2010, he founded AutoBudder – a software which automatically wishes friends on their birthdays. AutoBudder reached out to 4 million people at its peak and won the ACM Challenge of Code.

Prior to that, he served as the CTO of LetMeKnow.com an online portal delivering internships, scholarships, conferences etc to college students in India.

He has won multiple hackathons including the FWD.us hackathon at Facebook, AWS, HackNY and NYUAD.

He’s a Kairos Global Fellow 2012 and was invited to the White House to meet with senators and administration to lobby for changes to the immigration laws.

Vinay Kumar Agarwal

VP of Engineering, SpringRole

Vinay Kumar Agarwal is the VP of Engineering for SpringRole. He is responsible for the development of management software products produced by the company – and has pushed forth new innovative ideas for expansion of the company.

With over six years of experience, he has also worked with Mammoth Media (formerly known as Science Mobile) as a technical lead of top 100 iTunes store apps like “Wishbone” and as a Backend Engineer for various startups namely “Urban Remedy” and “Elle,” which were backed by Science Media.

Vinay graduated from the National Institute of Technology, India.

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