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Bartek Nowotarski is a software engineer focusing on web applications security. He has a masters in computer science from Jagiellonian University. Before joining Stellar, Bartek worked as a lead developer and security consultant, and he has found vulnerabilities in high-profile sites such as Facebook and Yahoo.
Boris loves thinking about ways to drive growth by building relationships and connecting people with similar goals. Prior to Stellar Boris was at Deloitte Consulting, where he developed growth strategies for clients in a variety of industries. In a previous life, Boris advised Fortune 500 companies on hostile mergers and proxy contests. Boris holds an MBA from Duke University.
Brian is passionate about technology and innovation as a tool for creating social impact around the world. Prior to joining Stellar, Brian was a strategic consultant for early-stage startups in Europe and the U.S. across a variety of industries working on product launches, go-to-market strategies and developing global growth initiatives. Brian holds an MBA from ESADE.
A career startup office and operations manager, Colleen has made her way through Silicon Valley streamlining processes and building great companies from the inside out. She excels in areas of HR and operations policy, accounting management, and employee satisfaction. She is also known to bake a mean fruit pie.
David Mazières is a professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he leads the Secure Computer Systems Group. Prof. Mazières received a BS in Computer Science from Harvard and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. His research interests include Operating Systems and Distributed Systems, with a focus on security.
Ella is passionate about the intersection of finance, technology and innovative business models. At Stellar, she leads strategic partnerships in China. Previously, Ella worked at China Development Bank, structuring financing of infrastructure projects. Most recently she worked at a distributed generation solar provider that offers solar as a service to U.S. home owners. Ella has an MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Jed McCaleb is a co-founder of Stellar Development Foundation. Previously, he created eDonkey2000 which became one of the largest file-sharing networks in its time. He later created Mt. Gox, the first bitcoin exchange, which was subsequently sold and re-coded by its current owners, followed by Ripple.
Lisa is researcher and business strategist with a passion for financial empowerment. Prior to joining Stellar Lisa was a business development volunteer with the Peace Corps (Mauritania ’07-’09), led operations and partnerships for a portfolio of research studies at the Centre for Micorfinance (India) and most recently led product marketing and growth at Payoff. Lisa holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Rafał is a software developer with great passion for C++.
In free time he works on two open source projects – Kadu and Injeqt. When the weather is right he likes to ride a bike and fly a glider.
Romina is a curious and playful pixel crafter. She is passionate about improving the world with user-centered and pixel-perfect UI. She loves data, cycling, the smell of pine trees and pandas. When not thinking about design she is sleeping.
Scott has been writing code professionally since graduating from high school. Prior to Stellar, he worked as Lead Developer at Couchsurfing, Lead Engineer and Chief Architect at OpenFeint (acquired by GREE) and was Lead Engineer and on the founding team for Get Satisfaction.
Tunde is passionate about small businesses and financial inclusion. Before Stellar, Tunde was the Nigeria Country Director for the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), which supports African leaders and Governments to turn their visions for development into reality. He holds a Masters of Engineering Management (MEM) from McCormick School of Engineering and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Investment Partner, Khosla Ventures
Keith has been a key player in shaping the future of money having served as a senior executive at Paypal, COO at Square and board member at Xoom, as well as being a board member at Yelp and a VP of business development at LinkedIn. Keith is an investment partner at Khosla Ventures and was an early investor in Youtube, Yammer, Palantir, Lyft, Airbnb, Eventbrite and Quora.
Joyce was a VC at Freestyle Capital and an entrepreneur. Prior to that, she was an attorney at Wilmer Hale and Sherman & Sterling and pro bono at Sanctuary for Families and the Innocence Project. Joyce graduated from Cornell University at the age of 19, followed by graduate school at Harvard and Columbia Law School. She is also a Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab
CEO of InVenture
Shivani is the CEO of InVenture which facilitates financial access by offering credit via mobile devices in Kenya and Tanzania. Shivani has experiences in global health, microfinance, and investment banking at UNFPA, Health Net, and Citigroup. She is a 2013 TED Fellow and is also on the board of the LA Chapter of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs.
Former CTO at Stripe
Greg Brockman is the former CTO of Stripe, which he helped build from 4 to over 250 employees. He studied math at Harvard and computer science at MIT. He’s written and spoken extensively about how cryptocurrencies can succeed.
CEO of Stripe
Patrick is cofounder and CEO of Stripe. He also serves on Y Combinator’s board of overseers and studied math at MIT. He likes distributed infrastructure and bought his first bitcoin in 2011.
Director at the Apache Software Foundation
Greg is an avid open-software advocate, developer, and lecturer. Member of the Python Software Foundation and a founding member of the Subversion Project. Greg was instrumental in launching Google’s open-source hosting platform.
Founder of WordPress.com
Matt is the founder and CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. He is also a social media entrepreneur, developer, lecturer and musician. Matt is a very active angel investor, named on Forbes’ Most Influential Angel Investors on AngelList.
Founder of AngelList
Naval is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions (which went public as part of Shopping.com) and Vast.com. He is an active Angel investor, including Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Stack Overflow and Wanelo.
Director, Institute for Tecnhology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITSrio.org)
Ronaldo is a board member to the Mozilla Foundation and AccessNow. Ronaldo received an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a Doctorate of Law from University of Sao Paulo. He is a partner at Pereira Neto Macedo and the project lead of the Creative Commons Brazil. Ronaldo was one of the creators behind Marco Civil da Internet, landmark legislation guaranteeing civil liberties and rights for the netizens of Brazil.
President of Y Combinator
Sam is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, developer, and blogger. He is president of Y Combinator and former CEO and Co-Founder of Loopt, which was acquired by Greendot Corporation. He was named one of the “Best Young Entrepreneurs in Technology” by BusinessWeek.
Chief Scientist at White Ops
A technical advisor to Stellar, Dan is a security researcher. The Chief Scientist at White Ops, he has worked with Cisco, Avaya, and IOActive as Director of Penetration Testing. Reknown in computer security circles, Dan has discovered a myriad of exploits across different platforms.
Professor at UCLA Anderson
Professor of Finance Bhagwan Chowdhry has been teaching at UCLA Anderson since 1988. His research interests are in international finance and corporate finance and strategy. In addition, more recently, he has been exploring applied topics such as microfinance, financial technology and impact investing. He is the creator of Financial Access at Birth (FAB), a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and a globally renowned educator. Professor Chowdhry has been advising Stellar since 2015.
Head of Innovation – ICICI
Raj Chowdhury led ICICI Bank to be the first in India and among a few globally to have executed Trade Finance and Remittance using Blockchain technology in 2016. He was also the first in the country to take a Blockchain payment wallet on Stellar platform to production. Chowdhury is an eminent voice in Blockchain and cryptocurrencies globally and actively engages with policy makers in this area. He is a contributor to Economic Times, Business World and advises industry leaders in adoption of Blockchain.