The Stellar Development Foundation is a nonprofit organization. We’re building a common financial platform, designed to be open and accessible to everyone.
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.
Bekki is a teacher by training and approaches life as a giant classroom, where she is the student. She enjoys cycling, camping, and playing board games–her current favorites are Pandemic and Shadow Hunters. Prior to Stellar, Bekki was a Project Manager at Rackspace.
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.
Diyang loves to figure things out with data. Prior to Stellar, she was a data scientist at Twitter and studied math at MIT. She likes to knit, sew, and puzzle.
Eva Gantz is the founder of Giving Books a Voice. Before joining Stellar, Eva graduated from UCSC with a BA in Modern Literature, and managed social strategy for a feminist, LGBTQ publishing house. She blogs about sexuality and queer issues, and is especially passionate about culture, feminism, and hazelnut lattes.
Graydon is a systems programmer with background in language engineering, debugging and profiling tools, distributed systems, cryptography and other low level software. He most recently worked at Mozilla, and formerly RedHat and Zero Knowledge Systems. He is Canadian, and likes history books and long walks alone.
Iris is a UC Berkeley Computer Science student who finished her first year before joining Stellar. She also likes road cycling.
Jed McCaleb is a co-founder of Stellar Development Foundation. In 2000, he created e-Donkey 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.
Jessica Collier thinks about words all day long. A nineteenth-century Americanist in a former life, she’s an English PhD who holds staunch opinions on the Oxford comma and uses thoughtful narratives to shape user experiences. Prior to Stellar, Jessica was the UX design writer at Evernote.
Nicolas likes to work on the dark matter side of software. Prior to Stellar, he grew to engineering manager at Microsoft working on self-healing distributed systems for the data center and a natural language backend that powered popular assistants like SmarterChild. He graduated with a MS in computer science and mathematics from ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France.
Mat Schaffer is a software developer who loves building approachable and reliable systems. He has worked at startups, run his own dev shops, was adjunct faculty at University of Pennsylvania in the Dept of Computer and Information Science. Mat most recently worked at Netflix ensuring that any outage was as short as possible and making sense out of millions of metrics.
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.
Vanessa Gennarelli designs ways for us to learn from each other. Equal parts social scientist, researcher and evangelist, Vanessa built learning communities with orgs like Scratch, Creative Commons, and littleBits. Prior to Stellar she was the Learning Lead at P2PU, a non-profit dedicated to open learning. She holds a Master’s in Educational Technology from Harvard and was a Research Intern at the MIT Media Lab.
Winnie shepherds the narrative of stellar.org through stories, code and design. She works for and believes in a world where power is more efficiently distributed.
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 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.
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.
Director of the MIT Media Lab
Joi is the Director of the MIT Media Lab and board member of The Mozilla Foundation, Sony Corporation, and The New York Times Company. He was formerly the Chairman and CEO and currency advisory board member to Creative Commons.
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.
Widely recognized as a visionary thinker and thought leader, Linda is a writer, speaker, consultant and internet technology veteran. She worked on multimedia hardware at Apple from 1986 to 1993, joined Microsoft Research in 1993 and later became a vice president at Microsoft. Linda has also been an adjunct professor at NYU’s prestigious Interactive Telecommunications Program. Presently, she is an advisor for the MIT Media Lab.
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.