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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.
David Mazières is a co-founder of Stellar Development Foundation and a professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he leads the Secure Computer Systems group and co-directs the center for blockchain research.
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.
Johnny Goodnow’s focus is to create the best developer experience when building on Stellar. He’s been creating, fixing, and gluing together software and systems for the past decade in Silicon Valley, where he previously worked at Asana and Palantir. In his spare time he can be found delving into music, or bike camping in the wilderness.
Jon is a software engineer with experience building reliable and performant systems across a variety of problem domains. He received a SB in Mathematics and Physics from MIT. Before joining Stellar Development Foundation, Jon was a quantitative trader at Tower Research Capital.
Global Development Manager
Kori is a business development specialist with a career spanning both finance and politics. Prior to Stellar, Kori was the Director of Business Development at Landscape Capital Management. She has also held positions at Institutional Investor, the Institute for Inclusive Security, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and on national political campaigns. Kori is based in Brooklyn, New York.
Lisa is an ops and hr manager with over 15 years experience helping build great companies. She holds an MA in International Policy Studies, led art tours in Venice, made phone books in Yemen, and once mistook Clint Eastwood for a 5’4″ Belgian.
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 Microfinance (India) and most recently led product marketing and growth at Payoff. Lisa holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Marta is passionate about software, cosmology and tennis. She graduated with a degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, where she also helped teach Computer Architecture class. Before coming to Stellar, Marta worked on building music ingestion pipelines at Pandora Media.
Nicolas is excited by turning potential technology into something practical that benefits most. He likes to tinker with software and tackle hard distributed problems. He previously helped build large scale systems at Microsoft and Salesforce. Nicolas holds a MS in Computer Science and Mathematics from ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France.
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.
Tom Llewellyn-Smith is a systems architect specialising in highly available, large scale distributed systems, configuration management and systems security. Prior to Stellar Tom designed and managed infrastructure within the gaming, science and fintech sectors.
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.
Zac is a digital strategist that is focused on educating and building communities. Zac previously directed content, lead strategy, and art for a large variety of different scale organizations. In his free time, Zac writes on future technology, free and open-source software, and decentralized internet.
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.
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 Technology & 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.
Adrian E. Martinez
Managing Principal at Lucinse
Adrian spent twenty four years in the Financial Services industry with HSBC and Household International. He has broad experience in global payments, personal banking, lending and risk management. His efforts are now focused on advisory in the Fintech space.