The Stellar Development Foundation is a nonprofit organization. We’re building a common financial platform, designed to be open and accessible to everyone.

Team

Andrew Rogers

Andrew Rogers

Developer

Andrew earned his BS in Computer Science at the University of Washington and then worked at Google, where he helped launch Android Auto and worked on the NFC technology behind Google Wallet.

Bartek Nowotarski

Bartek Nowotarski

Developer

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 Bolthouse

Bekki Bolthouse

Project Manager

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.

Colleen McGarry

Colleen McGarry

Operations

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

David Mazières

Chief Scientist

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 Tang

Diyang Tang

Data Scientist

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

Eva Gantz

Community

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 Hoare

Graydon Hoare

Developer

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 Li

Iris Li

Developer

Iris is a UC Berkeley Computer Science student who finished her first year before joining Stellar. She helps run the Bitcoin Association of Berkeley student organization.

Jessica Collier

Jessica Collier

Narrative UX

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 experience. Prior to Stellar, Jessica was the UX design writer at Evernote.

Joyce Kim

Joyce Kim

Executive Director

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.

Nicolas Barry

Nicolas Barry

Developer

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

Mat Schaffer

Reliability Engineer

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 Kavčič

Romina Kavčič

Designer

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 Fleckenstein

Scott Fleckenstein

Developer

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.

Winnie Lim

Winnie Lim

Storyteller

Winnie uses lines of code to shape the world around her. She listens to people’s experiences and transforms them into simple and intuitive solutions. Prior to Stellar, Winnie was a designer at Medium.com.

Board Members

Keith Rabois

Keith Rabois

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.

Jed McCaleb

Jed McCaleb

Stellar Developer

Jed 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.

Patrick Collison

Patrick Collison

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.

Advisors

Joi Ito

Joi Ito

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.

Greg Stein

Greg Stein

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.

Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg

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.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

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.

Ronaldo Lemos

Ronaldo Lemos

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.

Linda Stone

Linda Stone

Thought Leader

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.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

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.

Jackson Palmer

Jackson Palmer

Co-Founder of Dogecoin

Jackson is a marketing guru, crypto currency enthusiast, developer and lecturer. Infamous for creating the ultra popular digital currency known as Dogecoin. He is the Product Marketing Manager at Adobe and a devoted shibe.

Dan Kaminsky

Dan Kaminsky

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.

Greg Brockman

Greg Brockman

CTO at Stripe

Greg has helped scale the Stripe team from 4 to now 150 people. He’s built and shaped large portions of Stripe’s organization and technology. He is also co-founder of Stripe’s online Capture the Flag competitions, which annually draw around ten thousand developers worldwide.

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