Oct 6th, 2018 Update! Several new team members have come on board and will be announced this coming week!

Team

 

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Co-founder

Gregory Kennedy

Gregory is the creator of the WIRD Social Benefit Coin Airdrop Smart Contract, the Hidden Figures "Earn and Learn" Cryptocurrency Game & the Social Benefit Blockchain Protocol Stack. He is a Blockchain Architect, Consultant, Certified Bitcoin Pro. Former Silicon Valley Co Unix & Linux Engineering Systems manager & Commodities + Options arbitrage and Broker (CBOT).

Gregory has developed and managed media, technology, and education projects in Uganda, Tanzania, and Europe with and for Dr. Jane Goodall, and for and with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in France, Germany, and the USA.

He is an award-winning filmmaker who has been invited to speak on United Nations panels in New York and Vienna, at Stanford University and at the Googleplex in Mountainview Calif. Linkedin

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Co-founder

Noam Dromi is the President and co-founder of WIRD PBC and Legion of Creatives (LOC). LOC’s recently produced episodes for the “Walking Dead" franchise , has earned them an Emmy Award nomination in July 2018. Noam is an Emmy award winner and an writer/producer, marketing executive, digital strategist and cross platform content expert and educator, Mr. Dromi regularly works with leading media companies, consumer brands and NGOs. He co-wrote and co-produced the Warner Bros/Alcon Entertainment Dolphin Tale franchise starring Harry Connick Jr & Ashley Judd. The films have grossed over $150 million at the worldwide box office. Linkedin

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CTO

Justin Smith Phd - Chief Technical Officer
Justin is developing new protocols to run energy efficient fintech systems. Stake Your Reputation Protocol - SYRP - Proof without Work aka Proof of Future, aka Proof of Process. Responsible for developing new p2p exchange protocols and implementation for enterprise level business applications, including design and integration of AI for media and content distribution, and financial services. He is a scientist, a software engineer, economist, artist, social psychologist, and a fintech revolutionary.

He has spent the last 20 years working to address issues related to social justice and climate change using and now is combining blockchain, DLT and artificial intelligence to construct a new financial system, one that values people, the environment, and scientific advancement.

He holds a Masters degree in International Development Economics from St. Marys University. Justin completed his PhD in 2013 at WSU. His doctoral research focused on the influence of ethical value in driving consumer decision making. Justin was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University funded by the EPA. Linkedin

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CIO

Vivek Chaturvedi - Chief Innovation Officer.
Vivek can be best described as a unique, out of the box thinker, with a deeply intuitive understanding of technology and business and the ability to connect the dots in new and unique ways. Vivek spent his early years in the Indian Navy after getting a master’s degree in Electrical/ Weapons Engineering from the Naval College Of Engineering in India.

Vivek got his MBA with a focus on Technology management and Entrepreneurship from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Upon completion, he joined United Technologies in their Corporate Technology Strategy group. He left UTC as the associate-director of that group, and came to join a start-up in the Silicon Valley in 1999.

Since 1999, Vivek has been a part of the software start-up eco-system in the Silicon Valley and Australia (Octane, Epiphany) and later in India and Japan (Mobile Software, Gaming, Mobile Services, VAS, Audio Streaming services) in various capacities from UI/UX and product design, global business development and leadership. Linkedin

 

ADVISORS

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Melissa Sutor

Melissa is a mindfulness expert, speaker, and corporate consultant developing creative solutions at the intersection of mindfulness, technology, and social good with special focus on diversity and inclusion initiatives. Her diversity work spans over 20 years creating bridges that genuinely connect people including travel to over 60 countries engaging with people of various cultures and backgrounds. She has taught mindfulness for 10 years in numerous settings including corporate, schools, health institutions and retreat centers.

Prior to receiving an advanced degree in Counseling Psychology, Melissa was the first African-American to receive an advanced degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

Her specialization was Artificial Intelligence and her pioneering research was human-computer interaction to make higher education accessible to physically challenged students, resulting in voice-activated interfaces featured in Scientific American.

She was a software engineer and project manager in Silicon Valley then founded Dragonfly Healing Center and more recently co-founded CodeSpa which is committed to supporting women and underrepresented groups to reach their full potential as leaders and change-makers in emerging technology fields. Melissa is featured on the cover of the August 2018 issue of Mindful Magazine. Linkedin

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Jay Williams

Jay Williams is the CEO of Legion of Creatives, a WIRD PBC strategic partner. He is a 17-year veteran of the Walt Disney Company where he served in numerous senior level positions. Williams is an Emmy Award winning global marketing and creative executive with significant professional experience across all areas of the entertainment business including movies, television, digital, theme parks and emerging technologies.

He has a proven track record, having overseen over 200 well known theatrical marketing campaigns (including the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and many others) with box office totals of several billion dollars.

He previously served as the President of KO Paper Products, the production company founded by mega writer/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci who launched the Transformers and Star Trek franchises in addition to numerous leading films and television programs.

LOC’s recently produced episodes for the “Walking Dead" franchise , has earned them an Emmy Award nomination in July 2018. Linkedin

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Rachel Jim

Rachel is an intellectually ambidextrous intrapreneur immersed in the world of blockchain and creating value by stitching the Internet of Things together with One Billion Founders.

In a nutshell, Rachel is a reverse growth hacker. She identifies a problem or process that is causing pain to customers, then helps companies become better versions of themselves by offering services from startups or individuals who can provide a solution.

She is an advocate for developing TRUST with transparency for the "right" reasons, and encourages "SMART" people to create VALUE with their relationship capital (if mobile phones can do it, so can people!).

Rachel is a “Human API” and actively collaborates with Web 3.0 platforms and marketplaces to fractionalize the trade of digital proprietary. Her aim is to culture a micro-segment of society who co-create delightful experiences by activating digital tokens as assets.

She adopts the cooperative framework as a core foundation for developing decentralized economies of frictionless transactions when engaging with trusted brands. She supports ventures by curating mutually beneficial partnerships, product design, research and market scoping, visual creative, crowdfunding campaigns, journalism and content writing. Linkedin

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Colin Stewart

Colin is a full stack architect and is the former founder of Direct Harvest (DH) which was recently acquired by Producers Market in July 2018.

Colin is a respected member of the Holochain regenerative agriculture team, who has ported the DH Market Maker app to Holochain over two days in July 2018. He is an Blockchain (DLT), and Holochain (DHT) expert, and an Agriculturalist with academic experience in genetics and agricultural economics.

He has an extensive network of influencers in organic agriculture communities in the Midwest, West Coast, and Pacific Northwest as well as in the technical community. Linkedin

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Clifford Chapman III

Clifford is an intrapreneur, entrepreneur and growth architect with 20 years of diverse enterprise IT consulting experience. He is Managing partner for Cre8ation Ventures a Venture Accelerator focused on emerging FinTech, Blockchain, Data Analytics, and Immersive AR/VR Technology. He is a recognized innovation leader, advisor, and coach, to entrepreneurs, celebrity influencers, and professional sports franchises. He’s Passionate about helping organizations expand business/funding opportunities in Europe and Asia. Clifford serves as the Asian Corridor (Shenzhen & Shanghai China) Venture Partner for the Sports Analytics World Series (discovering new technologies in Sports Science) powered by KPMG.

He’s responsible for investor relations, strategic partnerships, and corporate partnerships with sports franchises (FIFA, FIBA, LA LIGA, CBA) across Asia and Europe. Clifford began his IT & Professional Services Consulting career with Kirloskar Inc. a 6-Billion-dollar offshore Software Engineering Company out of Bangalore India, where he quickly rose through the ranks and became VP US Operations. He co-launched two tech companies/incubators investing in woman owned SaaS startups. Linkedin

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Yusuph Masanja

is the Tanzanian Coordinator of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and a multimedia artist. Yusuph is currently integrating his artistic skills, leadership skills and love for Nature to develop leadership programs, teaching techniques (curriculums), and strategic planning to help organizations achieve greatness.

For years Yusuph worked as the Regional Coordinator for the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, facilitating cross-cultural programs with International Volunteer program by working closely with volunteers coming from the United States, Canada, the UK, Germany and Australia.

Yusuph earned his Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Association of Business Executives, focusing on Project Management. Yusuph is also a graduate of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), the Shift Network - Peace Ambassador Program and the Creative Enterprise (a program by the British Council and Nesta). Facebook

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Jorge Rodriguez

Jorge is an Senior Smart Contract Security Auditor, Influencer, Ethical Hacker, Blockchain & Innovation Specialist Ebitcoin, Cedex, Patron, Peculium, Bitfinex, Coinbase. Linkedin