Stephen Tse has been obsessed with protocols and compilers since high school. He reverse-engineered ICQ and X11 protocols, coded in OCaml for more than 15 years, and graduated with a doctoral degree in security protocols and compiler verification from the University of Pennsylvania.
Stephen was a researcher at Microsoft Research, a senior infrastructure engineer at Google, and a principal engineer for search ranking at Apple. He founded the mobile search Spotsetter with institutional venture capital; Apple later acquired the startup.
Rongjian Lan was a search infrastructure engineer for Play Store at Google. He published over 10 academic papers on spatio-temporal querying and map-based visualization. Rongjian started researching decentralized protocols in early 2017.
Rongjian is the co-chair of ABC Blockchain Foundation, with more than 100 engineers from Google, Facebook, LinkedIn as members. He was a doctoral candidate of computer science at the University of Maryland College Park and obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology Beijing.
Sahil Dewan is a graduate of Harvard Business School, where he served as president of the blockchain and cryptocurrency club. He has worked at Draper Dragon Fund and advised several blockchain projects.
Sahil founded FuturEd, an ed-tech startup that pioneered a mobile platform for alumni engagement and fundraising for over 100 educational institutions in India. He was also elected country president for AIESEC India, a youth leadership organization present in more than 125 countries.
Leo Chen led a team of 8 engineers at Amazon Web Services. There he built high-throughput storage virtualizations for more than 200k EC2 instances. At Amazon Lab126 , Leo built the first generation of Kindle Fire and architected FireOS for all Amazon devices. At Ericsson and Broadcom he worked on their Linux kernel, embedded systems and large-scale distributed systems.
Leo holds a master’s degree in computer science from Simon Fraser University and a bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University. Leo has completed 8 full marathons and hiked the Grand Canyon R3, John Muir Trail, and soon the entire Pacific Crest Trail.
Li Jiang has founded a logistic startup during college with the highest revenue. During his six years at GSV Capital, Li organized Pioneer Summit and Global Education Summit with 1,500 attendees including Bill Campbell and Barack Obama.
Li holds an economics degree from Northwestern University. He is an adjunct professor at Northwestern's Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Li trains on ultimate frisbee daily and owns an amateur team that won nationally in 2017.
Ganesha Upadhyaya builds scalable tools for mobile, IOT/cloud, and distributed systems. At Huawei, he developed a language, codegen compiler, and runtime for IoT end-to-end applications, winning a company-wide award. He published over a dozen papers at top-tier conferences and journals, such as International Conference on Software Engineering, and Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages and Applications.
Ganesha holds a Master’s and PhD from Iowa State University and is a recipient of John Vincent Atanasoff award for outstanding research contribution. He enjoys playing professional cricket and cooking delicious vegetarian meals.
Daniel Van Der Maden designed transmission logic and built an embedded radio navigation system for a DARPA project. He created chatbots to simulate human responses and is passionate about writing approximation algorithms for NP-hard problems.
Daniel graduated from the University of Berkeley with a degree in computer science and was also an electrical engineering TA. He was on the core teaching staff of Professor John Denaro’s 2,000 student computer science class. Daniel grew up in Congo and Chad and speaks Vietnamese and French. He has also built several cars, including a BMW E46 M3.
Yuriy Menkov has been a senior frontend team leader since 2017 for three blockchain startups including Waves Protocol. He was previously a senior frontend developer on web apps and developed in C/C++ for six years.
Yuriy graduated with a degree in computer systems automation and networks from National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute). He enjoys fitness challenges and cooking Borscht soup dishes at home.
Xiaopeng Li helped to ship the Fractal mainnet, working on P2P networking, consensus, and Ethereum virtual machine modules. He implemented their delegate proof-of-stake (DPoS) consensus based on verifiable random function (VRF).
Xiaopeng graduated from North China Institute of Technology (NCIST), majoring in electronic information engineering. He is an active butterfly and freestyle swimmer and goes mountain climbing when he’s not under water.
Jacky Wang developed DxChain Network’s public blockchain focusing on storage service. He built mainnet deployment, light client implementation, watchdog monitoring, DPOS consensus, and storage contract. Jacky holds a Physics bachelor’s from Fudan University and an Electrical and Computer Engineering master’s from University of Arizona.
Jacky enjoys writing beautiful and clean code. In leisure time, he spends time singing Chinese pop karaoke, hiking Lake Chabot twice a week, and watching drama movies like “Three Billboards”.
Sebastian Johnsson previously co-founded and was the CTO of a grocery delivery startup similar to Amazon Fresh. He created e-commerce solutions for some of Scandinavia's leading brands and has spent the last few years leading his own projects while traveling the world as a digital nomad.
Sebastian is a self-taught engineer and thoroughly enjoys learning new programming languages and tech stacks. In his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar, barbecuing and going to the gym.
Peter Abilla has been a marketing and growth leader for several leading blockchain projects including Oasis, ThunderCore and Mainframe. Previously he held leadership roles in operations at eBay and Amazon. He has been quoted by Clayton Christensen on innovation and O’Reilly Media on consumer experience.
Peter holds a Master’s in operations research from The University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Mathematics from Brigham Young University. He enjoys cooking barbecues and supporting his children’s competitive football team.
Alex Yates was a program coordinator at Draper University where he helped train over 250 founders from around the world. He also started a digital marketing agency that advised companies on web development, paid search and search engine optimization.
Alex studied Economics and Finance at University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed Draper University’s program, Harvard Business School’s Entrepreneurship Essentials program, and Y Combinator’s Startup School. Alex loves extreme wilderness adventures.
Jenya Piskunov has been building software products at startups for the past 10 years. He previously worked at Waves Enterprise blockchain on wallet and explorer from creation to their public release.
Jenya compiled his first lines of assembler at the age of 12 and graduated with a degree in computer science from Yeltsin Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg, Russia. In his personal time, Jenya enjoys sound engineering and reading Soviet science fiction books.