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The BlockApps Mission

To provide the tools and knowledge to power Blockchain Applications and Businesses

  • Blockchains are a transformative technology with impact across a wide range of industries
  • Businesses need blockchain applications, not just blockchains
  • BlockApps will provide the core infrastructure for these blockchain applications

The BlockApps Story

BlockApps was the first company incubated out of Consensys in 2015. Since then we have been working to develop the best, easiest to use and most powerful blockchain-as-a-service platform on the market. We will continue to push for blockchains to become the new application platform.

Executive Leadership

Victor Wong

Co-Founder, CEO

Victor is a recognized thought­ leader in the blockchain space having organized several of the first Ethereum hackathons and presented at several conferences including Ethereum’s DevCon1 and EY’s Innovation Summit. At BlockApps, he helped define the STRATO architecture to solve key blockchain issues of data transparency and scaling.

Victor is a serial entrepreneur and tech/product founder of multiple start­ups. He was the Founder and Chief Product Officer of the mobile family startup SmarTots. SmarTots was the winner of the Global Mobile Internet startup award and has over 7 million app downloads. It has partnerships with Hasbro, Crayola, Apple, Xiaomi and Tencent, and received Series A investment from SoftBank and ZenFund. He was also the Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Speak2Me, the largest English language learning social network in China with over a million registered users.

Speak2Me was acquired by the publicly­listed company Lingo Media in 2007. His previous experience includes working at adidas, where he developed and launched their award winning Canadian B2B portal and online store, and video/imaging software company Ulead Systems in Los Angeles/Taipei. He holds a patent for Conversation Advertising, a method for embedding product placements in online interactive lessons.

Dr. James (Jim) Hormuzdiar

Co-Founder, CTO

Jim is the creator of the Haskell Ethereum client, EthereumH. EthereumH was the first client developed outside the Ethereum Foundation to be fully compliant with the public Ethereum network. To accomplish this feat, he had to reverse engineer most of the core protocols of the Ethereum blockchain.

Jim received his postdoc at McGill University and proceeded to found two companies. Safeweb, where he invented SSL VPN. Safeweb was sold to Symantec in 2003. Jim also founded Robot Genius, a built data crawler and product based on statistical behavioral analysis of malware. Robot Genius crawled many billions of sites, downloaded and tested executables. Jim also served as Chief Technical Officer for the mobile family startup SmarTots.

Graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in Engineering, Math and Physics from the University of Connecticut. Obtained a Ph.D. from Yale University in theoretical particle physics, simulations and statistical analysis of physical systems.

Kieren James-Lubin

Co-Founder, CPO

Kieren is a founder and Chief Product Officer at BlockApps, a spoke of ConsenSys. He architected and implemented BlockApps RESTful API and surrounding products and components, including the authorization framework, peer to peer networking code, Node.js client, and third party integrations.

Kieren is a leader in architecture, design and development of blockchain based decentralized applications. His recent publication on scalability offers solution approaches to architect highly scalable blockchain applications. Kieren also authored a recent whitepaper to elucidate blockchain through analogies and applications.

Kieren also organized the first blockchain enterprise conference

CryptoNomicon, is the head of the Cryptocurrency Research Group, and the editor at Ledger, an academic journal focused on blockchain. He was also the organizer of O’Reilly Bitcoin and Blockchain conference.
Kieren is also a PhD candidate at the University of California Berkeley in Mathematical Physics focused in Statistics, Machine Learning and GPU Programming.

Our Advisors

Joseph Lubin

Joseph Lubin is a Canadian entrepreneur. He has founded or co-founded several companies including the Swiss-based Ethereum, a decentralized cryptocurrency platform, and is founder of ConsenSys, a Brooklyn-based software-production studio. In early 2014, Lubin was Chief Operating Officer of Ethereum Switzerland GmbH (EthSuisse), a company working to extend the capabilities of the type of blockchain database first popularized by Bitcoin.
Lubin was also involved in the creation of the Ethereum Foundation, a Toronto-based non-profit organization. He subsequently founded ConsenSys in 2015. Lubin has been personally involved in cross-industry groups attempting to advance solutions to governance issues in the blockchain industry.

Stephen Hsu

Steve Hsu is Vice­President for Research and a Professor of Theoretical Physics at Michigan State University, where he oversees over $600 million in annual research expenditures.
Educated at Caltech and Berkeley, he was a Harvard Junior Fellow and held professorships at Yale University and the University of Oregon. Hsu was founder and CEO of SafeWeb, an information security startup acquired by Symantec. He is a scientific advisor to BGI and a member of its Cognitive Genomics Lab.

Aaron Wright

Aaron Wright is an expert in corporate and intellectual property law, with extensive experience in Internet and new technology issues. Before joining Cardozo’s faculty, he sold a company to Wikia, the for­profit sister project of Wikipedia, where he ran Wikia’s New York office, served as General Counsel and Vice President of Product and Business Development, and helped build an open source search engine. Wright has clerked for the Honorable William J. Martini of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and worked as an associate at several prominent New York law firms, including Patterson Belknap and Jenner & Block. He received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served as the editor­ in ­chief of the Cardozo Law Review.

Jeremy Millar

Jeremy Millar is founder and managing partner of Ledger Partners LLP and a founding partner of Magister Advisors LLP, Prior to Magister Advisors, Jeremy was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs where he advised on over $25bn of corporate finance transactions and previously he helped build and bring to market Oracle’s Java stack in 90s/00s. He is an active angel investors and a mentor with the Barclays Techstars Accelerator. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of King’s College and a Master’s in Finance from Oxford University.

The Team

Lior Saar
Acting VP of Engineering

Dr. Ryan Reich
Haskell & API Developer

Max Jiang
Lead Technical Architect

Kristoffer Josefsson
Blockchain Geometer

John Crain
Director of UX

Ilya Ostrovskiy
Source Code Sommelier

Kishore Bhatia
Head, DevOps Engineering

Charles Crain
Blockchain/Mobile Engineer

Samrit Sangal
Blockchain Developer

Natasha Hormuzdiar
In-House Counsel and Operations

James Ryan Moreau
Marketing and Developer Relations