Sprocket, Inc. is a US company whose mission is to reduce the risk and friction of digital asset trading across marketplaces, regions and exchanges by establishing a group of owned-and-operated trading exchanges interconnected with leading third-party exchanges in jurisdictions around the globe that together create a single aggregated global trading marketplace with large scale liquidity, rapid execution, minimal counter-party risk, and price transparency.
Fred is a globally experienced public/private technology company CEO and board member with over 30 years’ experience building high performance technology enabled businesses and creating value through innovation and revenue growth – both domestically and internationally – and generated hundreds of millions of dollars shareholder value through public (initial public offering) and private exits.
Fred is chairman of the board of Utimaco GmbH, a leading German provider of cryptographic security and compliance solutions for major institutions and government agencies. He is also chairman of the board of Sequent Software, Inc., a leader in digital payment tokenization technologies for mobile wallets, payment card issuers and banks. He also sits on other boards and is a senior advisor to a number of private equity and venture capital firms globally.
Fred is the former chairman of Custom Credit Systems, a leading software technology provider to top banks and financial services technology integrators, now owned by Misys, and worked as a software developer at banks in the U.K and Sweden early in his career.
Fred attended classes at the Stockholm School of Economics and executive classes at Harvard Business School.
Matthew has over 20 years’ experience in international banking, card and merchant services, and is Chairman of the SuitePay International group of companies. SuitePay partners with banks and merchants globally to process payments using its proprietary enterprise gateway processing technology.
He has been a board member of a number of companies responsible for processing billions of dollars in merchant revenues. He has extensive technology development experience in the payments and digital currency verticals. Matthew is a co-inventor a key contributor to several patents in the financial and technology sector.
As a serial entrepreneur, Matthew has founded many companies, including Ecomerica, a full-service merchant acquiring company which was eventually acquired by Comerica bank. He has also consulted on a variety of projects with Barclays, Credit Suisse, ABSA, Post Bank and others.
Johannes has over 35 years’ experience as a technology leader, inventor/visionary with extensive experience in designing and building highly robust systems in the secure communications, mobile payments, identity verification and transaction processing sectors.
He is the founder and former CEO of Qibixx AG, a Swiss payment and vending technology company and provider to TWINT – the Swiss national mobile payment system.
Prior to Qibixx, Johannes was the chief technology officer (CTO) for Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ:LTRX), where he helped design and develop some of the core IP enabled communications technology that today powers hundreds of millions of internet connected devices that make up the Internet of Things in the industrial, medical, security, audio and consumer sectors.
Johannes is the holder of multiple patents and designed and built one of the first speaking typewriters with unlimited vocabulary.
He received his master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Goethe University and is a recipient of the prestigious German Jugend Forscht Bundessieger1.
Mattia has over 20 years experience as a senior risk and compliance officer in major Swiss banks, including UBS where he was Head of Governance and Regulatory Affairs. He is a recognized expert in financial services regulatory affairs and internal control systems, and is an informed FinTech specialist in regulatory affairs. He has long standing relationships with major regulators including FINMA, PRA and FRBNY, and has been involved in the implementation of Basel 3, TBTF, MIFID2, and FATCA regulatory compliance systems.
Mattia is the co-lead of the Crypto Valley Association Zug ICO Code of Conduct and a Compliance Framework group and is also responsible for regulatory review and relationships.
Mattia started his career at the Swiss National Science Foundation where he researched Risk Methodology and Monetary Economics at the University of Cambridge, then became a senior economist at the Swiss Bankers Association focused on regulatory risk before moving to Zürcher Kantonalbank.
Mattia has a Ph.D in economics from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Ken has more than 30 years of experience, primarily in the technology industry, and has served as CFO of two Nasdaq-listed companies. Ken was most recently the CFO of Local Corporation, which operated a U.S. top 100 website Local.com. Ken’s industry experience includes digital marketing, semiconductors, network equipment and construction. Ken has extensive experience in fast-growth environments and building great teams in more than 20 countries throughout the world. This experience also includes leading multiple financing transactions, including IPOs, PIPEs, convertible debt, term loans and lines of credit. Ken has been involved with 11 acquisitions with deal consideration in excess of $400 million. Ken began his career in the San Jose office of Deloitte.
Ken is a CPA (inactive) and earned his undergraduate degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Jeff’s practice focuses on outsourced general and corporate counsel services, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, private placement transactions, including ICOs, joint ventures, crowdfunding transactions (Regulation CF and Regulation A+), corporate governance, strategic business counseling, licensing, commercial agreements, real estate syndications and real estate fund formation. Jeff has represented a wide variety of companies ranging from start-ups to middle market companies in various industries, including technology, sports, ecommerce, consumer products, real estate development, gaming, apparel and food and beverage.
He has a broad range of experience, having practiced both as an attorney for a major law firm and as in-house counsel to a publicly traded Nasdaq high technology company. Jeff is also an entrepreneur having, among other things, founded Titan Nightlife Group, Inc., a successful restaurant development company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, for which he serves as Chairman. His entrepreneurship combined with his transactional law experience allows him to offer a unique legal perspective that his clients truly appreciate.
Jeff has served as principle of Alliance Legal Partners, Inc., in Newport Beach, California, since 2001. Prior thereto, he served as General Counsel for FutureLink Corp., a publically traded technology company, and previously was an attorney at the Orange County offices of Paul Hastings.
Olafur has over 20 years’ experience working in and with international banks, including Capital Bank and Bank Frick, on cross-border financial projects in the e-commerce, payment card and risk management areas. He was also an executive with CreditInfo, a leading service provider for credit information and risk management, and spent the early part of his career in the ERP and IT services industries.
Olafur has an MS in Information Systems Engineering and an MBA with emphasis in international business from Western International University in Pheonix, AZ, and a B.Sc from Florida Institute of Technology.
Max has worked in banking and finance for over 20 years, including roles with institutions including Citibank, Dresdner Kleinwort, Gazprombank and ING Barings. Most recently he has co-founded Fleximize (UK), a financial technology enabled lending platform.
Max has an MBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame – Mendoza College of Business.
Eva Thiel is a former senior economist with the OECD, international banking and finance consultant and international banker. She is a recognized expert and published author in the areas of international financial regulations, policy analysis and institution-building, with an emphasis on financial sector development, banking and financial services.
Eva Thiel’s career as an international banker included senior roles at Chase Manhattan Bank and Credit Suisse First Boston.
During her tenure at the OECD, she was responsible for the post accession reviews of Korea, Mexico, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Additionally, as senior economist in charge, she was responsible for policy dialogue and broad contacts in Russia with officials at all levels of government and with members in the Duma to the development of a legal and regulatory framework and sound financial infrastructure.
Eva Thiel has a PhD in Economics from Princeton and an MBA from Lund University.
She has authored a number of influential financial policy reports including;
“The New Banking Landscape in Central and Eastern Europe”, Country Experience and Policies for the Future - OECD Paris 1997
“Capital Market Development in Transition Countries” – OECD Paris March 1998
“Forty Years’ Experience with the OECD Code of Liberalization of Capital Movements” – OECD Paris October 2002
Sagar is the Head of Government & Regulatory Relations, APC and Middle East at Ripple. He manages Ripple’s relationships with central banks and policy makers across Asia Pacific and Middle East, with a focus on payments innovations and virtual currency policy. He has spent over 10 years in the financial services industry across functions and geographies.
Sagar has an MBA from INSEAD.
Mark is a leading authority on some of the world’s most entrenched socio-economic challenges, speaking widely on reforms that must be made to drive improved governance and productivity, and always championing the power and social impact of good business. He is the author of the External Rate of Return with the London School of Economics. He was appointed as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics & Political Science in November 2016 and a Visiting Professor at the Policy institute, Kings College London in January 2017.
Mark’s early career at The Northern Trust Bank in Chicago saw him co-found the interest rate swap business in America; later advising on corporate restructurings, M&A and equity capital markets. He co-founded SEB Capital Markets in 1991.
In 1992 Mark founded Maizels Westerberg & Co., an award-winning independent merchant bank responsible for Scandinavia’s largest corporate rescue (Kooperativa Förbundet) and Europe’s largest corporate breakup (Procordia). Under Mark’s leadership, MW & Co. was ranked No. 1 in the European independent M&A league tables by IFR in both 1998 and 1999, before being sold to ArosMaizels in 2000.
In 2001 Mark joined private equity firm Doughty Hanson to lead the Nordic operations. He also chaired LM Glasfiber, leading the company to become the world’s largest wind turbine components business.
Mark founded the courier and transport group eCourier, as well as a small publishing business, several financial services firms, and Vanquish Capital, a fund placing agent. He is Chairman & CEO of the strategic consultancy firm Time Partners Ltd. advising private equity firms globally.
On 9 September 2016, Mark was appointed chairman of LPEQ, an industry body for listed private equity funds, which includes London-based firms Electra, HarbourVest, HG Capital and Oakley as members and was founded in 2006 to encourage investments into private equity investments trusts.
Milo has 30 years’ experience as a technology leader in banking and IT consulting. He is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Silicon Valley Bank in San Francisco, CA, where he managed the company’s overarching Information Technology and cloud computing strategy while overseeing the organization’s rapid growth from $2.5B to $11.5B in market capitalization.
Prior to Silicon Valley Bank, Milo spent 20 years at Morgan Stanley where he held a number of roles including Vice President for Internet Operations and Strategic Partnering and led the reengineering of the Morgan Stanley online trading platform and simultaneous deployment of a new Java-based online brokerage system as well as being a member of the Executive Global Strategy Team.
Milo has a BA from Harvard University in International Relations and Technology.
Henrique Corrêa da Silva is a top security and crypto currency specialist. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Privus, a digital privacy company located in Zug, Switzerland, and is the former CTO EasyPay where he transformed the company’s security systems and was responsible for the company’s PCI Level 1 Security certification, and helped define the initial technology for Abypay, a Zug Switzerland based blockchain payments company.
Henrique has many years’ experience from Portugal’s Judicial Police (PJ) where he founded the PJ cyber-intelligence capability, as well as his time as an intelligence officer at Portugal’s Defense Strategic Intelligence Service (SEID) where he was a member of Portugal’s permanent representation at the NATO and EU Situation Center and led teams focused on counter terrorism, cyber warfare and geopolitical analysis. Henrique has also held positions at the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he was responsible for relationships with the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Macao and Brunei in support of the bilateral relations, and was a former assistant to the former Portuguese Foreign Minister and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.
Henrique has an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science (London, United Kingdom) and a BA from McGill University (Montreal, Canada).
Frode is the Founder and CEO of the Post-Lean Institute, a Silicon Valley based research and advisory firm that develops new models and methods for investors and corporates to exploit new technologies such as Blockchain, Deep Learning and Smart Contracts. He has recently been researching the vulnerabilities of Ethereum smart contracts, including the use of the Maian tool that recently identified over 34,200 smart contracts that had vulnerabilities that could be exploited to steal Ether and freeze or delete assets in contracts attackers do not own.
Stephan is a serial technology entrepreneur. He founded his first company, Samples.com, at age 22 and grew it to over $40M annual revenue in 5 years. He is currently the CEO and Founder of Zeeto, a monetization platform that enables publishers to generate exponentially more revenue than traditional advertising by asking their visitors questions, generating highly accurate data, on demand, for brands.
As a seasoned leader of rapid growth technology startups, Stephan has shown a track record of building highly innovative products and business models while bootstrapping his companies by being extremely results oriented.
In 2014, Stephan started getting involved in the crypto currency space and is now working on a stable-coin stealth startup.
Stephan is originally from Zurich, Switzerland. He moved to the US at the age of 19 to follow the American Dream. He speaks Swiss German, High German, French and English. He is a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) and was recognized as a Forbes 30 under 30 winner in the Marketing & Advertising Category.
Primoz has extensive experience in investment banking, particularly in the field of risk management and distressed debt acquisitions. He holds Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certificate issued by Global Association of Risk Professionals. He first got involved in blockchain in early 2016 and has worked with many blockchain projects on their token models and advisory on the treasury of funds at ICONOMI and Cofound.it. He also actively participates in blockchain economics related debates and writes blogs on token models on Medium. He is a pending PhD student on Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, Slovenia and is preparing to research the field of crypto economics.