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Our
Team
Founders Will Martino and Stuart Popejoy met at JP Morgan’s Blockchain Center of Excellence, researching the technology's financial services potential. To deliver an enterprise-level solution, they developed Kadena’s first private blockchain protocol, ScalableBFT. Since then, Kadena’s team has built tools for widespread public blockchain adoption as well: Pact, a simple and safe smart contract language, and Chainweb, an upcoming proof-of-work protocol to scale the public blockchain. These breakthroughs power Kadena’s hybrid platform that spans both private and public blockchain solutions.
Founders
Will Martino
Founder & CEO
Will was Lead Engineer for Juno, JP Morgan’s blockchain prototype, and was previously Tech Lead for the SEC's Cryptocurrency Steering Committee and the Quantitative Analytics Unit.
Stuart Popejoy
Founder & President
Stuart directed JP Morgan's Blockchain Center of Excellence, and has 15 years experience building trading systems and exchange backbones for the financial industry.
Business
Monica Quaintance
Head of Research and Networks
Monica led database engineering at Rent The Runway and was a quant for the SEC, before which she worked in investment banking for Cushman & Wakefield.
Anastasia Bez
Operations/Special Projects
Before joining Kadena, Anastasia conducted research with the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, where she also organized initiatives on geopolitics, cyber security, and foreign and domestic policy.
Enterprise
Ben Jessel
Head of Growth
Ben is a consulting, financial services and emerging technology veteran with over 18 years experience of advising clients within consultancies including Accenture, Deloitte and Capco. Prior to Kadena, Ben ran Capco's blockchain practice.
Andrew Khalatov
Enterprise Strategy and Operations
Andrew specializes in designing and delivering complex solutions across financial services, healthcare, insurance, and emerging technology practices. He previously worked at Oliver Wyman, Accenture, and Capco.
Marketing
Tony Pham
Head of Marketing
Tony joins us as Head of Marketing to raise awareness of and engagement with Kadena's technologies. He brings deep expertise in branding, customer development, and product marketing. Previously, Tony led the marketing divisions at TrustToken, Coin (acquired by Fitbit), Life360, and Slide (acquired by Google).
Vivienne Chen
Media and Communications
Vivienne brings 8 years of experience in journalism, online media, blogging and creative writing, previously working in editorial at Scholastic.
Product
Marie Leaf
Head of Product
Marie bridges the divide between private and public blockchain development. She vetted leading enterprise platforms for the Chief Architect of Cognizant’s Blockchain Practice and during the past three years grew her own independent consulting practice as a dedicated member of the public blockchain community. Previously, she worked at PwC and Infusion (acquired by Avanade).
Taylor Rolfe
Product Operations Manager
Taylor is a PMP who most recently led strategic initiatives and innovation projects for PVH Corp., owner of Calvin Klein & Tommy Hilfiger. He brings business transformation expertise from the largest apparel companies.
Miguel Romero
Community Manager
Miguel is a dedicated social media professional with expertise in digital content, analytics and data analysis. With his background in computer science he has helped develop unique and engaging communities within the blockchain community.
Technology
Doug Beardsley
Director of Engineering
Doug has 15 years of software engineering experience including 8 years using Haskell professionally. He also co-organizes the Compose Conference, the New York Haskell Users Group, and is one of the original authors of the Snap web framework.
Anagha Mercado
Info Tech Project Manager
Anagha is an experienced Information Technology Project Manager with strong business analysis skills. Throughout her career in the financial services industry, she has worked on the technical implementation of rapid application development projects, as well as multi-year front-to-back programs. Prior to joining Kadena, Anagha worked at PwC, JPMorgan, Barclays and Nomura.
Linda Ortega Cordoves
Engineer
Linda is a recent Computer Science graduate from Barnard College and brings experience in software engineering, product development, and functional programming in OCaml.
Emmanuel Denloye-Ito
Engineer
Emmanuel is a Haskell developer who recently matriculated from a master's degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia. Before joining Kadena, Emmanuel worked in the fields of image processing, visible light communications, and topological data analysis.
Michael Ferron
Engineer
Michael is a Front-End Engineer with seven years’ experience in JavaScript product development in startup, consulting and financial services environments. Previously, he worked in advertising for seven years as a Flash Artist & Programmer, producing work for clients such as Ogilvy, TIG Global and Design Army.
Lars Kuhtz
Engineer
Lars Kuhtz is an expert in distributed systems and formal methods, formerly building distributed development tools for Microsoft. He has built cloud storage backends, cryptographic services, and verification tools.
Mark Nichols
Engineer
Mark brings a wealth of experience with production Haskell development, with extensive experience in financial systems, DSL design, and big data.
Emily Pillmore
Engineer
Emily is a Haskell developer and chartered mathematician who has worked on massively distributed systems and helps maintain the largest and longest running functional programming library on the JVM.
Colin Woodbury
Engineer
Colin has been writing open-source Haskell software since 2012, and has a number of published, open source projects and libraries. Prior to joining Kadena, he worked in the field of Geographic Information Systems, authoring high-performance image processing software.
Hee Kyun Yun
Engineer
Hee Kyun is a full-stack developer with experience in decentralized applications. She has a B.S. in Operations Research and Engineering from Cornell University and had previously worked as a business analyst at CJ E&M.
Advisors
Paul Giordano
Insurance
Paul is an industry veteran as General Counsel at Ironshore, CEO of Syncora Holdings Ltd. and CEO of Financial Products & Services and General Counsel at XL Capital.
Stuart Haber
Cryptography
Dr. Stuart Haber is a renowned cryptographer who laid the groundwork for blockchain back in 1990. During his time at Bellcore (Bell Communications Research), Dr. Haber and his colleague W. Scott Stornetta published a series of papers outlining the concept of blockchain; they were the most cited authors in the seminal 2008 Bitcoin paper by Satoshi Nakamoto.
Wayne Martino
Legal
Wayne has decades of legal and business experience with companies and entrepreneurs in emerging growth industries including the early stages of the commercial internet, new media and nanotech and, since 2013, working in cryptocurrency ecosystem.
Alex Pinchev
Marketing
Alex Pinchev has over 30 years’ leadership and marketing experience in the software industry. He served as Executive Vice President (EVP) and President of Global Sales and Marketing at open source software company Red Hat and cloud computing company Rackspace.