Joel has been on a life-long quest for mastery, including a scholarship to college at age 13; awards for programming (from Google, Salesforce, and Topcoder); multiple Ivy League degrees; proficiency in seven languages, professional practice in the yoga and fitness communities; and academic work on cryptoeconomics, yogic philosophy, and comparative mythology.
Joel started in the digital currency space in 2011 with a crypto filtering tool for Hacker News, then worked with the P2P Foundation and alternative economics experts on the first land-backed stablecoin, joined Ethereum in 2012 working on developer evangelism around smart contracts, wrote the founding charter of MetaMask at DevCon 0, then worked on an advisory basis for the Institute for the Future, BTG Pactual, Microsoft, American Express, Walmart, and Intel. He recently released his book Principles of Holonic System Design, which discusses new blockchain paradigms of organization and their relevance for society.
Within the blockchain space, Joel has a number of notable firsts, including organizing the first conference on cryptocurrencies and the law at Harvard University, the first and most-cited work on cryptoeconomics, conducting the first blockchain marriage, co-inventing the utility token model, conducting the first on-chain blockchain election for a non-profit, creating the first tokenization platform, and launching the first real asset tokenization project.
Unlike many of the other participants in the crypto Wild West, Joel has advised a cautious “small steps” approach with both regulators and entrepreneurs, including transparently stating goals and objectives, engaging with the academic community, working within the limits of existing legal and regulatory systems, and setting clear and tangible objectives within safe harbour agreements. This includes a comprehensive program of education, so that all sides can sit at the table and come up with the social and financial systems that will most facilitate freedom in the 21st century
Jake is the cofounder and CEO of CoinFund, one of the first blockchain-focused investment firms in the United States, and former CTO and partner at Triton Research. His background combines quantitative analytical skills rooted in pure mathematics, as well as long-term interests in computer science, programming, and technology. His industry experience has focused principally on financial and pure technology, as well as private company research.
Jake has been deeply involved in the study of blockchain technologies, decentralized networks, cryptoeconomic systems, digital crowdfunding, and cryptoassets. In his spare time, he’s also the founder and curator of First Edition, a digital art gallery supporting blockchain-focused NFT creators. With the breadth of his disparate pursuits – blockchain product-building, distributed systems, quantitative trading, private equity research, startups – Jake brings a deep technical and financial expertise in the field of blockchain technologies and decentralized networks.
Alex is a faculty member at UCLA, where he lectures on blockchain business applications and security tokens. He is the author of the book The STO Financial Revolution: How Security Tokens Change Businesses Forever.
Additionally, Alex is the Managing Director of 7CC – Blockchain Investments, as well as a cofounder of Blockchain at UCLA. He received his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and has built training, marketing, and blockchain strategies for corporations across the United States, Asia, and Latin America. He is a frequent speaker at corporate and blockchain conferences across the world, demystifying securities issuance and investments on the blockchain for business leaders and entrepreneurs.