Brian McSweeney


Brian is Founder and Chairman of Chlu, a blockchain based technology startup, and Flexhire a premium freelance engineering marketplace. He is advisor to, and was previously CTO/CIO of, Standard Industries, a New York based global industrial holding company, overseeing a global team of technology experts. He was previously Global Head of Digital Innovation for PepsiCo. Prior to PepsiCo, Brian was Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, Technology for JCPenney. He is an advisory board member of the MIT Digital Currency Initiative and has previously been a member of the FedEx Ecommerce board of directors. He has spoken on Blockchain extensively and is an active angel investor and startup advisor in Europe and the US.

Brian holds a MSc in Computer Science, Networks and Distributed Systems from Trinity College Dublin where he was a foundation scholar and gold medalist.

Stephen McSweeney


Stephen is a highly experienced executive leader, educator and entrepreneur. His career spans 18 years, including teaching Integrated Multimedia Systems to Computer Science undergrads in Trinity College Dublin, as well as managing software and content development from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He has led teams across all aspects of business, including product development, product management, investment analysis, sales and business development, and he has been part of several successful acquisitions along the way. He is currently CEO of Flexhire, a cutting-edge technology recruitment marketplace.

Stephen is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where he received his BA in Management Science and Information Systems, and his MSc in Multimedia Systems.

Kulpreet Singh, PhD


Kulpreet has a PhD in distributed systems where he developed a novel consensus protocol that is resilient to rapid changes in network topology. Since his PhD, Kulpreet has held leadership roles in various industries like online gaming, crowdfunding, marketplaces and productivity. He has led teams in startups like Jolt Online Gaming, Karmafan, Subnomine, Notificami and Flexhire. Kulpreet is passionate about open source software and is a regular contributor to the community. He is an expert in the development of smart contracts, wallets and decentralized storage networks, and strongly believes in the future of cryptocurrencies.

Kulpreet received his PhD from Trinity College Dublin and his Masters in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He is a father of twin girls and enjoys long distance running.

Hitesh Tewari, PhD


Hitesh is Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin's School of Computer Science and Statistics, where he has published extensively on cryptography, blockchains and online payments.

His early research work was on electronic payments systems in 1994. He has also published peer reviewed papers in the areas of computer networks, electronic commerce, network security and mobile communications technologies. He has published a number of important papers in the area of blockchains and has co-authored a book on Electronic Payments which is currently in its second edition.

Cassidy Daly

Token Economy and PR

Cassidy is an expert in international finance whose research on interest rates is regularly read by senior central bankers around the world. She is using her insights and passion for blockchain technology to create solutions for the future of open reputation.

Cassidy has a Master's in International Finance from Columbia University where she also acted as a consultant for the Federal Reserve.

Enrico Fasoli


Enrico is a computer scientist from italy with a strong passion for open source software and peer to peer distributed systems. He has followed closely the development of the IPFS distributed filesystem and its first applications.

His projects include IPFS Boards, a browser application aiming to implement a completely decentralized discussion board and IPFS Drive, a file manager running entirely in the browser. He also built and contributed to many open source software and tools ranging from games and web applications, development tools and programming languages.

Max Toryanick

Front End Developer

Max is an experienced senior full-stack developer with experience in mobile (React Native), server back-end solutions (Node.js, Ruby on Rails), and modern front-end frameworks (Angular, React).

Frank LaRocca

UX Design

Frank is an award winning designer that specializes in user interface design for the web, mobile applications and interactive installations. His work has included the design of interactive touch tables, real-time data visualizations for a bar with robotic bartenders, and the reimagining of an international bank's ATM interfaces across the globe. He has worked with such clients as PepsiCo, The Public Theater, Smithsonian, MIT, NYU, Sesame Street, UCLA School of Architecture and numerous technology startups.

Frank's work has received multiple awards, including AIGA's 50/50 design award, and has been featured in Fast Company, CNN, and Gizmodo. Frank graduated with honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Graphic Design and Multimedia. Since then, he has taught design and programming at The New School, School of Visual Arts, and New York University. He has also worked at a range of design studios, including the internationally renowned agency Pentagram for 4 years, before beginning his current role as an independent consultant.

Jesse Middleton


Jesse is a husband, father, entrepreneur, technology evangelist, investor, mentor and lifelong hacker.

He is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital. His investment interests includes mobile, SaaS, big data, consumer and e-commerce. Prior to joining Flybridge in 2016, Jesse was an early executive at WeWork, one of the fastest growing and most valuable startups in history. He co-founded WeWork Labs in 2011, which became WeWork’s global startup incubator, and ran WeWork X, M&A, startup investments, business and digital product development as well as inside sales during his five-year tenure at the company.

Prior to WeWork, Jesse was the co-founder and CEO of Backstory, a venture backed startup. Jesse began his career traveling across the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Israel and China as a network security engineer based in Philadelphia. He moved to New York City where he became the head of information technology at LivePerson in 2010.

Prior to Flybridge, Jesse was an active angel investor and serves as an advisor to many early stage technology startups including 3Claps, Authenticated Digital, Benny, Camelot Metrics, Eight, fitmob (acquired by ClassPass), inDinero, Jackpocket, Leo Health, Morsel, Rukkus, Squire, Symple, Thunderclap, Uptown House and YourTrove (acquired by LiveNation).

Jesse attended Drexel University.

Garry Lyons


Garry is Chief Innovation Officer for MasterCard. In this role, he leads both the digital payments and MasterCard Labs businesses, consolidating the development and delivery of emerging digital payments solutions to ensure a simple, safe and high quality consumer and merchant experience. He sits on the company’s Management Committee.

In 2010, Lyons led the launch of MasterCard Labs, the company’s global research and development arm focused on payments innovation, delivering additional consumer shopping convenience with greater speed than ever before. MasterCard Labs is focused on looking at how advances in technology and consumer trends can help create new products and solutions. As part of its remit, the team also works with the global startup community.

Mr. Lyons has more than 20 years of experience in the software and financial services industries, primarily focused on innovation and on the technology and business development aspects of deploying complex, large scale payment systems.

He was chief executive officer of Orbiscom, a leading provider of innovative payment solutions to the global financial services industry, prior to its acquisition by MasterCard in 2008. He was with Orbiscom since its incorporation in early 1999, when he was recruited by its founders to take responsibility for all aspects of technology, innovation, delivery and support.

Prior to joining Orbiscom, Mr. Lyons held various senior technology positions in Cognotec, Credo and ICL.

He was recognized as one of Forbes’ "Next Gen Innovators" in 2014.

Mr. Lyons is a technologist by training, with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Applications from Dublin City University. He is a member of the board of directors of Datalex plc as a non-executive director.

Andronikos Nedos, PhD

Smart Contracts and Storage

Andronikos is a technologist and an entrepreneur. He has over 15 years experience in distributed systems in both academia and industry. He is the co-founder of FieldAware, a mobile-first field service management software company. He developed one of the key features of the FieldAware platform, a scalable data reconciliation protocol to synchronise data between the the cloud and mobile apps.

In his previous life, Andronikos received a Ph.D from the Distributed Systems Group in Trinity College Dublin. His thesis produced a novel gossip protocol that reaches agreement in disconnected distributed systems. He is a crypto-enthusiast and crypto-investor.

Raymond Cunningham, PhD

Peer to peer networks

Raymond is FieldAware VP of Engineering and one of its founders. He completed a Doctorate in Computer Science in Trinity College Dublin receiving a patent for peer-to-peer live streaming research.