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Our Founder

Menlo One is founded by Matt Nolan, a season technologist who has been building applications for IBM, JP Morgan, and High5 Games for the past 10 years. As an entrepreneur, Matt has put together a dedicated team at Menlo One that cares deeply about creating great software to build the foundation for the next generation of decentralized applications.

Core Team

We've come together to build technology that will make your life easier and better.

  • Matthew Nolan
    CEO, Founder, Engineering

    Serial entrepreneur & full stack-developer. Partner at Ark Advisors. Co-founder of Speek: acquired by Jive 2015. Former Sr Engineer at JP Morgan. Former Sr Engineer at IBM. Founder of Verona: one of Fast Company's "most innovative companies", 2016. Globally recognized social entrepreneur featured by BBC, NBC, FOX, Vice, more. Webby Awards honoree, 2016. Speaker & Resident at TED.

  • David Dawson
    CTO, Engineering

    Veteran of 15 years at Microsoft directing engineering organizations across product & software engineers. Delivered products that power Windows, Xbox & Office from scalable enterprise services to consumer mobile products. Co-founded Mast Mobile as CTO focused on business mobile focused communication services that sold to Hearsay Systems.

  • Tiaan Wolmarans
    COO at Menlo One | ICO Advisor

    Tiaan is an entrepreneur who focusses on operations and product development. He has directly advised, written whitepapers for and developed products for multiple ICO's that have collectively raised $11 million in private and public sales, some with still-upcoming ICO's. He also worked on the product development and relaunch of Hempcoin as well as the relaunch, development, and blockchain migration of Solaris.

  • Marcie Grambeau
    Marketing & Communications

    Marcie is a multi-faceted marketing and communications specialist. Her experience ranges from planning to execution to production to consulting for a wide variety of products and services across Wellness, Entertainment & Tech sectors. A passionate brand & startup advocate, she previously worked with ARK Advisors helping support companies through the ICO process.

  • Rick Bross
    Lead Frontend Developer

    Rick Bross has been programming since the age of 9, freelancing since the age of 12, internship at 13, and went directly into the industry after High School. Over the course of the past 6 years, he has worked for remarkable companies such as VML, High 5 Games, IPsoft and has overseen development work on brands ranging from Lexus, to Korean Air, to Mastercard.com. He's helped launch widely successful platforms in the AI and labor automation space.

  • Brandon Carlson
    Web Architect

    Brandon Carlson has been architecting and deploying custom web applications for over 10 years. He has direct experience developing secure infrastructures for Fortune 100 companies, the US government, Health Care, and Employment Background Screening industries.

  • Felix Watkins
    Blockchain Developer

    Felix is an industry recognized blockchain developer, having written and audited smart contracts for dozens of successful token sales, including his side project Circles Project.

  • Courtney Zalewski
    Design

    Courtney has done design work for many tech companies including One Second Everyday (#1 in Apple App Store), Glimpse, and Pager.

  • Ian Welch
    Business Development

    Ian has led business development for a number of Silicon Valley based companies in software and biotech. He previously led customer acquisition at Raymond James as a licensed financial advisor.

  • Nathan Windsor
    Business Development

    Nathan is a founder at Macroscape and was an early contributor to several blockchain projects including RChain.

  • Rob Watson
    Global Business Development

    Rob is a researcher and analyst, operating in the blockchain space, specializing in whitepaper audits, due diligence, tokenomics review, and developing communities for projects in both the pre-ico and post-ico stage of development.

Advisors

  • Dave Hoover
    Blockchain Architect

    Dave Hoover dove into the blockchain rabbit hole in 2015, quickly found his way to Ethereum, and has been focused there ever since. He has worked at ConsenSys, IDEO, and Augur, and contributed to many Ethereum projects as an auditor, engineer, and coach. Dave was a partner/owner of Obtiva, Mad Mimi, and Dev Bootcamp, all of which were successfully acquired. Dave is co-author of the book “Apprenticeship Patterns”.

  • Dr. Brian Watson
    Strategy

    Dr Brian Watson is a Senior Associate and Fund Manager at Invictus Capital. Previously, Brian worked as postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University on the development of low-cost photovoltaic technologies. After returning to South Africa, Brian pursued his interests in early stage investing aiming to apply his experience in developing new technologies, research and communicating technical content to the burgeoning space of decentralized finance.

  • David Langer
    Funding

    Venture Partner @ Pioneer Fund, Pledger @ Founders Pledge, Mentor @ Seedcamp, Founder/CEO @ Zesty Inc. David is a serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and startup advisor working with a growing portfolio of 20+ companies.

  • Richard Titus
    Business

    Richard D. "Titus", a partner at Ark Advisors, is a globally experienced senior executive (CxO) with 20+ years in digital transformation. He has co-founded 11 firms including Prompt.ly and digital agency giants Razorfish (LA) & Schematic. He has also led business divisions for Samsung Electronics, and the BBC to award-winning levels of performance recognized by CES, GSMA, Techcrunch and the Wall Street Journal. He has advised numerous successful ICO's including: ADEX, HIVE - PROJECT, PILLAR, PO.ET, EXPERTY, GUARDIUM, OMEGA ONE, SCIENCE, SUN EXCHANGE, and SNIP - raising +$200m in funding in 2017.

  • Jill Richmond
    Marketing

    Jill Richmond leads the Sparkchain team at Spark PR, one of the leading firms in the space with clients including Blockchain Capital, Civic, and Simple Token. She has over 15 years of experience focused on startups including co-founding two, and supporting global innovation within the private and public sector at the World Bank Group's Innovation Practice. Jill has curated and spoken at many conferences and panels and is currently a regular contributing writer for Forbes, BTC and Distributed Media. Her views on technology and innovation have been featured in The Washington Post, VentureBeat, The New York Times, BBC, Modern Luxury, BTC Media, Forbes and Spectator.

  • Mike Norman
    Founder at Wefunder

    Mike Norman is the cofounder of the crowd investing platform Wefunder.com. With over 6,000 funders and $16 million in startup funding. Mike helped craft the crowdfunding portion of the JOBS Act and watched Obama sign it into law at the White House. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • Jake Baval
    Community

    Jake Baval aka Korean Jew Trading is a veteran cryptocurrency entrepreneur, having built a grassroots community from scratch and making it his mission to help people navigate the space. As someone who is so experienced in growing and building communities, but also experienced the difficulties of ICO investing, his insight is invaluable to the development of the Menlo One platform and all its user-friendly features.

  • Marissa Kim
    Legal

    Marissa, a partner at Ark Advisors, is a securities and capital markets lawyer focused on helping innovators in the blockchain and crypto ecosystem launch, raise capital and navigate and influence the regulatory landscape. Previously, she represented major financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of public and private company transactional practice, focusing corporate finance, public and private offerings of stock, M&A and the formation of hedge and PE funds at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP in New York City.

  • Markus Ament
    Strategy

    Serial FinTech entrepreneur, Markus Ament, or Maex as he is known, has led many companies from early stage startups to global leaders, loved by thousands worldwide. Maex currently sits as Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of Taulia, and has transformed the company from an idea in 2009, to the market leading Financial Supply Chain company, connecting businesses to create a more efficient and profitable supply chain. With an enviable list of the of Fortune 500 clients and over 300 employees, Taulia has quickly become the recognized leader in the financial supply chain.

  • Mike Hostetler
    Engineering

    Mike is a serial entrepreneur, director of blockchain at Raise, CEO of Modern Web, CTO of SuperBetter, and Project lead at jQuery.