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CEO, Founder, Engineering
Serial entrepreneur & engineer. Partner at Ark Advisors. Co-founder of Speek: acquired by Jive 2015. Former Sr Engineer at JP Morgan. Former Sr Engineer at IBM. Built some of the world's largest online casinos at High5 Games. Founder of Verona: one of Fast Company's "most innovative companies", 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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 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.
Founder at Wefunder
Mike Norman is the cofounder of the crowd investing platform Wefunder.com. With over 6,000 funders and $16 million in startups 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 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, 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.
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.