About Blockstack

Blockstack is a full-stack decentralized computing network that enables a new generation of applications where developers and users can interact fairly and securely.

Mission

Blockstack’s mission is to foster an open and decentralized Internet that establishes and protects privacy, security and freedom for all internet users.

What is Blockstack

Blockstack is a full-stack decentralized computing network that enables a new generation of applications where developers and users can interact fairly and securely. Blockstack’s core protocols and developer tools enable a fair and open Internet that returns digital rights to developers and consumers. Led by some of the world’s foremost experts on distributed systems, Blockstack allows users to own their own data that they can take with them from app to app in the ecosystem, along with their Blockstack ID that eliminates the need for password-based logins. The end result is privacy, security, and freedom.

Stats

  • 4+ years of R&D with publications in peer-reviewed conferences
  • More than 80 independent apps currently built on the network
  • Over 7,000 members in the community of enthusiasts and developer
  • 6,000+ Meetup Members in more than 40 groups on 6 continents

How Blockstack Works

The Blockstack team rethought internet applications from first principles: You should own and control your online identity, your identity should work with all apps, all your application data should be encrypted, and only you have the decryption-key to share that data.

Years have been spent building an architecture that would support these principles and provide a solid, scalable foundation. We use a dedicated Blockchain, designed for decentralized apps, to provision Blockstack IDs and execute smart-contracts. We use a purpose built decentralized storage network to hold encrypted data with performance comparable to the cloud. And we wrap all that infrastructure in simple javascript API that any developer can use.

From there, developers are free to build high-quality apps with no middlemen, no passwords, and no massive data silos to breach. There are many Blockstack apps already in production and more being built every day with the participation of the online open source community in App Mining and in partnership with VC Bounties Programs. Learn more about funding.

Get started by setting up a Blockstack ID

About Blockstack Public Benefit Corporation

Blockstack PBC is building core protocols and developer tools for the Blockstack network of decentralized apps. Blockstack PBC is committed to open-source, and fosters an open, decentralized internet. As a Public Benefit Corp, the company upholds specific commitments to the greater public good in addition to stockholder interests. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in New York City with offices in Hong Kong, Toronto, Barcelona and Washington state, Blockstack PBC is funded by Union Square Ventures, Y Combinator, Lux Capital, Digital Currency Group, Naval Ravikant and others.

Team Members

Muneeb Ali
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Muneeb Ali

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Muneeb Ali is the co-founder of Blockstack and serves as the CEO of Blockstack PBC. He received his PhD in distributed systems from Princeton University and gives guest lectures on cloud computing there. He was awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship and his PhD dissertation was nominated by Princeton for the ACM SIGCOMM dissertation award.

Jude Nelson
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Jude Nelson

judecn.id

Jude Nelson earned his PhD in computer science at Princeton and worked as a core member of PlanetLab, which received the ACM Test of Time Award for enabling planetary scale experimentation and deployment. His research covered wide-area storage systems and CDNs. 10+ years of Vim usage.

Aaron Blankstein
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Aaron Blankstein

blankstein.id

Aaron joined the Blockstack engineering team from an academic background, finishing his PhD in 2017. His doctoral research spanned a range of topics, mostly focusing on web application performance and security. He’s worked in information flow tracking systems, caching algorithms, compilers, and applied cryptography. 10+ years of Emacs usage.

Gina Abrams
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Gina Abrams

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Gina is Growth and People Operations Partner at Blockstack. Previously she spent two years in technical recruiting, during which time she assisted numerous NYC start-ups in DevOps, SRE and Security hires.

Patrick Stanley
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Patrick Stanley

pstanley.id

Patrick Stanley is the head of growth at Blockstack. He studied Economics and Psychology at Johns Hopkins, and was the first employee at data-driven lending startup Earnest which sold to Navient for $155m in 2017. In a growth role there, he helped it scale from from 1 to 200 employees and go from $0 to $2B in originations within 3 years.

Ken Liao
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Ken Liao

yukan.id

Ken Liao studied Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo and co-founded the fashion brand marketplace, PR-A-PO. He designed and built mobile apps which were featured as Best New App on the Apple App Store.

Sebastian Dunkel
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Sebastian Dunkel

sebastiandunkel.id

Sebastian received his MA in Linguistics and Communications from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and the University of Brighton, UK. Before joining the Blockstack team, he worked in localization and product support for Apple, Vimeo, and Master & Dynamic.

Shannon Voight
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Shannon Voight

shannon.id.blockstack

Shannon drives event and marketing programs focusing on Blockstack's growth and expansion. Prior to joining Blockstack in 2017, Shannon spent over 11 years honing her skills as event and program producer, talent manager and brand strategist at Condé Nast and Time Inc.

Xan Ditkoff
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Xan Ditkoff

xan.id

Xan came to Blockstack with backgrounds in private equity, investment banking, and the military. He is passionate about driving the creation, growth, and expansion of application ecosystems through his growth role and with the Signature Fund.

Jesse Soslow
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Jesse Soslow

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Jesse is Blockstack’s head of legal and finance. Prior to Blockstack, he led operations at Everwise, a Sequoia-backed SaaS startup, and worked as a technology transactions attorney for a large, international law firm. Jesse received his J.D. and B.A., in math, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mitchell Cuevas
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Mitchell Cuevas

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Mitchell is Blockstack’s Marketing Partner. He previously led Marketing at UP Global (Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Week) before joining the Product team at Techstars. He curates the Martech Digest, advises at Cove Group, and runs ScreenChecker.

Jeff Domke
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Jeff Domke

jeffdomke.id

Jeff leads product at Blockstack. Previously he was CPO and the first hire at CompStak (real estate analytics) where he helped grow the user base 125x, hire 50 team members, and raise 22M in funding. He also previously cofounded Signal (CX analytics) and Capsule.me (consumer messaging).

Hank Stoever
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Hank Stoever

hankstoever.id

Hank is an engineer at Blockstack, working on developer tools and consumer-facing products. He previously worked as an engineer for a variety of startups, including as lead developer for Startup Digest.

Thao-Nguyen Le
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Thao-Nguyen Le

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Thao-Nguyen is People and Operations partner at Blockstack, assisting the co-founders and team with organizational prioritization, project management, team collaboration and internal communication. Prior to joining, she led operations in mission driven organizations such as Farmshelf (indoor hydro agri-tech), AntiGravity Fitness and Vietnam Heritage Center.

Virginia Hickox
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Virginia Hickox

ginxh.id.blockstack

Virginia is a Blockstack Engineering Partner, focusing on DevOps, developing microservices and infrastructure for the decentralized web. She has a degree in Electrical Engineering from RPI, and previously worked as an Engineer in Operations for open market access for electrical power. She is interested in information privacy and democracy in the digital world.

Shreyas Thiagaraj
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Shreyas Thiagaraj

shrey.id

Shreyas is a Blockstack Engineering Partner, working on developer tools and mobile efforts. He comes from a background in product development for various social apps, and before that built developer tools for mobile apps as an engineer at Microsoft. When not at work, you can find him on the hunt for the world’s best hot chocolate.

Mary Anthony
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Mary Anthony

mmanthony.id.blockstack

Mary joined Blockstack as a Documentation Engineer. She has co-founded a CRO, managed teams, developed documentation deployment infrastructure, and designed user interfaces. Her experience includes developing content for open source, clinical research, container technologies, security software, business intelligence software, remote source control software, and system administration. She spends her non-work time studying figurative art, hiking, and trail running.

Jesse Wiley
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Jesse Wiley

jwiley.id.blockstack

Jesse is an Engineering Partner, focusing on DevOps, automating micro-services and infrastructure-as-code for the decentralized web. After spending too much time at large companies, he's bringing the automation and innovation to Blockstack, working to make everyone's job just a little bit easier.

Thomas Osmonson
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Thomas Osmonson

aulneau.id

Thomas Osmonson is a Product Engineering Partner at Blockstack. He likes wearing many hats ranging from visual design to building performant web/native applications. Previously as an independent, he has helped agencies, startups, and founders build and design useful, beautiful products. He has an affinity for the wilderness, street photography, and traveling.

Mark Hendrickson
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Mark Hendrickson

markmhendrickson.id

Mark is a Product Manager from San Francisco with over a decade designing, developing and marketing Web and mobile applications for startups. He now lives in Barcelona in self-imposed exile having launched a number of products in Silicon Valley such as Plancast, KITE, Lift and CrunchBase.

Frederick Lee
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Frederick Lee

fredericklee.id

Freddie is Associate General Counsel at Blockstack. Prior to Blockstack, Freddie was a senior trial attorney at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Freddie received his B.A. in philosophy from Yale University and his J.D. from NYU School of Law, where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review.

Matthew Little
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Matthew Little

zone117x.id

Matt is a Full Stack Engineer, involved in blockchain related development for over 5 years. He worked as a lead developer at several startups, shipping both developer and consumer facing products. Prior to Blockstack, Matt was a senior engineer at Hosho and lead development on an Ethereum smart contract development and testing tool suite.

Saurabh Pathak
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Saurabh Pathak

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Prior to Blockstack, Saurabh Pathak worked at BlackRock for 10 years, where he was the Controller for the Americas region, overseeing $4 trillion of assets, and CFO of Canada and BlackRock’s broker-dealers. Saurabh’s experience includes M&A (due diligence/valuations/integrations), finance and accounting, taxation and regulatory reporting. His previous work experience includes Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche. Saurabh is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Series 27 license. He obtained his Bachelors in Accounting from Mumbai University.

Jasper Jansz
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Jasper Jansz

jjansz.id

Jasper works as a Product Designer at Blockstack. Previously, he was the first hire and led the design efforts of Blockport. As an independent, he designed products for one of the largest shoe retailers in Europe, terror-prevention software for the Ministry of Defence, and multiple cryptocurrency products.

Tim Wells
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Tim Wells

timtest10.id.blockstack

Tim is Engineering Partner, focusing on QA at Blockstack. Prior to joining Blockstack he helped several startups improve quality including as Engineering Manager of the Engineering Effectiveness team at GitHub, Headed mobile Automation Testing at livingsocial.com and as Manager of QA for urbanoutfitters.com. Tim received his B.S. in Computer Science from Hampton University in Virginia and did his graduate studies at Widener University.

Brittany Laughlin
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Brittany Laughlin

brittany.id

Brittany is Blockstack's Growth Partner. She’s spent 6 years investing in blockchain and network effect businesses through her own firm, Lattice Ventures, and on the investment team at Union Square Ventures. A serial entrepreneur, she's built 3 companies, including gtrot which sold to Groupon. Her work focuses on the intersection of community and technology.

Advisors

Michael Freedman
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Michael Freedman

Technical Advisor
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Michael Freedman is a distributed systems Professor at Princeton. He was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE), the Sloan Fellowship, and his research has led to commercial products and deployed systems reaching millions of users daily.