About Blockstack

Blockstack is a new internet for decentralized apps that you access through the Blockstack Browser. With Blockstack, there is a new world of apps that let you own your data and maintain your privacy, security and freedom.

How It Works

Blockstack uses the lower layers of the traditional internet and focuses on decentralizing the application layer. Blockstack provides key tools and infrastructure to developers enabling decentralized storage and decentralized authentication & identity. Developers build single-page applications in JavaScript then plug into user-run APIs, which eliminates centralized points of control. Users run decentralized apps through the Blockstack browser and give explicit read/write permissions to their data. Information is encrypted and stored on users’ personal devices. There are no middlemen, no passwords, and no massive data silos to breach.

Get started by installing the Blockstack Browser (available for Mac, Windows, Linux, and as a web app).

There are many Blockstack apps already in production and more being built every day with the participation of the online open source community and in partnership with VC Bounties Programs. See more about funding.

Stats

  • 3+ years in production
  • 74,000+ domains registered
  • Over 7,000 members in the developer community
  • 4,000+ Slack community members
  • 7,000+ Meet-Up Members, with events spanning 23 cities in 12 countries

Blockstack is a Public Benefit Corp

Blockstack is both an open source project and a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). Blockstack PBC, a Public Benefit Corp, upholds specific commitments to the greater public good in addition to stockholder interests. The mission of Blockstack PBC is to enable an open, decentralized internet. Blockstack PBC is committed to always keep the core Blockstack software open-source, and to support the decentralization of the Blockstack network. Blockstack PBC has historically taken the lead on Blockstack protocol development, but in the future will work with other parties to build a fully transparent and adaptable decentralized internet.

History

Blockstack was started by Muneeb Ali and Ryan Shea in 2013. The first public launch of a registrar service (called the Onename App) was in March 2014 and the company went through Y Combinator in summer 2014. After YC, the company raised a Seed round led by Union Square Ventures. The company closed a Series A in January 2017, again led by Union Square Ventures, with investors including Lux Capital, Naval Ravikant, and Shana Fisher. Blockstack became a Public Benefit Corp in September 2017.

Blockstack Values

Blockstack is an open-source project with core developers and contributors located around the world, from New York City to Hong Kong. We believe the community is one of our greatest assets, and the team engages with users via Slack, Github, Twitter, and the Blockstack Forum in order to build the best product possible.

Blockstack Team Values: (voted and decided collaboratively by the team)

  • Humility
  • Extreme Ownership
  • Collaborative Mindset
  • Possibilist
  • Mission-driven

Team

Muneeb Ali
Muneeb AliMuneeb Ali

Muneeb Ali

muneeb.id

Muneeb Ali is a distributed systems PhD from Princeton and gives guest lectures on cloud computing there. He went through Y Combinator and was awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship.

Jude Nelson
Jude NelsonJude Nelson

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
Aaron BlanksteinAaron Blankstein

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.

Larry Salibra
Larry SalibraLarry Salibra

Larry Salibra

larry.id

Larry Salibra co-founded Pay4Bugs, a crowdsourced security analysis and software testing platform, and is a founding member of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong. His work exposed private data leakage in Chinese Tinder clone Tantan, and how Apple censors apps in China.

Gina Abrams
Gina AbramsGina Abrams

Gina Abrams

ginaabrams.id

Gina Abrams studied Psychology and Social Sciences at Binghamton University. Previously she spent two years in agency technical recruiting, during which time she assisted numerous NYC start-ups in mission critical DevOps, SRE and Security hires.

Patrick Stanley
Patrick StanleyPatrick Stanley

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
Ken LiaoKen Liao

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
Shannon VoightShannon Voight

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
Xan DitkoffXan Ditkoff

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
Jesse SoslowJesse Soslow

Jesse Soslow

jesse.id

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
Mitchell CuevasMitchell Cuevas

Mitchell Cuevas

mitchell.id

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
Jeff DomkeJeff Domke

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
Hank StoeverHank Stoever

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
Thao-Nguyen LeThao-Nguyen Le

Thao-Nguyen Le

thaonguyenle.id

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
Virginia HickoxVirginia Hickox

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.

Elizabeth Thys
Elizabeth ThysElizabeth Thys

Elizabeth Thys

liz.id.blockstack

Liz is a Blockstack Operations Partner. Prior to Blockstack, she co-founded limeSHIFT, a creative agency that aligns people, place and purpose, which emerged from a collaboration between MIT Sloan School of Management and MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Shreyas Thiagaraj
Shreyas ThiagarajShreyas Thiagaraj

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
Mary AnthonyMary Anthony

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
Jesse WileyJesse Wiley

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
Thomas OsmonsonThomas Osmonson

Thomas Osmonson

aulneau.id

Thomas Osmonson is a product engineer working at the boundary of design and development. 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
Mark HendricksonMark Hendrickson

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
Frederick LeeFrederick Lee

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.

Michael Freedman
Michael FreedmanMichael Freedman

Michael Freedman

Technical Advisor
mfreed.id

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.

JP Singh
JP SinghJP Singh

JP Singh

Technical Advisor
jpsingh.id

JP Singh received his PhD from from Stanford University and is a leading authority on scalable infrastructure and applications. He is the director of the Princeton CTO Program, serves on the board of 8x8, Inc., and has been a consultant to Intel, Microsoft, and the U.S. Government.