About Us

We are a team of computer scientists, academics, investors, and enthusiasts. Thanks for stopping by, it's great to meet you!



Team


Evan Kuo - Engineer / Product Evan is an art and math lover. He was previously the CEO of Pythagoras Pizza, and has extensive experience developing predictive auction products and working with venture capital. Evan holds a BS from UC Berkeley, where he studied a mix of ME & CS with research focused in Robotics.

Brandon Iles - Engineer / Architecture Brandon spent over 5 years in Google's Search Ranking and Machine Intelligence groups and later worked in Uber's Ranking and Relevance team. He loves the intersection of Systems, Data, and Intelligence. He holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from Rice University.

Ahmed Naguib Aly - Engineer / Backend Previously at Google, Ahmed spent over five years as a Software Engineer in the Search Indexing and Search Ranking groups. His passion for coding and algorithms began with competitive programming in high school and holds a Bronze Medal in the International Olympiad in Informatics. Ahmed has a BS in Computer Engineering from AAST in Alexandria, Egypt.

Aditya Sarawgi - Engineer / Backend Previously at Uber, Aditya began developing the end-to-end surge pricing system and later started the places search project with autocomplete, destination prediction, and current location prediction. Eventually he moved into advanced technology research to generalize Uber's multi-modal robotic perception networks. Aditya has an MS in CS from Stony Brook and a BE in Eletronics and Telecom from the University of Mumbai.

Nithin Krishna - Engineer / Backend Previously at USC, Nithin was a research engineer at the IRDS/IMSC labs where he worked on applying machine learning to big data problems like traffic prediction, recommender systems, content analysis and text mining. His Master's thesis was focused on developing novel algorithms to protect user friendships from location data. Nithin holds an MS Research degree in Computer Science, from USC.

Jessica Yen - Branding / Operations Jessica formerly co-founded Pythagoras Pizza and loves working at the intersection of technology and the humanities. She holds an MFA in creative writing and a BA from UCLA.

Richy Qiao - Business / Operations Richy spent 4 years in NYC as a consultant, leading over a dozen projects across clients such as Morgan Stanley, DTCC and Visa. In 2017, he packed his bags and began his full-time crypto journey in Beijing at IDG Capital. Richy is currently a Venture Partner at FBG Capital and enjoys skiing, the Buffalo Bills, music and poetry. He holds a BA in Economics from Yale.

Simon Manka - Growth Previously at IOSToken (Binance: IOST), Simon led growth initiatives and helped IOST enter the Top 50 cryptocurrencies as rated by market cap. Simon has a passion for cryptocurrency and helping it achieve mainstream adoption. He holds a BA in history from the University of Virginia, where he played football and lacrosse.

Yiheng Zhang - Business Development / China Previously at Huobi Capital (VC fund of Huobi Group), Yiheng sourced and invested in blockchain related projects and companies. Prior to that Yiheng spent almost 2 years at Ernst & Young as an auditor for Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) the largest Search / AI company in China. He holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Denver and an MS in Accounting from Syracuse University.

Advisory Board


 

  • Joey Krug
    Augur, Pantera
  • Sam Lessin
    Fin, Facebook
  • Niall Ferguson
    Hoover Institute, Stanford
  • Noah Jessop
    Honey Miner, MIT
  • Paul Veradittakit
    Pantera
  • Manuel Rincon Cruz
    Hoover Institute, Stanford

Ampleforth - 1984

Ampleforth is the name of a character in George Orwell's 1984 who is responsible for translating poetry into Newspeak, a language designed to limit freedom of thought.

When tasked to replace the word “God” in a Kipling poem, Ampleforth refuses, not out of righteousness, or subversiveness, but rather, a simple love for language and respect for the truth. To Ampleforth, no other word makes sense in context and therefore no other word should replace it.

Investors




  • True Ventures
  • Pantera Capital
  • Founder Collective
  • Slow Ventures
  • Brian Armstrong
  • FBG Capital
  • Huobi Capital
  • Spartan Group
  • Nima Capital
  • Skunk Capital