The Ampleforth foundation is a team of engineers, academics, investors, and enthusiasts. Thanks for stopping by, it's great to meet you!


Evan Kuo - Engineer / Product Evan is an art and math lover. He is a product focused engineer with 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 five years at Google, four years of them in the Search Indexing and Search Ranking groups. His passion for computer science 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.

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.

Advisory Board


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


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