The SWARM Team

    The SWARM Core Team is a diverse set of professionals who bring deep experience from the finance, technology, and blockchain worlds.


    Our SWARM partners have engineering backgrounds, and include an investor and Board Member of the BankerBay deal origination platform & VC (Timo), and a former technology startup founder & CEO with private equity experience from Deutsche Bank and Allianz (Philipp).

    Other team members bring experience from Microsoft, Facebook, UBS, and several technology and community focused startups. Our advisors include Ethereum Co-founder and Jaxx Founder Anthony Di’Iorio, Sequoia Heritage Fund Co-founder Mark Oei, and AlphaBit Chairman and Safe Cash CEO Chris Kitze.


    Philipp Pieper

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Philipp is a serial tech entrepreneur and became interested in decentralized technologies in 2015, when interacting with BitTorrent, Inc. and the Mozilla Foundation. After holding various private equity and management positions within Deutsche Bank and Allianz Group, Philipp was founder and CEO of Proximic, a global data provider for digital media buyers (acquired by comScore in 2015), and is mentor at Stanford’s StartX, Singularity University, and TechCode. He holds degrees in engineering and business administration and attended Berlin University of Technology and UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

    Timo Lehes

    Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer

    Timo has over 20 years of experience from starting, running, exiting and investing in software companies. Throughout his career, Timo has invested in more than 40 companies. With a specific focus on Fintech, he has contributed to the creation of several alternative investment platforms. He currently serves as a board member at BankerBay, the world’s largest deal origination platform for mid-market Private Equity deals. He holds degrees in engineering and business administration from Chalmers University of Technology and early stage investing from continuing studies at Stanford School of Business.

    Chris Eberle


    As SWARM's COO, Chris is responsible for the voice of SWARM in the market, the activities, growth and engagement of our community, and the ongoing business strategy and operations of the organization.

    He has held leadership roles with startups and large public companies, with responsibility for nine-figure P&Ls and partnerships, ten-figure revenue delivery and margin management, and standing up and operating global teams. An accomplished writer and speaker, Chris has presented to and consulted with C-level executives from some of the largest brands in the world on their product, marketing, and general business strategies. Prior to SWARM he held leadership roles in Media and Marketing at Facebook, and earlier was a part of startup exits with Federated Media and Meebo (Google). He began his career at Aol, where he started as a contract worker and grew into executive roles in Product Marketing, Advertising Operations, and Content. He is an alumnus of Syracuse University and The Harvard Business School.

    Sam Stone


    Sam has a varied background that makes him an invaluable asset to the SWARM Team. He launched his first venture at 19, a private mathematics tuition college in Sydney. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) at UNSW, he worked as a Futures Broker for ANZ Investment Bank, after which he co-founded a tech startup in the lead-up to the 2000 dot-com crash. After some years backpacking, Sam was offered a position as Provincial Logistics Coordinator with UNOPS in Afghanistan, successfully implementing the first Afghan parliamentary election. He then completed a Master of International Public Health at Sydney University, briefly volunteering with Oxfam, then settled into a 10-year career as Digital Director for an Australian advertising agency. In this time, Sam developed a passion for disrupting traditional industries, co-founding a social shipping service with SWARM colleague Alexander Lieders. In early 2017 Sam became interested in blockchain technology, and joined the team full time in January 2018.

    Vivian Jane

    Communications Manager

    Vivian Jane is passionate about connecting real people to real power in ways that support both individual potential and a harmonious global paradigm. To that end, employing two decades of experience as a top sales leader, human wellness guide, and energy medicine practitioner, she is a fervent advocate for the widespread adoption of blockchain technologies that allow decentralized governance and financial sovereignty. Her goal is to empower everyday people by spreading awareness and application of these revolutionary new systems.








    Jazzwall Sharad

    Product & Infrastructure

    Jazzwall has been implementing and orchestrating enterprise IT projects and graduate tech-training programs at Swiss and Wall Street banks for the last decade. Hard to put in a box, Jazzwall is a project manager, full stack developer, professional photographer, entrepreneur, and particularly interested in crypto markets. He studied at UC Irvine and the University of California, Berkeley.










    Chris Kitze

    CEO at Safe Cash, Co-creator of Flashcoin, Chairman of the Alphabit Digital Currency Foundation

    Chris is a serial entrepreneur who has created companies with over $7 billion of market capitalization over his 25-year career. He’s been part of the Lycos’ IPO team, was founder and CEO of Xoom.com (IPO: 1998), and was CEO of NBCi, formed by the merger of Xoom.com and Snap.com, in addition to other companies in digital media and payments, such as Wine.com and Unseen.


    Philip Potter

    Cryptocurrency Investor & Advisor

    Philip Potter began his career on Wall Street, first as a derivatives analyst with Morgan Stanley, and later as an executive with Bear Stearns Private Client Services division, where he led technological infrastructure and software development efforts. After leaving Bear Stearns in 2000, Philip became a founding member of Mercury Securities, which would be the first of multiple groundbreaking and successful financial technology businesses for Potter. He developed a number of widely used trading technologies and formed, owned, and managed a number of broker/dealers, which have served the active trading community. In 2012, Philip and his partner merged their businesses with the principals of WTS (World Trade Securities) to form World Trade Financial Group (WTFG), where Philip served as the Group CFO as well as the CEO of the new branded technology unit, Fusion Trading Solutions. In 2013, Philip left WTFG to pursue several Bitcoin-related projects, ultimately bringing his deep trading and technology experience to Bitfinex, when he joined as Chief Strategy Officer in 2014. Philip also co-founded Tether, the most widely used “stablecoin” in the industry. Philip now focuses his efforts on cryptocurrency-related opportunities as both an investor and advisor.

    Anthony Di Iorio​

    CEO & Founder at JAXX & Decentral, Founder at Ethereum

    Anthony Di Iorio is a serial entrepreneur, VC, community organizer, and thought leader in the field of decentralized technologies. Born and raised in Toronto, Di Iorio is the former Chief Digital Officer of the TMX Group and Toronto Stock Exchange, founder and CEO of Decentral, a software development company focused on blockchain technologies, and founder and CEO of Jaxx, a multi-token, blockchain interface that provides a unified experience across 9 platforms and devices. In 2013, Di Iorio funded, and along with Vitalik Buterin and 3 others founded the smart contract platform Ethereum.

    Mark Oei​

    Investor, Former Sequoia Heritage

    Mark Oei is a Director at Pharos Science & Applications Inc. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Kellogg Real Estate Program. He served as the Managing Director at Sequoia Heritage. Mr. Oei joined the firm as a Founding Member in July 2010. Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Oei was a Managing Director at Oaktree Capital Management, LLC. He joined the firm in 2003 and was a senior member of the Real Estate Opportunities team and a member of the Asia Real Estate Opportunities team. Previously, Mr. Oei was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley for five years where he was an Acquisitions Officer in the Real Estate Private Equity Funds and Mergers and Acquisitions department. Mr. Oei was responsible for acquiring and managing investments in Asia. While at Morgan Stanley, he was involved in the acquisitions, dispositions and recapitalizations of real estate assets and companies. Mr. Oei also formed Morgan Stanley’s asset management subsidiary in Korea and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, growing the company from ten professionals managing $100 million in assets, to 60 professionals managing $1 billion in assets. Prior to the Real Estate Private Equity Group, he also served as a generalist Investment Banker for two years, executing merger and acquisition transactions, high-yield debt offerings and initial public offerings. Prior to that, Mr. Oei worked for four years as a Senior Consultant in the Real Estate Consulting Group at KPMG Consulting. Mr. Oei is also an independent real estate investment advisor to multi-national corporations and high net worth individuals. He has been involved in acquisitions and management of the real estate funds, including many of the international investments. Mr. Oei is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of California. He holds an M.B.A., with an emphasis in Finance and Management and Strategy, from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Enzo Villani

    Fintech and Blockchain Entrepreneur

    Enzo heads up corporate strategy and account team management for Transform Group. Most recently, he was CEO of Equities.com, the world’s largest middle-market and emerging growth company content publisher. Previously, Enzo was a Managing Director for the NASDAQ stock exchange, where he helped form the NASDAQ Global Corporate Solutions Group, which recently acquired Marketwired, and has 18,000 corporate clients overall. After spending six years at NASDAQ, he became Chief Strategy Officer for the corporate communications investment fund SAGE Holdings, where he completed a $200 million strategic M&A roll-up of five Tier-1 communications firms, including DF King & Co. In Mr. Villani’s career, he has lead the roll-up and M&A strategy of more than 12 companies totaling $500 million in the last 15 years. He holds an MBA from Cornell University.

    Will McDonough

    ICash Co-Founder and CEO

    Will McDonough is an investor and entrepreneur whose storied career ranges from sports and entertainment management to the world of global finance. In 2014, McDonough led the Initial Public Offering for Atlas Mara (ATMA:LSE) with co-founder and former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond, for a market cap of $825 million after acquiring eight banks in Sub-Saharan Africa. Today, Atlas Mara has more than 3,500 employees and is operated by former executives of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Barclays, Standard Chartered and Ecobank.

    Michael Terpin

    Transform Group CEO

    Michael Terpin is founder/CEO of Transform Group, whose divisions include Transform PR, a global public relations firm that has served 100+ clients in the blockchain field; Coinovate, a cryptocurrency consulting and development company; CoinAgenda, an event series for cryptocurrency investors, and SocialRadius, one of the nation’s first social media marketing firms twice named to the Inc. 5000.

    Terpin also co-founded BitAngels, the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups, in May, 2013, and he is managing partner of bCommerce Labs (www.bcommercelabs.com), the first blockchain incubator fund. Previously, Terpin founded Marketwire, one of the world’s largest company newswires, which was acquired in 2006 and later sold to NASDAQ for $200 million. He also co-founded Direct IPO, one of the earliest equity crowdfunding companies, and founded and sold his first PR firm, The Terpin Group.

    Terpin holds an MFA from SUNY at Buffalo and dual BA in journalism and English from Syracuse University, where he serves on the board of advisors at the top-ranked Newhouse School.

    Isabelle Kitze

    Founder, Cryptomania

    Isabelle Kitze has interviewed and written about dozens of crypto industry leaders, and founded the popular newsletter and website CryptoMania to bring interesting and understandable news to the cryptocurrency community. A Bay Area native, she currently represents Alpha Networks in New York where she works on business development and producing cryptocurrency-related content. Isabelle’s background is in product development, marketing, and design.

  • Joel Dietz

    Co-Founder, Emeritus

    Joel is an original Co-founder of SWARM, going back to the first iteration of the project in 2014, and has moved on to pursue personal passion projects. Joel co-founded the first smart contract educational channel (EtherCasts), the Ethereum Silicon Valley meetup, and wrote the original “AppCoin Manifesto.” Joel facilitated the “LoveNest” blockchain-community living space in Palo Alto, holds awards from Google and Salesforce.com, and has presented on topics including Decentralized Autonomous Society, DAO Democracy, Futarchy, and Liquid Democracy. He holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania.

    Matthew Tan

    Founder, CEO at Etherscan

    Creator of the leading Ethereum Blockchain Explorer, API & Analytics Platform – Etherscan.io

    Brad Nye

    Founder, Tribalize Summit & Burning Man Organizer

    Brad is a seasoned entrepreneur and most recently, Founder and CEO of WeVu. As a proven community builder, prolific events producer and marketing professional, Nye has founded and operated two very successful organizations: VIC, a 3,000-member technology trade association in Southern California and Artsfest, which advanced the arts by curating over a hundred events annually in multiple locations across the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, Nye spent fifteen years in entertainment industry-related marketing, promotion, licensing and merchandising, and event/television production positions including management roles at Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Pictures. Nye is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

    Mark Friedler

    Blockchain Advisor & Crypto Investor

    Mark is a serial entrepreneur, advisor and blockchain leader. He has a background in B2B cloud services, sales and marketing, games and entertainment. He was founder/CEO of GameDaily.com, the world’s largest video games website and ad network and exited through AOL Time Warner’s acquisition. He’s founded 4 companies and been an executive at Oracle, TimeWarner/AOL and Philips. Recently, he was interim president of rideshare company ICars and Senior Director at Oracle Marketing Cloud and Data Cloud. He was Managing Director of Teleworld, an interactive voice, TV and online services provider to MTV. Mark’s first business introduced chocolate chip cookies stores to Sweden. He also works with early stage founders at TechStars. At 16, he rode his bicycle from New York to Seattle.

    Hideto Tomabechi

    CEO at Cognitive Research Laboratories

    PhD, Computational Linguistics, Carnegie Mellon

    Dr. Tomabechi is a respected cognitive scientist and author of numerous bestsellers, who has developed and licensed several hit software applications. Fulbright scholar at Yale who later earned PhD at Carnegie Mellon (where he is currently a fellow at CyLab), pioneered the field of computational linguistics and published papers on speech recognition, neural networks, and peer-to-peer systems. Leads world peace initiatives as Japan representative of the U.S. NPO Better World Foundation. Holder of highest rank of Knight Grand Cross. Recently published book on improving life through changing one’s attitude and assumptions, Dr. Tomabechi advises private and public-sector clients on fintech–particularly blockchain and crytography–and other areas of national importance.

    Zachary Perryman

    International Tax Attorney

    Zachary Perryman is an international tax attorney and advises large multinational technology groups on the design and implementation of strategic international corporate structures and operating models. Zak has long experience assisting his technology clients with the execution of intellectual property alignment and cross-border M&A strategies. He holds degrees from the University of Vermont, the University of North Carolina and New York University. Zak is currently a consultant with a Big Four accounting firm and is based in San Francisco, California.

    Peg Samuel

    Social Diva

    Peg Samuel from New York City is a Digital Pioneer, Social Media & PR Expert, Author, Speaker, Blockchain Marketer and Advisor. She was a Professor at NYU teaching Media Relations: Present & Future. She is a communications expert across all platforms with an innovative global reach & approach to connecting clients to the most powerful & influential disrupters via her long-established relationships.


    Her entrepreneurial success has received attention from media outlets E! News, Inc. Magazine, MSNBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Good Morning New York. She has spoken at Internet Week NY, Social Media Week NY & LA, Social Media Breakfast & Blockchain Week NY. She has authored two books, International book How to be a Social Diva, and Amazon #1 Facebook Marketing Like I’m 5.

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