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. Swarm Fund is represented by Michael Terpin’s Transform Group.
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.
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.
Product & Operations
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.
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 brings experience including multi-million dollar P&L ownership, multi-billion dollar revenue strategy & delivery ownership, and leadership in product development, marketing, and strategic partnerships at technology startups and large companies. Chris has built and managed global teams in business and technical roles at Facebook, Federated Media, Aol, and Meebo (Google). An accomplished writer and speaker, Chris has met with influencers ranging from Michael Bolton to the Dalai Lama, and has presented to C-level executives from some of the largest brands in the world. He is an alumnus of Syracuse University and The Harvard Business School.
Sr. Project Manager
Katerina is a visionary entrepreneur focused on building a sustainable global paradigm through business and communication. She applies the principles of symbiotic environments and energy optimization to her background in administration, management, commerce, and customer service. Katerina cofounded three startups prior to being invited onto Swarm, and is an alumna of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
Head of AI
Frank brings nearly 20 years of experience with expertise in Statistical Modeling and Machine Learning. He has served as Senior Data Scientist and ML engineer at Hotel Tonight, Earnest Inc., Personagraph among others, and is advisor to and has provided solutions for a multitude of startups. He is currently directing his efforts toward decentralized machine learning, differential privacy, and working to advance the domain of Artificial Intelligence in the future decentralized ecosystem.
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.
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.
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.
Founder and Chairman, LDJ Capital
David Drake, through his family office LDJ Capital, has acted as GP & LP investors with his partners in fund-of-funds, realty funds, venture capital funds & hedge funds. Mr. Drake’s investments currently have 50+ global directors that maintain relations with institutions & family offices with $1.5 trillion in assets.
Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Robert Rosenblum is a corporate and securities partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Rob focuses on the representation of financial services firms in sophisticated regulatory, transactional, and product development projects, advising them on federal securities laws and related financial services laws and regulations. He is well known nationally for helping companies structure their businesses and operations to avoid inadvertently becoming investment companies, as well as to avoid registering as investment advisers, broker-dealers, commodity trading advisers, or commodity pool operators. Rob also assists early-stage and other companies whose businesses require them to register in one or more of these capacities.
Former Managing Director, Securities Lending, Blackrock
Business strategy, corporate development, product strategy and general management
• Launch new business lines – products, distribution, operations
• Identify & build needed talent, technology and industry relationships
• Adapt business models to fit changing regulatory & market demands
• Prioritize customer success, smart product innovation and good communication
• Boost collaboration, creativity and results
Joel co-founded the first smart contract educational channel (EtherCasts), the Ethereum Silicon Valley meetup, wrote the original “AppCoin Manifesto,” and built the first decentralized asset and governance platforms on the Bitcoin blockchain. 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.
Founder, CEO at CoMakery
Noah’s career as a technical entrepreneur is built on the principles of rapid feedback through experiments, continuous learning, spirited creativity, and iterating towards excellence. These principles have directed Noah’s path through agile software development as a developer, lean product management, responsive org building as a cofounder, and ecosystem building as a platform creator.
Founder, Guardian Alliance & Trust Exchange
The Guardian Alliance is a collective of individuals and organizations who are dedicated to preserving individual sovereignty while maintaining collective safety and harmony. They provide advanced metaphysical and self-development training in a variety of fields for personal empowerment and collective coherence.
Founder, CEO at Etherscan
Creator of the leading Ethereum Blockchain Explorer, API & Analytics Platform – Etherscan.io
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.
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.
Full stack developer and entrepreneur. Since the beginning of 2016 involved in “Smart Contract” design and implementation for Ethereum, using Solidity. Knowledgeable in all aspects of e-commerce website, back-end and front-end. Experienced in setting up network environment, running and maintaining servers. Experienced in supervising teams of developers, preparing technical design documents, preparing testing plans and integrating existing applications with newer technologies.