Topl: Empowering growth by enabling investment
Blockchain supporting high-yield impact investing and economic development around the world
Founder & Chief Architect
As Founder & Chief Architect, Chris leads the design of Topl's protocol and directs its business and legal operations. A graduate of Rice University, he obtained degrees in Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy. During his time in college, Chris performed and published interdisciplinary research focused on emergent phenomena in complex systems and developed the core ideas that inspired Topl's development. He has a deep interest in the application of new technologies to economic and financial problems and is motivated by the potential for new economic systems to improve standards of living around the world.
Founder & CTO
Jim is the Chief Technical Officer and a co-founder of Topl. Concurrently, he is completing a PhD in experimental atomic physics at Rice University where he manages the quantum degenerate neutral strontium apparatus, one of only three in the world. At Rice, Jim's research focuses on the ultracold atomic regime and the search for new phenomena using novel states of matter. Before joining Topl, Jim served as CTO with Corporate Partners in Education; an education focused startup which worked to build a continuous fundraising mechanism for K-12 schools. Jim became involved in the blockchain space in 2015 after encountering Ethereum and the realization that blockchains represent a fundamental paradigm shift in the democratization of data and the interaction between users and organizations.
Founder & Lead Blockchain Engineer
After solidifying a love for programming in his high school robotics team, Nicholas went on to graduate from the University of Houston with a degree in computer science. His former projects range from computer vision and virtual reality to neural nets and distributed computing. After reading the seminal Bitcoin whitepaper shortly after it was released in 2008, he has kept an eye on the burgeoning cryptocurrency market. Nick now leads technical development for the Topl protocol working with the rest of the technical team to continue pushing the potential of blockchain technology.
Founder & Head of Financial Engineering
Kim came to the United States as a Div. I Track and Field Student-Athlete and has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics. She is currently the first student at Rice University to simultaneously pursue a M.A. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Statistics. Growing up in South Africa during the 1990’s, Kim witnessed much inequality and poverty. While working for various NGO’s by rebuilding and developing communities around the world she was frequently made aware of the financial burdens, lack of adequate resources, and need for access to low-cost capital throughout the developing world. As part of the Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems and as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, she conducts interdisciplinary research allowing her to contribute to the larger economic issues that impact the availability of and the accessibility to basic needs.
Oskar is currently working as a technology lead at Consense Data Exchange, a startup that revolutionizes the consent process to accelerate medical research. He joined Topl's ranks to integrate a digital self-sovereign identity solution. He has a background in applied mathematics and data science, which made him fit right in with visionary geeks at Topl.
Advisor, P2P and Blockchain Engineering
Thomas Bocek is a professor for distributed systems and ledgers at the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil. He is a blockchain researcher and CTO of ScienceMatters. He is also involved in modum.io AG - a blockchain start-up that combines IoT sensor devices with blockchains, VALID - a blockchain-based solution for user-controlled digital identities, and he is a mentor at Iconiq Lab.
Advisor, Financial Markets and Engineering
John is a Professor in the Practice in Statistics at Rice University, researching quantitative finance opportunities for profit and risk management. Additionally, he is associate director of Rice's Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES). He has extensive experience in trading and financial engineering. John worked previously as a pricing scientist at PROS Holdings and has a love for improved communication and societally useful technology applications. He likes the idea of helping to nudge the momentum of the P2P application space. John also also serves on the Board of Directors of Houston Achievement Place.
Advisor, Statistical Modeling and Financial Engineering
Kathy is Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and founding director of the Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES) at Rice University. Established in 2002, CoFES supports education and research in quantitative finance at the graduate and undergraduate level. Kathy is an expert in statistics for dependent data, financial modeling, and financial risk. She is currently Vice President for the American Statistical Association and serves on the National Academies Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics. Kathy has been recognized for her leadership, scholarship and mentoring and is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Advisor, Security and Consensus
Self-taught in C programming from a young age, Matt combined his coding interests with his love of mathematics to earn a degree in Computational & Applied Mathematics at Rice University. He has extensive experience with research and development of distributed systems and cryptographic protocols. Among his various projects, he developed and refined NIZK proofs for the JVM-based reference implementation of the STAR-Vote electronic voting system and designed a series of Solidity smart contracts used for a retail payments. Today, he is guiding Topl's implementation of the Ouroboros Praos proof-of-stake consensus protocol and is passionate about bringing secure development practices to Topl's growing team.
Advisor, Business Development and Strategy
Max is a venture developer and blockchain enthusiast with years of experience in Consulting, Company Building, Venture Capital, FinTech, and Private Equity. He holds a BA in controlling along with an MBA from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. Max is Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Sourcing Director of Iconiq Lab, an ICO accelerator program for blockchain and crypto startups.
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- Airdrop & bounty (3%)
- Future use (10%)
- Seed investors (8.5%)
- Team & advisers (17.5%)
- Endowment (25%)
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