The Team

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Leadership

Jeremy Kauffman

Jeremy Kauffman

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Jeremy knows how to build and scale a startup starting from day one. He knows how to deliver usable products and get those products in front of the right people.

Jeremy created LBRY because he fell in love with the idea of shared, global content registry that is owned and controlled by no one. Unsurprisingly, he is a longtime supporter of decentralized technology and freedom of information.

Prior to LBRY, Jeremy founded TopScore, a startup that processes millions of dollars monthly in event and activity registrations. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received degrees in physics and computer science.

Alex Grintsvayg

Alex Grintsvayg

Founder, Chief Technical Officer

Alex, AKA Grin, drives technology development at LBRY and manages infrastructure growth. Grin has previously designed and managed scalable infrastructure solutions for SaaS firms. Bringing LBRY to mainstream scale is his primary goal. Alex holds degrees in Computer Science and Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Technical

Kay Kurokawa

Kay Kurokawa

Protocol Developer

Kay Kurokawa is the primary developer for the LBRY blockchain, the foundation of the LBRY protocol. Kay first discovered Bitcoin in 2013 and immediately saw its potential. Before LBRY, he provided consultation services to blockchain startups and contributed to various open source projects such as Electrum, Litecoin, Dogecoin, and Blocknet.

Before his work on blockchain technology, Kay worked at a high frequency trading firm as a software engineer. He also spent time developing algorithms for spectrometry devices, and has several published papers on the topic. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in electrical and computer engineering.

Jack Robison

Jack Robison

Founder, Protocol Developer

Jack's path to developer with LBRY is fairly typical: face sixty years in prison for innocent chemistry experiments; lose interest in chemistry; program insane electric guitars for Kiss; decide to revolutionize the internet.

Jack was one of the first people to discover LBRY and took to it so fast he may understand more about it than anyone.

Jack has Asperger's Syndrome and is actively involved in the autism community. He was a regular on Wrong Planet's Autism Talk TV, has appeared on National Public Radio, the New York Times, and presents around the country.

Lex Berezhny

Lex Berezhny

Protocol Developer

Lex learned to write Python in High School, not far from where the language was first created, and even participated in some of the first Python user groups hosted by Guido, himself. In 2000, still a very young man, Lex gave his first public talk, titled “Yorktown High School Becomes a Python Workshop” at the International Python Conference. Needless to say, Lex and Python go way back.

Lex spends his time on the full stack of LBRY backends, such as the wallet, protocol, and blockchain, and is currently wading deep into the improvement of test coverage and performance of various LBRY components. If you want to trade notes on Dart, and dish on a possible ideal use case for Dart at LBRY, Lex wants to hear from you!

Akinwale Ariwodola

Akinwale Ariwodola

Mobile Developer

It was Akinwale’s search for lucrative crypto mining that brought him to LBRY. As he learned more about the project, his interest quickly turned to helping the team build what he sees as the content sharing platform of the future.

Akinwale has worked on everything from rewriting a new block explorer from the ground up, improvements to the app’s interface, as well as leading the effort to successfully get the daemon running on Android. When he’s not working on LBRY, he actively participates in competitive programming contests on Topcoder, and is a two-time champion of the annual Topcoder Open event.

Sean Yesmunt

Sean Yesmunt

App Developer

Sean is a recent addition to the LBRY team who has hit the ground running with serious contributions to the project as an app engineer focused on user experience (he spends his time making the LBRY app easier to use). Sean was part way through an Aerospace Engineering degree at Penn State, when he decided he didn’t want to end up working on rockets for the government.

So, he did what many LBRYians have done, and dropped out to focus on coding. His excitement for crypto and open-source projects focused on decentralization, led him to discover LBRY, which he began working on the very same day. His passion for developing intuitive user experiences have been a welcome addition to the team.

Bill Bittner

Bill Bittner

App Developer

Bill is the mind responsible for spee.ch, an open-source web application built on the LBRY Protocol. Bill’s long-standing fascination with web applications eventually led him to utility-driven blockchains and, naturally, LBRY. When he is not hacking on web apps, he enjoys drawing, playing soccer, and slowly working his way through his Steam library.

Amit Tulshyan

Amit Tulshyan

Protocol Developer Intern

Amit arrived at LBRY through mining. Diving into the world of cryptocurrency, he discovered LBRY Credits amongst the most profitable to mine. A few Slack messages later, he was making pull requests to the backend python code on Github.

When he’s not contributing his talents to LBRY, he loves practicing synth, guitar, and deeply contemplating quantum computing. Amit is a third year IT undergraduate at National Institute of Technology - Durgapur in Durgapur, West Bengal, India.

Mark Beamer

Mark Beamer

Elastic Search and Database Developer

Mark Beamer is an inveterate entrepreneur. Ever since he founded his first company (Beamer Lawn Service) at 16, he's pursued new and interesting business ideas. While running his first computer business, Mark discovered the joys of coding - especially the joys of using coding to eliminate annoying tasks with automation. His continued passion for software led him to close the business after 4 years and pursue a BS in computational science and mathematics. Mark has been developing software ever since. He found LBRY summer of 2017 on a leisurely weekend, saw the coding maxims and was sucked in instantly. LBRY has been his focus since.

Business

Josh Finer

Josh Finer

Founder, Director of Operations and Analytics

Josh is the swiss army knife of the squad. He has founded and sold financial companies, run millions of dollars in Adwords campaigns, and been an early actor in several crypto projects. To LBRY, he has been the go-to glue guy and ultimate problem solver. If you’re a crypto-nerd or have ideas on making LBRY more accessible to the masses, Finer is your man.

Reilly Smith

Reilly Smith

Director of Content

For nearly a decade, Reilly has developed, produced, championed and contributed to dozens of film projects big and small. The only thing that rivals his love of film is the marriage between content and blockchain. If you come from the world of film, television or web content, he's your sherpa on Mount Blockchain. Reilly's work has been seen from Oxford, Mississippi to Sundance Film Festival, and he has produced content for Fox Digital Studios and Disney LOL.

Tom Zarebczan

Tom Zarebczan

Community Support and Engagement

Tom discovered LBRY, as many have, through mining. His time spent in the LBRY Slack channels quickly grew his interest in the concept that was being developed, and the team doing the development. Tom found his place on the team providing top-notch support for (and driving the growth of) the LBRY user community, in addition to many other invaluable functions.

Tom holds a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a Masters in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and served his country proudly as a Civilian in the US Army for 7 years. When he’s not monitoring LBRY Twitter, Reddit, Slack, and/or Discord looking for users in distress, Tom can be found doing geek-y stuff, or snowboarding in really cool places around the world.

Brinck Slattery

Brinck Slattery

Director of Communications

Brinck’s range of experience includes national political campaigns, crisis PR, SEO writing and optimization, digital marketing, RV sales, construction labor, and a variety of other strange and interesting pursuits (feel free to ask). An inveterate music and media lover, Brinck remembers the pain of Kazaa and Limewire, and is seriously psyched about living in the future where it’s easy to compensate artists directly for their work. He lives in Manchester, NH, where he is training to compete in the Granite State Strongman Competition this summer.

Rob Smith

Rob Smith

Product Growth and Marketing

Rob arrived at LBRY via a blockchain conference in where he met some of the team and got to talking about startups, games, and user experience.

His focus is to ensure users get a top notch experience with the LBRY app, both from the product itself and through helpful communication.

Rob loves learning new technology, creating immersive experiences, drumming, and cartooning.

Advisory Team

Alex Tabarrok

Alex Tabarrok

Economic Advisor

Alex Tabarrok is Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics at the Mercatus Center and a professor of economics at George Mason University. He specializes in intellectual property reform, the effectiveness of markets, and the justice system.

Tabarrok is the coauthor, with Mercatus colleague Tyler Cowen, of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution and cofounder of the online educational platform Marginal Revolution University. He is the coauthor of Modern Principles of Economics, and author of the recent book Launching the Innovation Renaissance. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and many other prestigious publications.

Tabarrok received his PhD in economics from George Mason University.

Ray Carballada

Ray Carballada

Media Advisor

Ray Carballada is a creative, accomplished senior business leader in the converging worlds of content: advertising, television, motion pictures, social, and online media.

As former CEO of Alkemy X, Ray led its transformation from a small production company into a fully integrated creative content company with offices in Philadelphia and New York. Clients include global ad agencies such as BBDO, Gray, and 360i; Fortune 500 brands including Campbell Soup, Samsung, Pepsi and BMW; TV networks including Discovery, Food Network, and HBO; and motion picture studios including Sony and the Weinstein Company.

Alkemy X made the INC 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. six times since 2008, and received the “Creative Economy Award for Distinction" from the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, as well as 60 Addy and Emmy awards, among others. Ray received his BS in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Bucknell University.

Stephan Kinsella

Stephan Kinsella

Legal Advisor

Stephan Kinsella is a registered patent attorney and has over twenty years’ experience in patent, intellectual property, and general commercial and corporate law. He is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom. Kinsella has published numerous articles and books on intellectual property law and legal topics including International Investment, Political Risk, and Dispute Resolution: A Practitioner’s Guide and Against Intellectual Property .

He received an LL.M. in international business law from King’s College London, a JD from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, as well as BSEE and MSEE degrees. His websites are stephankinsella.com and kinsellalaw.com

Michael Huemer

Michael Huemer

Ethics Advisor

Michael Huemer is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Colorado, where he has taught since 1998. He has published three single-author scholarly books (including Ethical Intuitionism), one edited anthology, and more than fifty academic articles in epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and metaphysics.

Huemer's articles have appeared in such journals as the Philosophical Review, Mind, the Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, and others. His materials are used as readings in classrooms nationwide. He received a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

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