Team work makes the dream work.
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, 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.
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'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 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!
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 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.
Liam joined the LBRY mission in Fall of 2017 to improve user interface and experience. As a lifelong entrepreneur and crypto-anarchist, the LBRY project was of high interest to Liam on many levels – meeting the team and learning more about app development goals made his decision to become a full-fledged LBRYian an easy one.
Liam’s sincere passion for making distributed censorship-resistant software easy to use has been a boon to the team. In addition to his work with LBRY, Liam is also an advisor to several startups and blockchain projects.
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 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.
Igor is an intern on the app team. By the time he turned 16, Igor’s driving passion was clear (and it was not high school). So, he dropped out, and moved to Switzerland to build a career in software development.
It was Igor’s participation in Praxis programs that led him to LBRY. His long time interest in the crypto market and blockchain technology, coupled with his desire to work in a start-up environment, made LBRY seemed like a perfect fit (and the team agreed!). When he is not coding, Igor enjoys discussing economics, philosophy, and politics.
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.
Natalie has been interested in blockchain technology and open-source everything since the early days of Bitcoin, and has been recruiting, managing operations, and coaching top notch talent to success for even longer.
Internally, she spearheads the systems, procedures, and communications efforts that help the team to work to its potential and remain efficient as the LBRY project grows and becomes more complex. Externally, she is focused on authentically representing the LBRY mission and the team working tirelessly to keep it moving forward, through creative partnerships, sometimes-hair-brained schemes, and a drive to connect with everyone, all the time, that has been described as "intense" - if she calls you to talk about LBRY, pick up. Just do it.
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 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’s range of experience includes national political campaigns, RV sales, crisis PR, SEO writing and optimization, construction labor, and digital marketing consulting. 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.
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 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 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 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.