Meet the Board

We believe in the power of decentralized teams that share a common goal and enjoy working together to achieve that goal and more. Meet the key members working on the ecosystem.

  • Phillip Shoemaker

    Executive Director

    Phillip is a hands-on leader with over 20 years of experience in the mobile space. Phillip helped build the Apple App Store including building the review operations team to over 300 people, writing the guidelines with Steve Jobs, and testifying with global government authorities. Most recently Phillip has been advising and investing in startups, focusing on blockchain, iOS Apps, and augmented reality. He is passionate about giving back through technology.

  • Vinny Lingham

    Board Member

    Vinny Lingham is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Civic, a visionary company enabling consumers to securely send and receive money, including cryptocurrencies, around the world. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of Gyft, a mobile gift card company, which was acquired by First Data Corporation for more than $50M. He is an active investor and as co-founder of Newton Partners in South Africa, he has led early stage investments into successful startups.

  • Llew Claasen

    Board Member

    Llew is the Managing Partner of early-stage venture capital firm Newtown Partners. He is a go-to-market strategist & corporate innovation lead with two decades of executive management experience in cryptoassets, digital product management and digital marketing. He co-founded Clicks2customers, a global digital marketing agency with annual billings in excess of $100 million. Llew is also the former Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation.

  • James Kilroe

    Board Member

    James is a Zurich-based entrepreneur and former Senior Associate at Newtown Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm. At Newtown, James led the team which redesigned the patented CVC token model. Now, James is running an algorithmic-based hedge fund in Zurich. James is passionate about the intersection of technology, business and policy and how this will shape the future.