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 is a serial entrepreneur who previously founded the digital gift card platform, Gyft, which was acquired by First Data Corporation in 2014. After over a decade of experience in e-commerce, he realized that no-one had a universal solution to tackle identity fraud for consumers.

  • 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 (since 2012), digital product management and digital marketing. He co-founded Clicks2customers (rebranded to, a global digital marketing agency with annual billings in excess of $100 million. Llew is also the former Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation, the original, the oldest and the largest Bitcoin advocacy organization globally.

  • 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.