Team

Elizabeth Stark

CEO and Co-founder

Elizabeth is a huge fan of open source, decentralized protocols. She taught at Stanford and Yale where her students studied peer-to-peer technology, privacy, open source software, and memes. She has been an active contributor to the bitcoin community, an advisor to startups in areas ranging from cryptocurrency to decentralized technology to AI, and is a fellow at Coin Center. She has a law degree from Harvard and is an avid listener of electronic music.

Olaoluwa Osuntokun

CTO and Co-founder

Olaoluwa received his B.S and M.S in CS from UCSB. During his graduate studies he focused on the field of applied cryptography, specifically encrypted search. Before he became an active contributor to the Bitcoin open source ecosystem, he spent three consecutive summers as a Software Engineering Intern at Google. These days, his primary focus lies in designing and building private, scalable off-chain blockchain protocols, such as Lightning.

Bryan Vu

VP of Product

Bryan got involved in the Bitcoin community after hearing about it on Google's economics mailing list in 2011. During nine years in management at Google, Bryan built high-performing teams in the AdSense, Google Apps and AdExchange businesses. Bryan was responsible for growing and managing over $500M in annual revenue. Prior to Google, Bryan was a Product Evangelist, Sales Engineer (ATG) and Enterprise Consultant (Trilogy).

Johan T. Halseth

Lightning Protocol Engineer

Johan has a M.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Bergen, specializing in Algorithms and Complexity Theory. Before focusing full time on Bitcoin, he was doing mobile development at Google, and has experience in embedded systems and machine learning. His main focus is making Lightning robust and efficient, enabling its use on mobile and embedded devices.

Conner Fromknecht

Head of Cryptographic Engineering

Conner holds a B.S. and M.Eng. in CS from MIT, where he pursued a deep interest in applied cryptography, network security, and distributed systems. Prior to joining, he held a research position at MIT CSAIL for three years, designing decentralized PKIs and building practical lattice primitives for verifiable computing, and developed industry experience optimizing low-latency MPC protocols. Conner continues to explore research at the intersection of cryptography, MPC, and off-chain payment networks.

Desiree Dickerson

Head of Operations

Desiree found Bitcoin by way of r/Dogecoin and has been patiently awaiting global adoption ever since. She is a recovering management consultant, formerly specializing in strategy and operations for large-scale IT enterprises. She received her M.S. in Biophysics & Physiology from Georgetown University and B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago.

Wilmer Paulino

Software Engineer

Wilmer discovered Lightning and started committing to lnd in late 2017 as an independent contributor. He quickly became one of the core contributors to lnd, as well as btcwallet, eventually joining Lightning Labs in mid 2018. Wilmer now focuses on development of Neutrino: a modern, swift Bitcoin light client, and also on lnd, spending most of his time designing, and writing components which underpin the routing backbone of the Lightning Network.

Alex Bosworth

Lightning Infrastructure Lead

Alex is a technical program manager from SF. Originally drawn to economics at the University of Chicago, Alex left to pursue software development. Alex started working on open-source software for Enterprise deployments, and in 2007 Alex co-founded an indie mobile software studio in Beijing. Back in the USA in 2016 Alex started working in the Bitcoin industry on backend exchange APIs and helped develop a blockchain project used to provide transparency for the Royal Mint of the United Kingdom.

Joost Jager

Lightning Protocol Engineer

Joost occupied diverse development roles within a broad range of companies. After a world circumnavigation by sailing boat, he dedicated several years to the development of route optimization software for ocean-going vessels. Meanwhile Joost's interest in algorithms kept pulling his attention to Bitcoin and Lightning, to the point that he now works on it full time. His academic background is a M.Sc. in CS with a specialization in artificial intelligence.

Lee Gordon

UI/UX Designer

Lee started his career as a technical writer and front-end developer. At first these jobs were only to pay the bills while obtaining an MFA in poetry. After graduation, he became more serious about technology, and began a career in UX design and research. After 10 years as a UX consultant for large agencies and tech firms, he decided to shift his focus again. He now does independent consulting with startups who share his passion for making the world a more open, creative, and fair place for all.

Jasmine Singh

Operations Associate

Jasmine is a Bitcoin enthusiast from Finland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Business, and wrote her thesis on "The usability and future of cryptocurrency”. Jasmine is actively involved in the Bitcoin community in Finland, volunteering and participating in various events. In her free time, she likes to travel, listen to house music, and DJ from time to time.

Oliver Gugger

Lightning Infrastructure Engineer

Oliver previously worked as a software engineer for a Swiss bank before joining a smaller software company in Bern focusing on Open Source. During that time he discovered Bitcoin and Lightning and started contributing to LND and related projects. Falling deeper down the rabbit hole, he realized that there really was no alternative to working on L2 full-time. His B.Sc. with focus on the HTTP/2 protocol and his experience as full-stack developer help him build infrastructure for Lightning Loop and other backend services of the Lightning Network.

Carla Kirk-Cohen

Software Engineer

Carla started working on Bitcoin as a member of the crypto-ops team at Luno, a South African Exchange and Wallet. During her time there she led a project integrating Lightning Network sends and receives, which is when her interest in the Lightning Network began. She attended the 2019 Chaincode Labs Summer Bitcoin residency, where she learned about Bitcoin and Lightning and contributed to LND. She is excited about building infrastructure for the Lightning Network to make it easier to participate in a decentralized, private payments system.

András Bánki-Horváth

Lightning Infrastructure Engineer

András holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Before joining Lightning Labs he worked as a Research SWE at DeepMind in London. Prior to that András worked on scalable IOT at Xively, P2P file sharing at LogMeIn, and embedded GPS navigation at NNG. He has followed Bitcoin since 2010 and recently became interested in scalability through the layer two. Outside of Bitcoin he's a curious learner, and amongst many things, passionate about food science, biology and longevity research, and machine learning.

Markus Fix

Senior Site Reliability Engineer

Markus studied physics, mathematics and computer science. He dropped out and founded numerous startups. Experiencing civil war in West Africa as a teenager gave him a strong sense of self reliance. He likes to be prepared for the worst but projects unbridled optimism. He excels at translating business objectives into reliable software products and infrastructure. He rediscovered his passion for Bitcoin while working for an NGO in East Africa building communications systems for refugees.

Bram Cohen

Advisor

Bram is the creator of BitTorrent and founder of BitTorrent, Inc. He has has been a contributor to the bitcoin developer community and is working on a cryptocurrency protocol using proof of space over time. He likes to invent puzzles and is a published mechanical puzzle author.

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