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).

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.

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.

Tankred Hase

Lead Application Engineer

Tankred is a software engineer from Munich, Germany who loves working in open source. He co-founded, where he worked on making email encryption easier to use. Since then he’s been active in maintaining OpenPGP.js, the encryption library behind many webmail encryption products, built a PGP key server for automatic public key discovery, and generally loves tackling challenges around the usability of cryptography. When he’s not programming he likes to travel by backpack and explore foreign places and cuisines.

Desiree Dickerson

Head of Operations

Desiree found Bitcoin by way of r/Dogecoin and has been patiently awaiting global adoption ever since. She recently served as blockchain fellow at the non-profit Women for Women International, exploring the potential of cryptocurrency and blockchain applications for women in marginalized, post-conflict areas. Desiree 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.

Valentine Wallace

Software Engineer

Val is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley from San Francisco holding a B.A. in CS. She previously co-founded a video streaming platform whose end game was monetizing video using bitcoin micropayments. Now, she plans to focus full-time on contributing to the Bitcoin ecosystem.

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 Infrastructure 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.

Bram Cohen


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.

Alex Akselrod


Alex has been interested in digital currencies since he learned, too late, of David Chaum's DigiCash in 2000. He wrote one of the first HTLC prototypes in 2013. Alex's pet project is ESCHATON, cited in the LN paper, which describes peer-to-peer networks that allocate resources using off-chain micropayments.

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