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We are a blockchain economics & governance design firm structuring

ECONOMICS BY DESIGN

We are a blockchain economics & governance design firm led by PhD-level economists disciplined by the world’s top universities, specializing in blockchain and cryptocurrency contract theory and market design. We use a first principles-based structured process in reaching a customized solution for your distributed ledger database or smart contract enabled enterprise, concentrating on: Community Governance, Consensus Governance, Token Structure, Coin & Token Sale, and Market Structure.


WE DESIGN STRUCTURES

We focus on solving complex design requirements through structured processes customized to achieve the goals of our clients. Our core group of customers include:

• Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Startups
• Industry Investment Funds
• Government Policy Groups
• Blockchain Technology Advisories & Incubators
• Legacy Corporations in transition to the blockchain
• Financial Institutions implementing blockchain products

WE BUILD VALUE

From conception to ongoing governance, we look to provide value to your project through one of our three primary deliverables:

• Risk Assessment Analysis Report
• Economics & Governance Project Roadmap
• Protocol, Exchange, Token Curated Registry, & dApp Economics & Governance Design

INDUSTRY EXPERTS

“The Trailblazers of Cryptoeconomics”

Read our publications in partnership with the MIT Cryptoeconomics Lab.

OUR PROCESS

Following a structured, proven process, we approach solving unique problems through a simple series of discovery, assessment, and design.

Define

Complete a comprehensive audit analyzing current project assets and vision to establish the understanding of intended mechanism functions of the project’s ecosystem; define what is to be achieved. 

Examine

Segment defined objectives, review qualifying economic historical learning,  and benchmark industry specifics to identify particular opportunities and exposures for each operation.

Structure

Consider identified objectives and implement reviewed historical data and benchmarked learnings in creating an operating system designed maximizing security, lifespan, and efficiency.

MEET THE TEAM

We are a global team passionate about the impact that blockchain will have on the world. Some of the best relationships start face to face, even in our digital world. We are present in many major hubs. See who’s in your city.

Cathy Barrera

New York

Cathy Barrera

Cathy is a noted expert on the interplay of technology and the economy, having been featured on CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post among others. She researches, writes, and teaches about the digital revolution, entrepreneurship, and the future of work.

Cathy is a former tenure-track faculty at Cornell University and currently serves as the Chief Economist at ZipRecruiter. She holds a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.

Stephanie Hurder

Los Angeles

Stephanie Hurder

Stephanie is a Harvard-educated economist specializing in human capital, market design, and the future of work. While at the Boston Consulting Groups, Stephanie worked with Fortune 50 corporations and global NGOs to build effective organizations that are prepared for the future of work. She was recognized as a firm-wide expert on organizational effectiveness and design and co-authored multiple publications on these topics.

Stephanie has held research positions at MIT, Microsoft Research, and Merrill Lynch, and given invited seminars to faculty at half a dozen top research universities across the country. She holds a PhD in business economics, an AM in economics, and an AB in mathematics from Harvard University.

Vincenzo Belpiede

San Francisco

Vincenzo Belpiede

Vincenzo Belpiede is a well-established entrepreneur currently focused on matching talent with tech companies through his company www.stellartalents and on developing a blockchain technology platform used to make payments to freelancers in a safe and frequent way via another one of his companies, www.bitdiem.com.
Vincenzo has gained valuable industry experience while working at Nokia and through his time with Microsoft in Finland, Germany, and China. In Vincenzo’s final corporate role, he led a global team that built the world’s largest social app store, which has been preloaded on 40 million smartphones. Following this, Vicenzo went on to co-found Stellup, a crowdfunding platform for universities.
Vincenzo has worked at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Italian Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia. He has earned degrees in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University in Milan, which included exchange programs at the Helsinki School of Economics in Finland and ITAM in Mexico City. Vincenzo currently shares his time between Europe and San Francisco.

Leonie Bockelmann

Vienna

Leonie Bockelmann

Leonie is a trained Art Historian who has worked in both profit and non-profit art sectors. In July 2016 she joined the Austrian Cultural Forum New York as Head of Visual Arts and Architecture, curating and conceiving exhibitions, artist-driven programs and advises emerging artists and galleries in the city. Previously she has worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles where she developed and implemented creative, interdisciplinary museum programs. In addition, Leonie has experience working for private collectors and galleries in Europe and the United States.

Leonie holds a Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance Art from Vienna Konservatorium.

Leonie is enthusiastic about the impact Blockchain technology can have on artists and art markets by solving problems of transparency, provenance and authenticity. She is a die-hard art geek, always curious to explore new technologies benefiting the arts.

Reed Cataldo

San Antonio

Reed Cataldo

Reed is an entrepreneur who has started ventures in both B2B and B2C worlds. He has been building global brands since 2011, connecting products with consumers. Reed specializes in branding & marketing. He shifted his focus to the blockchain industry, which has allowed him to work closely with companies that he believes will soon shape the future of the world. Reed holds a dual-degree from Loyola University of Chicago in International Business and Marketing. He spent three years during university working in the Eurodollar Options pit at the CME as a traders’ assistant, speaks four languages and has lived in seven countries – eight if you count his current location: Texas.

Christophe Downey

New York

Christophe Downey

Christophe is an accomplished financial professional with over eight years of experience in investment banking and financial markets. In his current role at Societe Generale, Christophe is VP of derivative sales in the Market Risk Advisory Group. He advises companies on their interest rate and currency risk exposures. This position has led him to closely follow the emergence of cryptocurrencies and has enabled him early on to develop an understanding of the implications of blockchain on banks and other industries.

Prior to this, Christophe held a similar role with Societe Generale’s Market Risk Advisory Group in Paris, where he focused on European corporates. Christophe has held additional positions in Societe Generale’s Strategic Acquisition Finance Team in both London and Paris. He holds a Master’s degree from the EDHEC Business School where he majored in Finance.

Isabelle Ferreira

New York

Isabelle Ferreira

Isabelle is a finance professional who became interested in P2P payment systems, virtual currencies, and their underlying technology while conducting research in 2013 for her Master’s thesis focused on Mobile Operators and Digital Payment Systems in Emerging Markets.

Since then, she has worked on a variety of relevant projects including devising the digital wallet roll-out strategy for Vodafone in Europe and working with wealth capital management including Soros Fund Management, where she assisted in automating the Family Office’s internal payment transfer system through the implementation of ERP systems and partnerships with various banks.

In 2015, Isabelle joined Brightwood Capital Advisors, a direct lending firm focused on providing growth capital solutions to rapidly growing companies. In 2016, she joined Berens Capital Management as Chief Compliance Officer, furthering her experience in Legal and Compliance.

Isabelle received her BA in European Politics from Rutgers University (Summa Cum Laude) and holds a joint Master’s degree in International Business Management through Nova School of Business and Economics and The University of Cologne.

Hayk Hakobyan

Singapore

Hayk Hakobyan

Hayk is currently the head of Nexmo’s Business Development efforts in APAC region. He specializes in product, strategy, and innovation, having worked with and consulted SMEs and MNCs in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Previously, he spearheaded the business transformation of Global Yellow Pages in Singapore into a digital powerhouse. Prior to that, he built B2B and B2C marketing and sales teams for Alibaba’s regional competitor GTDollar and was the MENA lead for Board of Innovation, a top European business model innovation consultancy.

For years Hayk has been offering both AI and blockchain related advise and mentorship to startups. He is a frequent speaker at industry events.In his spare time, Hayk blogs at fail92fail.wordpress.com and is an ardent student of history. Hayk has a mastery of seven languages including Armenian, English, French, Portuguese, German, Arabic and Russian. He is also a beginner Mandarin speaker. Hayk earned his MBA from University IFM and his PhD in Nuclear Physics from the University of Geneva.

“The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right” – Confucius

Zach Lewis

Chicago

Zach Lewis

Zach is an experiential marketing and interactive design expert. He began his career at the digital marketing consultancy Acquity Group, where he spent five years developing eCommerce and digital marketing strategies for Fortune500 clients, strengthening their presence in mobile, social, in-store, and search engine marketing performance. At the time of Acquity’s IPO and acquisition by Accenture Interactive, Zach was head of the 20-person demand generation unit. Looking to stay at the forefront of digital marketing, Zach left Acquity to join the fast-growing UX & Innovation startup MU/DAI, where he currently leads the Client Strategy division in Chicago.

Zach graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a B.B.A. in Marketing, International Business, and Sports Management. Keen on blockchain technologies and their relation to the progression of digital marketing and interaction, Zach is excited to carry his learnings from previous technological transitions and help companies identify, understand and market products to their customers.

Andrea Macario

Miami

Andrea Macario

Andrea is a business leader who enjoys the process of testing, validating and developing new products and markets as well as building teams in an environment designed to make them thrive promoting collaboration, curiosity, experimentation, learning, and optimization.

He has 20 years of experience in strategy, business development, marketing, business operations, sales & channel management, digital transformation in both global corporations and entrepreneurial ventures and is currently advising several technology startups in areas such as AR/VR, Blockchain, Enterprise SaaS, Mobility & Transportation, and Robotics. Andrea has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the USA and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Guido Molinari

New York

Guido Molinari

Guido is an accomplished entrepreneur who has developed ventures in the consumer goods, retail, and wellness space. He has been interested in the crypto space since late 2013. He is fascinated by the amount of talent the industry is attracting and its ability to disrupt intermediaries by bringing more value to creators. He started his career as a financial analyst in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch. Guido is a graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art and Bocconi University and holds a joint degree in international management from the London School of Economics and HEC Paris. Guido is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has been a member of Amnesty International since 2003. He resides with his wife in Jersey City and is an avid traveler having been to over fifty countries in all continents but Antarctica.

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