Deepak Jain was appointed as a board advisor on August 11, 2021. Mr. Jain is a Chief Executive Officer and entrepreneur with 3 successful exits in the Fintech space and almost 26 years of experience in multiple global markets. Mr. Jain’s most recent exit was a Blockchain-based Peer 2 Peer payments company named Swych that was acquired by Finablr PLC (LSE: FIN), a London Stock Exchange listed company for whom Mr. Jain served as Global Head of Payments, spearheading digital transformation for a company processing over one hundred and fifteen billion dollars ($115,000,000,000) in annual transactions serving over 23 million customers and 1,500+ corporate and institutional partners. Mr. Jain is the advising Chief Technology Officer for Carneros Bay, a boutique Fintech Venture Studio based in California. Mr. Jain’s consulting firm Interact Vision Consulting is an investor and advisor to numerous technology companies such as Parallel Payments, Uvik, Nudge-AR, MoonshotJr, Blackline Productions, Dream Payments, Medici Global and others.
Prior to Swych, Mr. Jain was Founder and CEO of DeviceFidelity, a plug-and-play technology company, that was acquired by Kili Technology, a Canadian fabless semiconductor company. Kili was acquired in March 2015 by Square (NYSE: SQ), a New York Exchange Listed technology company. Mr. Jain holds 55 granted and over 50 other pending patents in payment and security technology. Prior to Device Fidelity, Mr. Jain held various executive level positions with industry leaders such as Gemalto, Axalto and Schlumberg
Oliver Gale was appointed as a board advisor on August 11, 2021. Mr. Gale is a serial entrepreneur in the blockchain and financial technologies arena. Mr. Gale is the Founder of Bitt, the world’s first Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) network provider and a blockchain mobile money PaaS provider. Mr. Gale served as Bitt’s CFO and President from August 2013 to August 2017, and as a director from inception in April 2013 until October 2020. Bitt’s investors included Overstock (NASDAQ: OSTK) and Medici Ventures, who acquired Bitt in October 2020.
Mr. Gale is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Panther Protocol, an end-to-end privacy protocol for digital assets, which can be deployed in a compliant way on any public blockchain. Mr. Gale is the Founder of Elemental, a web 3.0 credit lending platform focused on making affordable credit available to the underserved. He served as Elemental’s CEO from May 2018 to April 2021, and Executive Chairman from April 2021 to present. Mr. Gale is also the founder and Managing Partner of BaseTwo since December 2017. BaseTwo is a multi-strategy venture and quantitative investment firm focused on digital assets. Mr. Gale isthe Founder of Stelium, a privacy-first blockchain development studio and Founder of Fluent Network, a federated stablecoin protocol for banking institutions.
Mr. Gale is the Founder of Authentic Revolution, an advisory, consulting and startup acceleration services for transformative financial technology, entertainment and multimedia project. Mr. Gale has also served as a director of Authentic Revolution since January 2010 and served as its CEO from January 2010 to August 2013. Mr. Gale also serves as a director and/or advisory board member on numerous blockchain and technology companies including Shyft Network, a global blockchain network of trusted compliance information, Beam, a user-privacy focused cryptocurrency, and Polymath, a security token smart contract protocol.. Mr. Gale graduated from the University of Bristol with an honors undergraduate degree in Accounting, Management and Social Sciences.
Sam Martin was appointed as a board advisor on August 11, 2021. Mr. Martin is the founder of Eidetic Ventures, a venture capital firm located in New York. Eidetic sources investments in early-stage startups across a broad range of technologies, including blockchain and artificial intelligence applications. Mr. Martin serves as a partner in Fleur De Lis Partners, a private investment partnership founded in 2010. Previously, Mr. Martin was the Director of Application Development at Lumina Analytics, a technology company in Tampa, Florida that specializes in big data analytics and artificial intelligence. Mr. Martin’s experience coupled with his computer science research endeavor gives him an extensive understanding of how blockchains function and the nuances between them that make them unique and valuable. Mr. Martin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the George Washington University. He is also a board member of the Martin Family Foundation.
Drew Madhu was appointed as a board advisor on August 11, 2021. Mr. Madhu is an Americas Business Development Manager for Hesai Technology, the world’s leading provider of time-of-flight LiDAR sensors, based in Shanghai, China. From Nov 2016 through June 2021, Mr. Madhu worked for Quanergy Systems, a top provider of time-of-flight LiDAR sensors and perception software based in Sunnyvale, California. At Quanergy, Mr. Madhu held senior-level business development and sales positions both domestically and internationally. Mr. Madhu also launched Quanergy’s lead generation program and its partnerships and sales channels in the Middle East, India, and Africa and helped grow Quanergy’s revenue during his tenure. While earning his degree at Stanford, he was the CEO and Co-Founder of EverEndor, an artificial intelligence company from October 2014 to June 2016, interned for two notable Silicon Valley venture capital firms, Highland Capital Partners and Rothenberg Ventures, and was a scholarship football player representing Stanford, winning the 2013 Rose Bowl Championship. Drew also held the roles of CFO at Stanford’s Robotics Club and Community Manager at Stanford’s Sports Analytics Club.
Mr. Madhu graduated from Stanford University in June 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science, Technology, and Society with a focus on Innovation, Technology, and Organization. We believe that Mr. Madhu’s experience and knowledge in the artificial intelligence industry, as well as business development capabilities will add value to our management’s and board of directors’ efforts in identifying and selecting appropriate targets for business combination transactions.