Founder – General Manager
After completing my Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Amsterdam in 2003, I embarked on an 11-month, 43,000-kilometer journey from Tierra del Fuego – the southernmost tip of South America – to Alaska. I then moved to Brazil, where I set up the company Stonerose Property that developed social housing projects. During my ten year stay in Brazil I gained a lot of experience with overseas investments, having to arrange for structure, taxation and legislation for both Brazil and The Netherlands.
With this knowledge, I began looking into Bitcoin and blockchain, a few years ago. I find it a fascinating and promising technology, it is still in its infancy and the possibilities are endless. What Cyber Capital is doing now has not been done before. That makes it so challenging. Besides these activities I am currently enrolled in the post academic course for Registered Controller (RC) at the Free University of Amsterdam. After all, control generates trust, which is the foundation of every investment.
Founder – Investment Strategist
I studied political philosophy and history at the University of Auckland. Shortly afterwards I emigrated from New Zealand to the Netherlands in 2013. During this time I discovered cryptocurrencies in which I immersed myself more and more. This led to investing and trading in cryptocurrencies and the creation of a bitcoin mining operation in 2014.
Nowadays, I devote myself full time to cryptocurrencies, doing ‘fundamental analysis’ with a focus on the underlying governance models. Cryptocurrencies require a multidisciplinary approach to understand them, but also to successfully invest in them. I expect this new technology to become more widely adopted, with capital investments making a real contribution to building the infrastructure needed for such greater mass adoption.
Through writing articles and giving lectures, I regularly participate in the public debate surrounding cryptocurrency. I am also a voting member of Bitcoin Unlimited, and an outspoken proponent of larger blocks in Bitcoin. It is an exciting time in history, I am happy to be a part of it and help to further this amazing technology.
During my Master’s degree in Public Administration at Leiden University I interned on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, where I studied the relationship between technology and the political process. After my graduation in 1997, and after a 3-month trip through India and becoming an enthusiastic glider pilot, I enrolled in a management consulting career. Over the years specializing in organizational aspects of large IT projects. More specifically within banks such as ING, Barings and Mees Pierson, where I took various roles in a number of international projects.
On the personal side I have always been fascinated by the impact and transforming effect of the internet on society. It was 2013 when I first heard about cryptocurrencies, yet initially I didn’t give it much attention. But in the following years my interest grew, I started reading more on the topic and attended numerous events. It quickly became clear to me how cryptocurrencies are a logical next step in the development of the internet: “Cryptocurrencies are here to stay, period.” This enthusiasm ultimately culminated in now working for Cyber Capital.
During and after completing my Bachelor’s degree in IT and Business at Zuyd University in Maastricht, I successfully launched and sold a number of companies (mainly in the digital domain). After the completion of my studies, I worked in the private equity sector as a Technical Delivery Manager. This led to a growing interest in the Mendix platform, in which I have worked for multiple companies as both an IT consultant and developer.
I received my first Bitcoins in 2014, when I was doing freelance development work for a Singapore customer at the time. I had been reading about cryptocurrencies for a while, but it was this first encounter that really sparked my interest. I started to dive deeper into cryptocurrencies and the technology (blockchain) behind it and am convinced that blockchain is the next big digital revolution. I believe that cryptocurrencies could be the dawn of the single greatest wealth transfer in the history of mankind.
Working at Cyber Capital gives me the opportunity to apply my technical and economic insights when studying the cryptocurrency market. We are living in very exciting times it is all about picking the right protocols and projects that will drive forward this new and bright future.
I discovered Bitcoin in early 2013, while completing my bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at University College London (UCL). I then took part in a graduate scheme for a global tier 1 automotive supplier where I learnt how to implement efficient process optimisation techniques through proper management and organisation.
In parallel with my discovery of cryptocurrencies, I started to take an interest in macroeconomics with an emphasis on studying long-term economic trends. I quickly concluded that Bitcoin’s fault tolerance solution to the Byzantine Generals problem could be the biggest and most profound invention in human history. The reason for this is that, for the first-time Bitcoin allows for trustless Triple Entry Bookkeeping, the third and potentially final evolution in accounting. If utilised correctly, such a system has the ability to limit mass scale fraud and financial catastrophes. Cyber Capital’s strategy of fundamental analysis allows us to recognise such profound applications. Using the insight of the team, I hope to build a robust fundamental analysis method to identify these unique opportunities.
After my studies Computer Science, with a Master in Embedded Systems, at the Technical University of Eindhoven, I left for St. Petersburg, Russia in 2007. There I worked for five years as a technical project manager and consultant for a Dutch IT company, for which I worked an additional year in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2013, I started the company Orange Sputnik, together with my Ukrainian business partner, in Kiev. We provide the staffing of IT employees for Western European companies. Subsequently in 2015, I founded the Dutch company Flounders BV, with a Dutch business partner in the Netherlands. Flounders provides IT projects including websites, web applications and mobile apps. The development is being done from my current city of residence St. Petersburg, Russia.
My first encounter with cryptocurrencies was in 2013, when the Bitcoin was still at 100 euros. Unfortunately, due to my busy life as an entrepreneur, I have little time to keep me well informed about the subject matter. I therefore believe in the service offered by Cyber Capital, as cryptocurrencies require specific attention to be able to thoroughly understand them.
Having completed my physics MSc in Delft in 1998, I joined Bain & Company in Brussels and later on Amsterdam. I interrupted my 6 years as strategy consultant at Bain & Co for 12 months in 2001-2002 to obtain my MBA at Kellogg in Chicago. From 2004 to 2009 I worked in various strategy roles in the Dutch financial services sector (LeasePlan and SNS Reaal). In 2010 my family and I moved to the UAE and later on Malaysia where I headed the local LeasePlan finance teams.
In 2012 I made a brief effort to mine bitcoin. I did not touch the subject again until I read about Ethereum in early 2016 and started investing in the crypto space. The FinTech and specifically blockchain world brings technology, economics, finance and governance together in an unprecedented and empowering way. I am looking forward to apply my strategic thinking and other relevant experiences to help make Cyber Capital a success in this exciting young industry.