AIKON Expands Team With New CTO and Robust Board of Advisors

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Focused on building out world’s first API marketplace on the blockchain, AIKON builds out executive team and advisors with established experts in software, blockchain and finance

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"Each team member and advisor brings an immediate impact to AIKON’s product and business with their specialized areas of expertise," says Marc Blinder, co-founder and chief product officer at AIKON.

AIKON, an R&D technology company serving the decentralized economy, having recently launched the Open Rights Exchange (ORE) protocol, is announcing the hiring of Chief Technology Officer, Tray Lewin in addition to a robust group of experienced advisors to their board. Lewin brings a wealth of experience between small startup and large enterprise businesses ensuring that AIKON’s community of early supporters receive the high quality protocol, combined with AIKON’s eventual API marketplace, that effectively removes the choke points that hold developers back from monetizing or purchasing APIs on a global scale. The expert advisors joining AIKON include:

Mas Sakamoto, Advisory Board Member at Bay Angels and SKUChain
Min Kim, Founder of Blocultural, advising eight other blockchain startups
Grant Hummer, Chromatic Capital Management co-founder and organizer of the San Francisco Ethereum Developers Meetup
Connie Wong, Creative Advisor and Lead Product Designer at Kraken Digital Asset Exchange
Karl Ginter, Technology and IP Advisor

"Each team member and advisor brings an immediate impact to AIKON’s product and business with their specialized areas of expertise," says Marc Blinder, co-founder and chief product officer at AIKON. "These new additions signal our commitment to building our new economic OS with the brightest minds and best talent."

As CTO, Tray will be ultimately responsible for getting a high quality product in the hands of AIKON’s users. As a tech leader who's had success from early stage startups to working with some of the world's largest enterprises, he'll ensure that AIKON is building something that works for everyone from individual developers to SMBs to large-scale distributed engineering team.

“Ultimately, decentralization makes a flatter world. And while there may be an equal distribution of talent across the globe, not everyone has the same access to markets,” says AIKON Chief Technology Officer Tray Lewin. “With AIKON, people who are capable developers, anywhere in the world, will be able to monetize their work without having to have all the trust structure required now. Wherever there's value, it can be delivered with the lowest possible friction into the global economic system unconstrained by local issues and unnecessary complexities.”

AIKON’s newly formed Board of Advisors include specialized experts with deep experience in development, finance, and blockchain. Their collective contributions provide the engineering team-focused startup a wealth of expertise to move fast and get the best product out the door in the new and emerging space.

“The dynamic created by the founding team at AIKON is that they’re all about being democratic and empowering anyone to easily monetize their work which is wonderful,” says Min Kim, founder of Blocultural. “This is especially refreshing because there is so much risk with the increasing number of companies that are trying to do something with blockchain but have major hurdles they still need to overcome like their product not being fully fleshed out or their founders having little to no experience starting their own companies.”

“One of the biggest takeaways I’ve gotten from years of advising early stage startups is that ‘You don’t bet on the horse, you bet on the jockey,’ and the team at AIKON has a very impressive group of jockeys that I am excited to support,” said Mas Sakamoto, Advisory Board Member at Bay Angels and SKUChain. “Based on my experience helping two other blockchain startups, I can confidently say that what AIKON is offering through their product will be a tremendous benefit to an under-tapped marketplace.”

To learn more about AIKON and the Open Rights Exchange Protocol, people can visit, join Team AIKON on Telegram, or sign up to be alerted when the public alpha is available for testing.

Founded in 2017 by an encryption technology pioneer, a former political operative and a banking veteran, AIKON’s vision is to build technology products that decentralize and catalyze the global digital economy. AIKON believes that the world must become a decentralized global economy to facilitate worldwide collaboration and equal opportunity regardless of location, background, or easy access to banks or credit cards. AIKON has raised $2 million from Palo Alto-based OVO Fund and various angel investors from the U.S., Japan and Europe.

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