I am currently the CTO of Boson Protocol. Boson Protocol is a trust-minimised protocol for the exchange of off-chain items with on chain tokens. Our vision is to bring decentralised commerce to the Internet by enable the exchange of physical goods via a blockchain, without the need for a trusted central entity to facilitate fair exchange. During my time at Boson Protocol, I have built out a client-side only (backend-less) commerce experience https://bosonapp.io/, a blockchain enabled metaverse shopping experience in Decentraland https://bosonportal.io/, as well as building out two versions of the core protocol, the latest and greatest one builds on top of the https://eips.ethereum.org/EIPS/eip-2535 to achieve upgradeability.
Before that I was Founding CTO of Monolith (previously known as TokenCard), an Ethereum Project on a mission to disrupt consumer banking. We built the world’s first truly non-custodial consumer banking platform; bringing decentralisation and banking to people’s everyday lives. We believed that we could provide users with a user experience akin to a consumer bank, in an equitable manner, with one core difference the fact our users never had to relinquish control of their assets.
Before that I was CTO of Antidote, a digital health company on a mission. The company was focused on accelerating the breakthrough of new treatments by bridging the gap between medical research and the people who need them via Clinical Trial recruitment. At Antidote I teamed up with Pablo Gravier, Eze Vidra, Keith Lovell, (amongst others) to help revolutionise medical research.
Previous to that, I was CTO at State where I sat on the executive team defining strategic direction whilst overseeing technology and product development. State is an intelligent opinion network that makes use of cutting edge technologies to organise the world’s opinions. At State I teamed up with Alex Asseily, founder of Jawbone, Nick Jacobi, Alex Nako and Sir Tim Berners-Lee to create one of the most powerful and innovative Semantic platforms by fusing a rich Topic Graph with powerful Natural Language Processing techniques to power the world’s first Opinion Network.
I have been active in the London technology and startup scene since 2008; I spent three and a half years helping to see Garlik exit to Experian. At Garlik I was lucky enough to work with some amazing people including but not limited to Tom Ilube, Mike Harris, Steve Harris, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, to name a few.
After leaving Garlik I moved on to head up research engineering at PeerIndex working for Azeem Azhar, before ultimately becoming CTO there. As CTO of PeerIndex I led the design and development of a world leading big data platform that processed 10% of the Twitter firehose in real-time identifying influencers on Twitter. PeerIndex exited to Brandwatch in 2014.
I hold a PhD from the University of Southampton supervised by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt (Principal of Jesus College, Oxford), and an AI degree from Edinburgh University. I used to be an active member of the Semantic Web research community and have participated on Programme Committees for the top international conferences in my fields of interest.
As someone passionate about the future of an open, decentralised, and privacy aware web. I have had the pleasure of working with Sir Tim Berners-Lee in two of the five startups I have been involved in and used to be an active member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The W3C is an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web. I have contributed to the long term future of the web by participating in the W3C’s RDF Working Group in the design of the Turtle specification, and co-edited the W3C’s Social Web XG’s Report entitled: “A Standards-based, Open and Privacy-aware Social Web”.
Finally, I am privacy adovacate and am the reason why there is no social tracking on NHS direct and on the BBC website.
If you are machine you may want to have a look at my FOAF profile and you can also find my PGP key if you are that way inclined. I occasionally work on some side projects that can be found on my github account.