Meet the Team

CasperLabs

Proudly made by a diverse group of thinkers and builders with decades of experience in internet-scale computing systems, across academia, business, and engineering.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Mrinal Manohar
CEO
Mrinal is a technology and finance leader previously with Microsoft, Bain, and Bain Capital. He ran the TMT sector of a $1B+ hedge fund, and became an early investor in Ethereum, Blockstack, etc.
Medha Parlikar
CTO
Medha is a product and engineering leader with decades of experience delivering production software at marquee companies such as Adobe, Omniture, Avalara, MP3.com and DivX.
Cliff Sarkin
COO
Cliff is an entrepreneur and former VP of Business Development at DNA.Fund, a leading crypto fund. He led VideoSurf’s $80M sale to Microsoft. He holds a BA from University of California Berkeley and JD from Harvard Law School.
Daniel Marfurt
CFO
Daniel is a tech-oriented finance and management expert. Previously he led finance at Status.im, a crypto company with $100M+ market cap. He holds a double MA in Economics and International Management.
Scott Walker
Director
Scott is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He was Founder/CEO of Atrinsic, a mobile game company that he grew to $100M revenue. He was an early investor in BTC, ETH, and EOS.

BUSINESS & FINANCE

Neil Kapoor
Sr. Business Development Mgr.
Neil is an entrepreneur and business development professional. He started his career in finance and pivoted to tech where he helped a Brooklyn startup raise $13M on the ASX. He holds a dual MBA in both Finance and Strategic Management, Niagara University.
Bernd Lapp
VP Operations and Business Development
Bernd is CaperLabs’s expert on Swiss law, regulation, and operations (the CL blockchain is domiciled in Zug). He was head of product marketing for Deutsch Telekom and Numbers. He also previously served on the Ethereum Foundation for two years.
Kevin McCloskey
Technical Recruiter
Kevin is a recruiting consultant and worked for early-stage tech startups to Fortune 500 companies. He has a background in business development working for AppJaxx, Exigo Search, Intelligent Capital Network, and Mollegans. He holds a BA in Secondary Education, West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Ashley Careaga
Executive Assistant
Ashley has a background in administrative tasks, human resources, and assistant to Executive Boards. She is a member of SHRM. She holds a BA in Communications, University of Washington.

MARKETING

Kevin Watt
Marketing Director
Kevin served in product marketing management roles for Dropbox, Amazon and Microsoft Azure. He is successful in growing businesses with aggressive marketing strategies and incredible marketing teams. He holds a BS in Business Administration, University of California Berkeley.
Travis Payne
Creative Strategist
Travis is a multi talented designer with specialities in web, mobile, UI/UX, creative strategy. He created and designed the CasperLabs website, motion graphics, advertising, etc.
Joe Davies
Community Director
Joe is a Senior Community Director with years of experience in the blockchain space. Prior to Casper, he was a Community Director at Shyft Network and has an extensive background in community management and social media marketing.

ENGINEERING

Marc Brinkmann
Software Engineer
Marc is a Senior engineer with experience in developing embedded, IoT, and Web technologies. He is a founder of 49nord GmbH, a consulting software company.
Karan Dhareshwar
Software Engineer
Karan began his career as a Product Developer Intern for Smokescreen Technologies. His focus is on cybersecurity, cryptography and distributed systems. He holds a MS in Cybersecurity, Johns Hopkins University.
Matt Doty
Senior Software Engineer & Scientist
Matt has an extensive background in blockchain, as he is the primary creator of the Ethereum mining algorithm. He worked at SimSpace, Nosqui Aerospace, and OpinionLab. He holds a MS in Computer Science and a MS in Logic (concentration in mathematics).
Piotr Dziubecki
VP Ecosystem Development
Piotr was a Software Development Manager & Technical Product Manager at Panalpina; working with business stakeholders and technical experts to deliver state of the art product. He holds a MS in Computer Science, Częstochowa University of Technology.
Andreas Fackler
Software Engineer & Scientist
Andreas is an experienced Rust engineer and mathematician, who has held roles at Google, MaidSafe, 49nord and POA. He has his PhD in Mathematics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität.
Mateusz Gorski
Software Engineer
Mateusz was a software engineer at Audi. Scala is his language of choice, mostly for its interoperability and balancing FP and OO programming paradigms. He holds a MS in Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering, Wroclaw University of Technology.
Mark Greenslade
Software Engineer
Mark is a full stack software architect and engineer with deep Agile exposure. He is a member of the IEEE and Chair of the IEEE (CH) Working Group on Decentralised Systems. He holds a BS in Management Studies & Operational Research, University of Leeds.
Ed Hastings
Engineering Manager
Ed is a talented software engineer with 20+ years of experience building high performance back end systems. United States Marine Corps. Knowledgable in wide range of technologies with the ability to dive very deep in any of them.
Fraser Hutchison
Software Engineer
Fraser was Director R&D for MaidSafe, managed the backend team responsible for creating the C++ implementation of the SAFE network. He was a full-time firefighter for 14+ years. He holds a BS in Mathematics, University of Strathclyde.
Rob Jennings
Site Reliability Engineer
Rob has 15+ years experience in software engineering and managing infrastructure at scale. He holds a BS in Computer and Information Science, University of South Australia.
Filip Kalebo
Software Engineer
Filip has a background in information security, his speciality is finding security holes in various applications. He decided to expand on this passion and started his own software company with his friend called Firo Solutions. He spends his free time hacking on rust projects and Open BSD.
Bart Kamiński
Software Engineer
Bart was a Rust developer at MaidSafe where he implemented a decentralized system known as The SAFE Network. He also has a background in C#, C++, and Python. He holds a MS in Physics, University of Warsaw.
Dr.Daniel Kane
Consensus Protocol Advisor & Mathematician
Dr. Kane has holds two Bachelor's Degrees from MIT and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is an associate professor at the school of Computer Science and Engineering at UCSD. Daniel advises CasperLabs on consensus and is the primary author of the Highway protocol.
Mark LeMoine
Site Reliability Engineer
Mark has a background in software development as well as operations and system administration. He worked at Research Affliates and ThreatMatrix. He holds an MS in Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Alexander Limonov
Economist
Alexander has a background in theoretical micro (ABD) economics. Previously, he modeled Bing’s ad auctions. He holds a MS in Managerial Economics & Strategy, Northwestern University.
Khanh Nguyen
Software Engineer
Khanh began his career as a Web Developer for YuHao Software and then joined Populous. He is well-versed in numerous programming languages including Javascript, Go and Solidity. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems, University of Vietnam.
George Williamson
Software Engineer
George studied MPhys Astrophysics at University of Edinburgh, taking computer programming courses. He decided to shift his carer to IT and began working for Red Rock Power.
Michal Papierski
Software Engineer
Michal worked for Samsung and Amazon. He was successful in a patent application in USPTO. He holds a MS in Computer Science, Polish-Japanese Academy of IT.
Ashok Ranadive
Senior Program Manager
Ashok holds a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering with post-grad work in Nuclear Engineering. Indian Navy Commissioned Officer. 12 years at Google building and leading teams.
Joe Sacher
Software Engineer
Joe is a seasoned software engineer with 20+ years of experience, he also participated in building an Android tablet. He is certified in PCB design (CID and CID+) and designed two different ARM motherboards. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Ajith Thampi
Site Reliability Engineer
Ajith is a seasoned DevOps and Cloud Specialist who has been working with many Telcos and Banks assisting in their Digitalization journeys. He holds a B.E. in Computer Science, Pune University.
Henry Till
Software Engineer
Henry has over a decade of professional development experience. Before joining CasperLabs, he worked at Pyrofex. He holds a BA in Philosophy, New York University.
Dan Werner
Software Engineer
Daniel has experience in a number of technologies; specializing in difficult problems and technical deep-dives. He worked for WhiteOps, Plex, Inc., and Kixeye.
Abner Zheng
Software Engineer
Abner worked at NetEase Cloud Music as a Java developer to help develop services in searching and online streaming music. He holds a MS in Computer Software Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology.
Maciej Zielinski
Software Engineer
Maciej has 10+ years experience as a software engineer with Python, Rust, JavaScript, Scala, Solidity, and WebAssembly. He holds a BS in Computer Science, Technical University of Wroclaw.