TeamThe Team Behind the Product
Bitcoin Community Evangelist
Paul V. Puey | CEO / Co-Founder
Paul is a proud Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley with a wide range of technical skills from low-level 3D graphics engineering to development of custom web CMS systems, even before people knew what a CMS was. He held lead engineering positions with Nvidia and Chromatic Research, but most recently owned and operated several non-technical small businesses throughout California. There he learned the importance of the intersection of people, business, and technology.
Today, Paul aims to bring Bitcoin mainstream with software and products aimed at simplifying Bitcoin and making it insanely easy to send and secure this revolutionary currency while maintaining the highest level of privacy.
When not converting people to bitcoin you’ll likely find him climbing a rock in Joshua Tree or at a local climbing gym.
Tim Horton | CTO / Co-Founder
Tim began working as a software developer in 2005 in the finance industry. In 2007, during the turbulent markets, his software and the engineering department was acquired. He continued working in the finance industry while receiving his masters in Computer Science from California State University of San Marcos, focusing on applying machine learning to problems in BioInformatics.
In 2012, he co-founded Breadcrumbs, a mobile app to track your time and where you spend it. Breadcrumbs received awards at Uplinq 2012 conference, $50k in seed investment, and were accepted to the Qualcomm Labs EvoNexus startup incubator program in San Diego.
Tim has now turned his interest to all thing crypto. But when he isn't hashing and twiddling bits, he also enjoys traveling, backpacking and playing guitar.
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William Swanson | Chief Architect / Co-Founder
William Swanson has been writing software since he was 11 years old. Although he has a degree in Electical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, he is just as comfortable working with software as he is with electronics. He has built systems at every level of the technology stack, from custom circuit boards with embedded firmware up through web sites and 3D graphics applications.
Through his work with AirBitz, William Swanson has become an official contributor to the libbitcoin project, where he has written and contributed several new functional modules.
In April 2014 William teamed up with Amir Taaki, Pablo Martin of the Libbitcoin and DarkWallet project along with Damian Cutillo of Airbitz in Toronto for the 2014 Bitcoin Expo Hackathon. The team won first place with the DarkMarket project, a proof of concept for one of the world's first fully decentralized, anonymous, peer to peer marketplaces. The hackathon prize money was donated to the Libbitcoin project's future development.
Swiss Army Knife
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Lucas Betschart | Core Developer
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Will Pangman | Marketing Manager
Will discovered Bitcoin in late 2012 and immediately engaged in building the human networks around this new technology. He founded Bitcoin Milwaukee, a 150+ volunteer community advocacy organization that quickly became known as one of the most active and successful Bitcoin outreach groups in North America. For the past year, he served as COO for the Bitcoin startup, Tapeke, and remains as an advisor to the company.
Before Bitcoin, Will worked as a production manager in the film and TV industry in New York City, and then as a marketing and business development consultant helping to update small businesses for the digital age. Will excels at relating the complexities of bitcoin to people of diverse backgrounds and awakening their curiosity to the power of distributed networks and stateless money.
Will has been a guest on many podcasts, frequently contributes to the World Crypto Network’s flagship program The Bitcoin Group, and volunteers support to various standards and education projects in the space. Will brings his full sector knowledge, deep network, and relentless optimism to the Airbitz team, and looks forward to scaling the Airbitz tech stack to its first million users and beyond.
Social Media Management
M.K. Lords | Community Manager
M.K. Lords became interested in the disruptive and charitable potential of technology after being a writer for several years. She is best known as the editor of Bitcoin Not Bombs which was formed out of an alliance with Antiwar.com. Her focus has been on how block chain technology can help disadvantaged people and controversial organizations. She has written for Bitcoin Magazine, Bitcoin Not Bombs, been published in the educational book Bitcoin: At Issue, and featured in Forbes. M.K. also brings her experience from the financial services sector as the former office/media manager for Roberts & Roberts Brokerage.
While much of her work is written, she also has done extensive video interviews with prominent voices in the Bitcoin space. She has spoken on nonprofits, activism, and philosophy at tech and liberty themed conferences and also organized two Bitcoin conferences. She applies her experience in multiple fields as the Community Manager for Airbitz. When not writing and speaking, she fire dances and co-hosts the radio show Freedom Feens.
RJ Ricasata | QA Lead
RJ stepped into the bitcoin space in 2012. Fascinated by the idea and grandeur of bitcoin, RJ joined Airbitz to help promote its core values of privacy, security, and decentralization. He is honored to be a part of a talented team making bitcoin easier to use for the masses.
At Airbitz, RJ maintains the merchant directory and reviews product design to ensure continual improvement and customer satisfaction. His area of expertise includes quality assurance, technical support, and analysis. He received his B.S. degree in Accounting from San Diego State University. Prior to his current position, he worked in computer software companies. Outside of work, RJ is an avid gamer and a fan of boxing.