ABOUT

Open Garden is changing the way people connect to the Internet by empowering millions to sell their unused broadband and mobile bandwidth for cryptocurrency, while creating a secure and encrypted Internet that is faster and more affordable for everyone. Our mesh networking protocols have already proven effective in our award-winning FireChat

/app, which has been used for direct peer-to-peer messaging (no Internet connection required) during festivals like Burning Man, pro-democracy protests in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and after several natural disasters took down telecommunications infrastructure around the globe. We believe that by connecting the world’s 5 billion mobile devices on a decentralized peer-to-peer network, people have the power to render spying ISPs, price-gouging telecoms and government controlled firewalls obsolete. It’s time to recapture the promise of an open and independent Internet for all of us.

AWARDS

Innovation Award, SXSW (2015) Boldness in Business Award. (Financial Times, 2015) Tech4Resilience Award (2015)

PRESS

CNN, CNBC, BBC, The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, TIME, CBC, The Verge, The Guardian, NPR, MIT Technology Review

INVESTORS

  • Consellior SAS

    ​​Our board chairman, Allan Green, led Open Garden's seed round and has participated in each subsequent investment round as a committed partner. In his capacity as advisor, investor and board member, Allan has transformed industry leading companies including Gemplus, Ingenico and TransferTo.

  • August Capital Management

    ​​August partner Howard Hartenbaum led our Series A and is a member of our Board of Directors.

  • Verizon Ventures

    ​Verizon Ventures connects visionary startups with its global network to deliver new, excited and engaging experiences and products to its customers.

  • Future\Perfect Ventures

    ​FPV founding partner Jalak Jobanputra is a blockchain thought leader and one of the first investors in the space in 2013. FPV invested in our Series A.

  • ​Digital Garage

    ​Digital Garage strives to make a better society by connecting and creating new Internet business. DG is well known for helping Twitter launch and succeed in Japan.

  • Danhua Capital

    ​DHVC invests in Artificial Intelligence, AR/VR, Big Data, Blockchain, Enterprise Software and other disruptive technologies.

  • ​Kima Ventures

    ​One of the most active angel investors in the world, KV backs startups in the Internet, mobile, and telecom.

  • ​Sherpalo

    ​Led by early Google investor Ram Shriram, guiding and mentoring exceptional entrepreneurs in disruptive ideas and technology.

  • ​Arrington XRP Capital

    ​Arrington XRP Capital is a digital asset management firm in blockchain-based capital markets.

  • Consensus FinTech Group

    ​CFG is the cryptocurrency management firm focused on ventures, tokens and projects related to Blockchain, digital currency and crypto assets.

  • ​​Alphablock Investments

    ​Supporting the most innovative organizations that are harnessing the disruptive nature of Blockchain technology.

  • ​Genesis Block Capital

    ​Genesis Block Capital is a cryptocurrency investment management firm based in San Francisco, CA.

  • ​Vanbex

    ​Vanbex has been empowering bold ideas on the blockchain since 2013.

Leadership Team

  • Open Garden CEO

    Paul Hainsworth

    CEO

  • Open Garden VP Product

    Chander Chawla

    VP Product

  • Ammar Qaffaf

    VP Engineering

  • Whitey Bluestein

    Head of Corporate Development