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

Leadership

  • Paul Hainsworth
    CEO

    A telecom industry veteran, Paul helped innovate at Hello, Virgin Mobile and Sprint before launching BlackBerry’s 30k-strong developer ecosystem.

  • Laurent Parenteau
    VP Engineering

    Building software since 2001, Laurent developed FinTech systems at FIS and analytics platform for over 130 mobile operators at Citrix and Openwave.

  • Chander Chawla
    VP Product

    After Chander helped to launch T-Mobile USA’s WiFi HotSpot network, he held co-founder and exec roles at EVER and Moki, and built wearable devices at National Semiconductor

  • Justin Ried
    VP Marketing

    A veteran of mobile and consumer tech marketing, Justin launched the HTC Vive virtual reality line as well as several smartphone brands.

  • Anne Dorman
    CFO

    With 25 years of experience in venture capital-backed startup companies in Silicon Valley, Anne worked with Automattic, Bandcamp, RelayRides and other companies in stealth mode.

Team

  • Jae Kim

    Senior iOS Engineer

  • Umit Demir

    Senior iOS Engineer

  • Dan Nugent

    Tech Lead applications

  • Haim Shoham

    Tech Lead Connectivity

  • Max Gow

    Operations Manager

  • Katherine McFall

    Software Engineer

  • Apoorv Khare

    QA Engineer

  • Paul Pfeffer

    Backend Engineer

  • Qamar Farooqui

    Android Engineer

  • Isaac Kim

    Software Engineering

  • Taiwo Adedotun

    iOS Engineer

  • Demi Bamgbose

    Android Engineer

  • Ketul Shah

    Android Engineer

  • Sterling Ingwers

    Android Engineer

  • Loretta So

    User Experience Designer

  • Michelle Yang

    Office Manager

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.

ADVISORS

  • Mark Cuban

    Owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theaters, Magnolia Pictures, and the chairman of AXS TV.

  • Chandler Guo

    Previously one of the largest bitcoin miners in the world, China’s blockchain tycoon is the co-founder and GP at AU21 Capital. He was an early investor and backer of many top ICOs and exchanges including Ethereum, ETC,Metaverse, NEO, Tron, Qtum, Binance, Huobi, Gate.io.

  • Kenzi Wang

    Kenzi Wang is co-founder and GP at AU21 where he is an active blockchain investor with deep knowledge in exchanges and market making. He leads our Asia community strategy and has assisted token projects like Mobius, YouNow and Fundrequest.

  • Mick Hagen

    CEO, Mainframe & Genesis Block Mick founded Mainframe, a censorship-resistant messaging protocol, and leads Genesis Block, a prominent crypto investment group.

  • Don Hutchinson

    A former executive at major ISPs including Netcom Communications and @Home, Don is a member of our board of directors and offers insights into the business, frameworks and playbooks of traditional, centralized ISPs, contributing greatly to Open Garden’s decentralized strategy.

  • Dr. David Naccache

    Security researcher David advises on our security stack and process. He is a professor at the École normale supérieure and expert in and public-key cryptography, including the cryptanalysis of digital signature schemes.