Ten years before Elon Musk wrote his first line of computer code, another young prodigy from South Africa was busy writing software on his TRS-80 Model I. In 1978, at the age of 10, Arie Trouw started developing software on the TRS-80 Model I, moving on to Atari, Apple, and PC. He then ran a series of bulletin boards centering on game-theory modification.
Scott has worked on many exciting ventures with exceptionally talented people, including the Co-founder of Uber. Scott's first “real boss” was Arie Trouw, who hired Scott in 2009 during an economic recession, when very few companies were hiring, and even fewer were starting companies. What began as a Facebook app startup with four guys and a ping pong table, grew to over 200 employees and 9-figures in revenue in less than two years.
Markus mined his first Bitcoin in 2013 and has been captivated by blockchain technologies ever since. Markus has over 15 years experience in building, managing and growing companies around the globe. Markus is originally from Germany (with English as his second language), and specializes in getting the most out of companies by implementing data-driven systems and utilizing the key talents of each employee to get the best out of his team. After dropping out of his Ph.D. studies at Bocconi University, Markus began working with companies in hyper-growth industries around the globe. Markus has led cutting-edge technology ventures such as Novacore, “sterkly”, Hive Media and Koiyo.
William is a veteran computer hardware and firmware technologist with over 25 years experience in engineering management and electrical engineering development. He's also a successful entrepreneur, having founded several computer product and data storage companies, some of which have become publicly traded. William has authored 3 US patents, and is an iOS/OSX product development authority (as an Apple certified developer since 1986). He is a rare breed that spends his free time programming Bluetooth and GPS hardware, preferring to do soin Assembly code. William brings considerable expertise in Storage Area Networks (SANs), NAS systems, and enterprise class data storage systems for mission-critical applications (such as eCommerce and medical data storage). He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northrop University in Inglewood, California, and is one of Cisco’s top certified networking recommendations.
Christine has an extensive background in Mathematics and has worked in upper management for over 5 years. Most recently, Christine has focused her efforts on managing XY’s media channels, technology platforms and Analytics Division. She moved to sunny San Diego to escape the Midwest tundra in 2012 after graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Christine is also a local musician and can be seen playing around San Diego in board shorts and a tank-top.
Ohio native Johnny Kolasinski has over fifteen years experience in marketing and media production, from e-commerce to video production to live performing arts. Before being recruited by XY, Johnny coordinated the marketing efforts of the Stanford Arts Institute and Stanford Live, the University’s performing arts organization. Johnny has been mining and trading cryptocurrency since 2013. Fun fact: New episodes of Johnny’s Game of Thrones podcast are frequently among the top 50 most popular entertainment podcasts worldwide.