The Company

SovereignSky is being built by a dedicated team with decades of experience in technology, business and blockchain ecosystems between them.

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Government and academia-tested space

It’s a space-bound solution to confer equal access to the world’s wealth to anyone on earth, regardless of their location, nationality and economic starting conditions.We combine a blockchain platform and token with a low earth orbit satellite network, based upon the government. read more

Not subject to any national jurisdiction on

Academia-tested space technology of SovereignSky’s partner company SpaceQuest, and thus transcends jurisdictional and infrastructural limits that have been imposed by narrow-minded planning and self-serving objectives prevalent in most developed and developing nations on earth. read more

Confer equal access to the world’s wealth

Its location in the earth orbit enables it to offer equal access and equal opportunities to participants from all over the planet.

It incorporates the concepts of “Building block(chain)s for a better planet”. read more

The Team

JC Oliver

CEO

JC Oliver is an award winning digital creative, strategist, evangelist, futurist, investor & advisor with over 25 years global media experience.

He was Global Innovation Head of Microsoft & AOL before becoming new CEO of RUON AI & SovereignSky. He recently launched his own innovation agency 31Flavas which he runs alongside his roles as Global Chief Creative Officer of Unlockd & EdisonX.

His passion is across both Digital Marketing/Transformation, Business Strategy & Innovation. His ideal drop off is the intersection of creativity & business fused with tech & science which he defines as the next big growth marketing opportunity. JC has spent his career in variety of roles crafting ideas & munging them together with emerging tech to amplify & translate brand comms into immersive audience centric experiences.In 2016 he left his role as Global Chief Creative Officer at Verizon/AOL/Microsoft/Yahoo! Network (now Oath) after spending the previous 9 years as Microsoft’s Global Head of Innovation. He delivers myriad thought leading presentations at industry conferences, digital schools and to clients & agencies on how the next creative revolution is upon us and ready to transform everything.


Stan Larimer

CO-FOUNDER and CTO

This pioneering team includes Stan Larimer, The ‘Godfather of Bitshares’.
Stan Larimer is a prolific Blogger, Keynote Speaker and expert Consultant on real-time industrial grade digital currencies. He is CEO of Cryptonomex, which currently processes over half of all public blockchain transactions in the world. These include BitShares, Steemit, Peerplays, Muse, Golos, and next year EOS. BitShares and Steemit each exceed Bitcoin and Ethereum combined records for daily transactions and together they surpass the rest of the industry. Stan has used his MSEE degree to teach rocket science at the US Air Force Academy and to develop unmanned air, ground, sea and space 'drones' for 40 years with aerospace giants such as Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Boeing, General Dynamics, and SAIC. Stan has led engineering deployments from Cape Canaveral in 1998 to Western test ranges in 2001 and Fallujah, Iraq in 2008 and parking lots of Duke University and the Durham Bulls in 2011. “He Co-founded Invictus Innovations in 2013, Cryptonomex in 2015, Steemit in 2016, and Heronomex, and Hypernomex in 2017, Quintric, Sovereign Sky, Ruon, Biquitous, Terradacs, BEOS Limited Cooperative Association, and Mission Space in 2018.” Stan has over 40 years experience in software, hardware, and systems engineering, program management, business development and even teaching rocket science at the US Air Force Academy. Contributing to 17 different R&D programs for air, ground, sea and space systems, Stan is now building a new industry to develop unmanned companies that produce smart currencies and other decentralized financial services.


Timothy E. Burke

CO-FOUNDER, Creative Director

Tim is our Founding Father! He is the visionary Inventor of RUON AI & SovereignSky, the concept of SovereignAid, Founder of Hollywood's now famous MovieFund, Writer and Co-Director on Planet X and most recently executive producer on Lionsgate's "Killers Anonymous" which stars 2018 Oscar winner Gary Oldman and Jessica Alba. He is a serial entrepreneur and was recently featured on the cover of the magazine. He will co-direct Ancient Alien epic; “Planet X” with Marvel's Jeff Hadderstad - (Doctor Strange, Iron Man 3, Captain Marvel, Antman and the Wasp) which has been described in the Huffington Post as like "Star Wars on Steroids". The very concept of SovereignSky and beaming cryptocurrency from space, in fact came from and be part of interstellar currency in the Planet X franchise. You'll even be able to use the RUON app within Planet X virtual worlds to buy and trade merchandise in immersive VRX. His company has already launched their first satellite with SpaceQuest onboard Space X and are currently uploading the world's first blockchain space-based blockchain. His vision is clear. Like no other social media, AI, banking and shopping platform on (and off the planet) - RUON AI is set to completely revolutionize life online. Tim sums up RUON in five words. Post. Stream. Earn. Spend. Give!


Brandon West

RUON Technology Director

Brandon is a Graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Brandon began his career in finance at Walt Disney World where he taught himself how to program, leading to the development of many applications automating various business area tasks. Brandon went on to serve in an IT role at Royal Caribbean and became an integral part of project development and deployment of the new 'Smart Ship' initiative. These projects included working internationally to build the largest and smartest ships in the world that currently sail the seas today. By building finance and technology skill sets, Brandon has won multiple hackathons/startup events and naturally transitioned into cryptocurrency. Brandon is now pursuing blockchain full-time as a Smart Contracts Developer, Consultant, and Miner.


Sean Worthington

Advisor

Sean is President of CloudCoin Consortium, Author of 'Beyond Bitcoin: The Future of Digital Currency' and Inventor of Digital Currency based on RAIDA (Redundant Array of Independent Detection Agents), provisional patent. Sean is also a Candidate PhD, Computer Information Systems and Computer Science Instructor tenured at Butte College, Oroville, California. He is a candidate for a PHD in Computer Information Systems. Sean also has a patent pending on a counterfeit detection system and he is the Creator of CloudCoin, which is the world's first cloud based currency and a Tenured Computer Science Instructor at Butte College in Northern California.


Angus McGlynn

CO-FOUNDER

As the Co-Founder and CEO of Mission Space, Angus has led the rollout of this project since 2016. For more than 28 years, Angus has worked with technology companies worldwide developing their business and providing project management, design, marketing and media relations' services. His academic background is in product design and innovation management. He currently acts as an advisor to Greenwall Environmental Innovation, which is part funded by UK's Aerospace Cornwall to further their R&D into the world's first bespoke portable asbestos in materials analyser and it set to be located at the Space Aerohub in Spring 2019.


Thomas Carter

DIGITAL SECURITIES ADVISOR

Thomas is at the forefront of the smart securities revolution. He is a 30-year fintech innovator and CEO of DealBox and is pioneering the trillion-dollar digital transformation of capital markets. He has successfuly raised funding for diverse range of businesses including green and clean technologies, healthcare, sports, media, entertainment, finance, technology and more. Thomas, together with Dealbox, has strategized and is leading the capital funding for Mission Space.


Michael Taggart

STRATEGIC DEV & BLOCKCHAIN ADVISOR

Michael is director, co-founder and advisor to many successful blockchain based businesses such as Quintric, Biquitous and Eristica and is also President of Cryptonomex, the company that authored the Graphene blockchain, originally developed as the foundation of Bitshares. Michael, is a writer and member of the Forbes Technology Council.

Michael is also co-founder of Quint, a revolutionary new cryptocurrency that can be used as specie legal tender and is backed by gold and silver.

Michael Taggart gained an interest in Bitcoin during 2012, later developing a multi-exchange trading software in 2013. After meeting Daniel and Stan Larimer, Michael became fascinated by blockchain technology and it's disruptive nature. Michael is President of Cryptonomex, developer of Graphene technology and author of DPOS.

www.ruon.ai As an advocate of DPOS technology, Michael is an international speaker that travels the world educating businesses, legislators, and developers on the features and benefits of Graphene technology. Michael is also cofounder of Quintric, the world's first legal tender cryptocurrency that brings back the concept of sound monetary policy. Michael also currently advises several blockchain based projects such as Mission Space, Biquitous, and Sovereign Sky.


Gerard Clutterbuck

SENIOR RESEARCHER

Gerard has been involved with Mission Space since its inception. With his background in Industial Design, Gerard will oversea our research division, keeping abreast of the latest technology advances with the aim of ensuring our space telescopes, future space exploration product development and R&D remain both current and leading edge technologies.


Colin Doughan

FOUNDER & CEO

Colin’s sixteen-year career at Fortune 100 Aerospace firms has focused on implementing the Cost and Schedule management for two separate Billion plus Dollar US Air Force space development programs with 200-500 engineers each. Colin is experienced in executing the complexities of development programs with multi-thousand line schedules and multiple vendors. Colin received his MBA from the University of Nebraska and is creator of the Space Business Blog where he discusses the business opportunities of the final frontier.


David Forman

CEO of Cascade Systems, Founder of SpaceBridge Logistics

David is a visionary entrepreneur who brings groups of people together to accomplish incredible things, and believes that blockchains will fundamentally change the way the world does business.

David is the founder and CEO of Cascade Systems (CascadeSystems.io), an algorithmic trading company that supplies liquidity to emerging exchanges and projects. Cascade’s core technology is a flexible trading system and portfolio management framework, enabling a broad range of algorithmic trading strategies, liquidity provision, and payment processing services. Cascade is currently a premier market maker in the decentralized exchange space.

David is also a co-founder of SpaceBridge Logistics (SpaceBridge.io), which is building a blockchain-enabled marketplace for space services. SpaceBridge is working directly with a variety of launch and satellite companies, with a focus on creating protocols for moving, repairing, and deorbiting satellites. David is passionate about leveraging blockchain technology to increase connectivity across the aerospace industry and help humanity become a space faring civilization.

Previously, David co-founded the game studio Serenity Forge, built his own algorithmic trading operation and obtained degrees in Physics and Music Composition.


Jonathan Bahai

Jonathan Baha’i is an entrepreneur with over 25+ years of experience in the high performance server hosting and telecommunications industry, and is the founder of a number of tech related companies which today focus primarily on blockchain technology.

From as early as 1997, he has worked independently to bring innovation and vision to all his ventures. This has included the establishment a regional ISP, and founding Hiccup Data Solutions, a SMB remote backup data protection service provider. In 2003 he worked to bring wireless mesh network infrastructure to western Africa. In 2006, he founded Serverbalance Data Solutions, an early pioneer and active contributing developer of Xen virtualization.

In 2012, he acquired a Nuclear Bunker data center in Nova Scotia, Canada, and founded Data Security Node Inc. For nearly five years he was dedicated to developing the nuclear hardened data center and building blockchain-based solutions. Primary networks he worked with included Bitshares, and Steem, while also mining various altcoins.

In early 2016 he conceived and founded the Peerplays blockchain and has successfully lead its development and launch. He successfully raised a significant amount of Bitcoin funding for its ongoing development and has become the foremost authority in the space of provable fair blockchain gaming often sought after for speaking engagements and quotes on matters related to blockchain gaming.

In July 2017 he founded eXeBlock Technology Inc. through Numus Financial, a pure play blockchain company which went public in November of 2017 trading on the Canadian Stock Exchange (XBLK:CSE). As Founder, he successfully built and lead a team of 23 developers both locally and overseas to develop the first ever 5050 draw dapp, as well as a Bitcoin sidechain that could run on the high performance Peerplays Blockchain.

He continues to support the Peerplays in its development by leading new features that provide value to gamers, developers, and regulators.


Paul Martello

Blockchain enthusiast since early 2011

Paul Martello has been a blockchain enthusiast since early 2011 and first hearing about bitcoin. Later, when the Larimers, father and son, began to theorize on the necessity of a decentralized exchange, and subsequently on the many advantages of DPOS over proof-of-work technology, Paul began doing everything in his power to assist in the implementation of their visions. Now another technological innovation in DPOS, called BEOS and likely to rock the business world, has been theorized by Stan Larimer. Once again Paul takes a leading role to bring this from idea to manifestation. Paul's motto is "There at the beginning of the stories you love".

Paul Martello was born in Toronto, Canada. Upon finishing high school he moved to the Himalayas of northern India while still a teenager. There he was involved in expedition outfitting and ran guest houses and restaurants for visiting adventure tourists. After returning to the West, Paul worked in the mining industry in remote areas of the Yukon Territory of Canada. Subsequently his trajectory has included such stints as a performing musician, a printing and design company entrepreneur, acquiring a degree in Monetary Economics and Business Management, and several years as an auditor and special investigator for the Federal Government.

Paul first became interested in bitcoin and the possibilities of crypto currencies and blockchain technology in early 2011. He attended the London Bitcoin Conference in 2012 in London, England and subsequently traveled to university Economics departments distributing physical Casascius bitcoins to post graduated Ph.D. students and professors. Paul early recognized the limiting weaknesses of proof of stake mining for cryptos and the dangers inherent in centralized exchanges. He was therefore a very early and enthusiastic supporter of the decentralized exchange and distributed proof of stake movement birthed by the Larimers, father Stan and son Dan. Currently Paul lives in Greece. He is the CEO of Terradacs LTD, a software development company which has licensed its proprietary technology to the BEOS Limited Cooperative Association of Utah (BLCA). That enabled the BLCA to lauunch the "BEOS" blockchain, an enhanced clone of EOS that can be thought of as "middle chain" between BitShares and EOS and as "EOS for business". Paul also serves as a director of the BLCA.


Dino Lorenzi

RUON, Space Agency Partner

Dino Lorenzi is President at SpaceQuest, Ltd. the leading developer of advanced satellite technology for government, university and commercial use since 1994, specializing in the design, development, testing and manufacture of spacecraft as well as space and ground components for operation with low-Earth orbiting satellites.

Through innovative designs and the latest electronic technology, SpaceQuest is building satellites and satellite components faster and more cost effectively than ever before.

SpaceQuest specializes in Microsatellite RF and Power Components, Comms Enables Microsatellites, Earth Station Equipment, and S-AIS Data and Payloads.


Larry Castro

RUON App Development, blockchain phone, operating systems & encryption

Larry is the CEO of Stealth Grid™.

Following Larry’s vision, Stealth Grid™ has embarked on developing, testing and eventually releasing the very first, entirely encrypted mobile phone. Larry is a recognized leader in cyber security, with more than 30 years’ experience. Larry is a polished Business Strategist and Visionary who has been successful in identifying opportunities, developing corporate strategy, licensing, digital platforms, mergers & acquisitions, startups, and capitalization strategy. He recently served as an Executive for a cross platform technology that was brought to the public market through his strategies and execution. He serves as an active Advisor to several technology and sports entertainment companies and has served as the Director and Founding CEO at multiple companies including his latest venture Stealth Grid™.

Stealth Grid™ is establishing itself as a leading provider of cyber security solutions. It's unique combination of cutting edge technology and vast expertise in cyber security are essential in dealing with the complexities of today's cyber attacks. Larry, Stealth Grid's CEO and Technical Founder, brings together his team's experience in enterprise security, fraud prevention and IoT technology to help develop Stealth Grid's innovative solutions. STEALTHGRID INC. (including STEALTHCLOUDTM, STEALTHCRYPTOTM, AND STEALTH IoTTM) provides leading edge solutions to guard against cyber theft ($ & IP), cybercrime, cyber fraud, cyber terrorism and IoT data breeches. With groundbreaking technology and unparalleled manageability, Stealth Grid™ is enabling consumers and businesses to rapidly protect their data in the cloud, on their devices, as well as email, phone, video chat and the IoT communications.


Mark Jeffrey

RUON/SovereignAid Advisor

Mark Jeffrey is an accomplished CTO/CPO/CEO with 25 years of experience and three exits. He is an award-winning serial entrepreneur of innovative technology companies backed by Tier One investors. These include The Palace (sold to Communities.com in 1998), Zero Degrees (sold to InterActive Corp/IAC in 2004), TargetClose, Mahalo (now Inside.com), ThisWeekIn, and Guardian Circle. He has authored eight books, including the Max Quickseries (Harper Collins). Mark consults as CTO / CPO for hire to a portfolio of companies in e-commerce, mobile, digital media, social, crypto-currency and digital publishing..

Most recently, Mark built a massively scalable e-commerce multi-variant testing platform used by AARP, Tile, Zillow, Nestle, Time-Life and others. This included a radical new kind of A/B testable cart in a fully PCI-complenvironment.

He also created Guardian Circle, a personal safety network app variously characterized as 'mobile messaging for emergencies' or 'peer-to-peer protection'. By providing a real time intelligence grid of where trusted help is, Guardian Circle provides flash coordination of resources to render assistance.

Mark was the founding CTO of Mahalo.com (now Inside.com), a human-powered search and learning site, backed by Sequoia Capital (Google, Youtube, Yahoo), CBS, Newscorp, and Elon Musk (Paypal, Tesla, SpaceX). He also co-founded and served as founding CEO of the web television network ThisWeekIn with Jason Calacanis and Kevin Pollak.Mark was Co-Founder and VP Product & Technology for the early business social networking company, ZeroDegrees. Founded in 2002, Mark sold the company to Barry Diller’s IAC/InteractiveCorp in 2004, with more than one millionregistered users. Mark also consulted for several years with Travis Kalanick (now CEO of Uber) on his first company, Red Swoosh (sold to Akamai 2007).

Mark’s first company, The Palace, was backed by Time Warner, Intel and Softbank, and sold to Communities.com in 1998. The Palace was a popular avatar virtual world environment that grew to 10 million users at its peak. The Palace was selected ‘The Best of 1996' by Entertainment Weekly, and received numerous awards and coverage including: a Webby Award nomination; “Cool Innovation of the Year” nomination; and was selected as the Chicago SUN-Times’ Best Website in 1998.Mark has been named one of '50 to Watch' by Variety magazine, a 'Hero of Multimedia' by Entertainment Weekly and presented at the very first Harvard Conference on The Internet and Society in 1996.

Mark is the author of six books of fiction, published both traditionally and as an audiobook podcast. His first novel, MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT is published by HarperCollins. Mark was one of the first three people ever to podcast a novel: MAX QUICK originally received over 2.5 million downloads in 2005. Mark is also the author of BITCOIN EXPLAINED SIMPLY (2013) and THE CASE FOR BITCOIN (2016).

Mark continues to consult and to increase his portfolio of technology ventures and his fiction publications.


Tim Bichara

RUON AI Charity Partners

Tim Bichara, co-founder of Giftcoin Tim is an entrepreneur and CPO. He was the co-founder of fintech start up Q App (Acquired by Yoyo wallet in 2016), as well as product consultancy Nimble Mobile. His awards include Times 2015 top 10 disrupters to watch, Startups 100 two years running and two interactive BAFTAs.

"Together we can Provide and Protect Our Children. Save and Preserve Our Wildlife. Eradicate Extreme Global Poverty by 2032."

Timothy E. Burke
RUON AI & SovereignSky Co-Founder

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