StarkWare will improve scalability and privacy in blockchains using STARK technology, providing cryptographic proofs that are zero-knowledge, succinct, transparent (no need for a trusted setup), and post-quantum secure.
StarkWare will develop a full proof stack: software and hardware to support fast and reliable generation and verification of computational integrity proofs for general computations.
Increased Transaction Throughput
Chief Scientist in the East
Eli is a co-founder and Chief Scientist (in the East) at StarkWare, and Chairman of its Board of Directors.
Eli has been passionate about the theory (“moon math”) and realization of transparent computational integrity since 2001, when he was a post-doctoral researcher at MIT and Harvard University, after completing his PhD in CS at the Hebrew University.
He is a Professor of Computer Science at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, which he joined in 2005, a co-inventor of the Zerocash decentralized anonymous payment system and a founding scientist of the Zcash company.
Chief Scientist in the West
Alessandro is a co-founder and Chief Scientist (in the West) at StarkWare. Alessandro is a faculty member in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. His research spans the areas of complexity theory, cryptography, and security, and focuses on the theoretical foundations and practical implementations of zero knowledge proofs that are short and easy to verify. He is a co-inventor of the Zerocash protocol, and is an author of libsnark, the leading open-source library for succinct zero knowledge proofs. Alessandro is a founding scientist of the Zcash company. He received BSc degrees in CS and in Math, and a PhD in CS, from MIT
Uri is a co-founder and CEO at StarkWare, and a member of its Board of Directors.
He has a BSc (Magna cum Laude) in CS from the Hebrew University, and an MBA from MIT Sloan. Uri is a serial entrepreneur, who has co-founded several technology companies, among them OmniGuide (an MIT spinoff developing optical fibers for endoscopic surgery), and Mondria (developer of tools for visualization of big data). Previously, Uri also served as an EIR with two Israeli VC firms, and as an analyst at McKinsey.
Michael is a co-founder and Chief Architect at StarkWare.
He is a PhD candidate in CS at the Technion Israel Institute for Technology, where he focused on the development of practical systems for computational integrity in zero-knowledge, culminating in the development and implementation of the zk-STARK system. Michael has a BSc in Math (cum Laude) and an MSc in CS, both from the Technion. He has 14 years of software development experience, including at Intel and IBM Research Labs. Michael has worked on hardware acceleration, cryptographic algorithms, GPGPU, SDN, web development, and more.
Lior has an MSc in CS and Mathematics (Summa cum Laude) from the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he was awarded the Dean’s Prize. Lior won multiple prizes in math and programming competitions, including a first prize at the Gillis math olympiad held at the Weizmann Institute. He has 8 years of experience in research of mathematical algorithms, performance optimizations and distributed computing, including at Google.
Gideon holds a BSc in Computer Engineering (Summa cum Laude), and an MSc in CS (Summa cum Laude), both from the Technion. He is a serial technological entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience, skilled in technical leadership, software and hardware architecture, IP networking & routing, cloud infrastructure, SDN, NFV, Telecom and Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA). Before joining Starkware, he held CTO / Chief Architect / Distinguished Technologist positions at numerous companies including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, ConteXtream, Xring Technologies and several other start-up companies.
Oren has a BSc (Summa cum Laude) in CS, Physics, and Psychology from the Hebrew University, an MA (Magna cum Laude) in Clinical Psychology, and an MBA (Magna cum Laude) from Tel-Aviv University. He has 25 years of industry experience in software development and product management roles, in companies ranging from small startups to big ones. Among his previous roles, he served as VP R&D and GM Israel at Fundbox (fintech), and eXelate (big data).
David has a BSc in CS (Magna cum Laude) and Mathematics (Summa cum Laude) from Tel Aviv University, where he was awarded the Dean’s Prize. He has 8 years of experience in research of mathematical algorithms, information security and formal verification, including at IBM Research. David is a two-time gold medalist of a coding competition held at the Weizmann Institute.
Head of Product
Avihu has a BSc (Summa cum Laude) in EE and Physics from the Technion. He has 8 years of experience in security research of network protocols and mobile devices. Avihu is a blockchain enthusiast, and has worked on several projects in the field, including co-founding a cryptocurrencies algo-trading startup.
Shir has a BSc in Math and CS (Magna cum Laude), and an MSc in Distributed Algorithms (Magna cum Laude), both from the Hebrew University. He has 6 years of industry experience in software startups, ranging from algorithmic R&D to product. Shir was the first employee, and product manager at Matific, a math ed-tech company.
Head of Marketing
Shiri has over a decade of experience in marketing on all its aspects, specifically the story-telling sides of branding, content and community-based marketing. Before joining StarkWare Shiri co-founded a blockchain collectibles startup. Shiri has a BS. in Computer Information Systems from Baruch College.
Aviva is responsible for the People aspects at StarkWare. She helps ensure the team has the needed resources, environment & platform to develop, express and grow their capabilities & knowledge.
Aviva has a BA in Social Work from the Hebrew U and an MBA in Human Resources & Management from NY Polytechnic.
Aviva has 25+ years industry experience in People leadership of global high growth companies- supporting & growing early stage start-up environments (SW, SAAS, Networking, Web, VLSI, Cyber, Video, Energy, Biotech & now Cryptography). She established & staffed global subsidiaries, helped build and support global executive teams and the development of innovative, highly professional and close-knit company cultures. Led 6 successful HR M&A integrations.
Remo has a B.Sc. In Biology & Statistics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem,
and in CS from Tel-Aviv University, as well as an M.Sc. In Management of Information Systems from Tel-Aviv University. He has over 20 years of industry experience, many of those in Motorola, serving as a software developer, project tech lead, and architect.
Past his Motorola tenure, Remo worked for various companies in the software development arena, including J.P. Morgan and DellEMC.
Kineret has a BSc in Mathematics and Psychology (Manga cum Laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has an MSc in CS from Tel Aviv University. Kineret did research in the fields of algorithmic game theory and online algorithms under the supervision of Prof. Michal Feldman and Prof. Amos Fiat.
During her studies she was a member of development and research teams at Microsoft, working on core personalization systems and algorithms for Cortana digital assistant.
Shahar has a BSc in CS, Mathematics and Physics (Summa cum Laude) from the Technion. Shahar won multiple prizes in math and programming competitions, including a first prize at the ACM ICPC, a first prize at the IMC, and a second prize at the IOI. He has 8 years of experience in research of mathematical algorithms.
Itay holds a Master degree in Algorithmic Game Theory from the Technion. He has a double major BSc from the Technion in Computer Science and Mathematics (Magna Cum Laude) that he earned as part of the “Lapidim Excellence Program”. Before joining Starkware Industries he was employed as a Research Scientist and a Software Engineer at Yahoo Research and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Itay is a Major (res.) in the IAF.
Alon holds a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics Double Major (Summa cum Laude), from Tel Aviv University. He was twice awarded the Dean’s List, and finished 1st in his class in CS. He is currently pursuing an MSc in CS at Tel Aviv University, where his research interests include Algorithms and Complexity, with an emphasis on Algorithms on Graphs.
Areej has an M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Computer Science (both Summa Cum Laude) from The University of Haifa. In her Masters studies, Areej researched Probabilistic Algorithms, and in particular Property Testing under the supervision of Prof. Ilan Newman and Dr. Yuri Rabinovich. Areej’s interests lie in several aspects of Computer Science, including Algorithms and Complexity. Areej won multiple awards and scholarships, including the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Women in Technology.
Tom has a BSc in Physics and Mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that he earned as part of the Talpiot program. He is currently pursuing an MSc in CS at the Technion Israel Institute for Technology. Tom research is in the consensus protocol and the security properties of Proof of Stake protocol under the supervision of Prof. Eli Ben Sasson. Tom has 5 years of experience in finding technological solutions to complex real-world problems.
Independent Board Member
Harish Devarajan is an independent director on StarkWare’s Board of Directors.
Harish serves as CEO of Deep Value, a firm active in US equity trading and crypto currency trading. The firm has staff in Chicago, New York, and Chennai (India). On the equities side, the firm has traded over two trillion dollars in the aggregate in US equities since 2010; and on its highest volume days has traded over 5% of the overall US stock market volume. Harish is active in trading cryptocurrencies at most major liquidity venues for cryptocurrencies, and also, via an affiliate, investing in ICOs and cryptocurrency startups. Prior to Deep Value, Harish Devarajan worked at a proprietary trading desk at Deutsche Bank in New York as its Chief Operating Officer. Harish holds advanced degrees in computer science and mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.
Matt Huang is a board member on StarkWare’s Board of Directors.
Matt Huang is the Co-Founder of Paradigm. From 2014 to 2018, Matt was a partner at Sequoia Capital focusing on early stage venture investments in internet and mobile companies while also leading the firm’s efforts in cryptocurrency. Prior to Sequoia, Matt was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Hotspots, a YCombinator-backed company that was acquired by Twitter in 2012. Matt is also a personal seed investor in companies such as Bytedance and Instacart. Matt holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Joey Krug is a board observer on StarkWare’s Board of Directors.
Joey is co-CIO at Pantera Capital, one of the largest blockchain-focused investment firms, which he joined in 2017. He is co-founder of the Forecast Foundation, which contributes to the development of Augur (a decentralized oracle and prediction market protocol), and Beam (a cryptocurrency that borrows elements of traditional currencies). Prior to Pantera, Joey built a Point-of-Sale sound-based payment system.
Outside of the blockchain space, Joey co-started a top-ranked AngelList Syndicate. He is a Thiel Fellow and an Edmund Hillary Fellow. In his free time Joey contributes to Pyethereum and enjoys reading.
Swastik Kopparty is s scientific advisor to StarkWare.
Swastik is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Rutgers University in New Jersey. His research areas include error-correcting codes, computational complexity theory, finite fields, randomness and pseudorandomness. Prior to joining Rutgers, Swastik got his PhD in Computer Science from MIT in 2010, and was a postdoc at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton during 2010-2011. He is a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and the NSF CAREER Award.
Shubhangi Saraf is s scientific advisor to StarkWare.
Shubhangi Saraf is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science departments at Rutgers University. Her research interests lie broadly in theoretical computer science with a focus in arithmetic complexity, error correcting codes and sublinear time algorithms. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from MIT in 2007 and then a PhD degree in Computer Science from MIT in 2011. Prior to joining the faculty of Rutgers University in 2012, she spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). She is a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and the NSF CAREER Award.
Madhu Sudan is s scientific advisor to StarkWare.
Madhu Sudan is a Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University. Madhu Sudan got his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at New Delhi in 1987, and Ph.D from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992. Prior to joining Harvard, Madhu Sudan has worked at IBM, MIT, and Microsoft Research. Madhu Sudan is a recipient of the Nevanlinna Prize (2002) for his work on Probabilistically Checkable Proofs and List-decoding, and a recipient of the 2015 Infosys Foundation Prize in Mathematics. He is a fellow of the ACM, IEEE, and the AMS, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Madhu Sudan’s principal research interests are in reliable communication and computational complexity.
Avi Wigderson is s scientific advisor to StarkWare
Avi Wigderson is a professor of Computer Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton and a member of the USA’s National Academy of Sciences since 2013. Wigderson is a recipient of the Nevanlinna Prize (1994) for his work on computational complexity, and of the Gödel Prize (2009). In 2018 he was elected as an ACM Fellow in 2018 for “contributions to theoretical computer science and mathematics”
Wigderson did his undergraduate studies at the Technion (Israel). He received his Ph.D. in 1983 for work in computational complexity under the supervision of Richard Lipton at Princeton. He joined the faculty of the Hebrew University in 1986, and in 2003 took up full-time residence at the IAS.