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About Us

a nonprofit powered
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Laborless Crowdfunding

A new crowdfunding model creates supply and demand for community projects. Project initiators don’t need to complete the project or know anything about cryptocurrencies. Donors get tax deductions. Socially visible projects enhance reputations.



A portion of a project’s crowdfunded proceeds go to token purchases, driving currency demand. The rest goes to material, one supervisor’s wages, and wages for those stuck in poverty to complete the project. The currency’s supply is hard capped, so each project reduces liquid token supply.


‘Pension’ Fund and Interest Alignment

In addition to hourly wages, paid in USD, cryptocurrency worth half of the day’s earnings is deposited into a medium-term pension fund-like entity - further reducing liquid token supply and aligning the interests of investors and society’s most vulnerable.


Chris Place


Chris is a cofounder of Prepd and a Y Combinator fellow. Prepd has enjoyed over $5 million is sales in its first 1.5 years.

Chris holds a BA (Hons) in industrial design, and has worked with award-winning designers on globally recognized brands. He has years of marketing experience in traditional and start-up settings.

Chris is from London and divides his time between New York and Hong Kong.

Dr. Nicholas Adams Judge

Cofounder & CEO

A political economist, Nick received his PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. His dissertation explored inferential and numerical optimization issues in the most sophisticated models used in international currency markets.

Before he cofounded RootProject, he worked as a big data programmer at Revolution Analytics (acquired by Microsoft). Nick is from Boston and currently lives in New York City.

Anton Kraminkin

Development Director

Anton is an economist and an early blockchain enthusiast.

Having first invested in Bitcoin in 2012, he has participated in numerous pre-ICOs and ICOs. Anton recently worked at Oliver Wyman, a leading international management consultancy firm.

He graduated from the top-ranked University of Warwick (UK) with a degree in economics, and will soon start an M.A. in the social sciences at the University of Chicago.

Zac Filan

Principal Software Engineer

Zac is a Principal Software Engineer at Allscripts, where he is the Technical Lead of an Agile Scrum team. He has spent more than two decades in engineering roles, roughly half that time at IBM.

In his spare time he has taught Software Systems Analysis and Design at the university level. He holds an MS and BS in Computer Science.

Alex Bazhanau

Principal Ethereum Engineer

Alex is a smart contract developer. He was hired by IBM to develop applications on Hyperledger for Africa. Alex also has an BS in computer science, and for his diploma he developed a ÐAPP for electronic voting in universities.

Previously, he worked for Adform and Itransition as a backend software engineer.

Mark Streeter

Head of Investor Outreach

Mark has ten years’ experience at Asia’s leading brokerage firm. Over the course of a career that has spanned three continents - Europe, Asia and North America - he has had the opportunity to work with and understand the investment styles, approaches, and needs of major institutional investors and leading minds in the global financial sector. He leads RootProject’s large investor outreach program. Mark currently lives in Tokyo.

David Richey

Director of Communications

With a deep understanding of how politics and public policy impact communications, David has spent his career delivering results in challenging environments on behalf of high-profile companies, elected officials and organizations. As vice president of policy and communications at Strategies 360, he has a proven record of building relationships with the news media, policymakers and stakeholders to overcome barriers and achieve objectives.

Jason Koman

Chief of Staff

Jason has been leading successful teams in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors for more than ten years. He started his career at the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) after which he earned his Master’s in Public Policy from the UC Berkeley.

Jason comes to RootProject after working in the US government and the private sector where he led a team of management consultants. Originally from Boston, he now lives in Washington D.C.

ChanMi Kim

Country Manager - Korea

ChanMi is a passionate believer of aligning market forces with social good. Before joining RootProject, she worked for Opportunity International, a nonprofit, the United Nations, and EBSCO Information Services, an IT company.

A truly global professional, she spent time in South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, the U.S., and the U.K. She studied Business Administration and International Development at Gordon College in Boston.

Sonny Kwon


Sonny is a founder and publisher of EconoTimes, a global financial news portal. He previously worked as the head of business development at IBTimes (Newsweek Media Group). He started an FX intelligence company in 2012, to provide intelligence newswire services to global financial institutions. Sonny currently lives in Seoul, where he organizes prominent crypto conferences and is spearheading the social ventures initiative at the Korean Society of Philanthropy. He holds a patent for a 'system and method of donating using digital assets based on Blockchain' technology.



Co-founder at, an AI and machine learning marketing company.

Prior to codec, Tom founded MapD with a friend at MIT. A Harvard Law School alumnus and cryptocurrency regulatory expert, Tom Speaks Mandarin.

Most recently, Tom guided the sale of Quantstamp's token.



Former CFO at TenX, where they conducted the largest ICO in Asia with $80M raised. Previously, he worked in M&A at Goldman Sachs in London.

Chris is also the founder and CEO of ICONIC, the leading ICO consulting and investment company in Singapore. Most recently, ICONIC was integral in completing highly successful projects such as GIFTO, Appcoins and Quantstamp.



Garrett brings a strong a technical blockchain background, as well as business development experience, from working in the bitcoin and fin-tech startup sectors. Previously, Garrett founded Cognitive, the first company to develop Field Programmable Gate Array technology for hash validation in the blockchain space.

During its operation, Cognitive was the most well-renowned company in the bitcoin mining industry.

Cristopher Heymann


Is a blockchain engineer and partner at the crypto angel fund 1kx — so named after the returns they enjoyed after participation in ether’s presale.

He is motivated by building a decentralized economy and a new internet where corporate hierarchy plays second fiddle to citizen interest and engangement.

Cristopher has advised blockchain firms both on their technical build and on ICO execution.

Alex Yamashita


Is a founding partner at TLDR, the crypto marketing and investment firm.

He is currently busy helping TLDR build out a global network, partnering with firms such as WeWork. Before crypto, Alex was a successful entrepeneuer, in and out of the field of finance. He worked at Goldman Sachs and has an economics degree from Yale University.

Dr. Ashley Hooper


A Senior Economist at Keystone Strategy, Ashley received her PhD from the Department of Economics at the University of California-San Diego.

Previous to Keystone she was the acting Head of CRE and CMBS Research at Deutsche Bank, recently the largest CRE lender in the world.

Ashley grew up in Maryland and lives in San Francisco.

Dr. Stuart Koman


Stuart is the founder, president and CEO of Walden Behavioral Care and its nonprofit Walden Center for Education and Research. Dr. Koman has more than 30 years of experience leading and scaling behavioral health care organizations. Walden has provided service to more than 15,000 patients during his tenure. He is an inspiration to RootProject and is helping assemble a world class panel of experts to guide RootProject’s scaling of service delivery to vulnerable populations. He received his PhD from Duke University.

Henry Minden


Chief Product Officer at Constellation Labs. 7 years of product management experience; 4 years of blockchain investing and developing experience; Has worked with NASA, Disney, and DroneDeploy; Earned BSME at UCSB, boardmember @ AUVSI-SVC

Charles Huang


Working in startups ranging from 25 to 1,500 employees has proven to be great experience for Charles in his current role as CEO of Viral Philanthropy Inc, where he spearheads Vision, Business Development, and Project Management.

A graduate of the MIT-Gordon Engineering Leadership Program, Charles left MIT in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Electrical Engineering.

An insatiable appetite for understanding systems, Charles pursues holistic solutions designed to serve every interest, even if those solutions take several moves to achieve.


  • April Concept & material development, backend coding
  • June First hires
  • July Pre-ICO on Jul 10, backend alpha on GitHub
  • August Legal incorporation, front-end development
  • September MVP development, partnerships, Korean expansion
  • October MVP release
  • January ICO dates to be announced
  • February SAFT Round
  • April Public ICO
  • Q2 2018 Expansion in States + Worldwide