The Blocksmith team found each other via crypto-currency meetups around Oklahoma City and San Francisco bay area. Together we share a mutual interest in blockchain technology and a belief in its ability to change the world for good. We share common views around ethics, society, charity, and perhaps most importantly a person’s responsibility to help serve a higher purpose.
Blocksmith has a family connection at the heart of its roots. Verbus, based out of Oaklahoma City, a technology veteran with over 50 years experience and his son Shaheen based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Shaheen is a surgeon by day and crypto-evangelist by night.
We began with the question: “How can we create a BP group that has no conflicts of interests with anyone else in the ecosystem.” EOS BlockSmith was founded and the vision forged.
Since founding, Blocksmith has added a number of talented team members and a rapidly growing community of 1000s of followers. We are now spreading our education, evangelism and tools throughout the World.
|SHAHEEN COUNTS, MD
|After graduating from medical school Shaheen completed a residency in Head and Neck surgery and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. It was shortly thereafter that he became enraptured by Bitcoin and blockchain technology. He joined Blockchain@Berkely as a business consultant, later leaving in 2018 to start his own blockchain education and technology consultancy. He is an avid blockchain evangelist and has a fundamental belief in the power that blockchain technology has to change the world for the better.||Verbus leads the technology and infrastructure endeavors at BlockSmith. Verbus is a skilled senior software consultant and IT project manager. Having worked in the realm of programming and technology for over 50 years, he is experienced in software development management, database administration, system analysis, and systems programming. He also specializes in application programming, UNIX/Linux, performance engineering, software training and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).|
|AMY ASANDRA, MD
Blockchain Infrastructure Engineer
|Amy is an interventional radiologist and a self professed crypto junkie. After completing her radiology residency, the allure of Silicon Valley drew Amy to Northern California where she completed her fellowship in interventional radiology at Stanford. The location presented a unique opportunity for Amy to immerse herself in the start-up scene, exploring the intersection of medicine and technology. This ground-level perspective of Silicon Valley resulted in a wealth of knowledge and experience in both the technology and cryptocurrency spaces.||Jerry has his roots in hardware and systems administration, having spent 25 years as a technician before completing his degree in computer science in 1997 at California State University, Stanislaus. For the past 21 years he has been a systems administrator on various flavors of Unix and Linux, keeping over 1400 servers happy and running smoothly and securely.|
Senior DevOps Engineer
Asia Strategy Lead
Operations and Strategy Advisor
|A lifelong academic, Caleb is a student at the University of Central Oklahoma where is completing major degrees in computer science, software engineering, and digital forensics as well as a minor degree in mathematics. He has served his community as a student Senator and the Vice Chair of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Student Advisory Board, and now he currently sits as the Founder and Chair of the Edmond Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery in Oklahoma. His passions include cyber security, higher education, and organizational accountability.||Upon graduating from Amherst College in 2014, Rodrigo began his professional career as an M&A investment banker in New York City and Hong Kong. Driven by his passion for the disruptive power of tech innovation in traditional industries, he left that job in the pursuit of high-impact start-up ventures at the intersection of supply chain management and financial technology. It was during this time of great learning that he discovered the power of Blockchain technology and its potential to mold the world into a better place, and has been committed to the Blockchain cause ever since.||Experienced Product Manager who has been in blockchain space since 2013. Justin was part of the EOS main net launch and an avid supporter of EOSIO technology generally. Justin is excited to finally be able to execute on a number of product ideas now that EOSIO tech is providing the throughput, speed and capability necessary to make them a reality.|