We, the team members that comprise EOS BlockSmith, met each other for the first time after attending various cryptocurrrency conferences in Oklahoma City and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Together we share a mutual interest in blockchain technology and a belief in its ability to change the world for the better. We share views regarding ethics, society, charity, and perhaps most importantly, a person's responsibility to help serve a higher purpose.
We began with one important question: "Can we create a block producing group that has no conflicts of interest with anyone else in the ecosystem?" EOS BlockSmith was thus founded and the vision forged.
Since our founding, we've added a number of talented team members and now maintains a rapidly growing community of thousands of followers. We now aim to spread our experience, education, ethics, insights, and tools throughout the world.
Shaheen Counts, MD - Head of CommunityAfter 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 [email protected] 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.
Rodrigo Quan - Head of StrategyUpon 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.
Verbus Counts - CTOVerbus 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).
Caleb L. Power - Senior DevOps EngineerA lifelong academic, Caleb is a student at the University of Central Oklahoma where he 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.
John Tholen - Software EngineerJohn is fresh from college and is about to graduate with a bachelor's degree in computer science with a minor degree in mathematics. He's been a lead designer for the development of a video game and has worked with neural networks for the extraction of usable research data under a professor at the University of Central Oklahoma. He is passionate about game theory, music theory, and actively learning new cutting-edge technologies to further his career.