Leadership Team

Vault12 has assembled a group of security and cryptography team members who work in Silicon Valley, New York and around the world to bring much-needed innovations to protecting cryptocurrency and delivering new decentralized digital custody, today.

Max Skibinsky

Co-founder and CEO

Max Skibinsky is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup mentor. Most recently, Max was an investment partner with Andreessen Horowitz, where he focused on enterprise security and bitcoin and deals with Tanium, TradeBlock and Digital Ocean. In addition to co-founding Vault12, Max leads the R&D team.

Before that Max was the founder and CEO of Hive7, a social entertainment company that became part of The Walt Disney Company. In 2003, Max joined newly formed Voltage Security, an encryption startup incubated at Stanford University, where he architected and designed an Identity-Based Encryption messaging system that was showcased at DEMO '04. Voltage was acquired by Hewlett Packard in 2015. Max has also advised and invested in many startups graduating from Y Combinator including Eligible, Transcriptic and ZenPayroll.

Max graduated with masters' degrees in theoretical and mathematical physics from Moscow State University.

Blake Commagere

Co-founder and COO

Blake is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and an advisor to several companies in the SF Bay Area. He has started seven companies and sold five of them. He regularly gives talks on subjects including Growth Hacking, Fundraising, and Psychology Management.

He created the social gaming category by building some of the biggest apps ever (over 50 Million players) on Facebook, including the iconic games Zombies, Vampires, and Werewolves. Blake also wrote and designed the first version of Causes on Facebook, which has over 120 Million users and has raised over $100 million for various charities.

Blake graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Rice University.

Brandon Forant

Chief Design Officer

Brandon is a creative director and product designer with experience consulting for Fortune 500 companies and startups. He has experience with cybersecurity, enterprise trading, and personal banking.

Brandon was the co-founder of Alchemy50, a Brooklyn-based product design firm. A50 was acquired in 2017 and their clients included United Healthcare, Dataminr, and Betterment.

He has also designed security products for Comcast, trading platforms at Reuters, and advised on autonomous banking initiatives at Citi.

Brandon graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in graphics design communication from Philadelphia University.

Wasim Ahmad

Chief Crypto Officer

Wasim is a serial entrepreneur with five exits, and an advisor in the fields of AI, the blockchain, cryptocurrency, e-commerce, and encryption solutions. At Vault12, he heads up marketing and business development.

Previously was a founding member of the Voltage Security team, a spinout from Stanford University, that launched Identity-Based Encryption (IBE), Format-Preserving Encryption (FPE), and pioneered the use of sophisticated data encryption to protect sensitive data and payment information.

Wasim serves as chair of non-profit, StartOut New York, and is a WeWork Labs global mentor.

Wasim graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and French from the University of Sussex.

Our Investors.

Naval Ravikant


Jon Callaghan

Co-founder, True Ventures

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss

Co-founders, Winklevoss Capital Management

Data Collective

Venture Capital Firm


Jarrod Dicker

CEO, Po.et

Jarrod Dicker is an entrepreneurial technology and media executive. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Po.et, a platform for a new decentralized media economy.

Prior to Po.et, Dicker served as innovation chief at the Washington Post as Vice President of Innovation and founded RED, the Post's research experimentation, and development team. There he oversaw the companies technology, product, operations, and strategy across the entire business.

Before the Washington Post, Dicker lead strategy, product, and technology teams at RebelMouse, Time Inc., and the Huffington Post. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for Rutgers University School of Innovation and Mogul Inc., a technology platform that enables women worldwide to share ideas and access content based on personal interests.

Dicker's writing and work have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, AdAge, AdWeek, Digiday, Axios, AdExchanger, Poynter and more.

Sathvik Krishnamurthy

Serial Entrepreneur

Sathvik Krishnamurthy is a serial tech entrepreneur and an expert on cybersecurity and crypto. He has been on the management team of two IPOs (Worldtalk, Valicert) and most recently was CEO of Voltage Security for over a decade which was acquired by HP in 2015.

He has since been an active angel investor and board member/advisor, working with multiple companies including Entrust Datacard (Board of Directors), Callsign (investor/advisor), ScanTrust (investor/advisor), Stealth Security (investor/advisor), CHITA (acquired by Medidata), Fortscale (Board of Directors, acquired by Dell/RSA), and Earn.com (formerly 21.co; investor/advisor, acquired by Coinbase).

Beryl Li

Founder and CEO of CapChainX

Beryl is involved in the OTC crypto asset space and has been trading cryptocurrency since late 2013. She is the founder and CEO of CapchainX, the first crypto equity tokenization platform to create, manage and transfer asset tokens on the blockchain.

She was a founding team member and Entrepreneur In Residence at Coins.ph, a leading crypto exchange and blockchain payments startup in Asia. Her experience includes FX Quants at Blackrock, London backtesting trading algorithms for a consulting project. She was Senior Consultant at the Department of ICT authoring the Philippine Roadmap for Digital Startups, a framework in building the local startup ecosystem. She started her career in early-stage VC, SeedAsia, in 2012.

Beryl holds a Master of Finance degree from Cambridge University where she sat as President of the Cambridge University Cryptocurrency Society. She attended Stanford University earning an International Management Certificate during the Summer Session and earned her bachelors in International Business, Finance, and Economics at Manchester University.

Matt Pauker

Company builder, advisor, investor

Matt Pauker is a serial company builder with almost two decades of experience in cryptography. He most recently co-founded 21, one of the earliest and best-funded blockchain companies. Previously, he co-founded enterprise encryption & key management company Voltage Security (acquired by HP) out of his Stanford dorm room.

Matt is an active early-stage investor and currently serves as an advisor to a number of venture-backed startups, including Abra, uBiome, and Penrose Studios. He is the author of more than two dozen cryptography, security, and payments patents and was a key contributor to the development of several NIST & IETF security standards.

He holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Crypto Advisors.

Vinny Lingham

Co-founder and CEO, Civic.com

Vinny is a serial entrepreneur who previously founded the digital gift card platform, Gyft, which was acquired by First Data Corporation in 2014. After over a decade of experience in e-commerce, he realized that no-one had a universal solution to tackle identity fraud for consumers.

Terrence Spies

Former Chief Technology Officer, HPE

Terence Spies has over 19 years of security and systems software development experience, working with leading companies such as Microsoft, Asta Networks, and others. Terence served as Chief Technology Officer for Voltage Security, architecting innovations in cryptography, identity-based encryption, and format-preserving encryption. After the acquisition of Voltage by HPE, Terence became CTO.

Before joining Voltage, Terence worked at Asta Networks as Director of Development and VP of Engineering. Before Asta, Terence was with Microsoft for almost nine years where he started the public key cryptography group and led the development of Microsoft Crypto API. While at Microsoft, Terence also designed the SSL server and client side implementations for Microsoft Internet Explorer, participated in the PCT/TLS protocol design, led the development team for the Microsoft Certificate Server and led the integration of the certificate server and active directory. Terence is active within the standards community and currently serves as chair of X9F1, the Cryptographic Tools group of X9 whose charter is to draft cryptographic algorithm standards for use in the financial industry.

Terence graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Logic and Computation from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Yevgeniy Dodis

Professor of Cryptography, NYU

Yevgeniy Dodis is a Professor of computer science at New York University. Dr. Dodis received his summa cum laude Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from New York University in 1996, and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from MIT in 2000. Dr. Dodis was a post-doc at IBM T.J. Watson Research center in 2000 and joined New York University as an Assistant Professor in 2001. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and Full Professor in 2012.

Dr. Dodis' research is primarily in cryptography and network security. In particular, he worked in a variety of areas including random number generation, leakage-resilient cryptography, cryptography under weak randomness, cryptography with biometrics and other noisy data, hash function and block cipher design, protocol composition and information-theoretic cryptography. Dr. Dodis has more than 130 scientific publications at various conferences, journals, and other venues,

Dr. Dodis was the Program Co-Chair for the 2015 Theory of Cryptography Conference and the editor of Journal of Cryptology has been on program committees of many international conferences (including FOCS, STOC, CRYPTO, and Eurocrypt), and gave numerous invited lectures and courses at various venues.

Dr. Dodis is the recipient of National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Faculty Awards from IBM, Google and VMware, and Best Paper Award at 2005 Public Key Cryptography Conference. As an undergraduate student, he was also a winner of the US-Canada Putnam Mathematical Competition in 1995.

Roman Storm

POA Network

Roman Storm is an expert in de-centralized app development and an experienced software architect. Through his work at Amazon and other leading organizations, he has built up a repertoire of skills focused on the technologies that make up the new crypto-currency ecosystem and the world of the blockchain.

As an expert Solidity developer at Blockchainlabs.nz he consulted on various ICO projects. Then in 2017 he developed and launched the POA consensus protocol and went on in 2018 to launch the first interoperability protocol for Ethereum systems. At POA Network he manages teams working on ethereum ecosystem tools.

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