Meet the Team

The best group of Factomizers you'll ever meet

Factom HQ is based out of Austin, Texas. With its world famous BBQ, music festivals and expanding tech scene, it is a wonderful place to call home. We also have team members in Shanghai, Beijing, Honduras, London, and Sunnyvale, CA to meet our global customer needs. 

At Factom™, we strive to push the future of transparent business practices with our industry changing products. We value honesty, transparency and strive to change the future through the software we build.

Factom culture encourages you to be the best version of you. Our people will always be our greatest strength.

Abhi Dobhal, VP of Business Development

Executive Team

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Peter Kirby

CEO

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Peter Kirby

CEO

A seasoned entrepreneur, Peter has spent the past 15 years involved in numerous successful early-stage tech companies and possesses a deep knowledge of business development and community-based marketing in the technology sector. His ventures have ranged from neurological supplements and investment financing to commercial development and real estate. As a leader in the blockchain space, Peter has led multi-million dollar operations and was the driving force behind delivering major products to market.

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Tiana Laurence

CMO

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Tiana Laurence

CMO

A serial entrepreneur, Tiana started her first business at 16. Most recently, Tiana co-founded Digital Aptitude, a marketing agency. After selling her company, Tiana joined the Factom Inc. team. Tiana loves helping young aspiring entrepreneurs learn about business. She has spent time volunteering with Rotary, Young Entrepreneurs Business Week, and The Portland State Entrepreneurs Club. Tiana has a BA in Business and Leadership from Portland State University.

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Paul Snow

Chief Architect

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Paul Snow

Chief Architect

A leader in the open-source technology arena, Paul brings more than three decades of software development experience to his position at the helm of Factom. A true open-source evangelist, Paul also acts as Chief Architect for DTRules, a open source project he founded in 2004 to make Decision Table based Rules Engines available to all sorts of projects.

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David Johnston

Chairman of the Board

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David Johnston

Chairman of the Board

In addition to providing strategic counsel to Factom, David is the Managing Director of the Dapps Venture Fund, the first fund to invest entirely in open-source, block-chain and token-based projects. He also co-founded and served as Executive Director of BitAngels in 2013, one of the world’s largest angel investment groups. An avid entrepreneur and early adopter of emerging technologies, David has founded several enterprises in industries ranging from software to biotech.

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Brian Deery

Chief Scientist

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Brian Deery

Chief Scientist

Brian is an early innovator in technology. He built a self-driving Lotus Elise which competed in the 2007 DARPA Urban Grand Challenge. The race competition included a precursor to Google’s driverless car. Previously, he served as an R&D Engineer at Pentair, Ltd where he designed and brought to market an underwater energy harvesting device. Earlier, he managed the quality control robots certifying ~$30M of yearly production at MTS Systems Corporation.

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Zachary Lynde

CFO

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Zachary Lynde

CFO

Zachary is an accomplished architect in the world of finance and economics having served as an executive in several ambitious ventures. He is a champion at increasing enterprise value, solidifying financial operations and managing enterprise risk. Having led complex financial transactions in companies, he brings significant leadership experience. He is an accredited architect for mission-critical, financial systems with significant budgets while working for KPMG. He holds an MBA from the Acton School of Entrepreneurship and a BA from Austin College in Economics, Political Science and Business Administration.

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Andrew Yashchuk

VP of Product Development

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Andrew Yashchuk

VP of Product Development

Andrew is the VP of Product Development at Factom. He has been building software since the late 90’s. Andrew has helped build four companies; two have been sold, and the other two are still in operation. He is also a trusted advisor in the healthcare and blockchain community. He has acted as an adviser for Factom, Storj, and HealthNautica. Andrew also supported Bitcoin mining companies, in the early days, with ASIC mining hardware. He is active in his community and has served as a Healthcare Judge for the Dupage County Election Commission. Despite these accomplishments, he is humble, friendly and approachable.

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Abhi Dobhal

VP of Business Development

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Abhi Dobhal

VP of Business Development

Abhi has over ten years of leadership experience pioneering high-growth and efficient technology operations across both large-scale and start-up arenas. An entrepreneur at heart, Abhi thrives at the intersection of great products and big markets. Abhi kickstarted his career at First Magnus, a private mortgage bank, with $1B in monthly volume where he lead various technology and process enhancements. Abhi played a key role in setting up a Mortgage and Title outsourcing (both BPO and IT) entity in India before eventual acquisition by industry-leading WNS Global Services (NYSE: WNS). In the following years, Abhi built custom technology solutions for Manufacturing, Consumer Finance, and Consumer Web verticals.

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Zeen Zhang

China General Manager

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Zeen Zhang

China General Manager

  • MBA in General Management from China Europe International Business School
  • Bachelor of Management in Information System Management
  • Bachelor of Economics in Finance, Certified Public Accountant in China
  • Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Zeen has over 8 years of professional experience spanning a range of industries and functions.

He started his career at KPMG, providing audit and advisory service to clients in financial industry. He has advised numerous listed companies and led several IPOs. During his 7 years at KPMG, he relocated to Hong Kong where he worked for 18 months and, was responsible for statutory audit, internal control review, and due diligence.

He has Human Resource and Management consulting experience at Mercer as a business analyst. He took responsibility for international investment at Fosun Group, a Hong Kong listed company specializing in global and domestic investment,. Most recently, he worked in consumer finance department at Jing Dong Group, a U.S. listed company specializing in E-commerce and internet finance, and successfully launched the asset-backed securitization of loans to customers with the volume of RMB600 million.

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Mahesh Paolini-Subramanya

Executive Vice President of R&D

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Mahesh Paolini-Subramanya

Executive Vice President of R&D

As EVP of R&D, Paolini-Subramanya brings his extensive experience in building massively scalable and reliable distributed services to Factom. Paolini-Subramanya was previously the EVP of Engineering at Cielo24 - a leading provider of Media Intelligence to the Entertainment and Education industries.  Prior to that, as VP of R&D, he headed up the Cloud-teams at Ubiquiti Networks - a multi-billion dollar provider of networking technology and platforms. Before that, as CTO, he founded and grew Aptela into one of the largest provider of cloud-based unified communication services in the US - leading to it’s acquisition by Vonage.

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Laurie Pyle

Executive Vice President

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Laurie Pyle

Executive Vice President

Laurie Pyle works with Factom to lead the creation of a suite of products for the mortgage industry based upon the Factom technology.  Pyle comes to Factom from Corsair Associates, where as Managing Director she works with innovative technology companies in the Mortgage and Financial Services Industry. Prior, Pyle was EVP and CIO for Stewart Lender Services where she led both Stewart’s technology and operations teams. During her tenure, Pyle was named a 2013 Women of Influence by HousingWire. Also as a founding executive team member at RealEC Technologies, Pyle managed product strategy, product design and oversight of client solutions. Pyle has also served on a number of boards providing strategic insight on operations, business expansion and technology strategy.

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Jason Nadeau

Executive Vice President

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Jason Nadeau

Executive Vice President

Jason Nadeau works with Factom to lead the strategy for the mortgage industry including revenue growth, strategic partnerships and business development strategy. Nadeau comes to Factom from Corsair Associates where as Senior Director he provides strategic consulting to mortgage technology companies. Before Corsair Associates, he served as Group President at Stewart Title and CEO of Stewart Lender Services. Nadeau also served as Founder, President, and CTO of RealEC Technologies (now a Black Knight company) that he where he and the RealEC leadership team developed the largest Electronic Partner Network for the Mortgage Industry.

Core Team

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Michael Beam

Core Developer

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Piotr Piasecki

Core Developer

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Robert Baker

Process Integration Manager

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Matt Whittington

Software Developer

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Veena Gondkar

Senior QA Analyst

Product Development

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Justin Hanneman

Code Warrior

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Jay Prince

Director of Product Engineering

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Tanner Evans

UX Designer & UI Developer

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Tanner Evans

UX Designer & UI Developer

He's a Designer: Marketing focused designer since 1998, both print and web. Savvy with the Adobe Creative Suite applications, namely Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

He's also a Developer: Front-end development experience with a toolkit of HTML5, CSS/SASS, jQuery, PHP, Zurb Foundation (for responsive layouts), and Craft CMS.

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Marketing and Communications

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Crystal Wiese

Marketing

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Nicola Minichiello

Communications

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Carrie Scott

Director of Talent

Advisory Team

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Jack Lu

Advisor in Hangzhou

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Jack Lu

Advisor in Hangzhou

Jack has over 15 year experience developing software. He was a Senior Software Architect at Hewlett-Packard and Xerox. He lead global teams migrating platforms and designing management and marketing tools. Jack also Worked with global partners and automotive manufacturers to roll out Dealer Management systems in Asia and Europe.

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Neo Wang

Advisor in Beijing

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Neo Wang

Advisor in Beijing

  • Bachelor of Nanchang Aeronautical University
  • Researcher of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics digital society and the blockchain

Neo has 18 years experience engaging in information and communication equipment field.  He developed products with the sale of more than $5 billion to governments, banks, and education, as well as co-founding two companies engaged in big data business.

Four years ago, Neo became engaged in cryptocurrency accounting and has become an expert in blockchain technology. Neo is bringing blockchain technology into every industry in China.   

Neo has nurtured relationships with People’s Bank of China and other regulatory institutions. He has advised locals governments on using blockchain technology to improve economic outcomes.

Neo founded the Zpark Blockchain Industry Alliance, bringing leaders together to establish standards for distributed ledger technology. Based in Beijing, the alliance aims to build blockchain solutions throughout China.

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Guillermo Peña Panting

Country Manager of Honduras