Meet the Team

LIN DAI

LIN DAI

Co-Founder and CEO, HOOCH and TAP

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Lin Dai is an entrepreneur and experienced digital executive. He is the CEO and Co-founder of HOOCH, the first ever subscription hospitality app where members receive perks at 100,000+ top hotels, bars and restaurants around the world, and providing critical data to the advertising industry.

Lin founded his first company, the first social network for teens, out of his dorm room in 1999 and later took it public. He spent over 15 years leading digital initiatives and building premium advertising networks at major media companies such as Alloy (Gossip Girls, Vampire Diaries) and Emmis Communications (Hot97, Power 106). Prior to launching HOOCH, Lin was the CMO of Keek, a top mobile video social platform with over 75M users worldwide that was taken public on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Lin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he learned how to be a cool nerd.

ERICK MILLER

ERICK MILLER

Founder, Coincircle

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Erick is CEO at CoinCircle, a blockchain based platform, and founder and Managing Director at Hyperspeed Ventures, a boutique seed-stage technology investment venture firm. Previously Erick was the founder and CEO at Vergence Labs, acquired by Snapchat in 2014 for an undisclosed high eight figure value.

Before starting Vergence Labs, Erick spent over a decade creating high-end 3D digital content technologies for computer graphics. As a leader, he’s led and managed large (20+ staff) teams for many $100M+ budget feature films. As an engineer, he’s created & published complex 3D software algorithms & holds several patents.

As an author and industry speaker he’s authored five books and taught numerous Master Classes at industry conferences, and spoken to large audiences across the globe.

Bill Tai

Bill Tai

Investor and Lead Advisor

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Bill is a leading Blockchain VC, Board Director at BitFury, Board Chairman of Hut8, Board Member of Voxer, “Yoda” at AirSwap, and Board Advisor to Power Ledger. Overall, he has served as Board Director of 8 publicly listed companies.

He is the founder of the Blockchain Summit on Necker Island with Richard Branson, and he is the co-founder of ACTAI Global.  Bill also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer Committee.

Jared Christopherson

Jared Christopherson

Co-founder and CRO, HOOCH

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Jared is an award-winning digital performance marketer and data expert with 15+ years experience in the advertising industry. He is the co-founder of YellowHammer Media Group, which counts Casper, Campbell’s, Warby Parker, LivingSocial, and Postmates as past clients, generating upwards of $100M annual advertising revenue.

He is also the co-founder of SpringServe, an open video ad serving platform for brands.

ERICK MILLER

ERICK MILLER

Founder, Coincircle

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Erick is CEO at CoinCircle, a blockchain based platform, and founder and Managing Director at Hyperspeed Ventures, a boutique seed-stage technology investment venture firm. Previously Erick was the founder and CEO at Vergence Labs, acquired by Snapchat in 2014 for an undisclosed high eight figure value.

Before starting Vergence Labs, Erick spent over a decade creating high-end 3D digital content technologies for computer graphics. As a leader, he’s led and managed large (20+ staff) teams for many $100M+ budget feature films. As an engineer, he’s created & published complex 3D software algorithms & holds several patents.

As an author and industry speaker he’s authored five books and taught numerous Master Classes at industry conferences, and spoken to large audiences across the globe.

Christopher Sealey

Christopher Sealey

Managing Director, HOOCH Labs

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Christopher is a creative executive and company builder. He is the co-founder of blockchain healthcare startup CoverUS, and General Partner of ChainLink Crypto Fund.

Previously, Christopher was previously COO for George Soros’s Institute for New Economic Thinking, and Digital Director at the $2B Peter G. Peterson Foundation, as well as brand marketer for Adidas, Jay Z, and Sony Music.

Cooper Maruyama

Cooper Maruyama

Lead Engineer

Founder of ICO Stats, (Prev.) Faraday Future and Marketshare

Shane Fontane

Shane Fontane

Lead Engineer

Founder of Ethereum LA, (Prev.) Boeing and Raytheon

Miguel Mota

Miguel Mota

Engineer

(Prev.) Lead Engineer MetaX, VidRoll, Neustar and Acorns

Adam Hana

Adam Hana

Engineer

(Prev.) CTO of Fazel, PG&E, Engineer, Black & Veatch

Bob Hurst

Bob Hurst

Investor and Advisor

Vice Chair, Crestview, (Prev.): Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs

Sree Kotay

Sree Kotay

Investor and Advisor

Prev CTO of Comcast, SVP Technology of America Online (AOL)

Teymour Farman-Farmaian

Teymour Farman-Farmaian

Investor and Advisor

Managing Director of Xapo, (Prev.) CMO Spotify, GM Zynga

Bonin Bough

Bonin Bough

Investor and Advisor

CNBC Host, (Prev.) CMO Mondelēz International (Kraft Foods), Global Director at Pepsi

Jordan French

Jordan French

Head of Content

Author, Journalist, INC 500 and FAST 50 Serial Entrepreneur

Austin Reid

Austin Reid

Principal, CoinCircle

1640 Society, SoFi, Westly Group