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About us

An innovative collective of like-minded folks on a mission to democratize and spread blockchain and distributed ledger technologies

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Jose Figueiredo

Co-Founder | Management & Growth

As part of his mission to democratize Blockchain Technology in Portugal, Jose joined a group of skill-diverse and like-minded individuals and together they founded blockbird. His focus is on driving blockbird’s growth and innovation. He previously co-founded and sold Topcheck in 2016, to one of Africa’s leading internet platforms Silvertree Capital, then merged with Compare Africa Group (CAG). He was also a venture builder at Rocket Internet where he helped build up operations of Brazilian ecommerce giant Dafiti and accomodation marketplace Wimdu.

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Carlos Faria

Co-Founder | Blockchain Development

Since an early age, Carlos has been curious and obsessed with new technologies that empower people. His most recent crush is on distributed ledger technology. Carlos has experience building decentralized applications over Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric and has previously developed a multi-signature Bitcoin wallet. He also performs academic research on the underlying blockchain protocols at INESC-ID where he is currently building a first-of-its-kind Blockchain Simulator. He founded Bitcoin Portugal in 2010, the first Portuguese website about Bitcoin technology.

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Miguel Pupo Correia

Co-Founder | Scientific Research Advisor

Associate Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) of Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa), Miguel is a Senior Researcher at INESC-ID and currently the Scientific Coordinator of the Distributed Systems Group (GSD). He has a PhD in Computer Science and more than 150 publications in the areas of (cyber)security and dependability (aka fault tolerance), typically in distributed systems and in the context of different applications (blockchain, cloud, mobile). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is also involved in the ISO TC 307 - Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

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Pedro Martins

Co-Founder | Technology & Strategy Advisor

Currently IT Director at Novo Banco for 10+ years and Vice President of the Portuguese Data Science Association, Pedro is the author of the first book about blockchain technology written in Portugal: “Introduction to Blockchain”. After being an IT Consultant at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte, he left to co-found Hitachi Consulting in Portugal.

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Jorge Pereira

Co-Founder | Technology & Strategy Advisor

An entrepreneur and technologist with extensive experience in developing products and technology around Cryptocurrencies, Distributed Ledgers, Compliance, KYC/AML, Fraud & Risk, Trading, Hedging, Integrations and fintech in general. In the last few years, he’s mastered Ethereum and Solidity development, and also learned Neo, Stellar and Hyperledger. In the past he founded software development firm Seegno in 2008 and joined crypto startup Uphold as CTO in late 2013. In 2017 he joined decentralized UK bank BABB as CTO, co-founded enterprise forex company Wayfex, and founded fintech software platform FintechServer.

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