Two new Decentral Inc. appointments: Taras Kulyk and Quinn Lawson

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Decentral is growing at a rapid pace and has two new appointments to announce. Quinn Lawson is the company’s new Business Development Manager and Taras Kulyk is Decentral’s new Head of Partnerships.

Taras’ career has spanned venture capital, management consulting, investment banking and technology. He spent the last 3 years in investment banking where he started off covering the mining sector at CIBC World Markets and BMO Capital Markets. This was followed by 2 years at TD Securities with the Communications, Media and Technology team, where his coverage focus was on the Canadian tech and media sectors. Taras obtained his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business, where he graduated with Distinction.

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Taras Kulyk is Decentral Inc.’s new Head of Partnerships

Taras was formerly Decentral’s Business Development Lead. Anthony Diiorio, founder and CEO of Decentral and Jaxx says “Taras Kulyk started working on creating new integration partnerships and is now leading the company’s strategic partnership activities. He’s the perfect candidate to take ownership of this dynamic and important portfolio. His ability to develop strategic alliances, identify synergistic opportunities and nurture meaningful relationships with our partners across every industry will help solidify and advance Decentral’s position as a leader in the digital asset space.”

Taras’ colleague Quinn Lawson has been given an expanded role at the helm of the Business Development team. Decentral President Addison Cameron-Huff says “Quinn Lawson is our token integration expert. Over the last many months he has developed relationships with hundreds of token communities and their founding teams. He is an essential member of the Jaxx wallet team and works very closely with our technical staff for token integrations. Through Jaxx, his work impacts over a million people worldwide.”

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Quinn Lawson is Decentral Inc.’s new Business Development Manager

Organizations Quinn has previously worked with include Brightspark Ventures, Nunavut Economic Developers, Disrupt-London, TechWeek Toronto, The Entrepreneurship Society, Universidad de Monterrey – Mexico, UBC Continuing Studies and the Harvest Food Entrepreneur’s Summit. Quinn has a BA (Hons.) in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University, a diploma in Accounting from Fanshawe college, and Project Management certification from Western University.

Setting the record straight about Anthony Diiorio’s name

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the correct spelling and pronunciation of my name. So I’d like to take the time to settle this once and for all. It’s Anthony Diiorio.

As in, Anthony Diiorio, co-founder of Ethereum. And Anthony Diiorio, Founder and CEO of Decentral and Jaxx. Anthony Diiorio, huge fan of Office Space and Half BakedBut if you do a quick search online, you’ll find my name spelled all kinds of different ways. Some are pretty creative. Most are inaccurate. 

The problem stems from sans-serif, which is the most prevalent type of font for text displayed on a computer or mobile screen. Interestingly, the term ‘sans serif’ is French for ‘without uncertainty.’ And yet, there are two letters that, when displayed in typical sans-serif mode, are identical: capital ‘I’ and lowercase ‘L.’ This is the main source of uncertainty around the proper spelling of my last name.

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Sans serif does not have extending features (called ‘serifs’) at the end of strokes

You see, the original spelling is Di Iorio, which contains a capital ‘I,’ which is almost always mistaken for an ‘L.’

I’ve been at conferences where I’ve been introduced as ‘DiLorio.’ In fact, a lot of people know me as ‘DiLorio’ if they’ve only ever seen my name in print. It’s confusing and it’s not accurate.

So, for the record, it is spelled Anthony Diiorio.

While we’re at it, let’s discuss how it’s pronounced, which is actually the easy part.

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Anthony Diiorio wants to clear up the confusion surrounding his last name

It rhymes with Oreo. Yes, as in Oreo cookie. Think of it like ‘dee plus Oreo.’ Diiorio.

Getting this right is key. For myself, personally, as well as for Decentral, the company, and all of our other properties and partners. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Sincerely, Anthony Diiorio

“A person’s name is one of the very few things someone truly owns. Setting the record straight on Anthony’s name is important for the company’s sake, and also to properly anecdote the vital contributions he has already made to the blockchain and crypto industry, in addition to his vision to empower people to be in control of their lives.” – Jay Dingwall, Branding expert & CEO of Famous Folks

Decentral Inc. and Gowling WLG Form Strategic Blockchain Alliance

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Collaboration to pave way for responsible growth of Canadian blockchain sector

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Decentral Inc. and Gowling WLG form historic strategic blockchain alliance

Decentral, Canada’s leading blockchain company and the creator of Jaxx, and Gowling WLG, a multinational law firm and leader in the blockchain space, have today announced a strategic alliance to optimize the many commercial and legal applications of blockchain technology.

The relationship will allow the two companies to fuse their expertise on a number of significant initiatives. From engineering practical smart contract technology and drafting foundational legal precedents documents, to helping regulators establish frameworks that encourage the responsible growth of Canada’s thriving blockchain sector.

Based in Toronto, Decentral is one of Canada’s most recognizable blockchain companies. Its Founder and CEO, Anthony Diiorio, co-founded Ethereum. Decentral’s flagship product is Jaxx, a cryptocurrency wallet and multi-token blockchain interface.

Diiorio believes the alliance is a sign that the blockchain space is rapidly progressing. “Decentral’s relationship with Gowling WLG spans a number of years, and we are delighted to form an alliance that enables us to work even closer together on a number of transformative blockchain industry initiatives. Canada is one of the leaders on the world stage for blockchain and cryptocurrency and I am confident Decentral’s strategic alliance with Gowling WLG will further cement the country’s place as an innovation hub,” said Diiorio.

Two blockchain leaders unite

Usman Sheikh, Head of Gowling WLG’s Blockchain & Smart Contracts Group, said:  “Decentral is a major player on the world blockchain stage. As Gowling WLG continues to assert itself as the Canadian legal industry’s blockchain torchbearer, our collaboration with Decentral will ensure our clients have access to the cutting-edge tools and forward-looking expertise needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive landscape.”

As part of the agreement, Decentral will help Gowling WLG develop its internal blockchain infrastructure and client-facing tools. Gowling WLG will provide comprehensive legal guidance on Decentral’s current practices and ongoing projects.

Canada emerges as leader in blockchain

Decentral’s President Addison Cameron-Huff said: “This alliance demonstrates Canada’s leadership in the blockchain space — a winning combination of a world-class blockchain software team plus a best-of-breed legal team. Together, Gowling WLG and Decentral will help to refine and architect the burgeoning Canadian blockchain industry, lifting the technology to new heights.”

 

Decentral Hosts One-of-a-Kind Blockchain Party

February 15, 2018 was one for the books. On that night, Decentral hosted more than 500 people in our brand-new 15,000 square foot office space in the heart of downtown Toronto. The blockchain party was part recruitment initiative, and part milestone anniversary celebration (#DecentralParty). You can get a taste of what the event was like by watching this video of the #DecentralParty.There were robots buzzing around. There was a hologram. There were networking opportunities both for the people new to the blockchain space and those immersed in the industry.

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“We had 100+ all-star devs (developers), founders of Toronto blockchain projects and around 400 blockchain enthusiasts joining us. I couldn’t be prouder!” says Maggie Xu, Business Development at Decentral and who has spent the last three weeks organizing this magical night.

The highlight of the evening for many was the live, hologram speech and Q&A with Ethereum founder and Decentral CEO Anthony Diiorio. The crispness and the real-time ARHT HumaGram (or human hologram) was a wonderful surprise for the audience.

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blockchain event featured robots, holograms and virtual immersive reality plus networking opportunities
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Xu declared it a one-of-a-kind event. “The night felt like a sci-fi rock concert with robots, holograms, and a virtual reality display of the plans for our new 15,000 square foot office,” she says. “Shout out to Addison Cameron-Huff and Anthony Diiorio for the fantastic delivery of Decentral’s 2018 road map.”

Roy Carreiro was among the attendees. He’s a new client of the company’s, and after the event, a self-proclaimed fan. “I was truly impressed on many levels. I have been following this movement for a few years now, and have been looking into how I can participate in my own way to help it along,” he says.

Carreiro likens the experience to visiting a parallel universe, or the set of cult TV series Star Trek. “What I saw was amazing. I was like a kid walking into the Enterprise,” he says.

A who’s who of the blockchain world

Ethereum co-founder and Decentral CEO Anthony Diiorio describes the event as a success, and an important moment in the company’s history. “This was our first event in our new space. It conveys the growth of Decentral. This is now our fourth location. It was our largest event ever.”

In addition to some big names in the blockchain space, attendees included representatives from the Blockchain Research Institute, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), BMO Capital Markets, Cormark Securities, CIBC World Markets, the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO), TD Securities. The media list included social news outlet Diply and Betakit.

More blockchain events to come

Diiorio says this is a taste of what’s to come during what promises to be a year of major announcements and changes for Decentral. “This was a look at our new space and a chance to share our vision for what the future is going to look like for Decentral, Canada’s coolest office space. It was showcase for other events to come.”

Decentral blockchain party attracts hundreds of enthusiasts
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It was, in many ways, a calling card for people interested in the blockchain space. Particularly talented people looking for a company that is looking to grow with the best and the brightest. Xu says “If you’re a developer that wants to build some cool stuff, email [email protected] We are building a platform that’ll be the mother of all blockchain projects.”