Our vision

To build a trusted, secure, and empowered digital future for all

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Core values

We are truthful, trustworthy, and positive
We do the right thing
We make the world a better place
We strive for the best in what we create and in what we do
Team work
We take care of each other and work together to change the world


We are dedicated to building a trusted and secure online world that empowers you.

Where you can work, play, buy, sell, create and engage socially.

Where you have safety and privacy in your digital communities.

Where you are confident when interacting with others.

Where this digital future is available to all.

Hello future.

Leadership team

Dr. Leemon BairdCo-Founder and Chief Scientist
Mance HarmonCo-Founder and CEO
Natalie Grunfeld FurmanGeneral Counsel
Christian HaskerChief Marketing Officer
Lionel ChocronChief Product Officer
Jordan FriedSenior Vice-President, Business Development
Mehernosh (Nosh) ModySenior Vice-President, Engineering
Atul MahamuniSenior Vice-President, Product
Nigel ClarkSenior Vice President, Industries and Partners
Zenobia GodschalkSenior Vice-President, Corporate Communications
Edgar SeahHead of Asia Pacific Region
Brett McDowellExecutive Director, Hedera Governing Council
Ken AndersonChief Developer Advocate

Dr. Leemon Baird

Co-Founder and Chief Scientist

Leemon is the inventor of the hashgraph distributed consensus algorithm, and is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Hedera. With over 20 years of technology and startup experience, he has held positions as a Professor of Computer Science at the US Air Force Academy and as a senior scientist in several labs. He has been the Co-Founder of several startups, including two identity-related startups, both of which were acquired. Leemon received his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and has multiple patents and publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences in computer security, machine learning, and mathematics.


Mance Harmon

Co-Founder and CEO

Mance is an experienced technology executive and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national corporations, government agencies, and high-tech startups, and is Co-Founder and CEO of Hedera. His prior experience includes serving as the Head of Architecture and Labs at Ping Identity, Founder and CEO of two tech startups, the senior executive for product security at a $1.7B revenue organization, Program Manager for a very-large scale software program for the Missile Defense Agency, the Course Director for Cybersecurity at the US Air Force Academy, and research scientist in Machine Learning at Wright Laboratory. Mance received a MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and a BS in Computer Science from Mississippi State University.


Natalie Grunfeld Furman

General Counsel

Natalie was previously a senior associate at Paul Hastings LLP, where her practice focused on intellectual property, unfair competition, and rights of privacy and publicity, and is the General Counsel for Hedera. Prior to law school, she started her career in Silicon Valley, providing strategic advice to high tech startups. She was Director of Strategy and Business Development at an online group communication startup acquired by Yahoo! Inc. and Director of Business Development for a technology startup developing a global collaborative supply chain platform. Natalie received her BA in Anthropology with honors from Stanford University and her JD from Columbia University School of Law.


Christian Hasker

Chief Marketing Officer

Christian has two decades of experience in enterprise software in a variety of roles at startups and large companies, including marketing, product management, product marketing, and sales management, and is the Chief Marketing Officer for Hedera. He was previously the Vice-President of Marketing at DataStax, where he was responsible for developer education and open source Apache Cassandra community initiatives during a period of hyper-growth. A Brit by birth, Christian has degrees from the University of Manchester and the London College of Music.


Lionel Chocron

Chief Product Officer

Lionel is an experienced product executive, with over 20 years of experience bringing enterprise products to market and driving their adoption, and is the Chief Product Officer of Hedera. He joins from Oracle, where he was Vice President, Industry and Emerging Technology, and led their emerging technology (Blockchain, IoT, AI) solution efforts across industries. Prior to that, he was Vice President and General Manager at Cisco, where he co-launched, productized, and scaled Cisco’s fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) business. He has previously held roles at A.T. Kearney, Bain & Company, and BNP Paribas. Lionel has an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, a Masters in Engineering from McGill University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Ecole des Mines.


Jordan Fried

Senior Vice-President, Business Development

Jordan is a DLT evangelist and self-professed crypto-capitalist, and is the Senior Vice-President of Business Development of Hedera. He was previously the Co-Founder and CEO of Buffered VPN, the fastest growing personal VPN service online, which was acquired in Q1 2017. Jordan is an investor in companies such as Hive.org and Buffer App and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc.co, Wired.com, Time Magazine, and Success.com.


Mehernosh (Nosh) Mody

Senior Vice-President, Engineering

Nosh brings 25 years of experience as an engineering manager and technology executive, and is the Senior Vice-President of Engineering of Hedera. He was previously the Director of R&D at Trend Micro TippingPoint, responsible for the development and innovation of TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention Systems. Prior to Trend Micro, he managed R&D at numerous startups, including Britestream Networks and Coretrace Corp. Nosh has an MBA from the University of Texas and a MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts.


Atul Mahamuni

Senior Vice-President, Product

Atul has many years of experience in product management, and is the Senior Vice-President of Product of Hedera. He was previously Vice President of Blockchain SaaS Apps and Internet of Things (IoT) SaaS Apps, PaaS Platform at Oracle. Prior to that, he served in product management, strategy, and development roles at Cisco, Juniper Networks, and Nokia.


Nigel Clark

Senior Vice President, Industries and Partners

Nigel is a proven technology executive, having been a global Senior Vice President in two cloud software companies sold for a combined value of $1bn, and is the Senior Vice-President of Industries and Partners of Hedera. Previously, he was with Oracle where he led the creation and go-to-market of cross industry solutions anchored in Blockchain, IoT, and AI. Prior to Oracle, Nigel was with Accenture Digital (Mobility) where he led sales and consulting for the Austria, Switzerland, Germany mobility business as well heading the Products Industry mobility sales go-to-market across Europe, Africa and Latin America (EALA). Nigel earned his MA(Hons) Management from St Andrews University, Scotland and the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires, Grenoble, France.


Zenobia Godschalk

Senior Vice-President, Corporate Communications

Zenobia Godschalk has over 20 years experience in high tech PR and helping companies create and dominate new categories, and is the Senior Vice-President of Corporate Communications of Hedera. Previously, she was a sell-side analyst with investment bank Morgan Keegan, where she was part of The Wall Street Journal’s #1 Ranked Software Analyst team. Prior to this, she served as the head of corporate communications for Opsware Inc (NASDAQ: OPSW), founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, which was acquired by HP for $1.6B. Zenobia graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics and Psychology, minor in Industrial Engineering.


Edgar Seah

Head of Asia Pacific Region

Edgar is an angel investor in early-stage tech companies, and is the Head of the Asia Pacific Region in Business Development for Hedera. He was formerly Head of Asset Backed Trading and Syndication and Co-Head of Asset Backed Originations at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for Asia. After this, he lived in Ghana to launch Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Africa, a revenue generating non-profit leadership development program for young Africans. Edgar earned his BA at Carnegie Mellon University (Phi Beta Kappa).


Brett McDowell

Executive Director, Hedera Governing Council

Brett brings over 20 years of IT industry coalition experience, and is the Founding Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Hedera Governing Council. He has had founding executive roles at the Kantara Initiative, IDESG, DMARC.org, and FIDO Alliance, where he still serves as an advisor. In addition, he has extensive multi-stakeholder governance experience, having served on the board or advisory board of MAAWG, NCSA, StopBadWare, and PCI SSC, among other industry coalitions. Brett is a fellow at the UMASS Center for Digital Government, a member of the US Federal Reserve Bank's Mobile Payments Industry Working Group and a recipient of the 2019 Top 50 Tech Leaders award from InterCon.


Ken Anderson

Chief Developer Advocate

Ken is passionate about a distributed economy, and is the Chief Developer Advocate of Hedera. He is a serial entrepreneur, with 20 years of experience in system design and software architecture. He has built a team of award-winning engineers and consulted as interim-CTO for various companies during periods of restructuring. He was also the lead contributor to the TM Forum’s REST API design guidelines, now used throughout the multi-trillion global telecom industry. Ken graduated with a BBA in Management Information Systems from California State University and was an Intelligence Sergeant in the United States Army.

Milestone map

We are proud to present our map of key milestones as we continue our journey to build the world's first mass adopted, public decentralized ledger. We anticipate this map will have a duration of roughly one year from now (August, 2018). However, this is a new technology in a new space, so caveats apply.

Phase I: 2017 - 2018

Accredited investors and accredited crowdsale through SAFT

Governing council member recruitment

Leading, global companies across multiple sectors to govern the network, code base, set fees, and transaction costs

Token generation event

50 billion Hedera tokens generated and held in the Hedera wallet

Phase II: 2018 - 2019
Governing council legal agreement kick-off

Meet with prospective governing member teams regarding LLC agreements

APIs and education

Developers receive Hedera APIs for 3 services: cryptocurrency, smart contracts, and file storage. Developer enablement via Hedera developer portal

Hedera18 hackathon & conference

Inaugural developer conference and decentralized hackathon to learn how to build dapps on the Hedera platform

Wallet software

Hedera releases its mobile wallet on iOS and Android to make it easier for developers to build game-changing decentralized applications

Hedera mainnet early access

Many developers can start building and running their decentralized applications on the Hedera mainnet

Phase III: 2019 - 2020
Token program for community testing

Hedera Hashgraph community members earn tokens through a faucet program to test the network and to build dapps on the Hedera network; all community testing program members go through KYC / AML process

Hedera Annual Assembly 2019

Discuss Hedera’s progress in the market, share decentralized applications built on the platform, and hear from Enterprise partners

Announce initial governing council members

Several companies across different sectors and geographies

Governing council nodes

First nodes in public clouds, transitioning to member hardware and data centers after best practice development

Hedera open access

All developers can create accounts and build on the Hedera mainnet

Hedera tokens released

SAFT holders receive their initial distribution of tokens and tokens can be bought, sold, and used by developers and users for API calls

Open-review source code

Hedera will open-review its source code, providing trust and transparency while inhibiting forking and the associated instability


Partners, system integrators, incubators, accelerators

Career opportunities

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