Platform token

The Hedera hashgraph network will have a native cryptocurrency, which is a utility token that grants token holders access to distributed applications on the platform. The token may also be “staked” and used to run a node (for example, adding CPU to the Hedera public network), thereby providing the network security within the public ledger. We expect the token to act as a unit of value to motivate responsible use and governance of the platform.

Vision statement

To create a trusted, secure, and empowered digital future for all.

About the platform
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Mission statement

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.

About the council


Leemon BairdCo-Founder, CTO, & Chief Scientist
Mance HarmonCo-Founder & CEO
Tom TrowbridgePresident
Patrick HardingSenior Vice-President, Products
Jordan FriedVice-President, Global Business Development
Natalie Grunfeld FurmanGeneral Counsel
Edgar SeahHead of Asia Pacific Region
Ken AndersonChief Developer Advocate

Leemon Baird

Co-Founder, CTO, & Chief Scientist

Leemon is the inventor of the hashgraph distributed consensus algorithm, and is the Co-Founder, CTO, and Chief Scientist of Hedera hashgraph. With over 20 years of technology and startup experience, he has held positions as a Professor of Computer Science at the 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 & 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 hashgraph. His prior experience includes serving as the Head of Architecture and Labs at Ping Identity, Founder / 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 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.


Tom Trowbridge


Tom is the President of Hedera hashgraph. Prior to joining, he started and ran the New York office for UK-based Odey Asset Management. Before Odey, he held various positions at Lombard Odier, Atticus Capital, and Goldman Sachs. He started his career in 1996 as an investment banker in the telecom group at Bear, Stearns & Co., and subsequently spent three and a half years at the telecom and media private equity firm Alta Communications, where he executed 10 deals in technology, telecom, and media and served on two boards. Tom has a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia University, where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.


Patrick Harding

Senior Vice-President, Products

Patrick has more than 25 years of distributed computing, cyber-security, and digital identity experience, and is the Senior Vice-President of Products at Hedera hashgraph. Most recently as CTO for Ping Identity (acquired by Vista Equity), he was a key member of the executive team and was responsible for establishing the product and technology strategy. At different points in time he led the CTO Office, Product Management, PingLabs, Standards, M&A, and Security. Prior to Ping, he was a Vice-President and Security Architect at Fidelity Investments, where he guided the strategic alignment of identity management and cyber-security technologies with the goals of the business. Prior to Fidelity, he was a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he built their Internet Security Practice in Australia. Patrick holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.


Jordan Fried

Vice-President, Global Business Development

Jordan is a DLT evangelist and self-professed crypto capitalist, and is the Vice-President of Global Business Development of Hedera hashgraph. Previously, he was the Co-Founder and CEO of Buffered VPN, the fastest growing personal VPN service online, which was acquired in the first quarter of 2017. Jordan is an investor in companies such as and Buffer App and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine,,, Time Magazine, and


Natalie Grunfeld Furman

General Counsel

Natalie is the General Counsel for Hedera hashgraph. She was previously a senior associate at Paul Hastings LLP, where her practice focused on intellectual property, unfair competition, and rights of privacy and publicity. 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 J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.


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 hashgraph. He was formerly Head of Asset Backed Trading & Syndication and Co-Head of Asset Backed Originations at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for Asia. He lived in Ghana to launched Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Africa, a revenue generating nonprofit leadership development program for young Africans. Edgar earned his Bachelor’s degree (Phi Beta Kappa) at Carnegie Mellon University.


Ken Anderson

Chief Developer Advocate

Ken is passionate about a distributed economy, and is the Chief Developer Advocate for Hedera hashgraph. 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. Previously, he was 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.



Slava RubinCo-Founder & CBO, Indiegogo
John BestCEO, Best Innovation Group, & Co-Founder, CULedger
Aaron D. MooreCTO, Cyber & Intelligence Mission Systems Division, Northrop Grumman
Dave AspreyFounder & CEO, Bulletproof 360
Don ThibeauFounder & Chairman, OIX, & Acting Chair, DLF
David A. CohenFounder & Chairman,
Scott WalkerManaging Partner, Distributed Network Advisors

Slava Rubin

Co-Founder & CBO, Indiegogo

Slava is the Co-Founder and CBO of Indiegogo, and is responsible for executing the company’s strategic growth initiatives, including distributed ledger technology. He was CEO for over 8 years from launch in 2008 and grew Indiegogo to over $1 billion distributed around the world. He represented the crowdfunding industry at the White House during the signing of the JOBS Act and has helped navigate bringing equity crowdfunding to the American public. Slava holds a BSE from the Wharton School of Business, and is the Founder of Music Against Myeloma, an annual charity event for cancer research in partnership with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).


John Best

CEO, Best Innovation Group, & Co-Founder, CULedger

John is the Founder and CEO of the financial technology firm Best Innovation Group (BIG), which focuses on industry-wide code sharing and API prototype development. He regularly speaks at industry events, hosts the weekly BIGCast podcast, and facilitates an interactive financial technology forum. John is also the author of Breaking Digital Gridlock, a critically acclaimed book designed to help financial institutions in their digital transformation journeys.


Aaron D. Moore

CTO, Cyber & Intelligence Mission Systems Division, Northrop Grumman

Aaron oversees the development of advanced cyber, electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance converged architectures and concepts at Northrop Grumman. He spent over a decade as a Special Forces operator and was decorated for heroism and has received numerous medals, ribbons, and awards for his service. Aaron earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, an MS in Computer Information Systems from the Florida Institute of Technology, and is currently a student in the Industrial and Systems Engineering PhD program at Virginia Tech.


Dave Asprey

Founder & CEO, Bulletproof 360

Dave is the Founder and CEO of Bulletproof 360, a cutting-edge food, beverage, and content company, and creator of the popular Bulletproof Coffe. He is a two-time New York Times bestselling author, host of the Webby award-winning podcast Bulletproof Radio, and has been featured on the Today show, Fox News, Nightline, Dr. Oz, and more. Dave is a Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur who has worked for over two decades with world-renowned doctors and scientists to uncover the latest, most innovative methods for enhancing mental and physical performance.


Don Thibeau

Founder & Chairman, OIX, & Acting Chair, DLF

Don is the Founder and Chairman of the OIX, a technology-agnostic, non-profit trade global organization comprised of leading companies from competing sectors, including banking (HSBC, Barclays, etc.), platforms (Google, PayPal, etc.), data aggregation (Equifax, Experian, etc.), and telecommunications (AT&T, Verizon, etc.). Don is also the Acting Chair for the DLF, a technology-agnostic, non-profit organization composed of business, academic, and legal thought leaders who are dedicated to establishing the highest standards of trust and governance for distributed ledger technology.


David A. Cohen

Founder & Chairman,

David is the Founder and Chairman of Dcntral, a blockchain-based software company that enables a cybersecure exchange of value for the machine economy. He was the Founder and CEO of Infotility, where he pioneered the “Grid Edge” and unlocked multi-billion dollar, artificial intelligence-based software markets. David is a former member of IOTA, and is an expert on blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and edge computing.


Scott Walker

Managing Partner, Distributed Network Advisors

Scott is a serial entrepreneur and began his tech career in 1995. He has launched several companies, including as Co-Founder and President of, a $50m+ native advertising platform, and as CEO and Founder of Atrinsic, with over $100m in sales and 250 employees. A Founding Limited Partner in Blockchain.Capital, Scott is one of the most knowledgeable investors in the cryptocurrency sector.


Partners and system integrators

Artbit is building a decentralized platform that will allow both artists and fans to share and monetize artistic talent from anywhere across the globe. By utilizing gamification and augmented reality, Artbit will rewrite the rules and help a disenfranchised community reclaim the power of art. Artbit is headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands.

BIG Consulting is a sales performance consultancy who work with teams to improve their sales effectiveness. The company‘s client base is wide, with expertise in industries including FMCG, foodservice, consumer goods, consumer electronics, hardware, pharmacy, automotive, internet, media, retail, and industrial. BIG Consulting is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.

Carbon is a trustless stable cryptocurrency that closely correlates with the US Dollar. This is achieved through algorithmically adjusting coin supply based on the demand. Carbon is headquartered in New York City, New York.

CULedger is a credit union industry initiative for developing innovative applications of distributed ledger technology. Supported by the efforts of the Credit Union National Association, the Mountain West Credit Union Association, Best Innovation Group, credit unions, and credit union system partners, CULedger will benefit credit unions and their members by reducing risks associated with cybersecurity and fraud, improving member experience, and cutting costs.

Incubated through the Open Identity Exchange, the DLF is a technology agnostic, non-profit organization composed of business, academic, and legal thought leaders. The foundation is dedicated to establishing the highest standards of trust and governance for distributed ledger technology. The DLF and its members work together to jointly fund and participate in research and education programs and project initiatives.

Intiva Health’s mission is to aid healthcare professionals throughout every step of their career. Intiva aims to create innovative, simple solutions that improve medical professionals’ quality of life and the efficiency of the industry itself. Intiva provides healthcare professionals with a single place to manage their credentialing, continuing education, new job opportunities, secure messaging needs, and more. Intiva Health is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Mingo is an instant messenger aggregation app that supports Facebook, Twitter, Steam, Discord, Slack, Skype and IRC Cloud. Mingo is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

OIX is a technology agnostic, non-profit trade organization of leaders from competing business sectors focused on building the volume and velocity of trusted transactions online. OIX enables members to expand existing identity services and serve adjacent markets. OIX operates the OIXnet trust registry, a global, authoritative registry of business, legal, and technical requirements needed to ensure market adoption and global interoperability.

OpenCrowd is a design and technology services company that is focused on developing the most advanced distributed ledger and machine learning applications in the market. For the past 12 years, OpenCrowd has been successfully delivering high-end applications for their clients with a focus in financial services. OpenCrowd is headquartered in New York City, New York.

Toptal enables start-ups, businesses, and organizations to hire freelancers from a growing network of top talent in the world. The company has received coverage for being a completely virtual organization without any offices.

TxMQ is a 38 year old, full service enterprise IT solutions and staffing company that supports both large and mid-market businesses and government institutions throughout North America. The company’s subject matter experts deliver IT services and solutions to Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies with a focus on middleware, data-architecture, and ERP space. TxMQ is headquartered in Amherst, New York.

VMS Software develops, sells, and supports innovative and advanced releases of OpenVMS, the most secure operating system on the planet. The company’s core motivation is to support and enable customers to run their mission-critical applications at the legendary uptime levels it is known for, at maximum performance levels, today and into the future. VMS Software is headquartered in Bolton, Massachusetts.