Alex Waters

Alex Waters

Head of Technical Research

Alex specializes in system design and software architecture. Having built many products and systems in the blockchain space, his industry experience is unmatched when assessing and designing complex technical structures. This high level perspective will help to address challenging technical concerns and determine where initiatives fit into the ecosystem’s existing framework.

Background
Alex Waters has been an early member of the Bitcoin ecosystem since its inception and has worked full-time on blockchain technology since 2010. His past projects include co-founding and serving as the CEO for Coin.co, a bitcoin payments company, as well as creating Coin Apex, one of the first digital currency and blockchain research organizations. He has also held roles at the Bitcoin core development open source project, BitInstant, and itBit.

Committed to building technology and creating products that utilize distributed ledger systems, he has helped set the tone for high standards regarding the current regulatory landscape. Alex is considered a valuable resource to the industry and is utilized by many banking, legal, educational, and public groups for his insight on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, including the NY Federal Reserve, OCC, FIRMA, The Clearing House, NYS Bar Association, The Council on Foreign Relations, NYU, The King's College, Columbia University, and the W3C.. He has also been featured in print, radio, and television by organizations such as Coin Desk, Forbes, Fortune, NPR, Fox, American Banker, Wired, Business Insider, BBC, Vice, TechCrunch, and Bloomberg.

 
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Tim Swanson

Head of Market Research

Tim specializes in market intelligence, industry trends, and research. He keeps us on top of the ever-shifting fintech world, and will help you and your company stay relevant through his assistance on document creation and pinpointed investigation and analysis.

Background
Drawn to the cryptocurrency world in late 2012, Tim Swanson is well-known for authoring countless essays and three books on related topics. His 2015 paper: “Consensus-as-a-service: a brief report on the emergence of permissioned, distributed ledger systems” popularized the term “permissioned” blockchain (or ledger), a topic which remains a mainstay at conferences globally.

His research papers have been cited in a variety of media and he has appeared on more than one hundred industry panels and events over the past four years. He is also frequently quoted in media including: Wired, MIT Technology Review, Reuters, The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New Republic, American Banker, and International Business Times.

 
Sarah Waters

Sarah (Tyre) Waters

Head of Operations

Sarah leads the overall operations for Elm Labs and assists in all areas of strategic direction, business development, client relations, and communications. Upon exploring your own initiatives' needs, she can help you assess whether Elm's services can be helpful in attaining your companies' goals. 

Background
Sarah brings the specialized knowledge that accompanies four years of executive blockchain experience. Some of her roles include COO of Coin.co, a bitcoin payments company and CMO of Coin Apex, one of the first blockchain research labs. She also created The Digital Currency Roundtable, a boutique event series in Manhattan revolving around the different perspectives in the blockchain space.  

She has previously held management roles at two marketing/PR agencies. In addition to this background in strategic leadership, talent management, marketing, and corporate communications, she holds a Masters Degree in Corporate Communications from the prestigious IE Business School of Madrid, Spain and an undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Central Florida. 

 
Angela Fox

Angela Fox

Lead Research Engineer

Angela Fox is a research engineer at Elm Labs with experience working for early stage startups both as a lead engineer and a product owner. She holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, where she specialized in Software Systems and Advanced Software Engineering. 

Background
She has presented a technical lecture on packaging, building and deploying Python software as a single executable at PyCon (2017) as a featured Intel Speaker and at PyGotham (2017), and is passionate about computer science education with volunteer experience teaching in NYC public high schools and as a Girls Who Code Instructor. 

 
Sarah Loertscher

Sarah Loertscher

Executive Assistant

New to the cryptocurrency world, Sarah comes to us with a strong background in art and design. Her high attention to detail and passion for organization are a great asset for her role as ELM's executive assistant. 

Background
Her past endeavors include designing and creating couture jewelry for a global ad  campaign for Moen, creating jewelry to accompany four New York Fashion Week shows, and being highlighted in such publications as Seattle Metropolitan, Gray Magazine, Design Milk, and the New York Times.