Bitcoin Association has formed a Bitcoin SV Technical Standards Committee as part of its effort to professionalise the development of Bitcoin in order to support major enterprise use and facilitate global adoption.
The mission statement of the Technical Standards Committee is:
To promote technical excellence and improve Bitcoin SV utility by enhancing interoperability through standardization by:
- Facilitating industry participation in the development of global standards
- Ensuring technical standards are maintained and freely available
The initial Committee members are listed below. They represent four continents, seven countries and diverse sectors of the Bitcoin SV ecosystem – including wallets, mining, applications, token solutions, venture investment and banking.
Using organisations like the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) as a model, the Committee will focus on governance of the standards process and provide an out-of-the-box toolset for use by specific technical workgroups. Substantial work for recommending standards will be carried out by designated workgroups for different technical areas; the TSC will issue calls for expressions of interest to participate in technical workgroups. In addition, there will be a public review period as part of the standards recommendation process. As a result, there will be many opportunities for participation from the wider Bitcoin SV ecosystem.
CTO, nChain (Committee Chair)
Industries: Bitcoin (mining, node development), Financial markets, Health records, Gaming
Roles: IT management, Software engineering, DevOps, Architecture, VC advisory, Data mining
Bio: Steve Shadders has been involved in Bitcoin infrastructure since early 2011. Today, Steve heads up nChain's engineering team and is the Technical Director of the Bitcoin SV Node project. In his role, he contributes his ecosystem-wide perspective, to support building the mining and UX infrastructure, needed to enable Satoshi's Vision. He is passionate about the future role of Bitcoin reshaping the world.
Roles: Architect of the Tokenized protocol, Product design, Engineering, Executive duties
Bio: James is an engineer, entrepreneur, and ardent supporter of Satoshi Nakamoto’s original vision for Bitcoin. He is the creator of the Tokenized Protocol, an open-source token and smart contract system for the Bitcoin SV network. He is committed to building universal and easy-to-use tools that help make Bitcoin’s value accessible to society at large.
CEO & Co-Founder, Centbee
Industries: Banking & payments
Roles: CEO, CIO, various senior roles
Bio: Angus has been in the banking and payments industry for over 20 years. In 2000 he was one of the founding team, and later CEO of eBucks.com (at the time the world’s first bank-backed digital currency). After serving FirstRand for 11 years in various senior roles, he was appointed as Head of Alliance Banking and CIO at Mercantile Bank Limited for 4 years. He introduced banking capabilities to Blue Label Telecoms and then MMI Holdings, serving as an executive with these listed companies.
In the past 5 years he has helped create several ‘challenger’ FinTech ventures including BETTR Bank; InterGreatMe and Centbee. In 2016 he co-founded Centbee, one of the leading Bitcoin SV businesses creating an ecosystem using Bitcoin SV to revolutionise payments. Angus was educated at Wits University (Johannesburg) and the University of Oxford.
Founder & CEO, Money Button
Industries: Bitcoin, Social Media, Physics
Roles: Physicist, Software Engineer, CEO
Bio: Money Button is a simple payment system that uses Bitcoin SV. He is also the founder of Yours, a social network based on Bitcoin SV micropayments. Before this he was an engineer at BitGo, where we worked on Bitcoin wallet security, reddit, where he worked on a cryptocurrency project for the social network, and BitPay, where he worked on their multisig wallet and open-source bitcoin libraries. Before his career in Bitcoin, he was a physicist.
Founder and General Partner, Two Hop Ventures
Industries: Investment, Security, Engineering, Supply Chain, Financial Markets.
Bio: Discovering Bitcoin in the early stages of 2013 during a year in industry placement year of University, Alex was a keen observer for 4 years before deciding to pursue a career in the industry. His first position was an analyst at a cryptocurrency Hedge Fund that held over 100 different assets the day he joined. After completing his analysis and delivering investment recommendations that no blockchain or token outside of Bitcoins original design offers any significant value his contract was not renewed. Now, he manages the first public Venture Capital fund focused on the Bitcoin SV ecosystem.
CTO, The Hopper
Industries: Crypto, Gaming, and E-commerce
Roles: : IT management, Architecture, Software engineering, Product management
Bio: James has always loved and worked in technology. He first entered the exciting world of Bitcoin in 2015 when he became a Product Director at The Workshop. Since then, he’s gone on to become Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at The Hopper - an incubator focused on tech at the seed and pre-seed stage. He oversees the technology for several crypto products including wallets, payment processors, and analytic tools. For him, he very much wants to be part of a world where Bitcoin plays a pivotal role.
Solutions Strategist, nChain
Industries: Financial Services, Transport, B2B Data Services, Telecommunications
Roles: Solution Strategist, Solutions Architect, Technical Architect, Developer
Bio: Andy joined nChain after working as an IT Consultant across a number of industries, where his interest in Financial Services IT led him to work on trading systems for commodities firms and investment banks. He joined nChain in 2017 and after leading the architecture team moved into his current role, with a focus on developing nChain's commercial products and services offerings.
Chief Scientist and Founder, Bitboss
Roles: Software engineering and architecture
Industries: Bitcoin (wallet, node development), Media industry, Gaming
Bio: Justin has over 25 years of software development and architecture experience. He has a background in low level programming for the cable and video on demand industries. He was the engineer primarily responsible for having his company receive an Emmy award for video on demand solutions. Since 2013 Justin has created solutions on Bitcoin and contributed to large, high visibility software projects including Bitcoin Unlimited and Tokenized. Justin is the creator of the blockchain explorer Bitfire.io.
Co-Founder & CEO, Mempool Co-Founder & CEO, DotWallet
Industries: Government, Finance, HR, Education
Roles: Business development, Project management, Product development, Team building & management.
Bio: During 20 years of work experience in IT sector, Kalev has been holding multiple roles including CEO, CIO, CTO and PM (involved in 75 different IT projects). Kalev has played major part in building e-Estonia, which is considered to be one of the most advanced digital societies in the world. He has been involved in Blockchain for the last few years and sees it as a key cornerstone of the future’s global decentralized secure digital infrastructure.