Chief Executive Officer
Rik is a pioneer in branded digital engagement concepts, including DOOH and large-public screen projects, branded content, CMS, mobile and social media with clients and productions, including MGM Resorts, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Lucent Technologies, Dictaphone, The World-Famous Apollo Theater, Couture designers (including Chado Ralph Rucci, Oscar de LaRenta and Kevan Hall), The French Ready-to-Wear Association (Pret-a-Porter) and others.
He founded America's first digital out of home company in early the 90s and one of Silicon Alley's first digital boutiques in 1994. Rik consulted with Winston & Co to design many of the LED screens in Times Square then with MGM Resorts in Las Vegas for DOOH, mobile and social media convergence platforms.
From 2010 through 2013, he assisted tech startups in raising tens of millions of dollars. In 2013, he founded MintCombine to support and develop the branded coin ecosystem.
Rik is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, a tech mentor at Siedenberg Computer Science Lab at Pace University, on the Advisory Board at the Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, a mentor at Plug and Play's Bitcoin Accelerator, an advisor to Toronto's Decentral Bitcoin Incubator and a Corporate Round Table member at the World Conference of Mayors.
He is also a featured speaker at many institutions and media outlets, including Harvard Business School Club, Kaufmann Institute, Dow Jones Speakers Series, CNN and CNBC.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Shidan Gouran is a serial entrepreneur who founded Nuovotel, one of the first and largest wholesale VoIP service providers of its time, Jazinga, developers of an award winning unified communications system and Home Jinni, developers of the first Android based Smart TV platform. Shidan is an investor in and advisor to a number of financial technology and blockchain startups. He mined his first Bitcoin in early 2010 and has been involved with Cryptocurrencies ever since.
Shidan studied Pure Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Western Ontario.
Theo van der Linde
Chief Financial Officer
Theo van der Linde is Chartered Accountant with 20 years' extensive experience in finance, reporting, regulatory requirements, public company administration, equity markets and financing of publicly traded companies. He has served as a CFO & Director for a number of TSX Venture Exchange and Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) listed companies over the past several years. Industry experience include financial services, manufacturing, Oil & gas, mining and retail industries. More recently, Mr. van der Linde has been involved with future use trends of natural resources as well as other disruptive technologies. He has worked and is currently working on projects in South Africa, West-Africa, East-Africa, Peru, United Kingdom, Sri-Lanka, the United States and Norway.
Chief Strategy Officer
Kyle Kemper is the Executive Director of the Blockchain Association of Canada. Mr. Kemper is a passionate visionary, connector, speaker, and problem solver with over 10 years of professional experience across many different industries.
For his work in the Bitcoin and Blockchain space, Mr. Kemper has been featured on major Canadian and international radio, broadcast, and print media as well as the majority of Blockchain related media outlets.
A firm believer in love, liberty, and honourable value creation, Mr. Kemper seeks to leave a positive impact on the world. Mr. Kemper is relentless in his drive to bring about positive social change. Mr. Kemper has a BCOMM degree from Dalhousie University and has received designation as a Certified Bitcoin Professional.