James started mining Bitcoin in 2013 and was captured by the prospect of a trustless, permissionless financial system. Since starting at the DCI two years ago, James has been working primarily on Cryptokernel; a distributed ledger development toolkit as well as Lightning Network related projects. James works on the Digital Fiat Currency project, aiming to use Cryptokernel to demonstrate a workable fiat currency design based on distributed ledger technology. James is also the lead developer of Vertcoin, which he has been lead developer of since late 2014.
Jeremy B. Ney | Graduate Researcher
Jeremy is a researcher focused on understanding the ways that digital fiat currencies can be represented in a new model of the economy. After working at the Federal Reserve, his specific aim is to understand the roles that governments and central banks can play in fundamentally reinventing the structure of the financial system via blockchain solutions. Jeremy is pursuing a dual-degree MBA/MPA from MIT Sloan and the Harvard Kennedy School.
Cole Vick | Undergraduate Researcher
Cole is an undergrad at Northeastern University studying Computer Science and Philosophy and is joining the DCI in January as a 6 month Co-Op. At Northeastern, he has tutored both the introductory CS course and various Philosophy courses. He also mentored and prepared students through their first Co-Op application while serving as a Fellow of the College of Computer Science. Previously, Cole has built CI pipelines, REST APIs, and DevOps automation. He looks forward to learning about the crytposphere and continuing development on CryptoKernel with James. Aside from his technical interests, Cole is also eager to explore the economic and philosophical implications of large-scale market decentralization that many crypto users and developers talk about. Cole also enjoys running, cooking, and playing chess badly.