The Core of Bluzelle

Bluzelle is a growing team of top engineers with backgrounds in computer science, AI, cognitive science, blockchain, security, networking and more.


Pavel Bains


Pavel has over 15 years experience in operational management, digital technology and finance. He co-founded Storypanda, a digital book platform that published critically acclaimed titles by DreamWorks, Warner Bros and more. Pavel held GM and CFO roles for video game studios, including looking after 7 Disney studios across four continents, 350 people and $150M budgets.

Neeraj Murarka


Neeraj is an engineer and computer systems architect with over 20 years experience, having worked for Google, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Lufthansa and Thales Avionics. His projects included modified Android OS for retail markets, multicast UDP satellite-based systems, and design and development of secure and FFA-approved systems for Airbus and Boeing. Neeraj was the fourth employee of an acquired blockchain startup Zero Block.

Andrew Mastracci

Director of Product Development

Andrew Mastracci co-founded Pertino Networks in 2011 which built a distributed routing and switching fabric on public cloud infrastructure with simplified management system for network configuration and policy. It raised over $35M and was acquired by Cradlepoint in which Andrew led out technical roadmaps for Software Defined WAN/Perimeter and Internet of Things. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Victoria. Currently, he has two patents in the networking and security space with another six pending.

Nitin Cunha

Director of Developer Relations

Nitin bridges technology and business, pulling together 16 years of demonstrated versatility in programming solutions as well as designing them as a business partner. As Director of Developer Relations he works with partners to align strategy and roadmap, stays in touch with our developer community through sponsoring/attending online/offline events, and enjoys recruiting individuals who = have a passion for our space + are a positive force in our team + demonstrate a propensity for TDD/BDD within our technology stack.

Richard Nistuk

Senior Developer

Rich worked on one of the first iPhone apps ever developed , the New York Times Reader , which caught the eye of Steve Jobs, who mentioned it as an example of innovation in the early days of iPhone app development. He’s also worked with Japanese game giant DeNA to create top 10 games on Google Play. At Bluzelle, he leads a team of 3 C++ developers in building the database solution.

Paul Archard

Senior Software Developer

Paul had play key engineering roles in multiple successful startups. He was the first employee at Workfire Technologies, later acquired by Packeteer, where he led the WAN Optimization and Advanced Technology teams. Recently, he was a software architect at Procera Networks, leading the effort to port their ISP products to the state-of-the-art NFV architecture. In the past thirty or so years, he has worked mostly on networking technologies, but with some biometrics, P2P and virtual reality mixed in.

Mehdi Abdeh Kolahchi

Senior Developer

Mehdi has 12 years of experience in providing professional technical services to transnational corporations. He holds a BASc Engineering degree from University of Waterloo. Companies and clients he has worked with in the past include Warner Bros, Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Merrill Lynch, HSBC, KPMG, MSIG, Bank of America, Sun Life Financial, and many more.

Edward Bruck

Senior Developer

Edward is a Senior Software developer with over 18 years of experience developing solutions within the complex, and literally multilayered, ecosystem of networking. He was the first employee at Pertino Networks (acquired by Cradlepoint), and had led the development of their Cloud VPN product. He has also worked at Packeteer & Blue Coat System (Symantec) who are pioneers in WAN optimization & traffic detection (DPI) market.

Isabel Scroggin

C++ Developer

Isabel is a recent graduate, holding a Master's of Computer Science from Purdue as well as a Bachelor's of Computer Science and a Bachelor's of Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman. In her studies, she has developed a wide breadth of knowledge and a deeper focus on algorithms, data structures, and parallel/distributed systems. Her professional experience includes ground support for NASA's Jason-3 satellite and two summers at Amazon.

Monty Thibault

JavaScript Developer

Monty is a software developer who pursued Mathematics and Computer Science at McGill University. Though early in his career, he maintains interests in mathematics, software development, and entrepreneurship, in addition to being an avid classical musician. Monty enjoys software development for the fact that it is a truly creative and fast-paced discipline, so much so that the main challenge of software is to manage its own complexity. He now joins Bluzelle as a JavaScript developer.

John Lam

JavaScript Developer

John is a web developer with a background in Cognitive Science from Simon Fraser University. Inspired by the exciting space of blockchain and decentralization, he is aggressively learning about blockchain/Solidity through self-learning, tutorials and workshops. After joining a small startup as a Ruby developer he proved his resourcefulness by implementing their CI/CM solution on his own.

Matthew Ilagan

Software Developer

Matt has a background in Computer Science from British Columbia Institute of Technology. Previously being a .Net Full Stack developer, Matt had participated in implementing corporate wide solutions such as bridging .Net technologies with Legacy systems, integrating systems to handle PCI credit card compliance, and creating CI build/deploy configurations in Team Server Foundation. Matt enjoys the simple things in life like Jimi Hendrix, bowl of ramen on a cold day, and the future of data decentralization.

Ashok Venkateswaran

Director of Enterprise Sales

Ashok is a Senior Leader with global experience in Banking and Capital markets driving revenue growth and product innovation. Prior to Bluzelle, Ashok drove the Customer Experience and Digital teams at EY’s Financial Services Advisory Practice. Ashok and his team focused on Digital Transformation and Customer Experience initiatives in retail banking, wealth and asset management and insurance sectors.

Leandro Bark

Head of Sales

Leandro is a global business development executive with experience in mobile, e-Commerce and banking sectors. Previously he was the Head of Sales & Distribution business for Brightstar Corp (a Softbank company) for APAC. Leandro is also a former entrepreneur in the video game industry, holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has been doing Go-to-Market, growth and expansion in Asia Pacific for more than 7 years.

Yingyao Xie

Marketing Manager

Yingyao studied in National University of Singapore and University of Pennsylvania with a honour degree in engineering. She has combined experience in startup business, marketing, digital strategy and technology. She has also worked for projects with IBM, KPMG, HSBCand more.


Bluzelle is guided by our carefully selected advisors who contributed to platforms like Facebook, PayPal, LinkedIn, Ethereum, Ripple and more.

Prashant Malik

Database Advisor

Ex-Facebook. Co-Creator of Apache Cassandra

"Bluzelle's technology is a game changer, as it’s attacking the problem at its root bysimplifyingthe complex administration of clustered data storage solutions."

Brian Fox

Open-Source Advisor

CTO of Orchid. Creator of GNU Bash

"Bluzelle's decentralized database and open-source plan fits perfectly with my world vision — a decentralized internet for everyone."

Gil Penchina

Business Advisor

Ex-eBay. Leads the biggest AngelList syndicate.

"Bluzelle has a highly talented technical team solving real problems that the distributed planetary computing network will need to scale."

Alex Leverington


Core Ethereum Developer

"I am delighted to have the chance to provide feedback to the impressive Bluzelle team. The infrastructure of peer-to-peer technology has always been important for me and I am fascinated to see how Bluzelle develops its solutions in this vital area."

Ryan Fugger


Original Creator of Ripple

"Ryan Fugger, the original creator of Ripple who designed and implemented a multi-hop payment network into several online communities. It was then sold to Chris Larsen and Jed McCaleb who implemented the concept on top of their consensus ledger transaction system."

Brian Lio


CEO of Smith & Crown

"Smith + Crown is a research group focused on the revolutionary technologies in the emerging field of cryptofinance."

Michael Egorov


Former Linkedin Engineer, CTO of NuCypher

"Bluzelle is working on what I think is the most practical approach to decentralized databases, building a vital component for the future decentralized internet."

Lionello Lunesu


Co-Founder of Enuma Technologies

"Enuma Technologies is a blockchain engineering services firm. They are experts in creation of full-stack prototypes, and developing specialized hardware and software for integration with existing infrastructure."

Roger Lim


Former Founder and CEO of Webvisions

"Roger is a successful entrepreneur in the space of web, data hosting and network security businesses. He was the Founder and CEO of Webvisions, which grew to 200 people and 26k customers. Experienced angel investors in blockchain and cryptocurrencies."

Yubo Ruan


Founder of 8 Decimal Capital

"Yubo is the founder of 8 Decimal Capital, one of the leading blockchain investment firm in Silicon Valley. Yubo is the co-founder of Skylight Investment, an early stage tech investment firm, backed by Taiyou Fund and New Oriental(NYSE:EDU). Previously, Yubo started two highly successful companies, held 4 national patents and won the 2017 AACYF 30 under 30."

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