The Core of Bluzelle

We are a passionate team with a diverse background in gaming, computer science, AI, blockchain, security and computer networking.

Team

Pavel Bains

CEO/Co-Founder

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

CTO/Co-Founder

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.

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.

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.

Yarco Hayduk

Software Developer

Yarco has recently finished his PhD at the University of Neuchatel, which focused on Transactional Memory, Energy Efficient Computing and Distributed Systems. Prior to doing his doctoral studies, Yarco has worked for Zilliant Solutions, SoftServe and HQS. He has recently moved on to working in the blockchain space and enjoys programming in Vyper, Solidity and Scilla.

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.

Advisors

Bluzelle is guided by our advisors who contributed to Facebook, PayPal, LinkedIn, Ethereum and more with expertise in open-source software, cyber-security and databases.

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

Advisor

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

Advisor

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."

Michael Egorov

Advisor

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

Advisor

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."

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