Founding Team

Rory O'Reilly
Rory studied psychology and economics at Harvard University. He left Harvard in 2014 to co-found Rory is a Thiel Fellow and Forbes 30 under 30 recipient for his expertise in consumer tech. Before dropping out, Rory was named one of Harvard’s “most impressive” 19 students by Business Insider.

Kieran O'Reilly
Kieran studied computer science at Harvard University. Prior to Gems, Kieran co-founded as its CTO. is an online video editing and artificial intelligence company with clients such as Google, Netflix and Autodesk amongst others. Kieran was recognized by Forbes in their 30 under 30 list and is a Thiel Fellow.


Joey Krug
Pantera Capital
Co-Founder Augur
Joey is the co-founder of Augur, a decentralized prediction market built on Ethereum. Joey is also the Co-Chief Investment Officer at Pantera capital, the leading blockchain investment firm. Additionally, Joey is a Thiel Fellow and writer at Forbes magazine.

Ben Maurer
Co-Founder reCAPTCHA
Ben is the co-founder of reCAPTCHA, a system used to determine if a user is human while simultaneously digitalizing books. reCAPTCHA was aquired by Google in 2009. Ben worked at Google until 2010, when he left to join Facebook, creating headlines in the tech world. Previously, Ben studied at Carnegie Mellon University.

Luis Cuende
Co-Founder Aragon
Co-Founder Stampery
Luis is the co-founder of Aragon, a Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient, and an MIT TR35 honoree. He was also an Advisor to the VP of the European Commission. Previously, Luis cofounded the blockchain startup Stampery. Luis is also an accomplished programer. He created the world's first Linux distribution with facelogin and was awarded as the best underage European programmer in 2011.

Joe Urgo
Co-Founder district0x
Founder Sourcerers
Joe is the co-founder of district0x, a network of decentralized markets and communities built on Ethereum. Joe also founded, where he and his team support leading Ethereum-based projects. Prior to this, Joe was the Operations Manager at Coinbase and a derivatives trader at Three Arrows Capital.

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