Who we are

Aurora was founded by a group of cryptocurrency enthusiasts who aspire to see cryptocurrency flourish as a true currency. We believe the number one issue inhibiting adoption is a lack of price stability and have been trying to address this issue for some time, initially taking a centralized approach, and now attacking the same problem with decentralization as a central tenet. The components that make up Aurora are created and maintained by Aurora Labs S.A., a company located in the Republic of Panama.

The Team Behind Aurora

Alex Wearn LinkedIn

CEO

Alex has led software and product development teams at Amazon, Adobe, IBM and other industry-leading technology companies.

With a dual MBA in Finance and Operations and MS in Design and Innovation from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, Alex specializes in leading operations, marketing, and sales analytics for cutting-edge software products. Prior to joining Aurora, he led a product management team in re-platforming their application to operate on a private Ethereum blockchain (project still in stealth mode).

 

Phil Wearn LinkedIn

COO

Former Co-founder of EtherEx, Phil has been building blockchain based companies since the time when Ethereum was little more than a white paper.

While developing EtherEx he identified the pressing need for a high performance decentralized exchange protocol, an insight which served as the basis for IDEX. Phil has a background in engineering and leadership.

Raymond Pulver LinkedIn

CTO

Ray is an avid mathematician, cryptographer, and software developer with over a decade's worth of development experience.

An expert in multiple languages, Ray has been designing secure systems on Ethereum since its inception. Ray has a keen interest in DApp scalability and the creation of real-time Ethereum applications. He designed the IDEX transaction arbiter and trading engine which together enable high transaction throughput and true market orders, features which were previously unavailable on Ethereum exchanges.

 

Brian Fernalld LinkedIn

Full-stack Developer

Full stack developer with over 10 years experience in development, product, and marketing at startups.

In addition to engineering, Brian has many years of experience in the fields of blockchain technology, product management, marketing, and design. An avid enthusiasm for fintech and a deep passion for blockchain drives Brian to build the best user experiences possible.

Forrest Whaling LinkedIn

Marketing

Forrest develops and executes award-winning marketing strategies for companies of nearly every size and vertical.

Forrest has spent over a decade driving growth and awareness for both Fortune 500 companies and tech startups alike. His results-oriented approach has earned him multiple industry awards, including the 2015 BMA Gold Key Award. As an early and passionate adopter of crypto, he uses his extensive marketing skill set to maximize the reach and success of Aurora.

 

Sonia Siok LinkedIn

Customer Experience Manager

Sonia has led a variety of Fortune 100 clients in the research, development, and deployment of enterprise software technologies.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Sonia brings her passion for product design and customer engagement to Aurora.

Advisors

Enzo Villani LinkedIn

Transform Group

Enzo has over 25 years of high-impact strategy, brand, financial communications and M&A experience.

As Managing Director for the NASDAQ stock exchange, Enzo co-founded NASDAQ Global Corporate Solutions Group. After spending six years at NASDAQ, he co-founded and became Chief Strategy Officer for the corporate communications investment fund SAGE Holdings. Prior to his current position as Managing Director of Transform Group, he was CEO of Equities.com—the world’s largest middle-market and emerging growth company content publisher. He has raised over $500M to build innovative, sector-leading companies. He holds an MBA from Cornell University.

 

Cory Klippsten LinkedIn

Cliffstone Advisors

Cory is a full-time advisor for tech CEOs, crypto projects, and VCs.

Cory has supported more than $150M of equity raises and token sales from top VCs in rounds ranging from $2-30M. He works with Distributed Network Advisors, BlockV, and Tesloop, and Aurora, among other projects. He has operated as a co-founder and C-level exec at companies including Google, McKinsey, Microsoft and Morgan Stanley. He holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from the University of Chicago.

Andy Sack LinkedIn

Founders Co-op

Andy Sack is a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur residing in Seattle, Washington.

He is co-founder of a number of companies including Founder's Co-op, Lighter capital, Innovation Arts Group, Code Fellows and Techstars Seattle. With over 20 years of experience in the technology and finance area, he has developed a great network of investors and entrepreneurs. He's recognized as a community leader in the Seattle tech scene.