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

Head of Product

Brian is a multidisciplined serial entreprenuer with over 10 years of experience in executing product, development, and marketing strategies at startups.

From the early 2000s, Brian has developed and lead large networks of content and product websites. Coming from Jawbone as a full stack staff software engineer, Brian has many years of cross functional leadership experience in blockchain technology, software product, 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

Business Development

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

Richard Schaeffer LinkedIn

Liquid Holdings Group

Richard Schaeffer is the founder and executive chairman of Liquid Holdings Group, a provider of trade execution and back-office systems for active and institutional asset managers.

Richard is the former chairman of NYMEX Holdings, Inc. and of the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. As chairman, he spearheaded the exchange’s transformation to an electronic trading platform, along with its listing and IPO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and eventual sale to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) in 2008. Richard also served as chairman of the board of the NYMEX Charitable Foundation during his tenure with the exchange. He has previously served on the boards of Sacred Heart University and The University Of Maryland’s School of Business.

 

Cory Klippsten LinkedIn

Cliffstone Advisors

Cory Klippsten is President and Chief Investment Officer of DNA, which provides funding, strategy and consulting for the world’s highest potential decentralized networks.

Before jumping down the crypto rabbit hole, he operated as a startup advisor and founder, worked for Google, McKinsey, Microsoft and Morgan Stanley, and earned an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago. He grew up in San Francisco and Seattle, split 15 years between New York and Chicago, and now lives in Santa Monica with his wife and two young daughters. His hobbies include basketball, history and travel (Istanbul and Barcelona are favorites).

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.