Patrick Byrne
In 1999, Patrick M. Byrne launched, which achieved its first profitable quarter in 2002, and its first full year of profitability in 2009. In 2016, had revenues of $1.8 billion in its seventh out of eight straight years of profitability.

Having gained familiarity with blockchain technology at the heart of digital currencies such as bitcoin, Byrne created Medici Ventures, a subsidiary within building blockchain-based financial technology solutions. In 2015, Byrne used Medici’s securities trading platform to become the first person to purchase a digital bond entirely on the blockchain. Patrick made history again in December 2016, when issued the first shares ever traded on an alternative trading system (ATS), utilizing distributed ledger technology.

Patrick Byrne received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and Asian studies from Dartmouth College, a master’s in philosophy from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, and a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University.