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Orbits Bio

Richie Etwaru brings breadth and depth in his experience as a C-level Fortune 500 Company executive, one of the first Chief Digital Officers in the world, a serial author, owner of international patents, founder of multiple ventures, an experienced keynote speaker, an angel investor, a member of advisory boards, the owner of restaurants, and a recognized thought leader in the area of digital, technology, and design.

Specific to this book, Richie is an adjunct professor of blockchain management at Syracuse University in New York. He has delivered over 100 blockchain keynotes across the world and has written some of the most read blockchain blogs as of this writing. His interviews on blockchain, advisory work with governments and venture funds, and TEDx talk titled “Blockchain: Massively Simplified” delivered in March 2017 has unlocked potential and identified opportunities for hundreds of organizations.

On a personal level, Etwaru is a thinker, a tinkerer, and a bit of an intellectual threat. He debates, deciphers and decides at the velocity of thought. This is a quality most of his friends, colleagues, and family prefer he slowed. He is married to his love Vashti, lives in Edgewater New Jersey, USA, and is a lover of spicy food.

Key Coverage Areas

  • Richie covers the "so what" of blockchain as opposed to the crowded area of the "what" of blockchain. The trust gap is exponentially expanding in commerce, and humans are carrying the unnecessary burden to always trust but verify with intermediaries. Today, we the human species start every company or transaction with the automatic subliminal assumption that counterparties cannot be trusted. Richie counters this paradigm. Blockchain, mankind’s first opportunity for trusted commerce at global scale.