I am a co-founder and CTO of SKALE Labs, an elastic sidechains project. Prior to SKALE I co-founded Galactic Exhange, a big data infrastructure company, and Cloudessa, a cloud security company. Earlier I was a co-founder of Aspect Labs, a cryptography lab affiliated with the US government, where I validated security of cryptographic protocols for hundreds of software and hardware products. Before that I was an early engineer at Ingrian Networks, a cryptography startup founded at Stanford University by Prof. Dan Boneh, as well as a core team member at Java Virtual Machine, Sun Microsystems. Before moving to industry, I was a researcher at Stanford University and at Los Alamos National Lab, where I was named Director's Fellow. I hold Ph.D. Summa Cum Laude (Otto Hahn Medal) in Physics from Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems, Germany.