FOUNDER, BLOCKCHAIN NEWS & PARTNER, BLOCKCHAIN PARTNERS
Regarded as a major publisher and voice for Blockchain among the Blockchain community, Canadian entrepreneur Richard Kastelein works primarily as a startup advisor, publisher, event designer and speaker.
Kastelein is also currently standing in as interim Chief Marketing Officer for Humaniq.co – a Blockchain startup focussing on banking for the bankless in emerging economies.
He came into the Blockchain ecosystem by starting the first ever online magazine dealing with Blockchain technology outside of Bitcoin oriented themes, Blockchain News. Currently, his day to day work is running the popular publication as Editor-in-chief. He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 15 of the Blockchain Power 100 List.
He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc. Kastelein also sits on the steering committee of the Blockchain Ecosystem Network – a global organisation dedicated to bringing Blockchain to the mainstream.
He sits on the advisory board of a number of Blockchain startups – two doing Initial Coin Offerings ICOs (Cryptofinance vehicle) – DECENT and InChain – as well as a stealth Blockchain startup working with Hyperledger. He designed and ran Hack for Energy Blockchain hackathon in The Netherlands in 2016 and is working on Hack the Chain in London in 2017.
In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.
Most recently Kastelein spent five years in the TV Industry where he helped major broadcasting companies such as the BBC, ABC, Channel 4, CBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Liberty Global, Seven Australia, Foxtel Australia and others with innovation strategy. He left TV business for Blockchain in 2014.
As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and crypto-currency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.