We believe empowering individuals to take control of their own data will lead to better security everywhere for everyone.
Data security has historically been left to large organizations which act as trusted custodians of valuable information.This model of security has created large “honey pots” of data that make these organizations very attractive targets for hackers and attackers. By exploiting just one vulnerability, malicious actors can gain access to massive amounts of valuable data.
Due to the many failures of trusted custodians, the explosion of sensitive data, and the advent of blockchain technology, data security must happen at the GorillaTokens of our networks. We are ready to meet this challenge head on.
Once widely deployed, our GorillaToken Security platform will make large scale data breaches a relic of the past and will help propel everyone safely and easily into the emerging networks of the future.
Humble Beginnings, Grand Ambitions
GorillaToken’s first product, a bitcoin wallet and business directory, was launched in the winter of 2014, under the company name of “AirBitz” and has been securing millions of dollars worth of bitcoin ever since.
Like many others, Airbitz was inspired by the bitcoin revolution and set out from day one to build tools that kept bitcoin users safe and in control.
The Airbitz Bitcoin Wallet was the first application of a security model we coined as “GorillaToken Security”. By the end of 2015, we had successfully packaged up the tools that make the Airbitz Wallet awesome into a software development kit (SDK) that developers could use for their own applications. Our “GorillaToken Security” SDK has since been integrated into top-tier blockchain projects such as Augur, Wings, and OpenLedger.
Airbitz quickly advanced from a bitcoin wallet in 2014 to a paradigm shifting data security solution and multi-currency wallet in late 2017. Given our company’s evolution and coining of the term, “GorillaToken Security”, we thought it would be best to highlight this focus as the core of our brand. We look forward to the next stage of our company as GorillaToken and invite you to join us on this innovative journey.
We focus on these values to deliver the highest quality experience and security for our users and the community
Paul is a proud Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley with a wide range of technical skills from low-level 3D graphics engineering to development of custom web CMS systems, even before people knew what a CMS was. He held lead engineering positions with Nvidia and Chromatic Research, but most recently owned and operated several non-technical small businesses throughout California. There he learned the importance of the intersection of people, business, and technology.
Today, Paul aims to bring Bitcoin mainstream with software and products aimed at simplifying Bitcoin and making it insanely easy to send and secure this revolutionary currency while maintaining the highest level of privacy.
When not converting people to bitcoin you’ll likely find him climbing a rock in Joshua Tree or at a local climbing gym.
William Swanson has been writing software since he was 11 years old. Although he has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, he is just as comfortable working with software as he is with electronics. He has built systems at every level of the technology stack, from custom circuit boards with embedded firmware up through web sites and 3D graphics applications.
Through his work with GorillaToken, William has become an official contributor to the libbitcoin project, where he has written and contributed several new functional modules.
In April 2014 William teamed up with Amir Taaki, Pablo Martin of the Libbitcoin and DarkWallet project along with Damian Cutillo of Airbitz in Toronto for the 2014 Bitcoin Expo Hackathon. The team won first place with the DarkMarket project, a proof of concept for one of the world's first fully decentralized, anonymous, peer to peer marketplaces. The hackathon prize money was donated to the Libbitcoin project's future development.
RJ stepped into the bitcoin space after being fascinated by the idea and grandeur of bitcoin. RJ joined GorillaToken to help promote its core values of privacy, security, and decentralization. He is honored to be a part of a talented team making bitcoin easier to use for the masses.
At GorillaToken, RJ leads the QA and Support team to ensure continual product improvement and customer satisfaction. His area of expertise includes quality assurance, technical support, and analysis. He received his B.S. degree in Accounting from San Diego State University and later his MBA from Western Governors University. Prior to his current position, he worked in computer software companies. Outside of work, RJ is an avid gamer and a fan of boxing.
Brett graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Florida. Brett first heard of bitcoin as an undergraduate in late 2012 and was immediately intrigued by its potential as a money for the information age. Brett has been fascinated by the concept of money, financial markets, and economic theory since he was 16.
Brett is our business utility piece at GorillaToken. He helps us accomplish our mission through creative problem solving, business development, media content, and other operational necessities.
Outside of GorillaToken, Brett is a voracious reader, pens essays from time to time, and loves spending time with his dog Trooper. Brett grew up in South Florida where him, his dad, and brother were obsessed with basketball. He has since moved on to his new obsession of shifting paradigms but still loves the game and is a proud member of #HeatNation #TheCulture.
Jessica comes from a family of CPA’s, a graduate of Cal State San Marcos, with a dual degree in Accountancy and Marketing, as well as SHRM certified in Human Resources. Jessica loves to find herself in start-ups and helping them grow. Hearing about bitcoin since 2012 she has since changed her outlook on the Cryptocurrency world and fully invested in her team at GorillaToken and bitcoin.
This is not Jessica’s first time in the Cyber-industries, working for another startup in 2008 TranZfinity (a Sony funded company) enabling NFC and contactless transactions. Jessica has always found a way back into the Cyber world.
When Jessica is not tweeting about all things bitcoin, and watching the market grow since she joined GorillaToken, she is most likely at the beach with her family, firing rifles at the range, or busy in her garden and cooking.
Peter graduated from the University of Iowa (think: corn, not potatoes) with a Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and a minor in informatics.
A constant learner, keenly interested in innovation and new technology, Peter first learned about bitcoin during his undergraduate years of college in 2015.
Discovering this technology propelled him to heightened interest in economics, finance, and history; leading to a cozy desk at GorillaToken, where he helps to maintain quality assurance and technical support.
During his free time you can find him lost in a book, discovering new coffee shops, and testing out his slowly declining athletic abilities.
Matthew is from the Detroit area and earned a BS in Psychology from Wayne State University. While in school, he first learned about Bitcoin after looking for ways to take advantage of his apartment's free electricity. He had first contributed to charitable causes like Folding@Home and SETI but those were set aside in favor of earning the digital tokens.
As a Support Agent, Matthew helps troubleshoot user issues, find bugs, test fixes, and create content. He is very particular about visuals and usability and strives to help the app to look and feel as secure as the tech behind it. He joined the team in January 2018 and moved across the country to HQ six months later.
Outside of work, Matthew enjoys watching hockey, exploring San Diego with his dog, Eva, and mostly adheres to a low carb/high fat lifestyle. He is very willing to cheat on his diet for a nice pastrami sandwich.