Jake Yocom-Piatt is Project Lead for Decred (www.decred.org). A cryptocurrency pioneer who has been using, funding and directing the creation of open-source software for 10+ years, he has been an expert source for the Chicago Tribune and a variety of industry publications. He has also been a frequent panelist and has taught workshops on cryptocurrency governance. Prior to Decred, Jake funded and oversaw the creation of btcsuite, an alternative full-node Bitcoin implementation written in go, whose source code has been used in several other notable projects, e.g. Lightning Network Daemon (lnd), Ethereum, Factom. He also is a co-creator of zkc, a high-security asynchronous chat system.