Exceptional Leaders

Serial entrepreneurs in tech, media, and finance, as well as PhDs and Engineering leaders from Fortune 500 companies

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Charles H. Silver
CEO
Charles is a successful entrepreneur who has founded and exited in 5 startups in technology, media and finance. He co-founded Reality Shares, which has 7 publicly traded ETFs including the first Blockchain equity ETF. In the dotcom era he built RealAge which was successfully sold to Hearst for over 9 figures.
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Robin Bloor, PhD
TECHNOLOGY EVANGELIST
Robin has over 30 years experience in big data and information management. He has authored books on e-commerce, service management and cloud computing.
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Hunter Jensen
CTO
Having launched his first website in 1998 and first iOS app in 2008, Hunter has been at the forefront of the software design and development industry for over 20 years. He is a distinguished speaker, author, entrepreneur and thought leader in the digital world, well-known for leading teams to release best-in-class web & mobile products, including for Samsung, Cisco, Salesforce, Avalara, and many more.
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Joe Underbrink
CHIEF DATA SCIENTIST & MATHEMATICIAN
Joe has been innovating in data science for over a decade. As a core mathematician and data scientist at Algebraix Data, he was instrumental in the development and application of Data Algebra to database management systems. Prior to Permission, he also spent several years using machine learning and AI to develop predictive and prescriptive analytics tools for EOG and 3M.
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Bobby Petersen
VP OF MARKETING
Bobby is a successful entrepreneur and marketing expert. At a young age, he rescued a fledgling promotional tent business and eventually exited at a 20x multiple. He has since founded several companies in multiple industries, including an international race business which broke attendance records in Australia, and is a proven guru at driving audience growth and has ultimately recorded over $100mm in direct lifetime sales.
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Matt Erhart
VP OF FINANCE & COMPLIANCE
Matt holds FINRA Series 7, 66, and 24 licenses and brings more than 9 years of regulatory compliance and financial experience to Permission.
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Jenny Silver
Chief Marketing Officer
Jenny has over 20 years of executive experience in brand strategy, business development, and communications. She is an attorney and leadership consultant, and has served as a strategic advisor for numerous businesses and nonprofits.
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Therese Fahy
HR & CONTROLLER
Therese is Permission’s Jack of All Trades. She currently runs the accounting, human resources and payroll divisions of our company.
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Gary J. Sherman, PhD
FOUNDING MATHEMATICIAN
Gary has more than 35 years of experience as a professional mathematician, working throughout as a researcher, reviewer, and college professor.
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Daniel Hiltbrand
SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Daniel brings nearly a decade of UI and UX development and software engineering experience to Permission.
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Peter Holmes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
With a background in psychology and neuroscience, Peter is a UX guru that focuses heavily on information architecture and UI design. He is an expert in all things digital strategy, from system architecture to development, marketing, monetization and beyond.
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Robert Morris
MARKETING MANAGER
Robert is a Swiss Army Knife of marketing talent. He loves digging deep into challenges, coming up with strategic solutions, and telling meaningful stories through branding.
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Zack Reboletti
CONTENT STRATEGIST
Zack is the Owner of Web Focused, a Chicago-based marketing consultancy that has driven results for 100’s of businesses from brick and mortar to Fortune 100.

Board Of Directors

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Eric Ervin
CEO OF BLOCKFORCE CAPITAL
Eric is co-founder and CEO of Blockforce Capital, an award-winning ETF issuer and index provider. Prior to Blockforce, Eric served 14 years as a Certified Financial Planner practitioner and a Chartered Financial Consultant at Morgan Stanley. He has extensive expertise in alternatives, e.g., dividend swaps, long-short equity, and quant-based cryptocurrency strategies. In 2019, Eric was chosen to be a member of the CFTC Virtual Currency Subcommittee for the Technology Advisory Council (TAC).
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Brad Murdoch
EXECUTIVE VP, STRATEGY & PRODUCT, LIGHTBEND
A seasoned strategist and product manager, Brad has held executive roles in biz dev, marketing and operations for early and growth stage companies in the professional open source, cybersecurity and enterprise mobility markets, including for JBoss (acquired by Red Hat), Prevoty, Framehawk (acquired by Citrix), Nukona (acquired by Symantec) and OpenSpan (acquired by Pegasystems).
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Bill Ingram
AVALARA BOARD MEMBER
Bill Ingram served as CFO and Treasurer of Avalara Inc., where he completed their IPO and secondary equity offerings, launched SOX/404 internal compliance, and consolidated multiple strategic acquisitions. He has previously served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Khan Academy, held various executive roles at Leap Wireless, and founded Nuera Communications, where he was CEO.

Advisory Board

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Richard Li
GENERAL PARTNER AT ALPHABLOCK.COM
Richard has been investing in blockchain since 2012. He has advised several successful cryptocurrency offerings and is a seed investor in Permission.
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Andrew Essex
CEO AND FOUNDER, PLAN A
Andrew is an award-winning journalist, former CEO of Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, and former CEO of Droga5.
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Ichiro Minamikawa
CEO OF COINTED JAPAN, FOUNDER AT BLOCKCHAIN TOKYO
Tokyo-based Ichiro Minamikawa founded 10 companies in 30 years. He is CEO at Cointed Japan and director of several FinTech and HealthTech companies.
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Rob Gregory
CEO OF POST-INTERRUPTIVE, FORMER PRESIDENT OF WHOSAY
Rob Gregory is a media veteran with over 30 years experience in advertising, revenue growth, and brand strategy. Before joining Permission, Rob served as co-founder and President at WhoSay & as President of The Daily Beast, as well as Publisher of Maxim and Rolling Stone magazines.