Serial entrepreneurs in tech, media, and finance, as well as PhDs and Engineering leaders from Fortune 500 companies
Charles H. Silver
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.
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.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
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.
DIRECTOR OF INVESTOR RELATIONS
Rodney has an extensive background in finance and technology. He has worked in various industries ranging from banking to nonprofit and is committed to maintaining strong relationships with all stakeholders, investor confidence, and regulatory compliance.
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.
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.
Cynthia Blais Jensen
VP OF SALES
Cynthia has nearly two decades of experience working in e-commerce and advertising. She was one of the initial employees of CustomInk.com and also worked for Verizon Media, as well as starting 2 businesses of her own. Her last project was starting an omnichannel jewelry brand that partnered with Best Buy, Kohl's, Bed Bath and Beyond and many others.
VP, COMMUNITY OPERATIONS
Steven has over 15 years experience in software development and technical sales, with an exceptional ability and flare for public speaking. His passion for cryptocurrency led him to open one of the top cryptocurrency merchandise shops on Etsy, and he is experienced and focused on growing online communities.
VP OF COMMUNICATIONS
Alex has over a decade of experience in communications and marketing working with both startups and established businesses spanning multiple industries. She has worked across national and international markets, building her clients media presence and spearheading integrated campaigns to meet and exceed client expectations.
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.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR
Virginie has more than 10 years experience in IT project management for big companies (Airbus, Continental), where she successfully drove teams to deliver complex embedded software. She has been working for several years as a consultant to help companies achieve exceptional efficiency. Virginie is certified in Project Management (PMP®) and Agile Methodologies (CSM® & CSPO®).
Ashley is a CPA and CMA with more than 15 years of accounting and finance work experience at United Airlines and NRG Energy. At United, she managed accounting and finance for United Mileage Plus and United Cargo. She later joined NRG, where she managed multiple renewable energy tax equity funds and construction revolving loan fund. She is also experienced in large scale merger and acquisition transactions.
Gary J. Sherman, PhD
Gary has more than 35 years of experience as a professional mathematician, working throughout as a researcher, reviewer, and college professor.
With more than two decades of experience as a software engineer, Yuri understands what it takes to deliver brilliant applications so that the whole team can achieve excellence.
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.
Daniel brings nearly a decade of UI and UX development and software engineering experience to Permission.
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.
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETER & STRATEGEIST
A born communicator with a successful digital marketing career spanning both sides of the Atlantic, Naomi brings a refreshing creative flair and strategic instinct to further elevate Permission’s social media presence.
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
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).
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).
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.
FOUNDER/CEO OF VITACUP
Brandon is a seasoned entrepreneur and has raised millions from private equity firms for VitaCup and prior startups. Before VitaCup, Brandon founded and successfully sold Internet Marketing Inc., a 100-person digital marketing agency representing Fortune 500 brands. With deep knowledge of digital media and extensive experience from working with over 500 consumer brands, Brandon serves on multiple CPG boards and is a consultant and eCommerce advisor to several growing CPG brands.
FOUNDER/CEO OF TRANSFORM GROUP
Michael is recognized as a "top 5 advisor" and "top 100 people in blockchain". He has spent his career innovating in PR, technology platforms, and the space in between. He also co-founded BitAngels and the BitAngels Dapps Fund.
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.
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.
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.
Robin Bloor, PhD
Robin has over 30 years experience in big data and information management. He has authored books on e-commerce, service management and cloud computing.