Joseph Lubin (entrepreneur)
Joseph Lubin is a Canadian entrepreneur. He has founded and co-founded several companies including the Swiss-based Ethereum, a decentralized cryptocurrency platform, and is founder of ConsenSys, a Brooklyn-based software-production studio.
As of February 2018, Forbes estimated Lubin's net worth between one to five billion dollars.
In early 2014, Lubin was Chief Operating Officer of Ethereum Switzerland GmbH (EthSuisse), a company working to extend the capabilities of the type of blockchain database first popularized by Bitcoin, and extend the capabilities of the blockchain to store programs in addition to data, as well as facilitate, verify, or enforce the negotiation or performance of smart contracts.The new generation of distributed crypto-secure databases with smart contract functionality has been referred to as "Blockchain 2.0"
Lubin was also involved in the creation of the Ethereum Foundation, a Toronto-based non-profit organization to be a "nonpartisan industry body, made up of [a cross-section of] industry players. It [is intended to] make sure the Ethereum infrastructure works fairly and independently ... like ICANN for the Internet."
He subsequently founded ConsenSys in 2015.
Lubin has been personally involved in cross-industry groups attempting to advance solutions to governance issues in the blockchain industry.