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Interlinked

Interlinked

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The Future of Identity

In an increasingly connected world, we need an open source protocol connecting all entities by providing an interoperable interaction layer. This protocol will enable the efficient communication between human and digital actors using a shared identity system. Identity systems today are static, dumb, inconsistent and controlled by third parties. The Interlinked Protocol brings an interoperable digital fabric for identities. This identity is stored on the blockchain and allows for applications from digital twinning and agent-to-agent transactions to exchange data, digital assets, physical value and services in a privacy-preserving way.

Digital Twinning

In the Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution every human, object and machine will have a digital identity. This identity with its assigned data and attributes is called a digital twin. This “twin” is cryptographically preserved, accessible across the Internet, and self-controlled by the object’s owner. Because of the inherent permanence and immutability of blockchains, the integrity of each new addressable object is guaranteed. And the decentralised nature of a distributed ledger removes the temptation of authoritarian control over content that’s often an unwanted by-product of centralised identity systems. The Interlinked Protocol enables digital twin connections to directly exchange data, digital assets, physical value or services by facilitating peer-to-peer transactions.

Ownership of Personal Information

Currently, our identities are stored with centralized companies such as Facebook, Google, and financial institutions. As such, we have very little control over how our identity is monetized and protected. As we have seen with increasing frequency over the past several years, centralized identity storage has the potential to be hacked or unwittingly exposed by a single party bad actor. When our identity are controlled by centralized corporations, we do not see any benefit to the data sharing that occurs with our identity. As the saying goes, if you aren’t paying for a service, you aren’t the customer, you’re the product. By migrating to a distributed identity protocol, ownership of identity is restored to the individual and they are able to determine where their information is sold and how it is used.

Team
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Carsten Stöcker
Founder & CEO
Carsten is a physicist with Ph.D. from University of Aachen. He is also the founder of Spherity GmbH, a scalable decentral platform or the fourth industrial revolution providing secure identities and digital twins bridging the physical, biological and digital spheres. Prior to founding Spherity, he was leading the Machine Economy Innovation Programme at innogy Innovation Hub. He also worked for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Accenture GmbH. He serves as a Council Member of Global Future Network on Blockchain for the World Economic Forum (WEF). Carsten is predominantly working on use cases and business models by integrating various technologies such as cyber physical systems, IoT, cryptography and Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technologies.
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Michael Rüther
Founder & CFO
Michael has a strong cross-industry technology focus with Ph.D. on Business Computing. Dr. Michael Rüther is CFO/COO and co-founder of Spherity GmbH. Previously he worked as senior manager on IT Organization & Process Management for RWE, SMS, Demag, ThyssenKrupp and Fraunhofer.
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Georg Jürgens
Operations
Georg is an operations manager for Interlinked Protocol, responsible for bridging the vision with operations and customer needs, to ensure valuable outcome for all stakeholders of the project. His passion is getting most out of teams and bringing innovative technology to adoption. Georg previously built up an IT infrastructure consulting and training ventures as Managing Director and developed as a supply chain management platform as a product owner for one of his clients. In his years as assistance to the management board of an international retailer, he led project teams in fields of controlling, investor relations, M&A and supply chain management.
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Dimitri De Jonghe
Senior Technical Architect
Dimitri, full-stack blockchain developer with a passion for public utility networks, reviews the Interlinked Protocol’s architecture. After finishing his Ph.D. on applied machine learning to micro-electronics, he co-founded ascribe for intellectual property on the blockchain. He always likes the potential of new technologies and currently Dimitri is also the Head of Researcher at Ocean Protocol for bootstrapping data marketplaces. He is also a co-chair of the W3C Interledger community, a blockchain interoperability protocol.
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Dave Sandor
With an execution experience across traditional and non-traditional products including equity-linked, debt, hybrids, repacks, tokens, Dave combines his blockchain and finance expertise to help growing Interlinked Protocol, particularly in Asia market.
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Alexander Yenkalov
Lead Software Developer
Alexander is a Lead Software Developer with 6+ experience in Blockchain/ Ethereum, Finance and building web services based systems. His passions range from blockchain technologies to business management & analysis. With unimagined opportunities Ethereum has opened, Alexander finds his inspiration by working with people who strive to build the future of the world to benefit humanity.
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Andrey Orlov
Blockchain Developer
Andrey is a passionate blockchain developer with an extensive experience in the field of Ethereum and Blockchain. Being also a senior software engineer at ConsensSy, he is responsible for creating product architecture and working on implementation at Interlinked Protocol.
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Ricky Thiermann
Application Engineer
Ricky studies his master in Environmental Informatics at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Being one of the founding team members, he is an application Engineer at Interlinked. His interest on blockchain started with the high energy consumption of the Proof of Work consensus algorithm of Bitcoin. Aiming that there had to be a technology to put the Blockchain in for something good, not just for investment, currently Ricky writes his master thesis on development of a decentralised application in the german energy market. Prior to Interlinked Protocol, he spent two years in a Berlin based consultancy dealing with the local and international start-up scene.
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Felix Ratte
Project Consultant
Felix is in charge of partnerships and collaborations in order to advance Interlinked in the community. He studied Business Administration and Economics at the University of Paderborn. Before Interlinked Protocol, he worked for the electricity utility at RWE, and the last four years for a management consultancy with core focus on Utilities and IT Strategy & Organisation Management.
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Marius Goebel
Marketing Strategist
With 6+ years of experience in Digital Strategy Consultant and Marketing field paired with design, Marius works as a freelancer on brand & digital strategy. With his digital technology enthusiasm, he is a marketing strategist for Interlinked Protocol. He previously worked for innogy SE supporting in developing Blockchain Products, Market Strategies and Business Models.==
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Sanem Berfin Ilhan
Communications
Sanem studies her master in Communications and Cultural Studies at Philipps University of Marburg. At Interlinked Protocol she is responsible for ensuring digital marketing content and creating communication strategies. Her interest in blockchain, particularly open-source communities led her to meet with the Interlinked Protocol where she currently assumes the role of community developer.
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Abhijeet Singh Rathore
Marketing Content Creation
Pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and Social Communication, Abhijeet is a content strategist. His passion on Blockchain marketing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution brought him to Interlinked Protocol. He is responsible for developing a content strategy based on the Interlinked’s vision, maintaining editorial calendars and assisting with the technical integration of content.
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Krisk Sama
Application Engineer
Krisk is an application engineer at Interlinked Protocol, who studied Information Systems Management at the Technical University of Berlin. Apart from working with big data, he contributes to general software development as well as management related tasks.
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Vijay Gunti
Business Developer
Vijay is a professional thought leader with proven success in the areas of Digital, Enterprise Service Transformation i.e. Industry 4.0, IoT, Big Data, Blockchain. Having over fifteen years of experience, he is also now CTO at DIGIOTAI, a Digital Transformation (DX) enablement partner empowering companies with digital business solutions across IoT, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, AI.
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Dmitriy Gorevoy
iOS App Developer
Dmitriy is a Lead iOS/ Android Engineer with over five years experience. At Interlinked he works on identity wallet application to make the protocol more efficient and easy to integrate.
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Swap Mukherjee
Business Developer
Swap is an accomplished Digital Transformation, IoT and Blockchain Evangelist with over thirteen years of leadership experience in handling strategic engagements spread across business strategy and transitions. At Interlinked he is in charge of building sustainable technology and business practices.
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Franz Shönborn
Blockchain Researcher
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Sebastian Picon
Business Developer
Sebastian is a business developer with an extensive experience in the field of risk management, specialised in financial services industry. He’s had a proven ability to impact business growth and worked as a Senior Manager Risk & Operations at Daimler Chrysler and Mercedes Benz.
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Advisors
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Andreas Freund
Blockchain Swiss Army Knife of ConsenSys
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Gilles Gravier
Director for Global Open Source Practice of Wipro
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Rebecca Aspler
Director Product Management of Unbound Tech
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Pierre Samaties
Managing Partner & CEO of Innogy International Middle East
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Jennifer Wu Schwab
CFO & Head of Strategy of ScanTrust
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Daniel Santos
Token Advisors CEO
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Burkhard Blechschmidt
Cognizant Head of CIO

Partners
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