Team

Ryan Gray
Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer

A veteran of the cryptocurrency world, Ryan has invested in multiple currencies since late 2012. He has invented a number of the already working alpha and beta projects in System9. Ryan is our idea machine.‚Äč

Sam Blan 
Co-Founder & COO

Sam is a hands-on leader with a unique vision and a seasoned track record in corporate, international, and regional positions. Technology enthusiast and a problem solver experienced in startups of all kinds. Nuanced agility, tempered judgment, and entrepreneurial talents are some of his hallmarks. Skilled at making quick decisions and the unwavering determination of follow through.

Pete Sokolow
Co-Founder & CEO

At age 21, Peter was the youngest member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where he served for 15 years. Peter believes cryptocurrency can be used to forge new opportunities for all participants in the market by removing the barriers between people, places and businesses.

Kevin Wright
CTO

From infrastructure to development, Kevin acts as the gatekeeper of all that is technical. His well-rounded knowledge, decade of experience, and out-of-the-box thinking ensures that System9 is at the forefront of technology.

Chris Martinez
Lead Developer

Chris is an experienced Developer and Software Architech with a history in System Administration and Software Support. He has 10+ years working with Python and PHP and 2+ years working with NodeJS. His focus has been in working with APIs to build applications to aide with automating processes and cryptocurrency interfacing such as exchanges and wallet management. He has taken recent interest in working with automation tools such as Ansible/Terraform to explore their potential in fields such as Infrastructure and App Deployment. During his time away from the screen he is a hobby screen printer and very passionate about coffee and being a home barista.

Matthew Schellhas
Business Development / Risk Management

Matthew Schellhas worked as an NFA registered Commodity Trading Adviser & VP of Finance for a FINRA Broker-Dealer. Currently he is a level 3 candidate working towards the CMT Designation. He believes  distributed ledger tech is an economic force of disintermediation and a key transmission mechanism in global deleveraging.

Mark Grayson
Junior Developer

Mark discovered the programming world on his eleventh birthday when he received a spiral-bound reference guide and an Atari XE game system. Years later and having developed a love and passion for storytelling through games, he founded the Game Design Club in his senior year in school and raised over $2000 hosting tournaments to purchase textbooks and software to build games in their lunch hour and after school. Some years high school, Mark had his first taste of professionally programming automation tools while he worked as a Game Master for Nexon America. In 2008, Mark joined the Army National Guard and was sent to the Presidio of Monterey to learn Mandarin-Chinese. In 2016 he served as a database administrator for his aviation unit while deployed to Kuwait, and returned to attend college majoring in Computer Science. In 2018, he met Sam and joined the team at System9 and now works to develop software that will shape the future of fintech in the world.

Advisory Board

Todd Elsberg
Managing Partner at 37North Capital, former COO of RocketSpace Inc., Advisor to Rubicon Point Partners. Todd helps companies scale.

Gabrielle Knable
Founder of ADM Startup Advisory
Former VP at $400m VC Fund
Former TMT Analyst at SAC Capital Advisors/Point72

Brad Yasar
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Advisor, Strategist, Architect, Entrepreneur, and Angel Investor. Founder of Blockchain Investors Consortium (BIC), KrowdMentor and Beyond Enterprises.

Usman Shaikh
Founder & Managing Attorney, US Law Group +Former Corporate Attorney at Seward & Kissel LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP +Former Business Affairs at ICM +Bar Admissions in CA, NY, NJ.