Creating a successful technology company requires strategic planning, decisive action, and insightful input from expert advisors who know the landscape — without these, the business is already on the backfoot.
Thankfully, Astra has this and more. The Proof of Trust and the Astra Protocol technology has been granted multiple patents due to its quality and uniqueness. Perhaps even more importantly, the freedom to operate has been confirmed by one of the world’s most renowned IP lawyers, the Rt Hon Sir Robin Jacob.
Our technology delivery partners at IBM were the first to recognise the potential of our design. Together, we have developed multiple working products that already demonstrate the power of a decentralised assurance layer. As interest in our technology grows, more and more influential specialists have helped in our mission to provide the platform that will bring trust and assurance to public blockchains, particularly the world of DeFi. And there are few individuals better placed than technology and business expert Johan van den Arend Schmidt, who recently joined the Astra Executive Advisor panel as Chief Technical Architect.
Johan joins the Astra team from IBM, where he created and led the European Blockchain Innovation Unit. He has extensive international technology and digital transformation experience, including as CEO of CapGemini Consulting, as Partner at PwC, and his 11 years at The Boston Consulting Group. He was also an executive committee member of a FTSE 100 company. All this experience makes Johan the perfect candidate to help guide Astra to secure institutional adoption of blockchain and DeFi.
On starting his new role, Johan stated,
“The Proof of Trust is a company that I believe will truly change the world. It brings reality and trust to digital transactions. No company previously had the vision to think through where you go in a digital world when things go wrong, but The Proof of Trust did.
“The Proof of Trust provides a solution that is the quantum leap we need to bring mature services into the digital age.”
Astra’s growing Executive Advisory team is vital for the company to achieve its goal of becoming the decentralised legal layer for all public blockchains. The technical, legal and financial expertise available puts Astra in a fantastic position, allowing us to take giant leaps forward in innovation, and boost the entire DeFi market.