Founder, CEO | CoinCircle
Erick is an entrepreneur and investor. Erick is currently the founding CEO at CoinCircle, a new blockchain startup with a bold vision to “tokenize the world”. He’s also a founding member of the UCLA Blockchain Lab, a collaborative community of blockchain advocates on a mission to advance the progress and development of blockchain technologies. As an entrepreneur Erick has been in founding roles with several startups; two have had great exits. Erick’s last startup where he was the founder, CEO and the largest investor pioneered smart glasses and was Snapchat’s first acquisition. As an investor Erick founded Hyperspeed Ventures, where he invests in the dreams of audacious entrepreneurs fixated on executing huge ideas that will make massive impacts in the world. Hyperspeed has made daring early bets in world changing startups for example, Quantum Computing, Genetic Editing, Space 2.0 Rocket / Satellites, and Electric Jet companies, just to name a few. Erick works hard every day to position himself at the precipice of new explosive waves of technological change and the massive new opportunities that emerge from them. He also has over 15+ years of software engineering and technology management experience. He has participated in the Artificial Intelligence computer science program at Stanford, the Venture Capital and PE program at Harvard, has an MBA from UCLA as well as a Masters in Business from the National University of Singapore. He’s presented globally at a number of high profile tech events such as SXSW, Siggraph, TEDxStanford, has co-authored several globally published books, and was even nominated for a technical Academy Award for a 3D software simulation system he wrote in 2007.