Blockchain is hard. If we don’t make it simple, then companies will struggle to use it and our society will fail to realize its significant promise.
Kaleido is a ConsenSys company dedicated to the growth and adoption of enterprise blockchain in ways that will transform how we all build economic, social and political systems, together
On May 15th, 2018, Kaleido transformed from stealth ConsenSys spoke to a leading enterprise blockchain solution born from ConsenSys’s venture studio incubation model and has partnered with Amazon Web Services to offer a new service, the Blockchain Business Cloud.
Why? We’re all familiar with the promise of blockchain--more efficient processes, new business models, a more inclusive society.
With organizations becoming increasingly eager to capture this potential, why are we not seeing greater, faster enterprise adoption? To date it’s been a struggle to move experimental projects forward into live production networks. We are seeing lots of PoC and pilots but many are stalling or even quietly abandoned.
Why is that? Blockchain is hard. Getting a consortium online and running a production blockchain is very hard. Building and operating a live blockchain network requires skills that are in short supply and a shared IT infrastructure across all involved parties, which has proven to be difficult and costly up until now.
But with Kaleido it doesn’t need to be. We believe in helping enterprises set a new pace in exploiting blockchain potential. The Kaleido mission is to simplify and accelerate the development and deployment of blockchain-based distributed trust systems for the modern enterprise.
Kaleido, a Blockchain Business Cloud, is the first product to bring the dramatic simplicity of a Software-as-a-Service to the blockchain space, advancing well beyond the current generation of blockchain services which are typically quickstart scripts and templates. This holds the promise of changing the economic equation of blockchain projects and significantly speeding up enterprises’ entire journey to adopt the technology.
Blockchain is hard, but with Kaleido, it doesn’t need to be.
Founder & CEO, Kaleido
Steve Cerveny is a founder of Kaleido, a Consensys Enterprise Business. The group is based in Raleigh, NC. Steve began working with blockchain in 2015 helping shape the community and develop new commercial approaches to meet unique enterprise demands. Steve has over fifteen years of experience in emerging technologies building, launching and growing enterprise products in a variety of business and technical roles. Prior to ConsenSys he worked at IBM in their Blockchain, Cloud and Software business units where he oversaw the creation of over a dozen cloud services and managed a strategic portfolio of software products. Steve has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Engineering from Case Western and an MBA from Duke University.
Sophia Lopez is a founder of Kaleido, a Consensys Enterprise Business. Sophia began working with blockchain in 2015 helping shape the community and develop new commercial approaches to meet unique enterprise demands. Prior to Consensys, Sophia led IBM Blockchain Platform product portfolio with responsibility to drive the IBM Blockchain business by developing high-value offerings to help clients achieve better business outcomes through adoption of this new technology.
Sophia has held various positions in IBM where she has shaped business vision and strategy, developed creative solutions to complex technology problems, and achieved strong business results as a Profit and Loss (P&L) Leader with responsibility for multi-billion dollar lines of business responsible for cross-functional and cross-geo teams.
Sophia has an engineering degree from Harvard University and an MBA from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She recently completed the Impact Center Women’s Executive Leadership Fellow Program. Sophia is an Adams Apprenticeship Advisor, and a coach & judge for startup initiatives such as Launch the Venture and Carolina Challenge programs sponsored by Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Co-Founder, Head of Engineering, Kaleido
Peter Broadhurst is Kaleido’s engineering lead, with 15 years experience at the intersection of Enterprise middleware, cutting-edge Cloud architecture and mission-critical customer engagements. Uniquely qualified for as-a-service Enterprise Cloud delivery, he has been the technical steward from inception to delivery of Enterprise grade services through multiple generations of Cloud architecture. Peter’s specialist domain is Enterprise middleware, having worked at every stage in the software delivery lifecycle of the core Messaging, Application Server and Integration middleware technologies that will interface with the Blockchain. Much of this experience has been on-site with customers, diagnosing and code-fixing the seemingly impossible on production systems, as well as acting as a trusted advisor role to customers across the globe - particularly in the ASEAN region. Peter understands first hand the challenge and opportunity of IT transformation, as an influential servant leader for a large software development team transformed to an empowered squad-based culture building Microservices, through continuous delivery and DevOps. He believes Blockchain can be the engine block of transformation in Enterprise, and that the nascent potential of the technology has the power to transform the way we do business - if it can only be unlocked.
Jim Zhang is a co-founder of Kaleido, an active member of the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance Quorum Workgroup and has contributed to the Quorum open source project code base. Jim is also a maintainer of the Hyperledger Fabric project, responsible for the node.js SDK and node.js chaincode support. He has also held a Senior Technical Staff Member role as IBM’s blockchain platform lead architect. Jim received a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Fudan University in China, and a Master's degree in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University. He has 15 years of experience in building diverse range of enterprise systems including SaaS, enterprise mobile, and Java EE.