Muneeb Ali is a computer scientist and internet entrepreneur known as the Co-Founder of Stacks and Executive Chairman of Hiro, a platform building developer tools for Stacks, the network that enables apps and smart contracts for the Bitcoin blockchain. Ali is also the CEO of Trust Machines, an independent entity that enables the largest ecosystem of Bitcoin applications and needed platform technologies. With over 15 years of experience working on internet protocols and distributed systems, Ali’s expertise focuses on bringing apps and smart contracts to Bitcoin. He is known for the regulatory framework that resulted in the first SEC-qualified offering for a crypto asset, and as the co-author of Protothread and Proof-of-Transfer (PoX) consensus. Ali is one of the main characters in George Gilder’s book Life After Google and was a technical advisor to the HBO show Silicon Valley. He also gives lectures on cloud computing at Princeton and his research publications have over 1,700 citations.
Muneeb is known for his doctoral dissertation which formed the basis of the Stacks network.
His work is focused on sensor networks, blockchains, and cloud computing.
In 2019, he convinced the SEC regulators to allow his company to start a token offering under Reg A+ exemption, becoming the first to do so.
In 2020, he released a legal framework for non-security status of Stacks. He also holds a patent which is being used by Hiro Systems PBC.
He has raised $75M USD in funding from investors like Union Square Ventures, Y Combinator, Lux Capital, and Winklevoss Capital, among others.
MEDIA & APPEARANCES
In 2016, Ali spoke at a Ted-X conference about challenges of Web 2.0 and goals for Web 3.0 ecosystems.
He has also spoken at other conferences such as Token Summit, Digital Asset Summit and Blockstack Summit.
He appeared in the Amazon Prime Video Rizqi Presents: Blockchain show.