Devon Read

San Diego, California, US

Founder & CEO of Blockchain Technology Group
Devon's Skills
Marketing
Product Management
Design
Background

About Devon

In 1996 I worked tech support for a dial-up ISP, where I learned that people struggle with disruptive technology, but persist nonetheless.

In 1998 I started a digital video production company and learned how to use computers to turn metal pipes into lightsabers.

In 2001 I joined the Marine Corps Reserves so I could blow stuff up one weekend a month and two weeks a year.

In 2003 I invaded Iraq and learned a great deal about life, death and the realities behind geopolitics.

In 2004 I got a job at Apple where I learned you can turn employees and customers into evangelists if you can convince them you're trying to better the world. Also that high quality hardware and impeccable design are worth the extra cost and effort.

In 2006 I deployed to the Horn of Africa, stood watch in 140+ temps and came to the conclusion that the War on Terror is only fueling hate, fear and pain in the world.

In 2007 I started working in the visual effects industry and watched it migrate away from Hollywood and spread out around the world, enabled and supported by internet proliferation into emerging markets.

In 2010 I started an iPad accessories company and learned how to design a hit product but struggled to make overseas manufacturing jive with my values.

In 2012 I made the decision to manufacture our products locally with ethical practices and sustainable materials.

In 2014 I founded Blocktech to apply bitcoin's core technology to industries in need of disruption by hatching new blockchains and blockchain browsers and releasing them fully open-source.

Work Experience

CEO

Blockchain Technology Group

January 2014 - December 2016