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Micah Winkelspecht

Founder & CEO

Micah Winkelspecht is the CEO and Founder of Gem, a Venice, CA-based company developing blockchain application platforms to enable companies to securely collaborate and exchange data around shared identities. Gem has applications in healthcare, automotive and supply chain. When Winkelspecht first founded Gem, the company offered security-as-a-service for developers building on top of Bitcoin. As blockchain technology grew in popularity, Gem was increasingly approached by financial institutions to apply the security technology to other digital assets. Gem designed GemOS to expand security beyond digital assets, and apply it to identity, data, and logic frameworks that can be implemented on a blockchain. Today, Gem works with leaders in finance, healthcare, insurance and beyond.
Winkelspecht has been active in the blockchain industry since 2012, when he made his first investment in Bitcoin. Winkelspecht established an active Bitcoin community in Los Angeles and grew it to over 1,000 members. Winkelspecht is also a significant contributor to the blockchain developer community and is the author of MoneyTree, a popular open-source library used to create blockchain wallets and the first Ruby implementation of a Bitcoin HD wallet.
Winkelspecht has a long background in building products. Prior to his contributions to blockchain technology, Winkelspecht spent over 10 years developing software for companies including AT&T Interactive, Guide Financial and Pose.

Winkelspecht received his Bachelor’s degree from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship and International Business.

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