Karthik Iyer

Mission: To positively impact humanity and the planet through tech

Karthik is a polymath, serial entrepreneur, inventor and scientist. He has been featured as a key thought leader in fields such as Blockchain, AI and Quantum Computing.

One of The First Blockchain OG's

Karthik has spent his entire life contributing to the decentralization and P2P Economy, he set up the first linux user group in his city back in 1997 and since then went onto work for all the leading open source companies in the world such as Red Hat, SuSE (Novell, Sun Microsystems (Solaris) and TerraSoft Solutions (Yellow Dog Linux), perhaps the only human to have worked for all the large open source companies in the world. He started with decentralization of software and went onto decentralizing all forms of production and consumption, due to his outstanding work in decentralization he was invited to become the ambassador for the P2P-Foundation, the world’s largest think tank on decentralized technologies such as Blockchain (The only place where Satoshi Nakamoto has his webpage and the place where he published the first bitcoin client and whitepaper) . Due to his P2P-Foundation link Karthik has been part of the Crypto History and has been researching Blockchain and crypto currencies as early as 2008 and actively writing and tweeting since 2011.

He is one of the early miners of Bitcoin, traded BTC at MtGox in 2011 and Ethereum in 2014. Karthik introduced decentralization and the Peer2Peer phenomena to the world as early as 2010 at FSCons 2010, Scandinavia’s largest tech conference. He is sometimes called one of the First OG of Crypto. With over 100+ blockchain investments in 10 years he has accumulated massive network and phenomenal wisdom on investing in the crypto space. He advises and invests through leading cryptofunds around the world. He has helped startups grow and scale from a few members to hundreds of employees globally through his venture growth builder BlockchainVelocity. He was recently interviewed by the largest Blockchain site in the world Coinmarketcap on his 10 year journey in Blockchain where he discussed the evolution of Blockchain and where the industry is going in the next decade.

The First OG

Accolades

Accolades

Karthik was recently featured among the Top 25 Thought Leaders of the Blockchain industry in Asia. He is the Founder of Asia's first end-to-end Blockchain and Digital Assets Research firm BlockchainMonk. Karthik has been an advisor to various governments around the world on Blockchain Technology and Policy, he was recently commended for his outstanding work to support the Government of Bhutan towards building its Blockchain policy. He was nominated by Asiaone Magazine for the prestigious 40 Under 40 Youth leaders for 2021-2022 in Asia for his work to seed and nurture Blockchain ecosystems in Asia and the middle east. Iyer has delivered dozens of keynotes and over 50 panel discussions and fire side chats over the last 2 decades

Blockchain Research Projects

With over a decade of involvement with the P2P-Foundation, Karthik has been sharing his expertise with various research projects around the world in areas such as sharing economy, decentralization, Peer 2 Peer systems and Blockchain.

He was the only non-European to be part of the largest EU research project on peer 2 peer value. He assisted the EU in understanding the disruptive potential of Peer 2 Peer value systems such as blockchain. He advised the heads of the largest banks and insurance firms in Europe on the potential of decentralized finance and blockchain technologies and shared his findings at LIMRA way back in 2014! He was commended by various funds and institutions for calling the largest crypto crash in human history months before it happened.

Research Projects

Karthik shares his research often at leading conferences. He was tasked to research the implications of Blockchain in a post covid world, He is spoke on Decentralization Technologies in a Post Covid world at the Radical Exchange conference along other eminent speakers such as Vitalik Buterin, leading professors from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, LSE and ministers from various countries. He was tasked with a research project on the role of Fed in regulating Blockchain the findings of which he shared when he spoke alongside chairman of India’s FED on Crypto and Fintech innovation in 2021. Karthik has diverse experience and has keynoted, advised and contributed to almost all aspects of the Blockchain / Crypto Ecosystem.

He has expertise in over a dozen blockchain domains and has conducted and published high end research on topics such as

Central Bank Digital Currencies | Facebook’s Diem | Decentralized Finance (DeFI) | Security Token Offerings |

Digital Asset Management | Bitcoin core | Ethereum | Token Economics | Blockchain led Decentralization |

Non Fungiable Tokens (NFT’s) | Blockchain in e-Gov | Blockchain in ESG

and successfully executed dozens of Blockchain projects around the world over the past decade.

NFT’s and Metaverse

NFT’s and Metaverse

He is considered a leading expert on NFT’s and Metaverses and predicted their rise way back in 2019 at NFT.NYC (the largest NFT event in the planet where he has spoken 4 years in a row).

Karthik’s firm BlockchainMonk has been working with various leading brands to unlock the potential of NFTs and Metaverses.

He has spoken at or keynoted at over a dozen metaverse events such as the Metaweek, infinitverse, Wow Summit among others.

Tokenomics and STO’s

Considered a thought leader in the crypto space his Master class on Tokenomics was attended by hundreds and was livestreamed to thousands around the world is considered to be the gold standard in the industry. He is often invited to advise on econometrics of various web3 projects and has helped push the envelope in econometrics research applied to crypto tokens.

Having been a part of the first Security token offering in Singapore he was invited to speak alongside Polymath and Securitize on the STO landscape at the Chainplus summit in Singapore where he shared his expertise on executing STO’s.

Tokenomics and STO’s

He Spoke on the Emerging Landscape of Security Token Offerings at the CryptoBlockCon in Las Vegas. He shared his insights on upcoming STO regulations at the Hatch Crypto Summit. He spoken on Digital Securities and Globalization 4.0 at the Blockchain Center in Singapore where he shared his experience of advising one of the largest STO’s in Europe, Torus Global. His keynote on STO’s is one of the most cited in the industry.

Banking and Fintech

Banking and Fintech

He is regularly invited by leading banks and Fintech firms to advise and speak on the disruptive nature of Blockchain and Smart contracts. He was invited to speak alongside the heads of Largest Banks in Indonesia on the Transformative Potential of Blockchain in the banking industry where Iyer shared his experience of executing Blockchain projects for Banks and Fintechs.

He was invited to Keynote at the largest fintech event in Vietnam alongside the heads of the leading banks in Vietnam at the Future of Finance Vietnam Summit where he described how DLT tech will challenge banks in the coming decades. He was invited to conduct a Blockchain innovation workshop for the heads of the top banks in Malaysia.

He advises leading fintech companies on Blockchain Disruption, Karthik was invited to advice and mentor Paypal on Blockchain Disruption for Payments. He was the Keynote speaker at Nasscom GIC and spoke to CEO’s of leading global Bank on DAO’s. He spoke on the coming Crypto world and its disruption in the payments space at the BANSEA-PayPal Summit. Karthik spoke alongside the Finance secretary at the Government of India, the Chief co-ordinator of India’s G20 leadership and the top CFO’s in November 2022 on how Blockchain’s can help India navigate in an uncertain world. Karthik was involved in a 100 day research project on the impact of Facebook’s Libra on the Global Financial System and the Crypto industry, he spoke on his research in Countries like Singapore, Hong Kong among others.

E-Governance & Enterprise Blockchain

Karthik has advised governments and semi governmental institutions. Karthik was invited by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh to speak on Blockchain at the largest Fintech Event in India. He was recently invited to speak at the prestigious CFA Society on the audit compliance aspects of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. He spoke alongside various world leaders on Blockchain & cryptocurrencies from a policy perspective at the Global Partnership Summit. Karthik recently spoke at India’s largest Blockchain Business Conference along side global experts on Blockchain policy and regulatory landscape.

E-Governance & Enterprise Blockchain

He has contributed immensely to the growth and proliferation of DLT tech through his talks and mentoring around the globe. He was invited to speak and was felicitated by the Jain International trade organization (JITO) for his work on Blockchain. He spoke to a packed audience of Entrepreneurs at the Prestigious EO Organization on the need for entrepreneurs to build Blockchain based innovations. He was invited to speak at the largest Crypto event in Eastern Europe Cryptospace Moscow. Karthik conducted a master class on ICO’s and keynoted at the Global Blockchain Summit in Singapore. He keynoted at the Dubai Blockchain Summit where he educated the audience on crypto token design. Karthik was invited to keynote on Blockchain Disruptive innovations at Crypto Economy Conference in Mumbai where he spoke on the economics of Cryptos.

Karthik has worked extensively on Enterprise Blockchain adoption and mentored various organizations around the world. He spoke at the prestigious IIT Madras Research Park India’s top Engineering school on the Disruptive Potential of Ethereum and its use cases in the Enterprise. He was a mentor at the Fintegrate, India’s largest Blockchain Buildathon and was part of the CXO Panel where he described the massive list of use cases for DLT’s in improving organizational effeciency. He Spoke on the enterprise Blockchain applications beyond Fintech at the Singapore Blockchain Summit. He spoke alongside Consensys and Standard Charted Bank on Blockchain application in Banks at the IEEE Blockchain summit, where he shared his extensive experience from Blockchain implementations in Banking and Financial services.

Karthik has been passionate about topics such as financial inclusion and sustainability. He Spoke in Boulder, co on the 10 trillion $ opportunity that Blockchain offers for people at the bottom of the pyramid in the Asian Continent in Discon.io where he shared his experience of implementing Blockchain’s for poverty eradication. He spoke alongside some of the most successful ICO’s in the world such as Bancor, Cosmos at Decentralize.sg on the need to leverage blockchain for sustainable living practices.

In the News

In the News

His views have been widely published, in leading main-stream media across the planet

  1. Interviewed for the ‘Future of Money’ TV series on Bitcoin as early as 2013, he is often interviewd on TV such as CNBC, NEWSX and regularly quoted by leading newspapers such as The Economist, DN, Economic Times on crypto currencies, AI and Blockchain
  2. Frequently writes for leading Magazines such as Entrepreneur and is often quoted by global magazines such as Forbes
  3. His book on Open innovation is widely read and used as course material for Masters and PhD students

Artificial Intelligence, Hardware Design & Entrepreneurship

Karthik is a serial entrepreneur and founded Asia’s first applied Artificial Intelligence and social discovery company in the matching space. His smart matchmaking solution Spouseup used social networks such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter etc to find matches, the company was acquired in 2017. He was featured by leading magazines and newspapers such as the Economist, Forbes, Times of India and others as a top innovator in the AI Space. He was part of the team that built one of the first tablet devices (before the iPad); successfully exited in 2008. He was a also a mentor for the worlds first wireless mech company that used blockchain to secure its network.

Artificial Intelligence, Hardware Design & Entrepreneurship

Cyber Security & Cyber Defense

Cyber Security & Cyber Defense

During his tenure at leading global companies such as Red Hat, Novell and Sun Microsystems, Karthik specialized in infrastructure related cyber defense and cyber security.

He did training sessions for various Governmental and Private Institutions on Securing networks, operating systems and applications using a wide arrary of tech such as firewalls, Intrusion detection systems, application Armour, tripwires etc.

He was invited to speak alongside the top cyber security experts from India and Abroad at India’s largest cyber defense conference - NASSCOM DSCI. He has delivered thought leadership pieces on cyber defense at various organizations around the world.

Quantum Computing

Karthik has been an avid follower of the Quantum Computing space since 2011 and has been an enthusiast.

He started QuantumHermit in 2018, a platform to progress the Quantum Computing ecosystem.

He Started QuantumHermit labs an R&D division of QuantumHermit focusing on Quantum Key Distribution, Post Quantum Cyphers, Applied Quantum Neural Networks to Machine Vision and Solving complex combinatorial optimization problems using Quantum circuit QED Machines.

His research also involved the impact of Quantum computing in Crypto. He has been interviewed widely on Quantum tech and has been a pioneer in the South Asian region in the quantum computing space.

Quantum Computing

Scientific Research (Ecosystem Building)

Scientific Research (Ecosystem Building)

Karthik spent 4 years at the University of Oslo as a PhD candidate where he learnt to do state of the art scientific research. He published close to a dozen papers in leading international journals and conferences on the topic of building Platform Centric Ecosystems which are today key for the Survival of Blockchain projects. Karthik has contributed to pioneering research in the field of ecosystem building. During his PhD he also taught various masters courses and worked with leading scientists from Europe and the US. Some of his work on informatics and information economics was highly appreciated.

Karthik has helped build ecosystems for various Blockchain protocols over the past decade. Karthik has a broad and illustrious education background from some of the TOP Schools in the world.

  1. MBA from Fudan University and Norwegian Business School, the leading business schools in China & Norway
  2. Pursued his PhD at the university of Oslo (yet to defend his thesis)
  3. MS from KTH (the leading technology school in Sweden)
  4. B.E in IT from India

Geopolitics, Emerging Markets and Foreign Policy

Karthik was invited by the Norwegian Government in August 2018 to Speak at the largest Political Event in Norway alongside the Norwegian Foreign Minister and other Key dignitaries. He spoke on Geopolitics and Innovation in the South East Asian Context and Indo – Norwegian Collaboration.

He was invited to speak alongside the leaders of India and Japan at the Global Partnership Summit, where he spoke on how technology can unite nations.

Geopolitics, Emerging Markets and Foreign Policy

Karthik has been keenly interested in history and geopolitics, while pursuing his MBA at Fudan he published a series of papers which became the most downloaded papers of leading geopolitical journals. His Research paper on China is the most downloaded paper in the history of a leading journal and is used as course material for teaching students & professionals around the world.

He was the First Indian Columnist at the largest selling business newspaper in Norway DN where he wrote extensively on emerging markets. He Helped various Scandinavian and American companies expand into Asia. Karthik has deep networks across the Asian continent in various countries and has access to various governments in the region.

Philanthropy & Non-Proft work

Philanthropy & Non-Proft work

Karthik is passionate about non-profit work. He heads a project that donates used computers to rural schools and has helped set up computer centers in economically backward villages in India. He regularly donates a portion of his earnings to non-profits such as Save the children foundation and is actively engaged in social service programs such as feeding the poor and homeless.

He has a strong interest in spirituality and has meditated with monks in monasteries in India, Thailand and Japan. He often speaks at Spiritual Centers such as Auroville

Get in touch

Write to me at karthik@blockchainmonk.com