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Meeco - the distributed technology powering consent and personal data

data control for your digital life​

Access, control and share personal data on your terms​

The solution that restores data trust between people and organisations

manifesto

Up until now the power to capture, analyse and profit from personal data has resided with business, government and social networks. What if you and I had the same power?

Up until now the power to capture, analyse and profit from personal data has resided with business, government and social networks. What if you and I had the same power?

Imagine the power if that capability could be transferred to you, to help you capture a life view of your habits, spending, preferences and your journey through life.

If we fast forward to the not too distant future, smart technology and by default data will be captured by everything we touch; cars, refrigerators, homes, running shoes, mobile devices, transports systems and of-course our online habits.

Our vision is to create a place for everyone on the planet to get equity and value in exchange for what they share.

To make this possible we want to create a sovereign place where people will realise the accumulation of every day data as a growing and valuable asset, for themselves and for their children.

This vision is born from a desire for disruptive anarchy; we want to change the status quo in order to create new forms of equity. We do not accept the premise that individual’s information can or should be traded without their involvement or reward.

Meeco was conceived by looking backwards from the future. Over the past decades we have been entertained by visions of what the future might hold through iconic films such as Blade Runner and the Minority Report. The shared themes are of a world where tailored, relevant content and advertising is seamlessly delivered to individuals using biometrics and location – demonstrating the holy grail of marketing… the ‘segment of one’. In order for this to be realised a number of key factors would first need to be possible.

  1. A digitally and socially connected world – people and things.
  2. Powerful analytics – the quantified everything.
  3. Storage capability and real time access – personal clouds.
  4. Ubiquitous computing – mobile, wearable and networked devices.
  5. The Me Economy – who we are, our preferences, our wants, needs and our interactions.

Organisations like Google, Facebook and Twitter have enabled the realisation of 1 and 2. We agree to the terms and conditions in exchange for giving up our privacy and control.

The emergence of data farms together with cloud capability have dramatically reduced the cost of processing and storing data, and achieve the requirement of 3. Personal Clouds now make it possible to own, store and share everything we hold precious.

Apple and Samsung have carved new markets for mobile devices and helped people move seamlessly between their PC, music device, phone, tablet and TV. Thanks to the cloud, content can be access across all devices simultaneously, taking care of 4.

And now the challenge – who we really are, what we really want… our real segment of one. Despite the power of analytics and the data collected by Facebook, credit providers, governments and insurers there still remains significant gaps in forming an accurate picture of us; our true likes and loves, dislikes and preferences.

Our vision is to create the environment for 5 to be realised, a sovereign place where people can harness the capability of a connected, analytical, accessible mobile world. A personally controlled marketplace where people can say “look, this is really me – I am more than my last Amazon purchase”.

In order to achieve our vision we understand the importance of building a place where people feel safe and confident that their data is theirs, that they own it. We appreciate that we are emotionally driven by a few uniting core values:

  • A desire to be part of something, to be safe, secure and taken care of
  • A desire for adventure, discovery and access to new ideas
  • A desire for sovereignty which gives us power and control.

That is why Meeco is about a social disruption. It is time for the Me-Economy, for the business model to be customer to business instead of the other way around. We want to foster autonomy and equity, so that people can calculate their share of value, instead of organisations calculating their share of wallet.

pioneering personal data since 2012

team

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Katryna Dow
Founder & CEO
Katryna Dow
Founder & CEO

Katryna Dow is the founder and CEO of Meeco. She has been pioneering personal data rights since 2002, when she envisioned a time when personal sovereignty, identity and contextual privacy would be as important as being connected. Now distributed ledger, personal clouds, mobile technology, AI, Internet-of-Things and regulation such as the GDPR and Open Banking have converged to make Meeco both possible and necessary.

In 2011, she co-founded a think tank and incubator to explore commercialisation and business models across the emerging personal information sector. In early 2012, she wrote the Meeco Manifesto, and confident in strategy development and business model she founded Meeco in August of the same year. Katryna initially self-funded Meeco, before raising seed capital in January 2014, enabling Meeco to launch its first public platform in July 2014.

Katryna speaks globally on privacy and data innovation and currently serves on two IEEE standards working groups; Co-Chair for the Personal Data and Privacy Committee, part of the Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems, and Chair for the new P7006 - Standard for Personal Data Artificial Intelligence (AI) Agent.

She is the co-author of the blockchain identity paper ‘Immutable Me’ and co-author/co-architect of Meeco’s distributed ledger solution and, most recently, the White Paper on Zero Knowledge Proofs for Access, Control, Delegation and Consent of Identity and Personal Data.

Prior to Meeco she founded and operated a strategy consulting practice. As a consultant, Katryna has extensive global experience in strategy to execution roles in start-ups to major corporate change and implementation and projects. Katryna has held leadership positions and delivered projects in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, United States and India. Her industry sector experience includes information technology, financial services, health services and human resources.

Katryna currently splits her time between Australia and Europe, where Meeco has offices and development teams.

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Greg Embleton
Chairman
Greg Embleton
Chairman

Greg Embleton has been appointed as the Chairman of Meeco. He is also the CEO of the Secure Value Exchange (SVX) Group, now a strategic partner and major shareholder in Meeco.

Greg is a senior executive with over 35 years’ global technology and executive experience. He has held the role of CIO for a number of large Australian domestic and international corporations where he has been instrumental in leading substantial growth and transformational change programs.

Through the breadth and depth of this experience Greg has forged an astute understanding of both the key challenges and opportunities facing businesses as they embrace and manage technology solutions and organisational change.

As CEO of a number of Australian businesses, Greg consistently delivers growth in both customer and shareholder value. Through his drive and direction, the companies under his control have received industry accolades and a number have been the subject of successful acquisition. His experience, knowledge and pragmatic approach is reflected in the respect he has earned across business and technology sectors in Australia.

Greg is a proven transformational leader who believes unreservedly in the importance of data security, privacy and data innovation. As Chairman, he brings this commitment and his extensive knowledge and experience to help Meeco realise its full potential.

Greg has tertiary qualifications in Information Technology and Accounting and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. In addition to his SVX and Meeco Board roles, he also sits on the Advisory Boards of three Australian companies.

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Marc Peskett
Finance Director
Marc Peskett
Finance Director

Marc Peskett is a director, advisor and business consultant with extensive experience in helping innovative start ups achieve global scale. Marc has over thirty years’ experience in accounting and management consulting, holding senior positions with Arthur Andersen and William Buck & Company before formally establishing the MPR Group in 1997. MPR Group (now Prime Accounting and Business Advisory) is a leading accounting firm, specialising in services to meet the special needs of innovative and fast growing entrepreneurial businesses.

Since selling out of the MPR Group 2018, Marc is now an independent consultant, director and board advisor. Marc currently sits on the board and advises a number of fin tech companies, local and international biotech’s, a digital publishing company as well several not for profits.

Marc is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia.

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Neil Campbell
COO
Neil Campbell
COO

Neil has more than 30 years experience delivering business value through Information Technology across a broad range of industries, and he is still passionate about ensuring customers get what they need. He has worked in a diverse range of organisations ranging from major enterprises to small start-ups, and covering a wide range of industries including Media, Publishing, Digital, Telecommunications, Health Services, Pharmaceuticals, Gambling and Financial Services. This diversity of industry type and scale of operations has helped Neil hone a set of skills that enable him to adapt to the needs of any situation.

As Chief Operating Officer of Meeco, Neil is responsible for bringing together all the elements of the organisation to understand our customer’s’ needs and to deliver and support Meeco’s products and services in operation.

Prior to Meeco, Neil has successfully driven large scale programs of work for complex stakeholder groups, with world-first digital solutions and mission critical application deployments to his credit. Most recently Neil has been responsible for bringing product to market for a start-up organisation in the Financial Services sector.

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Jo Vercammen
CTO​
Jo Vercammen
CTO​
Expertise: Blockchain, Functional Analysis, Node.JS, BizTalk, API Management, Project Management

Jo Vercammen is the CTO of Meeco; a personal data & distributed ledger platform that enables people to securely exchange data via the API-of-Me with the people and organisations they trust.

In 2017, Jo co-founded Juru; a Belgium based start-up developing an identity platform using blockchain technology. The focus was to improve the administrative and privacy aspects of modern digital life, through reducing the friction of onboarding to new products and services. Jo successfully led the team to deliver a range of innovative solutions for Digipolis and the City of Antwerp. Projects included GDPR management and enabling young people to develop a competency profile to document their extra-curricular achievements.

In addition to his role as Juru co-founder and managing director, Jo was a senior researcher and lecturer on Blockchain at Howest University College for Applied Science. He was approached to teach based on his early Bitcoin experience, having launched the first Bitcoin exchange in Belgium in 2013.

This expertise rapidly evolved to providing professional services to companies starting blockchain and bitcoin projects. His software engineering and product development experience resulted in the provision of technical services and business support on product roadmap for open platform architecture, blockchain, API management and microservices.

From October 2019 Jo together with his Juru technical co-founder and development team joined Meeco. As CTO he is supporting Meeco’s global growth and expansion through the development and delivery of Meeco’s product portfolio including FinTech and RegTech solutions for Open Banking, PSD2 and GDPR.

Jo is an active member in the identity and blockchain community, a contributor to a range of standards and identity working groups including the Decentralised Identity (DIF) and Hyperledger Foundations, along with speaking globally at FinTech and Identity events.

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Derek Munneke
Chief Architect and Head of Engineering​
Derek Munneke
Chief Architect and Head of Engineering​
Expertise: Enterprise integration, open standards, mobile computing platforms, patents in presence based network entities

Derek is passionate about how technology can change the world for a better future. He has developed and implemented solutions across Australia and around the globe. From developer to chief technology officer, to investor and chief executive officer, Derek has a broad view of technology past, present and future. 

As the Head of Engineering since Meeco’s inception, Derek provides architectural and technical leadership for the Meeco platform ensuring the technology underpinning Meeco is not only consistent with the organization’s goals and objectives but also adapting and scaling to the changing needs of the emerging global personal data marketplace. He has been instrumental in building and maturing all software and API development of the Meeco platform and of the Meeco Labs testing and learning environment. With vast experience in all aspects of the software lifecycle across industries such as media, telecommunications, finance and government, Derek brings a passion and dedication to developing innovative software that scales. 

Derek has driven privacy and data consent projects for Meeco, including with two global telecommunications companies, two Australian telecommunications and media companies, two multinational financial services corporation, an Australian postal company and a European telecommunications company.

Prior to Meeco, Derek's experience included responsibility for the successful delivery of Telstra's Project Chameleon, a user personalized mobile portal; Eccosphere, a social utility for mobile devices; Australian Marine Catalogue, a harmonization of marine spatial data infrastructure; among others.

Derek led the Meeco team to win best project for the August 2017 Australian Payments Council Sydney Hackathon for the implementation of a loyalty concept on top of the Open Bank Project APIs.

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Jan Vereecken
Chief Product Officer
Jan Vereecken
Chief Product Officer
Expertise: Functional analysis, SAP expert in Service Module, Ruby on Rails, React, Elixir, Python, Postgresql, System Administration (Linux), Project Management

Jan Vereecken is the Chief Product Officer at Meeco; a personal data & distributed ledger platform that enables people to securely exchange data via the API-of-Me with the people and organisations they trust.

In 2017, Jan co-founded Juru; a Belgium based start-up developing an identity platform using blockchain technology. The focus was to improve the administrative and privacy aspects of modern digital life, through reducing the friction of onboarding to new products and services.

In his role as Juru co-founder and technical leader, Jan defined the architecture for several projects at Digipolis. Projects involved GDPR management and a ‘Business Rules Engine’ product, that enabled Antwerp City to assign access and management rights to (self) managed teams via their platform ecosystem of city services.

Jan is an experienced IT professional with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) domain expertise. His focus has been on innovation within enterprise teams, leveraging his start-up and entrepreneurial experience in leading teams. Specifically, he was retained to develop solutions to manage costs and increase operational efficiency.

Prior to Meeco and Juru, Jan was involved in several other start-ups, responsible for the architecture design together with the development of software services. Throughout Jan’s IT career he has been involved in ventures where he was responsible for determining the underlying technology decisions that would enable performance at scale. It is this expertise that he brings to his role at Meeco; directing the development of products, application of patents and integration with SVX that form the Meeco API platform.

Jan is actively involved in applying the Standards from various working groups including verified claims, consent management and identity. Together with active participation in the blockchain community.

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Mars El-Bougrini
Head of Design / UX
Mars El-Bougrini
Head of Design / UX

Mars works with leadership to help shape the creative direction and design at Meeco, as well as working closely with the engineering teams providing UX and visual design solutions across all products.

Prior to working with Meeco, he had over a decade of experience working in both software development and design. This unique multidisciplinary approach has informed his expertise as a designer and creative director with an eye for innovation. Mars has also worked extensively as a freelancer and consultant which honed his strategic approach to interactive design and user experience. His work reflects his understanding of the importance of designing experiences that are a joy and easy to use.

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Stephen de Bruin
Full Stack Developer​
Stephen de Bruin
Full Stack Developer​
Expertise: Ruby on Rails, React, Angular 2, Redux, .NET MVC, Serverless

Stephen has worked extensively on Meeco API development, Meeco hybrid app development and across the Meeco operations stack.

His experience includes: 

  • Full stack Ruby on Rails, react, redux and angular developer on Meeco API and Meeco suite of platforms, Web, iOS and Android
  • Implementing the containerization of the Meeco API using Docker and Kubernetes
  • Server side development for Meeco Labs demonstration for major European Telco
  • Implementation and design for professional service organisations collecting and managing sensitive user data
  • Enabling the shift to more open cloud based architecture by refactoring existing applications to make use of microservices such as Elastic Search
  • Implementation of data anonymization to make data readily accessible and useful for predictive algorithm creation and detailed, scalable search architectures
  • Development on international fundraising platform for iOS and Android involving strict standards of privacy, data and financial control and reporting

Stephen was a team-member of the winning project for the August 2017 Australian Payments Council Sydney Hackathon for the implementation of the Open Bank Project's API

In addition to Meeco, Stephen has also worked on development projects for enterprises, start-ups and not for profit organisations.

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Yuri Leikind
Full Stack Developer​
Yuri Leikind
Full Stack Developer​
Expertise: Erlang, Elixir, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, React, Postgresql, AWS, Linux server administration

Yuri is an experienced software development generalist with a extensive track record of projects and technologies used.

Yuri started his career in 1999 working as a Computational Linguist. He worked in areas such as developing a formal grammar for English, a Part-Of-Speech tagset and a tagger for German, resolution of anaphoric relations in English patents, and focus resolution in questions in a Natural Language interface for a search engine.

Having written quite a number research prototypes, Yuri got fascinated by more industrial software development and in 2002 he quit the domain of Computational Linguistics and began his career as a software developer.

Throughout his career Yuri used a number of technologies such as Perl, PHP, Java, Ruby, Javascript, and AWS working on web applications and web services for various small and medium size businesses in Belgium, and mobile application backends.

Yuri developed and maintained an open-source Ruby On Rails plugin which was downloaded more than 267,000 times from the Rubygems package repository.

Pursuing his interest in distributed and concurrent programming Yuri co-founded an Elixir meetup group in Brussels in 2014.

His current software stack is the Erlang platform with which he seeks to tame software complexity with Event Sourcing, Command Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS) patterns, and test-driven development.

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Josh Douglass-Molloy
Full Stack Developer
Josh Douglass-Molloy
Full Stack Developer
Expertise: Javascript, NodeJS, React, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, RSpec

Josh's professional experience includes:

  • Design and development of single-page applications in React
  • Development of Ruby on Rails backend for digital book viewing platform
  • Writing shell scripts in Ruby to process data
  • Development of Rails microservices, along with appropriate unit tests and documentation using RSpec/Swagger
  • Implementing frontend Javascript code to interact with Rails APIs

He performs both backend and frontend development tasks for Meeco, as well as some administration of Amazon and Azure cloud services.

Josh has also been active in Adelaide's independent game development scene, co-founding a rapid game development club at The University of Adelaide, as well as submitting several games of his own to international hackathons.

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Linas Išganaitis
Full Stack Developer
Linas Išganaitis
Full Stack Developer
Expertise: Ruby, Elixir, PostgreSQL, Javascript, React, Redux, AWS

Linas is an ambitious information technology enthusiast with a solid experience in software development.

Linas started as a HTML5 game developer Linas and gained substantial knowledge in Javascript and UI development.

He was a member of a team which received investments from Microsoft and Nokia and won the AppCampus Grant 2014 for a HTML5 based strategy game.

During the following years of his career, Linas worked on a number of projects. He gained a range of technical skills developing, deploying and maintaining mobile application backends, implementing responsive designs and integrating API’s.

Linas is enthusiastic about clean and quality code and he follows the best practices of test and behaviour driven development.

Focusing mainly on web development, Linas is also keen on exploring and learning about the latest trends in other technologies.

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Vijay Shiyani
Full Stack Developer
Vijay Shiyani
Full Stack Developer
Expertise: Java (Spring), C# (.NET), DevOps , CI/CD – JENKINS, AWS, JavaScript, TypeScript, AngularJS, Angular2+, JQuery, Ionic 2+, RDBMS, NOSQL

Vijay is a passionate full-stack senior developer with strong technical experience.

He has a passion to get things done, and also comfortable delivering across strategy and tactical execution with the ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

He has been involved closely with SVX to conceive, design, build, test and deploy the full-stack solutions. Prior to working with SVX, he helped develop a full-stack solution to small companies and enterprises.

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Zak Barbuto
Full Stack Developer
Zak Barbuto
Full Stack Developer
Expertise: Ionic1, Ionic 2+, Cordova, JavaScript, TypeScript, NodeJS, Continuous Integration (CI, Jenkins), AngularJS, Angular2+, React, JQuery, SQL, Express, Loopback

Zak works across a range of platforms and frameworks including Ionic, Cordova, JavaScript, NodeJS, Angular and React.

His experience includes:

  • Web team lead and Web developer in AngularJS, Angular2+ Ionic, NodeJS and Cordova
  • Code owner and project maintainer of the opensource Loopback NodeJS API Framework
  • Lead developer for personal services iOS API server currently in use in Australia, USA and Canada including recurring automated payment system
  • Development of iOS and Android hybrid app for enterprise clients managing private sales contracts
  • Developing internal continuous integration software to automate build tasks, deployment and testing
  • Responsible for implementing continuous integration and automation systems to facilitate quality control and good system design. Zak is responsible for leading Meeco’s front end development
  • Developer of custom developer tools to aid angular development and debugging
  • Experience in other cross platform tools including react native and flutter.

His primary experience is working with start-up projects but he also has a passion for not for profit and projects for purpose. Outside of Meeco, Zak is a code owner and project maintainer of the Loopback NodeJS Framework (http://loopback.io).

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Michael Drozdowski
QA & Developer
Michael Drozdowski
QA & Developer
Expertise: Objective-C, JS (Angular, Ionic)

Michael is the Lead Tester, first line support and development since the launch of the Meeco Platform.

He started working with Meeco iOS applications and now has an extended skill set that includes:

  • Meeco's Ruby/Rails API Testing and development
  • Managing, monitoring and educating on compliance and development requirements for GDPR and privacy by design including drafting of policy, and terms and conditions
  • Involved in the testing and development of the Meeco-X app for Android, iOS and the browser-based progressive Web application
  • Lead Tester for the work management platform App, based on Meeco Technologies for a national consulting engineering firm
  • Lead Tester of the MeCast Application
  • Lead Tester of the CtrlShift Personal Information Economy 2016 Conference App - built on the MeCast application's Technology.
  • Lead Tester and Development of the MyData 2016 Conference Application, built on the MeCast application's Technology.
  • Involved in the Testing, Development and Co-ordination of the Meeco Labs program, creating and testing solutions for 2 Major Australian Telcos, 2 Major European Telcos, a Major multinational financial services corporation, and Australian Federal Government and Enterprise including Australia Post.

Michael was a team-member of the winning project for the August 2017 Australian Payments Council Sydney Hackathon for the implementation of the Open Bank Project's API.

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Bharat Shori
QA / Test Lead
Bharat Shori
QA / Test Lead
Expertise: Agile SDLC, Testing, Release Management, Quality Assurance & Documentation

Bharat is passionate about product quality and proficient in viewing the product from product users' perspective. Bharat has extensive experience in various industries including Banking, Finance, Pharma, Healthcare & Surveillance/Security while working closely with executive level personnel.

He is responsible for overall quality processes and testing activities of the product development.

Before coming to Meeco Bharat worked for companies of various sizes in Australia, India and USA. He has succeeded in management roles, working as Senior Manager at Oracle (HSGBU) overseeing a team of manual & automation test engineers.

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Greg Urand
Business Development
Greg Urand
Business Development

Greg Urand is a dynamic, resourceful and resilient individual who has achieved a record of success in a broad range of roles and industries. An accomplished hands-on senior executive, with over 25 years management experience, Greg started his career in Melbourne as a Qualified Youth Worker, studying the behaviour of young people in a wide variety of circumstances.

Greg has been in the IT industry for the past 20 years, owning a small training business for 10 of those before going on to run other companies, both local and global, achieving both increased revenues and profits.

Greg gained a lot of experience as the Managing Director of an International Software company specialising in business management software. Notably, Greg was National Sales Manager for CCH, part of Wolters Kluwer. In this role, Greg established a very strong network and reputation in the Accounting industry across Australia.

With industry experience spanning mainly Accounting and Finance related software, Greg is proud to join the Meeco Group in revamping the way in which Accountants and Financial Planners engage with their clients.

In his spare time, Greg is a father of four, enjoys golf, a keen boater often out on Sydney Harbour most weekends. He is also a volunteer with Marine Rescue NSW Port Jackson Unit where he holds the positions of Unit Commander and Coxswain.

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