The future is already here.
It's just not very evenly distributed.
THE OLD WAYS ARE DYING
THE NEW WAYS ARE BEAUTIFUL
The legacy financial system perpetuates structural violence.
The time has come for new ways of doing things.
We believe systems in which you own what you own. In which no one can artificially drive value up or down. In which there is no central entity — a person, institution, or corporation — siphoning and distributing funds for its own interests.
Fairness and prosperity for all: this is the power and possibility of decentralization.
Nature does not know extinction.
All it knows is transformation.
The rise of decentralized systems and digital tokens have created volatility along with some uncertainty and confusion. But such is the nature of things: all is flux. The question is how to navigate the flow.
To prosper in this world demands a vision of the future. It demands foresight. And it demands insight.
We have lived and breathed blockchain for years — with expertise in digital asset management, ICO structuring, blockchain market consulting, distributed app development, and overall incentive modeling. This deep involvement affords us a particular know how that lets us see, think, be, and do decentralized autonomous systems.
Everything that lives is holy.
WE ARE ANATHA
Our name, Anatha, is derived from Anathapindika — "feeder of the helpless” — a lay disciple of the Buddha who, through generosity and entrepreneurism, helped Buddhism, people, and himself prosper. This is our mission: to help create new ways of transacting in which everyone prospers.
We are a team of seasoned, committed experts in our respective fields, at once knowledgeable, skilled, and above all, passionate. If you want to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Edward DeLeon Hickman
CEO & Founder
A passionate proponent of decentralization — to know Edward is to hear Edward talk emphatically, lucidly, and at great lengths about decentralization — he is Hawaii’s leading mind in the digital asset space. A certified blockchain professional with a background in both finance and digital media, Edward has personally participated in over 32 initial offerings & the launch of Hawaii’s first digital currency gateway. A staunch pragmatist and natural problem solver, Edward has a knack for creating desired outcomes in otherwise complex environments.
Chief Compliance Officer
As a believer in abundance and the fundamental importance of helping others, Ian has become deeply immersed in the legal issues of blockchain. He is a lawyer seasoned in managing issues for a range of businesses from finance, real estate, and venture capital to tech, insurance, asset management, et al. He’s travelled the world, started a non-profit for elephants, and invested in multiple start ups. In addition to studying the blockchain industry and its legal issues on a daily basis, Ian meditates and practices yoga. For him, it’s all part of the same goal of helping generate abundance in the world.
Chief Design Director
Interdisciplinary designer, photographer, & artist — Michael has over 20 years experience working with eminent brands such as Apple, RedBull, Virgin, Pixar, Samsung & TouchTunes. He was co-founder for a handful of startups, leading all aspects of design, UI & branding. For the past decade, he has been an independent creative consultant, collaborating with decentralized teams around the world. He is the founder & curator of Synaptic Stimuli and an advocate of nuance, beauty & non-ordinary states of consciousness. His other interests include biomimicry, regenerative systems, perception and simulation theory.
With a PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley — where he taught critical theory, philosophy, and film theory for over a decade — Daniel has been developing brand strategies and messaging since 1998 for some of the world’s most successful companies including FitBit, Medium, Genentech, Banana Republic, and Eventbrite, as well as a breadth of funded tech start-ups such as Leanplum and the time-series, distributed database, InfluxData. When he’s not helping companies make sense of what they’re doing, he’s writing philosophy (you can read his book, “Reading the Way of Things: Towards a New Technology of Making Sense,” published by Zero Books in 2016) and podcasting about making sense of life within a fundamentally temporal, decentered world (whence his interest in blockchain and decentralization).
For more than 20 years, Steve has created companies and helped other companies succeed by being a presciently early adopter of emergent technologies — web-based registration, HTML5 and responsive design, scrum and agile methodologies and, since 2013, blockchain. He brings his deep experience in building enterprise applications to developing better, more secure applications built on the blockchain. His passion is simplifying things, connecting the dots for end-users, and building industrial strength enterprise platforms that at once streamline and optimize processes. He’s a professional choreographer and dancer, to boot, having worked with Michael Jackson (besides choreographing for MJ, Steve was a featured dancer in the “Bad” video which, you have to admit, is something you have to put on a resume one way or another).
Chief Information Officer
With contagious calm, Jeff has been helping others with their technology needs for his entire career. In 2004 Jeff founded his own technology consulting and services company, At1 Security. At1 provides a full suite of technology solutions including managed IT services, security audits, and code reviews as well as custom development work. What drove him from the get go, and continues to fuel him, is how we can learn to practice compassion through service to others even when it might be masquerading as IT/MIS and other technology related services. So when his old friend, Edward Hickman, began telling him about blockchain and cryptocurrency back in 2013, Jeff immediately thought: Can blockchain make his technology solutions better for his clients? Can cryptocurrency provide a more equitable economic system? Having spent many years studying Eastern philosophy, yoga, and meditation, this is simply how Jeff approaches life, always asking himself: How can I do my part to cultivate awareness and compassion and help make the world a more peaceful place?
Choonsik Victor Cho
Choonsik Victor Cho is a producer and communication expert from South Korea, one of the most dynamic economies in the world. He has produced several Billboard 200 programs with the most recent single from BTS topping the Billboard at number one in August 2018. He has produced and led several programs for OBS, one of Korea’s main media giants, OTV, which is an Asian broadcasting platform that is broadcasted on EPL, Amazon, and ROKU as well as starting and curating other media platforms. His expertise in media and communications is a passion and profession lasting over 27 years across Korea and Asia. He has been involved with several startups as an venture capitalist, consultant, and creating strategic partnerships. He is a passionate explorer of life and nature.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.