Garrett MacDonald

Boulder, Colorado

 

Email: g@cognitive.ch

https://garrett.fyi

Objective

My current objective is to utilize the knowledge of bitcoin and blockchain technology gained from my past ventures to cause systemic positive change in the world. I've found a group of passionate people to work on these innovations with and we are thrilled to revolutionize energy.

Always passionate about equal access to finance and technology, I founded the first tokenized-equity company when I was 16 years old. With a small investment of bitcoins from the initial token holders, I grew it to become a $1M company in two years. I have built blockchain infrastructure architecture and token models for leading financial institutions and startups in Europe, Asia, North America, and New Zealand. Now I focus on the intersection of blockchain and energy, specifically on token economics.

Experience

  1. Blockchain Fellow

    Boulder, CO, USA Rocky Mountain Institute (co-founder of Energy Web Foundation)
    January  2017 - Present
    • Token economics expert, leading the design and integration of a sustainable economic model for the Energy Web Foundation, while ensuring its technical feasibilty and legal compliance.
    • Developing the core business, blockchain architecture, and ecosystem around the Energy Web blockchain whie working alongside the world's leading energy companies and climate experts
    • Specialist in Blockchain technology as applied to energy, cryptography focus
    • Working with regulators, governments, corporations, and startups to implement this technology in real-world systems
  2. Token Economist

    Global Cryptodex
    June  2017 - Present
    • Designing sustainable token-economic models for many of the most successful companies in the blockchain ecosystem.
    • Designing blockchain architecture, and implementing it for corproates and startups wishing to utilize the technology.
  3. Resident Blockchain Expert

    Berlin, Germany German Technology Entrepreneurship Center
    November  2015 - January 2017
    • Working closely with startup companies from around Europe, advising fintech startups and consulting for fellow VCs prospecting investments in the blockchain space.
    • Specialist in Bitcoin, and Blockchain Development and Integration
  4. Founder

    Bozeman, MT, USA Gary Foundation

    October 2014 - Present

    • A 501c3 nonprofit, The Gary Foundation aims to cure Chondrosarcoma, the cancer that took my father.
    • Provides grants to research projects and assistance to affected families in need.
  5. Founder

    Bozeman, MT, USA Cognitive Inc.
    March 2014 - November 2015
    • Cognitive Inc. provided services in the Cryptocurrency industry, including blockchain design, Mining (SHA-256d) ASIC design, currency trading, and management consulting.
  6. Founder & CEO

    Coeur d'Alene, ID, USA Cognitive Mining LLC
    March 2012 - April 2014
    • In March of 2012, my IPO sold out within three days, initially raising 2500 bitcoins, which at the time was just over $12,000 USD.
    • I grew the company from a total $50,000 investment to a market cap of over one million dollars in less than two years.
    • Cognitive was publicly traded on three online bitcoin exchanges, and commonly regarded as the best of all the assets on said exchanges.
    • I designed ASIC hardware specifically for mining bitcoin, managed negotiations on seven-figure deals, and ultimately exceeded the expectations set in all of my agreements.
  7. Bitcoin Subprojects

    • Bitcoin Mining Bond Issuance Company -- Synergy Mining
    • Bitcoin Dispenser - Gave free bitcoins to new users
    • Bitcoin Mining Pool Development - Stabilized mining payouts from a large degree of randomness to a steady, daily stream.
    • Arbitrage. Lots and lots of arbitrage. The bitcoin markets were extremely volatile.
  8. Machinist, Technologist

    AMI Machining, Inc.
    June 2009 - December 2012
    Hayden, ID, USA
  9. As soon as I was of age (14), my neighbor John Grimm hired me to work in his extremely high-tech diemaking shop, AMI Machining, where I operated various electron discharge machines.

    • Learned much about diverse varieties of metals and how to cut them down to the hundred-thousandths of an inch using electron discharge machining technologies.
    • Performed various tasks, varying from petty chores to managing network infrastructure to operating million dollar machinery where one wrong keystroke can disable a machine for months.

Endorsements

Education

  1. Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt University
    February 2016 (Audit)
    • Cognitive Science
    • Philosophy <-> Neuroscience
  2. Montana State University
    September 2013 -January 2014 (One Semester)
    • Honors College Member
    • Philosophy
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Aviation
  3. Stanford University
    August 2012 -October 2012 (Certificate Program)
    • Cryptography I
    • Cryptography II
  1. Coeur d' Alene High School
    September 2009 -June 2013 (High School Diploma)
    • FIRST Robotics: Lead Designer, Lead Driver, and Programmer
    • Crew/Rowing: Four-year Varsity Letterman and three-year Captain
    • Senior thesis: The Controversy of Automated Intelligence