OUR MISSION

BRINGING PAYMENTS INTO THE CRYPTO AGE

Koinon’s mission is to enable merchants, consumers, and individuals to transact using any means of payment they choose, free from excessive fees, wait times, or hassles. Koinon is smashing the final barriers to simple, frictionless cryptocurrency payments for all.

 

THE TEAM

FOUNDER

MATTHEW MECKE

Matt Mecke, Founder of Koinon has more than 20 years of Digital Payment and related Transaction Gateway Experience in Asia. Having lived in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore since 1997, Matt has built, operated, funded, and publicly listed in the US 4 card processing and ecommerce merchant acceptance businesses over the last 20 years.

He built, with others, the first 14 currency regional ecommerce processing hub out of Hong Kong in 1998, which was listed on NASDAQ. The company has since merged into several other entities. He also served as Management Executive of First Data Asia in Hong Kong, where he led strategic planning, new business development, e-commerce applications, and pricing. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Value Exchange International, Inc. (VEII), a Hong Kong-based credit card processing and merchant-acquiring services company that he founded. VEII is publicly listed in the United States.

Matt brings this deep knowledge of the payments industry in Asia, and his extensive network of industry contacts in the region, to the development and growth of Koinon. The emergence of a novel payment system like blockchain and cryptocurrency is the kind of opportunity he has been waiting to help develop for over 20 years.

PRESIDENT

PAUL KIRKITELOS

Paul has been active in the startup world for over 20 years. A theoretical physicist by training, he went on to become a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Later Paul was Founder and CEO of Doral Energy, a publicly traded resource company in the United States, and he has served in an executive leadership or advisory capacity for a number of early-stage companies, including merchant payments and lending, internet video, internet marketing, medical devices, and nutritional products.

In the wake of the dot-com crash, Paul co-founded and managed a hedge fund employing quantitative strategies in the equities market. He also has extensive experience in leading executive training and financial education programs. Paul holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia and is a former Research Fellow with NASA’s Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics.

OPERATIONS MANAGER

ANDRE BAHLMANN

Andre has 15 years of industrial project management experience connecting Fortune 500 companies with Asian markets. A native of Germany and a former Master Sergeant in the Germany Army, Andre is a longtime China resident and Mandarin speaker. He has founded several companies in manufacturing and supply chain, leveraging China’s massive growth in manufacturing services. His work has covered a wide range of industries, giving him deep knowledge of the China market.

ADVISORS

ADVISOR

ANTHONY ROBINSON

Anthony is a Business Management, Development and Consulting expert with over 23 years’ experience in Asia and North America. He has many years’ experience in IT, online transaction firms and information delivery services and the financial markets. He has been involved with some of Asia’s most influential multi-national, consulting and IT companies such as Dow Jones, InterCapital, Hong Kong’s China dot Com, Japan Ecommerce and Japan’s Value Commerce (a Yahoo company).

Prior to becoming involved in Blockchain and cryptocurrency, he was a commodities and trading analyst in Shanghai, China. He does business development for FusionICO to assist foreign companies to market tech projects in key Asian markets. He also deals with Hedge Funds and investment companies trading with China’s industrial and financial core, as well as identifying investment opportunities in Asia and IT-related companies in North America.

ADVISOR

ERIC FORE

Eric is veteran corporate finance, private equity, and business development professional with over 25 years of international business experience. He was one of the pioneers of financing fintech start-ups in North America and Asia. He specialises in early stage company investments in driven, talented entrepreneurs with high growth opportunities.

He is a Co-founder, former Director and senior executive of two Africa-focussed, publicly traded energy companies. Eric has spent the past 15 years living and working in the Middle East.

ADVISOR

RODERICK RUHL

Roderick has extensive web development and startup experience with over 20 years in tech. His focus is in geospatial and sensor based applications for the oil & gas, construction, agriculture and maritime industries. Roderick is founder of MapGage and has spent over 15 years living and working in South East Asia.