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Cryptic Labs adds two Nobel Laureates in Economics to spearhead Economics Advisory Board
World’s leading economists to advise blockchain companies on game theory and macroeconomics
Palo Alto, CA — September 11, 2018 – Cryptic Labs, the leading commercial research lab dedicated to solving fundamental security problems to advance the growth of blockchain technology, has announced the addition of two Nobel Laureates in Economics — Dr. Eric S. Maskin and Sir Christopher Pissarides — to its Economics Advisory Board. The additions to the Board will provide insights in incentive mechanisms, game theory and macro-economic policies, bolstering the institute’s mission to address the lack of blockchain industry expertise in both fields.
The addition of these two world-class experts will enable Cryptic Labs to offer clients research-based insights that will guide their innovations. Dr. Maskin of Harvard University will focus on game theory and mechanism design, with an emphasis on how blockchain companies can guide user incentives at a company level, while Dr. Pissarides of the London School of Economics will provide expertise on macroeconomic trends.
The two Nobel Laureates will provide their expertise to a team which includes Cryptic Labs’ Chief Scientist Dr. Whitfield Diffie, the preeminent cryptographer who won the 2015 Turing Award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing” – forming a unique trio of globally recognized authorities. The trio was brought together by Herman Collins, an accomplished executive search expert, who also leads Cryptic Labs’ Human Capital Advisory initiative.
Humphrey Polanen, Co-founder and Managing Director of Cryptic Labs, said: “I am honored to welcome two of the world’s highly regarded experts in economics to our Economics Advisory Board. For the first time in the industry, Drs. Maskin and Pissarides will offer unparalleled expertise and insight to the blockchain industry, providing nuanced understandings of behavioral economics to our clients. The new members of our Economics Advisory Board provide the expertise for us to live up to our mission to fill critical and essential gaps in the industry. These experts and other economics advisors will help our client companies navigate complex problems, advising them on blockchain economics and helping them craft the incentive systems they need to ensure adoption and growth.”
Dr. Pissarides brings an intricate understanding and expertise in macroeconomics, focusing on the effect of the labor and money supply at a macro level. Pissarides specializes in the economics of labor markets, macroeconomic policy, economic growth and structural change, and was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in the economics of markets with frictions.
Sir Christopher Pissarides said: “Blockchain is the most exciting development in financial markets in recent years, but we still don’t know enough about it to recommend a wholesale transition of all our transaction records to blockchain. Cryptic Labs impressed me with their mission to improve the service offered by blockchain technology, as well as the diversity and expertise of their team. I look forward to working with the team at Cryptic Labs to to leverage my expertise in macroeconomics to help companies improve the use of blockchain, make it more secure and more widely accessible, and examine the implications that it has for trade, financial markets and economic performance.”
Dr. Maskin, who won a Nobel Prize in 2007 for laying the foundations of mechanism design theory, will provide Cryptic Labs’ clients with strategic guidance on game theory and incentive structures in blockchain systems. He is currently the Adams University Professor at Harvard and continues to publish research in the fields of game theory, contract theory, social choice theory, political economy and other areas of economics.
Dr. Maskin said: “I think that blockchain technology is potentially important for a modern economy. Most discussions of blockchain technology focus on technical issues. I am more interested in the economic value such technology can bring. I believe that my background in economics and mechanism design should be useful for that purpose. Cryptic Labs is examining blockchain in interesting ways, and so I was glad to join the team.”
The two Nobel Laureates join a team of experts in advising companies on industry solutions, ranging from blockchain infrastructure to artificial intelligence and networking, to guide them in their design processes and help assess their economics.
For more information about Cryptic Labs, or to learn more about opportunities with the Economic Advisory Board, please reach out to Herman Collins, Chief of Human Capital at Cryptic Labs, or visit crypticlabs.org.
Cryptic Labs Co-founder Humphrey Polanen is available for interview.
About Cryptic Labs:
Cryptic Labs is an innovative research accelerator primarily focused on solving fundamental problems in security and economics to advance the viability and growth of the blockchain. They function as a unique accelerator advisory with expertise in security, privacy and economics, offering collaboration on research, talent acquisition and mentorship for companies. For more information, visit crypticlabs.org.
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