Conflict of Interests Statement

This is a public statement by Bob Summerwill, last updated 2nd December 2019, giving a full enumeration of his associations and financial arrangements.

Bob first announced the creation of this statement on Twitter on 29th November 2017:

“I have made a Conflict of Interests Statement on my website and will keep it updated in perpetuity. We are not playing games. We are now talking to heads of state, central bankers, Fortune 500 CEOs, etc. Ethics and transparency are critical.”

This statement is made in the spirit of full disclosure, to avoid any possible future accusation of conflict of interests or unethical financial conduct.

TODO – Version-control this document in git, and then anchor the hash on ETC mainnet periodically.

Crypto holdings

  • My bags:
    • 2.83 BTC (~$21K), 0.9BTC of which was payment for work from Quantfury and the rest of which was purchased as investment Sep 2019, Dec 2019
    • 3,160 ETC (~$12K USD)
      • 10 ETC sold for ETH to play CrytoKitties November 2019
      • 2,037 ETC purchased as investment October 2019
      • 1,132 ETC purchased as investment September 2019
    • 73.09 ETH (~$11K USD) … which was $1,000 USD of John Gerryt’s EthEmbedded devgrant, for implementing cross-compilation.
  • Sad story:

Canada Revenue Agency Tax filings

Active Compensated Roles

  • Co-Founder and CTO of Varro Technologies as of April 2018
    • Clients:
    • History of Varro Technologies:
      • Company founded by Alison Alexis and Marc Bellefeuille in Toronto, Ontario in February 2019, with 50/50 share split and just the two directors.
      • Unpaid advisor to Varro from March 2018 with an “unveiling” of Varro at Ethereum Community Conference in Paris 8th March 2018.
      • CTO and Co-Founder from April 2018.
      • Alison Alexis is the only other director and 50% shareholder (also my fiancé and we have a child together). Marc transferred his shares to Bob in August 2018. No money changed hands. Marc was just holding them and was not active in the company.
      • Paperwork as director and 50% shareholder completed August 2018.

Uncompensated, informal relationships

  • I have been a volunteer for the Ethereum Project since July 2015.
  • I am Community Ambassador for CryptoChicks since April 2018.
  • I unsuccessfully stood for election to the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee (TSC) in August 2018.
  • I have a broad personal and professional network, spanning the games industry, open source projects, technology, financial, blockchain and Ethereum specifically. We talk about things, both publicly and privately.

Personal memberships and affiliations

  • I am a dual-citizen of the UK and Canada (since 1974 and 2010 respectively).
  • I have never been a member of a political party in any country.
  • I have never been a member of any church or religious institution as an adult in any country.
  • I attended state schools in the UK and never attended any private (“public”) schools.
  • I studied BSc Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence at the University of Leeds between 1993-1996. That study was partially state funded, partially funded by my parents and partially funded my student loans. I worked each summer as well.
  • I have never participated in any professional certification programs.
  • I have never been a member of any “software engineering professional” organization (IEEE, etc)
  • I have been an associate member of the Free Software Foundation since 2014.
  • I have been an individual supporter of the Linux Foundation since 2014 (some lapses).
  • I have been an individual member of the Open Source Initiative since 2018.
  • Kitsilano Software Inc, my company, joined the Tizen Association in 2014.
  • I have been a member of DCTL since October 2019, though visitor since Feb 2014.
  • I have made donations to Wikipedia.
  • I have made donations to the Software Freedom Conservancy.
  • I have made donations to the Software Freedom Law Centre.
  • I first donated to Electronic Frontier Foundation in November 2019 and intend to make annual donations from now on.
  • I have made various other charitable donations in my lifetime. Not enough.

Prior Compensated Roles

  • Religious Education Centre, University College of Wales, Bangor (part-time work while at school and University, 1988-1993)
  • Poundstretcher and Halifax (clerical work via some awful temp agency in Leeds, 1994)
  • School of Computer Science, University of Leeds (work during summer, 1995)
  • Sony Psygnosis (full-time permanent employee, 1996-1999). Started at £18K, I think. Vacations and benefits.
  • Electronic Arts UK (full-time permanent employee, 1999-2003). Ranging from £25K to £40K, I think, plus stock options, plus restricted stock purchases and grants, paid vacation and benefits. Job transfer to Canada.
  • Electronic Arts Canada (full-time permanent employee, 2003-2014). $85K CDN to $125K CDN, plus stock options, plus restricted stock purchases and grants, paid vacation and benefits. Resigned to join Roadhouse.
  • Roadhouse Interactive (full-time permanent employee, 2014). $125K CDN, paid vacations and benefits. Failed probation after 3 months.
  • Kitsilano Software Inc (and the doublethink.co defacto Trade Name) was a BC Corporation with Bob Summerwill as the sole director and sole officer, operated from 2014 until late 2017. The corporation never generated any revenue from products – only from Bob’s own contracted work. Kitsilano Software Inc hired various contractors in 2014 and 2015 – Damien Diederen, Dimitar Dobrev, Thomas Hauk, Mahram Foadi, Anthony Cros.
  • DeNA (working as contractor via Kitsilano Software Inc, 2014). $120K CDN, 6% additional pay in lieu of paid vacation. Terminated after 6 weeks.
  • SCEA San Diego (working as consultant for The Payroll Edge via Kitsilano Software Inc, 2015). $120 USD per hour hours billable, plus expenses for travel to San Diego once, for around 6 weeks.
  • TD Securities (working as contractor for Procom via Kitsilano Software Inc, 2015). $120 CDN per hour, hours billable, capped at 37.5 hours per week. No vacation. No benefits. No expenses for travel or accomodation. 6 month contract expired and not renewed.
  • Prizorgo (working as contractor via Kitsilano Software Inc, 2015). $120 CDN per hour hours billable for several months, but low cadence, because I was spending so much time volunteering on Ethereum. Work transitioned to others.
  • Ethereum Foundation (working as contractor for ETHDEV Berlin via Kitsilano Software Inc, 2016). Hours billable at $60 CDN per hour, initially capped at 20 hours per week, updated to 40 hours per week after a month. No paid vacation. No benefits. Worked for around 8 months and then resigned in frustration.
  • ConsenSys AG (working as contractor via Kitsilano Software Inc, 2016-2017). Pro-rated at $120K USD p/a. No paid vacation. No benefits. Expenses. Worked there for a year – almost exclusively working on EEA. Resigned to join Sweetbridge.
  • Advisor for Finhaven (formerly Frontier Foundry, 2017-2018). Had potential to purchase 0.5% of Common Stock. Option not used. Expenses. $0 billed ever.
  • Independent Contractor, Sweetbridge Inc, Phoenix, AZ (via Kitsilano Software Inc) from October 2017 to May 2018. $11K USD per month (100% in CDN from Feb 2018 onwards). Was 90% in CDN, 10% SWC for Nov 2017, Dec 2017 and Jan 2018 invoices. 20% discount on token price though to 12/31/17 (unused). Expenses. Unlimited vacation. No benefits

There is more information on these roles in my LinkedIn profile.

Individuals who I sponsor:

Individuals who I trust:

  • a.s. (ETC volunteer) known since January 2019.
  • Aaron Buchanan
  • Aaron Davis
  • Aaron Lowry
  • Alan Li
  • Albert Ni
  • Aaron Stanley
  • Aaron Wright
  • Adrian Sutton
  • Afri Schoedon (ETC hardfork coordinator) known since December 2015.
  • Aidan Hyman (ChainSafe Systems) known since May 2018.
  • Ajit Tripathi
  • Akhila Raju
  • Albert Ni (Ethereum Foundation) known since August 2018.
  • Alberto Cevallos (Soloblock Solutions)
  • Alessandro Voto
  • Alexandra Heller
  • Alex Batlin
  • Alex Ferrier
  • Alexander Levin
  • Alex Kachur
  • Alex Peters
  • Alex Salkeld (Doge Preacher)
  • Alex Tapscott
  • Alex Tsankov
  • Alex van der Sande
  • Alex Zogheb
  • Alison Alexis
  • Amanda Cassett
  • Amber Baldet
  • Amber Scott (Outlier Solutions) known since July 2015.
  • Ameen Soleimani
  • Ameer Rosu
  • Amir Taaki
  • Andrei Bernabei
  • Andrew Lee
  • Andrew Miller
  • Andrew Keys
  • Angela Streifel
  • Anne Connelly
  • Anthony Di Iorio
  • Anthony DOnofrio (“Texture”)
  • Anthony Lusardi known since May 2018.
  • Anthony Macey
  • Antoine Toulme
  • Aral Balkan
  • Ashley Tyson
  • Arkadiy Paronyan
  • Ashiq Nazir
  • Aya Miyaguchi (ED, Ethereum Foundation) known since August 2018.
  • Barry Silbert (DCG) known since September 2018.
  • Bas van Kervel
  • Beier Cai
  • Ben Board
  • Ben Carter
  • Ben Edgington
  • Bernd Lapp
  • Bill Gleim
  • Ben Munster
  • Bjorn Wagner
  • Boris Mann (FISSION, ex-SPADE, ex-Frontier Foundry, ex Finhaven, ex Frontier Foundry, ex-HUMAN) known since December 2015.
  • Brianna MacNeill
  • Brendan Asselstine (Soloblock Solutions)
  • Brian Behlendorf (Hyperledger) known since May 2016.
  • Brian McKenna
  • Brian Plank
  • Brooklyn Zelenka (FISSION, ex-SPADE, ex-Finhaven) known since January 2018
  • Bruce McMillan
  • Cale Teeter
  • Cameron Gray
  • Carol Chen
  • Carsten Haitzler
  • Carsten Munk (Zippie, Mer, ex-Jolla, ex-Maemo) known since August 2014.
  • Casey Kulhman (Monax) known since February 2017.
  • Casey Taylor
  • Chaals Neville
  • Charles Hoskinson (IOHK) since January 2018.
  • Chelsea Palmer
  • Chen Min (ex-Canaan) known since September 2018.
  • Christopher Allen
  • Chris Ferris
  • Chris Jensen
  • Christian Reitweissner
  • Christiane Shaw
  • Chris Hitchcott since October 2019.
  • Christian Xu (ETC Asia Community, ex-DFG) known since January 2019.
  • Christine Kim
  • Christophe Jentzsch
  • Cody Burns (Accenture) known since February 2017.
  • Colin Platt
  • Conor Svensson
  • Dan Bosman
  • Dan Finlay
  • Daniel Friedman
  • Daniel Nagy
  • Daniel Heyman
  • Daniela Barbosa
  • Dan Middleton
  • Dan Selman
  • Dani Fresh
  • Danno Ferrin
  • Darren Gyles
  • Darcy Reno
  • David Gardner
  • David Klakurka
  • David Lowy
  • David Roon
  • David Treat
  • Dean Pappas
  • Diana Stern
  • Diego Gutierrez Valdivar
  • Dieter Shirley
  • Dimitry Kholkov
  • Dmitry Buterin
  • Donald McIntyre (Etherplan) known since June 2016.
  • Don Tapscott
  • Edilson Osorio Junior
  • Edward David Burt
  • E.G. Galano
  • Elaine Cancelliere
  • Elaine Ou
  • Elena Sinelnikova
  • Elizabeth Stark
  • Erik Kiss
  • Erik Voorhees
  • Eva Beylin
  • Emma Todd
  • Ethan Buchman
  • Ethan Wilding
  • Everton Fraga
  • Fabian Vogelsteller
  • Faith Obafemi
  • Felix Lange
  • Fernando Medrano
  • Florent Revest
  • Frankie Pangilinan
  • Frans Tjallingii
  • Gabriel Kurman
  • Gavin Wood (Parity Technologies, Web3 Foundation, ex-EF) known since September 2015.
  • George Hallam
  • George McDonaugh
  • Gerry Shaw
  • Gonçalo Sá
  • Greg Colvin
  • Greg Markou (ChainSafe Systems) known since June 2019.
  • Griff Green
  • Grigore Rosu
  • Guilherme Salgado
  • Heiko Hees
  • Henning Diedrich
  • Henry Lee
  • Helena Flack
  • Henry Quan
  • Hilary Carter (Blockchain Research Institute) since December 2017.
  • Hudson Jameson (Oaken Innovations and EF) since November 2015.
  • Houman Shabad
  • Hugh Lang
  • Hyder Zach Masum
  • Ian Allison
  • Ian Grigg
  • Ian Meikle
  • Ian Shaw
  • Igor Barinov (POA) known since September 2018.
  • Igor Lilic
  • Ilana Oris Valiente
  • Jae Kwon
  • Jake Lang
  • James Conrad Johnson (Oaken Innovations) known since May 2017.
  • James Wo (ETC Labs and DFG) known since January 2019.
  • Jamie Pitts
  • James Slazas
  • James Thomas
  • Jason Colby
  • Jan Hendrik Scheufen
  • Jan Xie
  • Jarrad Hope (Status, ex-Syng) known since July 2015.
  • Jeb McCaleb
  • Jeffrey Wilcke
  • Jeff Benson
  • Jeff Coleman
  • Jeff Garzik
  • Jeremy Wood
  • Jérôme de Tychey
  • Jeremy Millar
  • Jerry Cuomo
  • Jerry Brito
  • Jesse Powell
  • Jessi Baker
  • Jessica Angel
  • Jim Zemlin
  • Jinius Tu (Aion, ex-Nuco, ex-Rubix by Deloitte) known since January 2016.
  • Joe Lubin (ConsenSys) known since October 2016.
  • John Lilic
  • John Paller
  • John Gerryts (Oaken Innovations, ex-EthEmbedded) known since July 2015.
  • John Whelan
  • John Wolpert
  • John Lyotier (RightMesh) known since August 2017.
  • Jonny Rhea
  • Joseph Chow
  • Joseph Delong
  • Joseph Poon
  • Josh Stark
  • Josias Dewey
  • JP Flouret
  • Jutta Steiner
  • Juan Benet
  • Juan Blanco
  • Kenny Wu
  • Kristin Smith
  • Lane Rettig
  • Larry Sukernik
  • Laura Kalbag
  • Laura Shin
  • Lewis Rockliff
  • Karl Floersch
  • Ken Kappler
  • Kent Barton
  • Kesem Frank
  • Kevin Lord (IOHK) known since November 2017.
  • Kevin Monahan
  • Kevin Owaki
  • Kevin Worth
  • Kieren James-Lubin
  • Kirk Dameron
  • Konstantin Kudryavstev
  • Kris Taeleman
  • Lauren Laino
  • Lars Klawitter
  • Lefteris Karapetsas
  • Leigh Cuen
  • Liam Horne
  • Liana Husikyan
  • Liz Kukka
  • Maggie Love
  • Manie Eagar
  • Marek Kotewitz
  • Mark Beylin
  • Mark Murphy
  • MaRi Eagar
  • Marley Gray
  • Martin Becza
  • Martin Brook
  • Martin Holst Swende
  • Martin Köppelman
  • Matt Corva
  • Matt Leising
  • Matt Lockyer (Soloblock Solutions, ex-VanBex, ex-Finhaven) known since January 2016.
  • Matthew Wampler-Doty
  • Maya Zehavi
  • Matthew Spoke (Aion, ex-Nuco, ex-Rubix by Deloitte) known since February 2017
  • Melissa Quinn
  • Michael Perklin
  • Michael Sonnenshein (Grayscale) known since September 2018.
  • Michael Wuehler
  • Michael Yuan
  • Michael Zargham
  • Mike Hearn
  • Mike Olthoff
  • MikO (“mikeyb”)
  • Maria Paula Fernandez
  • Mihai Alisie
  • Mike Colyer
  • Natalie Amelie
  • Nathaniel Popper
  • Nick Johnson
  • Nick Szabo
  • Nishant Sharma
  • Nitin Gaur
  • Owen Darrell
  • Pat McEvoy
  • Patrick Nylund
  • Paula Gil
  • Pawel Bylica
  • Pelle Brændgaard
  • Penny Lee
  • Peter Hunn
  • Peter Rizun
  • Pete Rizzo
  • Peter Robinson
  • Péter Szilágyi
  • Phyroo
  • Phil Daian
  • Piper Merriam
  • Preston Byrne (Byrne & Storm) known since July 2016.
  • Rachel Rose O’Leary
  • Ric Burton
  • Richard Crook
  • Richard Gendal Brown
  • Richard Moore
  • Richard Wild
  • Rick Dudley
  • Rob Dawson
  • Rob Knight
  • Roger Ver
  • Robert Zaramba
  • Roham Gharegozlou
  • Ron Resnick
  • Roxana Sureanu
  • Rouven Heck
  • Russell Verbeeten
  • Ryan Charles
  • Ryan Zurrer
  • Sam Cassett
  • Samantha Bohbot
  • Samar Falah
  • Samir Patel
  • Sara Feenan
  • Scott Moore
  • Sergio Lerner
  • Shahan Khatchadourian
  • Shane Jonas
  • Silas Davis
  • Simi Wurtzel
  • Simon Jentzsch
  • Simon Phipps (“webmink”), known since May 2016.
  • Simon Taylor
  • Sonia Chen known since October 2016.
  • Stefan Posthuma
  • Steph Gosling
  • Stephen Richards
  • Stephen Thompson
  • Stephan Tual
  • Stephen Palley (Anderson Kill) known since July 2016.
  • Steve Webb
  • Steven Mosher (Linzhi, ex-Canaan, ex-OpenMoko) known since September 2018.
  • Steven Schroeder
  • Stevan Lohja
  • Sunny Aggarwal
  • Tamara Haasen
  • Tanna Po
  • Taylor Gerring
  • Taylor Monahan
  • Teana Baker-Taylor
  • Ted Bouskill
  • Terry Culver (ETC Labs) known since August 2018.
  • Thomas Hauk
  • Tim Beiko
  • Tim Cloutier
  • Tim Swanson
  • TJ Rush
  • Thessy Mehrain
  • Tracy Kurht
  • Tracy Leparulo
  • Travis Scher
  • Tom Swindell
  • Tom Willis
  • Ty Lobban
  • Vanessa Grellet
  • Veronica McGregor
  • Victor Li
  • Viktor Tron
  • Victor Wong (BlockApps) known since October 2016.
  • Victoria Lemieux (Blockchain @ UBC) known since November 2017.
  • Vipin Bharathan
  • Vinny Lingham
  • Virgil Griffith
  • Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum Foundation) known since July 2014.
  • Vlad Zamfir
  • Vinay Gupta
  • Yoichi Hirai
  • Ward Stirrat
  • Wayne Vaughan
  • Wei Tang (“sorpaas”) known since January 2019.
  • Werner Almesberger
  • William Mougayar
  • Wolfgang Spraul (Linzhi, ex-Canaan, ex-OpenMoko) known since September 2018.
  • Yan Levreau
  • Yaz Khoury (ETC Cooperative) since January 2019.
  • Yessin Schiegg
  • Yorke Rhodes
  • Zac Mitton
  • Zac Phelps
  • Zachary Belford
  • Zach Ramsay
  • Zane Starr
  • Zeth Couceiro
  • Zooko Wilcox
  • Zsolt Felföldi

That list is sooo long. You’re so trusting of people

Bad actors whose actions have hurt me and my projects