Conflict of Interests Statement

This is a public statement by Bob Summerwill, last updated on 14th October 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.

Position statement – Being a friend is the best relationship of all. It trumps employment, contracting, consulting, advising.

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

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 Belanger 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 girlfriend 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 am a community leader for the Ethereum Project, a de-facto role I have filled since 2016.
  • 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 business social network, spanning the games industry, open source projects, technology, financials, blockchain and Ethereum specifically. We talk about things, both publicly and privately.

Individuals who I trust:

  • Aaron Buchanan
  • Aaron Davis
  • Aaron Lowry
  • Alan Li
  • Albert Ni
  • Aaron Stanley
  • Aaron Wright
  • Afri Schoedon (ETC hardfork coordinator) since December 2015.
  • Aidan Hyman (ChainSafe Systems) since October 2018.
  • Ajit Tripathi
  • Akhila Raju
  • Alberto Cevallos (Soloblock Solutions)
  • Alessandro Voto
  • Alexandra Heller
  • Alex Batlin
  • Alex Doge Preacher
  • Alex Tsankov
  • Alex van der Sande
  • Alexander Levin
  • Alison Alexis
  • Amanda Cassett
  • Amber Baldet
  • Amber Scott (https://www.outliercanada.com) since September 2017.
  • Ameen
  • Ameer Rosu
  • Amir Taaki
  • Andrei Bernabei
  • Andrew Miller
  • Andrew Keys
  • Anne Connelly
  • Anthony Di Iorio
  • Anthony DOnofrio (“Texture”)
  • Anthony Lusardi since May 2018.
  • Anthony Macey
  • Antoine
  • Ashley Tyson
  • Arkadiy Paronyan
  • Ashiq Nazir
  • Aya Miyaguchi
  • Barry Silbert (DCG) since September 2018.
  • Bas van Kervel
  • Beier Cai
  • Ben Edgington
  • Bernd Lapp
  • Bill Gleim
  • Ben Munster
  • Boris Mann (FISSION, ex-SPADE, ex-Frontier Foundry, ex Finhaven, ex Frontier Foundry, ex-HUMAN) since December 2015.
  • Breana
  • Brendan Asselstine (Soloblock Solutions)
  • Brian Behlendorf (Hyperledger) since May 2016.
  • Brian Plank
  • Brooklyn Zelenka (FISSION, ex-SPADE, ex-Finhaven) since January 2018
  • Bruce McMillan
  • Cale Teeter
  • Cameron Gray
  • Carol Chen
  • Carsten Munk (Zippie, Mer, ex-Jolla, ex-Maemo) since August 2014.
  • Casey Kulhman (Monax) since February 2017.
  • Chaals Neville
  • Charles Hoskinson (IOHK) since January 2018.
  • Chelsea Palmer
  • Christopher Allen
  • Chris Ferris
  • Chris Jensen
  • Christian Reitweissner
  • Chris Hitchcott since October 2019.
  • Christian Xu (ETC Asia Community, ex-DFG) since September 2019.
  • Christine Kim
  • Christophe Jentzsch
  • Cody Burns (Accenture) since February 2017.
  • Colin Platt
  • Conor Svensson
  • Dan Bosman
  • Dan Finlay
  • Daniel Friedman
  • Daniel Nagy
  • Daniel Heyman
  • Dan Middleton
  • Darren Gyles
  • Darcy Reno
  • David Lowy
  • David Roon
  • David Treat
  • Dean Pappas
  • Diana Stern
  • Dimitry Kholkov
  • Dmitry Buterin
  • Donald McIntyre (Etherplan) since June 2016.
  • Edilson Osorio Junior
  • E.G. Galano
  • Elaine Cancelliere
  • Elena Sinelnikova
  • Eva Beylin
  • Emma Todd
  • Ethan Buchman (and ???)
  • Ethan Wilding
  • Everton Fraga
  • Fabian Vogelsteller
  • Faith Obafemi
  • Felix Lange
  • Florent Revest
  • Frankie P
  • Frans
  • Gavin Wood (Parity Technologies, Web3 Foundation, ex-EF) since February 2018.
  • George Hallam
  • George McDonaugh
  • Gonçalo Sá
  • Greg Colvin
  • Greg Markou (ChainSafe Systems) since June 2019.
  • Griff Green
  • Grigore Rosu
  • Guilherme Salgado
  • Heiko Hees
  • Henning Diedrich
  • Helena
  • Henry Quan
  • Hilary Carter (Blockchain Research Institute) since December 2017.
  • Hudson Jameson (Oaken Innovations and EF) since November 2015.
  • Hugh Lang
  • Hyder Zach Masum
  • Ian Allison
  • Ian Grigg
  • Ian Meikle
  • Igor Barinov (POA) since September 2018.
  • Igor Lilic
  • Ilana Oris Valiente
  • Jae Kwon
  • Jake Lang
  • James Conrad Johnson (Oaken Innovations) since May 2017.
  • James Wo (ETC Labs and DFG) since September 2019.
  • Jamie Pitts
  • James Slazas
  • Jason Colby
  • Jan Hendrik Scheufen
  • Jan Xie
  • Jarrad Hope (Status, ex-Syng) since July 2015.
  • Jeffrey Wilcke
  • Jeff Benson
  • Jeremy Wood
  • Jérôme de Tychey
  • Jeremy Millar
  • Jinius Tu (Aion, ex-Nuco, ex-Rubix by Deloitte) since January 2016.
  • Joe Lubin (ConsenSys) since October 2016.
  • Joseph Chow
  • Joseph Delong
  • John Gerryts (Oaken Innovations, ex-EthEmbedded) since July 2015.
  • John Whelan
  • John Wolpert
  • John Lyotier (RightMesh) since August 2017.
  • Jonny Rhea
  • Jutta Steiner
  • Juan Benet
  • Juan Blanco
  • Lane Rettig
  • Laura Shin
  • Lewis Rockliff
  • Karl Floersch
  • Ken Kappler
  • Kesem Frank
  • Kevin Lord (IOHK) since November 2017.
  • Kevin Monahan
  • Kevin Owaki
  • Kieren James-Lubin
  • Kirk Dameron
  • Konstantin Kudryavstev
  • Lauren Laino
  • Lars Klawitter
  • Lefteris Karapetsas
  • Leigh Cuen
  • Liana Husikyan
  • Liz Kukka
  • Maggie Love
  • Manie Eagar
  • Mark Kotewitz
  • Mark Beylin
  • 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)
  • Matthew Wampler-Doty
  • Maya Zehavi
  • Matthew Spoke (Aion, ex-Nuco, ex-Rubix by Deloitte) since February 2017
  • Melissa Quinn
  • Michael Perklin
  • Michael Sonnenshein (Grayscale) since September 2018.
  • Michael Wuehler
  • Michael Yuan
  • Mike Olthoff
  • Maria Paula Fernandez
  • Mihai Alisie
  • Natalie Amelie
  • Nathaniel Popper
  • Nick Johnson
  • Nishant Sharma
  • Nitin Gaur
  • Patrick Nylund
  • Pawel Bylica
  • Pelle Brændgaard
  • Peter Hunn (and other Clause guy, plus 2 Miami lawyers)
  • Peter Rizun
  • Pete Rizzo
  • Peter Robinson
  • Péter Szilágyi
  • Phyroo
  • Phil Daian
  • Piper Merriam
  • Preston Byrne (Byrne & Storm) since February 2017.
  • Rachel Rose O’Leary
  • Ric Burton
  • Richard Crook
  • Richard Gendal Brown
  • Richard Moore
  • Richard Wild
  • Rob Dawson
  • Rob Knight
  • Roger Ver
  • Robert Zaramba
  • Ron Resnick
  • Roxana Sureanu
  • Rouven Heck
  • Russell Verbeeten
  • Ryan Zurrer
  • Sam Cassett
  • Samar Falah
  • Sara Feenan
  • Scott Moore
  • Shahan Khatchadourian
  • Shane Jonas
  • Silas Davis
  • Simon Jentzsch
  • Simon Taylor
  • Steph Gosling
  • Stephen Richards
  • Stephen Thompson
  • Stephan Tual
  • Stephen Palley (Anderson Kill) since May 2018.
  • Steven Mosher
  • Steven Schroeder
  • Stevan Lohja
  • Sunny Aggarwal
  • Tanna Po
  • Taylor Gerring
  • Taylor Monahan
  • Ted Bouskill
  • Terry Culver (ETC Labs) since September 2019.
  • Thomas Hauk
  • Tim Cloutier
  • Tim Swanson
  • TJ Rush
  • Thessy Mehrain
  • Tracy
  • Tom Swindell
  • Tom Willis
  • Ty Lobban
  • Vanessa Grellet
  • Victor Li
  • Viktor Tron
  • Victor Wong (BlockApps) since February 2017.
  • Victoria Lemieux (Blockchain @ UBC) since November 2017.
  • Vipin
  • Virgil Griffith
  • Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum Foundation) since July 2014.
  • Vlad Zamfir
  • Vinay Gupta
  • Yoichi Hirai
  • Werner Almesberger
  • William Mougayar
  • Wolfgang Spraul (Linzhi, ex-Canaan, ex-OpenMoko) since September 2018.
  • Yan Levreau
  • Yaz Khoury (ETC Cooperative) since January 2019.
  • Yessin Schiegg
  • Yorke Rhodes
  • Zac Mitton
  • Zachary Belford
  • Zane Starr
  • Zeth Couceiro
  • Zooko Wilcox
  • Zsolt Felföldi

Individuals who I trust and sponsor:

Individuals I do not trust

  • Andrew Wilson
  • Brock Pierce
  • Calvin Ayre
  • Craig Wright
  • Dan Larimer
  • Darin Feinstein
  • Jimmy Nguyen
  • Julian Walshaw-Vaughan
  • Justin Sun
  • Kevin Hobbs
  • Kevin Turner
  • Kristy Minehan
  • Lisa Cheng
  • Matthew Bishop
  • Ming Chan
  • Steven Nerayoff
  • Tung Chan

Crypto holdings

  • My bags:
    • 3,170 ETC (~$15K USD)
      • 2,037 ETC purchased as investment October 2019
      • 1,132 ETC purchased as investment September 2019
    • 1.82 BTC (~$15K), 0.9BTC of which was payment for work from Quantfury and the rest of which was purchased as investment September 2019.
    • 73.09 ETH (~$13K USD) … which was $1,000 USD of John Gerryt’s EthEmbedded devgrant, for implementing cross-compilation.
  • Sad story:

Canada Revenue Agency Tax filings

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 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.