Gauntlet’s mission is to help make blockchain protocols and smart contracts safer and more trustworthy for users.

Decentralized systems create new challenges for protocol developers, smart contract developers, and asset holders that are not seen in traditional development and investing. Gauntlet is building a blockchain simulation and testing platform that leverages battle tested techniques from other industries to emulate interactions in crypto networks. Simulation provides transparency and greatly reduces the cost of experimentation so that teams can rapidly design, launch, and scale new decentralized systems.

Crypto systems are truly multi-disciplinary as they are at the intersection of distributed systems, cryptography, economics, and game theory. In particular, there is a coupling of economic incentives and product success, which results in a large attack surface that must be analyzed thoroughly.


Tarun Chitra
Founder & CEO

Tarun is an alumni of D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES), Vatic Labs, an HFT firm, and Cornell. He fell into the blockchain world in 2011, when he was working on ASICs at DESRES and observed Bitcoin ASIC mining rigs substantially delay DESRES’s ASIC production. He has spent the last seven years working on simulation-based R&D at the intersection of high-performance computing and AI and is applying this knowledge to the blockchain ecosystem.

Rei Chiang
Founder & CTO

Rei worked at Uber Advanced Technologies Group building marketplace simulations for self-driving vehicles and real-time driver incentives. Prior to that, he spent five years in the HFT industry as a portfolio manager and quant trader at GETCO and 3Red, specializing in market-making strategies for fixed income and commodity futures. Rei received his B.S. in theoretical math and computer science from MIT.

John Morrow

John has spent over a decade working on products in both traditional software and financial systems. He was an early employee at Gigster where he led fulfillment of client projects and managed the freelance marketplace. Prior to that, he worked at Microsoft as a PM on Windows APIs and HoloLens as well as at Goldman Sachs. He also studied at Cornell where he received a B.S. in Applied Physics and Computer Science.

Tony Salvatore
Senior Data Scientist

Tony is an experienced developer and quant trader who has been building secure software systems and accurate financial models for the better part of a decade. He was previously at Jibe Inc and Spot Trading, and has a B.A in Economics from Princeton.

Jeremy Batchelder
Software Engineer

Jeremy studied Computer Science at Tufts before working on product development at Cambridge Blockchain and business operations at CoinList.

Guillermo Angeris
Research Engineer

Guille is a researcher at Stanford, currently completing his PhD in electrical engineering under Stephen Boyd. Previously, he has worked at Facebook on fraud detection and at D. E. Shaw Research on topological and manifold methods in data analysis.

Hsien-Tang Kao
Senior Simulation Engineer

Hsien-Tang recently was a lead data scientist at Sojern after a stint at Delta Electronics. He holds an MS in robotics from Carnegie Mellon and studied math at National Cheng Kung University before that.

Jonathan Reem
Senior Software Engineer

Jonathan is a core contributor to rust-lang who has worked on the core team at Udacity, Hack Reactor, and Terminal.com.

Bita Abolfathi
Operations Manager

Bita has multiple years of operational experience at early stage startups and organizations including Cresta, Lighthouse AI, and Felicis Ventures. She studied Managerial Economics at University of Santa Barbara.

Victor Xu
Data Scientist

Recently, Victor worked as a quantitative trader at Flow Traders. Prior to Flow Traders, Victor spent time at Citadel and Jane Street Capital. He studied Computer Science and Mathematics at Princeton University.

Watson Fu
Simulation Engineer

Prior to Gauntlet, Watson worked as a trader at Flow Traders and the Chicago Trading Company. He studied Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University and was a nationally ranked chess player.

Nicholas Cannon
Head of Growth

Before joining Gauntlet, Nicholas worked at Lively, a healthcare savings startup, and Bloqboard, an early DeFi startup. Nicholas spent the majority of his career playing professional poker.

Gabe Pohl-Zaretsky
Data Scientist

Most recently, Gabe worked as a software engineer at GTS. Prior to GTS, he was a trading assistant at Jane Street Capital. Gabe studied economics at George Washington University and is avid urban explorer.

Eric Ruleman
Software Engineer

Prior to Gauntlet, Eric worked as a software engineer at Cruise on their infrastructure team. Eric studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and is also a certified yoga instructor.

Federico Ulfo
Software Engineer

Prior to Gauntlet, Federico worked as a software engineer at multiple different startups in the healthcare and cryptocurrency industries. In his spare time, he runs the Lightning Network NYC Meetup.

Nicholas Borg
Data Scientist

Nicholas has worked as a data scientist at one of Stanford's computational nerusocience labs, as well as at multiple different startups. Nicholas studied Symbolic Systems and Philosophy at Stanford.

Nathan Lord
Data Scientist

Prior to joining Gauntlet, Nathan launched his own startup called mathmoji.com and worked as an algorithmic trader at Spot Trading. Nathan studied Management Science & Engineering at Stanford.

Clement Emmanuel
Software Engineer

Before Gauntlet, Clement worked at Apple, where he worked on their machine learning infrastructure for fraud detection. Clement studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Victoria.

Shaan Varia
Head of Product

Prior to Gauntlet, Shaan worked as an Engineering Manager at Google on the Question Hub team. He led the product from inception to scale. Shaan graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.


Technical Advisors

Tim Roughgarden

Tim Roughgarden is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University. He works on the boundary of computer science and economics, and on the design, analysis, applications, and limitations of algorithms. For his research, he has been awarded the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the Kalai Prize in Computer Science and Game Theory, and the EATCS-SIGACT Gödel Prize.

Wei Qin

Wei worked with Gauntlet to create our initial simulation platform. Before working with Gauntlet, Wei worked on simulation at Basis (the stablecoin project) and at Tower Research, a quantitative trading firm. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and was a Professor of computer engineering at Boston University.

Yi Sun

Yi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Columbia University. His research interests are in representation theory and integrable systems and their applications to probability and random matrices. Before Columbia, he received his Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT, advised by Pavel Etingof.

Angel Investors

Nader al-Naji
White Bay
Arthur Breitman
Josh Chen
Roger Chen
Lawrence Diao
Ed Lando
Lily Liu
Charles Songhurst
Abraham Stanway
Alok Vasudev
Miyuki Matsumoto

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