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2023 Speakers

Colin Gounden



As VIA’s CEO, Colin has been responsible for leading VIA’s technology roadmap into Web3. This includes launching the development of VIA’s blockchain, VIAsecurechain in 2017 and the commercial application of zero-knowledge proofs in 2022. VIA is a climate solutions provider on a mission to make communities cleaner, safer, and more equitable. VIA’s patented Web3 platform enables rapid decarbonization by increasing grid flexibility and facilitating smart electrification. Colin began his career with IBM across Europe, the U.S., and Mexico, before co-founding a technology services firm that he grew and sold for $98M in 1999. In the early 2000s, he was a partner and elected board director at a top-five global strategy consulting and private equity investment firm with $2Bn in assets under management. In 2009, Colin sold Grail Research, where, as CEO, he grew the company from its first employee in 2006 to more than 300 employees. He was the first investor and co-founder of three MIT spinouts and one Harvard spinout, two of which became profitable in their first year of operations. After co-founding VIA, Colin secured several of the world’s leading energy companies as customers and initiated the development of VIA’s core Web3 platform. Colin graduated from Harvard University and is a co-inventor of multiple VIA patents.


Activating Capital for Transitioning to a Low Carbon Economy

Friday, April 28, 2023 at 1:45:00 PM UTC


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Colin Gounden
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