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Attestiv assures the authenticity of digital media captured by any person or device utilizing artificial intelligence and blockchain technology. We help organizations of all types build trust with fraud prevention and detection and by improving customer experience for digital transformation initiatives.
In 2018, the topic of “fake news” and “deepfakes” was emerging as a growing problem in news, across the internet, and in people’s everyday personal and business lives.
With backgrounds in data storage, Nicos Vekiarides, John Bates and Mark Morley were always working on better, faster, cheaper and more secure ways to store data.
Using their expertise in this area, they identified an emerging need for a solution that could discern the authenticity of
assets stored, solving targeted problems within business sectors reliant on digital media like photos, videos or documents as a part of their business functions.
This solution would take a great first step so that people can actually understand what’s authentic, what might have been tampered with, and start to solve this growing epidemic.
With that, the idea to build the Attestiv platform technology was born.
In 2018, the topic of “fake news” and “deepfakes” began to emerge as a growing problem in news, across the internet and in people’s everyday personal and business lives.
Using their expertise in this area, they identified an emerging need for a solution that could discern the authenticity of assets stored, solving targeted problems within business sectors reliant on media like photos, videos or documents as a part of their business functions.
Insurance Industry Executive & Author
Insurance Industry Executive
Entrepreneur & Technology Executive
Cybersecurity & Technology Executive
CEO and Board Member
CTO and Board Member
Attestiv Platform verifies the authenticity of digital media and data for businesses who want to build trust, save money, and improve service.
Nicos Vekiarides is the Chief Executive Officer & co-founder of Attestiv. He has spent the past 20+ years in enterprise IT and cloud, as a CEO & entrepreneur, bringing innovative new technologies to market. His previous startup, TwinStrata, an innovative cloud storage company where he pioneered cloud-integrated storage for the enterprise, was acquired by EMC in 2014. Before that, he brought to market the industry’s first storage virtualization appliance for StorageApps, a company later acquired by HP.
Nicos holds 6 technology patents in storage, networking and cloud technology and has published numerous articles on new technologies. Nicos is a partner at Mentors Fund, an early-stage venture fund, a mentor at Founder Institute Boston, where he coaches first-time entrepreneurs, and an advisor to several companies. Nicos holds degrees from MIT and Carnegie Mellon University.
John Bates is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Attestiv.
He has spent thirty years working in enterprise technology, developing methods and products to integrate business processes with cloud storage and computing. John has worked closely with Nicos at several startups, including TwinStrata and StorageApps, acquired by EMC and HP, respectively. Prior to them, John started his professional life at Encore Computers, where his work was identified as a key technology in their acquisition by Sun Microsystems.
John holds eight patents in assorted enterprise technologies, with several more presently pending. He holds a degree from Brown University.
Mark Morley is the Chief Operating Officer of Attestiv.
He received his formative Data Integrity training at Deloitte. Served as the CFO of Iomega (NYSE), the international manufacturer of Zip storage devices, at the time, the second fastest-growing public company in the U.S.. He served as the CFO of Encore Computer (NASDAQ) as it grew from Revenue of $2 million to over $200 million. During “Desert Storm”, Mark was required to hold the highest U.S. and NATO clearances.
Mark authored a seminal article on Data Integrity online (Wall Street Journal Online). Additionally, he served as EVP, General Counsel and CFO at Digital Guardian, a high-growth cybersecurity company.
Earlier in his career, he worked at an independent insurance agency, Amica as a claims representative, and was the CEO of the captive insurance subsidiary of a NYSE company.
He obtained Bachelor (Economics) and Doctor of Law degrees from Boston College and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Paul Duran is a Senior Director of Business Development at Attestiv
He is an experienced high-tech Business Executive: He has worked as a Former VP Sales & Marketing at Quake Global, Director Marketing at Luxtera, Director Marketing at Netlist, and Director Marketing at Astute Networks.
He has direct experience with IoT, Digital Storage, Cloud/SaaS Services, and Digital Transformation Technologies.
He has obtained degrees in Engineering and Business: B.S. MIT, M.S. MIT, and M.B.A Arizona State University.
John Hamilton is a Senior Director of Business Development at Attestiv.
A high-tech Business Executive with previous tenures as US Business Development Manager for D4t4 Solutions and Callminer, US Channel Sales Manager at Ipswitch, VP of Business Development at startup Revivio (acquired by Symantec) and National Channels Manager at Hewlett Packard for the Procurve Networking Group.
With a strong technical background he has extensive experience in data/speech analytics, Cloud/SaaS Services, Digital Storage, Data Networks and Network Management.
He obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Pure and Applied Chemistry from City University of London.
Brie Pendleton is Attestiv’s Director of Digital Strategy and Marketing.
In her role at Attestiv, Brie brings her experience in web strategy, UX, design and marketing to raise brand awareness, lead digital projects and execute sales and marketing campaigns. She also works closely with the engineering team on UI/UX initiatives.
Prior to joining Attestiv, Brie ran her own consultancy working primarily with startups to build strong web and digital strategies. Previously, Brie has held roles in web strategy, design and user training at Harvard University and Highland Capital Partners.
Austin is a software engineer at Attestiv.
His focus is on the AI that powers the platform’s digital forensics. He previously worked in storage systems at Dell EMC, and before that he gained some Linux kernel experience from Blue Coat Systems, now part of Symantec. He is passionate about open-source software and has attended many software meetups around the Boston area. He has a computer science BS from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a computer science MS from Northeastern University.
You can usually find him in the woods, whether it’s mountain biking, hiking, or trail running. That probably explains all the scratches.
Eyoel is a full stack engineer at Attestiv. Over his tenure, he has worked on building and maintaining the Attestiv dashboard as well as the backend API services, along with developing and training OCR models.
Prior to Attestiv, Eyoel received his BS in Radiation Biology from Suffolk University, but since has shifted his career into Software Development after completing his AS in computer science along with an Object Orientated Programming Certificate. In addition, Eyoel has earned internship experiences at academic institutions such as Princeton and Tufts University, as well as at a Boston based late stage startup called Drift.
Outside of Attestiv, Eyoel is an active member of Hack Diversity, a community built around providing access to the tech industry for people coming from underrepresented communities. He also enjoys spending his free time with family, and working on personal projects.
Bryan Falchuk is the Managing Partner of Insurance Evolution Partners, which advises carriers and their partners on how to navigate an evolving industry facing disruption and change. Bryan spent 20 years in insurance, including serving as Head of Claims for Hiscox USA, leading Growth for the InsurTech, Hi Marley, and was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s insurance practice.
Bryan is a best-selling author and public speaker, including several TEDx Talks. His best-selling book, The Future of Insurance: From Disruption to Evolution, shares case studies of seven carriers who overcame the barriers to change we face in the industry to innovate in the face of disruptive threats.
David Dunn is an executive and advisor with 30+ years of experience in the insurance industry.
Most recently, David has served as President and CEO of Carolina Casualty Insurance Company. Prior to that role, he held the position of Present for both RLI Insurance and American International Group (AIG). David began his insurance career at National Interstate Corporation, an independently operated subsidiary of Great American Insurance Company, as its Founder, Vice President and Director.
Dan Geer is a computer security analyst and risk management specialist. He is recognized for raising awareness of critical computer and network security issues before the risks were widely understood, and for ground-breaking work on the economics of security.
Geer is currently the chief information security officer for In-Q-Tel, a not-for-profit venture capital firm that invests in technology to support the Central Intelligence Agency.
In 2003, Geer’s 24-page report entitled “CyberInsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly” was released by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA). The paper argued that Microsoft’s dominance of desktop computer operating systems is a threat to national security. Geer was fired (from consultancy @Stake) the day the report was made public. Geer has cited subsequent changes in the Vista operating system (notably a location-randomization feature) as evidence that Microsoft “accepted the paper.”
Geer received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, where he was a member of the Theta Deuteron charge of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He also received a Sc.D. in biostatistics from Harvard University.
Steve MacLellan is the President of Blue Sky Management & Research, a strategy consulting company in Lincoln, MA. Blue Sky works with startups in the Cyber Security, Cloud, Blockchain, AI, VR, and DevSecOps product space. Consulting clients include SAP, Cardinal Health, CV Telecom, Deltix Lab, TransCap, Advanced Neural Biometrics, and the AI Research Group.
For over 26 years, Steve led innovation and advanced technology initiatives at Fidelity Investments including Cyber Security, Internet business development, Enterprise Architecture, and application development. Steve worked globally for Fidelity in the US, Canada, UK, EU, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan.
Steve recently worked at SAP as an executive in the Office of the CSO at SAP in the US and Germany. At SAP Steve led important Cloud and cybersecurity programs including cyber transformation, security workforce development, DevSecOps, and IT risk management.
Steve is a recognized expert in cybersecurity and using strategic technologies for competitive advantage. He holds US Patent 103,33,908 on “Transaction-based secure information delivery and assessment”. Extensive speaking experience at company, industry, and government events including MIT (“Building Internet Architectures for High Availability”), ISACA (“Post-9/11 IT Security”), and the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) (“Leveraging the Internet for Strategic Business Advantage”). Judge for the Mass Challenge global start-up competitions from 2012-2021. Steve has been quoted in articles by Xconomy, Christian Science Monitor, Network World, and Venture Beat.
Steve is on the advisory boards of Attestiv, ZeroNorth, Arkivum, Advoqt, and eShare. Exits include Samebug (Rollbar), Ping Identity (Vista Equity Partners), and Lancope (Cisco). Founder of Boston Global Advisors LLC (innovation consulting), Integris LLC (M&A), and SecuritiNet (secure Cloud delivery). Co-founder of the influential Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC), in partnership with MassInsight and MITRE. Steve sponsored the foundational work of the Liberty Alliance that led to thousands of successful federated Cloud identity installations.
Steve is a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Guest lecturer in the MIT/Portugal’s Building Global Innovators (BGI) international accelerator program from 2014-2019. Steve earned graduate certificates from Harvard University (Cybersecurity and Managing Risk) and MIT Sloan (Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies).
Prior to founding Castle Island Ventures, Matt was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments where he led a number of the firm’s blockchain / cryptoasset initiatives. While at Fidelity, he led the creation, operationalization, and the investment strategy of a private fund focused exclusively on the cryptoasset sector.
Matt holds a BS in Business Administration from Babson College and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Manny Parasirakis is Attestiv’s Vice President of Product Development. Manny leads all of Attestiv’s engineering teams in the company. He is a member of the founding team and is the original author of the Attestiv backend services. Manny has over 25 years in the software industry.
Prior to joining Attestiv, Manny spent 20 years in eCommerce. In those 20 years he was a Lead Member of Technical Staff at Salesforce (via an acquisition of Demandware Inc). and a Software Architect at ATG (acquired by Oracle). His contributions to the eCommerce industry have helped many of the world’s leading eCommerce websites and continue to be used today.