ShoCard Announces Bob Tinker as Board Member

Tinker brings enterprise security product and go-to-market expertise to help expand the market share of ShoBadge, the company’s enterprise identity and security solution

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ShoCard, a leading Blockchain-based identity management system (IMS), announces tech industry leader Bob Tinker has joined the board of ShoCard. Tinker was the founding CEO of MobileIron (NASDAQ:MOBL), the leading publicly traded provider of mobile security for apps, content and devices. In addition to his role as a board member, Tinker is an investor in the company.

Following ShoCard’s recent announcement of its successful funding round and its new enterprise IMS, ShoBadge, Tinker’s enterprise software leadership experience will be an invaluable addition to the ShoCard Board. Over eight years, Tinker led MobileIron from initial idea to market-leading product with over 12,000 enterprise customers and more than $160 million in revenue.  He also raised over $150 million of private capital and $100 million of public capital through a successful IPO in 2014.

“Bob has rare experience – leading an enterprise security company from an idea to a leading, publicly-traded company,” said Armin Ebrahimi, CEO and founder at ShoCard. “We are thrilled to have Bob’s product and go-to-market expertise to help our enterprise product, ShoBadge, transform the identity experience and support ShoCard’s journey to become the user-centric identity platform of the future.”

Tinker joins ShoCard at a pivotal time in the company’s growth. After debuting the company’s Digital Identity Card for consumer-facing companies in 2015, ShoCard quickly developed applications of the solution across financial institutions, airlines, health providers, call centers and more. Now, with the creation of ShoBadge, the company is positioned to be the preeminent provider of user-centric identity and multi-factor authentication, powered by the Blockchain, that transcends enterprise boundaries and enables Bring Your Own ID (BYOID) in the workplace.

“ShoCard’s technology, combined with the Blockchain, has created a compelling product that extends secure multi-factor authentication across company boundaries while also simplifying user experience for the end users,” said Tinker.  “ShoCard’s approach delivers immediate value for companies and employees. I’m particularly excited to be part of a company that will revolutionize enterprise identity to deliver on the promise of a BYOID world.”

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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