I'm Richard

Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) at www.the-blockchain.com, a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($500m+ and 90+ ICOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event CryptoFinancing (Europe's first ICO event now branded Tokenomicon) – 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.

Top 20 expert at ICOBench. https://icobench.com/u/expathos Top 10 token architect in Europe according to Irish Tech News. Ad honorem - Honorary Ph.D. - 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.

Chevalier (Knight) - Ordre des Arts et des Technologies at Crypto Chain University and Advisory Board Member of International Decentralized Association Of Cryptocurrency And Blockchain (IDABC) as well as Advisory Board Member at U.S. Blockchain Association.

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, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich. His network is global and extensive.

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 Virgin.com 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.

Richard Kastelein Biography

Currently

I publish Blockchain News and am Managing Director of Token.Agency and Blockchain Partners

And I speak at conferences on Tokenomics, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Let me tell you a bit about what I can do for you

Service

  • Advisory

    I have helped 50+ projects raise some $500m in token sales since 2016 - and have worked on many advisory boards.

  • Security Tokens

    Working with a number of broker-dealers in both the USA and Europe, I can help organise a successful Security Token Offering (STO) on either side of the Atlantic, with the team at Token.Agency.

  • Utility Tokens

    Are you looking to raise funds the old school way? Have you raised in an STO and looking to do a public sale to build out your utility token?  I can help organise a successful Utility Token Offerings (ICO) on either side of the Atlantic, with the team at Token.Agency.

  • Design Services

    Mechanism design, hybrid tokens, dual token structures - there are many ways to design the tokenomics and architecture of STOs and ICOs  - Irish Tech News names me as one of the top ten token architects in Europe.

Things you probably don't know about me...

Info & Facts

I AM

...of Dutch/Irish/English/Métis background and was born in New Westminster, British Columbia and carry dual nationality for both Netherlands and Canada.

I LIVE

I currently live in Haren, a small 12th-century village near Groningen in the Northern Netherlands where I am raising three teenage daughters with my wife and longtime sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

I SAIL

Sailed around the world on small yachts & wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in travel & yachting publications. I lived aboard in the Caribbean for a decade and was a professional delivery skipper and charter captain for many years.

I WRITE

I have written over 2000 articles on Blockchain technology at Blockchain News and also published on blockchain technology in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. My writings over my 30 year career have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. I have been a journalist in the Canadian Arctic in the Native press and the Caribbean where I was an editor and writer for sailing publications and newspapers. My treatment for a TV game show called "Walk The Plank" was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012.

I TEACH

I have been teaching Oracle staffers worldwide for two years via webex remote with classes of up to 50 at a time. I have an honorary Ph.D. and am a Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology.

I WORKED

I started off my work life as a 16-year-old washing dishes in an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord restaurant shovelling uneaten food into wheelie bins. Then became an apprentice chef in a French restaurant before beginning my travels moving to London to manage a trendy cafe in St. John's Wood for two years. I also tended the taps at The Red Lion pub in Soho London where Karl Marx used to have meetings where I had the odd experience of occasionally breaking up fights at London Poetry Society meetings.

I TRAVEL

I have worked and lived in more than a dozen countries and travelled to more than 70. My life as a Canadian expat has now exceeded the time I lived in my own country.

I BUILD

In 2003 I organised the funding and building of a boatyard in Ilhabela Brazil, then in 2004, I spent six months building a 1.3 million dollar catamaran. It was my last foray in the marine industry.

I PUBLISH

Before publishing Blockchain News, I was the publisher and founder of award-winning Atlantic Free Press and Pacific Free Press - a group of online publications that work with over 300 academics and media creatives and focus on progressive politics and ideas. In the early 2000S I published on demand print books by Chris Floyd on Amazon.com called 'Empire Burlesque', 'Oceania' by Andre Vltchek as well as theologist Jan Chr. Vaessen's 'A Quest For Hope: Searching For Ways Out Of Postmodern Nihilism Into New Reality'.

I SPEAK

I have done keynotes and panels at events in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Bucharest, Cannes, Copenhagen, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, Hilversum, Hollywood, Kuwait, Liepzig, Linz, London (4x), Madrid, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, NYC, Penang, Phuket, Rio De Janeiro, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Jose, Shanghai, Sheffield, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Vienna, Visakhapatnam and Zurich. I have guest lectured at MIT Media Labs in the USA, Oxford University in the UK, University of Cologne in Germany, University of Groningen, Netherlands and the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology in China.

I think we know well enough now to

get in touch via email @

email me at richard@token.agency or reach me on Telegram @expathos