I'm Richard

Richard Kastelein

I am a well-connected explorer and innovation catalyst in the global blockchain industry and have worked remotely since 2010. As publisher of Blockchain News (BCN) since 2015, I have covered it from the inside and used that knowledge, network and market intelligence to provide 50+ blockchain companies with advisory services and speak at events around the globe. Writing over 2500 articles since 2015 at BCN has given me a bird's eye view of the industry. I have spoken (keynotes & panels) on innovation at over 100 events in 50+ cities.

With Christian Seberino (PhD) at Blockchain Partners, I continue to teach 100s of Oracle staff members blockchain courses (remotely via Webex)

My work has been published in Wired, Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, The Guardian (and many others) and has been translated into French, German, Dutch, Greek & Polish as well as articles being cited over 50x at Google Scholar. My career has taken me from the Native Canadian Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean and Europe.

In 2018, I was awarded an honorary PhD in Blockchain at China's Jiangxi Institute Software & Technology and attended Oxford University Said's Automation 4.0.

In my early 20's, I put on a backpack, left Canada and ended up circumnavigating the planet, inspiring me to write a series of articles called,' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas'.

My career as a writer began. I was shaped by that experience.

From boating to building, marketing to media, politics to publishing, and technology to travel - my career has been diverse & unique.

On the cutting edge of media innovation, I've been a publisher, writer, analyst, consultant, event organiser, business developer and judge for the EU Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK programmes.

I skippered and delivered yachts for Sunsail as a marketing director for multinational chandleries Budget Marine & Island Waterworld. The Caribbean was my home for almost a decade living the sailboat cruising lifestyle.

Moving to Europe in 2002, I transitioned into progressive political publishing (Free Press Group) followed by TV and film innovation (TV App Market and TV Hackfest). This sparked the Hackitarian Foundation in Amsterdam where Jurjen Sohne and I organised innovation events (hackathons) across the world - with a focus on emerging technologies. Reed Midem then asked to help develop the MIPCube event in Cannes on the future of TV. I founded the first token sale event in Europe, CryptoFinancing, in early 2017.

I now live in a charming 13th-century village near Groningen, Netherlands, where I dropped my anchor to raise a family and continue my career.

bio in 4 paragraphs

Currently

I publish Blockchain News and am a managing partner at Blockchain Partners, an Ed-Tech company

...and I used travel and speak at a lot of conferences but since the pandemic things have changed, I present online.

A multi-disciplined veteran

Skills

  • Content

     

    I am a well-connected explorer and innovation catalyst in the global blockchain industry and have worked remotely since 2010. As publisher of Blockchain News (BCN) since 2015, I have covered it from the inside and used that knowledge, network and market intelligence to provide 50+ blockchain companies with advisory services and speak at events around the globe. Writing over 2500 articles since 2015 at BCN has given me a bird's eye view of the industry. My work in Wired, Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat and The Guardian has taken me from the Native Canadian Press
    (Arctic) to the Caribbean and Europe as well as translated into French, German, Dutch, Greek and Polish along with being cited over 50x at Google Scholar.

  • Education

     

    With Christian Seberino (PhD) at Blockchain Partners, I continue to teach 100s of Oracle staff members blockchain courses (remotely via Webex). A former NSA affiliated cryptographer and professor, Dr Christian Seberino and I have been successfully providing three different levels of four-hour, live, remote, online courses at the corporate level to management, sales and technical staff working for Oracle, the world’s second-largest software company. Oracle is considered a ‘founding father’ of the now $169 billion global database industry. The founder, Larry Ellison, introduced the first commercially available Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) to the world in 1979. With over 135,000 staff, Blockchain Partners has been introducing an emerging new distributed database technology, Blockchain, to hundreds of managers, sales staff, and technologists since 2017.

  • Traveller

     

    In my early 20's, I put on a backpack, left Canada and sailed over 25,000 nautical miles offshore inspiring me to write a series called,' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas'.  I was shaped by that experience and my career as a writer began. I skippered and delivered yachts for Sunsail while still a marketing director for multinational chandleries Budget Marine and Island Waterworld. I lived the sailboat cruising lifestyle in the Caribbean for 10 years. I now live in a charming 13th-century village near Groningen, Netherlands, where I dropped my anchor to raise a family and continue my career.  I have lived in the Dutch and French West Indies in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin and the islands of Dominica, Antigua. Grenada and Trinidad And Tobago. I also lived in Venezuela, Brazil, Australia, Thailand, United Kingdom, Crete in Greece, The Netherlands and in Canada in Toronto, Ontario, Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Victoria, Burnaby, and Vancouver, British Columbia where my roots were planted in New Westminster.

  • Innovation

     

    On the cutting edge of media innovation, I've been a publisher, writer, analyst, consultant, event organiser, business developer and judge for the EU Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK programmes. Moving from The Caribbean to Europe in 2002, I first transitioned into politics via progressive political publishing at the Free Press Group and participated in the earlier stages of the open-source publishing world. This was followed by TV and film innovation (TV App Market and TV Hackfest). This sparked the Hackitarian Foundation in Amsterdam where Jurjen Sohne and I organised innovation events (hackathons) across the world - with a focus on emerging technologies. Reed Midem then asked to help develop the MIPCube event in Cannes on the future of TV. I founded the first token sale event in Europe, CryptoFinancing, in early 2017.  I've spoken (keynotes & panels) on innovation at over 100 events in 50+ cities.

Things you may not 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 also have a hidden passion for genealogy and have compiled an ancestor tree of more than 6000 people dating back to 1000 AD.

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 and 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 2500 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. In St. Martin I was an editor, writer and restaurant reviewer. 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 blockchain technology since 2017 with former NSA affiliated cryptographer and professor, Dr Christian Seberino. We have been successfully providing three different levels of four-hour, live, remote, online courses at the corporate level to management, sales and technical staff working for Oracle, the world’s second-largest software company. With over 135,000 staff, Blockchain Partners has been introducing an emerging new distributed database technology, Blockchain, to hundreds of managers, sales staff, and technologists. Dr Seberino gives deep insight into Blockchain Technology while I focus on the Business of Blockchain and its impact on numerous industries including supply chain, healthcare, entertainment, loyalty programmes, gaming, and the use of crypto-economics in creating new liquidity. Working from home and saving time, expenses we erase our carbon footprint rather than doing in-person live sessions. Unlike a taped recording, doing it live helps make sure that everyone, by the end of four hours, understands not just what blockchain can do, but how it works. We guide them through it, not only as teachers, but other students with more technical ability often help those with less as well. I have an honorary PhD 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 WORK HARD

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 lived in the Dutch and French West Indies in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin and the islands of Dominica, Antigua. Grenada and Trinidad And Tobago. I also lived in Venezuela, Brazil, Australia, Thailand, United Kingdom, Crete in Greece, The Netherlands and in Canada in Toronto, Ontario, Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Victoria, Burnaby, and Vancouver, British Columbia where my root were planted in New Westminster.

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, Leipzig, 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, the University of Cologne in Germany, University of Groningen, Netherlands and the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology in China.

I hope you know more about me now!

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...email me at richard@the-blockchain.com
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