Team

Our team

Our team combines more than 130 years of engineering experience. 

Our management team includes several successful entrepreneurs with proven experience in building great companies. Our commercial team has a long experience in business development, operations and technical sales which will help us explore and realise new business opportunities and enter successful partnerships around the Friend Cloud, making it into a thriving ecosystem.

Arne Peder Blix
Founder and CEO
Arne Peder Blix
Founder and CEO
Successfully grown several startups into multi million dollar companies, primarily in the Fintech space.
Hogne Titlestad
Founder / Chief Architect / Chief Operations Officer
Hogne Titlestad
Founder / Chief Architect / Chief Operations Officer
Visionary programmer. Has developed numerous amazing projects and invented Friend OS.
Paul Lassa
Chief Product Officer
Paul Lassa
Chief Product Officer
Delivering utility, performance, and craftsmanship in hardware & software. 20+ patents at SanDisk in USB & SSD's.
Thomas Wollburg
Chief Technology Officer
Thomas Wollburg
Chief Technology Officer
Seasoned developer with 20 years experience in delivering leading solutions.
Jolanda Engelvaart
CFO / Chairman
Jolanda Engelvaart
CFO / Chairman
Accounting & Finance professional with more than 10 years experience.
David Pleasance
International Sales and Marketing
David Pleasance
International Sales and Marketing
Highly experienced sales & marketing veteran on an international level. Past; Head of Commodore UK.
Espen Olsen
Software Engineer
Espen Olsen
Software Engineer
Engineering career started with LEGO. Amiga500 was his first computer. Main developer of Friend Chat.
Paweł Stefański
Software Engineer
Paweł Stefański
Software Engineer
Early into computer technology. Past; Schneider Electric, Airbus, ING. Main developer of Friend Core.
Artur Langner
Systems engineer
Artur Langner
Systems engineer
Experienced software developer and network administrator. Licensed amateur radio operator.
Chris Andre Strømland
Software Engineer
Chris Andre Strømland
Software Engineer
Experienced web developer with a passion for decentralized systems. Creator of Friend Community.
Fritz Fjellaker
Art Director
Fritz Fjellaker
Art Director
Years of experience within art, advertisment and communication. With passion for life.
Colin Proudfoot
Financial Advisor
Colin Proudfoot
Financial Advisor
Successful executive with multi billion companies and startups. Over 30 years in high tech.
Anneke Leigh
Business Advisor
Anneke Leigh
Business Advisor
Experienced executive leader, known for ‘getting stuff done’; passion for mentoring people.
Liat Perlman
Business Advisor
Liat Perlman
Business Advisor
Sales and alliance leader. Builds ecosystems that deliver revenue, seats, influence and brand.
Barry Kirk
Business Advisor
Barry Kirk
Business Advisor
Senior experienced entrepreneur with over 40years in legacy software. with passion for solving challenges.
Dan Wood
Media Manager - Europe/UK
Dan Wood
Media Manager - Europe/UK
Experienced Broadcaster and Communicator. Translates technology into something everybody understands.
Adam Spring
Media Manager - USA
Adam Spring
Media Manager - USA
Technologist, Business Strategist and Communicator. With 12 years experience in high end technologies.
David Levy
Communications advisor
David Levy
Communications advisor
David is a veteran digital and high-tech marketer with a depth of experience from journalism, consumer digital advertising, market intelligence and direct response.
Torbjørn Rott
Project manager
Torbjørn Rott
Project manager
Experienced systems architect and entrepreneur. With passion for the simple life and family.
Nathan Scrivens
Advisor
Nathan Scrivens
Advisor

Advisors & evaluators

Mikko Terho
CTO Mobile Software and Site Manager Finland R&D, Huawei
Mikko Terho
CTO Mobile Software and Site Manager Finland R&D, Huawei
Global responsibility for Huawei mobile OS strategies and widely considered and exceptional visionary
Owen Barnes
Blockchain Advisor
Owen Barnes
Blockchain Advisor
Loves to create beautiful products that surprise and delight. Main skill is seeing how something *should* work.
Jens Guthe
Partner at GK Banking Partners
Jens Guthe
Partner at GK Banking Partners
Senior banker, consultant & manager with over 30 years of International and banking experience.
Mark Turrell
WEF advisor on Blockchain
Mark Turrell
WEF advisor on Blockchain
Expert in strategy and business planning, With more than 10 years experience in the sector.
Eric Egnet
Executive Advisor / CIO
Eric Egnet
Executive Advisor / CIO
Seasoned executive, business strategist, senior technologist, and blockchain leader.
Pekka Abrahamsson
Professor of Information Systems at University of Jyväskylä
Pekka Abrahamsson
Professor of Information Systems at University of Jyväskylä
Alexander Bakos Leirvåg
Innovator at Grid Labs / Norwegian Ethereum pioneer
Alexander Bakos Leirvåg
Innovator at Grid Labs / Norwegian Ethereum pioneer
Passionate about data science and enjoy the challenge of getting value out of data.
Caradoc Peters
College Lecturer at University of Plymouth
Caradoc Peters
College Lecturer at University of Plymouth
Christoffer Herheim
Business advisor
Christoffer Herheim
Business advisor
Business professional, previously Senior Advisor at Equatex global for corporate finance & development.