About us

Varanida is built by a complementary and highly motivated team, and supported by exceptional advisors and investors. 

Founding Team

Anji co-founded DOZ.com, a marketplace for marketing campaigns, thus he has over 10 years of digital marketing experience. He is also an early blockchain enthusiast who bought his first Bitcoin in 2012. Anji is also an investor and advisor in few blockchain projects.

Anji Ismaïl

Faouzi co-founded DOZ.com, a marketing software. Faouzi is a Network & Infrastructure architect and full-stack Engineer, who contributed to many open-source and blockchain related projects. He also worked four years at Michelin as a Technical Lead.


Thomas was Co-Founder, CFO, and later CEO of Infogrames/Atari, managing a company of 3,000+ people and $1B+ in revenue. He also founded Prozone, which launched SUP, a leading software for sports team analytics that was sold in 2014. He was also President of the soccer club ‘AS Saint Etienne’.

Thomas Schmider

Mickael has over 6 years of experience in managing complex technical infrastructures at Amazon. He has been involved in blockchain development and crypto-assets mining since 2012.

Mickael Crozes
System & Software

Pierre-Antoine is an Engineer with an electronics, IT, and signal processing background. He has worked on various Internet projects and browser extensions. With a strong interest in cryptography, financial engineering, and monetary theory, he has closely followed the development of blockchain technology since its inception.

Pierre Antoine Meley
Blockchain & Software

Marc is an Engineer with an artificial intelligence background. He is now focusing on blockchain problematics such as elliptic curve cryptography applications and game theory. Marc has signed his first transactions on the Bitcoin Mainnet back in 2012.

Marc Vincenti
Blockchain & Software

Steve is a successful Senior Manager at Comcast NBCUniversal. He has over 10 years experience in finance and strategy, reviewing long term trends in the media industry. Steve is also an accredited investor and has supported multiple blockchain projects.

Steve Amani
Strategy & Finance

Kevin has a Master degree in Finance & Audit (ESCP Europe). He has over 10 years experience in the financial field; first as senior auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, then as a Financial Director at Catalyst Capital.

Kevin De Silva
Finance & Compliance

Cory is a Full Stack Marketer with 10+ years of experience in the marketing and advertising industry. He worked for leading San Francisco agencies, creating digital marketing strategies for companies of all shapes and sizes to help them tell their story in a better way.

Carine is an avid Marketer, specialising in marketplaces. In her career she has worked for international companies and startups, and has experience managing various types of customers, including agencies and ad groups.

Carine Esteves

Thibault is a Digital Marketer who specializes in helping companies grow in an organic, ethical way, through community and customer care. He has worked with startups, agencies, and brands all around the world, and bought his first Bitcoin in 2013.

Thibault Lemaitre
Social Media & Community

Lina is a Social Media and Content Marketing Specialist. She has been involved in DOZ community management for more than two years. Lina speaks four languages fluently.

Lina Albin-Azar
Social Media & Community

Experienced Team & Advisors from:

Early Investors & Advisors

Jean Christophe is an experienced Sales and Partnerships leader with a demonstrated history of successful positions as Vice President of various divisions at AppNexus and Yahoo!.

Jean Christophe Conti
Former VP Sales AppNexus, VP Partnerships & Publishers Yahoo!

Thomas is the Co-Founder and former CEO of Zanox. In 2007, the company was acquired by the German newspaper publisher Axel Springer and Swiss PubliGroupe. Thomas is also an investor in many startups, and an early blockchain enthusiast.

Thomas Hessler
Bitcoin enthusiast, Founder of Zanox, UFOstart, Globumbus

Hen is a blockchain angel investor, token sale advisor, and crypto-assets fund manager. Hen is a regular speaker, and can be seen at various conferences around the globe, discussing the future of blockchains and cryptocurrencies.

Hen Tekle
Founder Alphachain, Blockchain & ICO Advisor

Elie Galam is Chief Investment Officer at Eastmore Group, a New York based alternative investment firm. He holds a Master’s in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and an Engineering Degree from Centrale Paris. Elie is advisor to successful blockchain projects such as Bancor and Fusion. 

Elie Galam
CIO at Eastmore Group, Financial Advisor at Bancor, Fusion and more.

Ouziel is the CTO and Co-Founder of Legolas Exchange, and is an outstanding blockchain engineer. Prior to Legolas, Ouziel lead development teams at Symbiot.io and Counterparty.

Ouziel Slama
CTO & Co-founder Legolas.Exchange

Ben is an advisor and investor in various blockchain startups. He was also Head of Industry at Google, which he joined after leading global brand partnerships at Wildfire, a marketing software company that was acquired by Google in 2012. Ben is a veteran in the media space, and has held various positions at Universal Pictures, Universal Music Group, and Yahoo!.

Ben Arnon
Blockchain Investor, former Google, Wildfire, Yahoo!

Natalia has over 15 years product, marketing and partnerships experience in telecom and internet. In her most recent role, Natalia was in charge of strategy and product marketing at Mozilla.

Natalia Martinez-Winter
Product & Innovation specialist, Mozilla, HTC, Orange

Joel Comm is New York Times bestselling author, blockchain enthusiast, professional keynote speaker, social media marketing strategist, live video expert, technologist, brand influencer, futurist and eternal 12-year old.

Joel Comm
Author, Speaker and Entrepreneur

Frédéric was the Co-Founder of Overblog and Nomao, before leading business development efforts at Teads. Frédéric also launched Secret Media, an ad-blocker monetization company.
Recently Frédéric started Legolas Exchange, a decentralised crypto-exchange, which raised over $35M through an ICO in January 2018.

Frédéric Montagnon
CEO & Co-founder LGO.Exchange, serial entrepreneur

Travis Wright is a top marketing technologist, author, keynote speaker, blockchain advisor, tech journalist, and podcast host. He is the former global digital and social strategist at Symantec for the Norton brand. Wright is the cofounder & CMO of CCP.Digital, a Kansas City & SF-based digital ad & content agency.

Travis Wright
Keynote Speaker, Marketing Technologist, Columnist

Jonathan is the CTO of Intermedia, which he joined in 2015, bringing with him 25+ years of experience in information technology. Prior to this, Jonathan was Vice CTO of Rakuten, and aslo Chief Operating Officer of Rakuten’s online advertising subsidiary LinkShare.

Jonathan Levine
CTO Intermedia, Rakuten, Linkshare

Julien is a successful technology entrepreneur who co-founded Overblog and Nomao, which later merged into a group called Ebuzzing. He participated in the growth of Teads, which has now became the first video advertising platform in the world. Julien is also founder of Arianee, and advisor to several blockchain projects.

Julien Romanetto
Founder at Arianee, Overblog. Business Angel and crypto-assets investor.

Sylvain was the Founder of Adthink Media, a leading digital advertising platform which went public in 2007. Recently Sylvain launched Rebrain, an AI powered investment management company. Sylvain is also an active investor in startups and blockchain projects.

Sylvain Morel
Founder Rebrain.ai, Adthink Media

Florian is currently Product Development Lead at Bayes Impact, an application that helps unemployed people during their job search. Prior to this role, Florian was the first Engineer and Principal Architect at Box, where he lead critical technical projects while the company grew from 7 to 1,200+ employees. Florian is also a mentor and investor to various startups.

Florian Jourda
Bayes Impact, First Engineer at Box.com