W. Scott Stornetta has been called a founding father of blockchain technology. Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, cited him several times in the Bitcoin white paper.
He has been a notable figure in cryptography and distributed computing. The first mention of a blockchain appeared in a publication co-authored by Stornetta, in which a digital hierarchy system called “block chain” was described as using digital time-stamps for ordering transactions.
He is currently a founding partner of Yugen Partners, a blockchain focused venture capital firm.