Polymesh Appoints Justin Newton to Governing Council
The Polymesh Association has officially released the names of the three representatives of the Polymesh Governing Council. Netki is pleased to announce the appointment of our CEO, Justin Newton, as a member of the Polymesh Association and signatory of the Polymesh Governing Council.
Polymesh Network, created by Polymath, is the world’s first public, permissioned blockchain built for regulated securities. The Polymesh Governing Council is crucial in Polymesh governance as the primary decision-making body of Polymesh. Its main role is to chart a path forward for future development, and it can also fast-track proposals to deal with emergency fixes.
Digital securities, also known as security tokens, are financial securities that are digitally represented on a blockchain; put simply they are a digital representation of ownership of an underlying asset. While residing on a decentralized network, they are still subject to traditional securities laws. The emergence of digital securities is signaling a new era in asset management as traditional investors and asset managers are shifting their business models towards the digital realm.
Netki, led by Justin W. Newton, has been working with Polymesh to fulfill its mission by bringing blockchain-specific identity verification to the network. The collaboration has helped protect against fraudulent account creation while ensuring the onboarding process to the chain is easy and efficient for global users.
Justin Newton is an early internet pioneer and a startup veteran — a serial entrepreneur, thought leader, and innovator with a reputation for driving companies to unicorn valuations while exemplifying the ideals that defined the internet revolution: free speech, anonymity, decentralized ownership, open infrastructure, and permissionless innovation.
“We are excited to welcome Justin as an appointee for Netki on the Governing Council amid a time of tremendous growth and opportunity for Polymesh,” said Graeme Moore, Head of Tokenization at Polymesh. “Justin’s experience at the intersection of decentralization and compliance is a valuable addition to our capabilities. His proven track record of partner-related accomplishments and driving companies success on an international scale will be advantageous in propelling Polymesh’s growth.”
Justin has been a highly sought-after participant in government-led initiatives on digital identity by the US Treasury, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Central Bank of Aruba, the government of El Salvador, and other global agencies and institutions. Mr. Newton recently participated in Bitcoin Miami 2022, sharing his experience as the first KYC provider to successfully onboard a country with over 4 million users joining the Chivo wallet in less than 45 days.
“Securities are a key part of the digital asset ecosystem and dramatic growth in the immediate future. Polymesh has accomplished the twin goals of building technology capable of fulfilling regulatory compliance requirements and fostering institutional confidence. At Netki, we are excited to be working with Polymesh to help drive the standards and build that future together,” said Justin Newton.
As a tech executive, Justin led four consecutive companies to $1B+ IPOs. In 1998, Justin helped take AboveNet, a leading Internet Infrastructure company, public, followed by NetZero, the world’s largest free ISP, in 1999. Justin was then EVP of IT for Demand Media, now Leaf Group, where he prepared their technology platforms and IT infrastructure for the stress tests and audits required in advance of their public filings. Additionally, Justin applied all of this technical expertise to the financial services industry as CTO of Blackline systems, developing software that was instrumental in ensuring financial stability in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis.
Justin joins Polymesh Governing Council Appointees Brandon Russell, CEO and Founder of Etana, and Vincent Kadar, CEO of Polymath. Justin also sits on the board of directors for the Leadership Committee Anti Money Laundering Working Group, Digital Chamber and Governing Council.
Founded in 2014, Los Angeles-based Netki is the only KYC-AML regulatory technology provider developing remote identity verification solutions purpose-built for blockchains. Netki’s scalable, flexible, automated technology increases trust in regulated transactions on the parts of sellers, buyers and regulators. Its products are included or used by the Amazon Web Services Partner Network, Polymesh, Hedera, Vertalo and Celo. For more information, visit Netki.com.
Polymath makes it easy to create, issue, and manage tokens on the blockchain. More than 200 tokens have been deployed using our Ethereum-based solution, and we are now working on the Polymesh blockchain initiative, an institutional-grade blockchain built specifically for regulated assets. It streamlines antiquated processes and opens the door to new financial instruments by solving the inherent challenges with public infrastructure around identity, compliance, confidentiality, and governance.