Founder of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), partner at Token.Agency & EdTech company Blockchain Partners (Oracle client) – Richard Kastelein is a Canadian award-winning publisher & entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of a dozen Blockchain startups & has written 2500+ articles on Blockchain technology at Blockchain News and published in Harvard Business Review, Wired, The Guardian & Venturebeat. His work has been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German & French & and his writings have been cited over 30x at Google Scholar.
He holds an honourary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor at Jiangxi Institute of Software and Technology (Blockchain Faculty) in China.
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain in Amsterdam (4x), Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai (3x), Eindhoven, Gdansk (2x), Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, Kuwait, Linz, London (6x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Penang, Phuket, Prague, San Mateo, Santa Clara (3x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam & Zurich.
He’s a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He started building online media in 1997.
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur & adventurer at heart, Kastelein’s professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to a stint as a restaurant reviewer in the Caribbean & more as he’s travelled for nearly 30 years.
He sailed around the world on small yachts & 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. He currently lives in Haren, NL where he’s raising three teenage daughters with his wife & sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.