Dieter Shirley

Dieter Shirley

Dieter Shirley

Co-founder, CryptoKitties.

Dieter is a partner and chief technical architect at Axiom Zen, an award-winning
venture studio specialized in applying emerging technologies to unsolved business
problems. Products developed by Axiom Zen have touched 200+ million consumers
and are used by the world’s leading companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, and
NASA, as well as by eminent academic institutions and government organizations.
Dieter is an original participant in the world of cryptocurrency, mining his first
Bitcoin on his home computer in 2010. Since then he has served as a technical
architect on a series of advanced blockchain projects including as co-founder of
CryptoKitties, the most successful collectibles game on the blockchain. Dieter is
also the founding CTO of Cornerstone, a real estate transaction platform being
developed in partnership with Ross McCredie, former founder and CEO of
Sotheby’s Canada, and Dave Carson, former COO at Sotheby’s Global.
Axiom Zen was named first among Canada’s Most Innovative Companies by Canadian Business. They pride themselves in diversity of talent: a team of ~80 creatives includes published authors, over a dozen former founders, diversity from 20+ national origins, and decades of collective experience at startups and Fortune 500s alike.
Axiom Zen is the team behind ZenHub, the world’s leading collaboration solution for technical teams using GitHub; and the developer of Timeline, named Apple’s Best App of the month, Editor’s Choice in 10 countries, and Best New App in 88
countries. Axiom Zen is the creator of Toby, recognized as Top Chrome Extension of the year by both Google and Product Hunt, and the parent company of Hammer & Tusk, a leader in the world of immersive experiences (AR/VR). Axiom Zen’s
work has been featured in TIME Magazine, The New York Times, and Fast Company.