FIST - Financial Innovation Strategy Team

About F.I.S.T. - Financial Innovation Strategy Team

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FIST helps "F-word" innovators (financial, fiduciary and fiscal) get big results. We have wide ranging structural and strategic expertise, and can call on our network of friends, clients and partners to add insight into almost any related area.


Vinay Gupta

Founder of FIST. Best known for The Hexayurt Project the world's leading Open Source Architecture project and CheapID, a cryptographic genocide-resistant biometric ID card scheme comissioned by the US government for use in conflict environments. A veteran of the 1990s cypherpunk scene, and a former power user of E-Gold.

Arthur Doohan

An engineer by training, a banker by experience & an activist by choice... who knows that the answer to 'too much debt' cannot be 'more debt'. Author of the Offset Debt proposal for generating relief for distressed loans using a revenue-neutral mechanism free of moral hazard.

FIST's clients include...



A very plausible candidate for the title of "the world's most promising cryptocurrency start up," the Ethereum Project may also wind up revolutionizing the internet along the way.

Robin Chase

Robin Chase is founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a service that brings together car owners and drivers in a carsharing marketplace. empowers individuals to take control of their mobility, without looking to governments or big businesses for solutions. Robin is also founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world, and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community.

The Makerfox

Applying extremely advanced linear programming methods to the ancient human institution of barter, the Makerfox team pose a fascinating question: with the right algorithms and enough computer power, can multi-party barter be more economically efficient than any other form of markets?!


EdgeRyders is a European social enterprise working with groups including Council of Europe / UNDP / UNESCO / Rockfeller Foundation and others to deliver a series of projects including the Spot The Future series (in Georgia, Armenia, Egypt and Belarus), unMonastrey in Italy, and others. See "a feather for lifting anvils" on social capital for social enterprise and this presentation on whole of society responses in Belarus.

Ian Grigg

Described as the "Satoshi Nakamoto of the E-Gold Generation," Ian Grigg has been involved in financial cryptography for over 20 years, and is the inventor of the Ricardian Contract, a fundamental primitive of financial cryptography.