About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication
Blockchain News
(EST 2015), partner at ICO services
CryptoAsset Design Group ($500m+ and 50+ ICOs), director of education
company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at
leading industry event CryptoFinancing (Europe’s first ICO event now
branded Tokenomicon) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an
award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur.

He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups
and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and
startups at
Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in
Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat

Ad honorem – Honorary Ph.d – Chair Professor of Blockchain at
China’s first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead
Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and
attended University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School for Business
Automation 4.0 programme. Chevalier (Knight) – Ordre des Arts et des
Technologies at Crypto Chain
University and on advisory board of Advisory Board Member of
International Decentralized Association Of Cryptocurrency And
Blockchain (IDABC) as well as Advisory Board Member at U.S. Blockchain

Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+
innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission’s SME
Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for
the UK government’s Innovate UK division. Kastelein has spoken
(keynotes & panels) on Blockchain
technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels,
Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki,
London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, San
Francisco, Santa Clara, Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht,
Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich

His network is global and
extensive. He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing
career has
ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean
& Europe

He’s written occasionally for Harvard Business
Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work
and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and

A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart,
Kastelein’s professional career has ranged from political publishing to
TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to
marketing and more as he’s travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian
expatriate living around the world

In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a
series of travel articles called, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’
travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and
yachting publications. 

He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands
where he’s raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing
partner, Wieke Beenen.

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