Casey Kuhlman is the cofounder and CEO of Eris Industries which is building a platform for smart contracts and legal applications of blockchain technology. Casey is passionate about bringing distributed technology into mainstream usage for commercial and governance applications. Prior to cofounding Eris Industries, Casey was the head of legal information systems at the US Open Data Institute. A lawyer and international development practitioner by training, Casey has worked extensively in the Horn of Africa, including cofounding the first law firm in Somaliland which he was the Managing Partner of for over four years. Casey has also been a New York Times bestselling author, an infantry officer in the Marines, and an avid participant in open source software development.