Taariq Lewis is the CEO and founder of Aquila. Taariq has launched a number of successful Bitcoin businesses and blockchain developer initiatives that help bring Bitcoin and blockchain engineering to a global audience. As founder of Silicon Valley startups, Serica and Aquila, Taariq is responsible for leading the first commercial Bitcoin2.0 platform, linking valuable hard and soft financial assets to the blockchain. Serica’s healthcare payment application, SericaPay, is the largest alternative payments platform to serve California patients unable to acquire critical medicine via non-cash payment rails. From 2014 - 2016, Taariq was the lead organizer for the largest San Francisco community of Bitcoin engineers, SF Bitcoin Devs, a critical fixture of the Silicon Valley bitcoin and blockchain engineering community. Taariq’s financial services background includes successful analyst work at Goldman Sachs and Knight Capital. His digital money career started at American Banknote Corporation, the first official company commissioned by the US government to print stamps, stock certificates, and currencies. Taariq earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and his BA, in Philosophy and Economics from Columbia University.