Binding devices to digital relationships

People connect to the web for increasingly valuable services, from banking to Bitcoin to private messaging. The more valuable the service becomes, the more important it is to protect the user's relationship to that service.

This incurs more layers of security thrust on the user. At Rivetz, we make it possible to connect web services to trusted hardware in the user's device. When you can trust a device to provide basic uncompromised keys and transactions, you can deliver more value with more convenience.

Rivetz runs local applets in the hardware of Android phones and PC's that provide a collection of services for securing an online relationship with a user.

You might ask, how are you going to deploy all this hardware? It's already done. Intel, AMD and others in the industry have been laying the foundation of Trusted Execution for years. Trusted Execution is the ability to run applets on consumer devices that are not visible to the OS, can't be tampered with by malware or users, and provide core cryptographic functions that underlie our relationship to online services.

Rivetz connects the modern web with the trusted device

Partner with us to realize a more dependable and approachable services network. A billion devices have shipped with built-in security hardware. Millions more are committed in 2015. Rivetz brings years of experience and relationships to see through the transition to a modern network built around the device.

Watch a demo: On Android | On Intel

founding team

Steven SpragueCEOSteven Sprague is one of the principle industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven served as President and CEO for 14 years at Wave before transitioning to the board of directors. A popular speaker on cybersecurity and trusted computing, Steven has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing, and is skilled at translating these concepts into layman’s terms.

Steven is the co-founder and CEO of Rivetz Corp. Rivetz bridges trusted computing to the consumer marketplace and is enabling technologies for the protection of private keys and secure instructions for Bitcoin and other crypto currencies.

Steven has a passion for making trusted computing’s best-in-class security solutions accessible, understandable and easy-to-use, and has helped some of the world’s largest enterprises secure their data and networks. He was influential in the development and application of the self-encrypting drive industry standards, supporting the technology early and leading in the commercialization of the drive management and recovery capabilities. During his tenure at Wave, over 130 million copies of licensed software were delivered globally through multiple PC OEM partners, and the US and European governments took clear strides to standardize on the use of trusted computing. Steven holds a number of patents and continues to push for market adoption of industry standards-based security.

Steven graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He enjoys farming in Western Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters, and a few too many horses.
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Michael SpragueCTOMichael is an original web veteran. He's developed and directed products spanning digital micro-transactions and trusted execution networks in the nineties, interactive TV and network video distribution in the naughts and more recently device identity and social media privacy.

Michael's career began as a developer and architect for a small but prestigious consulting firm contracted to redefine the global banking system for such clients as JP Morgan, Citibank and Fidelity. With the advent of the web, Michael joined Wave Systems as systems architect and delivered one of the very first micropayment system. (Sprague.com had a tip jar in 1997.)

Michael left Wave to work as VP of Services and later President of Wavexpress where he pioneered alternative video distribution and the integration of television with the interactive web. In 2008 Wavexpress delivered the Beijing Olympics to Microsoft Media Center customers in ground-breaking interactive HD.

Back at Wave in 2010 Michael devised and delivered Scrambls, a critically acclaimed service for encrypting social media interactions, and Knowd, a service for simplifying web authentication through hardware-backed device identity.

Michael is a long-time New Yorker where he lives with his wife and two kids.
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Shailendra JainBusiness DevelopmentTechnology Entrepreneur with expertise in Mobile, SaaS, Multimedia and Security. Mr. Jain is the founder of Abaqus, a company focused on providing mobile security, location & messaging solutions for business customers. Prior to that, Mr. Jain was the CEO of Adamind, a Company supplying multimedia technology solutions to 100+ Mobile Operators worldwide. Mr. Jain spun out Adamind from Philips Electronics in 2004, successfully listed the company on AIM (London) and completed its sale in Q2 2007.

Prior roles include at GM of a BU at Philips Electronics, VP at Wave Systems Corp. (building a wallet and micro transaction solution) and Software Engineer/Architect at Novell (Serius Corp.).

Mr. Jain graduated from University Of Utah with a BS and ME in Computer Science.
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H. Peter FelgentreffVice President of SalesDuring his 20+ years of experience, H. Peter Felgentreff has built a solid listing of accolades for innovative software technology companies, both public and private. Focused on market entry and revitalizing business development efforts, Peter has served in a variety of turnkey roles for technology companies spanning the globe. Peter’s keen eye for efficient growth strategies has lead to breaking ground on operations in North America, preparing for acquisitions, launching global sales organizations, building Fortune 500 account rosters, and a myriad of other impact initiatives.

Most recently, Peter led the sales and business development efforts for a Qualcomm-funded PARC technology spin-off SaaS provider and for a Gartner Magic-Quadrant rated NAC / SDN venture. He lead the incorporation in North America of German-based NCP engineering, where he served as President and CEO, Americas. Taking the company to profitability in less than one year, his achievements include strategic partnerships with Juniper Networks, OEM relationships with leading companies such as Motorola, and the recruitment of over 500 channel partners including Dell, IBM, SHI, Synnex and Zones.

He has held various executive leadership positions with many prominent security and digital rights protection companies including Kerio Technologies, ShieldIP, Zone Labs and Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Inc.

Peter is fluent in German, and an avid aviation enthusiast.
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directors

Bradley RotterVice ChairBradley Rotter is a visionary investor who has pioneered investment in many new alternative investments classes beginning with Hedge Funds in 1982 while speculating on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He traded Government Bonds for EF Hutton on Wall Street before returning to Chicago to the Board of Trade.

Bradley moved to San Francisco in the mid 80's to be close to the technology fountainhead of the Bay Area. He is best known for famous quote in 1995 "this internet thing is going to be big"

Bradley was awarded the Investor Dealers Digest Private Deal of the Year Award in 1996 for an innovative securitization which precede an IPO on Nasdaq

Bradley has made numerous VC and PE investments, with a particular focus on internet and technology, spanning from hedge funds to satellites.
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George GilderBoard MemberAuthor of 15 books: Knowledge&Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism (Regnery 2013); Men&Marriage; Wealth&Poverty (new edition Regnery 2012);The Spirit of Enterprise and Recapturing the Spirit of Enterprise (Micron Technology history). Most recent are technology histories and prophecies: Life After Television, Microcosm, Telecosm, The Silicon Eye, and The Israel Test (reissued with foreword by Joe Lieberman, Encounter, 2012). Microcosm and Telecosm both listed among the era's top 10 technology books by VentureBeat in 2012 and Microcosm was ranked among the top two technology books by Wired. Knowledge and Power was honored as the libertarian "book of the year" by FreedomFest 2013. Frequent contributor to Forbes publications and the Wall Street Journal. Co-author The Party That Lost Its Head (Knopf, 1965) , with Bruce Chapman, chairman, the Discovery Institute in Seattle. Work as venture capitalist (angel) specializing in U.S. technology companies (such as Otoy--world's leading 3D graphics in the cloud, Immusoft, pioneering the programming of immune cells, Seldon Technology--carbon nanotube filter products, and Israeli technology companies--such as ASOCS, world leading software defined radio chip design).

For three years, owner and publisher of the American Spectator. For more than 10 years, wrote and edited the Gilder Technology Report. Began technology writing in the Rosen Electronics Letter and Release2.0. I have served on the boards of directors of private companies such as Berkshire Corporation (10 years; cleanroom products) and Seldon Technology (current; carbon nanotube filters) and public companies such as Wave Systems (20 years and active), K-12 (several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s), Mosaix (5 years in the 1990s). Number 27 Management Guru in Clayton Christensen's Top 50. Founder and fellow of the Discovery Institute.
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blog.rivetz.com
10/30/2014 - Rivetz Named as Top Three Global ...
THANKS  CoinAgenda :: :: Rivetz Picked as Top 3 :: :: Great Job to the whole Rivetz Team !! :: :: Congratulations to ZebPay and Factom both ...
10/18/2014 - Bitcoin & the Role of Known Devices
:: :: :: This past summer, JPMorgan Chase lost over 80 million customer records. :: :: :: In 2013, Target lost over 40 million records. :: :: ...
09/06/2014 - Rivetz demo on Intel
In previous posts we demonstrated how Rivetz can secure a Bitcoin transaction confirmation on Android. Now here it is using Intel's trusted execution ...
09/02/2014 - Another demo of rivetz enhancing a ...
In this demo a local Android app engages with Rivetz to secure the intent of a Bitcoin transaction. ::
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