Innovation and investment firm hires blockchain specialist Steve Vallas

Steve Vallas, Senior Technology Advisor at Skafold

Fast growing innovation and investment firm, Skafold, has appointed ex-Blockchain Australia CEO Steve Vallas as its new Senior Technology Advisor. The role is responsible for exploring and advising all Skafold activities related to blockchain, digital currencies, digital regulation and technology more broadly. Skafold’s diverse innovation and investment ecosystem works closely with innovators and entrepreneurs to discover, unlock, and realise value and impact.

What does Vallas bring to Skafold in the new role?

Skafold Principal Adam Jacoby said the appointment was a coup for the new company and looked forward to working with Mr Vallas to explore a range of next-generation ventures.

“Skafold has been established to create a unique end-to-end innovation ecosystem that nurtures and develops scalable, sustainable and impactful start-ups. Steve’s market-leading expertise and networks will greatly assist what we want to achieve,” Mr Jacoby said.

“Having his ideas as part of our team will enable us to uncover new opportunities and refer to his knowledge when engaging with businesses that have a particular technology focus.”

Mr Vallas was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Blockchain Australia, the peak national body, and continues to provide input into a number of industry advisory groups including Blockchain APAC, NFT Fest Aus, and the ASEAN Blockchain Consortium.

What were Vallas’ thoughts on the new role?

Mr Vallas said he was excited to be working with a new innovation and investment model that recognised the value of delivering best practice services and start-up infrastructure.

“Blockchain technology plays a major and increasingly relevant role in technology and commercial infrastructure in Australia and abroad, but its full potential is not always recognised in the early stages of a new idea or business,” Mr Vallas said.

“The Skafold innovation and investment ecosystem will strengthen the Australian tech and start-up environment with targeted expertise, capital, operational support, and contributing my industry knowledge to Skafold’s is a natural progression of my passion for this space.”