Hi. My name is Raul and I am an individual passionate about building the decentralized web and contributing to a future where decentralized technology swings the pendulum back to the original promise of the Internet and empowers personal freedom.
"why we make the things we make says a lot about us"
Born and raised in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, I studied Computer Science at Harvard University, where I learned how important it is to harness the power of machines to build technology the world can benefit from.
I started a company called Prysmatic Labs with my co-founder Preston Van Loon working on implementing the core of Ethereum blockchain protocol, including its major scalability upgrades using cutting-edge research such as Proof of Stake and Sharding. My team has received significant funding to achieve our vision. We have created a project named Prysm fully open source as a Go implementation of Ethereum Proof of Stake. Today, our software is the most popular one to run the Ethereum blockchain, powering its consensus engine.
While at Harvard, I received the Thiel Fellowship: a $100k grant that allowed me to take off from school to pursue my passions. Thanks to the fellowship, I got into Ethereum and now I am a blockchain developer interested in building core improvements to the protocol.
My company, Prysmatic Labs, was acquired by Offchain Labs, the team behind the leading scaling solution for Ethereum called Arbitrum.
I am currently based in Atlanta, where I enjoy spending time in nature with my awesome wife Jackie and our cat, Buster.