Steven Nerayoff, Esq. LL.M. is a prolific serial entrepreneur and attorney having founding six companies on both coasts, Silicon Valley and New York. He is an early pioneer and leader in the Blockchain industry and a senior advisor to Ethereum and Lisk and personally coined the terms "Gas" or "Fuel" to describe the functionality within Ethereum's protocol.Steven advised and contributed to Ethereum from its earliest days, created the initial legal framework and co-drafted the crowdsale model which set the standard for all other crowdsales to follow.
Through his venture capital firm, Maple Ventures, he has been the lead investor in some of the most successful Blockchain and Cryptocurrency ventures. He has also been a senior advisor to some of the most promising Cryptocurrency projects including Factom, Lisk, ZCash and Bancor.
In addition to his role as a venture capitalist, he is also currently the Founder & CEO of CloudParc, a patented next-generation optics based solution for on and off street parking systems, whose ground breaking technology automates the transaction management, vehicle identification and parking violation/enforcement process.
Prior to Maple Ventures and CloudParc, Steven founded Freedom Eldercare, one of the country’s largest and fastest growing private pay home health care providers, which was purchased by Webster Capital in 2008, the first acquisition by a private equity firm in the sector. Other companies he has founded and co-founded include: Fleetwood Owen (now Cooper Owen, the world’s largest celebrity memorabilia company), eWanted.com, the Internet’s leading marketplace for person-to-person “want ads” and Inside/Out City Guides.
Steven began as an attorney with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where his practice involved technology..M&A, structured finance transactions, tax and corporate work.