Brian Forde has spent more than a decade at the nexus of technology, entrepreneurship, and public policy. He’s the CEO and co-founder of Numero, a software startup building financial tools for political campaigns across the country. He started this company based on his experience running for Congress in 2018. Previously, he was the Founding Director of Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab where he led efforts to mainstream digital currencies like Bitcoin through research, and incubation of high-impact applications of the emerging technology. Before MIT he was the Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation at the White House where he spearheaded efforts to leverage emerging technologies to address the President’s most critical national priorities. Prior to his work at the White House, Brian founded one of the largest phone companies in Nicaragua after serving as a business and technology volunteer in the Peace Corps. In recognition of his work, Brian was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and the Graduate of the last decade by the London Business School.