Manu Sporny is the Founder and CEO of Digital Bazaar. A champion for science and the arts, his life’s work is focused on empowering people to enact global change through the Web. He is currently focused on expanding the core infrastructure of the Web to include peer-to-peer payments, distributed banking, crowd funding, and a variety of other transparent-by-design financial services that will become the foundation of the new economy. Manu is an entrepreneur, having been involved in a number of start-ups, and has Chaired a number of technological Working Groups at the World Wide Web Consortium.

With a background in Computer Science, his research interests include Web architecture, distributed system operation and scalability, start-up creation and management, agile organization design, open standards, high performance payment systems, open source software, digital content delivery, graphic design, peer-to-peer system design, genetic sequencing, 3D fabrication, and the future of money.

The culmination and ongoing improvement of this set of interests can be found at the following websites:

Digital Bazaar – At the Intersection of Art and Technology
PaySwarm – Universal Web Payments
PaySwarm Developer Website
The Resource Description Framework in Attributes (RDFa)
JavaScript Object Notation for Linking Data (JSON-LD)