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Jonathan Chester is an entrepreneur and blockchain​ enthusiast based in San Francisco.[4] ​ He is the Founder and President of Bitwage, an international wage payment and staffing solution built on the Bitcoin​ blockchain.[1] ​He is also the Founder, President, and Managing Director of Inwage​, a solutions provider for companies who want to run Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).[7]


In addition, Chester is a contributor to Forbes​, where he writes about cryptocurrency​, ICOs, and other blockchain-related topics.[3]


Early Life & Education

Chester is originally from Los Angeles, California.[4]​ ​He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara​ where he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi.[1] Chester would spend time studying abroad at Fudan University​ in Shanghai.[1] He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Economics in 2013.[1]


Career

Business Development

Upon graduating from college, Chester entered the tech industry as a business developer. He interned at various companies, including Oak Creek Energy Systems a subsidiary of Marubeni​.[1] ​ He also spent time at Oracle working as a sales representative where he led their open source support in Kansas and Iowa.[1] [8]


Cryptocurrency / Blockchain

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Chester speaking at an event

In the fall of 2013, Jonathan Chester began learning about the Bitcoin​ industry;[8]​ he became interested in the technology behind it after watching a TED Talk. Wanting to learn more about the efficiencies of Bitcoin, he started reading and studying white papers and listening to podcasts by Andreas Antonopoulos​.

While advocating for Bitcoin, he understood that earning Bitcoin is a rigorous process for the common person. He believed Bitcoin could scale further if there were a Bitcoin project dedicated to payment processing.


In June 2014, Chester and John Lindsay founded Bitwage​, a blockchain-powered international wage payment and payment processing company.[4] Bitwage has raised funds from high profile investors and companies, such as Tim Draper​'s Draper Associates​, BPI France, and Orange Silicon Valley through the Orange Fab accelerator.[3]


In 2015, Chester founded Inwage​, which provides IT consulting and development services for ICOs and blockchain projects.[1]


Forbes

In December 2015, Jonathan Chester began writing for Forbes​. His first article, "Starting Bitwage, An International Payroll Company That Uses Bitcoin," was about the story behind Bitwage and how it became useful for freelancerscontractors, and eventually employers.[8]


His most popular article to date is "A New Way to Raise Money: The Initial Coin Offering," which was published on June 12, 2017 and has received over 60,000 views.[14]​ 


Awards & Accomplishments

Chester has been featured in Les Échos​, Entrepreneur, and Quartz​.[3] ​ He has consulted members of the European Parliament, Dutch banks, and the California Senate​ regarding regulation of the blockchain industry.[3]


In addition, Chester has spoken at conferences such as Viva Technology, SCAPayments, Transact15, BIP001 and CoinAgenda. [3]  ​






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