Joel Dietz is a cryptocurrency entrepreneur, artist, and software architect based out of Palo Alto, California. He is well known as the former Founder and President of Swarm which developed Swarm Fund and Swarm Syndicates among other products. Dietz was also one of the founding contributors to Ethereum.   
Joel Dietz holds academic degrees from Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has also studied at Harvard University, Hebrew University, Arcadia University, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and the Harbin Institute of Technology. He speaks seven languages including Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, and Japanese.  
Joel Dietz is the former Founder and President of Swarm, which has produced several products, including Swarm Syndicates and Swarm Fund, the blockchain for private equity. Swarm Fund is a fully decentralized capital marketplace that democratizes investing by using the power of the blockchain to open up high-return, alternative investment classes to smaller investors through asset-backed funds using cryptocurrency tokens. It makes traditionally exclusive investment opportunities, such as private equity and hedge funds, inclusive for the swarm or general public by pooling together smaller investments into larger, institutional-sized blocks. Dietz was one of the founding contributors to Ethereum.    
Joel co-founded the first smart contract educational channel (EtherCasts), the Ethereum Silicon Valley meetup, wrote the original “AppCoin Manifesto,” and built the first decentralized asset and governance platforms on the Bitcoin blockchain.   
Joel facilitated the “LoveNest” blockchain-community living space in Palo Alto and has presented on topics including Decentralized Autonomous Society, DAO Democracy, Futarchy, and Delegative Democracy.   
Joel Dietz also holds awards from Google and Salesforce from his work as a software architect and developer from before he entered the blockchain space.   
Dietz has also worked as an artist independently and for Sundancer Studios in Berlin. At Sundancer Studios he focused on fine art photography, poetry, and essays. He developed insights into classical hatha yoga and meditation, with particularly detailed explanations of 'pranic' practices drawn from his own academic study of classical texts. Dietz also conducted research into esoteric elements in the classical tradition, especially the untranslated work of Giorgio Colli and the Neoplatonic concept of the intellect.