Jon Matonis is a monetary economist based in Vilnius. Working early in his career for companies such as Visa and Verisign, today Matonis is known for being a strong advocate for Bitcoin and its disruptive economic implications. Matonis has been a featured guest on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, NPR, Al Jazeera, RT, Virgin Radio, and numerous podcasts as well as spoken to a wide variety of audiences about Bitcoin such as members of the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, ECB, SWIFT, DOJ, retail payment networks, major financial institutions, financial regulatory bodies, mobile money issuers, iGaming operators, information security firms, hedge funds, gold investors, and family offices.
Matonis attended George Washington University where he earned a BA in economics and monetary theory in 1985. He previously attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he studied economics and computer software engineering before transferring to George Washington University.
Early in his career, Matonis was a Senior Derivatives and Money Market Trader at the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Chief Foreign Exchange Dealer; Director of Credit Card Interchange at Visa, and was the Director of Financial Services at Verisign. He would hold CEO positions at a number of companies such as the encrypted messaging platform HushMail, ths software platform Cerebra, and the private equity firm the Lydia Group. Matonis world serve as the first Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation, would be a non-executive Board Director at the Bitcoin trading exchange, Tradehill Inc., and was an Editorial Board Member of CoinDesk. Currently, Matonis is a Board Director of the Euro Wallet NexPay, a subsidiary of the institutional-grade bitcoin and derivatives exchange Globitex as well as is the Chief Economist of Cypherpunk Holdings.