Paolo Ardoino is a computer scientist and blockchain technology executive based out London, United Kingdom. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Bitfinex, a leading digital asset trading platform.  
Early Life & Education
Paolo Ardoino is originally from Italy. After his first interaction with computers, Ardoino quickly becoming obsessed with hardware, networks, and cryptography. He graduated from Liceo Scientifico, a type of Italian secondary school, in 2003 where he studied in Physics, Mathematics, Latin, Philosophy, and Computer Science. In 2008, Ardoino graduated from the University of Genoa with a Bachelor of Computer Science in Computer Science.  
Throughout university, Paolo Ardoino worked as a Freelance Security, Software and Web Developer, and Distributed Systems Architect from 2003-2008. In 2007, Ardoino co-founded his first company Involutive, a web design and development company with two other computer science students. The company later pivoted and they created an Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) called WarWide which quickly grew to have a community of thousands in players in less than a year. 
After graduating from university in 2008, Paolo Ardoino started working as a researcher for a military project focused on high-availability, self-recovering networks and cryptography. Throughout this role, Paolo refined his knowledge of distributed systems and experimented extensively with cryptography.   
Throughout the following years Ardoino acquired a strong portfolio of different programming languages and developed a passion for distributed systems, high-performance computing, and cloud platforms.  
In 2010, Ardoino began developing financial related applications and founded Fincluster as CTO in late 2013. Backed by two financing investment rounds, Fincluster delivered an advanced, modern and accessible web platform serving different clients with customization capabilities. Fincluster developed a comprehensive, cloud-based financial application for financial advisers, fund managers & financial institutions, and served numerous small and medium sized companies throughout London, Milan and Lugano.  
Paolo joined Bitfinex as Senior Software Developer in 2014, tasked with trading engine development, platform scalability and high-availability. Later in 2016, Paolo transitioned to the role of CTO. As CTO of Bitfinex, Paolo’s role is to manage the development team, evaluate new technologies, design and develop the Bitfinex back end platform. In addition to this, Paolo also serves as Lead Backend Developer at Bitfinex.