Jed McCaleb Keeps His Eye on the Big Picture

Jed McCaleb has been actively involved with the online community since the early stages of the dot-com boom, delivering game-changing platforms such as eDonkey2000, one of the first and most popular peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, as well as Mt. Gox, one of the earliest iterations for Bitcoin exchange. It was while exploring his interest in Bitcoin, that Jed McCaleb stumbled upon the idea of utilizing its latent idea – that cryptocurrency is simply a platform, to create his newest online company. “Stellar,” which is a universal online financial network, can be used to connect financial institutions, servicing populations that historically been neglected. The World Bank estimates that there are 2.5 billion people in the world that are considered to be unbanked – Jed McCaleb aims to change that with Stellar. While Stellar is still in the very early stages, its capabilities have allowed it to already be incorporated with several prominent institutions around the world, including the Praekelt Foundation.

In order to stay on top of his many endeavors, Jed McCaleb implements a system that allows him maximum productivity and efficiency. He tends to break down his day into two modes, one in which focusing on the goals for the day regarding building his product is the prime objective and a second mode where he dedicates his time to the handling of the business and marketing aspects of running Stellar. Jed McCaleb’s ability to plan and focus, while keeping his mind on his product’s essential aspects, has proved to be one of his greatest assets.

When Jed McCaleb is not coding and building for Stellar, he spends his time focusing on the budding technology, artificial intelligence. Once thought to be just figment of our imaginations, finding its home in science fiction novels, artificial intelligence is now unlocking fantastic ideas that are said to be implemented over the course of the next few decades. In his estimation, artificial intelligence will play an integral role in the future of humanity, changing the ways in which our daily lives are executed all over the world. Due to his increased interest in the developing tech, he recently aligned himself with the Machine Intelligence Research Institute.

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