Panther Ventures Appoints Ripple Founding Member Asheesh Birla as Advisor

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20 December 2022, 12:00 GMT+0000
20 December 2022, 12:00 GMT+0000

The renowned angel investor and Web3 product manager/builder will advise Panther in its effort to create a privacy layer for DeFi.

Panther Ventures Limited, a tech startup developing Panther Protocol, announces the appointment of Asheesh Birla as an advisor. 

Birla has been a member of Ripple’s founding team since 2013 and was the General Manager of RippleNet until last June. He also currently serves on the board of Ripple and invests in early-stage projects through Angel Track.

In the past, he’s successfully developed a track record advising and leading companies like Bitso, Nium, Azimo, Moneygram, RippleNet, Thomson Reuters, and Kno (acquired by Intel). Asheesh is a Guest Lecturer at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Asheesh has had a ring side in the evolution of web3/crypto for past decade. I’m personally excited to continue our collaboration from the Ripple days and looking forward to leveraging his 9+ years of crytpo expertise and experience in Panther.”

expressed Panther’s Co-Founder, Chief Scientist, and CTO, as well as a former advisor to Ripple

“Asheesh has Web3 DeFi experience at the highest level with some of the most successful companies in the industry. His insight, network and counsel are going to undoubtedly help propel Panther to the same echelon.”

said Oliver Gale, Panther’s co-founder and CEO.

Panther is currently in a rapid growth stage leading up to the release of its v1 product. Creating a compliant gateway to private DeFi that can be used by both retail users and institutions, the team also continues to grow its talent base, recruiting world-class experts in the zero-knowledge field. 

Upon his joining the Panther project, Asheesh also expressed his trust in Panther’s vision of private financial services, particularly private DeFi:

I am incredibly optimistic about Panther becoming a leader in the regulated DeFi privacy segment, which is rapidly evolving and can be positively impacted by the project’s upcoming products. Panther Ventures reminds me of Ripple’s early days, with a highly capable team that understands the importance of combining solid legal grounds and state-of-the-art blockchain technology.

said Birla

About Panther Protocol

Panther is a multi-chain platform that preserves your privacy while unlocking compliant DeFi usage. It’s currently also developing flexible technologic primitives that can be generalized beyond the scope of private transactions and DeFi access for use cases such as private on-chain voting and decentralized, zero-knowledge identities, among others.

The project raised $32 million in public and private sales in 2021, as well as secured interest from its partners (NEAR, Flare) to build on their Layer-1 blockchains. 


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