Dieter Shirley

Old Salt

Many developers seem to believe that people should think like computers. My goal has always been for computers to think like people.
Skills
  • Technical architecture
  • Development process
  • Product design
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Many developers seem to believe that people should think like computers. My goal has always been for computers to think like people.

Dieter is an original participant in the world of cryptocurrency, mining his first Bitcoin on his home computer in 2010. Since then he has served as a technical architect on a dizzying array of projects testing the limits of emerging technology including as co-founder of CryptoKitties, the most successful collectibles game on the blockchain. Prior to starting CryptoKitties, Dieter was chief technical architect at Axiom Zen for five years, where he remains an advising partner.

A veteran of the original dot-com boom and bust, Dieter came to Axiom Zen with more than 20 years of experience as a key player in dozens of successful software products. He has shipped software for industry giants including Apple, BlackBerry, and Microsoft, often pushing the limits of emerging technology.

Prior to Axiom Zen, Dieter was director of development at Atimi Software, where he led a team of more than 30 developers working on award-winning projects for Fortune 1000 companies including HBO, the New York Times, and ESPN. Atimi was among the first-movers in the mobile revolution, building dozens of mobile apps featured by Apple including the first New York Times app on the original AppStore.

Prior to Atimi, Dieter was a Senior Software Engineer at Apple for three years after Apple acquired SchemaSoft where Dieter served as lead engineer. At Apple, Dieter helped bring some of the tech giant's most important consumer products to the web including Keynote, Pages, and the initial version of iWeb and the iWork suite.

Dieter sees the vast potential of distributed technology, and he believes there isn’t yet a platform good enough to fulfill blockchain’s great promise of decentralized trust. He speaks regularly at conferences and to private audiences worldwide on topics including blockchain and distributed ledger technology, cryptoeconomics, and the role of technology in innovation and corporate strategy.

Dieter is also the author and principal sponsor of the ERC-721 proposal for standardizing tracking of non-fungible tokens on the Ethereum protocol.