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StarkWare solves the two most pressing problems of permissionless blockchains, scalability and privacy, using ZK-STARKs. STARK proofs are zero-knowledge, succinct, transparent and post-quantum secure. We develop:

StarkNet: a permissionless decentralized ZK-Rollup platform.

StarkEx: a STARK-based scalability application, currently deployed on Ethereum Mainnet. StarkEx deployments will be able to port to operate over StarkNet in due course.

  • Founded2018
  • FoundersEli Ben-Sasson, Alessandro Chiesa, Uri Kolodny, Michael Riabzev
  • Team45
  • FundingRaised $111M in equity, and a $12M grant from the Ethereum Foundation.


StarkWare was founded by Eli Ben-Sasson, Alessandro Chiesa, Uri Kolodny, and Michael Riabzev. Eli was a professor of CS at Technion for many years. Together with Dr. Michael Riabzev, his former doctoral student, Eli co-invented STARKs. Eli is also a Founding Scientist of Zcash. Alessandro Chiesa is a professor of CS at UC Berkeley, and he too is a Founding Scientist of Zcash. Uri is a serial entrepreneur, who has co-founded several hi-tech companies.

StarkWare was founded with a mission to productize the ZK-STARK proof system and has recruited a strong team of mathematicians, engineers, product, marketing, and business people to bring this vision to the market.


Eli Ben-Sasson

Eli is a co-founder and president of StarkWare, and Chairman of its Board of Directors.

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Uri Kolodny

Uri is a co-founder and CEO at StarkWare, and a member of its Board of Directors.

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Michael Riabzev

Michael is a co-founder and Chief Architect at StarkWare. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technion Israel Institute for Technology.

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Alessandro Chiesa

Alessandro is a co-founder and Chief Scientist (in the West) at StarkWare. Alessandro is a faculty member in Computer Science at UC Berkeley.

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