John Edge is founder and managing partner of PTB Holdings, a venture investment firm focused on the digital identity ecosystem that will be enabled by the connectivity of trillions of devices and billions of people.
John is a global advocate for inclusion and sustainable development. He is the Chairman/Co-Founder of ID2020, a public-private partnership working to accelerate access to digital identity by leveraging emerging technology. John founded ID2020 in 2014 after learning about the risks that identity exclusion pose to 1.5B people globally, particularly in regards to violence towards children and human trafficking. The revelation that emerging technologies could enable individuals to own their own digital identity and identify themselves without a reliance on paper-based credentials set the foundation for ID2020.
Prior to ID2020, John was a successful FinTech entrepreneur, with his most recent exit being Redkite, a company focused on using algorithms and pattern recognition to detect and prevent insider trading. He also serves as the co-chair and founder of the Whitechapel Think Tank, which has enabled the Bank of England, UK Government, Regulators and Private Sector to constructively collaborate on the potential for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger technologies.