Rakuten Blockchain Lab
Belfast, United Kingdom
Stephen McNamara is a highly experienced CTO and entrepreneur with over 25 years in the design, implementation, and deployment of scalable software systems; primarily in FinTech and distributed systems. He has worked on many complex products from medical informatics, middleware and messaging protocols, to very large test automation (think millions of tests) and payments (3 times). Most recently as CTO & co-founder of Bitnet, McNamara led the product and technology teams in building the worlds' best in class digital currency processing platform. Prior to that as CTO for Visa/CyberSource, he was responsible for all aspects of technology vision, strategy and architecture.
Now as CTO of the newly created Rakuten Blockchain lab, McNamara sees the potential that the blockchain has for a profound positive impact on Rakuten’s many businesses.