About Trustology

We make it safer, faster and easier for institutions and individuals to safeguard and administer cryptoassets.

Our Story

Greater freedom to transact.

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Backed by ConsenSys and Two Sigma Ventures, and founded in 2017, Trustology was established on the premise of enabling greater freedom to transact in a fair and efficient manner. By bringing the world of blockchain technology and cryptoassets to new market participants, we believe this will help make this happen.

But the problem with crypto lies in its complexity and how easy it is to lose assets without the right foundational layer for private key security and management.  Many of the solutions today are either too complicated, expensive, cumbersome, slow or not secure enough to self-manage.

That’s why we prioritised and built TrustVault — a fast, user-friendly and highly secure custodial wallet service for institutions and individuals designed to address the security and ownership shortcomings of existing solutions today.

Through our people, processes and technology, we are about developing and designing solutions that make it safer, faster and easier to manage, create or find value in crypto markets.

 

Company Milestones

Nov 2017

The Founding team starts work.

Oct 2018

Invite-only individual ETH accounts released.

Nov 2018

TrustVault launched in the UK.

Mar 2019

Personal ETH segregated accounts released.

May 2019

BTC and ERC-20 support, multi-sig and insurance introduced.

Sept 2019

TrustVault individual account goes global on Apple store.

Sept 2019

TrustVault announces it is the only custodial wallet to sync with MetaMask.

Oct 2019

TrustVault integrates with MoonPay to support buying cryptoassets inwallet.

Nov 2019

TrustVault for MetaMask goes live on Google Chrome store.

Jan 2020

Trustology partners with Vectorspace AI to remove barriers to purchase for its VXV token.

Mar 2020

Trustology rolls out new On-Exchange Wallet for crypto funds to manage on-exchange risks and transfers.

May 2020

Trustology's custodial wallet to underpin Binance's DeFi ecosystem.

Jun 2020

Trustology and GCEX partner to build a secure liquidity network backed by institutional-grade custody for OTC digital asset trading.

Sept 2020

Trustology launches new DeFi Firewall for smart contract transactions
Approach

Our Methodology

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People, process and technology

To build safer, faster and easier solutions you have to invest in the combination of people, process and technology.  We combine experts in banking, cryptography and technology with well-designed processes and superior technology to deliver tamper-proof solutions for how people should securely hold cryptoassets and handle any financial transaction.  We're committed to excellence in everything we do and with everyone we engage with.

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No compromise

We only build and design solutions that we know will continue to improve on security, deliver on efficiencies and work in real-time for our clients. It's about making it safer, faster and easier for our clients to manage their cryptoasset activities through our framework of people, processes, technology.

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Best of both worlds

We’re driven by the idea of decentralised finance, but some aspects of regular banking make too much sense to give up. Like account recovery, deposit protection and simple user interfaces. We build our solutions to provide decentalisation where it’s needed and centralisation where it’s wanted.

Leadership

An inspired and highly-experienced team

Our carefully selected and vetted leadership team has decades of experience working at world-class institutions such as JPMorgan, PWC, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, UBS, BNY Mellon, and RBS.

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Alex Batlin

Founder & CEO

Alex Batlin

Founder & CEO

Alex is an entrepreneur with extensive banking and blockchain experience. 

Previously, at BNY Mellon, Alex was Blockchain Lead and founding head of Emerging Business & Technology team. At UBS, Alex was founding head of a blockchain-focused FinTech Innovation Lab in UK’s Level 39 accelerator. Alex co-founded Utility Settlement Coin, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and Trusted IoT consortias, and was featured in the 2015 FinTech Finance35 and 2016 FinTech 40 lists.

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Mark Hornsby

CTO

Mark Hornsby

CTO

Mark is a dedicated technologist with extensive industry experience in top tier investment banks.

In his most recent role, Mark was recognised as a Distinguished Engineer in his Senior Innovation Engineer role, where he was responsible for examining emerging technology and its possible applications within Royal Bank of Scotland. Previously, Mark was head of Counterparty Credit Risk Technology at RBS.

Prior to working at RBS, Mark was a Credit Risk developer at UBS, and OTC Derivatives developer at Deutsche Bank.

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Paul Yardley

Head of Software Engineering

Paul Yardley

Head of Software Engineering

Paul is a highly skilled software engineer and team leader with many years of experience working for top tier banks.

Prior to joining Trustology as Head of Engineering, Paul worked as a lead engineer in BNY Mellon’s Blockchain team. Before BNY Mellon, Paul worked as a senior engineer in UBS’s Level 39 FinTech Innovation Lab on Blockchain projects. Further back, Paul lead multiple software development teams at IBM and later UBS, including UBS equity research team.

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Jeremy Millar

Board Member

Jeremy Millar

Board Member

As Chief of Staff for ConsenSys, Jeremy oversees many of the Enterprise activities and strategic initiatives of the firm. He is also on the Board of Directors for Trustology.

Previously, Jeremy Millar was founder and managing partner of Ledger Partners. Ledger Partners developed out of Jeremy’s increasing focus and passion for the blockchain and bitcoin ecosystem. This began with what was supposed to be a blog post that became ‘arguably the most comprehensive report to date on what is happening in the world of bitcoin and blockchain startups’ which you can see here

Jeremy began his career as one of the first Java architects at Oracle, before moving into sales management and strategy roles, both within Oracle and at a number of start-ups. He went on to complete his MBA at Oxford University before joining the M&A team at Goldman Sachs. Jeremy was a founding partner at Magister Advisors, advising fintech and SaaS companies across Europe. He is also an active angel investor and mentor with the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars.

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Joseph Lubin

Advisor

Joseph Lubin

Advisor

Joseph Lubin’s career has involved various posts in the fields of technology and finance and in their intersection.

Subsequent to graduating cum laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton, he worked as research staff in the Robotics Lab at Princeton and then at Vision Applications, Inc., a private research firm, in the fields of autonomous mobile robotics, machine vision and artificial neural networks.

His next project was the development of an autonomous music composition tool with tomandandy music.

Joseph worked as a software engineer and consultant on various projects, eventually being tipped for the role of Director of the New York office of Blacksmith, a Virginia-based software consulting firm.

Software engineering, finance and cryptography were central during employment with Goldman Sachs, eMagine’s consulting work on the Identrus project, and the founding and operation of a set of hedge funds run with a partner.

Switching gears, Joseph moved to Kingston, Jamaica to work on a set of projects in the music industry. Two years into the music project, Joseph co-founded the Ethereum Project, and has been working on Ethereum and more recently ConsenSys since January 2014.

ConsenSys began as a blockchain production studio building decentralized applications, mostly on Ethereum, and continues on this track, but has expanded its activities since inception. Many of those components are core elements that can be used to construct larger solutions as well as being standalone solutions in their own right.

Since ConsenSys began operations before the Ethereum ecosystem existed, ConsenSys has also built core infrastructure elements like Ethereum clients, testing frameworks, rapid application development frameworks, and Integrated Development Environments.

ConsenSys Enterprise, the professional services arm, works with various enterprises to help them formulate their blockchain strategy and develop business processes for them on private or consortium blockchains, as well as on the public Ethereum network.

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Matt Jacobus

Board Member

Matt Jacobus

Board Member

Matt is a venture partner at Two Sigma Ventures and supports all activities of the fund including sourcing deals, evaluating potential investments, and supporting our portfolio companies as an advisor and board member. Matt brings a wealth of experience to Two Sigma Ventures from his prior role as the first CTO of Two Sigma Investments.

Matt joined Two Sigma Investments in 2003, and managed the firm’s foundational technology platform providing scalable tools and computational resources that make Two Sigma’s Modelers and Engineers highly productive. He served as the Chief Technology Officer from 2013 to 2016. Prior to joining Two Sigma, Matt was with Opticality Ventures as investor and in various leadership positions of their portfolio companies. He also previously worked for Objective Technologies as Director of Software Engineering, UBS as Vice President of Equities, JF Technology as Director of Technology, and Reservoir Capital as Chief Technology Officer. Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

When he’s not spending time with his wife and three kids, Matt is playing tennis or eating.

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Our Technology

TrustVault is powered by the world’s most secure hardware and software designed to safeguard private keys and protect digital assets from loss, destruction, theft and fraud, whilst providing the flexibility to transfer instantly, at any time, anywhere. Combined with insurance protection and a robust account recovery process, we ensure our clients can transact in real-time, securely and efficiently.

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How it works

A step-change in private key safeguarding

Stage 1

Instruction Keys

Your Instruction Key is used to sign outgoing transactions, once authorised with your password and facial-scan or fingerprint. The transaction is then submitted to TrustVault via our secure API. This key is kept within your phone’s secure processor, known as the Secure Enclave on iOS, and forever linked to your biometric and government ID.

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Secure Enclave

Today, most high-end mobile devices contain a dedicated processor designed to store our most sensitive personal data, such as passwords and biometrics. This processor works similarly to a hardware wallet and, when connected with TrustVault, enables Instruction Keys to be securely stored on a phone.

Stage 2

Policy Files

Your wallet account Policy File is managed within our HSM cluster and used to validate the legitimacy of each transaction. For individuals, a Policy File confirms that the correct Instruction Key signed the transaction before approving a transfer. For businesses, it powers a unique set of advanced security controls, like multi-signatory rules.

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Hardware security modules (HSMs)

HSMs are physical computing devices designed to safeguard and manage private keys for crypto-processing. TrustVault uses a global network of these HSMs to provide the industry’s highest level of security.

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Transaction Keys

Your Transaction Key is the actual key used to secure assets on the blockchain. It is managed in our secure HSM cluster at all times — it can never be seen by human eyes. Once your Policy File has been used to confirm the legitimacy of your transfer, your Transaction Key is used to re-sign the transaction, providing the final signature needed to complete a transfer on the blockchain.

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Hardware security modules (HSMs)

HSMs are physical computing devices designed to safeguard and manage private keys for crypto-processing. TrustVault uses a global network of these HSMs to provide the industry’s highest level of security.

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Instant completion

It takes approximately ⅓ of a second to re-sign a transaction in our HSM cluster, providing almost zero delay between the moment you request a transaction and the point at which it’s submitted to the blockchain.

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Security

Industry-leading security

End-to-end hardware security

Starting with the front-end secure enclave in iOS mobile devices and other key storage hardware through to our back-end infrastructure of top-of-the-line hardware security modules (HSMs) and secure data centres. We ensure secure storage for our clients with real-time access and transfers.

Automation

TrustVault’s transaction control, verification and signing procedures are managed entirely by our custom firmware operating within HSMs, which are immune to tampering and eliminate the security risks and transaction delays associated with human operators.

Resiliency

The TrustVault Platform operates on a highly-secure, geographically distributed network of dedicated data centres and cloud-based technology, supported by insurance, 24/7 infrastructure monitoring and bank-standard fallback, redundancy and tamper-prevention systems. Through this infrastructure, we take care to ensure no single points of failure.

 

Risk prevention

Systemic risk prevention

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Cyber and physical theft

All private keys and controls are managed within tamper proof programmable HSMs, and then stored in secure data centres with highly-available multiple encrypted backups in the cloud.

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Fraudulent transfers

All transfer instructions must pass through our three-step signing process, beginning with submission via a registered TrustVault app, installed on a mobile device containing a secure processor and biometric locking hardware.

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Operator risk

Unlike omnibus account wallets, TrustVault enables each user to own one or more unique, key-safeguarded blockchain wallet addresses, the contents of which can be independently audited by the owner at any time.

Compliance

KYC & AML

We implement robust procedures around AML compliance utilising the support of both Onfido and Chainalysis. Our Know Your Transaction (KYT) and Know Your Customer (KYC) processes in place ensures we’ve conducted an exhaustive list of checks, in addition to ongoing suspicious activity reporting.

ISO 27001

We conduct regular self-audits in accordance with the international standard for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS), which governs Trustology’s policies, procedures and customer data management controls.

Insurance Coverage

Security is our priority, insured assets are your peace of mind

Through the world's leading insurance broker, Marsh, Trustology has secured a tailored, extendable financial crime coverage insurance policy for our clients.  Covering the theft, loss or destruction of digital assets in our care, the policy has been placed with a panel of insurers with an S&P rating of A+ and above. 

 

 

Subject to the full terms, conditions and exclusions, the policy will cover customer assets in case of external theft and internal collusion.

Careers

Join the movement

We’re looking for fast-movers and brilliant thinkers to help us drive the adoption of the crypto economy. If you can’t see the right position today, we still want to hear from you. Send us your CV and we’ll keep you in mind as we grow.

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