The Team Behind the Scenes

Christof Wittig

Founder and CEO of Hornet


Christof is a serial software entrepreneur and investor. He is Founder and CEO at Hornet Networks, the world’s second-largest gay social network. He previously founded and ran Servo Software, db4objects, and Apsis Software. He is Managing Partner at Strive Capital and has made investments in various companies such as AppAnnie, Enish, and VirtaHealth.


Ben Kubota

Project Lead


Ben is a pioneering business and development leader with a proven track record of launching, scaling, and managing industry-defining technology companies on an international scale. A versatile technologist who excels at identifying niche opportunities in the global marketplace and marrying product and technology with community engagement to drive transformative business growth.

Alim Dhanji



Alim is a seasoned leader in financial markets and technology sectors, uniquely bringing together experience from Wall Street and high-growth tech start-ups. He has held senior, global executive positions at Citigroup, TD Bank and KPMG. Since 2011, he has served as Advisor to the CEO of Kik Interactive, later as a Board Director and most recently as Chief People Officer. While at Kik, Alim was a member of the founding executive team of Kin, who recently held a successful ICO raising USD 100M.

Sean Howell

LGBT Impact


Sean is an activist turned entrepreneur and Hornet’s Co-Founder and President. Prior to Hornet, he was a fellow of the World Affairs Council and President of the Young Professional International Network. He helps hundreds of organizations leverage technology to expand their impact through his work with the MSM Global Forum, UNAIDS, E-CDC, PFLAG and Center for Public Health and Human Rights at John Hopkins. Sean is also a founding member of the UN Global Coalition for HIV Prevention and technical advisor to UNDPs and the World Bank LGBTI Index.

Llew Claasen



Llew is a seasoned technology go-to-market strategist with deep expertise in designing, building, merchandising and marketing Online & Mobile software products and services (B2B, B2C, B2B2C). He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation.

Alex Conway

Technical Lead


Alex is a data scientist / machine learning researcher / nerd. He is the founder and lead data scientist at NumberBoost, a machine learning software consultancy that has won multiple startup competitions including with Mercedes-Benz and MultiChoice. NumberBoost develops full-stack solutions to machine learning problems across all verticals. He has experience building software solutions in all kinds of stacks and situations, managing small and large tech teams.

Andreas Barhainski

Creative Director & UX Design Lead


A passionate UX designer with roots in advertising and deep expertise in brand development, Andreas has been the driving force behind numerous innovative campaigns, products and services, recognized by over 50 national and international creative awards. He’s an early adopter, tech enthusiast and co-founder of the Berlin-based agency HelloDigital.

Alisha Grauso

Editorial Lead


Alisha is an experienced writer and editor with a focus on marketing and startups. As the former editor-at-large of Movie Pilot, she built the editorial team and helped grow the largest entertainment fan community in the world. An outspoken voice, she regularly uses her writing and social media platforms to champion women’s rights, LGBT rights and diversity.

Anne Dorman



Anne has served as a Consulting Chief Financial Officer for VC backed startup companies in Silicon Valley (and beyond) for the past 25 years. Currently, she is working with game-changing companies such as Bandcamp, Coraid, Kii, Turo and a few others in stealth mode. She has been a board member of Boojum Institute, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), and Resourceful Women, and was Chair of the Board of Prescott College through the leadership transition of three presidents.

Anna Kim

Legal Counsel


Anna is a senior legal consultant at KorumLegal, a boutique legal consultancy firm committed to providing flexible, innovative and client-centric legal solutions. Having background in computer science, Anna is passionate about both law and technology.

Scott Benson



Scott is a 20+ year veteran of Operations, Compliance and Risk functions responsible for delivering “best-in-class” protocols with a record of progressive responsibility and significant achievement in development of standardized Operations, Administration and Compliance for Bitcoin, Blockchain, Payments, FinTech, RegTech, InsureTech, MSB/MTL, Securities, Banks and Insurance.

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