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“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.“
Serial Entrepreneur, 18 years in the USA (Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Dallas – 1994-2012), now in Berlin.
Thomas J. Ackermann, born 1962 in Germany, studied at Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster/Westfalia, Germany, and Taft University in Orange County, California, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in System Analysis.
He spent most of his professional career so far around Internet-centric start-ups, from being the first ISP in his hometown, starting his own start-up in Germany in the early days of the Internet, then moving to the US and Silicon Valley in 1994 for the disruptive Internet revolution, where he helped build several startup companies.
Among those, he built the global infrastructure for the first animation of the Internet (ShockWave/Flash), deployed the first content mirror sites for Macromedia in London and Tokyo, built the first SuperPOP (free carrier choice) data center in the heart of Silicon Valley (Globix), built the infrastructure for the first multi-bank money transfer system through a web-based service (CashEdge), the first global bartering site with virtual currency (Bartertrust), as well as developed the first working defense against distributed Denial-of-Service (dDoS) attacks (Melior Inc CyberWarfare).
Building on the CyberWarfare success, he invented and built AI-based ThreadStream Logic Gate Computing, enabling ExoWarfare technology (ExoWarfare Inc); early in the evolving Blockchain ledger technology, he designed and built industrial infrastructure and hardware to scale its applications into the future (Blockchain Industries, MetaBlockchains, Blockchain BGP, Blockwart). Thomas is currently developing uses for Quantum Computing in Blockchain (Quantum Blocks), as well as technology for conflict resolution in the 21st century (HyperWarfare).
His main interests besides Internet infrastructure (BGP4) and computer / network security are:
- Blockchain Technology (since 2012)
- Quantum Computing (since 2009)
- CyberWarfare (since 2001)
- ExoWarfare (since 2008)
- HyperWarfare (since 2018)
Thomas (a.k.a. “TJ”) handled and intregrated many companies through mergers and acquisitions to facilitate rapid growth (from well-funded startups such as Bartertrust buying every US-national barter company, as well as two Canadian and an Australian company, to as big as linking Bank of America and Nationsbank during their merger).
Thomas believes in mentoring and training young talent, has consulted many individuals and start-ups, and facilitated internships for members of his student fraternity KDStV Sauerlandia (Münster) and other educational institutions.
Thomas personally owned a Cray Super Computer, and loves to create new technologies and businesses.
Done / participated in many technical “firsts”:
– 1st Internet Service Provider (ISP) in my hometown (Münster / Westfalia, 1987)
– 1st Artificial Intelligence Learning Software for Law Students (Sachenrecht, 1989)
– 1st Loss-Less X-ray Digitalization (DMI, Medica, 1990)
– 1st Animation on the Web (1995) – Macromedia ShockWave (became Flash, enabling YouTube)
– 1st Content-Mirror Website – Precursor for CDNs – Tokyo / Stockholm / London / San Francisco (1995)
– 1st Content-Aggregation Website with 400+ contributors (IGN, 1998)
– 1st Link – T3 = 45 MBit/s – between Bank of America and Nationsbank on BofA Acquisition (1998)
– 1st Pick-Your-Carrier ‘Super-POP’ data center – built it in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara (1999)
– 1st Global Barter solution with Crypto Currency (“Barter Dollar”, 2000)
– 1st Cross-Institution US Money Transfer via web service (2000)
– 1st Free Public WiFi Hotspot (2001) – featured in WIRED magazine (USA) April 2003
– 1st Long-range WiFi War-Driving Van (2001) – 8-mile scan across San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge
– 1st On-the-spot WiFi Encryption Breaking via my own Cray CS6400 supercomputer (2002)
– 1st Working (!) Defense against distributed Denial-of-Service (dDoS) attacks (2004)
– 1st Digitization of Automotive Repair (2009) – FixEuro.com “Brick & Mortar”, over 1.5m YouTube Views
– 1st AI & Deep Learning: Fully Encrypted Real-Life-Cyber (RLC) ThreadStream LogicGates: ExoWarfare (2012)
– 1st Blockchain Supercomputers (MSEM) – Bitcoin Mining from PetaHash to ExaHash (2014, 2015)
– 1st Scalability Design for Blockchain Growth while lowering Transaction Cost (2016)
– 1st Technical Design & Business Case to exceed 51% of every Blockchain PoW Infrastructure (2016)
– 1st Analysis of Quantum Computing on the Safety of PoW Blockchains (2017)
– 1st Virtualization of PoW Blockchain Infrastructure for Private Blockchains (2017)
– 1st Integration of Multiple Private & Public Blockchains (2017)
– 1st Design of a scalable Private PoW Military Blockchain on Secure Hardware (Bundeswehr, 2018)