NKN was founded in January 2018 by a group of entrepreneurs and engineers with many years of building networking and blockchain technology in companies like Google, Nokia, QCOM, Baidu, and Onchain. The ideal driving this team is that blockchain provides both technical and economic innovations to disrupt the networking business. The team has two offices, in Silicon Valley, California and Beijing, China.

Core team & Advisors
Yanbo Li
Founder | Strategy & System Architecture
Former Co-founder of Onchain

Open-source advocate, Linux Kernel network subsystem code contributor. Profound experience in blockchain system architecture and development. 10+ years of P2P/Mesh network protocol development experience at Qualcomm, Nokia networks.

Zheng “Bruce” Li
Zheng
“Bruce” Li
Co-Founder
Strategy & Operations

Founded multiple internal startup projects at Nokia & Google towards commercialization. Expert on telecom innovation, specializing in strategy and business development.

Yilun Zhang
Co-Founder
Core Researcher & Developer

Ph.D in physics at University of California San Diego. B.S. in physics at Peking University. Domain expert in Cellular Automata, Ising model and distributed information processing systems. Full stack engineer.

Allen Dixon
Business Development
Business Compliance

Senior BD expert proficient at integrating tech and business to create new opportunities. 20+ years of Telecom experience. Led partnerships with Apple, Amazon, startups, and more.

Inventor of public key cryptography (Diffie-Hellman)
2015 Turing Award winner
Fellow of the Royal Society;
Member, National Academy of Engineering;
Honorary doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology;
Fellow of the Marconi Foundation;
Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by Royal Holloway, University of London;
IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award in 1981;
The Franklin Institute’s Louis E. Levy Medal in 1997;
Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation from the IEEE Information Theory Society;
IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal in 2010.
Founder and CEO of Wolfram Research
PhD in theoretical Physics, Caltech, 1979;
Recipient, MacArthur Genius Award, 1981;
Long-term member, Institute for Advanced Study, 1983-1986;
Founder, Center for Complex Systems Research;
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign;
Founder, Journal of Complex Systems;
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science;
Bestselling author of A New Kind of Science;
Recipient, Speaker of the Event Award from SXSW Interactive for Making the Biggest Impact on the Digital Community, 2012;
Inaugural Fellow, American Mathematical Society;
Founding Trustee, Museum of Mathematics.
Roadmap
Free the bits, rebuild the Internet we always wanted