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
“Bruce” Li
Strategy & Operations

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

Yilun Zhang
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.
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Blockchain Projects
Cloud Computing Platform
Application Developer
Ecosystem attractions

Any nodes can connect to our fully open network from anywhere. NKN will always nurture network openness, true peer to peer connectivity and scalability.

Individuals earn token rewards by sharing idle connectivity and transmission capability. With this incentive model, NKN not only improves user experience , but also becomes more stable and attack resistant as more nodes join the network.

NKN incentivizes individuals and enterprises to deploy new equipment, upgrade network infrastructure, enhance network capacity, and improve network connectivity and reliability.


NKN signed commercial contract with iQIYI to provide edge computing service for video content delivery. iQIYI is an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China.

NKN has signed a collaboration agreement with a division of China Mobile in Southern China: covering key areas such as cloud computing, network, and blockchain. The first real use case will be content delivery over China Mobile’s edge data center.

NKN signed a commercial contract with NETNIC for New Kind of Content Delivery Service, nCDN. By working together with NKN, NETNIC can continue to improve its content delivery services for its clientele of more than 100,000 enterprise customers.

NKN has joined the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) to bring NKN’s tokenized connectivity protocols and economy to projects such as Edge Compute, Open Cellular, and TIP Community Labs to help drive innovation and boost adoption of new telecom solutions.

NKN has joined the Open Network Foundation(ONF) to participate in projects such as ONOS and Stratum to enhance Software Defined Networks (SDN) as well as provide tokenized economic incentive to deploy open source infrastructure solutions.

NKN has partnered with Datapace to offer Datapace’s decentralized data marketplace and sensor ecosystem on NKN’s global peer-to-peer network

NKN is part of Nokia’s Open Ecosystem and was recognized as an innovator as part of the Nokia Open Innovation Challenge 2018. NKN has also partnered with Datapace, an incubator project from Nokia’s DIA (Digital Innovation Acceleration) organization to offer Datapace’s decentralized data marketplace and sensor ecosystem on NKN’s global peer-to-peer network.

Cloud Computing Platform

NKN software is available on Google Cloud Marketplace for easy setup and deployment on the Google Cloud Platform.

NKN is excited to be the first blockchain project available on the Digital Ocean Marketplace. NKN software is available for easy 1-click deployment on the Digital Ocean platform.

NKN software is available on AWS Marketplace for easy setup and deployment on AWS Cloud.

Research Partner

NKN is collaborating with Cryptic labs to drive cryptology research behind NKN’s blockchain technology. In addition, Professor Whitfield Diffie is a technical advisor to the team.

Partners and Alliances
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