Former xx Network CTO Will Carter Joins Lamina1 as Chief Technology Officer

Carter is the newest addition to Lamina1’s C-suite.
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Quick take:

  • Will Carter was formerly the CTO of the xx Network, a privacy-focused blockchain ecosystem.
  • He was also the chief product officer of Elixxir, an ultra-private messaging app for Web3 communities.
  • Carter brings a decade of experience in research and technology development to Lamina1.

Lamina1, the Layer 1 blockchain and metaverse project founded by science fiction author Neal Stephenson and crypto pioneer Peter Vessenes, has named Will Carter as its chief technology officer (CTO).

Carter brings a decade of experience in research and technology development, most recently with the xx Network, a privacy-focused blockchain ecosystem founded by renowned cryptographer and the inventor of digital currency, David Chaum. For close to four years, he served as the company’s CTO. Prior to that, he was the chief product officer of Elixxir, an ultra-private messaging app for Web3 communities, developed by the xx Network.

At the xx network, he led the team’s blockchain research division, which designed and built the first scalable quantum-secure layer 1 blockchain. Prior to that, he was a founding researcher, engineer, and consultant for a number of internally incubated VR/AR startups at Trecento and developed optical and software prototypes for augmented reality research. He also developed GPU-accelerated computer vision as a student researcher at NASA.

In his new role, Carter will use his cross-industry expertise to lead the design and build of Lamina1’s core technology platform to support an open metaverse economy. 

“I’ve been fortunate to work alongside industry pioneers to collaboratively establish and execute visions that benefit builders, creators, and communities,” said Carter. “Joining Neal, Peter, and the broader Lamina1 team to build a protocol and ecosystem empowering digital creators and reimagining what it means to power an Open Metaverse is a meaningful opportunity that I’m thrilled to be a part of.”

Carter is the newest addition to the Lamina1 C-suite, currently being led by President and immersive technology and entertainment executive, Rebecca Barkin (formerly of Madison Square Garden Sphere and Magic Leap). 

Other notable hires over the last few months include Tony Parisi, metaverse pioneer and former head of AR/VR at Unity, as chief product officer; Géreladine Pamphile, global media and former NBA executive, as chief business officer; and Jamil Moledina, previous EA and Google executive, as VP of games partnerships & media.

“As CTO, Will plays an absolutely vital role in realizing our goal of delivering a Layer 1 that is not only secure, scalable, and decentralized, but uniquely performant and a pleasure to use. In Will, we were able to find a strong, thoughtful engineering leader with the rare and highly-relevant experience of bringing both blockchain and immersive technologies to market,” said Barkin. “Trained and trusted by the very best – from legendary cryptographer David Chaum at xx network to respected government agencies like NASA – we’re thrilled that Will chose to bring his talent and leadership to Lamina1.”

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