About Rivetz

Rivetz was born out of an understanding that most consumer Devices Phones, Tablets and PCs are now being built with hardware security built-in. Rivetz was formed to help make it simple for application developers to leverage those capabilities and provide easier to use and more secure models for Access, Privacy and safety.

The Team at Rivetz has a very deep understanding of the Trusted Computing and Trusted Execution Technologies. The ability to apply that to the Crypto Currency market, Identity market and cloud services solutions makes us very unique. Trusted computing is itself a complex topic with many of its own great challenges and we are very focused on leveraging this technology and the key hardware partners to help users have a simpler and safer experience on the Net.


The Rivetz Team

Steven Sprague

Steven Sprague

CEO and Co-founder

Steven is one of the principle industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven served as President and CEO for 14 years at Wave before transitioning to the board of directors. A popular speaker on cybersecurity and trusted computing, Steven has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing, and is skilled at translating these concepts into layman’s terms.
Steven is the co-founder and CEO of Rivetz Corp. Rivetz bridges trusted computing to the consumer marketplace and is enabling technologies for the protection of private keys and secure instructions for Bitcoin and other crypto currencies.

Steven has a passion for making trusted computing’s best-in-class security solutions accessible, understandable and easy-to-use, and has helped some of the world’s largest enterprises secure their data and networks. He was influential in the development and application of the self-encrypting drive industry standards, supporting the technology early and leading in the commercialization of the drive management and recovery capabilities. During his tenure at Wave, over 130 million copies of licensed software were delivered globally through multiple PC OEM partners, and the US and European governments took clear strides to standardize on the use of trusted computing. Steven holds a number of patents and continues to push for market adoption of industry standards-based security.

Steven graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He enjoys farming in Western Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters, and a few too many horses.

Michael Sprague

Michael Sprague

CTO and Co-founder

Michael is an original web veteran. He’s developed and directed products spanning digital micro-transactions and trusted execution networks in the nineties, interactive TV and network video distribution in the naughts and more recently device identity and social media privacy. Michael’s career began as a developer and architect for a small but prestigious consulting firm contracted to redefine the global banking system for such clients as JP Morgan, Citibank and Fidelity.
With the advent of the web, Michael joined Wave Systems as systems architect and delivered one of the very first micropayment system. (Sprague.com had a tip jar in 1997.)

Michael left Wave to work as VP of Services and later President of Wavexpress where he pioneered alternative video distribution and the integration of television with the interactive web. In 2008 Wavexpress delivered the Beijing Olympics to Microsoft Media Center customers in ground-breaking interactive HD.

Back at Wave in 2010 Michael devised and delivered Scrambls, a critically acclaimed service for encrypting social media interactions, and Knowd, a service for simplifying web authentication through hardware-backed device identity.

Michael is a long-time New Yorker where he lives with his wife and two kids.

Rich Wheeless

Rich Wheeless

CFO

Rich is a seasoned Chief Financial Officer, with 15 years of financial leadership experience. Rich has also been an active investor, advisor, and/or board member for numerous privately-held companies. Most recently, he was the Chief Financial Officer for the defense firm Innova, Inc. Prior to this, Rich was the Chief Financial Officer of Pilus Energy, a renewable energy company that was acquired by publicly traded company Tauriga Sciences.
Previous to that, he was Director of Finance and Assistant Treasurer of Xtek, Inc. (one of the Midwest’s fastest growing privately owned manufacturers of customer engineered steel replacement parts). He has also held managerial posts at Johnson and Johnson as well as Cardinal Health, both Fortune 30 companies. Rich originally started his career in the private equity division at Citigroup, another Fortune 30 company. He also has extensive experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, credit, treasury, corporate finance, financial reporting, and operations. Additionally, he has done multiple successful turnarounds for State of Ohio funded companies under the administration of Governor John Kasich.

Rich has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Miami University and an MBA in Finance with honors from Otterbein University.

H. Peter Felgentreff

H. Peter Felgentreff

EVP of Sales

During his 20+ years of experience, H. Peter Felgentreff has built a solid listing of accolades for innovative software technology companies, both public and private. Focused on market entry and revitalizing business development efforts, Peter has served in a variety of turnkey roles for technology companies spanning the globe. Peter’s keen eye for efficient growth strategies has lead to breaking ground on operations in North America, preparing for acquisitions, launching global sales organizations, building Fortune 500 account rosters, and a myriad of other impact initiatives.
Most recently, Peter led the sales and business development efforts for a Qualcomm-funded PARC technology spin-off SaaS provider and for a Gartner Magic-Quadrant rated NAC / SDN venture. He lead the incorporation in North America of German-based NCP engineering, where he served as President and CEO, Americas. Taking the company to profitability in less than one year, his achievements include strategic partnerships with Juniper Networks, OEM relationships with leading companies such as Motorola, and the recruitment of over 500 channel partners including Dell, IBM, SHI, Synnex and Zones.

He has held various executive leadership positions with many prominent security and digital rights protection companies including Kerio Technologies, ShieldIP, Zone Labs and Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Inc.

Peter is fluent in German, and an avid aviation enthusiast.

Senior Developer

Mark Hoblit

Senior Developer
Mark self taught BASIC in middle school on an Atari 8 bit computer. Later in early high school he wrote his first commercial applications in C for a multi-user bulletin board system. He developed application for hand held devices and wrote a forms processing program to publish tests to hand held devices and grade them for teachers. He went on to do database application conversions and then in the late 90’s started working for a successful internet hosting startup by creating a video streaming software. Lately he has been working around bitcoin technology.

Creative Director

John Chavez

Creative Director
John Chavez has over 15 years experience professionally dedicated to graphic design, mobile software interfaces, and application user experiences. He’s a highly motivated advocate for user-center design and always strive for the most simple, elegant solutions.

George Gilder

George Gilder

Board Member

Author of 15 books: Knowledge&Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism (Regnery 2013); Men&Marriage; Wealth&Poverty (new edition Regnery 2012);The Spirit of Enterprise and Recapturing the Spirit of Enterprise (Micron Technology history). Most recent are technology histories and prophecies: Life After Television, Microcosm, Telecosm, The Silicon Eye, and The Israel Test (reissued with foreword by Joe Lieberman, Encounter, 2012). Microcosm and Telecosm both listed among the era's top 10 technology books by VentureBeat in 2012 and Microcosm was ranked among the top two technology books by Wired. Knowledge and Power was honored as the libertarian "book of the year" by FreedomFest 2013.
Frequent contributor to Forbes publications and the Wall Street Journal. Co-author The Party That Lost Its Head (Knopf, 1965) , with Bruce Chapman, chairman, the Discovery Institute in Seattle. Work as venture capitalist (angel) specializing in U.S. technology companies (such as Otoy–world’s leading 3D graphics in the cloud, Immusoft, pioneering the programming of immune cells, Seldon Technology–carbon nanotube filter products, and Israeli technology companies–such as ASOCS, world leading software defined radio chip design).

For three years, owner and publisher of the American Spectator. For more than 10 years, wrote and edited the Gilder Technology Report. Began technology writing in the Rosen Electronics Letter and Release2.0. I have served on the boards of directors of private companies such as Berkshire Corporation (10 years; cleanroom products) and Seldon Technology (current; carbon nanotube filters) and public companies such as Wave Systems (20 years and active), K-12 (several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s), Mosaix (5 years in the 1990s). Number 27 Management Guru in Clayton Christensen’s Top 50. Founder and fellow of the Discovery Institute.

Bradley Rotter

Bradley Rotter

Vice Chair

Bradley Rotter is a visionary investor who has pioneered investment in many new alternative investments classes beginning with Hedge Funds in 1982 while speculating on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He traded Government Bonds for EF Hutton on Wall Street before returning to Chicago to the Board of Trade.
Bradley was awarded the Investor Dealers Digest Private Deal of the Year Award in 1996 for an innovative securitization which precede an IPO on Nasdaq

Bradley has made numerous VC and PE investments, with a particular focus on internet and technology, spanning from hedge funds to satellites.