Rutger van Zuidam

SingularityU The Netherlands

Rutger van Zuidam (1983, Groningen, The Netherlands) is an entrepreneur and owner of DutchChain, one of the leading blockchain businesses in the Netherlands on a mission: improving society through blockchain based solutions. Its activities include developing software (as a service) solutions, organizing ecosystem events like the Dutch Blockchain Conference (one of the leading events in Europe) and a large scale open innovation programme: The Dutch Blockchain Hackathon (the largest in Europe).

Prior to founding DutchChain, Rutger has been active in the area of Blockchain and Bitcoin technology since 2010 and created online magazine IntoBitcoin.com early 2013. Shortly after this he introduced the first Bitcoin enabled Point of Sales system for bars/restaurants at the Bitcoin Café Groningen as well as the first hands free payment solution called EAZE, combining Bitcoin and Google Glass. In October 2014, Rutger co- produced and published the world famous 6 minute animation explaining the true value of the Blockchain.

Before, as a Business & Information Technology Management student at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Groningen), he was co-founder of online ticketing company Paylogic.com and commercial director until 2008. In 2011 he was back at Hanze University to renew the complete internet, intranet and community system for over 3000 FTE and 26.000 students, using MS SharePoint 2013.