An experienced blockchain team

The team has been developing Pastel for over 2 years and is made up of an entrepreneurial group of cryptographers, blockchain developers, digital artists, marketers, and fund managers. 

Senior Team


Jeff Emanuel

CEO & Founder

Jeff is a contemporary art enthusiast and digital art hobbyist. After identifying many problems pervasive with the current digital art industry, Jeff relaunched the AnimeCoin project with the sole objective of transforming the digital art industry via blockchain technology.

Since studying Mathematics at Reed College, Jeff has spent the last 10+ years working as an investment analyst at various long/short equity hedge fund firms.


Alexey Kireyev

CTO & Co-Founder

Alexey is a software developer and architect with 25+ years of enterprise development experience. He is involved in all aspects of system development.

He specializes in security and cryptography. He has worked on numerous cryptocurrency projects since 2013, including Bitcoin Core, Z-Cash, and Dash.


Anthony Georgiades

COO & Co-Founder

Anthony is serving as interim COO of Pastel and is a General Partner at Innovating Capital, a technology fund focused on disruptive companies that has incubated Pastel Network since day one.

Anthony previously spent time on the investment team at First Round Capital and on the operations teams of various startups. He studied finance, management, and computer science at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton and Engineering schools.


Matt Colletta

CMO & Co-Founder

Matt has founded several successful companies and co-owns a digital marketing firm, Deviate Agency. He brings his marketing expertise and cryptocurrency knowledge to help Pastel achieve broad market adoption.


Kyle Gordon

Art Director & Advisor

Art director and creator with over 15 years of experience across various NFT platforms, VC firms, and studios such as Samsara Ventures, Melt Creative, Liminalia, and DoinGud.


Stephen Cesaro

Marketing Advisor

Stephen has founded or co-owned 7 companies and websites in variety of niches including search, ecommerce, social media and lead generation. He has been a cryptocurrency investor and evangelist since 2015.