• Welcome to the interactive website of: David A. Johnston

    Early supporter of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Polymath & the Factom Network. Thought leader in the decentralized software space.

    Email David. Follow him on Medium / Twitter.

    See the projects he is focused on.

  • Projects David is focusing on.

    David serves as the Chairman of the Board for Factom. The company is enabling an enormous step forward in making the world's systems honest, transparent and private.

     

    The platform solves some of the fundamental scaling issues associated with the bitcoin blockchain and allows for huge data sets to be secured with only a tiny foot print.

     

    From mortgage records to insurance claims this is a really important technology to be following.

     

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    Yeoman's Capital is my personal family office investment arm which acts as an early seed stage investor.

     

    Yeoman's investment thesis is to only invest in Dapps where the Yeoman's team of experts can have a significant positive impact on the project. In the same vein Yeoman's only advises project in which it deploys its own capital.

     

    The Yeoman's team is very selective and this is done as a strong social signal, so when you see me listed as an advisor on a project you can own I have deployed my own capital and my team is involved in supporting the team.

     

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  • Raise your hand if you use email.

    That's right, everyone does.

     

    DJohnstonEC@gmail.com is good for personal interactions.

    David@Factom.com for Factom, Inc.

    David@Yeomans.Capital for Yeoman's Capital

     

    NOTE: Watch out for scammers. If you get an email from someone claiming to be me, who wants to trade bitcoins or hire you as an "assistant", IT IS NOT FROM ME. Any message from an email address other than those listed above is definitely NOT me.

  • Where to find David.

    See below links & user IDs for David A. Johnston on Twitter, Skype, Angel List, Linkedin, WeChat, WhatsApp, Line, Weibo, Github, Facebook, Google + and Quora.

    Twitter

    Skype

    Angel List

    Linkedin

    We Chat

    WhatsApp

    Line

    Weibo

    Github

    Facebook

    Google +

    Quora

  • Johnston's Law was coined in 2014 at the Coin Summit Conference by David Johnston in an effort describe the trend toward peer to peer systems and decentralized applications.

     

    Click here to see the website dedicated to this topic.

  • Talking decentralization, blockchains, and his other passions at conferences and in interviews.

     

    David attends about 1 conference each month, email him about speaking at events at least 3 months in advance.

    Check here for a lot more videos.

    Speaking in Singapore

    Speaking in Dubai

    Interview with Money & Tech

    Interview at Inside Bitcoins Event in Las Vegas

  • Press Kit Type Material

    Below are a few useful facts that you might be checking for an article you are writing.

    • Name: David A. Johnston (note: last name has a "t").
    • David was born in the D.C. / Baltimore area in the 1980's.
    • David started his first multi million dollar company at the age of 19 in the biofuels industry ($5.9 million renewable project).
    • David co-founded 7 tech startups before the age of 30.
    • David now lives and works in Austin, Texas USA.
    • David co-founded the BitAngels Network in May of 2013.
    • David co-founded the Dapp Fund in early 2014.
    • David co-founded and is the Chairman of Factom, Inc.
    • Career details can be located on David's Linkedin page.
    • Investment details can be located on David's Angel List page.
    • David's family office investment arm is Yeoman's Capital.

     

  • From the "General Theory of Decentralized Applications" whitepaper to developing best practices for distributed communities, David works to push beyond the edge of where innovation is taking place.

    This paper defined for the first time in 2013 the model for this new field.

  • Macro Trends That Matter

    These are the Macro Trends that David has closely followed the past two decades and have in turn driven the direction of his career from internet software, to aerospace, to biofuels / biotech and finally to machine learning/ personal data aggregation, artificial intelligence and blockchains.

    Commercialization of Space

    In the past 20 years the commercial space industry mainly through the efforts of Space X has pushed down costs to low earth orbit from $22,000 to $3,300 USD per kilogram. As reusable boosters become a reality this cost ratio is likely to dramatically improve again and for the first time bring the economics of space travel into the range of business for mining and other purposes. In the early 2000's David made his first venture into aerospace, only to find the economics of launch vehicles were not yet ready to support private space resource commercialization. With this equation finally tipping toward a new more economically attractive status, there will likely be great strides in this trend in the near to middle term.

    Transition to Renewables

    The clothes you wear, the transportation you use, the abundant food you eat, the luxuries we all take for granted, are largely the result of the huge surplus of energy we enjoy. However as finite fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas become ever more expensive to find, extract, and refine it is ever cheaper wind, solar and nuclear power that will serve as the growing means for us to continue maintaining our energy rich societies. Realizing this trend in the mid 2000's David developed first a biofuels company in Maryland and later a biotech company in Louisiana, and a Solar project in Hawaii in order to take advantage of this new economic reality of expensive oil and cheaper renewable energy.

    Technological Acceleration

    In our lifetimes we can all bare witness to the unimaginable improvements in computational power, storage and bandwidth that have taken place. As Moore's Law passes its 50th year with no sign of abating, David has followed this trend closely by first investing heavily in the development of internet technology in the late 1990's & has since in the early 2010's ventured into developing machine learning, natural language processing and personal data aggregation applications that leverage these trends.

    Rise of the Asian Economies

    Between China, India, & ASEAN nearly half of humanity is racing through the stages of economic development. The effects of which are altering global economics, politics, and pushing the earth inevitably toward a multi polar world. With this trend in mind David is learning Mandarin and raising his children to be bilingual. In addition by traveling to Shanghai, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur David is seeking to expand his network of friendships and partnerships into these markets. Online communities such as WeChat, WhatsApp and Weibo grow these ties over the long term.

  • The MoveToAustin.io website describes the reasons the city is friendly to startups, business, families, and just awesome in general. David is an advocate for competition between cities and jurisdictions and he has planted his flag in the city of Austin.

     

    Also, congratulations you made it to the bottom of this giant scrolling page of images and text. You are among the brave souls that must really want to build a relationship with David. Your reward is a keyword (Decentralization), that when included in an email to me, will tell me you actually know a bit about the subjects I find compelling.