Alon Swartz

Software engineer, open source evangelist and a bit of an IT security freak


“The days are long, but the decades are short."

Husband. Father. Hacker. Passion for solving hard problems.

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it."

1999: Served in the Israeli military information security unit responsible for the managerial and mission critical systems of the Air-Force.

“If you think you’re going to regret not doing something, do it."

2002: Co-Founded a security consulting firm and “hacker school”, was regularly called upon to train and consult members of the Israeli intelligence agencies, military and private sector companies. [sold holdings in 2005].

“You can always change your plan, but only if you have one."

2005: Co-founded and bootstrapped second company, patented A Practical Platform for High Risk applications (W0 2007/066333). Company pivot in 2008 to TurnKey Linux - millions of downloads, powering and protecting 100,000+ servers worldwide.

“Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana."

2012: Read the Satoshi whitepaper, was lucky enough to make aggressive investments in the crypto space.

“Luck is what happens when preparation meetings opportunity”

2013: Co-owned blockexplorer - the first web interface and public API to the Bitcoin blockchain [acquired in 2017].

“Stay guided by your values, not your necessities."

2014: Developed and open sourced bitkey - a verifiably secure self-contained Live CD/USB, supporting air-gapped Bitcoin transactions, making offline cold storage (slightly more) practical.

“Treat the disease, not the symptom."

2015: Wrist and shoulder pain led to ergonomics research, and ultimately design and build a full split, fully programmable ergonomic mechanical keyboard. Pain gone.

“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re probably right”

2016: Created a 12MB compressed debian rootfs specifically designed to be used as a docker base image for application container images with access to the largest GNU/Linux software repository with over 56,800 packages.

“Time being our most valuable and precious resource. Improvement relies on behavioral changes, while the right changes are reliant on insight. Insight is gleaned from feedback."

2017: Developed software providing time-based feedback loops, improving productivity, work-life balance, and reduced stress levels.

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough."

2018: Co-founded third company, with potential for massive social impact.

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor."