Stephen Pair is the co-founder and CEO of BitPay, the world's leading provider of blockchain payment technology.
In 2011, Stephen co-founded BitPay with Tony Gallippi because he saw Bitcoin's potential to transform payments for businesses and consumers. As CEO, Stephen is involved in directing the day to day operations as well as the long-term vision of BitPay, from research and engineering to product development and information technology.
Stephen has 20 years of experience building software systems in the financial and telecommunications industries. Before founding BitPay, Stephen held various roles including entrepreneur, architect, manager, team lead and developer. He started programming at a young age and spent much of his early career focused on languages, compilers, operating systems and virtual machines. Later, he developed an interest in the mechanics of financial markets, economics, and monetary systems as well as developments in cryptography.
Stephen has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds two patents in the field of streaming analytics.