Erik Voorhees

Founder & CEO, ShapeShift
Erik Voorhees

Bitcoin entrepreneur Eric Voorhees started his career as a communications and project manager, working first for a real estate company and later an organisational improvement firm. In 2011 he founded his first company, VoIP provider Pacabell, and served as its CEO until 2011.

Voorhees first entered the blockchain space as Head of Marketing at bitcoin cash exchange BitInstant in 2011. He went on to found two bitcoin startups, SatoshiDice and FeedZeBirds. In 2014 he was fined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the public offering of shares of the companies without registering with the federal government.

Voorhees is currently the founder and CEO of ShapeShift, an instant exchange for digital currency. The company was founded in 2013, although Voorhees was not announced as its creator until two years later, wanting the company to succeed on the basis of its design alone. He also founded bitcoin storage and payment provider Coinapult, and served as its CEO until 2014.

Voorhees has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Leadership and Political Economics from the University of Puget Sound, Washington.