Rik Esselink will be session chair for Bitcoin Wednesday on 3 January 2018. He is the former Marketing Director at Philips, and MD EMEA for Axon. He is currently MD Europe for one of the world’s fastest growing connected home startups, Ring.com. He has been an active member of the Amsterdam blockchain community for years. He previously served as session chair for Bitcoin Wednesday’s CoinFest edition on 5 April, 2017, Bitcoin Wednesday on 7 June 2017, 6 September 2017 and 4 October 2017.
Rik grew up in Singapore and Australia before coming to the U.S. He studied physics at Harvard and received his MBA from Stanford. He came to Europe to establish the EMEA business for Silicon Valley startups. In addition to his day jobs he enjoys being active in startup communities. Keen interests other than blockchain include Internet of Things, AI, travel, raising three children and back country skiing.