We are a team of blockchain engineers, designers, and advisors with unique expertise in building future-proof, platform agnostic blockchain applications that solve our client’s problems

We Solve Problems

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At Applied Blockchain we build blockchain applications for our clients, with an even mix of enterprises and startups. We value working through the complex problems enterprises experience, and use blockchain technology to turn ideas into disruptive products.

We Build Products

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We build products using our own experience of the problems that blockchain developers need to solve from tools for automated contract testing through to protocols that make any blockchain network more trustless and secure. We continue to innovate, design and develop state-of-the-art blockchain products.

Our story


Adi started the company in 2015 with the vision of helping companies solve real-world problems by developing blockchain applications and contributing towards creating a trustless ecosystem.

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Applied Blockchain was bootstrapped, growing from 2 people to 18 using revenue from client projects before receiving funding (thus, we know the realities of being a startup!).

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In 2017, we received investment from Shell, after winning their Blockchain Competition and designing a proof of concept for Shell Trading.

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May: Launched Fern, a protocol that makes any blockchain network more decentralised and secure by connecting the identified node and oracle providers through an anonymous protocol.

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July: We opened an office in Porto! We have chosen Porto as our first non-UK office and as our development centre for European expansion.

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Our core values underpin all of our work

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Platform agnostic

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Leadership team

Our founding team brings in 20+ years of experience in enterprise IT architecture, big data, artificial intelligence, integration and solution delivery in telecommunications and financial services.

Founder & CEO

Adi Ben-Ari

Adi has over 20 years of enterprise experience, working as a solution architect for blue chip companies and leading major deliveries of blockchain solutions is widely recognised in the industry. Adi is a noted speaker at major industry conferences, experienced in educating the C-suite on blockchain, and acts as an advisor for a number of early blockchain startups. His work has also been noted by the UK Government, where he was invited to represent the industry at the Blockchain Round Table at the House of Lords. Additionally, Adi has co-invented and designed a number of patents within the blockchain and mobile payments space. Adi holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MBA.


Francesco Canessa

Francesco is a seasoned technology expert and a serial hackathon winner, with a decade of experience in software development and four years within building blockchain applications. Francesco has worked on large-scale enterprise projects and with startups, building solutions for Sky TV Italia, 5Apps, and Quill Content to name a few. He has also developed tools and libraries for Ethereum and Bitcoin. Francesco is a fan of reading, writing and talking about software development, and is an open source enthusiast. When he’s not looking at code, Francesco builds and rides electric skateboards.


Richard Short

Richard has over 20 years of experience spanning across financial services operations as a programme manager and COO – including at Deutsche Bank, HSBC, UBS and Arrowgrass Capital Partners LLP. Richard’s capital market institutions and consultancy background have led him to deliver large-scale, post-trade software solutions across a number of technology platforms. Richard also brings a wealth of organisational change experience along with offshoring and outsourcing, operational risk and process efficiency initiatives.