We are people who believe in self-sovereign identity.
Streetcred started when Tomislav Markovski wanted to move from Jersey City into downtown Manhattan. The rental application required several forms of ID, bank statements, employment records, and even investment documentation. If you’ve ever found yourself taking a picture of your driver’s license or photocopying a passport, you know first-hand that there is no good way to prove anything about yourself digitally.
Tomislav got a call from his bank a few days later. They were calling to confirm that he indeed wanted to empty his checking account. Wait… what? Tomislav didn’t attempt to drain his account. So who did?
On the internet, all you need to take control of someone’s digital life, including their financial, health-related, and social existence, is to know a few things about them. Things like SSN, date of birth, and account numbers are a proxy for our identity, so anyone who knows these things (or bought them on the dark web) can impersonate you.
Luckily, Tomislav was able to stop the fraud. But it begs the question: how is it that we must be on such alert after doing simple things like applying for a lease? Why are we living in this day and age but we still use paper documents, username/password systems, and 3rd-party verifications to prove our identities online?
Streetcred solves this problem in every industry. By building life-like, self-sovereign identity, we empower people to act the way they do in the physical world – by collecting credentials, reports, tickets, statements, cards, diplomas, and documents in a central place like a wallet and use them as needed throughout their life. People trust these documents because they trust the entity who issued them and because they are generally difficult to forge. But until self-sovereign identity, there has been no easy, straightforward, standard way to do this online.
We believe the shift in the way people handle their identity, authentication, and data will have far-reaching impact on how we live our lives. And we’re excited to speak with anyone who wants to help make that vision a reality.
We’re a lean team of decentralized identity experts with extensive experience building scalable applications and systems.
As the second employee hired at the Sovrin Foundation, Riley has seen the self-sovereign identity movement evolve since its infancy. Riley led business development, strategy, outreach, governance, and cryptoeconomics during his time there. His passion is helping businesses take SSI from concept to implementation. His background is in venture capital investing and startup advisory.
Coming from multiple startup ventures, Michael was the first software engineer at Sovrin Foundation, where he was a strong advocate for privacy and security in decentralized identity systems. He was a primary contributor to the initial Hyperledger Indy-agent code, which later became Hyperledger Aries Python. He is passionate about creating a pleasant experience for developers wanting to implement self-sovereign identity.
As a full-stack application and cloud developer for over 15 years, Tomislav has architected and developed a myriad of scalable systems for Fortune 500 companies. After trying to build applications with Hyperledger Indy, he realized the complexity created a massive barrier to adoption. He built the AgentFramework (now, Hyperledger Aries .NET), an abstraction on top of Indy that makes it easy to build agents from scratch. It’s now a part of the Hyperledger Aries project.