Howdy, I’m Ross Bates and I live in Dallas, TX. I’m currently the CTO of Worlds where I lead an amazing team of software engineers and product designers. Together, we are using sensor networks and machine learning to build live 3D maps of the real world. In my prior role as the CTO and co-founder of Key Ring, I led the development one of the first mobile wallets for iOS and Android. We grew the platform to support 15 million users before being acquired by Gannett Inc. I’m a techno-optimist who embraces the ideals of encryption, decentralization, and open source as methods to empower and protect individuals.