How Sardine.AI detects social engineering scams done via remote software protocols in real-time, helping FinTechs and Crypto companies earn their user’s trust.

Nothing gets my blood boiling more than fraud. One of the worst fraud is remote access scams where attackers spook victims as IRS agents or appeal to their greed as Crypto investment advisors. They often use remote desktop software or remote access apps to enable screen sharing. Watch this video of Sardine.AI’s Device Intelligence Technology stopping remote scams in real-time.

In these attacks, attackers convince victims to install…

Sardine is officially out of stealth! We’ve been celebrating all of the hard work our team has put in to get to where we are now, and we all feel more driven than ever to enable the digital economy to operate at scale without fraud. Our founding story is pretty unique, so I wanted to share how we got started, for the benefit of future entrepreneurs.

TL;DR If you are thinking about starting on your own, the following are the two main lessons we have imbibed. Read further to learn how we lived by these principles in our founding journey:

We are excited to announce that today Sardine launches out of stealth to be the first Fraud prevention as a Service (FaaS) solution, built from the ground up for all digital institutions like cryptocurrency and neobank. We are designed to help fintech of all sizes, from the very early stage of product launch to larger enterprise companies, detect all types of financial crimes, from identity fraud at account opening through to payment fraud at account funding.

We have built the first platform that makes it easy for development teams of all sizes to easily incorporate Sardine into their platform’s current…

Last week marked the end of my tour of duties at Coinbase where I built many systems and teams from ground up (data, risk, tools, identity). It was an exhilarating three and half years and Coinbase is quite a rocket-ship that I am immensely grateful to have had a front row seat on.

The core values at Coinbase (efficient execution, clear communication, positive energy & continuous learning) are the crucial pillars that have made the company successful. As I reflect upon the last 3.5 …

Our data team assists millions of customers with billions of dollars in crypto assets. Here is how our team is organized.

While building our data team at Coinbase, I have found the following question to be the most insightful:

How would you describe yourself as a histogram?

In 2012, Harvard Business Review described Data Scientist as the sexiest job of 21st century. However, the term data scientist has evolved a lot over the past few years, to the extent that everyone seems to have a different definition of the role. Data professionals come from a variety of backgrounds. On one…

Notes and reflections on the SF Ethereum meetup on OmiseGo & Plasma


Intriguing presentation by Jun Hasegawa (OmiseGO), but they didn’t want to reveal much. What I would have wanted to know is: how are they going to do decentralized crypto-to-fiat? The bar here will be much higher than just decentralized crypto-to-crypto (solved by 0x, Kyber network, etc). For decentralized crypto-to-fiat, they would need to obtain KYC information on their users as well as obtain Money Transmission Licenses (MTLs), at least in the US. I’d have loved to know how is OmiseGo launching this in S.E. …

If you are a digital currency investor and store bitcoins, litecoins or ethereum online on an exchange like Coinbase, Kraken, Poloniex, etc, then you should be taking security seriously. You would only need 15 minutes to go through these steps to gain the peace of mind that your digital currency is secure online from account takeovers.

Note that investing in digital currency is safe, and allows you to participate in and support one of the greatest financial innovations in recent history. Digital currency enables some amazing use cases that were not possible until now e.g. instant and cheap cross-border remittances…

We advise our users to install Authenticator apps (Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator) as their primary 2FA method to secure their Coinbase accounts from phone porting attacks. You can follow the steps outlined in our support article to use Authenticator.

The instant and irreversible nature of digital currency enables fascinating use cases and drives our mission to create an open financial system for the world. This includes helping merchants accept bitcoin with no chargeback risk and helping users do global remittances instantly at low fees. But that very nature of bitcoin also attracts sophisticated attackers that challenge this mission.

Security of…

A story on how GPS technology and Service economy helped us recently. My wife, Victoria recently lost her iPhone on Bart (a primary public transit train in SF bay area) a few days back, along with her Driver License and Credit Cards which were inside the case.

Thanks to iCloud’s Find my Phone feature, we knew it was on a train parked at Richmond train depot. But there are a dozen trains parked at the depot overnight and you can’t just go and search them. We pleaded with the Richmond station agents to contact folks at the depot to search…


CEO and co-founder Sardine.AI, former fraud fighter at Coinbase and Revolut

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