Nik Kalyani

I ♥️ startups and blockchain. Co-founded Decentology (was TryCrypto), WhenHub, DotNetNuke, Walkstarter; Microsoft MVP; Maker. Carpe diem!

Mountain View, CA

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I am co-founder of Decentology (was TryCrypto), an organization devoted to making blockchain more accessible to mainstream users starting with developers. My co-founder Chase Chapman and I believe deeply in a future where decentralization sows the seeds for egality in the world and are excited to work hard every day toward this goal. As an entrepreneur, I wear every hat needed to make my startup a success. But I'm most passionate about building innovative products from inception through alpha, beta and production. Writing code is and always will be fun for me, but so is leadership. Recruiting people to my team, getting them to believe in the vision and collaborating to realize that vision brings me great joy and is what I excel at. Feel free to contact me with opportunities on any of these topics at nik at - Advisory Board for technology startups, esp. blockchain - Board of Directors of technology non-profits - Technology advisor/EIR for venture firms - Speaking at technology/business conferences on blockchain, Smart Contracts and/or startups

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Work experience

Oct 2019 - Present



Trqk is building a platform to simplify and automate the music licensing process, with transparency and control at the forefront. As technology advisor, I helped architect, design and build their blockchain-based music licensing system and continue to provide strategic guidance on decentralized technology.

Jul 2019 - Present



I co-founded TryCrypto to make blockchain more accessible to mainstream users starting with developers. I architected and developed DappStarter, TryCrypto's flagship product and a blockchain-agnostic platform that generates full-stack source code for custom decentralized applications. For this, I created Hypergrep, an intelligent back-end code processor that generates Solidity, Javascript, Cadence, Rust and AssemblyScript-based Smart Contracts. I am the creator of PhotoKey, a non-custodial wallet and authentication system that implements Open ID Connect with Proof Key for Code Exchange entirely on the client-side. PhotoKey is designed for mainstream users and generates private keys deterministically using a photo and emojis.


Nov 2018 - Present


Blockchain SME and Advisor

I am a guest instructor for Udacity. I taught significant portions of the Udacity Blockchain Nanodegree.

Jan 2017 - Present

Edaptable, Inc.


Edaptable is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit company that helps improve public education by supporting PTA activities with high-quality technology solutions. Its main service, Walkstarter (, is a Walkathon fundraising platform that has helped schools raise more than $4 million in funding.

Jun 2014 - May 2020

WhenHub Interface



Nov 2008 - Dec 2013

DNN Corp.

Co-founder/Strategic Advisor

I co-founded DNN Software (formerly DotNetNuke Corp.), the company that manages DNN, the largest web Open Source project on the Microsoft technology stack with over 7 million downloads to-date. The company is funded by August Capital, Sierra Ventures and Pelion Venture Partners and is ranked 228 on the Inc500. The company was acquired by ESW in August 2017.


Oct 2006 - Nov 2008

DNN Corp.


I collaborated with the three other co-founders to lead the transition of DNN from a successful Open Source project to a venture-funded business.

Jan 1999 - Apr 2001

iWidgets, Inc.


iWidgets was my first foray into the world of Internet startups. I envisioned pluggable portal apps called "widgets" and founded Funded by angels and Draper, the company did well until the great dot com bust happened and funding dried up.


Jul 1995 - Dec 1998

Definiti, Inc.

Co-founder/V.P. of Technology

Sep 1993 - Mar 1995

James River Corporation

Manager, I.T. Research and Development


1987 - 1992

Western Michigan University

Bachelor's, Computer Science

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