About KRATE

Learn the story behind KRATE.

The Company


The Project

The KRATE Cloud is backed by KRATE Distributed Information Systems Incorporated, a Saskatchewan Corporation, incorporated under The Business Corporations Act (Saskatchewan) on November 21st, 2017, and is based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada.



The Corporation

The KRATE Corporation is responsible for the initial development of the KRATE Cloud to ensure the highest quality of software development that meets the highest levels of regulatory compliance. After the initial release of the KRATE Cloud, the project will be opened to the community to permit and promote the continued development and contribution to the code base.



The Future

To maintain high software development standards and regulatory compliance, the KRATE Corporation will continue to oversee the project – not as a corporate owner, but rather as a curator. In this capacity, the KRATE Corporation will be a contributor to the KRATE Cloud the same as any community member would, with the added support of its many relationships with professional services and advisers to maintain top quality release builds.



Why Us?

Maintained by a decentralized network, what differentiates the KRATE Cloud from other solutions is the ability to end data breaches. Additionally, the KRATE Cloud can exceed industry standards for data distribution, disaster recovery, up-time and efficiency at a fraction of traditional cloud costs. The KRATE Cloud utilizes its own token under the token name KRATE to pay for available services.



Our Mission

It is the mission of KRATE to end data breaches through secure decentralization and distribution.



Our Story

Michael Thoreson, KRATE CEO, is a victim of identity theft, and over a decade later is still suffering the effects. After a long search for a better way to store data, it was clear a new solution was needed. In May 2016, Michael started designing the KRATE Cloud, and in November 2017, launched KRATE Distributed Information Systems.



The Founders


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Michael Thoreson
Co-Founder & CEO


Michael Thoreson created KRATE Distributed Information Systems Incorporated after his identity was stolen to address the challenge of data security and privacy. KRATE aims to enable self-governed data sovereignty; be it for an individual, company, or government, within privacy regulation.

Michael loves to solve tech problems and is a 3rd generation entrepreneur, quickly learning at a young age the pains and joys of walking the entrepreneurial path. This path would include creating successful companies in information technology, property maintenance, and now blockchain. He is very proud to have his wife working side by side as business partner, co-founder, and advisor through every adventure.

Michael is a self-educated systems analyst and developer as well a certified IT technician and network administrator.

Michael is very passionate about solving real world problems with blockchain, decentralization, self-governance, and data sovereignty. He has advised on several blockchain and cryptocurrency projects and still continues to lend his support and expertise to the blockchain community.

Born in Saskatchewan, Canada where he still resides with his wife, he can be found at a Saskatchewan Roughriders game when not working on KRATE.



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Caitlin Thoreson
Co-Founder & COO


Caitlin has worked in a number of different industries throughout her life which has given her a vastly unique set of skills that she is thrilled to bring to KRATE. Caitlin and her husband previously built two companies from the ground up, making it an easy decision to work together on a third.

In her youth Caitlin enjoyed playing around with computer systems and diagnosing issues. Being a Co-founder of KRATE, she is able to pursue this interest by continuing to learn programming and software development.

As a strong advocate for women in technology, Caitlin is delighted to be part of the growing number of women in the blockchain community.

Caitlin, like Michael, has fallen victim to theft of personal data creating first-hand knowledge of the importance and value of self-sovereign data.

Caitlin and her husband still reside in Saskatchewan, Canada with their rescued animals. When Caitlin isn’t working in the garden, she can be found cheering on her favourite CFL team the Saskatchewan Roughriders.



The Team


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Ryan Donnelly

After a friend told him about cryptocurrencies in 2017, he was immediately hooked, and basically became obsessed with it. Early on he was interested in staking and masternodes, and after making some great connections through Discord and mutual friends, he started running some staking pools for friends, which evolved into him also running and maintaining many masternodes for himself and others. Ryan loves detail-driven work, so it was a lot of fun for him. Unfortunately, the demands of life made it difficult to keep up with and eventually he had to stop. KRATE now gives him an opportunity to do what he loves and is passionate about, with an amazing team and great technology!

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Jacob Riggi

With a great passion for decentralized systems, peer-to-peer services, distributed services, steganography/puzzles and all things alike, Jacob is a very large advocate for secure and private systems. He knows this can only truly be done through open-source decentralized cryptographic systems. He believes that if something isn't done now, we may never have the opportunity to see true privacy and security again. With 7+ years in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space and previous experience with HIPAA and patient rights, he looks forward to bringing everything he has to offer to KRATE. When not looking at a computer screen, he's usually looking for the 10mm wrench.

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Brandon Beres

Brandon first discovered blockchain in 2015 and needed to know more. He began researching and after that, he was hooked. He got his start as just a community member in different projects and worked his way up to lead support and moderation roles. Brandon has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and he saw an opportunity to fuse his love of programming with blockchain technology. He came across KRATE and knew he wanted to be a part of it. Because of his knowledge and expertise, it made sense to bring Brandon on board. In his spare time, he enjoys online games, amusement parks, fishing, and spending time with his family.

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Mandi Beres

Mandi was first introduced to blockchain 5 years ago after seeing her husband involved in other projects. She is fascinated with both the financial revolution and the multiple applications of technology. KRATE has the ability to push the boundaries of both, so Mandi knew she had to be involved. Mandi has strong skills in marketing, research, and creative design and development and knew she could use those skills to help propel KRATE forward. Because she can write, code, and do graphic design, she is considered a Swiss Army knife and is constantly pushing herself to further her skills. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.Sc in Computer Information Systems and earned an Academic Achievement Award. In KRATE, she can make use of each one of her talents. In her spare time, Mandi loves reading, gaming, and spending time with her family.

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Alex Hammer

Alex first heard of bitcoin back in 2010 on Slashdot but disregarded the technology until a friend told him about Ethereum and the growing blockchain world. He fully delved into the blockchain and cryptocurrency world in 2017, joining projects soon after first using a wallet. He has been involved in several blockchain projects over the years, seeing many ups and downs. His strong skills in journalism and writing allowed him to help these projects and KRATE express their company vision on paper. Alex has a unique talent for taking a few sentences of an idea and turning it into a written masterpiece. He can quickly grasp technical ideas and convey them to non-technical people. In his free time, Alex enjoys using his Spotify subscription to the fullest, OMEGALUL’ing on Twitch, and doodling on his Wacom tablet.

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Thomas Ross

Thomas Ross, or Tross as he’s known as, first wanted to be a programmer back in 1983. His life took a different path when he joined the army as an electronics technician from 1983-1991. Being in the Army, he got to travel many different places, but he settled in Germany. He went to German School from 2000-2001 and learned Network Specialist, MCP, and Novell Certificate. His crypto journey began in 2015 when he purchased an old GPU and started mining. He started his first mining pool in 2016. Over the course of several years, he worked with fellow miners as well as developers to test and make his pool run more effectively. Since then, he has learned small tricks of the trade to combat bad actors. Tross likes teamwork and working with others, and learns by jumping right in and doing. He considers himself a jack of all trades, master of nothing. In his free time, he dabbles in learning new things and taught himself Linux. He brings his expertise and vast knowledge of pools to the KRATE team.

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Zaid Alhaddadi

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Rafael de Castro Bueno

Rafael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from ESPM Escola Superior de Propaganda e-Marketing.

He is an accomplished English/Spanish/Portuguese speaking implementation consultant across multiple industries, including Retail, Consumer Goods, Healthcare, and Financial Services, in 10 different countries and 18+ different cities. Rafael has fifteen years of experience in the technology field helping companies implement systems, expand, and raise customer satisfaction. He has been both an employee and an external contractor to Oracle.

His career background includes an extensive focus on Customer Experience solutions, with the ability to create and capitalize on deep customer understanding to deliver competitive advantages.