John Daniel Shutt

Developer, Writer, and Organizer

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Current Work

Ernst & Young

Currently leading development of a $2.2M blockchain track-and-trace and compliance project for the agritech industry. Previously, led EY's development team for the 2mota blockchain resource management application, worked on Ethereum smart contract development, integration, and testing for internal projects, specialist reviews of emerging proof-of-stake cryptocurrencies, and blockchain architecture designs and technical responses for new engagement pursuits.

Developed new Ethereum smart contracts and tests for a royalties and rewards program used by Microsoft, technical architecture design for a proposed central bank issued digital currency, technical architecture design of a blockchain-based procurement system for a national government, and client engagement and technical leadership on a blockchain proof-of-concept design for a major United States healthcare and insurance provider. Provided blockchain subject matter expertise on cryptocurrency tax software integration.

Oya Protocol

Building the free and open source Oya Protocol for decentralized e-commerce payments and order management on Ethereum. One of ten finalists out of 120 projects in the ETHGlobal HackMoney hackathon and accepted into the Genesis Block of the Gitcoin KERNEL Fellowship.

Past Work


Gave feedback and advice to Google's public policy team on new technologies, privacy issues, and hackerspaces.

Dustbowl Labs

Created Ethereum blockchain applications, ERC-721 collectible games, smart contracts, dapps, tokens, and web3 interfaces, for internal projects and external clients. Contributed open source code to key projects in the Ethereum ecosystem, including Truffle, Drizzle, and OpenZeppelin.


During my tenure as treasurer the average capital reserves in our general fund have grown from covering three months of regular expenses to nearly two years of regular expenses and we implemented a fiscal sponsorship policy for member-driven projects.

I also obtained a $15,000 grant from Google which is being used to provide matching grants for members to purchase and equipment for the space. So far the fund has helped the space to acquire a laser cutter, welding equipment, a sewing and embroidery machine, an Axidraw, equipment for printing circuits, virtual reality gear, infrastructure for doing "hot work" like welding and forging safely, 3D printers, a sheet metal break, Optiplex clients, and a guitar. Due to careful financial management and the matching grant policy, nearly half of this grant money is still available for future equipment and infrastructure needs.

I also successfully incubated and spun off an independent nonprofit, the Thomas J. Shutt Memorial Foundation, created earmarked funds for broadcasting, sewing, electronics, and several big events, and closed a $100,000 grant to kick off our fundraising campaign for a building purchase.

In addition to my work as treasurer, I am one of the co-founders of the Noisebridge digital archivists group and have served for several years on the board.


Facilitated high-impact investigative journalism in the San Francisco Bay Area with a SecureDrop system, which encrypts and anonymizes communications between sources and journalists over Tor onion services.

Universal Income Project

Helped a growing universal basic income advocacy group coordinate events and panel discussions, drive membership, and launch new initiatives.

World Economic Forum

Led encryption workshops and worked on basic income and anti-corruption initiatives. Assisted with recruiting to grow the San Francisco hub, and collaborated on other members on their nonprofit projects.

All City News

Ran a community-supported investigative journalism project, publishing on a freelance basis with partners at KQED, Hoodline, and other outlets.

Tau Informatics

Wrote frontend and backend code for clients who need internal business management systems and stylish frontend web interfaces, using JavaScript, PHP, and WordPress.

Westward Leaning

Led development of Westward Leaning's ecommerce storefront, built using Liquid, Sass, JavaScript, and a Shopify backend. Worked with our CEO and the design and ecommerce teams to meet our online goals, and hired and trained a junior developer.


Recruited an international team of developers and designers for a new startup and researched and evaluated elements of the company’s software architecture.

Animal Money

Ran a micro-store selling books and art in secret locations throughout San Francisco.


Built a prototype Ruby on Rails application to help techies find local volunteering opportunities.


Directed the design and development of mobile wishlist app for kids. This role included short story writing, coding, recruiting, interviewing, UX design, systems administration, and multiple ad hoc tasks supporting this early-stage startup.


Contributed to the Facebook FanPageEngine and iFrameEngine, using PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and various external APIs. Worked with the CEO and lead developer to fix specific problems as they arose.


Designed and built a web application using PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript to run free sports prediction games for bars and restaurants.

Planet Halo

Led the content team for Planet Halo, now part of the IGN network, while I was in middle school. Wrote and edited news and content, directed a team of writers and moderators, and administered a large forum community. Grew the site to 1,000,000+ unique monthly front-page visitors and 100,000+ monthly forum visitors at its peak.


Florida State University