A software engineer, a networking maven, a serial entrepreneur, and a CPA walk into a cafe. The year was 2017—the height of cryptocurrency mania. The New Orleans Ethereum Meetup, co-led by Ken Gaulter, had become the hottest place in town, virtually overnight. Eighty people gathered in a coffee shop in a sleepy neighborhood just outside of the French Quarter to talk crypto. The markets were going wild and everybody was hoping to cash out.
By 2018, much of the hype had died down. Markets dipped and attendance at the meetup dwindled. "It’s a bubble." You would hear.
The stalwart few who kept coming to the meetings got to know each other. They read whitepapers aloud and discussed real world applications of blockchain. They were missionists—true believers who weren’t concerned with the ebb and flow of the crypto trading world. They saw the potential of the underlying technology and how it would transform not only the financial sector, but the world at large.
That’s how Gil Hildebrand, Ken Gaulter, Raina Casbon-Kelts, and Joey Ryan met. United by an obsessive passion for the realm of digital currency, each left promising established careers to pursue blockchain full-time. Gil recruited developer Eledi Dyrkaj to the cause—a talented collaborator on previous startup projects. Together, the five of them founded Gilded.
In 2019, Gilded was accepted into the prestigious Techstars accelerator in New York City. In November of 2019, Gilded launched a commercial payments and accounting system running on the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains. Today, Gilded supports countless digital currencies (including stablecoins) and seamlessly integrates with solutions like QuickBooks, Coinbase, Stripe, and Pipedrive.
Gilded believes that the future of finance is global, open, and powered by blockchain. Gilded's invoicing, payment, and accounting software helps businesses get paid faster and more transparently, with dramatically lower fees. Gilded is headquartered in New Orleans, with offices in New York and Los Angeles.
Gilded occupies a world where fiat is the dominant currency. That’s why our product supports traditional avenues of commerce in addition to cryptocurrency. Change is incremental. We acknowledge this fact while also relentlessly pursuing a vision where digital currency is the norm. Now more than ever, the need for this transformative technology is ever apparent.
By removing barriers and creating a more cooperative global workforce, digital currency will create a network effect that will lead the world into a whole new era of abundance. Gilded exists in relentless pursuit of this mission by crafting an experience that compels organizations to adopt digital currency as a primary form of commerce.