Anatoly Yakovenko

Anatoly Yakovenko

Formal First Name

Anatoly Yakovenko is the Co-Founder and CEO of Solana, a blockchain built for global accessibility. Dubbed as the "Ethereum killer," he is the mastermind behind the Solana blockchain and the Proof-of-History consensus mechanism. Today, Solana is the fastest growing ecosystem in cryptocurrency, with thousands of projects spanning decentralized finance, non-fungible tokens, Web3 and more. Yakovenko has almost two decades of experience in building high performance operating systems. He spent over 10 years building global networks at Qualcomm, distributed systems at Mesosphere, and compression at Dropbox. Outside of Solana, Yakovenko has worked on a number of projects, including the development of a decentralized exchange platform and a blockchain-based digital asset management platform. He has also been involved in the development of a number of open source projects.

Professional Experience

Academic History


Yakovenko accomplished several amazing feats for Solana, here are some:

  • Developed the first version of the Solana blockchain, which is now used by thousands of users around the world.

  • Led the development of the Solana consensus algorithm, which is now used to secure the network.

  • Developed the Solana Virtual Machine, which enables developers to create smart contracts and decentralized applications on the Solana blockchain.

  • Built the Solana SDK, which makes it easy for developers to build applications on the Solana blockchain.

  • Shipped the Solana Explorer, which provides users with an easy way to view and explore the Solana blockchain.

  • Developed the Solana Wallet, which allows users to securely store and manage their Solana tokens.

  • Developed the Solana Testnet, which allows developers to test their applications before deploying them to the mainnet.

  • Built the Solana Validator, which allows users to stake their tokens and earn rewards for validating transactions on the network.

  • Started the Solana Academy, which provides educational resources to help developers learn how to build dApps on the Solana blockchain.

  • Inaugrated the Solana Foundation, which provides grants to developers and projects building on the solana blockchain.


  • Led a team for high performance Hexagon DSP off-loading software stack chipsets for next-gen applications

  • Commercial applications including Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, 3D Camera processing, 4K video post-processing, and GoogleX’s Project Tango.

  • Technology used by 3rd party developers from major OEMS, such as Samsung, LG, Google, Xiaomi, OnePlus.

  • Built critical features such as application sandboxing, device driver framework, interprocess communication, system call tracing tools, IDL compilers.

  • Implemented various network protocols such as SIP/RTP/HTTP, and high performance logging and tracing tools.


  • At Dropbox, a prominent cloud storage platform, he focused on enhancing data compression efficiency, and optimizing storage space and speed.

  • He also contributed significantly to the growth of distributed systems at Mesosphere, a company known for its comprehensive cloud management system.

  • He was an early adopter of Bitcoin and Ethereum, and was one of the first to recognize the potential of blockchain technology to revolutionize the way we store and transfer data.

  • He began to explore the potential of blockchain technology and its applications in 2013. 


  • Techniques for general-purpose lossless data compression using a recurrent neural network (US 9941900)

  • Exposing host operating system services to an auxiliary processor (US 20140136817)

  • Fast remote procedure call (US 20140096148)

  • Extending protection domains to coprocessors (US US20150301955)