Arie Trouw

Member Since 2022

Arie Trouw



San Diego Area

Ten years before Elon Musk wrote his first line of computer code, another young engineer in South Africa was busy writing software on his TRS-80 Model I. In 1978, at the age of 10, Arie Trouw started developing software on the TRS-80 Model I, moving on to Atari, Apple, and PC. He then ran a series of bulletin boards centering on game-theory modification. Arie is an accomplished serial entrepreneur with a rich history of technological breakthroughs and business successes involving multiple 8-figure exit events. He is a strong believer in decentralization and the creation of the integrated owner/user model. Arie founded XY in 2012 (incorporated as Ength Degree, LLC before it was converted to a C Corporation in 2016) and is co-founder of the XYO Network. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors at XY Labs, Inc. At XY, he also heads the XYO Foundation, responsible for the open source development for the XYO Network and the promotion of the XYO Token. Prior to starting XY Labs, Arie was CEO and Chairman of Pike Holdings. (later sterkly, LLC). He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the New York Institute of Technology. Fun Fact: He is a member of one of the first Afrikaans speaking families to emigrate to the US from South Africa in 1976.


  • Executive Leadership
  • Concept to Execution
  • Software Development


April 17th, 2023

The need for real, viable data in AI

While still in its infancy, blockchain is particularly promising in validating data. Verifying data through blockchain networks can ensure that AI is computing accurate data to produce accurate products and results.

January 24th, 2023

7 ways to address the dev talent shortage in the crypto industry

The crypto industry isn’t unique in facing a developer shortage, but it can develop some unique solutions to the problem.

January 20th, 2023

Is “The Howey Test” outdated? Modernizing regulations for the digital age

The rate and reach of cryptocurrency adoption in recent years signals the dire need for modern regulation that simultaneously safeguards investors and enables innovation to flourish.

January 17th, 2023

10 practices crypto can borrow from TradFi to better protect customers

The crypto industry would be wise to learn from and adopt the proven principles and processes TradFi relies on to protect consumers.



XYO is a technology protocol designed to improve the validity, certainty, and value of data. We are building a data marketplace that gives users a gold-standard for any apps, websites, and blockchain technologies that rely on trusted data.


  • Blockchain
  • Data Integration
  • Augmented Reality