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Founded by a team of Stanford faculty and alum, Enya is a pioneer of software frameworks that simplify the construction of decentralized apps, prioritizing privacy from first principles. By embedding cryptographic privacy into decentralized apps, Enya returns control of sensitive data to its rightful owner — the individual. Enya is part of a growing community that believes now is the time to bake privacy-preserving technology into the broader infrastructure of the internet.


Alan Chiu
Alan Chiu

Founder & CEO

Alan is CEO of Enya and has more than 20 years of experience building and investing in enterprise startups. Prior to Enya, Alan was a partner at XSeed Capital, with a focus on enterprise and fintech startups. He also led product management at Bycast, a private storage cloud leader that was acquired by NetApp, and was one of the early software engineers at Creo, a digital prepress technology company that went public and was subsequently acquired by Kodak.

In addition to his role at Enya, Alan serves on the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Board, as well as the board of Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs as Co-President.

Alan received a BASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and an MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jan Liphardt
Jan Liphardt

Founder & Chief Technologist

Jan is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University and a Professor in Residence at StartX. For his Ph.D. work at Cambridge University, he used computers, information theory, and statistics, such as stochastic context free grammars, to find patterns in genomes. He was a physics professor at UC Berkeley until 2013, when he moved to Stanford.

In 2016, he worked with Joe Biden’s cancer moonshot initiative and a social network to help patients share sensitive medical data. Jan cofounded Enya in 2018 as a way to reframe how sensitive information flows through the internet and how data analytics can be better balanced with privacy.

Jan is a Sloan Research Fellow and a Searle Scholar. At Stanford, Jan focuses on privacy preserving digital health and he teaches a blockchain / distributed systems class.