Meet the Team


Michael Gucci, MD – Founder

Michael is the founder of Telos-21Zephyr and has been with Telos since the early days. Michael is a former ER Physician, completed his medical degree from India and a Family Medicine Residency from the University of Connecticut. He was an ER Physician for 17 years working across several hospitals in the Midwest. Michael became fascinated with Bitcoin in 2015 and founded a private venture fund Bitcoin Fortress Ventures, which subsequently became Z-Meta and currently has investments in ShapeShift, BTC Media, Abra and several other companies in the blockchain space.

Bhargav Kalari, ME – CTO

Bhargav has been intensely integrated with the Telos Ecosystem since its early days. As a member of the TLG (Telos Launch Group), he has participated in the testnet to help launch the network. Bhargav is a Computer Engineering Master’s Degree Graduate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Apart from leading Telos-21Zephyr, he also administers the Data Center requirements for its parent company 21Zephyr and has experience working as a Software Engineer and Senior Network Engineer at the Research Park of UofI. 

John Wolff – Chief Network Engineer

John is a Network Engineer working on setting up AWS infrastructure. He has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives and works in Champaign, IL. In addition to his role at Telos-21 Zephyr, John is a Software Engineer for the Applied Research Institute at the University of Illinois. John has experience building and deploying scalable cloud infrastructure in production environments and cyber-security within the cloud.

Aaron Alford – PR & Communications Manager

Aaron is the public relations and communication manager.  He has a Masters of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Dayton, and currently lives and works in Boone, NC.  In addition to his role at Telos-21 Zephyr, Aaron works with clients as a debate coach and digital media producer.  Aaron has been involved in the blockchain community for several years, and has previously held and utilized a variety of cryptocurrencies.  He has also covered digital currencies as a video producer of educational videos regarding economics for Freedomworks in Washington, D.C. 

Martyna Gabala – Event Coordinator

Martyna is Culture Management Master’s degree graduate at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. She has more than 5 years experience as Event Manager, Stage Manager and Music Artists Manager and Promoter. She ran her own artistic agency and worked as a PR & Relationships Manager for polish start-up. She organized business events and congresses, team buildings, industry awards galas, concerts and film and music festivals. Now, living and working in Paris, France and starting her adventure with blockchains industry. She supports the Telos-21 Zephyr team by coordination of the Virtual Conference

Irina Gucci – Community Manager

Irina completed her Masters in Economics from Ukraine and worked for Ancor, an International Human Resources Organization. Irina subsequently moved to United States to pursue her passion in Arts and Humanities. In 2015, she came across Bitcoin and was fascinated by the technological innovation and subsequently made her way through Ethereum, Steemit and then to EOS. Irina brings her extensive Human Resources experience to her role as the Community Manager for Telos-21Zephyr and is excited to be part of the EOS Community.