About the Founder

(Daniel Armani, Ph.D.)
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Dr. Armani is an institutional economist and data scientist working on Automated Governance, Collective Intelligence, FinTech, Blockchain Technology, Smart Contracts, and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs). He uses Response Surface Methodology, Online Experimentation, and Agent-Based Simulation to evaluate and compare different Collective Intelligence protocols and DAOs.

He has designed and experimented with different Collective Intelligence protocols at the University of Texas at Austin (as the Principal Investigator) and the Michigan State University (as the Researcher). He is the CEO of TeammateMe, the Global Team Building Platform. He is also the designer and the Chief Scaffolder of PaperScore, the first Decentralized Academic Journal (DAJ) and publication platform. Moreover, he was the inventor of ParaLead, the revolutionay Decentralized Autonomous Corporation based on Parallel Markets and Bonding Curves.

He has been a member of the Association of Information Systems, the Financial Management Association, the System Dynamics Society, the Decision Sciences Institute, and the INFORMS. He has delivered speeches in several conferences and seminars around the United States.

The primary objective of Texas Blockchain Center LLC is to help individuals and businesses to materialize and operationalize their innovative e-business ideas efficiently in a short time. The secondary objective is to leverage information technology to enhance corporate governance and business processes in small and medium-sized enterprises. The main focus is on the digitization and decentralization of operational and decision-making processes in organizations. To this end, Dr. Armani and his professional team help individuals and organizations to advance their strategic goals by effectively utilizing financial technologies such as Enterprise (Permissioned) Blockchains, Smart Contracts, Collective Intelligence, and Artificial Intelligence.


Education and Academic Positions


Vis. Assistant Professor (Aug '22 - Aug '23)

> Instructor for Fundamentals of Business Analytics (6 sections)


Finance Visiting Scholar (Sep '19 - Aug '20)

> Principal Investigator for Experiments on Distributed Governance


Vis. Assistant Professor (Aug '18 - Aug '19)

> Instructor for Database Management (2 sections)

> Instructor for Intro to IT Management (2 sections)

> Principal Investigator for Experiments on Distributed Governance


PhD in MIS (Aug '13 - Aug '18)

> Instructor for Business Analytics and IT (2 sections)

> GA for MBA Executive Lectures (4 sections)

> TA for Business Analytics and IT (12 sections)

> Researcher for Experiments on Distributed Governance


MSc in Industrial Engineering (Aug '04 - Oct '06)

> Developed a MATALB software to simulate firm as a nexus of contracts

> Top of the Class 2006


Publications and Research Projects


2023, D. Armani, "Corporate Governance Free from Corporate Governors," Yellow Paper for DACurve.

2022, H. Khaledi & S. Grabski, "Design of Governance Models for Digital Environments," Joint Midyear Meeting of the AIS and SET Sections. American Accounting Association.

2018, D. Armani, "Making the Most out of Speculative Market Forecasts," INFORMS Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.

2018, H. Khaledi, "E-Constitutions: Conceptualization, Theory, Design Model and Experimental Evaluations," PhD Dissertation. Michigan State University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 10792537.

2017, D. Armani, "An Agency Model Free from the Utility Theory," 48th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, Washington DC.

2015, H. Khaledi, "A Generic System Dynamics Model of Firm Internal Processes," 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Boston MA.

2014, B. Pentland & T. Haerem & H. Khaledi, "Using Action Networks to Detect Change in Repetitive Patterns of Action," ICIS, Auckland New Zealand.

2012, H. Khaledi & M. Reisi-Nafchi, "Dynamic Production Planning Model: A Dynamic Programming Approach," International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Vol. 67, pp. 1675–1681.

2008, H. Khaledi, "Programming Dynamic Programmers using Inverse Nash Equilibrium," Seasonal Journal of Industrial Engineering (ISSN 5221-1560), Vol. 44, pp. 62-73.
2024, D. Armani, "Decentralized Automated Corporate Governance," Under Review.

2024, D. Armani, "Governance as Collective Intelligence," Work in Progress.
2021, D. Armani, "Methods, Systems, and Apparatus for Automated Governance," (NonProvisional) US Patent Application: 17152616, Patent Pending.



Dr. Armani's Research Statement


Consultation Services


Corporate Governance, Automated Governance, Collective Intelligence Protocols;

FinTech, DeFi, Blockchain Protocols, Smart Contracts, DAOs, DACs;

Database Design and Development, Full Stack Web Development, DApp Development;

Data Analytics, Multivariate Statistics, Optimization, Agent-Based Simulation;

Research Design, Experimental Design, A/B Testing, Response Surface Methodology;

Dr. Armani and his students

Dr. Armani's Teaching Statement