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Origin is a decentralized ecosystem hundreds of thousands strong
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Core team

The core contributors hail from iconic tech companies like Coinbase, YouTube, Google, Paypal, Dropbox, and Pinterest. Our founders are serial entrepreneurs, and multiple team members have founded and exited successful ventures.
Josh Fraser
Josh Fraser
Cofounder
Josh started coding at the age of 10. Prior to Origin, he co-founded three other venture-backed companies: EventVue, Torbit (acquired by Walmart Labs) & Forage.
Matthew Liu
Matthew Liu
Cofounder
Matt was the 3rd PM at YouTube (acquired by Google) and VP PM at Qwiki (acquired by Yahoo) and Bonobos (acquired by Walmart). He has a MS and BS from Stanford.
Franck Chastagnol
Franck Chastagnol
Head of Engineering
Franck has had a successful career as an early employee at numerous high-profile companies. He previously led engineering teams at Inktomi, Paypal, YouTube, Google and Dropbox.
Micah Alcorn
Micah Alcorn
Director of Product
Micah was the technical co-founder of WellAttended, a bootstrapped box office management platform. He worked as a commercial real estate broker while learning to code.
Nick Poulden
Nick Poulden
Senior Engineer
Nick studied Computer Science at the University of Warwick. Prior to joining Origin, he worked as an engineer at Sencha, C3 Energy Network and Palo Alto Networks.
Domen Grabec
Domen Grabec
Engineer
Domen co-founded and led a team developing a mobile application with 2 chess Grandmasters. He previously had a successful career at Cetra, Zemanta and Peerindex.
Shahul Hameed
Shahul Hameed
Engineer
Shahul is a fullstack engineer who started programming at age of 10. He previously worked as a freelancer and then joined Zoho as a front-end developer.
Aure Gimon
Aure Gimon
Product Designer
Aure is a product designer with 10+ years of experience. Prior to joining Origin, Aure worked at multiple startups and Fortune 500 companies. In a past life, he was also a software engineer.
Daniel Von Fange
Daniel Von Fange
Senior Engineer
Daniel brings a strong emphasis on security and data analysis to our team. Daniel has earned a reputation for being able to gather massive amounts of data and create dynamic visualizations at lightning speed.
Kara Chang
Kara Chang
Executive Assistant
Kara is the executive assistant to Origin co-founders, Josh and Matt. She graduated from UC San Diego and previously managed a team of 10 people at an ecommerce company in Taiwan.
Christopher Jacobs
Christopher Jacobs
Senior Engineer
Chris previously worked at OCZ, Toshiba, Storcentric, and Palo Alto Networks as a Full Stack / UI Engineer. He is a creative developer who has over 15 years experience architecting software solutions.
Kelly Hwang
Kelly Hwang
Investments/Treasury
Kelly was previously a successful startup founder and venture investor at Upfront Ventures before spending the last few years investing in DeFi. He has a BA in Economics from Stanford.
Andra Nicolau
Andra Nicolau
Head of BD, OUSD
Andra is a longtime crypto veteran. She was most recently the Head of Growth at 1inch where she raised over $250M. She has spent over 8 years in Silicon Valley and studied Economics at UC Berkeley.
Justin Charlton
Justin Charlton
Head of Finance
Justin started investing in middle school, designed budgets for launching satellites into space (successfully!), and advised tech clients on M&A and strategy for 7 years at PwC and KPMG.
Courtney Glover
Courtney Glover
Head of People
Courtney is a self-proclaimed people person and has spent the better part of the last 10 years helping companies recognize that their greatest asset is their people. Prior to joining Origin she was an early hire at RECUR and worked in government contracting and EdTech.
Peter Gray
Peter Gray
BD Manager, OUSD
Peter studied business at Tulane University and worked on the sales teams at Palo Alto Networks, VMware, and Alkemi Network before joining Origin as the OUSD BD Manager. He is a musician, hockey player, and avid skier.
Matt Bullock
Matt Bullock
Product Designer
Matt is a product designer specialising in DeFi and Web3 for the past 4 years. He was the first designer to join Augur and later went on to work at Dapper Labs. Before this he was doing the rounds in various advertising and design agencies across London.
Ryan McNamara
Ryan McNamara
Product Marketing Manager
Ryan comes from crypto journalism with a passion for educating the masses on blockchain technology. He scaled Benzinga’s crypto vertical from thousands to millions of readers and is a recent graduate of The University of Michigan.
Jonathan Snow
Jonathan Snow
Data Engineer
Before joining Origin, Jonathan worked with several crypto and finance brands, focusing on building data pipelines and automation tools. Prior to that, he helped build a company that provided social media user data to a number of startups and PR firms.
Ariel Meranus
Ariel Meranus
Senior Product Manager
Ariel has spent the last 7+ years learning about and evangelizing the potential of web3. Before joining Origin, she was the Director of Product for an NFT marketplace focused on bringing NFTs to the sports, media, and entertainment verticals.
Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Head of BD, Story
Amit was previously employee #7 at Lyft and was the founder of their b2b division (Lyft Business) which now drives $1B+ in annual revenue. He has spent 15+ years in Silicon Valley and is excited to join Origin and begin building in Web3!
Mattias Suppa
Mattias Suppa
Growth Marketing & Community
Mattias (Maddie) earned her M.A in 2022 and has been involved in the crypto space since 2019. On top of a passion for web3, her unique background consists of research, building communities, content creation, and the application of marketing psychology.
Rafael Ugolini
Rafael Ugolini
Head of Engineering
Rafael has several years of experience working in tech in different sectors. He previously worked at mStable, Collibra, and other places, including Sun Microsystems. He has an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from ESADE.
Nick Addison
Nick Addison
Sr Solidity Engineer
Nick has been developing Ethereum smart contracts professionally for over 6 years at mStable, Consensys and AgriDigital. Prior to focusing on Ethereum development, Nick worked in payments, investment banking and logistics. Nick is the author of open-source tools sol2uml and tx2uml.
Antoine Codogno
Antoine Codogno
Sr Engineer
Antoine is a fullstack engineer with 15 years of experience. He worked in several Web2 companies such as Collibra and BeTv before joining the crypto DeFi ecosystem working at Frax and mStable.
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