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A world-class team led by entrepreneurs and engineers from iconic tech companies

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Bringing NFTs and DeFi to the masses

Origin was founded in 2017 by successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and has a team of experienced engineers from iconic tech companies like YouTube, Google, PayPal, and DropBox. Today, Origin is a global community with hundreds of open-source contributors and thousands of token holders. We work in public and you can always find at least one of us awake in our Discord.

Core team

Josh Fraser headshot
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 headshot
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.
Yu Pan headshot
Founding Engineer
Yu Pan was one of the 6 founding team members of PayPal and was the 1st employee at YouTube. He is a former Google employee and co-founder of Kiwi Crate.
Franck Chastagnol headshot
VP 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 headshot
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.
Tom Linton headshot
Senior Engineer
Before Origin, Tom had a successful career as a solo startup founder. He has two Masters degrees in Distributed Systems from the Technical University of Berlin and KTH in Stockholm.
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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.
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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 headshot
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.
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Engineer
Mike is a long-time contributor to open-source. He created a dev toolkit for creating Ethereum smart contracts with Python and previously worked with Ethereum and IPFS at Lunyr.
Aure Gimon headshot
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 headshot
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.
William Tong headshot
Business Development
William Tong was a real estate broker before stumbling into the world of NFTs. He quickly built a reputation as a connector and community builder on the Clubhouse app and within the broader NFT collector community.
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Project Manager
Chase comes from creative and marketing agency life in Los Angeles. She’s managed projects and accounts for clients like YouTube, W Hotels, and Stitch Fix. She's now in charge of creator relationship management at Origin.
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Account Manager
Eric was an early employee at Lyft and a founding member of their first B2B solution. He was an account manager at Tophatter and worked at a marketing agency connecting brands with creators and celebrities.
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Creator in Residence
Jon has spent his career helping creators. Before joining Origin, Jon was responsible for creator monetization marketing at YouTube and product marketing at Instagram. He's also a frequent contributor for Forbes.
Kara Chang headshot
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.
Ed Spencer headshot
Senior Engineer
Ed previously worked at Sencha, C3 Energy Network, and Palo Alto Networks as a UI and software architect. He studied at the University of Warwick where he met his lifelong friend and now colleague, Nick Poulden.
Aaron Faulkner headshot
Social Media Manager
Aaron has spent his career building and managing communities. He served as a long-term member of our community team before joining fulltime to help us with social media, content, and marketing at Origin.
Christopher Jacobs headshot
Senior Engineer
Chris previously worked at OCZ, Toshiba, Storcentric and Palo Alo Networks as a Full Stack / UI Engineer. He is a creative developer who has over 15 years experience architecting software solutions.
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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.
Linus Chung headshot
VP of Product
Linus previously worked as Director of Product at Coinbase. Before that, he lead product at companies like Tesla, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.
Andra Nicolau headshot
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 headshot
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.
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We're hiring!
We are a distributed team with employees all over the world. We have a fast-paced bias-to-action culture and a really big vision for bringing crypto mainstream. Check out our open-positions on AngelList.


Community team

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Zoe Hoang
Moisés Sosa headshot
Moisés Sosa
Kevin Lee headshot
Kevin Lee
Danil Myakin headshot
Danil Myakin
Joseph Stewart headshot
Joseph Stewart
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Erkan Ciftci
Stefano Terenzi headshot
Stefano Terenzi
Zizen Chang headshot
Zizen Chang
Lee Gwangmyeong headshot
Lee Gwangmyeong

Advisors

Melody He headshot
Spartan Group
Paul Veradittakit headshot
Pantera Capital
Joey Krug headshot
Pantera Capital
Andrew Kang headshot
Mechanism Capital
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Paris Hilton

Interested in working at Origin?

We are a distributed team and are hiring all around the world.