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Welcome to the Origin community

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
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
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.
Mike Shultz
Mike Shultz
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
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.
Chase Colman
Chase Colman
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.
Eric Charles
Eric Charles
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.
Jon Youshaei
Jon Youshaei
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
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.
Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
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
Aaron Faulkner
Head of Community
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
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.
Linus Chung
Linus Chung
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
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.
Tom Hirst
Tom Hirst
Senior Engineer
Tom helped ship digital projects for the NHS, Umbro, BMW, and Meta before entering Web3. He has launched multiple successful solo endeavors, including most recently, an NFT project with fully on-chain artwork.
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.
Nick Hong
Nick Hong
Senior Engineer
Before Origin, Nick was on product teams at Medium, Eaze, and Instacart, and more recently jumped into Web3 with Driftershoots on his FirstDayOut Open Edition. Outside of work, Nick enjoys kickboxing, meditation, and trying out new cooking with his air fryer.
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.
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.
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!
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