Who is Building NEAR?
The teams that make up the NEAR Collective have built successful companies and implemented some of the only
real-world sharded systems at scale
Alex started his professional career at Microsoft in 2009, then joined memSQL in 2011 as Engineer #1, where he worked for 5 years as Architect and Director of Engineering. He is a 2x ICPC medalist (gold in 2008 and bronze in 2005).
- ICPC Gold Medal (2008)
- ICPC Bronze Medal (2005)
Illia is an ICPC finalist and has more than 10 years of industry experience, including 3 years at Google where he was a major TensorFlow contributor and a manager of the team building question answering capabilities for the core Google search.
- ICPC Finalist (2008)
Damon led engineering and product for Wikipedia and spent 7 years building and leading the Mozilla engineering team to create Firefox 3 through 29. He's a Guinness World-Record holder for most copies of software downloaded in a single day for Firefox, founding Mozilla Research to produce Rust, WebAssembly, and enabling the Web to host native hardware accelerated 3D graphics games and applications.
Mikhail was a senior software engineer at MemSQL for more than 4 years. He is also one of only 9 people to become a 2-time ICPC world champion.
- ICPC World Champion (2012)
- ICPC World Champion (2013)
Evgeny has been working in the blockchain industry for more than 7 years. He has achieved top awards in ICPC, Google Code Jam, and other programming competitions.
- ICPC World Champion (2009)
- ICPC World Champion (2012)
Evgeny is an ICPC gold medalist (2008) who began his professional career at Google in 2011, started at Facebook in 2015 and left in 2017 to work on Machine Learning and Blockchain research.
- ICPC Gold Medal (2008)
Dr Maksym Zavershynskyi
Maksym has more than 10 years of industry experience, most recently at Google where he worked on applied Machine Learning.
Vlad started his career as a professional TopCoder competitor and worked on mobile apps since 2009. He founded a 15 person mobile dev company and worked 3 years at Google on the Play Store.
- TopCoder Open Finalist (2006)
Evguenia (Jane) Degtiareva
Jane is a software industry veteran with 10+ years of industry experience including at Google, Logitech and Niantic, where she built the microtransactions backend for Pokémon GO.
Marcelo graduated from University of Havana with BsC in Mathematics in 2017. He is a twice ICPC Finalist and led the first team from Cuba to achieve an ICPC Latin American Champion Award. Right now he is focused on Blockchain research.
- ICPC Latin American Champion (2017)
- ICPC Finalist (2015)
Peter is a product-focused engineer with over 7 years of experience in tech who has shipped code to millions of users with pharmaceutical oncology clients such as Pfizer, Merck, and Roche.
Bowen graduated from University of Chicago with a Masters in Programming Languages and Machine Learning.
Erik is an entrepreneur who started 5 years on Wall Street in 2007 and left to create an open source community which grew to over 100,000 members. He led Viking Education as CEO until its acquisition in 2017.
Aliaksandr [Sasha] Hudzilin
Aliaksandr studied business at UC Berkeley, worked in investment banking under Frank Quattrone, and spent 4 years selling and marketing MuleSoft and MemSQL products.
Yifang graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology with master in Financial Engineering. She built machine-learning-based statistical models and data collection systems for financial applications.
Jake is a designer with over 18 years of experience solving real-world design problems with brands like HP, CAT, ESPN and VMware, along with startups like InVision, Hudl, YouVersion, and Boxee. His mantra: 'Design on Purpose'
- SP Designer of the Year (2013)
Bo graduated from New York University with a master's degree in Computer Science focusing on distributed systems and compiler techniques.
Alex is a marketer with 8 years of industry experience. She's built growth strategies that better nurture and convert millions of users. Most recently at ConsenSys, where she focused on community & growth.
Kendall is a technologist with 6+ years of experience as a product manager, software engineer, and founder of startups in the US and Europe. Most recently, he worked on improving Ethereum’s developer experience at ConsenSys.
Julie is a builder and operator who spent nearly 6 years at Facebook, leaving to pursue a social impact startup she co-founded. She's an ops pro in building and scaling global teams, driving organizational growth strategies, and growing people.
Sherif is a teacher with over 20 years of experience in web development and automation with clients such as Stripe and Microsoft as well as the US Departments of Education and Homeland Security. He spent about half that time teaching thousands of adults.
Ashley has been growing communities since 2015. She's built experiences for communities such as Bebo (acquired by Twitch/Amazon) and FetLife. She's designed and implemented strategy for a variety of event types, ranging from charity fundraising to hackathons.
Patrick founded his first internet-based venture in 2012 and has since acquired deep knowledge in UX/UI design and front-end engineering.
Dustin has been working in recruitment for the last 10 years, helping deliver some of the world's largest software implementations. He's a co-founder of ETHDenver and most recently worked at a blockchain start-up focusing on the future of employment.
Mildred brings experience from KKR, where she held several roles during her three-year tenure. Mildred was a member of the Client and Partner Group, actively involved in KKR's business development and capital raising activities. Prior to that, Mildred was a member of KKR's Technology team, responsible for supporting and implementing strategic technology initiatives.
Yessin has 15 years of experience in finance and private equity. He served on the Ethereum Foundation's advisory board and in various roles in the blockchain industry since 2015. Yessin has a master's degree in finance, is a Swiss CPA, a CFA Charterholder, and CAIA designation.
Stefano is a serial entrepreneur with 7 years of experience building B2B blockchain products. He is active in Italy's Bitcoin community as a book author and TEDx speaker. Most recently, he bootstrapped UniquID, a decentralized and open-source identity as a service for IoT devices.
Chad has 10 years of engineering experience including launching his own products, creating and teaching curricula, contributing to startups, and building tools at Comcast and Apple.
Yulian worked at startups for 5+ years preforming various functions ranging from data analytics and digital marketing to operations and sales.
Mike pursued a Computer Science degree in beautiful Hawaii where he found success in software competitions. He brings professional experience from large companies in healthcare, food distribution, and entertainment.
Anaïs began her career as technical analyst for an Israeli venture fund, leading investments in blockchain projects such as Chainspace, which later became part of Facebook. She has helped a variety of European tech startups build their developer communities.
Corwin is a product designer with 7+ years of experience working in user research, UX & UI design, front-end development, and design sprint facilitation for projects spanning greenfield startups to established products serving millions of active users. Prior to Near, Corwin aimed to help establish UX best practices for dApps on Ethereum at ConsenSys, where he led design for the Bounties Network.
Ashley Tyson spent the past 7 years aligning diverse teams working on decentralized systems and supporting blockchain ecosystem initiatives. She is a co-founder of Web3 Foundation and DEFCAD. She also worked as a marketing executive helping global brands and tech startups develop growth strategies.
Willem earned his masters from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and enrolled in a programming language PhD program at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a focus on language security and implementation.
Nikolay began his career at Sun Microsystems and has since worked on projects at Google, Oracle and JetBrains in areas including runtimes, virtual machines, compilers, and hypervisors.
As a founder/executive at VC backed startups, Amos worked on scalable public chains, stablecoins, and SaaS products. Amos engaged with a dozen Fortune 500 companies, as well as some of the largest crypto projects in the world. Amos earned a BA in Economics and a MS in Engineering from Brown University.
Michael earned a masters degree in physics from McMaster University. He is an experienced software developer in blockchain, having worked on implementing consensus algorithms and smart contract runtimes.
Matt is a full stack developer with experience in UX research. He also served as a computer science lecturer and developed curriculum. He wrote the Ethereum ERC-998 standard for Composable Tokens and has been published in a16z's crypto canon reading list.
Sandi previously worked on releasing the Facebook web, analyzing Google traffic and various other blockchain and machine learning projects.
NiMA started his journey in tech as a reporter and community builder. Not long after he immigrated to Germany (from Iran), he dropped out of college to found an AI/robotics startup. After finishing his degree in cognitive science, NiMA found his tribe in the crypto space and has been building/growing AI*Blockchain ecosystems and communities.