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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

Alexander Skidanov

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 Polosukhin

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)

Evgeny Kuzyakov

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)

Mikhail Kever

Mikhail was a senior software engineer at MemSQL for more than 4 years. He is also one of only 6 people to become a 2-time ICPC world champion.

  • ICPC World Champion (2012)
  • ICPC World Champion (2013)

Dr Maksym Zavershynskyi

Maksym has more than 10 years of industry experience, most recently at Google where he worked on applied Machine Learning.

Vlad Grichina

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.

Peter DePaulo

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 Wang

Bowen graduated from University of Chicago with a Masters in Programming Languages and Machine Learning.

Erik Trautman

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 Ma

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 Stutzman

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 Yao

Bo graduated from New York University with a master's degree in Computer Science focusing on distributed systems and compiler techniques.

Alexandra Breines

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 Cole

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 Bissinger

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 Abushadi

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 Crawford

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 Tajima

Patrick founded his first internet-based venture in 2012 and has since acquired deep knowledge in UX/UI design and front-end engineering.

Dustin Goodwin

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.

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