Blockchain Startup Origin has Hired a Former Google Employee to Head its Research
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New blockchain startup Origin has hired a PayPal co-founder and Google Employee. Yu Pan a former Google employee who was also the co-founder of Kiwi Crate which is an educational subscription kit used by children will now be the company’s newest research and development engineer. He will be responsible for heading the research team as the startup continues to grow.
Origin has an open source protocol which facilitates the development of peer-to-peer decentralized marketplaces which eliminate rent-seeking middlemen in the other sharing economy services such as the Airbnb.
Origin’s co-founder Josh Fraser also suggested that the higher has a wider significance for the Blockchain industry:
“This is a very promising sign for the whole ecosystem that people with such level of experience and talent are beginning to work in Blockchain projects.”
Pan was approached about the position by Matthew Liu who is also Origin co-founder and an early YouTube employee. This will be Pan’s first Blockchain project, and he is very excited about it. Despite being new to the Blockchain field, Pan said that his decision to join Origin fits his long-term career interests. According to Pan:
“During my entire career, I have been working between financial and media startups. In the financial sector, I have always looked for a project which would create a seismic shift in the way commerce is carried out and I believe Origin Protocol can do exactly that.”
Origin is starting on a very high note having received very strong endorsements from many investors during the announcement of 28.5 million dollars SAFT sale last month. Very many notable investors participated in the sale including Reddit’s founder Alexis Ohanian and also former Y combinatory partner Garry Tan. More to that the startup announced in December that it had sold 3 million dollars’ worth of its tokens to Pantera Capital which is a venture fund.