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  • Scalable

    The network’s power scales as its size grows so it supports large commercial-grade dApps.

  • Fast

    Extremely fast finality times allow rapid peer-to-peer transactions.

  • Usable

    A fanatical focus on developer experience makes it easy for devs of all backgrounds to build and deploy usable apps.

The team

NEAR is a dream team of distributed systems engineers who have shipped some of the only at-scale implementations of sharded systems in the world.

  • 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.

  • David “Pieguy” Stolp

    David is an ICPC finalist and early MemSQL engineer. He had worked at MemSQL for five years and left in 2017 to concentrate on Blockchain opportunities.

    ICPC Finalist(2011)

  • 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.

  • @Azban

    @azban is a software engineer, primarily focused on infrastructure, who has experience designing and building out early stage products, notably at Affirm and MoPub.

  • 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 Hudzilin

    Aliaksandr has a business degree from UC Berkeley. In industry, he worked in investment banking under Frank Quattrone, and spent 4 years selling and marketing MuleSoft and MemSQL products.

  • 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'

  • Pratik Gandhi

    Pratik is a full stack marketer with over 8 years of experience in working with early-stage startups across the globe. He is a strong advocate of the decentralization movement and has helped startups in the space get traction for years.

Team background




Research wide-spread mobile device code generation


Research blockchain-based sharding approaches


Write position paper


Prototype sharding approaches


Open source code base











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