We’re growing our team to accelerate progress on the Ripple Network. Our biggest focus right now is open-sourcing the code, and that milestone is just around the bend! To keep pace with the fast-moving work, we’ve welcomed four new members to the team. Please meet:
Role: Technology pioneer
Credits: Recent Brown University graduate with a BA in Political Economy and Education. Built the Alcohol Genome Project.
Favorite things: Cooking, hosting dinner parties (which led to founding the Brown Conversation), dancing salsa
Why he joined: “What attracted me to work on Ripple was the possibility of combining software development with the political and economic questions I’d explored in my college studies.”
Role: Open-sourcing Ripple, core improvements
Credits: More than 15 years professionally developing software, working on everything from user interfaces to kernel-mode drivers. Highlights include developing a cross-platform distributed encrypted storage solution, HDD and SSD acceleration software for Windows, a compact stereo camera, and contributing to various open-source projects, mostly related to IRC.
Favorite things: Computers, art, motorsports, reading
Why he joined: “Although in the past few years we’ve seen more and more interest in digital currencies, those currencies have largely been self-contained islands and boating from island to island can be slow and cumbersome. I’m excited to be a part of the Ripple team because I have the opportunity to help federate all those islands together, opening up new opportunities for consumers and businesses and helping drive adoption of digital currencies.”
Role: Spreading easy-to-understand information about Ripple
Credits: Long time Bitcoiner. Worked with several other Bitcoin startups.
Favorite things: Poker, Minecraft, Bitcoin, Ripple, Reddit, and unnecessary LED lights
Why he joined: “I’ve struggled for years getting merchants and businesses to embrace Bitcoin. A huge amount of merchants now do accept Bitcoin… but the bigger issue facing BTC adoption is the infrastructure to allow consumers to purchase Bitcoin. I did not initially believe in Ripple’s ability to co-exist alongside Bitcoin… but now I think that Ripple is the only way that Bitcoin will ever be able to grow.”
Role: External and internal communicator across all channels
Credits: More than eight years in public relations, first agency side, working on Prosper for a time, and then in-house at Intuit.
Favorite things: Traveling, food and wine, the Steelers
Why she joined: “It’s been an aspiration of mine to work on something significant, something that really changes the world for the better. I think Ripple will do that.”
We’re growing quickly and are hiring for more positions. We’ll share more updates on Ripple soon.