Welcome Abiy, Peter, Mark, Yong-Soo, and Tom to Ripple Labs

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Another round of fresh faces joins Ripple Labs as part of continuing efforts to expand its world class team of cryptographers, security experts, distributed network developers, Silicon Valley, and Wall Street veterans—blending experience from the likes of Apple, Boku, E-LOAN, Fiserve, Flipboard, Goldman Sachs, Google, Jumio, Microsoft, NASA, the New York Fed, the NSA, Square, Twitter, VICE, and the early days of Bitcoin.

Earlier this week, noted economist and Stanford Professor Susan Athey joined the Board of Directors. Stay tuned for more exciting developments, but in the meantime, welcome Abiy, Peter, Tushar, Yong-Soo, and Tom to the team.

Abiy Seifu—Javascript Engineer

“I’m currently working on a customized gateway and will be working on the client for [an upcoming] pilot program.”

“I was intrigued by idea of Ripple after being introduced to it by a friend. I’m super stoked to be part of the team!”

“I grew up in Ethiopia but ended up in San Francisco after bouncing around a couple of cities in the East Coast. I’m thoroughly enjoying my time here at Ripple; in my free time, I enjoy long rides, the outdoors and independent films.”

Peter Eames—Head of Finance (Controller)

“As the Controller, I’ll be building out and managing Ripple Labs’ internal financial infrastructure, as well as working closely with Greg and Karen on compliance and risk management projects.”

“I spent most of my career at Burr Pilger Mayer auditing multinational high-tech public companies. I started looking at the fintech space because I wanted to explore industries which weren’t monetizing through advertising and after talking to a number of different companies in the space I was taken by how Ripple Labs’ strategy is going after payments infrastructure. Through managing global corporate finance function I’ve had direct experience of the time, money, and uncertainty around existing payments methods and infrastructure.”

“I am a licensed CPA and as most of the time in accounting and tax matters there are pretty clear rules, I’m excited to work in a space where the technical guidance is still evolving. I chose a career in finance because I knew a lot of people working on really great projects who didn’t know any finance professionals who they wanted to work with. So far Ripple Labs has also helped me achieve a major career goal of never being the smartest person in the room. I guess I’m easily bored because my hobbies seem to change rapidly but recently I’ve been brewing a lot of beer.”

Mark Travis System Operations (rippled)

“Ripple Labs’ vision to enable an open, easy to use and efficient financial network on a massive scale aligns perfectly with my own interests and aspirations.”

“I am the founder of the open source InfiniSQL project, arguably the world’s most scalable distributed transaction processing relational database. In the past, I have also been a Systems Engineer for Visa by way of their acquisition of CyberSource Corporation. I have particular interest in high performance complex transaction processing environments.”

“I believe that Ripple is the most exciting evolutionary technology to have emerged in financial transaction processing in several decades. It combines the best features of crypto-currencies while maintaining a high degree of compatibility with existing customer expectations and institutional practices. Ripple’s full potential is difficult to fathom.”

Yong-Soo Chung—Javascript Engineer (Ripple Client/Ripple Trade)

“I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of storing value, whether that’s fiat money, real estate, gift cards, airline miles, etc. I have a background in market making in currency ETFs and their underlying basket of currencies, and also as a trader at a hedge fund focused on the futures market including currencies. Needless to say, the more I learned about the Ripple protocol, the more I was attracted to it, based on my interest and previous experience.”

“I’m super excited to see how the payment space will evolve in the next few years. Compared to all other industries that have really advanced technologically over the last several years, this space has been relatively slow in innovation. However, it does seem like there’s momentum building, and I’m eager to see where it goes. With the amazing talent that we have here at Ripple Labs, I feel privileged to be a part of this movement, and I’m definitely looking forward to the wild ride!”

Tom Swirly—Software Engineer (rippled)

“I think decentralized payment systems are the future and I think Ripple is the best candidate for that architecture.”

“I studied math at Carleton University, Ottawa, moved to New York in the early 80s, where I worked for Drexel Burnham Lambert writing models for options and derivatives, and ended up at Google in 2004.”

PHOTO: Vahe Hovhannisyan/Ripple Labs (Left to Right: Karolina, Travis, Tim, Anna, Asheesh)