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Wanna know who's behind the cute gotchis? We got ya covered. Presenting the people behind Aavegotchi!
Dan aka Coder Dan, is a full stack developer and the creator of Yield Hero, a DeFi dapp that enables users to redirect their AAVE yield toward any address they wish. He is also known for his lead role developing the first ERC721 staked with ERC20s NFT platform, Bullionix. Daniel is based in Fujian, China and fluent in Chinese. In addition to his work in tech, Dan is a tier 1 growth hacker leading Aavegotchi’s initial growth to over 10k Twitter followers and 6000 active Discord citizens. His previous work saw his brand’s Weibo, Bilibili, and WeChat Official account balloon to over 1.5 million followers.
Jesse, AKA GldnXross is a product centric founder who has had a leadership role developing some of the most well known NFT platforms to date including the very first NFT minting platform, Mintable, which is now available on both Ethereum and Zilliqa blockchains. He is also the creator of the Value-Staked NFTs concept mentioned above as the creator of Bullionix.io which was the first to offer 3D, high resolution digital collectibles staked with gold stable coins. Prior to his work with Ethereum dapps, Jesse was heavily involved on the digital assets exchange side of the industry serving as the head of international development for ZB Group and prior to that served in China for Lenovo Mobile Unit as a Motorola product improvement and mergers specialist.
Xavier Iturralde aka xibot, is one of the Crypto Art scene’s most accomplished artists and entrepreneurs. His distinct pixel art work has earned him the attention (and sales volume) of NFT traders on OpenSea and Rarible. His innovative $PIXEL token was among the very first social tokens to take hold and demonstrate that NFTs tied to social tokens is a model with legs. His passionate followers are yet another cause for the fomo around Aavegotchi’s all-star team.
Nick Mudge is one of Ethereum’s most accomplished solidity developers. The ERC998 composables standard was authored by Mudge and is among the most important aspect of the Aavegotchi game, allowing a “parent” NFT to equip and carry “child” NFTs with them. More recently, Mudge has headed Ethereum research and development for what has been dubbed the Diamond Standard. This standard offers major breakthroughs for upgradeable contracts and is quickly being adopted by governance focused DAOs.
Stani is the founder and CEO of Aave. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with extensive experience developing technology in the crypto, blockchain, and fintech space. Stani is also a mentor to many founders and advisors of ICOs and blockchain projects and has spoken at numerous FinTech, Blockchain and cryptocurrency events, particularly on topics related to Ethereum Smart Contracts.
Les Borsai (born 1968) is a Los Angeles-based technology entrepreneur, music promoter and manager, and advisor in the cryptocurrency, blockchain and music-technology industries. He began his career in the music and entertainment industry, working in artist management and marketing, after first gaining recognition as a rave promoter in the Southern California underground scene of the late 1980s. He held positions at Avalon Attractions (now Live Nation Entertainment|Live Nation), MCA Records, and Bill Silva Entertainment before starting the musician management company Modern Artist Management. His client list includes country singer Wynonna Judd, pop artist Jason Mraz, and the alternative bands Burning Brides, The Icarus Line and Unwritten Law, among others.
In the later 2000s, Borsai became involved in other industries, including digital music, cryptocurrency and blockchain. He co-founded the iPhone application development company gridMob in 2008 as well as SongLily in 2012, a digital platform company that simplifies music licensing for mobile application and game developers. After being an early investor in cryptocurrency platform Ethereum, he served as an advisor to blockchain companies and in 2018 co-founded Wave Financial, a digital asset management firm.
Mauvis is a Builder & Life-long learner that has been working in and launching tech startups for the past 15 years. He specializes in architecting highly-scalable systems and is best known for being the former CTO of CoinMarketCap where he scaled the platform to a top 100 Alexa site. He currently resides in Singapore with his wife and french bulldog Loofy.
Nigel - Chief Marketing Officer
With over 15 years of experience in leadership positions at global advertising agencies, advising scale-up blockchain projects – Carlos comes to Aavegotchi with a proven track record of success in the web3 games industry. Prior to joining the company, he served as Director of Marketing for Dacoco, publisher of Alien Worlds, one of the most played metaverse platforms globally (currently the largest decentralized NFT metaverse by monthly active users source: DappRadar) and a founding member of the Open Metaverse Alliance for Web3 (OMA3).
Carlos led the strategic direction of world-class brand marketing and drove business growth with impactful multi-channel strategies. He also planned and executed campaigns with established game studios like Ubisoft, Sega and Rockstar Games in previous agency roles.
NyanKong - Game Director
Christian Senn, aka NyanKong or kurisu, has spent 30 years helping to create games using game design, art, and animation for the console, PC, arcade, mobile, tabletop, and VR markets. His love for creating interactive entertainment keeps his overactive imagination busy while his need to positively connect with teams and audiences keeps his social heart happy. Christian's main responsibility within the Pixelcraft team is to design and create artwork for the Realm within which frens can explore and enjoy for years to come.
Mark - Gotchiverse Backend Lead
Mark has been building out successful startup platforms with intimate teams for over 15 years. Mark's full stack engineering expertise and ability to translate company vision into thoughtfully executed web products and services has contributed to numerous successful product launches and acquisitions including as former CIO of CoinMarketCap.
Favabeans - Senior Cloud Architect
Pete Clark, aka favabeans or haussenfeffer, has spent most of his 26 years in the tech industry co-founding startups and building their software from scratch. He loves architecting, coding, and profiling backend services for peak performance, as well as designing and scaling the infrastructure upon which those services run. While he was at CoinMarketCap, he built the company's real-time data ingestion and analytics systems and infrastructure, as well as their websocket APIs, upon which Yahoo's cryptocurrency page happens to be powered. He is a dad of two wonderful boys, a lover of animals, boating, and the ocean in general. He's also an avid retro video gamer, as well as a card and board gamer, and... a bit of a gaming historian to boot! (Can you name the only video game in history, in which Nintendo's Mario is the bad guy?) His primary focus within the Pixelcraft team is architecting and coding the Realm's backend and ensuring it scales for the masses.
Aris - Gotchiverse Frontend Lead
Aris aka PixellLab, fullstack dev & Gotchiverse architect. Traveller in the heart but currently based in Romania in the middle of Transilvania ( boo ). Joined blockchain tech with Aavegotchi in early feb 2021 pre Haunt 1, prob first FE dev hired by Pixelcraft Studios. I started gotchiverse project from scratch and I know the ins and outs of the project like the back of my hand, daily working on all realm fronts. Currently managing the realm dev team.
Shohan - Gotchiverse Frontend
I am Shohan, professional game developer, having more than 5+ years of experience, I have work experience in gameplay programming, backend programming to various aspect of game development. I have worked for some top game studios like Stillfront (Moonfrog Labs). I have a Master degree in Computer Science. I am working in REALM frontend gameplay mostly where frens can roam around, explore and make fun.
Wit1990 - Senior Solidity Engineer
William joined Aavegotchi in May 2021. Work experiences with blockchain startups for 4 years, helping to build and expand technology-based businesses from the ground up. As a professional smart contract engineer, he enjoys architect and implementing smart contracts from ideas only. After joining, he worked for many core features - haunt 2, gotchi lending, ERC721 buy order.
Thrax - Media Production
Hailing from the mysterious lands of the Middle-east, Thrax is a mixed-media content creator and VFX artist who started his career in graphic design. After quickly finding that the corpo life wasn’t to his taste, he transitioned into producing video, and was lucky enough to work with clients all over the world. A few years went by, and somehow he found his way to the Aavegotchi land auction. Nowadays Thrax is responsible for creating whatever visual content our summoners require, helping to spread the Gotchi Gospel far and wide.
BigFlex - Social Media Manager
Alex, aka Big Flex, is already well known within the GotchiGang community. As a social media specialist, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Big Flex discovered Aavegotchi and devoured as much information as possible, spending countless hours learning about the project and participating in the community. It was inevitable that he would become more involved. Since joining the team as Social Media Manager, he immediately made a positive impact on Aavegotchi’s social media presence. Big Flex’s main focus is spreading the Gotchi Gospel far and wide.
Zeke - Technical Artist
Zeke works closely with the game director and frontend team to create Aavegotchi's art production workflow. He develops and maintains the Gotchiverse game tools and pipelines. This includes optimising completed game assets, porting it to the game engine, and creating systems that bring the Gotchiverse to life.
JC - Business Development
Jc is a business development strategist and blockchain enthusiast, with a wealth of experience connecting and networking with some of the brightest minds in the cryptocurrency space. An entrepreneurial and self-motivated team player, he has demonstrated talent for building relationships, influencing strategic partnerships, developing new sales channels, and using social media and viral marketing with remarkable effectiveness. One of his biggest passions is introducing and promoting new companies and assisting them with their start-ups. His enthusiasm for the space is based on an unshakable belief in the disruptive power of blockchain technology.
The Dream Team Assembles
This is the team, behind the meme. A dream team by anyone's standards, poised to take over the world. The following story is a fairly accurate account of how the team came together. Artfully quilled by Vanilladelphia.eth Aapprentice et al.
The year was 2011... or maybe 2012. Coder Dan had just finished his college career, when he decided to pursue his real passion. Selling candy, on a beach in China. Dan knew they wouldn't just hand this prestegeious job out to any old schlub, especially a foreigner like him. That's when our hero decided he'd better get a real job, and become a Youtube celebrity... and that's just what he did. Fast forward after a couple of years, and young Coderdan was ready to go back to the beach.
"It's time to sell some candy" Said Dan.
And what a salesman he was! Although unfortunately he wasn't good enough to sell candy on the beach, the young man stuck his bell with such vigor it caught the eye of another young bystander Jesse, AKA GldnXross. The two became fast frens, frolicking together, and making wonderful music. Luckily for us, the maiyatang didn't work out, and the duo went on to much greater things...
When our dreamers decided they would create an entirely on chain version of the classic toy from the 90's everyone called them crazy. But Coder Dan had heard this before, but he knew they WERE right. they couldn't do this, at least not by themselves. They needed the best, nigh, the best of the best... but who? "Xibot!" Dan said immediately. "If there is anyone who can capture the essence of a classic so near and dear to our hearts, it has to be him!". "Hmm, but what about the smart contracts?" said GldnXross. Surely there is no one possibly good enough to store these things ENTIRELY on chain! "There's one person" said Dan. "this guy loves smart contracts so much, he writes smart contracts for smart contracts." "Wait, I've heard of this guy..." Said GldnXross "Nick Mudge!" "And Community? Surely we will need someone incredible to quash the spammers, and help the noobs!" Dan looked up... "There is tell of a man, with the patience of a saint, and the banhammer of Thor." The name of that man? JC Crown.
So this is how our heroes assembled, some details have been edited for time.