Team

Solana, A Blockchain Built for Scale
The Team
Anatoly Yakovenko

Anatoly is the creator of Solana. He led development of operating systems at Qualcomm, distributed systems at Mesosphere, and compression at Dropbox. He holds 2 patents for high performance Operating Systems protocols, was a core kernel developer for BREW which powered every CDMA flip phone (100m+ devices), and led development of tech that made Project Tango (VR/AR) possible on Qualcomm phones.

Greg Fitzgerald

Greg is the principal architect of Solana. Formerly of Qualcomm's Office of the Chief Scientist, Greg has explored the full landscape of embedded systems. He created a bidirectional RPC bridge between C and Lua for the BREW operating system, helped launch the ARM backend for the LLVM compiler toolchain, and published a variety of open source projects including a streaming LLVM optimizer in Haskell, license analysis tooling in Python, and a reactive web framework in TypeScript. If you have time to burn, ask him "Why Rust?" We dare you.

Raj Gokal

Raj leads operations, product, and finance. He has spent 10 years in product management and finance. He was a venture investor at General Catalyst, started the consumer medical device company Sano which attracted over $20m in investment, and led product management at Omada Health as it grew tenfold.

Eric Williams, PhD

Eric heads data science and token economics. He studied particle physics at Berkeley and received his PhD from Columbia while Higgs hunting at CERN. He completed a postdoc in Medical Physics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and later led data science at Omada Health.

Stephen Akridge

Stephen spends all his time in the codebase. He has 10 years of critical GPU optimization expertise at Qualcomm and Intel. He led the GPU backend that constantly beat Nvidia.

Michael Vines

Michael spent 14 years at Qualcomm, rapidly rising from Engineer to Senior Director. He was founder and VP of Engineering of AI startup Silk Labs. He uses foot pedals when coding. Michael holds 3 patents.

Rob Walker

Rob has a storied career, innovating in software from the 1990's at Netscape, through a 17 year career at Qualcomm leading teams spanning BREW, Component Services, DASH, and Snapdragon.

Jeff Levy

Jeff handles operations and finance. He was previously VP of Operations at Aclima, after founding and selling CareAtHand. Previously, he had ops roles at Twitter and Google.

Pankaj Garg

Pankaj joins us after 10 years at Qualcomm, where he worked in the Innovation Center. Previously he led design and development of the LTE modem chipset for mobile devices at Motorola.

Jack May

Jack joins us after 17 years at Qualcomm where he's had his hands in many areas, starting with BREW kernel and CDMA development, to developing for and leading teams in Qualcomm's Advanced Tech Department.

Tyera Eulberg

Tyera has spent close to 10 years as a developer, most recently at PS Audio International, where she wrote software from the physical to application layer for audio products.

Dominic Tsang

Dom was an early contributor to our Telegram channel and has experience advising blockchain funds as well as managing communities for several open source blockchain projects. He has extensive experience as a project manager.

Carl Lin

Carl graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a degree in Computer Science and spent years at Microsoft. Carl has advised and worked with blockchain-focused hedge funds and was an early contributor to Solana's open source codebase.

Sagar Dhawan

Sagar joins us after 4.5 years at Qualcomm's Innovation Center. He has worked on an open source Chromium browser fork and later designed and implemented products in Android for mobile security. He has a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign like some of our founders.

Dan Albert

Dan spent 5 years working at Qualcomm where he led the effort to build the software interface for one of the world's first 5G-capable radios. Before joining Solana, Dan was working in Antarctica, installing wireless equipment at field camps around the continent.

Tristan Debrunner

Tristan is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with a BS in Engineering Physics. He has diverse experience including portable tracking antenna systems for drone wireless video systems, and underwater camera systems.

Andrew Hyde

Andrew has worked in some form of startups, community, venture capital, and crypto for 15 years. He founded Startup Weekend, was the first employee at a very large accelerator, and second employee at Origin. He has built a cabin in Alaska with hand tools, ridden his bicycle across the United States, and traveled to 91 countries.

Trent Nelson

Trent brings 11 years of development experience in embedded systems and systems engineering. Most recently building automated trading systems for cryptocurrency markets and previously maintaining Android AOSP and XBMC mediacenter based OTT set top box firmware. Trent holds a degree in computer engineering from Purdue University.

Justin Starry

Justin started his career at Twitter building mobile SDKs for Crashlytics and scaling web services for Periscope. He left to spend extended time in Taiwan and Japan where he began his self-study in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese. Before joining Solana, Justin built real-time multiplayer Minesweeper in Rust and became an active contributor in the popular Rust web framework, Yew.

Asia Fox

Asia comes to us having previously developed her administrative and office managerial skills in the medical and architectural fields. She holds two degrees in public relations and merchandising, and continues to take classes in art, design, and technology.

Austin Virts

Austin is an experienced digital marketer who is deeply passionate about decentralization and technology. After running a creative agency in Boulder, Colorado, Austin moved to San Francisco to help lead the marketing efforts at Origin Protocol. Austin now helps with content, growth, and marketing at Solana. Since moving to San Francisco, Austin has picked up surfing. You can either find him in the ocean or at the office.

Ryan Shea

Ryan Shea is a student who has been involved with technology in one way or another for the past ten years. When he's not looking at a screen, you can see him on stage, behind a camera, or on a plane.

Shivani Bhargava

Shivani leads product efforts at Solana. She has 10 years of product management experience helping small companies find early product market fit and also runs a writing software company called TheRightMargin.

Parth Desai

Parth has spent around 7 years designing highly scalable backend system, some of them handle milions of users from around the world every day. Before joining Solana, he was building scalable blockchain platform based on tendermint.

Aaron Vaughn

Aaron is a Senior Product Manager at Solana.  Prior to joining the team he spent 4.5 years in adtech at Oracle Data Cloud where he managed a team of strategic partnership tech leads before moving into a product management role.  Prior to Oracle Data Cloud Aaron spent time as a mechanical engineer, completed his MBA at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business and spent 2.5 years in sales at SendGrid.

Ryo Onodera

Ryo has grown up with computers while excited about the impacts of them over society, believing in open-source, and now in decentralization. His broad interest from SIMD to hairline borders resulted in a wide experience of a high-profile Ruby website, a Ruby interpreter, and the gecko in Firefox. He enjoys Ubuntu on Macbook Pro, and types through a custom complex state machine.

Anatoly Yakovenko

Greg Fitzgerald

Raj Gokal

Eric Williams, PhD

Stephen Akridge

Michael Vines

Rob Walker

Jeff Levy

Pankaj Garg

Jack May

Tyera Eulberg

Dominic Tsang

Carl Lin

Sagar Dhawan

Dan Albert

Tristan Debrunner

Andrew Hyde

Trent Nelson

Justin Starry

Asia Fox

Austin Virts

Ryan Shea

Shivani Bhargava

Parth Desai

Aaron Vaughn

Ryo Onodera