Meet the minds behind the magic.
What We DoOpenRelay is a relay service for the 0x protocol. The 0x Protocol enables trustless wallet-to-wallet trade in digital assets on the Ethereum Blockchain. Scalable backend infrastructure is what we do best, so our primary focus is on building the infrastructure needed to broadcast an open order book, track orders on the order book, and enable interactions with trade orders.
We aim to foster a community of dApp builders that can rely on OpenRelay to be the backbone for their dApps, whether they're building exchanges, decentralized sharing-economy platforms or a new breed of token-powered game (Like Cryptokitties!).
With OpenRelay, if you have an idea for an innovative user experience, you can bring it to life, and leave how to build, maintain, and scale the underlying infrastructure to us.
Who We Are
Our highly-experienced, highly-educated, highly-motivated founding team is what sets OpenRelay apart.
Our team has over 40 years of professional experience building and delivering enterprise-class software for a diverse set of clients spanning multiple industries.
Our founders collectively hold seven graduate and post graduate degrees, and their commensurate knowledge and expertise provides OpenRelay with a unique edge.
This team has made working together an artform, and have delivered challenging multi-million dollar projects while leading global, cross-organization teams.
Austin has a vast array of technical experience, building frontend, backend, and mobile systems with a variety of languages and technologies. He has lead development teams in building stable operational systems, and transformed haphazard development processes into well oiled machines with strong automated processes. With a master's degree focused on application security, he knows how to keep your data safe. Austin uses this range of expertise to find creative solutions to all sorts of problems.
Austin has been following the blockchain space for the last five years. He has been involved in the Ethereum community since before the mainnet launched, and has been developing for Ethereum since soon after it launched. For the last year and a half he has run a small consulting firm, including for some clients in the blockchain space.
Greg is a polymath who has honed specialist skills across multiple domains, including (but not limited to) language, humanities, law, advocacy, user experience, design, analytics and data science. His contributions are infused throughout the DNA of Open Relay, and can be seen in small, apparent details like the design of the logo, to broad, more subtle aspects of strategic vision and product design.
As CXO (the ‘X’ doesn’t map to a single word in service of a tidy acronym) he brings a unique depth of perspective, creative focus, and fearless imagination to the Open Relay founding team.
Greg’s role is to catalyze Austin’s visionary technical creative genius and Beth’s fiercely efficient organizational prowess, freeing them to be laser-focused on what they love most and do best.
Beth Van Horn
The question isn't what Beth does, but rather, what can't she do?
As the erudite COO of OpenRelay, Beth appears to be everywhere at once, pushing the boundaries with new ideas and processes, laying the groundwork for incredible new technologies, and fostering the ideas of her team.
Beth's extensive career in Software and Information technology spans a variety of analysis, process, business as well as Operational and Project Management roles in organizations large and small.
She not only keeps the trains on the tracks, but she makes sure that they run more efficiently the next time. This talent, coupled with her diverse educational background positions her perfectly to take OpenRelay from startup to scale up!
Dreaming Up OpenRelay
by Co-founder and CEO Austin Roberts
About two years ago, my kids and I decided to build a robot. We went to the local electronics shop, picked up a Raspberry Pi to be the brain, a motorized wheel base, a motor controller, some batteries, and a few other parts. After about two weekends of tinkering and coding, we were driving our robot around the house from the computer, seeing what it saw through its camera. All told, we spent about $120 and maybe 16 hours on the project.
When I was a kid, that would have been an impossible dream.
We pulled it off not because of any particular genius on my part, but because of thousands of incremental technological improvements in the intervening decades. From the cheap, lightweight, battery operated computer to the wireless protocol I used for communication to the programming language I used for writing the software, technology has improved dramatically, lowering the bar for creating cool new projects. And an important piece of this technological advancement is open source software and standards, allowing people to build on top of each other’s work instead of having to rebuild everything from scratch.