Verse is built by a team of art world people and technologists.

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Jamie Gourlay

Co-founder

Jamie started and ran a private art dealership for 10 years before Verse, selling works by Picasso, Monet, Koons, and Kusama along the way. He concurrently founded Queen's Fine Art, an art shipper that now counts Christie's, Hauser & Wirth, and Gagosian as clients.
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Augustinas Malinauskas

Co-founder, CTO

Augustinas holds a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from the University of Oxford, and a Masters in Part III Mathematics from the University of Cambridge. He is passionate about ML and coming up with creative solutions for technical problems.
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Leyla Fakhr

Artistic Director

Leyla brings 8 years of curating experience at Tate. She works closely with some of the world’s top artists, galleries, and curators, to bring the very best contemporary digital artworks to Verse.
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Mimi Nguyen

Creative Director

Mimi is an innovation lecturer at Central Saint Martins, UAL, having previously worked at Accenture and Boston Consulting Group. She also leads Mana Lab - a “Future in Blockchain” research project within the Imperial College London Faculty of Engineering.
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Aleksei Karnov

Backend Developer

Aleksei was previously Lead Software Engineer at Delivery Club, one of Russia’s fastest-growing startups. He brings extensive experience in implementing water-tight privacy and security processes.
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Daniil Barbashov

Backend Developer

Daniil previously lead a development of a chat automation system that is now used by an extensive range of companies. Last year he came 3rd place in Yandex Cup backend programming contest.
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Sergy Perov

Frontend Developer

Sergy previously designed front-end architecture for Russia's largest e-book marketplace. He has expertise in web information security, and participates in international cyber security competitions.
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Zara Simonian

Marketing Lead

Zara is a marketing and communications specialist with several years of experience in the commercial art world. Zara began her career in arts media, and has also lead the marketing and comms in-house, as well as consulted, for several top emerging galleries.
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George Cunliffe

Product Manager

George brings in key product expertise, having led cross-functional teams across a range of software products spanning property and e-commerce. Before specialising in product he managed the UK arm of a VR creative agency.
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Sam Bate

Product Designer

Sam began his career at a reputable multidisciplinary design agency in the UK, and joined Verse following a role at American Express, where he helped align product and design teams to ensure a consistent experience.
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Takfai Chan

Senior iOS Developer

Fai brings 9 years iOS experience, and has a deep understanding of the NFT tech structure. Fai holds a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Management from City University, Hong Kong.
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Rakhat Rakhmetov

Frontend Developer

Rakhat brings over 8 years frontend development experience to Verse. Highly skilled in Angular, Rakhat is also trained in HTML5, CSS3 and Typescript.
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Ralph Lopes

Crypto

Ralph is an early adopter and collector of NFTs. Ralph began trading Bitcoin in 2014, and has been following the NFT space since 2020, combining a degree in History of Art from Edinburgh with his love of cryptocurrencies.

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