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The Next Digital Frontier: Embracing Web3 with Circle's CTO Li Fan

Posted Oct 18, 2023 | Views 148
# ELC Annual 2023
# Web3
# Start-ups
# Technology
# Leadership
# Scaling
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Li Fan
Li Fan
Li Fan
Chief Technology Officer @ Circle

Li Fan is CTO at Circle, a global fin-tech firm enabling business to harness the power of digital currencies and public blockchains (Circle is the principle operator of USD Coin). Prior to Circle, Li was CTO at Lime, an innovative technology company that connects and empowers urban living through mobility.

Before Lime, Li was SVP of engineering at Pinterest leading all 600+ engineers to execute technology strategy and deliver company priorities. Li was a Senior Director of Engineering in Google, accountable for Google’s popular image search and was Vice President of Engineering at Baidu.

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Li Fan is CTO at Circle, a global fin-tech firm enabling business to harness the power of digital currencies and public blockchains (Circle is the principle operator of USD Coin). Prior to Circle, Li was CTO at Lime, an innovative technology company that connects and empowers urban living through mobility.

Before Lime, Li was SVP of engineering at Pinterest leading all 600+ engineers to execute technology strategy and deliver company priorities. Li was a Senior Director of Engineering in Google, accountable for Google’s popular image search and was Vice President of Engineering at Baidu.

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Sen Xu
Sen Xu
Sen Xu
VPE & CISO @ OKX

Sen is a technical leader based in the Bay Area with expansive experience in engineering leadership across crypto exchange, self-driving, and SaaS. He is VP of Engineering at OKX, a crypto exchange. He previously held engineering leadership positions at Replica (a Series B data SaaS company funded by Founders Fund), Uber, Lyft, and Twitter. He has founded two companies, served as CTO, and had successful exits. He holds 5 US and international software patents. He currently is an active angel investor and technical adviser to several companies in the domains of blockchain/DAO, AI/ML, Self-driving, Social, and Fintech.

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Sen is a technical leader based in the Bay Area with expansive experience in engineering leadership across crypto exchange, self-driving, and SaaS. He is VP of Engineering at OKX, a crypto exchange. He previously held engineering leadership positions at Replica (a Series B data SaaS company funded by Founders Fund), Uber, Lyft, and Twitter. He has founded two companies, served as CTO, and had successful exits. He holds 5 US and international software patents. He currently is an active angel investor and technical adviser to several companies in the domains of blockchain/DAO, AI/ML, Self-driving, Social, and Fintech.

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SUMMARY

What’s it like to transition to a ‘Web3’ startup from the ‘Web2’ world? How do you ramp up and become proficient with the new technology? What parts of your engineering leadership experience translate across industries? What types of engineering verticals are in high demand? Join Li Fan (CTO @ Circle) and Sen Xu (VPE & CISO @ OKX) as they demystify the world of engineering leadership in Web3 companies! Li will share her experiences making the transition as an executive leader, how she quickly gained the right domain knowledge, the challenges she faced, and lessons learned about scaling Web3 engineering teams while maintaining agility and innovation!

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