The XY Team has been persistent from the beginning. We come into the office every day (or rather, into our home offices!) with excitement to better the lives of the people around us, and people around the world.
The one man who dreams solely in XY Finder beeps and floating binary code.
Ten years before Elon Musk wrote his first line of computer code, another young engineer in South Africa was busy writing software on his TRS-80 Model I. In 1978, at the age of 10, Arie Trouw started developing software on the TRS-80 Model I, moving on to Atari, Apple, and PC. He then ran a series of bulletin boards centering on game-theory modification.
Arie is an accomplished serial entrepreneur with a rich history of technological breakthroughs and business successes involving multiple 8-figure exit events. He is a strong believer in decentralization and the creation of the integrated owner/user model. Arie founded XY in 2012 (incorporated as Ength Degree, LLC before it was converted to a C Corporation in 2016) and is co-founder of the XYO Network, later becoming a leader of the XYO Foundation.
He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Prior to starting XY Labss, Arie was CEO and Chairman of Pike Holdings (later sterkly, LLC). He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the New York Institute of Technology. Fun Fact: He is a member of one of the first Afrikaans speaking families to emigrate to the US from South Africa in 1976.
What's Markus' favorite catchphrase? "Awesome Awesome."
Markus has over 15 years experience in building, managing and growing companies around the globe. Markus is originally from Germany (with English as his second language), and specializes in getting the most out of companies by implementing data-driven systems and utilizing the key talents of each employee to get the best out of his team.
After dropping out of his Ph.D. studies at Bocconi University, Markus began working with companies in hyper-growth industries globally. Markus has led cutting-edge technology ventures such as Novacore, 'sterkly', Hive Media and Koiyo.
"If something is impossible, Christine will have it done in 5 mins" - Markus Levin
Christine has an extensive background in Mathematics and has worked in upper management for over 8 years. She specializes in data structuring and analysis to help XY monitor the health of its business and make critical operational decisions. Data-centric and obsessed with organization, she also makes sure the day-to-day operations of the company run smoothly and facilitates many of the finance, sales, and investment-related endeavors."
She moved to sunny San Diego to escape the Midwest tundra in 2012 after graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Christine is also a local musician and can be seen playing around San Diego in board shorts and a tank-top.
Fun fact: Her nicknamed job title is ""Head of Context,"" as she somehow seems knows more about every situation than any normal person should.
Don't kill Lin's home-grown raddish... or you may not get that business expense approved...
Bio coming soon!
Maryann kicks ass and takes names… and then tracks them with an XY Finder
Maryann is XY’s longest-tenured employee, except for Arie, himself. She started on the Webble project in 2015, and now works as a product manager on the development team. The only things she loves as much as XY are Disney and all things gothic.
The Man. The Myth. The Musician.
John joined XYO as Head of Innovation in late 2018, bringing with him a strong background in product and technology. He is a self-taught developer who started programming in his early teens and has been at it ever since. He has served as CTO and CPO for several tech companies and has extensive experience running R&D departments responsible for creating products that have been exposed to millions of users around the world.
John is running our innovation center, XY Labs, in North County, San Diego along with Joe Bader and Ryan Hansen.
Some say Joe Bader knows Android almost as good as the illuminati knows Joe.
Bio coming soon!
Ryan codes 24 / 7. His brain codes during the day... and his beard codes during the night.
Ryan began coding Java in his AP Computer Science course in High School and throughout college. After graduation, he began focusing on web technologies as it enabled him to distribute the software he was creating to a wider audience. Prior to starting at XY, Ryan built a static merchandising site generator for professional athletes. The most noteworthy athletes including Richard Sherman, Odell Beckham Jr, Shannon Sharpe, and Barry Sanders.
He prides himself on writing maintainable and reusable code, constantly learning and finding new tools to improve development workflows and user experience. With his deep full stack knowledge he adapts quickly and solves challenges effectively. Ryan is eager to tackle the problems that new technology inevitably brings and is excited to pioneer this trail with the XY Team!
If you’ve got an email from Jessica… chances are you spelled your own address (or name 🤦♀️) wrong.
As operations associate, Jessica is excited to work on a variety of different projects at XYO. Her main goal is to help Christine be less stressed out, but that will probably never happen.
Jessica graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she majored in mathematics and economics, broke all of the school’s diving team records, and fell in love with Southern California. She realized that San Diego has all the good parts of LA (without the traffic or crazy people) and moved here about four years ago. In her spare time, Jessica can be found going out to eat, shopping, or planning happy hours for her alumnae group.
Your friendly neighborhood Mining-Man!
Jeromy is a professional Skateboarder known for his unique style and trick selection. Jeromy has invented tricks in skateboarding, including the gainer caveman. In late 2018, Jeromy became one of 18 people to successfully roll away from Tony Hawks loop of death.
Jeromy has always loved new technology/gadgets. He initially became part of the XYO family through a brand ambassador sponsorship in August of 2018. Towards the end of 2018, he joined the marketing department of XYO, bringing his enthusiastic outlook and marketing knowledge/experience that he has learned through marketing himself as an athlete.
XY's resident 80's glam-rocker.
Tyler is devoted to creating an exceptional and entirely convenient approach to our Customer Experience team with his genuine and easily excitable positivity.
His initial exposure to XYO occurred at the first annual Spatial event where he fell in love with the vision and culture of the company and wanted nothing more than his own involvement. He strives to learn as much as possible and become a great mentor for XYO.
In his free time, you can find Tyler long-boarding San Diego boardwalks or hitting up ski resorts
Brings Real Attitude (to the) Team
Jordan has worn nearly every hat at XY. She's been working at XY each summer since 2015, and started full-time in 2018! During that time, she's been involved with helping the Customer Experience Team, Fulfillment, Social Media, Advertising, Web Development, and has finally settled in a Product Management role. While still in high school, she helped give XY Website UX tips, and helped run booths at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA. As Arie's daughter, she has QA'd his projects since childhood, and has enjoyed getting to learn the ins and outs of company management and growth!
Jordan received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in 2018. Fun Fact: Jordan is an avid gamer, with her all-time favorite being World of Warcraft! At the moment, she's been playing a lot of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Baler? I hardly know her!
Ricky brings his process engineering skills to XYO. He went to City College and UCSD, studying Software Engineering.
Ricky founded the app "Foupon", an app that locates coupons for restaurants locally, in 2018.
Bio coming soon!
The only man with the strength of a superhero wrapped in 67 rolls of packing tape.
Fontayne is a local resident in San Diego, growing up in the eastern county city of Spring Valley. At a young age, Fontayne played sports such as football, baseball, basketball and soccer. Freshman year of high school, Fontayne was selected to play on the varsity football team. After graduation, he went on to attend a community college in Riverside County at Mt. San Jacinto where he then excelled physically and academically culminating in a scholarship to North Dakota State University.
The next stop in Fontayne's college career was at a smaller school, Valley City State University. After spending 3 years of attending Valley City State, Fontayne then decided to pack his bags and head back to San Diego.At this point, he started his career working in the self storage department in maintenance for several months where he ascended to Storage Consultant
Searching for a better opportunity, Fontayne found XYO. His career with XYO began as fulfillment associate but within 5 months, he was promoted to Logistics Supervisor.
Fontayne likes to spend his free time with his two boys, Braysen and Tayden. He also enjoys working out, hiking or being at the beach.
AKA "Biggest Killer of Productivity" and "Distraction in Chief"