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Welcoming William Tong to the Origin Team

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Kay Yoo

As startups launch innovative products to market, they need hyper-growth-focused connectors who can tell a compelling story. At Origin, we believe that story needs to be told in an authentic way, whereby our users feel connected to our product and vision of bringing crypto-centric commerce to the masses. The recent rise of the NFTs can be largely attributed to the strength of the creator & collector community, cultivated by charismatic storytellers who are passionate about shifting the paradigm of the creator economy using blockchain technology. We are thrilled to welcome William Tong to the Origin team, who is at the center of it all.

If you’ve been on Clubhouse, you’ve probably heard William host or speak at some of the most popular rooms in Clubhouse history. With his genuine passion for empowering NFT creators, collectors, and everyone in between, this real estate broker turned Clubhouse host has built a whole community around himself. I’ve been personally amazed by the countless individuals who have shown their deep appreciation and admiration for William’s sense of authenticity and caring nature. With his special talent of being able to touch and uplift everyone whom he talks to, William helps creators navigate the path to artistic freedom through NFTs.

William speaking at ‘ETH for Impact’ meetup in Paris, EthCC

We first met William earlier this year at a DeFi event in Taiwan. William had already become a rising figure in the NFT space, and his charisma and authenticity immediately caught our founders’ attention. As we continued to host high-profile NFT drops on our NFT Launchpad, we needed an influential connector in the space who can uplift our creators and lead meaningful discussions to commemorate our drops on Clubhouse. Out of pure generosity, William first volunteered to host Clubhouse events for us, which was instrumental in making our drops successful. As we focus on building out a scalable, record-breaking NFT platform, we are grateful to have found William, who will play a key role in helping us further understand the needs of the creators and collectors. To date, William has hosted and orchestrated countless Clubhouse events for Origin, including Lupe Fiasco, Mike Dean x Shepard Fairey, CharlieBitMe, KSHMR, USEUM, USA Today (Gannett), Kii x MonoNeon, and Michael Yamashita, to name a few.

William at the Residential Real Estate Council Conference in LA

For those who know William well, fostering new, meaningful relationships is something he cannot stop. In his spare time, William spends his time creating connections, exploring Los Angeles, and managing his successful real estate brokerage business. He’s also an active founding member of the Real Estate Networking Club on Clubhouse, supporting and connecting those passionate about real estate and wanting to learn more. Also a founding team member of NFT4GOOD.com, he has helped raise more than $80,000 for AAPI causes. As a true community builder and connector who leaves a positive impact wherever he goes, we are grateful to have William lead creator partnerships and community building at Origin.

Please join us in welcoming William to the Origin family!

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