Leo Chen

Leo Chen

Leo Chen led a team of 8 engineers at Amazon Web Services. There he built high-throughput storage virtualization for more than 200k EC2 instances. At Amazon Lab126, Leo built the first generation of Kindle Fire and architected FireOS for all Amazon devices. At Ericsson and Broadcom he worked on their Linux kernel, embedded systems, and large-scale distributed systems.

Leo holds a master’s degree in computer science from Simon Fraser University and a bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University. Leo has completed 8 full marathons and hiked the Grand Canyon R3, John Muir Trail, and soon the entire Pacific Crest Trail.

Upcoming Plans

  • Monthly Deliverables: 2021 Oct
    • Shanghai NFT4Metaverse Event & Shanghai Meet Silicon Valley Meetup
    • Cross-chain NFT bridge launch on testnet and mainnet
    • Follow up and manage tech bounties and open issues
  • Quarterly Milestones: 2021 Q4
    • NFT.NYC & BAYC Event: Oct/30 - Nov/6
    • 100% external validators & 100% external voting power
    • Allow list external leader support
  • Yearly Planning: 2022 Q1 - Q3
    • System: support external leader rotation and slashing; reduce system resource consumption of validators by 30% incl. CPU/Network/Storage; metrics, monitoring, and alarm dashboard of the entire network.
    • Technical Partnership: set the strategy and drive the collaboration with wallet/exchange/API partners; expand the ecosystem of NFT infrastructure and tooling partners.
    • Decentralized Ops: fully decentralized the network infrastructure and services to external partners and DAOs;

Past 6-Month Achievements

  • Externalize validator nodes from 640 to 900, and external voting power from 32% to 51%; triage and fix release regression; fighting RPC endpoint issues;
  • Manage p-ops team; onboard team members: boris, soph, giv, jack, lutty, and resurrect the on-call process and accident recovery
  • Setup validator DAO; build governance app; standardize the HIP process, bounty process, and open tracking system;


  • system: system-level optimization; system monitoring; system architecture for all services
  • technical partners: oversee technical partners with blockchain contributors; middleware; infrastructure providers
  • NFT: oversee all NFT initiatives; build NFT partnership; drive collaboration of NFT projects

Deliverables & 6-Week Focus

Weekly Update