I am very excited to welcome my close friend, Zaurbek Ivanov, to the Origin family. Zaur has been a contractor working for Origin for a while now and has proven himself as a capable worker and friendly face in our various social channels.
I first met Zaur at a wrestling club in San Francisco many years ago. He was soft spoken at first but very clearly an incredible athlete and coach. I tried to work out with him every chance I got. I later found out I had the privilege of training with a holder of the prestigious designation, Master of Sports of Russia in Freestyle Wrestling. When not helping MMA fighters with their wrestling, Zaur coached me at local tournaments.
I was lucky enough to visit Zaur, his family, and his wrestling coaches and teammates in Russia several times after he returned there from the US. One thing I really took away from those trips was how welcoming his people were. It made perfect sense to me that Zaur had worked in hospitality in the US and in Russia, after graduating with a degree in economics from Kabardino-Balkaria State Agrarian University.
The combination of an incredible work ethic and a welcoming personality was a perfect fit for the chaotic world of crypto community management. I clearly remember Zaur’s first shift as a Telegram administrator for Origin, where we have tens of thousands of members. Our fundraising round on CoinList was wrapping up and we were hit with an endless flood of scammers and spammers. This was a crisis moment for our Telegram channel and Zaur handled it with the grace and poise of a champion wrestler. Zaur’s role has expanded into helping us with translations and managing our Russian-language social media properties, such as our VK page and our Golos blog.
Russian-speaking countries have been one of our top sources of traffic, users, and community members. It is a region we are turning focus towards more and more. We are very happy to have Zaur in our corner for this fight!
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