Mike Lin, Product Manager in Dallas, United States
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Mike Lin

Verified Expert  in Product Management

Product Manager

Location
Dallas, United States
Toptal Member Since
February 24, 2022

Mike is an MIT MBA graduate with 5+ years in product management (layer-1 blockchain, AMM DEX, liquidity bridge, wallets, etc.) and 8+ years in finance—investment banking and asset management. He has a BS in computer science and started his career as a front-end software developer. Mike also won the $100,000 1st-place prize at the 2018 EOS blockchain hackathon and was co-founder of the 9th-ranked DApp in 2019 with 10,000+ users within eight months of launch.

Project Highlights

Findora
Oversaw the launch of the Mainnet Layer 1 blockchain, block explorer, wallets on desktop and mobile, SDK/CLI tools, and validator statistics tools.
Lumeos Data Wallet
Launched the blockchain-based Lumeos "data wallet" resulting in 10,000+ users within eight months of launch.
Fairyswap
Launched the first AMM DEX on the Findora zkSNARK-based (privacy) blockchain as a showcase open source reference application.

Expertise

Work Experience

Director of Product Management

2021 - PRESENT
Findora
  • Launched (zk-SNARK) layer-1 privacy blockchain, PoS consensus mechanism, and staking rewards.
  • Launched DApps for L1 platforms such as AMM, DEX, and liquidity bridge. Researched private NFT marketplace design.
  • Explored blockchain trends, competitors, and market positioning.
  • Conducted interviews with potential customers to determine needs and gather requirements.
  • Helped manage a bi-weekly Agile sprint consisting of 15+ engineers and designers.
  • Created product marketing materials to illustrate the platform's competitive advantage and capabilities.

Product Manager | Co-founder

2018 - 2020
Lumeos
  • Launched the Lumeos blockchain app, resulting in 10,000+ users within eight months of launch, and raised $250,000+ seed capital.
  • Drafted the product vision, prioritized the feature development, and set the roadmap.
  • Managed the developers and UI/UX designers via weekly Agile sprints and demos.
  • Published 20+ articles and press releases resulting in a 12,000+ email list.
  • Performed user research and gathered the product requirements and research competitive positions.
  • Tracked user behavior, demographic data, DAUs, and MAUs.
  • Partnered with the survey panel provider Cint, ZECTR AI/ML, and EOSIO wallets (distribution).

Equity Research Analyst at Tech Sector

2012 - 2016
Stifel
  • Researched the tech trends, competitive landscape, and product innovations.
  • Wrote and published 200 investment notes for hedge fund clients.
  • Conducted the survey of distributors and customers of covered companies.
  • Discussed financials, strategy, outlook, and competition with the senior executives CFO and CEO.
  • Built the financial models—DCF and comparables models.

Equity Research Analyst

2010 - 2011
Matthews International Capital Management
  • Covered various areas, including the technology sector, consumer goods, and real estate.
  • Analyzed the investments for Asia Investment Fund worth $2+ billion AUM.
  • Outperformed the fund benchmark by 2.99% during the period.

Equity Research Analyst Intern

2009 - 2010
AlphaShares
  • Dealt with the technology sector, consumer goods, and real estate.
  • Analyzed the investments for the greater China investment fund.
  • Built the financial models, DCF, and comparables models.

Technical Writer | Technical Instructor

2003 - 2006
Tektronix
  • Researched telecom software protocols and networking hardware.
  • Wrote technical documentation for network engineering clients.
  • Trained telecom carrier customers on operating a multi-million dollar network monitoring system during week-long seminars.

Web Developer | Front-end Developer

2001 - 2002
Alcatel Lucent
  • Used HTML and CSS to develop a new R&D website layout.
  • Updated all corporate R&D websites to follow a single format.
  • Created supporting digital assets such as images and banners.

Findora

http://www.findora.org

Oversaw the launch of the Mainnet Layer 1 blockchain, block explorer, wallets on desktop and mobile, SDK/CLI tools, and validator statistics tools.

Findora Networks is an EVM-compatible blockchain that enables data privacy via zero-knowledge proof cryptography. I played a key role in defining all major core platform features, such as consensus mechanism and proof of stake, and managed a team of PMs to build ancillary products like wallets and tools.

Lumeos Data Wallet

Launched the blockchain-based Lumeos "data wallet" resulting in 10,000+ users within eight months of launch.

The Lumeos data wallet enabled users to answer demographic and behavioral survey questions, store this personal data contributed, and (optionally) monetize their data via 3rd-party data buyers. The front end was similar to Survey Monkey and Reddit, and the back end was based on the EOS blockchain and smart contract system. It was the number nine ranked Dapp in 2019.

Fairyswap

https://fairyswap.finance

Launched the first AMM DEX on the Findora zkSNARK-based (privacy) blockchain as a showcase open source reference application.

Fairyswap enables users to swap cryptocurrency tokens in a decentralized manner on a privacy-centric blockchain. The DEX was a Solidity smart contract running on the EVM-compatible layer of the Findora blockchain.
2006 - 2008

Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA, USA

1998 - 2002

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

University of Texas at Dallas - Richardson, TX, USA

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