[AMA] Hey Reddit, we are the cofounders of Origin Protocol – the sharing economy without intermediaries. We are joined by our lead engineer, Yu Pan, who is one of the original founders of PayPal. Ask us anything!

We are here doing our very first Reddit AMA and are excited for it to be hosted on /r/EthTrader. Origin is an open-source platform that enables the creation of decentralized, peer-to-peer marketplaces. The Origin Platform initially targets the global sharing economy, allowing buyers and sellers of fractional use goods and services (car-sharing, service-based tasks, home-sharing, etc.) to transact on the distributed, open web. Using the Ethereum blockchain and Interplanetary File System (IPFS), the platform and its community participants are decentralized, allowing for the creation and booking of services and goods without traditional intermediaries.

Origin is focused on bringing change and innovation to the sharing economy. We're excited by the opportunity to lower fees, increase innovation, free customer and transaction data, and decrease censorship and unnecessary regulation. Even if you are perfectly content with the centralized providers of today, what about the day when these monopolies stop being so benevolent? We hope you agree that future-proofing our world against oligarchs and tyrants is a worthwhile endeavor.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about technology, vision, the future of the sharing economy, decentralized marketplaces, pionering new technology (short answer: a lot of snacks and not a lot of sleep) & more.

We are excited to be here!

Make sure to check out our website https://www.originprotocol.com/ if you have not already.