Erik Trautman is CEO of the NEAR Foundation. Erik joined NEAR in 2018 and was instrumental in building NEAR from its earliest stages. He is most passionate about driving the adoption of disruptive digital technologies and ecosystems that enable the Creator Economy to build impactful projects, lasting communities, and world-changing businesses. Prior to joining NEAR, Erik was a successful startup founder and worked as an Analyst on Wall Street. He led Viking Education as CEO until its acquisition in 2017. Erik has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania.