Hi! My mission is to build technology that advances civilization.

Currently, I’m a senior software engineer / project lead at Brex, focused on card fraud. Previously, I led the development of APIs and integrations. I’ve shared some of my amazing experience at Brex with The Muse and Built In NYC.

Previously, I was a backend engineer at Apple Siri Search working on TV & Flights search, and at Microsoft on cloud infrastructure & developer tools.

I love building things. My projects have received funding from Pioneer, a remote accelerator for projects and startups built by ambitious outsiders around the world.

I have a strong curiosity for the intersection of computer science and financial systems, because the creation and exchange of value is at the core of human activity. Technology has the ability (and responsibility!) to make that more efficient. I’ve enjoyed writing about these subjects for publications like Hacker Noon.

I was the first in my family to attend college. I graduated from Brown University in Computer Science & Economics, where I was also a teaching assistant, hackathon prizewinner, and founder/president of 3 student organizations.

I speak Portuguese, Mandarin, and English daily. I like to read.

Say hello at julia@juliawu.me!

Projects

Medici

Demo

A wallet for USD stablecoins that earns interest. Starting with South America, the goal is to help people in countries like Brazil to protect the value of their savings against currency depreciation.
Began during HackMoney, a month-long hackathon for decentralized finance. Highlighted by the Compound Protocol as one of their favorite projects at the hackathon.
It became a 20 project on Pioneer (out of ~1k). Saw ~25% WoW increase in signups on landing page since August 2020. Participated in IDEO’s Product Validation Day, among 32 selected teams from 120+ that applied for the program at the world’s most renowned design firm.
Prototyped in Brazilian Portuguese & English. Stack: Node/Express, Web3.js, Infura, Compound smart contracts & API, non-custodial wallets such as Portis/Fortmatic/Torus.

Superset

Product Search for peer-to-peer marketplaces. Product Hunt | Demo
Winner on Pioneer. Presented in online demo day to audience of 400, including Laura Deming (Longevity Fund), Tyler Cowen (economist), Zach Sims (Codecademy) and Patrick McKenzie (Stripe).

CryptoRenewables

Inspired by CryptoKitties, non-fungible tokens representing elements of clean energy.
Also a winner on Pioneer! Blog

Brex Insights Dashboard

Self-driven project while interviewing at Brex. I read every article I could find about Brex, dug into the company’s customer support pages and “reverse-engineered” the Brex Dashboard while incorporating some ideas for new features.

SnapMed

Real-time, remote “office hours” with verified medical experts. During COVID-19, we hear a lot of advice/news, but don’t always know what’s accurate. So SnapMed is here to democratize instant access to reliable information. Built with 3 fellow engineers during a COVID-19 hackathon! Devpost

ShopNet

Classifying products with using fast.ai’s deep learning libraries. Write-up

Coinbox

Top 40 globally on Pioneer leaderboard. A simple toolbox for the everyday investor: Real-time crypto & foreign exchange price alerts, sentiment, analysis

Red Crypto Envelope

Conditional spending on Ethereum.

Ethereum Goals Tracker

A full-stack dApp for accountability. View on Github

Blockchain Whitepapers Written by Neural Networks

Trained an RNN on 160 whitepapers to generate some crypto-jargon from scratch.

Writing

Writer for the Brex Engineering Blog, Hacker Noon (tech blog with with over 4M monthly readers) and BecomingHuman.ai (artificial intelligence publication).

Awards and Honors

  • Winner, Pioneer (remote accelerator)
  • Square Code Camp Participant (1 in 20 among 500 applicants)
  • Google Women Techmakers Scholarship
  • Google Grace Hopper Scholarship
  • Facebook Grace Hopper Scholarship
  • Microsoft Scholarship
  • Winner, HackForHer Prize at Microsoft Company-wide Hackathon 2015
  • Winner, Usability Prize at Hack@Brown 2014
  • Finalist at Carnegie Mellon University Venture Challenge 2016
  • Finalist at HackBrazil 2017
  • Brown University International Scholarship Committee Grant

Communities

  • On Deck: Founders and talented individuals in the formative stages of starting a company
  • Pear Builders: Pear VC’s community for software engineers
  • Brown University Women in Business Advisory Board

Extras

Click on a thumbnail to see my attempts at playing the piano :)