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Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, Brandon Tory Thorpe (Brandon Tory) was raised there along side two younger siblings as part of an innately artistic family that endowed him with a love of creativity and spirituality. His great-grandfather Lennie Johnson, who taught at Berkeley, played trumpet for the likes of Count Basie and Quincy Jones; his grandfather, Larry Johnson, worked as a fine artist, as well as an editorial cartoonist for the Boston Globe; his father Tory Thorpe, was a talented art director. Brandon’s mid-teens coincided with a periods of adversity—in parallel to his growing love for computer programming and hacking which he kept a secret from his inner-city friends. Brandon would go on to lead teams as a Senior and Staff level Engineer at both Google AI and Apple, and at the same advance as an artist, getting signed by Grammy Award Winner Dallas Austin. Most recently, out of a growing passion at the intersection of creativity and technology, Brandon founded Formless––a company and decentralized network that empowers individuals to connect, create, collaborate and share in a multiplayer digital economy.