Welcome Peter Wilson: Blockchain’s new VP of Engineering

Today I am thrilled to welcome Peter Wilson to Blockchain as our first VP of Engineering. His record of leadership and innovation at some of the fastest growing companies in the world will help us build a more transparent, secure, and open financial future.

Over the course of a 20-year career as an engineering executive at Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, Peter has helped build the technology that powers much of our lives today. He led the development of key advertising, talk, video, and maps products at Google. While at Facebook, he oversaw the development of advertising tools and APIs. If you’ve used Microsoft tools, it’s likely you’ve seen Peter’s work — his teams worked on the company’s developer tools and operating systems.

Peter’s talent as an engineer is matched only by his ability to build and manage great teams. As Blockchain prepares for a new year, acquiring and leading world-class talent will be a core focus. Peter is an expert in scaling organizations and will be instrumental to these efforts. He served as the Site Director for Google’s Kirkland engineering center as well as Facebook’s Seattle office, after the startup he co-founded was acquired by Facebook while under his leadership. Engineering organizations have burgeoned under his leadership from where we are today to hundreds of engineers multiple times across his career. I’m looking forward to seeing him do the same here.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Peter to Blockchain to lead our engineering efforts. His experience and insight after decades at top software companies is invaluable as we scale our team and deliver new products and services to our users,” said Peter Smith, CEO and Co-Founder of Blockchain.

“Throughout my career I have been fortunate to build products and teams that level the playing field and empower users through software,” said Peter Wilson. “I’m beyond excited to join Blockchain and build an engineering organization in pursuit of a better financial future for all.”

I am honored to have Peter join us on our journey of making the world a better place, and delighted to share the news with users who make what we do everyday possible.

If you’re interested in joining Blockchain and contributing to our mission, visit https://www.blockchain.com/careers.

Welcome Marco Santori: Blockchain’s new President and Chief Legal Officer

Today we’re thrilled to announce that Marco Santori is joining Blockchain as our President & Chief Legal Officer. Previously, Marco was a partner at the law firm Cooley LLP, where he led the global financial technology practice and built the most acclaimed digital assets-focused legal practice in the industry.

Marco has an impressive legal background and has a roster of world-class clients. He has worked with investors, companies of all sizes, regulators and public institutions to build our industry and shape the future of finance. Notably, Marco is an advisor to the International Monetary Fund, and the Blockchain Ambassador for the State of Delaware. He is most recently known as an author of the “Simple Agreement for Future Tokens” (SAFT) Project Whitepaper, which has set the standard for mitigating investor and consumer risks associated with Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).

“Marco has a breadth and depth of knowledge that is unmatched and I couldn’t think of a better person to focus entirely on our expansion efforts and strategy as we continue to serve our millions of users globally,” said Peter Smith, CEO and Co-Founder of Blockchain.  

Blockchain experienced a record year of growth in 2017 and we’re focused on scaling our company and leadership team to support the global business we run today.  As President and Chief Legal Officer, Marco will focus on building our compliance, legal and corporate development teams as well as leading the charge to bring new products to market alongside the rest of our team.  

“I’m honored and thrilled to join Blockchain, the leading provider for digital asset software,” said Marco Santori. “It’s a compelling opportunity to contribute to a company that is not only achieving unparalleled business success, but also delivering on a powerful mission to create an inclusive financial system from which everyone can benefit.”

Marco will assume the role of President from Co-Founder Nicolas Cary. As Vice Chairman for the company, Nic will continue to be instrumental in day-to-day operations as well as Blockchain’s public affairs and external relations. “Marco will be a great asset for Blockchain and I look forward to dedicating more of my time on building our brand in key regions like India, hiring the brightest talent, and educating more people on the benefits of digital assets,” said Nic Cary, Co-Founder, Board Member, and Vice Chairman of Blockchain.

More on Marco:

Marco joins Blockchain from Cooley LLP where he was the head of the firm’s Financial Technology practice group. Marco Santori is an authority in the law of blockchain technology, and has been called “The Dean of Digital Currency Lawyers” by American Banker. He is the author of the transformative Simple Agreements for Future Tokens (SAFT) Project Whitepaper, a standard-setting self-regulatory effort that mitigates investor and consumer risks associated with Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Additionally, he is the Legal Ambassador for the Delaware Blockchain initiative and an advisor to the International Monetary Fund. He has frequented stages around the world to share his insights, including the Cato Institute’s Cryptocurrency Conference, the American Bar Association Summit, North American Bitcoin Conference, and the Consensus Conference and has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters among others.

A Look Back: Blockchain’s 2017 Year in Review

There’s no doubt that we will look back on 2017 was one of the most exciting and important years for the digital assets ecosystem. Together we made significant progress and are even closer to a fairer financial future.

We want to thank all of our customers, our team, and the industry for making 2017 such a memorable one. Blockchain wouldn’t be where it is today without all of you and we look forward to continuing to serve you in the years ahead!

More Rocket Fuel: Announcing Our Series B with Lakestar and GV

Dark blue rocket taking off with Blockchain's logo stacked.When Blockchain started out as an open source project, we set out to build tools that would make it easy for anyone to use digital currencies. We still pursue this goal everyday.

I’m extremely proud and humbled by the progress we’ve made – millions of active users around the world, exchange partnerships in 34 countries, billions in monthly consumer volume, and an API platform used by some of the biggest companies in our field.

Today, I’m excited to announce that we’ve raised a Series B of $40 million with Lakestar and GV (formerly Google Ventures) with additional participation from Nokota Management and Digital Currency Group. Our existing investors – Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mosaic Ventures, Prudence Holdings, Virgin, and Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Group) – also participated in the round. Their continued support is an honor.

Our Series B represents the most substantial investment in the fintech space since Brexit and is the largest Series B raised by any digital currency company to date. This brings our total capital raised to over $70 million and we’re thrilled to welcome some of the most well-respected investors in the world to the Blockchain family.

Our mission “to create an open, accessible, and fair financial future for billions across the globe, one piece of software at a time” is a lofty one. This capital moves us one step closer to delivering on that mission and will ensure we can take a very long-term view.

As the market leader, you can expect us to make big, bold bets in research and development as well as further our expansion efforts globally. You can also expect new products aimed at allowing anyone to transact, save, or hedge digital assets with greater speed, efficiency and control.

Innovating, disrupting, revolutionizing a century old industry takes time. We’ve made significant strides, but we’re just getting started. Thank you for joining us on the very first part of our journey to the moon – rest assured we have the rocket fuel to get there!

Peter & the Blockchain Team

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