Google and cryptocurrencies do not have the best relationship right now. After Google and other popular platforms started banning ads on their platforms over the last few months, they drew international ire, with some even threatening to sue the company over the bans. Despite these sentiments, blockchain tech is still an incredibly popular and growing market in the United States and abroad, with 14 jobs opening for every one blockchain developer available. Concurrent with these events, yesterday, three ex-Google employees announced their own initiative to look specifically for former google employees interested in blockchain and its usage.
In a statement released Sunday, three individuals announced they will call themselves the xGoogler Blockchain Alliance (GBA). Their aim is to start building community through ex-employees of Google, quote “creating a collaborative space for inquiry, dialogue, and development regarding blockchain technology”.
Ex-Google employees Hitters Xu, Daniel Wang, and Andy Tian, are the co-founders of the association. Each has their own stellar credentials, with Xu being a blockchain pioneer that founded Nebulas, a next-generation public blockchain, and while at Google was part of the Anti-Fraud team. Wang is a founder of a decentralized exchange called Loopring. Tian also has extensive credentials, founding his own decentralized gifting protocol called Gifto, along with currently holding the position of CEO of Asia Innovations Group, a leading mobile entertainment company in Asia.
Tian contends that their focus on specifically ex-Google employees is highly effective. “Google has always been in the forefront of new technologies worldwide, from Android to AI. As Googlers, we can bring our unique experiences to expand blockchain’s influence, to everyone, everywhere”.
Creating a productive and aligned space for these minds to work could be positive. The community is based mostly in San Francisco Bay Area, Beijing and Shanghai at the moment. All ex-Googlers are encouraged to join the community as mentors, advisers, or any other capacity from anywhere in the world.
The timing of this announcement seems to be more than coincidence. Googles recent ban on crypto and ICO advertising has created backlash across the world. Hopefully, the GBA is a way around the sanctions, taking talent that used to be at Google and putting them to work on the future of blockchain tech.
In a side note, despite their ban of all crypto related advertising recently, Google reported right after that they are working on a “tamper proof” cloud-based ledger system running on a blockchain. You can find that patent here. It will be interesting to see how the company acts in the future. Regardless it seems there are others looking towards the future and all possible applications of blockchain and crypto technology.
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