The social media juggernaut, Facebook, is finally diving deep into the world of Blockchain technology. Although there have been recent reports of the company exploring this technology, it wasn’t widely publicized. David Marcus previously led Blockchain at Facebook but, the company has just shuffled several executive positions indicating that they’re going big on this new technology.
According to recent reports, Evan Cheng, a director of Engineering at Facebook has changed his LinkedIn profile’s position to Director of Engineering, Blockchain. This has also been confirmed by Facebook. Evan Cheng is a highly experienced “low-level” programmer and he led the Programming Languages and Runtimes Department for 3 years.
Evan Cheng had previously worked at Apple as a Senior Manager, Low Level Tools, during which he worked on compilation technology and back-end engineering.
Interestingly, he also tweets regularly about Blockchain technology and is an advisor to many blockchain startup companies including ChainLink and Zilliqa. Instagram’s former Vice President of Product, Kevin Weil also has a new role as VP of Product, Blockchain at Facebook.
There seems to be an uptick in the number of companies embracing Blockchain technology, and it’s not too long before we experience this technology on a daily basis!
By Tim Zhang
World Blockchain Investment Association