Facebook’s slow, considered approach to blockchain technology appears to be gaining a head of steam – at least according to its ever-growing jobs board.
On Sunday, the social media behemoth opened up yet another full-time blockchain-related position – a Global Brand Development Lead – for its newly established blockchain team currently being headed by ex-Coinbase director, David Marcus.
Looking through the corresponding job description, Facebook mentions that its internal startup is “exploring lots of areas of interest across all facets of blockchain technology;” a suspenseful titbit the revolutionary tech enterprise has included in several of its other job openings for the expanding blockchain team.
Given the complex, hard-to-grasp nature of blockchain technology, Facebook’s decision to open this job position seems particularly appropriate. Indeed, the Californian tech juggernaut’s blockchain startup is in pursuit of mass applicability (according to the below excerpt from Sunday’s issued job description), a feat that has proven extremely difficult to accomplish amid a crypto ecosystem that remains bereft of sufficient auxiliary technological infrastructure.
Our ultimate goal is to help billions of people with access to things they don’t have now – that could be things like equitable financial services, it could be new ways to save, it could be new ways to share information.”
Facebook’s opening of the Global Brand Development Lead position for its blockchain team comes after a September month that saw various other roles created for the nascent team. These September openings – which can still be applied for as of the time of writing – specify an identified need for a Head of Global Community & Media Director, Head of Brand, Product Marketing Lead, Head of Business Development & Partnerships, Strategic Planning & Operations Lead, Software Engineer, and Software Engineering Manager. All these full-time positions pertain to Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters, bar the latter, which is for the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.
Ongoing speculation regarding a blockchain-related pursuit by Facebook intensified in early May when Marcus declared that he was leaving his near-four-year-long role of leading the Facebook Messenger team in order to set up “a small group to explore how to best leverage Blockchain for Facebook.” In August, Marcus stood down from his seat on Coinbase’s board, also.