Having welcomed four members to its ranks earlier this week, the IOTA Foundation’s team has officially grown by fifty in 2018. Indeed, this marks a significant milestone for the Berlin-headquartered stiftung currently developing IoT-oriented projects that span verticals including healthcare to mobility and automotive.

Granted, the Foundation do not disclose the capacity to which new hires contribute (i.e., full-time, part-time, or contract), nor do they appear to publicly acknowledge instances whereby someone leaves their position – unless, of course, they all still work there!

Questions regarding employee retention are somewhat curbed when you consider that, in an October interview with IOTA’s senior product owner, Eric Hop, he revealed the team was – at time of interview – comprised of “about eighty people,” and that the Foundation was “still adding” to that total.

With that said, let’s have a look at these four newest appointments and, specifically, what skills they bring to the team currently developing its fee-free, permissionless distributed ledger for the machine-to-machine economy.

The week begun with Lukas Tassanyi being welcomed by IOTA founder David Sønstebø. The Foundation were not required to search extensively for the year’s 46th hire, for Tassanyi proved as devoted and qualified an option as any. Indeed, prior to Monday’s appointment, the software developer was voluntarily contributing to the IOTA project for many months under the ‘MicroHash’ pseudonym. Whilst a community developer, Tassanyi notably created a well-received implementation of the IOTA’s Qubic protocol, Qubic Lite.

Tuesday saw self-taught full-stack software engineer Luca Moser join the IOTA Foundation’s engineering team. Like Tassanyi, Moser was plucked from the IOTA community. His near-year-long stint of voluntary contribution was mostly spent working on the desktop version of IOTA’s flagship wallet, Trinity.

Yearly addition #49 came by way of Andrew Brough. Joining IOTA as a senior UX/UI designer, Brough also has prior involvement with IOTA’s developers – specifically, “over the last eight months” with the Trinity team. The design professional’s twelve-plus years of agency experience has seen him work as UX/UI lead for Nokia, Disney, and various other household names.

Bringing up the half-century for the IOTA Foundation was Sadjy Sadjan, who Sønstebø welcomed on Tuesday. Joining as a SysOps engineer, Sadjan will strive to “do [his] best to ensure reliable operation of software and systems, and to contribute to the growth of IOTA infrastructure.”