Winklevoss Twins’ Crypto Firm Gemini, Foundation Developing Augur (REP) Blockchain with Big-Name Hires
In spite of the doom and gloom that is characterizing the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency trading markets, the number of headline appointments being seen in the nascent crypto and blockchain industry refuses to wane.
This weekend, another two made high-end signings: Gemini Trust Co. – the digital currency exchange and licensed custodian best known for having been co-founded by the Winklevoss twins – and the foundation responsible for developing the Augur (REP) prediction market platform.
NYSE C-Suite Exec to Join Twins
On Friday evening, Gemini issued a press release revealing that now-former chief information officer (CIO) of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Robert Cornish, is going to be joining Gemini Trust Co. in the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
According to Gemini, Cornish will begin working with brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss “later this month.” In his new position, Cornish “will be responsible for leading Gemini’s technology team and strategy.”
We are excited to welcome our first Chief Technology Officer! https://t.co/9BRW8BdQGs
— Gemini (@GeminiDotCom) July 6, 2018
Top Crypto Lawyer Joins Augur’s Overseeing Foundation
The other major personnel addition in recent days came courtesy of the Forecast Foundation; the entity tasked with developing the cryptographic platform known as Augur (REP) – the open-sourced, decentralized, peer-to-peer oracle and prediction market platform built atop the Ethereum blockchain.
On Saturday, Augur published a blog post welcoming Marco Santori to the advisory board of the Forecast Foundation. The appointment was made official some three years after both Santori and the Forecast Foundation had sustained a loose collaboration, according to the Saturday announcement.
Santori is widely familiar throughout the crypto and blockchain space. Currently, he serves as President and Chief Legal Officer of Blockchain.info. Prior to this, he worked as a partner at Cooley LLC, a legal ambassador for the Delaware Blockchain Initiative, and an advisor to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
As for how the appointment of Santori promises to add value to the Forecast Foundation – and ultimately the Augur blockchain – Saturday’s announcement explained that he “will be assisting the team with strategic advice and guidance over the coming months.”
— Augur (@AugurProject) July 8, 2018