Samson Mao, strategic manager at Blockstream, has announced that he is leaving the blockchain company after five years.
In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Mao said he will continue to be “#BlockstreamSpy” after leaving the Canadian company he has worked for since April 2017. He said he will remain CEO of game developer Pixelmatic, a position in which he demands more interest,” but plans to focus on “nation-state adoption of bitcoin” in the future.
“Since everything is happening at the speed of light in El Salvador and more and more countries are interested in using #Bitcoin, I find that my daily time is no longer enough,” Mao said. “So, with Blockstream in a very good place and well capitalized after a successful B-round, it’s time to move on. It also seems to be at a key moment in #Bitcoin development right now – we are on our way to mass adoption and I think I can do it faster.”
Moe was involved in plans to build Bitcoin City in El Salvador. The project aims to use the geothermal energy of the country’s Conchagua volcano to mine bitcoin (BTC) in an innovative city to be built at the foot of the mountain. According to the CEO of Pixelmatic, the $1 million BTC prize could help make Latin America a “global financial center.”
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The former Blockstream Chief Strategist added that he will continue to “support and protect” Blockstream’s settlement network, Liquid, as it “will play an important role in reforming the old financial system.” He previously served as the COO of BTCC, the cryptocurrency exchange behind one of the world’s largest mining pools at the time, and as a production manager and executive producer at Ubisoft.
Moe has been a bitcoin champion for years and recently created the Cointelegraph Top 100 for his work on Pixelmatic, Blockstream, El Salvador Project and more. A complete list of some of the most influential cryptocurrencies and blockchains is now available.