Veteran Blockchain Expert and Bloq CEO Jeff Garzik Elected to Linux Foundation Board of Directors

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Adding even more credibility to the Hyperledger Blockchain run by the Linux Foundation – the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source has elected Jeff Garzik, CEO and cofounder of Bloq, as their representative to The Linux Foundation Board of Directors.

This key appointment recognizes Garzik’s experience with and commitment to innovating with open source technologies. Bloq is also a member of the Hyperledger Project, an open source initiative of The Linux Foundation. Hyperledger is a collaborative effort to advance Blockchain technology by identifying and addressing important features for a cross-industry open standard for distributed ledgers.

garzikBefore co-founding Bloq to develop enterprise-grade Blockchain solutions, Garzik was a bitcoin core developer, and spent over ten years at Linux market leader, Red Hat. His work with the Linux kernel is now found in every Android phone and data center running Linux today.

“Open source is vital to fostering and developing innovative technologies,” said Garzik. “We saw this in the early days of Linux, and the parallels with Blockchain-enabled technologies are undeniable. Red Hat made Linux accessible to enterprise companies, now Bloq is doing the same for Blockchain.”

“We’re pleased to welcome Jeff to The Linux Foundation Board of Directors,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. “His election by his peers of over 200 Linux Foundation members is testament to Jeff’s reputation as both a technologist and a strategist.”

Garzik will be joining a board that features members from leading enterprise technology companies including Cisco, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel, Oracle and Samsung.

Bloq provides Blockchain technology solutions for global enterprises. Our software platform allows companies to build, manage and scale robust Blockchain-enabled ecosystems, backed by enterprise-grade service and support. Bloq is built on open source technology, and provides the key connective tissue to securely interoperate with existing business systems. Bloq’s technology focuses on solving key business issues surrounding security, provenance, authentication and reconciliation and is led by a world class team of Blockchain developers, entrepreneurs and investors. They are headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Atlanta, Washington, DC and Shanghai. 

About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC, Richard Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including DECENT.ch, Inchain, Humaniq, Chronobank, eGaas and others.

He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List. As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and crypto-currency and, consequently, has built a notable network inthe scene.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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