Brave chief scientist Ben Livshits joins Zilliqa as CEO
October 20, 2021, 7:00AM EDT
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Blockchain platform Zilliqa has hired former Brave chief scientist Ben Livshits as CEO, according to a release.
Livshits has spent the last four years at Brave, a company building the privacy-first Brave Browser — which has an in-built crypto wallet. According to his LinkedIn profile, he built the company’s research division, which focuses on privacy, scalability and performance.
Prior to Brave, he spent five years at Imperial College London, mostly as an associate professor. He covered topics including blockchain technology and privacy. He also spent 10 years working at Microsoft as a researcher.
Zilliqa is a blockchain focused on using sharding to achieve a high number of transactions per second. The network is broken into shards. These split up the storage of the blockchain’s data across multiple groups of nodes.
According to the release, Livshits will encourage Zilliqa to become more data-driven and have a bigger focus on hiring from the fourth quarter of this year onwards.
Ethereum had a breakout year in 2021. It’s native asset, ETH’s, market capitalization surpassed $500 billion for the first time. Its network facilitated upwards of $7 trillion value transfer. Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) emerged as another “killer application” that have put its technology on the global stage and caught the attention of the masses.