Three former Google employees have announced the creation of a blockchain community called xGoogler Blockchain Alliance (GBA). The aim of this blockchain community is to provide other ex-Google employees with an opportunity to come together based on their mutual interest in blockchain technology and share ideas.
xGoogler Blockchain Alliance (GBA) has been founded by 3 Chinese blockchain community leaders – Andy Tian, a former Strategic Partnership Development Manager at Google; Daniel Wang, a former Tech Lead at Google and Senior Engineering Director at JD.com and Hitters Xu, previously a member of Google’s Search & Anti-Fraud team and former Director of Ant Financial’s Blockchain Platform. They believe that Googlers are in a prime position to explore such technologies as they are leading technology-focused innovators.
“Google has always been in the forefront of new technologies worldwide, from Android to AI,” Tian said. “As Googlers, we can bring our unique experiences to expand blockchain’s influence, to everyone, everywhere.”
This new development is significant for two main reasons. First and foremost, these are people who worked at Google and thus, have extensive experience working with technology. Their wide knowledge of technology will be useful in the long term for the development of blockchain technology. Secondly, Google has voiced conflicting opinions in the past regarding cryptocurrency. In March this year, Google announced a hard-ban on all cryptocurrency ads on their website effective June 2018. A week later, a company spokesperson said Google was looking into blockchain technology, leading to speculation that the tech giant might create its own line of blockchain-related technologies.
Regardless of the companies stand on cryptocurrency, these 3 former Google employees are out to make this blockchain community a means by which other ex-Googlers get a chance to participate and in turn lead to the growth of a collaborative block-chain based learning platform. GBA currently operates only within the Bay Area, Shanghai and Beijing but plans to expand anywhere where there are Googlers and ex-Googlers who share their interest in blockchain technology.