Blockchain Department at Facebook is Expanding with Sixth Public Position Hiring


Frenzy of New Blockchain Positions Open at Facebook in Sixth Public Opening

The careers page on Facebook recently showed a post that this social media conglomerate is looking to hire a “head of business development & partnerships.” This position is assigned to the blockchain department and will be run out of their Silicon Valley headquarters.

The job description says,

“The Head of BD and Partnership team will play a key role in shaping and pushing forward this vision by bringing the voice of our global partners to inform our product, strategy and investments while also negotiating and closing deals to realize the vision.”

By opening this position, it is now the sixth opportunity for applicants that want to join Facebook’s growing blockchain group. So far, there have been open positions for a media director, a software engineering manager in Israel, 2 marketing professionals, and a public policy manager. This team is meant to be “a startup within Facebook, with a vision to make blockchain technology work at Facebook scale and improve the lives of billions of people around the world,” as the job post says.

Facebook has not been forthcoming with the purpose or mission of the new initiative but reading through the job descriptions that have been posting offers subtle clues. In the Software Engineering Manager job post, it says that,

“The Tel-Aviv engineering team will participate in shaping and pushing forward this vision, while focusing on the development of a state-of-the-art near real-time AI platform, to serve the blockchain project.”

Much of this blockchain project has remained under the radar for quite a while, considering that the first efforts on the project started in January. It was then that CEO Mark Zuckerberg commented on his interest in the decentralization that blockchain affords. Then, in May, head of Facebook Messenger David Marcus wrote a tweet that said,

“Time for a new challenge! After four amazing years leading Messenger, I'm going to setup a small group to explore how to best leverage Blockchain for Facebook. I will miss my fierce Messenger team, but I'm excited about the journey ahead.”

Though Marcus joined the Coinbase advisory board in January, he stepped down about three months after the post above. He said that the participation in each of these endeavors were necessary to avoid conflict.

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