Blockchain Head of Microsoft Azure Catches Slack Due to 2015 Video Stating His Bitcoin Position
It is not rare to see people making U-turns on their positions on cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Many prominent personalities in both the financial and the sphere have gone through this route. Now it has been revealed that Marley Gray seems to be the latest victim of this trend.
At Azure Blockchain Engineering, Gray serves as principal architect leading the design and development team of Microsoft’s blockchain middleware platform code-named, “Bletchley.”
Before that he served as director for business development and tech strategy for the cloud and enterprise division at Microsoft where he initiated Microsoft’s blockchain as a Service project. Additionally, Gray is a founding member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and currently serves on the board of directors. Back in 2015, in an interview with Ripple he said:
“Because this is just the beginning. Right now we have Bitcoin, which is this public network. There will be people out there who will tell you that you need to be on the Bitcoin blockchain. We disagree.”
He did not have the vision to see Bitcoin making it far enough. It is important to remember that the adoption of BTC 3 years back was negligible and confined to people purchasing illegal goods on the Internet r high tech circles.
It was easy to make a mistake. While talking about BTC’s inevitable rise, he showed his skepticism, saying:
“But Bitcoin served an important purpose. It proved that the technology can work. But it’s just one chain. We’re barely scratching the surface. There will be many, many chains—chains for swaps, chains for bonds. You could plug and play various consensus algorithms based on the products that exist on that chain.”
The journey frm that postion to being the founding member of EEA is a long way. Regarding this hypocrisy, a Twitter user commented:
“This is the Microsoft guy, Marley Grey, that said bitcoin ain’t going anywhere in 2016, now he is the head of blockchain at Microsoft azure? What? How can you let someone with 0 foresight leading innovation?”