Trust Machines Appoints Coinbase Veteran Asiff Hirji as Advisor, Hires Reddit Engineer Igor Sylvester and BNY Deputy General Counsel Manas Mohapatra
Leading Bitcoin App Company Continues Aim to Hire Star Talent in H2 2022
New York, NY
Trusted Machines, a startup building the largest Bitcoin app ecosystem, today announced two new all-star additions to its growing team of talent. Manas Mohapatra and Igor Sylvester join the Trust Machines team and Asiff Hirji will act as an advisor. This announcement follows the announcement of recent key additions, including Aubrey Strobel and Rena Shah, Communications Advisor and Head of Operations and Strategy, respectively.
Trust Machines CEO Muneeb Ali said, “I am thrilled to share that Trust Machines continues to attract world-class talent during this bear market to help build the largest Bitcoin app ecosystem in the world. am thrilled to have both Manas and Igor join the core team and work with Asiff to continue our mission to grow the Bitcoin economy.”
Manas Mohapatra joins Trust Machines as General Counsel. Mohapatra previously held several senior positions at Twitter and ViacomCBS. Mohapatra joins from BNY Mellon, where he served as Deputy General Counsel and led a team responsible for providing support on issues related to the Bank’s use of technology, including its Digital Assets Unit.
Igor Sylvester joins the engineering team at Trust Machines after his tenure as a software engineer at Reddit. Sylvester previously led a machine learning infrastructure team at Facebook and had an engineering career at several high-frequency trading companies. Igor holds a BS and MS in Computer Science and Physics from MIT. It will contribute to basic infrastructure like the performance of the Stacks smart contract layer and other reference implementations like miners.
Additionally, Asiff Hirji joins the company as an advisor. Hirji is a highly regarded founder and investor with extensive cryptocurrency experience. He is currently Chairman of Figure, a financial services company. Hirji held similar positions at Coinbase and Ameritrade. Additionally, Hirji has experience on the venture capital side through companies like a16z and TPG.
Trust Machines Advisor Asiff Hirji said, “Bringing smart contract capability to Bitcoin is a unique untapped market. Muneeb and his team are leading this work through EVM-enabled programming environments and other secure programming via the Stacks layer for Bitcoin. I look forward to working with Muneeb to help grow the Bitcoin economy.”
Trust Machines creates bitcoin applications such as fully decentralized bitcoin lending application, bitcoin DAO tooling solution, etc. Trust Machines contributes critical infrastructure enabling such Bitcoin applications, like the Stacks layer for smart contracts, and other technologies like DLCs.
Trust Machines General Counsel Manas Mohapatra said, “I am delighted to join the world-class team at Trust Machines and look forward to helping navigate the ever-changing legal and regulatory landscape.
Trusted Machines raised $150 million in February from Digital Currency Group, Breyer Capital, Union Square Ventures and others. The company plans to hire additional key people in the second half of 2022 to expand its growing roster of talent.
About Trusted Machines
Co-founded by Princeton computer scientists Dr. Muneeb Ali and Professor JP Singh, the mission of Trusted Machines is to create the largest bitcoin app ecosystem and grow the bitcoin economy. Trust Machines develops apps that make bitcoin productive and unlock the trillion-dollar bitcoin economy.
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