Jeff Garzik, CEO and co-founder of enterprise-grade blockchain solutions provider Bloq, has been elected as a representative to the Board of Directors for The Linux Foundation – a nonprofit organization promoting open source software. This key appointment recognizes Garzik’s commitment to innovating with open source technologies.
Before co-founding Bloq, Garzik was a bitcoin core developer, and spent over ten years at Linux distributor Red Hat. His work with the Linux kernel is now found in every Android phone and data center running Linux today.
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“Open source is vital to fostering and developing innovative technologies,” said Garzik. “We saw this in the early days of Linux, and the parallels with blockchain-enabled technologies are undeniable. Red Hat made Linux accessible to enterprise companies, now Bloq is doing the same for blockchain.”
Bloq is also a member of the Hyperledger Project, an open source initiative of The Linux Foundation. Hyperledger is a collaborative effort to advance blockchain technology by identifying and addressing important features for a cross-industry open standard for distributed ledgers.
“We’re pleased to welcome Jeff to The Linux Foundation Board of Directors,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. “His election by his peers of over 200 Linux Foundation members is testament to Jeff’s reputation as both a technologist and a strategist.”
Garzik will be joining a board that features members from leading enterprise technology companies including Cisco, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel, Oracle and Samsung.