Former Nike CIO Anthony Watson will be joining Bitreserve as its President and COO, according to Fortune.
He had left Nike after serving for only ten months, reportedly because he was looking for more of an urban life than the setting in Portland, Oregon where Nike is located. His move to Bitreserve comes several months later.
Bitreserve uses Bitcoin more as payments technology, pegging all deposits to fiat currencies and commodities to avoid bitcoin’s volatility.
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Prior to Nike, Watson was in the banking sector, serving as CIO of Europe, Middle East, and global operations at Barclays. With his knowledge of the goings on in the banking world, Bitreserve rekindled his interest:
“I was itching to make an impact. I wanted to do something that is valuable for people broadly, not just in one industry. And what Bitreserve is looking to achieve really democratizes finance. It’s going to help people all over the world. The financial system is inherently unfair—it’s always the richest who have access, and the poorest don’t have access, or when they do, they have to pay astronomical rates.”
Bitreserve, headed by Salesforce co-founder Halsey Minor, has reportedly expanded to 35 employees in five offices and raised $14.6 million in funding.