Anthony Watson, former Nike CIO and a LGBT activist, has joined Bitreserve to work alongside CEO Halsey Minor as the company’s president and COO.
Watson left U.S. sports giant Nike in December citing personal reasons after he had worked for the company for less than a year. In particular, Watson (who is originally from London) – single, gay, and used to the urban lifestyle – experienced culture shock in Portland while working for Nike. Before joining Nike as CIO, Watson had worked in the banking sector and wanted to make a difference in the financial system. He values the capacity of the bitcoin startup to democratize finance and to help poor people around the world.
Watson believes in the bitcoin’s potential to make an impact but not in the digital currency itself:
He is convinced that bitcoin will do its job and disappear:
Watson's views go along with Bitreserve’s vision of their mission. They see themselves as a new financial system and their motto is “Change money. Change the world”. Bitreserve presents its service as transforming bitcoin into “stable money” and using it as other familiar forms of money with the help of their digital platform. Bitreserve offers to convert bitcoin into eight fiat currencies and four precious metals.
The so-called bitcoin 2.0 firms continue to attract world class experts in the world of banking and finance. Morgan Stanley investment manager Jacob Dienelt reportedly has recently joined Factom as its head treasurer.