Today, we are thrilled to announce that Blockchain has gone bicoastal with the opening of our newest office in San Francisco, California. This marks the fourth office across the globe for Blockchain and the second in the United States for the quickly growing company, and follows Blockchainâ€™s recent acquisition of the talented team at Tsukemen.
The new office will be headed by Thianh Lu, formerly the CEO and co-founder of Tsukemen, and Blockchainâ€™s new Head of Design. Thianh previously founded file-sharing product Cloudup, which was ultimately sold to Automattic.
Our new West Coast engineering lead is Fred Cheng, the founder of Simperium and creator of Simplenote, recognized by Apple as a Best App of 2013. Fred will help Blockchain build the software necessary to create a more open, accessible, and fair financial future, and will be assisted in these efforts by Chris Arriola, whose expertise in both Android and iOS development will help advance Blockchainâ€™s mobile applications. Both Fred and Chris join Blockchain as a result of the Tsukemen acquisition.
Also the team from Tsukemen is Min Wei, who holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, and has previously worked at companies including the Wall Street Journal, AOL, and Automattic. At Blockchain, she will serve as part of the Strategy & Partnerships team, and will be crucial in identifying new opportunities for the company to explore.
â€œIt is rare to find such diverse and remarkable talent within a single team, and I feel lucky to have added the creative individuals behind Tsukemen to Blockchain,â€� said Peter Smith, CEO and Co-Founder of Blockchain. â€œWith such a capable group at its helm, I know that our West Coast office will be instrumental in helping us scale operations and continue building best-in-class products to serve our customers.â€�
2017 marked a record year of growth for our team, and the company has seen more than 24 million wallets created on its platform. In the last eight months, Blockchain has doubled its headcount, and plans to do so again by the end of 2018.
The opening of a new office is just the latest development weâ€™re proud to share — weâ€™ve also recently brought aboard top tier talent including Marco Santori, formerly of Cooley, as the companyâ€™s President; Peter Wilson, formerly of Google and Facebook, as the Vice President of Engineering; and most recently, Breanne Madigan, formerly of Goldman Sachs, as the Head of Institutional Sales and Strategy. With the addition of a San Francisco office, our team is committed to serving our ever-growing user base, and develop new and innovative software that will transform the future of the financial landscape.