The Linux Foundation, the organization promoting mass innovation through open source technology, has elected Jeff Garzik, CEO and co-founder of Bloq, as their representative to The Linux Foundation Board of Directors. This appointment recognizes Garzik’s experience with, and commitment to, innovating with open source technologies. Garzik will be joining a board that features members from leading enterprise technology companies including Cisco, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel, Oracle and Samsung.
Bloq developed a software platform which allows companies to build, manage and scale blockchain-enabled ecosystems, backed by enterprise-grade service and support. Before co-founding Bloq to develop enterprise-grade blockchain solutions, Garzik was a bitcoin core developer, and spent over ten years at Linux market leader, Red Hat. His work with the Linux kernel is used in every Android phone and data centre running Linux today.
Garzik remarked: “Open source is vital to fostering and developing innovative technologies. 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.
Executive Director of The Linux Foundation, Jim Zemlin commented: “We’re pleased to welcome Jeff to The Linux Foundation Board of Directors. His election by his peers of over 200 Linux Foundation members is testament to Jeff’s reputation as both a technologist and a strategist.”