Facebook今年5月创办了区块链部门，并任命David Marcus担任负责人。Marcus之前担任Facebook Messenger副总裁，并向该平台增加了P2P支付工具。Marcus还曾经担任过PayPal总裁以及Coinbase董事。
Facebook’s small blockchain group has ambitious plans to potentially disrupt the entire payments industry, but the company is also running into recruiting challenges amid its many public scandals.
In recent months, the world’s largest social network has been quietly trying to recruit product managers, engineers, academics, and legal experts with experience in cryptocurrencies and payments, according to people familiar with the effort. Nearly 40 employees — including several former PayPal execs — work in Facebook’s secretive blockchain group, and the company recently appointed a head of business development to oversee acquisitions and deals in the space.
Since officially forming its blockchain group just eight months ago, Facebook has sent staffers to crypto conferences around the world to recruit researchers, cryptographers, and top academics in the field. At a private dinner Facebook hosted during a recent crypto conference, one attendee told Cheddar that Facebook employees pitched the idea of creating a decentralized digital currency for the social network’s 2 billion users.
Facebook job listings state that its blockchain group’s “ultimate goal is to help billions of people with access to things they don't have now,” which “could be things like equitable financial services, new ways to save, or new ways to share information.” Back in May, Cheddar first reported that Facebook was exploring the creation of its own cryptocurrency — a virtual token that would allow its billions of users around the world to make electronic payments without the need of a traditional bank.
To kick-start its plans, Facebook has shown interest in hiring teams behind nascent cryptocurrency and blockchain-related projects, according to people familiar with the matter. Some of the projects in which Facebook has shown interest are far from the production or deployment level — an indication that Facebook is keen to quickly scoop up talent in the industry.
But that hunt for talent hasn’t been easy.
Despite its interest in several crypto start-ups, Facebook has encountered problems with recruiting due to the negative perception of its brand and many public scandals, according to people who have had discussions with the blockchain group in recent months. Many in the crypto and blockchain industry see heavily centralized, data-hungry companies like Facebook as the very entities they are trying to disrupt.
When asked for comment, a Facebook spokesperson told Cheddar that the company’s efforts in blockchain were still early and referred to a previous statement:
“Like many other companies Facebook is exploring ways to leverage the power of blockchain technology. This new small team is exploring many different applications. We don’t have anything further to share.”