bitFlyer Appoints 'Mastermind of Programming' as Advisor

  • People Moves
  • 06.04.2018 06:30 am

Today bitFlyer, the Tokyo-based operator of the world's largest Bitcoin exchange, announced the addition of Dr. Tom Love as a new advisor. Recognised as one of the Masterminds of Programming (in the book of the same title), he will advise bitFlyer on both strategic and technology initiatives, including the development of a proprietary language that applies to blockchain technology.
Dr. Love brings more than 20 years of expertise in application development and hands-on leadership to bitFlyer. He is well known for being the first commercial user of Smalltalk-80 and the co-creator of Objective-C, a programming language used for the NeXT computer and later used extensively by Apple for the OS X and iOS operating systems and a wide variety of applications.
"This is someone who created a completely new programming language adopted by one of the largest tech companies in the world," said bitFlyer, Inc's CEO, Yuzo Kano. "Tom is known for his pragmatic, metrics-based approach to architectural development, which he has used to deliver complex projects on time, spec and budget. His leadership will be an asset to bitFlyer, and we're honoured to have him join as an advisor."
Dr. Love got his start in the software business at General Electric Company, after which he held executive management positions at ITT, IBM and Morgan Stanley. "This is an exciting time in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, but it's just the beginning," said Tom. "There will be a plethora of innovations and disruptions in this space in the next few months and years. I look forward to working with bitFlyer in what will be a milestone year ahead."
A unique aspect of bitFlyer is that it does not only operate an exchange but also focuses a great deal on research and development in the blockchain field. It operates its exchange on an internally developed Bitcoin daemon and has its own patented blockchain technology named miyabi, which is already in use across various industries in Japan. Development of a proprietary language to supplement and further optimize miyabi is a natural next step.
bitFlyer launched in Europe in January 2018, having been granted a Payment Institution license in Luxembourg, making it the only virtual currency exchange to be licensed in Europe, Japan and the US combined.

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