Zooko Wilcox is stepping down because the CEO of Electrical Coin Firm, the workforce behind privacy-focused cryptocurrency Zcash (ZEC).
ECC introduced a change in management on Dec. 18, with Josh Swihart promoted to interchange Wilcox.
Swihart beforehand labored at ECC as one of many agency’s vice presidents of progress from October 2018 to August 2023 however took 4 months off working as a part-time investor at funding companies agency Denver Angels in Colorado, according to LinkedIn.
“We really feel assured in Josh’s management — to find product-market match, unlocking new partnerships and collaboration, enhancing Zcash usability and rising adoption,” ECC said in a Dec. 18 publish.
“Along with a imaginative and prescient for ECC and an optimistic ardour for Zcash, Josh has a powerful entrepreneurial, technical and product background,” the agency added.
I can not start wherever else however to provide my thanks and respect to @zooko. He breathed life into Zcash and has been its flag bearer – not only for the challenge however for human freedom. He’s a hero.
— Josh Swihart (@jswihart) December 18, 2023
Swihart mentioned the agency will concentrate on rising Zcash’s utility by means of user-focused merchandise over the subsequent few months and to raised place ECC financially.
Wilcox — a self-described “human freedom maximalist” — reflected positively on his time constructing Zcash from the bottom up in a Dec. 18 Medium publish:
“It has been an unimaginable expertise, and I’ll at all times be grateful that I had the chance to dwell out one in every of my science fiction goals in actuality.”
Nevertheless, Wilcox mentioned it was finest for him and the corporate to half methods. “I don’t suppose this conflation of Zcash with me personally is wholesome for me, and I don’t suppose it’s wholesome for Zcash,” he mentioned.
“Zcash’s function in human historical past is, and will likely be, a lot larger than any particular person,” Wilcox added.
The Zcash co-founder conceded that he had clashed with Swihart on how to best take Zcash forward, however mentioned the 2 by no means disagreed on “why.”
Wilcox will stay in his function as a director on the board of the Bootstrap Challenge, the dad or mum firm of ECC. Alan Fairless, Christina Garman, Michelle Lai and Zaki Manian are additionally on that board.
Zcash is a privacy-focused blockchain and cryptocurrency that was launched on Oct. 29, 2016. ECC was based two years earlier, in 2014.
Zcash is predicated on Bitcoin’s codebase and, like Bitcoin (BTC), has a set provide of 21 million cash.
The information had no materials affect on ZEC’s value, which is at the moment at $28.8, according to CoinGecko.