Former Apple CEO Gil Amelio Joins Cirus Blockchain Project as Adviser

The blockchain-powered data-ownership project said the veteran tech executive would help Cirus reach more users.

AccessTimeIconAug 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2023 at 3:22 a.m. UTC
10 Years of Decentralizing the Future
May 29-31, 2024 - Austin, TexasThe biggest and most established global event for everything crypto, blockchain and Web3.Register Now

The Cirus Foundation has named former Apple CEO Gil Amelio as its senior adviser, the company announced Monday.

The blockchain-powered data-ownership project said the veteran technology executive would also serve as chairman of its commercial division, helping Cirus reach an untapped market for its technology.

  • Degen Chain Racks up Millions in Volumes; Latest in Custodia Bank's Legal Battle Against the Fed
    02:06
    Degen Chain Racks up Millions in Volumes; Latest in Custodia Bank's Legal Battle Against the Fed
  • How Can AI and Blockchain Change the Music Industry?
    16:58
    How Can AI and Blockchain Change the Music Industry?
  • AI Will Make Music 'Come Alive Again,' CreateSafe CEO Says
    00:39
    AI Will Make Music 'Come Alive Again,' CreateSafe CEO Says
  • A Look Back: Blockchain Technology in 2023
    00:54
    A Look Back: Blockchain Technology in 2023
  • Cirus’ plug-and-play router gives users control over their data, allowing them to earn cryptocurrency from this information in way that's similar to Helium's approach to low-power Wi-Fi systems.

    Cirus said in an announcement that it was seeking “a seasoned executive” who understood internet connectivity.

    “It signals there is no better time to be in blockchain,” Cirus co-founder and CEO Daniel Bland said in a statement. “We're more confident than ever that together we will be taking steps in the right direction in terms of building this Ownership Economy."

    Bland told CoinDesk that Amelio's "vast global network" could be helpful to Cirus "as we look to expand in various markets," and that he planned on having weekly calls with him.

    Amelio is well-known for guiding Apple during a turbulent time in the late 1990s when it was struggling to generate innovative products and losing money. Amelio cut costs, but also oversaw the iconic computer and mobile device company’s development of the Mac OS 8 operating system before leaving in 1997.

    He has remained active in the technology and telecommunications worlds as a venture capitalist and board member at several companies, including an 18-year stint as an AT&T director.

    In a statement, Amelio called blockchain “the next mega-trend,” and said that Cirus offered the first opportunity that “nails its mass adoption.”

    "I think data ownership is at the core of what the original promise of the internet was,” he said. “It was always about decentralization and empowering the individual.”

    Disclosure

    Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

    CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that covers the cryptocurrency industry. Its journalists abide by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by the Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, digital assets exchange. The Bullish group is majority-owned by Block.one; both companies have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary with an editorial committee to protect journalistic independence. CoinDesk employees, including journalists, may receive options in the Bullish group as part of their compensation.


    Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk's longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to consensus.coindesk.com to register and buy your pass now.