Bitcoin App Developer Trust Machines Hires Coinbase, BNY Mellon Veterans

Manas Mohapatra and Asiff Hirji joined the firm in legal and advisory roles.

AccessTimeIconJun 30, 2022 at 11:28 a.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 6:50 p.m. UTC

Trust Machines, a developer building applications to grow the Bitcoin economy, has hired Manas Mohapatra and Asiff Hirji, formerly of BNY Mellon (BK) and Coinbase (COIN) respectively, in legal and advisory roles.

  • Mohapatra joins as the company's general counsel, having served in a similar role at BNY Mellon, while former Coinbase Chief Operating Officer Hirji will operate as an adviser, Trust Machines announced on Wednesday.
  • Trust Machines was co-founded by Stacks founder Muneeb Ali and Princeton University computer science professor J.P. Singh. It raised $150 million to expand Bitcoin as a Web3 platform in February with Breyer Capital, Digital Currency Group (the parent company of CoinDesk) and Union Square Ventures among the investors.
  • The firm aims to build on the work of Stacks, a programming layer for Bitcoin, in making the network compatible for smart contracts.
  • “Bringing smart contracts capability to Bitcoin is a unique untapped market," Hirji said. "Muneeb and his team are leading that work through both EVM compatible and other safe programming environments through the Stacks layer for Bitcoin. I look forward to working with Muneeb to help grow the Bitcoin economy.”
  • Trust Machines has also hired to its engineering team Igor Sylvester, formerly of Facebook (FB) and Reddit.
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