Block.one, the company that designed the EOS blockchain software, has appointed a former executive from Jefferies Group LLC to lead its $1 billion venture capital arm.
Block.one announced Thursday that Michael Alexander, who previously served as the chief executive officer of Jefferies' Asia branch, will now head EOS VC. Based in Hong Kong, Alexander will manage both direct venture investments and EOS VC partnerships.
The startup intends to invest over $1 billion in the EOS.IO platform through its venture arm, with plans to fund companies and projects already using the protocol. Approximately $700 million has already been allocated through VC partnerships in the United States, Europe and Asia, the company said.
Block.one Group incoming president Rob Jesudason said in a statement that the startup wants to support companies building on top of the EOS platform.
Alexander already has 25 years of experience in Asian capital markets, according to the release. Prior to his time at Jefferies, he held an executive position at CLSA Hong Kong and led the Asian Proprietary Trading department at Deutsche Bank Hong Kong.
"Block.one is shaping the next generation of technology and the internet. The vision of its founders has resulted in it being one of the fastest-growing organizations in the world and I am excited to be joining," Alexander said in a statement.
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