Ethereum Developer ConsenSys Plans To Open An Israel Office This Fallbr>
Ethereum development studio ConsenSys is opening an office in Israel, hoping to debut in Fall 2018.
ConsenSys Israel will incubate Israeli companies to build decentralized applications and ‘spokes’ as part of ConsenSys’ venture studio, ConsenSys Labs; launch projects through Token Foundry, a global platform for well-structured tokens and token-powered networks; offer enterprise and government consulting projects under the ConsenSys Solutions domain; train developers through ConsenSys Academy; and invest in projects through ConsenSys Ventures, the venture capital arm of ConsenSys.
The new ConsenSys hub in Tel Aviv is seeking to grow a team of blockchain experts with cryptography and enterprise-focused blockchain solutions experience. The goal is to hire more than 30 people before the end of the year, focusing on the full-stack of functions at ConsenSys.
Spearheading ConsenSys’ efforts in Israel is Dror Avieli, who previously started Hewlett Packard’s Customer Success organization, with support from attorney Rachel Epstein, who previously worked on ConsenSys’ legal team.
Avieli, born and raised in Israel, is the VP of customer success at ConsenSys.
“Joe Lubin planted the seed from my first conversation,” Avieli said. “Part of the power of the ConsenSys mesh is a culture that respects emergence and decentralized organizing, where decisions are made quickly as long as there is consensus. I was hired to build up ConsenSys’ Customer Success team to support Quorum in Boston nearly five months ago. Yet my homeland is Israel, and I did harbor a dream of opening an office in Tel Aviv one day. All I needed to do was find people to that shared energy, vision, and passion —- and here we are.”
“Israel is a hotbed of technology advancement in the world,” said ConsenSys CEO Joseph Lubin. “Blockchain technology and Ethereum has blossomed in a decentralized fashion, but somewhat unevenly. Like Silicon Valley, Israel took a while to embrace Ethereum. Both are tech leaders and both believe what they are building will be significant for how the world builds social and economic systems.”
“We felt that we had to up our game before we could move here and have discussions about being proud of what we’ve built. Over the last week we’ve met with developers, enterprises, and individuals passionate about our shared vision of decentralized technology, and feel ready to be a catalyst here for Ethereum development. ConsenSys Israel will be a full-stack hub, focusing on education, infrastructure engineers, consulting, incubation, hackathons, and community work.”
Israel will be ConsenSys’ seventh hub in the EMEA region, adding to its network in London, Paris, Bucharest, Dublin, Cape Town, and Dubai.