Newest hub expands global presence, grows high-skilled tech workforce
ARLINGTON, Va., September 23, 2019 – Block.one LLC announced today that its U.S. operations are opening its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, its fourth global site.
The publisher of high-performance blockchain software EOSIO will add additional roles in engineering and IT, cybersecurity, product development and marketing in the new office in Arlington, Virginia, which underscores the company’s continued expansion of its presence and high skill job creation in the U.S.
“We are excited to be setting up Arlington, Virginia as our U.S. headquarters. The region boasts a rich combination of security, engineering, and IT skills that we seek, and its proximity to the nation’s capital positions us close to the policy innovation around digital assets and distributed ledger technology in the U.S,” said Block.one CEO Brendan Blumer. “This expansion opens up important new avenues of talent expansions for us at a time when there is rapidly increasing demand for blockchain-based technologies.”
As previously announced by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Block.one is committed to creating 170 high-skills jobs in Arlington over the next three years. Block.one employs more than 80 engineering and research and development workers in Blacksburg, Virginia, which will remain a significant innovation hub for the company.
According to Cyberstates 2019 report, Virginia is ranked second in the nation with the highest concentration of tech workers, accounting for 10.7% of the Commonwealth’s overall employment base, while generating $62.7 billion in direct contribution into Virginia’s economy.
Blockchain spending is forecasted to grow at a robust pace from 2018-2022, with a five-year compound annual growth rate of 76%, according to IDC in its 2019 report. Total spending globally is expected to reach $12.4 billion by 2022, led by the financial sector followed by the manufacturing and resources sector.
Block.one also continues to scale its offices in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Blacksburg, Virginia.
The headquarters will be a branch of Block.one LLC, a member of the Block.one group. Block.one is a software engineering company specializing in high performance blockchain software. In 2018, it published EOSIO, a free, open-source protocol designed to bring speed, scalability, and ease of use to the secure and transparent fundamentals of distributed databases. Block.one’s venture capital arm, EOS VC, invests in companies, projects, and developers around the world leveraging EOSIO technology. For more information, visit www.b1.com.
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