Four early employees and two contractors have resigned from the Hong Kong cryptocurrency company Block.one to start up StrongBlock, a new blockchain project that is currently under wraps.
David Moss, Thomas Cox, Brian Abramson and Corey J. Lederer were the second, third, fourth and fifth employees to be hired by the corporate parent that created EOS, a decentralized operating system and application environment today valued at more than $5 billion.
The protocol, which competes with the technology behind the bitcoin and ethereum blockchains, supplies a native cryptocurrency of the same name.
At Block.one, Moss had been senior vice president of technology operations; Cox, vice president of product; Abramson, vice president of infrastructure and Lederer, senior director of technology products.
The executives joined Block.one last year: Moss and Cox in August and Abramson and Lederer in September. Software developers Jon Eric-Cook and Michael S. Mason, the contractors, began remote work on EOS in the spring.
But according to their LinkedIn profiles, Abramson, Lederer, Cook and Mason quietly left Block.one and EOS in the summer. Moss had already quit by May, a month before Block.one published the EOS main network.