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May 14, 2013, 07:22:05 PM
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ATLANTA -- May 14, 2013 -- BitPay Inc, the world’s leading payment processor for bitcoin, announces it has hired Bitcoin core-developer Jeff Garzik. Jeff has been working part-time on Bitcoin for the past three years, contributing to the core Bitcoin protocol, while he worked full-time for Red Hat in North Carolina. The job at BitPay will allow him to work full-time on Bitcoin, BitPay, and related open-source projects to benefit the Bitcoin community.

“BitPay recognizes the need for more resources and developments in the core Bitcoin protocol, especially in the areas of scalability and reliability,” says Tony Gallippi, co-founder and CEO of BitPay. “We strongly encourage other Bitcoin companies to do the same, either through crowdfunding efforts or direct contracts, grants, or scholarships.”


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May 14, 2013, 07:27:36 PM
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I don't know if I should be scared of or happy for bitpay. I hope Jeff signed like an independent clause in his contract otherwise, I can see the genius of having your own core developer, in your pocket.

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May 14, 2013, 07:33:08 PM
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Cool! Bitpay should be making some awesome stuff then!

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May 14, 2013, 07:35:40 PM
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Surely can only be a good thing for BTC to have one of the core devs involved with Bitcoin full time, even if it is on the commercial end of things. Congrats to BitPay and Jeff Garzik!

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May 14, 2013, 07:38:57 PM
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Congrats both of you! Sounds like a win win!
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May 14, 2013, 08:21:42 PM
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Well done. Congratulations to BitPay and Jeff Garzik Smiley
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May 14, 2013, 08:30:20 PM
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Congrats, guys. The more talented devs spending all of their time on bitcoin, the better.

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May 14, 2013, 08:31:25 PM
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Is this a full-time position?  Meaning, he quit red hat and now working on bitpay 100%?
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May 14, 2013, 08:37:33 PM
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Is this a full-time position?  Meaning, he quit red hat and now working on bitpay 100%?

Sure sounds like it.

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May 14, 2013, 08:38:44 PM
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May 14, 2013, 08:45:50 PM
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Finally a smart bitcoin company...

I would've thought it'd be obvious that any worthwhile startup needs a core dev onboard...
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May 14, 2013, 08:47:04 PM
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wow, congrats BitPay and congrats Jeff!! Cheesy

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May 14, 2013, 09:16:05 PM
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I don't know if I should be scared of or happy for bitpay. I hope Jeff signed like an independent clause in his contract otherwise, I can see the genius of having your own core developer, in your pocket.

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This is great news for bitcoin. Congrats Jeff!
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May 14, 2013, 09:20:18 PM
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BitPay = Awesome.  Wink
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May 14, 2013, 09:24:49 PM
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This is a very good thing. Since bitpay is a payment processor, Jeff can work directly on helping Bitcoin scale and keeping transaction costs low.

Congrats everybody.
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May 14, 2013, 09:29:22 PM
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This is good news, bad for redhat though  Smiley Congrats Jeff, I remember when I first heard of bitcoin, surely it was innovative, but still. Then I saw some names from the linux scene and I knew it was time for some serious reading.  Never looked back.
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May 14, 2013, 09:52:27 PM
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Tony and BitPay are taking over! lol

Congrats to both BitPay and Jeff!
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May 14, 2013, 09:56:03 PM
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I love bitpay, but this is a really bad thing. Now bitpay has control over how bitcoin will work. I'm not sure if anyone noticed, but what ever the devs put in the code, is whats in everyones bitcoin. It will now be what bitpay wants to see changed, not what the users want, because of course, no one is going to download the latest version from johnjoe who no one knows, over the dev for the past 3 years.

Other than that worry, congrats. I'm curious, are you being paid in bitcoin?

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May 14, 2013, 09:56:49 PM
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This sounds good. Wish Jeff all the best  Cheesy

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May 14, 2013, 09:58:48 PM
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I love bitpay, but this is a really bad thing. Now bitpay has control over how bitcoin will work.
You are free to hire whomever you want to review the source code and see to it that nothing bad happens to it, if you are worrying about it.

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