Blockchain technology company, Bloq, has gained a new COO in the form of Hadley Stern, who had previously led Fidelity’s Blockchain Incubator.

Finding the right team members for your business is crucial to its success. It’s not just about experience though, especially in this age of disruptive technology. Innovation and drive are key characters as is an understanding of the potential of the industry.

Bloq Grows Its Team

According to Business Wire, Bloq appears to have found this in Hadley Stern. The blockchain technology platform has recently hired Stern as its first chief operating officer. The co-founder and chairman of Bloq, Matthew Roszak, conveyed his excitement at welcoming the platform’s newest team member:

Hadley has distinguished himself as a fearless innovator. As the shared surface area between conventional enterprises and the world of cryptocurrency expands, there is absolutely no better partner than Hadley for this role as we pursue continued, rapid growth in our business.

This exciting new rung on Stern’s career ladder comes after he led the cryptocurrency and blockchain incubator within the firm’s innovation lab, Fidelity Labs. He also held leadership positions at the investment corporation while working on innovation strategy and product development. In addition, Stern was at the firm when its Fidelity Charitable initiative started accepting cryptocurrency donations.

Even through his success at Fidelity, Stern has always kept an eye on Bloq and according to a Medium post has said that the vision of the platform’s co-founders had “resonated strongly” with him. He explained how he hoped to be an integral part of this vision going forward:

I am proud to join a company that has attracted so many of its industry’s best thought leaders and builders, who are actively preparing businesses for a blockchain- and token-powered future. I look forward to applying my decade-plus experience in building teams and delivering innovative products to market, as we work together to bring the power and vision of the token economy to life.


The Future of Disruptive Technology

Fidelity Investments, who opened their doors over seven decades ago, is an example of how well-established financial institutions should be embracing this revolutionary technology. In addition to accepting crypto donations, the firm has also launched Fidelity Digital Assets, providing a secure storage solution for digital assets.

Stern added that he, like most in the industry, foresees a tokenized future and that disruptive technology can “build efficient, frictionless economies”. He concluded with his role in this evolution:

I intend to contribute to the growth of a business that is at the forefront of technology, business, and product design, scaling up the already incredible team in place at Bloq.

Do you think that blockchain-based platforms stand to benefit from hiring team members with more traditional finance experience? Let us know in the comments below!

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