In a brief blog post today, Daniel Larimer, CTO of EOSIO developers block.one. And founder of early crypto exchange Bitshares and blockchain-based social media platform Steem, announced his resignation.
“[I] am proud of the EOSIO software I was able to create and launch with the help of an extremely talented group of engineers. Alas, all good things must come to an end. As of December 31, 2020 I have resigned my position as CTO of block.one,” the post read.
While the post did not specify a reason for the departure. However, his recent social media operations may indicate the next moves of the founder and technologist.
Larimer said in Friday’s Twitter post that “it’s time to abandon” the social media platform. And warned of the “last opportunity” for users to download certain social apps. A possible response to Twitter banning President Donald Trump and deplatforming Parler from multiple app stores. In addition, his resignation was posted to Voice, an app built on EOS for social media.
It’s time to abandon Twitter. If you want to follow me then join https://t.co/epHnV9y13Y and subscribe to my mailing list on https://t.co/q79po8kITh. Meanwhile, this may be your last chance to download certain apps from Apple.
— Daniel Larimer (@bytemaster7) January 9, 2021
I will continue on my mission
“I will continue on my mission to create free market, voluntary solutions for securing life, liberty, property. And justice for all,” the second half of his post read. “I do not know exactly what is next, but I am leaning toward building more censorship resistant technologies,” he wrote.”
“I have come to believe that you cannot provide “liberty as a service”. And therefore I will focus my attention on creating tools that people can use to secure their own freedom.”
For the EOSIO ecosystem, Larimer’s exit comes during a rocky period. Although much of the market for cryptocurrencies rallied throughout 2020, EOS was a notable laggard. Additionally, EOS seems to be playing catch-up from a technological perspective. Having recently launched a wide range of wrapped DeFi tokens on Eosfinex.
Larimer has not been the only high-profile managerial exit in recent weeks. “In a “unanimous decision” in December, the IOTA Foundation “parted ways” with IOTA founder David Sønstebø. Sønstebø then followed up the announcement with a puzzling, rambling blog.