Civic Hires Fmr. Apple top Executive

Civic has hired a former staff of technology giant Apple Phillip Shoemaker as executive director of Identity.com

According to the Blockchain startup, Shoemaker will be responsible for growth and development of the decentralized identity platform.

CTO and Civic cofounder, Jonathan Smith made the announcement, he said, “Phillip’s knowledge of blockchain and expertise building internal infrastructure will guide Identity.com through a key time of deployment and growth.” 

In his seven years at Apple, Shoemaker worked as a senior director for App Store Review division, where he built the team from four to over 300 members. Since leaving the tech giant, he’s spent a couple of years acting as an advisor to blockchain startups.
“Identity is the biggest unsolved problem of our society, and blockchain technology has the potential to completely revolutionize how we prove and verify identity. Enabling a trusted, open-source identity ecosystem, where anyone can contribute or participate, is a key part of making digital identity accessible and functional in our modern world,” Shoemaker said.

It would be recalled that Civic acquired the domain Identity.com July this year from Inflection. However, the cost of the acquisition was not disclosed, Civic co-founder and CEO Vinny Lingham said at the time: “It was very opportunistic and we lucked out for sure.”
More so, in 2018 Civic was able to raise $33 million in an initial coin offering in a bid to build its decentralized infrastructure and also allow third parties to make attestations about individuals.

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