Trust Machines poaches Coinbase and BNY Mellon executives

Bitcoin applications developer, Trust Machines, has hired Manas Mohapatra and Asiff Hirji, formerly of BNY Mellon and Coinbase respectively, in legal and advisory roles.

Mohapatra joins as the company’s general counsel, while former Coinbase chief operating officer Hirji will operate as an advisor.

Trust Machines was co-founded by Stacks founder Muneeb Ali and Princeton University computer science professor J.P. Singh.

Trust Machines raised $150 million to expand Bitcoin as a Web3 platform in February with Breyer Capital, Digital Currency Group (the parent company of CoinDesk) and Union Square Ventures among the investors.

The firm aims to build on the work of Stacks, a programming layer for Bitcoin, in making the network compatible for smart contracts.

Trust Machines has also hired to its engineering team Igor Sylvester, formerly of Facebook and Reddit.

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