Ron Resnick, an innovator pivotal in bringing 4G mobile service to the United States, has been appointed as the first Executive Director of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA). Per creator Andrew Keys, the consolidating EEA is “an open-source cross-industry initiative focused on permeating Ethereum technology through enterprise environments.”
EEA Setting the Tone
The EEA, now bearing over 200 member organizations, has set the tone for 2018 in appointing Ron Resnick, former President and Chairman of the Board of the WiMAX Forum, as the alliance’s inaugural Executive Director.
Per a January 17th press release, Resnick’s trailblazing experience in successfully rolling out 4G wireless broadband in the United States made him a natural fit for the position. Julio Faura, chairman of the EEA’s board, said the goal is for Resnick to help Ethereum do some trailblazing of its own:
“4G wireless broadband changed the world. We believe blockchains will have a similar impact on society. Ron’s task as our first Executive Director is to build-out the organization, engage with members and foster the continued development of technical content.”
In a similar vein, EEA creator and ConsenSys Capital co-founder Andrew Keys was bullish on the hire, noting on Reddit that “Ron was instrumental in rolling out 4G for mobile in the USA. We at EEA believe Ethereum will be as structural and systemic to database and the Internet technology as 4G was for mobile.”
Hefty expectations, to be sure. But Resnick seems up for the challenge in new remarks addressing his appointment:
“My focus is to drive the further development of Ethereum-based technology best practices, open standards and open-source reference architectures to evolve Ethereum into an enterprise-grade technology,” said Resnick. “EEA has the critical mass of companies […] to get the work done and increase the adoption of Ethereum technology in the enterprise.”
In Other Adoption News …
Dallas Mavericks tycoon entrepreneur Mark Cuban has been flirting with the cryptocurrency space for a while, and now he’s apparently ready to make the leap in a big way.
That’s because Cuban’s giving the greenlight on ether, bitcoin, and other cryptocurrency payments for Mavericks tickets and more starting in the 2019 NBA season. The revelation came to light thanks to a new, straightforward tweet:
In an email exchange addressing the tweet, Cuban clarified that ether would be accepted as well:
“True. And we will be taking Ether as well. As far as tokens, we will be taking tokens originated by companies we have business relationships […] Some people want to buy products in krypto [sic] to prove a point. We are happy to make it easy for them. And for Existing Mavs fans who prefer to spend krypto [sic] currency we are happy to make it easy for them.”
What’s your take? Is the EEA one of the more exciting initiatives in the blockchain space, or are there more consequential projects in play? And what about Mark Cuban? Would you ever use crypto to buy sports tickets? Let us know in the comments below.
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