Mobile payments services provider Square has announced Steve Lee as the first member of its crypto team. The San Francisco-based startup announced the former Google director on its Twitter page. It, however, didn’t disclose his role at the company.
Square Crypto, the company’s crypto division, has been looking to hire, with its founder and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey making the announcement in March. Dorsey stated that the company would hire 3-4 engineers and one designer. The team would work full-time on open-source contributions to the crypto ecosystem and could even work remotely.
Steve Lee has become the first member of the team. Square Crypto announced its first employee on Twitter, describing him as someone who can “live up to his commitment to decentralization.”
Hey guys. Management again. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out with Gary. However, we think we’ve found somebody who can live up to his commitment to decentralization. Please welcome Steve Lee, aka @moneyball, to the Square Crypto team.
— Square Crypto (@sqcrypto) June 12, 2019
Square further described Lee as “an angel investor, startup advisor and former Director at Google. He is also a volunteer PM helping to drive bitcoin adoption through open-source development, UX, and storytelling.”
Lee has in the past served in Google’s product management team for nearly a decade. He led the Google Maps team and the Google X team and was also a key member of Google’s mobile applications division. He has also been an angel investor, listing ride hailing app Lyft and social media platform Pinterest as some of his exits. He holds stakes in Anchor Labs, Styleseat, Halo Neuroscience, Highlighter and more.
Since 2018, he has also been a SegWitCoin (BTC) contributor,