Daniel Larimer, the CTO of EOSIO developers block.one and founder of the early crypto exchange Bitshares and the blockchain-based social media platform Steem, announced in a short blog post today that he resigned.
“[I] am proud of the EOSIO software I have been able to create and launch with the help of an extremely talented group of engineers. Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end. As of December 31, 2020, I will step down from my position as CTO of block.one, ”the post read.
While the post didn’t specify a reason for the departure, his recent social media activity may point to the founder and technologist’s next steps.
In Friday’s Twitter post, Larimer said that “it’s time to leave the social media platform,” and warned of users’ “last chance” to download certain social apps – a possible Twitter response that President Donald Trump and multiple app stores that Parler are building out. In addition, his resignation was posted on Voice, a social media app built on EOS.
It’s time to quit Twitter. If you want to follow me, join us https://t.co/epHnV9y13Y and subscribe to my mailing list at https://t.co/q79po8kITh. In the meantime, this may be your last chance to download certain apps from Apple.
– Daniel Larimer (@ bytemaster7) January 9, 2021
“I will continue my mission to create a free market, voluntary solutions for securing life, liberty, property and justice for all,” read the second half of his post. “I’m not exactly sure what’s next, but I’m leaning towards building more censorship-resistant technologies,” he wrote. ”
“I have come to believe that you cannot provide” freedom as a service, “so I will focus on creating tools that people can use to ensure their own freedom.”
Larimer’s exit comes during a rocky period for the EOSIO ecosystem. While much of the cryptocurrency market is up in 2020, EOS has been a notable laggard. In addition, from a technology perspective, EOS appears to be catching up, recently launched a wide variety of packaged DeFi tokens on Eosfinex.
Larimer isn’t the only high-profile executive exit from the past few weeks. In December, the IOTA Foundation “split up” with IOTA founder David Sønstebø in a “unanimous decision”. Sønstebø followed up on the announcement with an enigmatic, rambling blog.