Ripple Labs, the tech company behind Ripple’s payment protocol, has recently hired Amir Sarhangi as its vice president of products, Reuters reports. Sarhangi rose to prominence at Google where he spearheaded the rollout of an RCS-based messaging app Android Messages.
Parting ways with Google
According to the report, Ripple feels very enthusiastic about the former head of RCS at Google joining forces with them. The San Francisco-based startup claims that Sarhangi’s experience will come in handy for building RippleNet, a Blockchain-powered global network that is designed to unite banks and payment providers.
As of now, it is yet to be known who will replace Sarhangi at Google since the tech giant didn’t provide any comments to Reuters. He joined the tech behemoth in 2015 to work on the new RCS standard that is poised to replace SMS. Earlier, he revealed his hopes that Google’s new app would trigger a so-called “snowball effect” when more companies get on board with the new technology (Apple’s smartphones do not support RCS, hindering its adoption).
Are giant tech companies losing their appeal?
Meanwhile, Google is gradually warming up to crypto. As U.Today reported back in September, Google decided to reverse the infamous ban on cryptocurrency ads that was fiercely criticized by the community. However, Google took a jab at cryptocurrency miners for excessive energy consumption in their latest commercial, also claiming that crypto is not “real money.”
While Google’s stance on crypto remains rather ambiguous, talented developers are leaving their high-dollar jobs in order to become part of the cryptocurrency industry. Ripple’s recent hire proves that the old-line tech companies are gradually losing their mojo, and billion-dollar crypto startups in the likes of Ripple become more appealing to tech vets. In March, Bloomberg reported that Google was already working on a new Blockchain-based technology to catch up with its competitors.