On February 12, 2018, Silicon Valley investor and cryptocurrency technologist Howard Wu was invited to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park to discuss the implications, opportunities, and risks of introducing more than 2 billion online users to blockchain technology.
The invitation didn’t come from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, or Vice President and former PayPal executive David Marcus, the current leader of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency proposal and Calibra wallet.
Instead, he met with Morgan Beller, a relatively new employee in Facebook’s corporate development unit who treated him to a cup of joe from the Philz Espresso on the company’s campus.
Beller’s questions were fascinating, if not far-fetched.
Since asserting its Libra digital currency and Calibra digital wallet in June, Marcus has been the public the face of the two projects, announcing the details in weblog posts, doing press interviews and testifying before skeptical lawmakers in Congress.
However, within the blockchain group, Beller is named the unique driving drive behind Fb’s push into cryptocurrency. On LinkedIn, Beller lists herself as head of technique for Calibra in addition to co-creator of Libra – one among three Fb workers to take action, alongside Marcus and Vice President Kevin Weil.
Fb declined to make Beller out there for an interview. However, CNBC spoke with ten tech business professionals who’ve labored with Beller all through her profession in Silicon Valley, together with some who’ve worked along with her since she joined Fb and turned her focus to cryptocurrency in 2017.
Beller is a brief, darkish-haired 26-yr-outdated and folks describe her as a charismatic, optimistic and energetic hustler.
Earlier than working with Marcus and Weil, she was the only particular person engaged in a Fb blockchain initiative. For months in 2017, Beller hung out researching the know-how and assembly with of us within the trade, based on Wu and one other particular person aware of the matter.
Beller succeeded in convincing the corporate to take blockchain know-how significantly, and on Could eight, 2018 the undertaking was formally kicked off with Beller engaged on the challenge alongside Marcus, who had beforehand been the chief in command of Fb’s Messenger chat service.