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StarkWare Faces Leadership Change as CEO Uri Kolodny Resigns Amid Family Health Concerns

Jan 12, 2024 at 08:24 am

In a recent announcement, StarkWare disclosed a pivotal leadership transition as Eli Ben-Sasson, the current president, steps into the role of CEO. This move follows Uri Kolodny's decision to resign from the position due to family health concerns. Notably, Kolodny will maintain his position on the StarkWare board of directors.

StarkWare, established in 2008 by Kolodny and Eli Ben-Sasson, has been at the forefront of revolutionizing Ethereum scaling and privacy technology. Their mission centered on applying real-world applications for the STARK cryptographic system, a technology co-invented by Ben-Sasson. The company's remarkable journey has resulted in an impressive $8 billion valuation, with their STARK-based technology playing a pivotal role in fueling the growth of an expansive blockchain ecosystem.

Uri Kolodny, expressing his unwavering commitment to STARK technology, stated, 

"I remain utterly STARK-pilled, but I’m leaving the CEO post to meet the health needs of my family."

Despite this transition, Kolodny conveyed confidence in the progress achieved by StarkWare during his six-year tenure as CEO.

Eli Ben-Sasson's ascent to the role of CEO marks a significant turning point for StarkWare. Kolodny, emphasizing the continuity in the company's trajectory, expressed optimism that, under Eli's guidance and the collective effort of the team, StarkWare will continue to push the boundaries of Ethereum scaling possibilities.

In addition to Kolodny's ongoing position on StarkWare's board alongside key figures like Eli Ben-Sasson, Harish Devarajan, and Matt Huang, he will also continue to serve on the board of the Starknet Foundation. This non-profit organization is dedicated to realizing Starknet's vision of fostering a dynamic, decentralized, and permissionless Ethereum Layer 2 Validity Rollup. The leadership changes signal a strategic shift for StarkWare, emphasizing resilience and commitment to advancing Ethereum's scalability and privacy solutions in the evolving landscape of blockchain technology.

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