A veteran software engineer who worked at Microsoft for 20 years is joining the smart contract company NEO.
In his extensive career at Microsoft, Harry Pierson worked as a senior project manager on the IronPython team and the xlang project, which he refers to as “a cross-language, cross-compiler, and cross-platform generalization of Windows Runtime’s language projection technology.”
The Chinese blockchain platform announced in February that it was opening an office in Seattle, Washington. Pierson says his main goal at NEO will be to focus on developer tools for the NEO platform.
“While developer experience will be my primary focus, I also expect to pitch in on the core NEO platform. NEO 3.0 development is already in full swing. Core platform might not be my focus, but platform capabilities and developer experience go hand in hand. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of opportunity to contribute to the core as we work towards our 3.0 release.”
NEO’s new Seattle office is led by another ex-Microsoft executive, John deVadoss.
The move represents the latest in a string of operation-expanding developments from NEO. Last month, the company announced it was launching a new $100-million push to promote adoption on their smart contract platform.