Brian Roberts, who spent more than five years at ride-hailing company Lyft as its Chief Financial Officer and helped take the company public has joined NFT marketplace OpenSea as the first Chief Financial Officer of the company. The announcement was shared by Brian Roberts himself on his Twitter page before reports about it started to break. He joined Lyft in 2014 and helped push the company to where it is today.
His tweet read “It’s official: my next chapter will be spent at @OpenSea, helping @dfinzer, @xanderatallah, and team shape the future of NFTs, web3 and the digital economy”.
Brian Roberts move from Lyft to OpenSea signals another move from a traditional tech company to a crypto-related one. OpenSea is one of the fastest-growing startups currently existing the in cryptocurrency space. This summer, OpenSea was valued at $1.5 billion and according to a report by The Information, the company received offers to raise another financing round at a $10 billion valuation. OpenSea is currently one of the companies or startups at the forefront of the booming Non-Fungible Token (NFT) sector.
This year has been a very progressive one for NFTs. Compared to the rise-and-fall scenarios that the cryptocurrency market or sector was characterized with this year, NFTs have been taking it slow and steady, gaining popularity and market dominance. The boom in NFTs has brought in massive investors looking to make a profit from the booming sector. OpenSea remains one of the startups that are helping NFTs gain popularity.
OpenSea was founded on the 20th of December, 2017 by Devin Finzer and Alex Atallah in New York and is majorly a marketplace for NFTs. With OpenSea, users can generate their own NFTs without any payments and sell them to others either directly or through an auction. Well known artists who have auctioned their works on OpenSea include Beeple who holds the record for the most expensive NFT sold, Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, etc.