Alena Vranova steps down as CEO of SatoshiLabs, Marek Palatinus takes over

StatoshiLabs, the Czech Republic-based bitcoin service provider whose projects include TREZOR, CoinMap.org to Slush Pool, the world’s first bitcoin mining pool announced today that Alena Vranova will no longer serve as the CEO of SatoshiLabs.

According to reports, Alena decided to step down and leave the company for a new challenge. Effective January 17th, 2017, Alena will start working independently and will focus exclusively on her new business ideas related to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Despite her departure, some of her new ventures will remain TREZOR-related. Alena will continue to cooperate closely with SatoshiLabs as a part of her new business, in order to develop business connections for TREZOR.

The company also notified that Marek Palatinus with be the new CEO.

With Alena leaving the team, Marek Palatinus, the Architect of TREZOR, will officially take over as the new CEO of SatoshiLabs.

Marek, alongside with Alena and Pavol “Stick” Rusnak, is the original founder of SatoshiLabs and one of the co-inventors of TREZOR. He also stands behind the first bitcoin mining pool in the world, Slush Pool, and has co-authored the Stratum mining protocol, as well as many BIPs.

As the CEO of SatoshiLabs, Marek will take care of the day-to-day business, while continuing to develop TREZOR and TREZOR 2. No other organizational changes are expected. The transition has occurred smoothly, with all of the planned projects progressing further, according to the schedule.

SatoshiLabs provided some guidance on the future by stating that the main plan for the first half of 2017 is to develop the TREZOR 2, a bitcoin hardware wallet, into a full product, ready to ship. The centralization of all services into the new main domain will continue also with full speed. trezor.io will now be the hub for all TREZOR products.