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Jon Matonis joins bitcoin financial services firm First Global Credit

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First Global Credit, the first company offering investors the facility to trade stocks, commodities, and ETFs using bitcoin as margin collateral has appointed Jon Matonis to the First Global Credit Board as a non-executive Director.

Matonis was a Founding Board Member of the Bitcoin Foundation and his career has included Executive positions at Hushmail, Verisign and Tradehill as well as senior influential posts at Sumitomo Bank and VISA International.
 
As a high profile figure and thought leader within the digital currency market Matonis contributes as a columnist at Forbes Magazine, American Banker, PaymentsSource, CoinDesk, and is Editor of The Monetary Future. His early work on digital cash systems and financial cryptography has been published by Dow Jones and the London School of Economics.
 
Matonis has also presented at conferences across the world on bitcoin and its disruptive economic implications to a wide variety of audiences, including members of the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank, SWIFT, IRS, DHS, payment networks, major financial institutions, iGaming operators, hedge funds, and family offices.
 
Gavin Smith, Chief Executive and Founding Director of First Global Credit, says: “We are delighted to welcome Jon to the Board; we have found we share a mutual vision for both the future of bitcoin and how First Global Credit will fit into that ecosystem. Jon’s comprehensive knowledge and connections within the bitcoin community will be extremely beneficial to the growth and development of the business.”
 
Matonis says: “The bitcoin market is at a pivotal stage in its development. Having been adopted as a transaction currency by many, the next necessary step in bitcoin’s evolution is to prove itself as a true investment vehicle, an instrument with a fully functioning Capital Market. First Global Credit is a visionary business and has been one of the first to bring to market services that allow the use of bitcoin as a unit of investment,” Matonis says. “I am looking forward to helping First Global take this vision to the next level.”

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