State of Familiarity: Horizon State Co-Founder Returns in Governance Revamp

“A major step forward in building the strong foundation needed for us to expand to a global audience.” That’s how blockchain technology startup Horizon State described its governance model overhaul in a blog post Wednesday.

The change—which had for “some time” featured in its overall strategic plan—came in the form of an eight-member-strong advisory committee that will “meet regularly to discuss and decide on the future direction of Horizon State.”

Whilst five committee members were introduced as part of Wednesday’s announcement, it was one that left long-time followers of Horizon State—which is best known for its token-based blockchain voting and decision-making platform—feeling particularly excited.

Indeed, returning to contribute to the very company he co-founded in October 2017 is Jamie Skella. Last August, Skella made the difficult decision to stand down from Horizon State; opting to instead focus on family after having spent a five-year period “riding the startup rodeo.”

Joining Skella as Horizon State advisory committee members is another co-founder and now-former chief executive Nimo Naamani—who Nugget’s News spoke exclusively with as part of the company’s June announcement it’d commenced a working relationship with New Zealand’s HLC—as well as BlockchainNZ executive director Mark Pascall, technology entrepreneur Kaye-Maree Dunn, and Centrality general manager Andy Higgs. The not-yet-announced trio of committee members will be introduced “in the near future,” Horizon State added.

Regarding the strategic outlook for Horizon State, its newly formed advisory committee—which is to hold its inaugural meeting before the month’s end—will be honing in on what it identifies as its “most pressing items:” to expand its visibility to potential clients in Australia and New Zealand as well as to begin branching out to the global market. “These objectives, pursued aggressively in unison, will help realise our other primary goal to become self-sustaining on customer revenue within six months.”