David Marcus is leaving Facebook (now Meta) with the company’s Libra (now Diem) stablecoin yet to be fully launched.
He said Tuesday on Twitter he was stepping down as Meta’s crypto lead and leaving the company, suggesting he’d return to his entrepreneurial roots.
Marcus leaves the Diem stablecoin project, first announced in June 2019, as it continues to face stiff regulatory headwinds.
While there’s still so much to do right on the heels of launching Novi – and I remain as passionate as ever about the need for change in our payments and financial systems – my entrepreneurial DNA has been nudging me for too many mornings in a row to continue ignoring it. (2/7)
— David Marcus (@davidmarcus) November 30, 2021
Marcus, a former president of PayPal, first joined Facebook as the vice president of the company’s Messenger division. He was tapped to lead Facebook’s blockchain efforts in mid-2018.
Libra, initially an ambitious plan to make sending money across borders as easy as sending a text, was immediately met with scrutiny following its 2019 reveal. Marcus was the face of Facebook on Capitol Hill as the company sought the blessing of U.S. regulators before launching.
Plans for Libra were scaled back through a series of cuts and the exodus of key corporate backers before being rebranded as Diem. Last month, Novi, the Meta-owned crypto wallet subsidiary, launched a pilot project that relied on the Paxos-administered USDP stablecoin instead of diem. Even this scaled-down pilot was met with hostility from lawmakers.
A Meta spokesperson confirmed that Stephane Kasriel, himself a former PayPal alum, will be the new head of Novi.
This is a developing story and will be updated.