Nik Bougalis is leaving Ripple.
In a Twitter thread on Friday, Nik Bougalis, Director of Engineering at Ripple and author of the XLS-20 amendment proposal, disclosed that he is leaving the company after a “fantastic” decade-long journey.
“My decade-long journey at @Ripple has been a fantastic (if exhausting and all-consuming) one,” Bougalis wrote. “I got to work on a project that I love, towards a goal I believe in. But that journey will be coming to an end in a few weeks.”
“All good things…”
My decade-long journey at @Ripple has been a fantastic (if exhausting and all-consuming) one.
I got to work on a project that I love, towards a goal I believe in.
But that journey will be coming to an end in a few weeks.
— 𝙽 𝙸 𝙺 𝙱 (@nbougalis) October 21, 2022
Bougalis, highlighting the difficulty of the decision, asserted that it was in his best interest. Notably, the engineer believes that the XRP Ledger (XRPL) will continue to run without him as it remains under the care of a talented and dedicated team. Furthermore, the engineer disclosed that he would not be joining any other crypto-related project or company.
Members Of The XRPL Team And XRP Community Respond
Unsurprisingly, the announcement from Bougalis has attracted a flurry of emotional responses from members of the XRPL team and the XRP community at large.
Lead XRPL developer Wietse Wind wished Bougalis all the best in his future adventures, attributing a bulk of his growth in the XRPL team to the teaching of Bougalis.
I wish you all good things and more, for you and your upcoming adventure. You're an amazing person, and if it wasn't for you (all the digging, building, explaining and much more) my own XRPL journey would not have been even close.
See you around, knowing you won't be far 🤗
— WietseWind – 🛠 XUMM @ XRPL Labs (@WietseWind) October 21, 2022
Meanwhile, Vice President of Strategy and Operations at Ripple, Emi Yoshikawa, touted the engineer as a “bedrock of the XRPL community.” The executive also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to work with him.
Nik, you truly have been the bedrock of the XRPL community. I feel so lucky and privileged to have had the opportunity to work with you for all these years. I look forward to staying in touch with you and would love to have you as a special guest at a future XRP meetup in Japan!!
— Emi Yoshikawa (@emy_wng) October 22, 2022
Notably, popular community member Chris Thompson jokingly asked if the community could not put the decision to a vote.
Wait, can’t we at least vote on this @nbougalis ❤️ https://t.co/KhrNKqrL8w
— Chris Thompson (@bigcjat) October 21, 2022
It is worth noting that, over the years, Bougalis has made several contributions to the XRPL and is the author of the XLS-20 amendment proposal that is set to usher in NFT nativity to the XRPL.