Brian Behlendorf
Executive Director, Hyperledger
  • Serves on the boards of the Mozilla Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Benetech, three organizations using technology to fight for civil liberties, open technologies and social impact in the digital domain
  • Spent two years at the White House as advisor to the Open Government project, Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Named to the MIT Technology Review “TR100” as one of the Top 100 innovators in the world under 35 (2003)
At the top of the blockchain
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A self-described “geek diplomat” who builds bridges between the tech development community and commercial companies, Brian Behlendorf has a lengthy track record of inventing and incubating transformative technological infrastructure. Such is the case with his latest endeavour, the non-profit Hyperledger open-source blockchain platform, a global collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. Hyperledger’s membership includes leaders in finance, banking, IoT, supply chain, manufacturing and technology such as IBM, American Express and JPMorgan Chase. Brian was one of the primary developers behind Apache, the most-used web server software in the world, and has worked in leadership positions for a range of technology startup, public policy and non-profit tech operations. Previously, he was Managing Director at Mithril Capital Management, founded by Peter Thiel, where he continues to serve as a Senior Technology Advisor, and prior to that was Chief Technology Officer at the World Economic Forum.
“When we start to deploy [blockchain] widely, we’ll start to see what today are considered very intractable problems at the intersection of technology and society suddenly become solvable.”
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