Ben is an engineer, peer-to-peer enthusiast, and technology executive. Prior to joining Blockstream, Ben was VP of Engineering at Open Garden, leading the team that created the offline messaging app FireChat. Ben has held leadership positions at three other peer-to-peer companies, including BitTorrent, Dyyno, and Plicto, which he co-founded. Plicto’s novel background transport protocol transformed the way that BitTorrent, Apple, and other companies deliver large downloads. Earlier in his career, Ben led advanced networking programs for Internet2, a consortium of research universities. These included two voice-over-IP peering fabrics and an interdomain IP differentiated services testbed. Ben contributed to the engineering of the Abilene backbone network and led the team that won the SuperComputing 2000 Network Challenge Award for “Most Captivating and Best-Tuned Demonstration”. Ben holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and MIT and is the co-author of several IETF RFCs.