Blockstream, the blockchain solution, has announced a new member to its executive team. Starting this month, Ben Teitelbaum is joining Blockstream as its new Vice President of Engineering.
Dr. Adam Back, Blockstream’s CEO, said: “Ben’s professional background, experience leading engineering teams, and his passion for technology, coupled with his commitment to building products and platforms that solve real world problems, are an exceptional fit for Blockstream. We’re very fortunate to have him join the company to help our growing engineering team excel at delivering a number of exciting and industry leading projects during 2017.”
Prior to joining Blockstream, Teitelbaum was CTO and VP of Engineering at Open Garden, leading the team that created the offline messaging app FireChat. Teitelbaum 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.
Founder of Open Garden, Stanislav Shalunov, commented: “Over the past 15 years, I had the privilege of working closely with Ben, most recently at Open Garden. Ben is a rare technologist: an expert in his own specialty, he also brings engineers together and leads them with skill and grace, earning their trust and motivating the team to deliver results. I am very happy for Ben as he is starting a new journey with Blockstream.”
Earlier in his career, Teitelbaum 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. Teitelbaum 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.”
Teitelbaum holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and MIT and is the co-author of several IETF RFCs. He will be based in Blockstream’s offices in the Bay Area.