Before Ben became involved in exploring bitcoin mining he could be found in his home state of Alaska mining for gold. He studied Computer Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage with an emphasis on distributed systems and databases. From gold miner to bitcoin miner, Ben co-founded the Bitcoin company Cloudhashing in early 2013 serving as Chief Operations Officer, which ultimately brought him to Silicon Valley. His fascination with Bitcoin’s decentralization paired well with his interests in applied data science, graph theory, automation, complex computation, and cryptography. Most recently, Ben was the VP, Business Development for PeerNova.