A futurist, entrepreneur and software engineer, Jeff Garzik is co-founder and CEO of Bloq, a blockchain enterprise software company.
Jeff serves on the board of Coin Center, and the advisory boards of BitFury, BitPay, Chain.com, Netki and WayPaver Labs. He has delivered presentations on bitcoin and blockchain technology at TEDx, State of Digital Money, Scaling Bitcoin, as well as private briefings to corporations, governments, central banks and hedge funds. Jeff was also recently appointed to the World Economic Forum Expert Network as an expert in Information Technology.
Jeff has a long history of early technology adoption. After helping to inaugurate CNN.com on the Internet in the early 1990s, he worked for a succession of Internet startups and service providers. At the same time, he worked continuously on open source software engineering projects for over two decades.
Involvement in one of the best known open source projects — the Linux kernel — led to an extended tenure at Linux market leader Red Hat during open source’s most formative years. Jeff’s work is found in every Android phone and data center running Linux today.
In July 2010, Jeff stumbled across a post describing bitcoin. Immediately recognizing the potential of a concept previously thought impossible — decentralized digital money — he did what came naturally and developed bitcoin open source software. That gave rise to the start of micro- businesses with bitcoin at their foundation. Almost by accident, Jeff found himself at the heart of the global, revolutionary, technology phenomenon known as bitcoin.