Adam Back
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Adam Back

Adam Back is currently the CEO of Blockstream, a technology company that seeks to promote the development of bitcoin and blockchain technology.


Adam Back is currently the CEO of Blockstream, a technology company that seeks to promote the development of bitcoin and blockchain technology.

Blockstream provides funding for the development of Bitcoin Core, the predominant bitcoin network client software.

He also employs a large number of leading Bitcoin Core developers.

Having worked on e-cash protocols since 1995, Adam Back is an applied cryptographer and inventor of the proof-of-work hashcash and decentralised mining used in bitcoin

In addition to implementing credlib, he was an e-cash consultant for Nokia and later for Credentica (acquired by Microsoft).

Back was an architect and cryptographer at Zero-Knowledge Systems working on its Freedom network, a precursor to Tor. He was also a consultant for major security companies, including oneID, Vmware and QWcap.

More recently, Back co-founded Picorp, which was acquired by EMC and where he was CSO of the company's consumer division, Decho.

Adam holds a Ph.D.. in distributed systems and computer science from the University of Exeter.


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