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Know Brian Behlendorf, Hyperledger’s Executive Director

Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of the Hyperledger Project, is listed in the New York Times top 10 most influential leaders in the blockchain industry.

His contributions to the open source software are seen as a “game changer” to the web, and his role at Hyperledger has been crucial to set a very high standard.

But do you know about Brian Behlendorf already? If not, it is the right time to explore more about him. Let’s get started.

Brian has always been passionate about open source technologies, and he kick-started his career as a primary Apache Web server developer which is the most popular web server software today. Additionally, he is also the founding member of the Apache Software Foundation. He served as the president of this foundation for around three years and was also a board member of the Mozilla Foundation.

How Did He Start?

Brian was raised in Southern California and studied in the University of California, Berkeley in the early 1990s. He had a flair for technology since the beginning, and one of his first projects had something to do with the electronic mailing list.

Soon after he founded Organic Inc. with Jonathan Nelson, Cliff Skolnick, and Matthew Nelson, wherein they built commercial websites.  One thing led to another, and they soon founded Apache Software Foundation in 1999. He soon became known as the primary developer pf the most popular web server software on the Internet.

His Journey So Far

Brian has served as the CTO of the World Economic Forum. He was also the CTO of CollabNet which he co-founded along with O’Reilly & Associates in 1999. Brian, in 2003, made it to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators under the age of 35.

In 2016, he was the last to join The Linux Foundation, alongside Sam Ranji from Microsoft and Chris Aniszcyzk from Twitter. As covered by The Blockchain Land, the launch had the cooperation of Huawei and has the objective of hosting the most important open source projects in the world.

That same year, he started working as the Executive Director of Hyperledger which is an open source project that aims to advance the blockchain technology. Hyperledger is highly regarded for its distributed ledger technology, by providing transparent and decentralized applications to countless industries, such as finance, banking, manufacturing and the Internet of Things.

Brian said:

“Distributed ledgers are essential to the next generation of the internet technology stack.  The Hyperledger Project is all about bringing together developers to build common distributed ledger technology, a rising tide that will lift all boats.”

He fondly refers to himself as the ‘Geek Diplomat’ of Hyperledger and has successfully driven the growth at Hyperledger by roping in hundreds of developers to code and has included 10 tools and frameworks in the past two years.

Most recently, we’ve seen how Hyperledger’s Fabric blockchain has been used in the management of disaster relief efforts.

His Views on Blockchain

According to a story covered by Laura Shin in The New York Times, which explored how various industries like supply chain management, healthcare, food, and others are looking upon blockchain to improve their efficiency, Brian was quoted saying that companies must adapt and transform their business channels to make the most out of blockchain.

According to Brian, “(the technology) does force them to transform in the same way that companies that were information-centered have had to transform with the rise of the internet. That same kind of thing will hit any company about transactions or about being a system of record for an industry. If they transform themselves before their competitors do it, they’ll have a future.”

Brian is regarded by Joi Ito, the Director at MIT Media Lab as a “veteran of free and open software projects.”

Indeed, Brian’s contributions are numerous, and his contributions to the blockchain technology have constituted a legacy.

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Nikita Mittal

An avid technical writer with more than 8 years of experience, Nikita is an engineer by profession and writer by passion. She writes all things about the cryptocurrency and blockchain.

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