Storj Labs: Ben Golub Joins is CEO
March 12, 2018
Golub, former CEO and co-founder of Docker, has been appointed Storj
Labs Executive Chairman and will serve as its interim CEO. Golub joins
the company as it experiences massive growth, driven both by demand for
decentralized, secure, and performant storage services, and by a
compelling economic model that benefits customers, the company, and a
broad community of partners and storage providers. Golub plans to
advance the Storj platform, drive revenue growth, and help the company
scale its network to the exabyte range and beyond.
"Storj has developed a powerful platform to support some of the most
important trends in computing today, including the explosion in data,
the demand for decentralized computing, and the rise of decentralized
trust technologies inspired by blockchain and distributed ledger," said
Ben Golub, Executive Chairman and interim CEO at Storj Labs. "Having had
the privilege of working at companies that were leaders in previous
computing revolutions, such as cloud, open source, internet security,
and containerization, I know the power of having a talented team
addressing big opportunities with a uniquely compelling and disruptive
solution. Storj delivers in all of these areas."
Golub was most recently CEO and co-founder of Docker, Inc., the company
that is largely credited with making software containers mainstream for
developers and operators. Golub grew Docker from a small, open source
project to a cloud leader with hundreds of G2000 customers, a broad
partner network, over 400 employees, nearly $250 million in funding,
3,000 contributors, and 12 billion downloads.
Golub will now lead Storj Labs as it continues its rapid growth in
adoption, revenue, and community engagement. The company's cloud storage
network is now storing more than 60 petabytes of data from over 70,000
customers across 150,000 storage nodes operated by tens of thousands of
independent "farmers." Farmers are individuals and organizations who
rent their excess hard drive capacity in exchange for STORJ tokens - the
company's own ERC-20 utility token on the Ethereum blockchain. By
bringing together a large and growing community of customers, farmers,
and developers, Storj has created the largest decentralized cloud
storage network without ever owning a data center.
The company supports customers at the confluence of three major industry
challenges: user privacy and data security; the proliferation of data;
and the growing demand for open source platforms and decentralized
applications. In his role as Executive Chairman and interim CEO, Golub
will focus on meeting these customer needs, which will inform the
development of Storj Labs' technology and operations.
"Ben brings an ideal skill set to his new role at Storj Labs. His
combination of business and technology acumen is exactly what Storj
needs during this pivotal moment of growth," said Shawn Wilkinson,
Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Storj Labs. "Our work today and in
the coming months will result in a new platform that will help customer
build and deploy decentralized apps with decentralized storage. Now is
the perfect time for Ben's important contribution to our work."
to Docker, Golub was president and CEO at open source storage company
Gluster, which was acquired by Red Hat in 2011. He was also CEO at Plaxo,
Inc., where he helped build a community of 20 million users and led the
acquisition of the company by Comcast. He has also held executive-level
and product management positions at VeriSign, Avid Technology and Sun
With more than 70,000 API registrations, Storj is one of few startups in
the blockchain ecosystem with an operational, distributed platform and
is leading the decentralized cloud storage market. The company's
platform aims to differentiate itself from legacy cloud storage
providers by being more reliable, secure, performant and affordable.
With Golub at the helm, Storj intends to drive long-term sustainability
through its open source model and its first-mover advantage.