Eric Klinker

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Eric Klinker is an American technology executive and is best known for being the CEO of BitTorrent. He along with Bram Cohen and 3 other venture capitalists also serves on the board of governors of BitTorrent. He was instrumental in formulating BitTorrent's position on Network neutrality, testifying before the FCC[1] as well as other worldwide telecom regulators[2]

As CEO, he is credited with guiding BitTorrent through the financial crisis of 2008 and growing the user base to over 170M users.[3] In 2012 BitTorrent expanded its mission under Klinker and broadened the product portfolio, introducing additional distributed applications like BitTorrent Sync, BitTorrent Bundles, Bleep,[4] and BitTorrent Live,[5] a linear broadcasting p2p protocol also invented by Bram Cohen. In 2014, BitTorrent announced Project Maelstrom,[6] a distributed web browser designed to power a new way for web content to be published, accessed and consumed.

Early life[edit]

Raised in Ramsey, Illinois; he is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and the Naval Postgraduate School.[7]


Before joining BitTorrent he worked at a number of other companies which included @Home Network, netVmg and Internap Network Services.[8]


Agenda FCC en banc hearing on Network Management