Juan Benet (computer scientist)

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Juan Benet
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Juan Batiz-Benet

(1988-03-16) March 16, 1988 (age 32)
Alma materStanford University
Known forInterPlanetary File System, Filecoin
TitleFounder and CEO of Protocol Labs

Juan Benet (born March 1988) is an American computer scientist. He is the founder and CEO of Protocol Labs, a computer networks research and development company.[1]  He is best known for creating the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), an open-source, peer-to-peer, decentralized web protocol; and Filecoin, a cryptotoken-incentivized file storage network.[1]

From January 2010 to December 2011, Benet was CTO of Loki Studios, leading development on the location-based multiplayer mobile game Geomon. The firm was eventually acquired by Yahoo! in May 2013.[2]

Benet founded Protocol Labs in May 2014 and went through Y-Combinator in summer 2014 to support development of IPFS, Filecoin, and other projects.[2] Since the launch of IPFS, he has developed other protocols at Protocol Labs including libp2p, a modular network stack for peer-to-peer apps and systems; IPLD, a data model for interoperable protocols; Multiformats, a collection of protocols to future-proof systems; CoinList, a token sale and investment platform; and the SAFT Project, a legal framework for token fundraising.[3]

In 2018, Benet was named one of Fortune magazine's "40 under 40" in recognition of his work creating IPFS.[4]


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Steve (January 16, 2018). "Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble". New York Times.
  2. ^ a b Case, Amber (October 4, 2015). "Why The Internet Needs IPFS Before It's Too Late". TechCrunch.
  3. ^ "Work - Protocol Labs".
  4. ^ "Fortune 40 under 40: Juan Benet".