Mike Belshe

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Mike Belshe (born 1971) is an American computer scientist and entrepreneur. He co-founded Lookout Software in 2004,[1] and BitGo, Inc. in 2013.[2] He is the co-inventor of the SPDY protocol and one of the principal authors of the HTTP/2.0 specification.

Belshe received his bachelor's degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Belshe started his career at Hewlett Packard, followed by Silicon Valley startup Netscape Communications Corp., where he worked on the Netscape Enterprise Server.[3] After Netscape he joined Good Technology before co-founding Lookout Software with Eric Hahn.[4] In 2006, he joined Google, was one of the first engineers on the Google Chrome team,[5] and was part of the Google Chrome Comic.[6] As part of the Chrome team he worked on protocol research,[7] and later co-founded the SPDY protocol.[3] He submitted SPDY to the IETF in 2011, and was an author of HTTP/2.[7] As part of the IETF standardization effort, Belshe argued for encryption by default within the protocol.[8][9]


  1. ^ Evers, Joris. 2004-7-16. “Microsoft Scoops Up Search Company”. PCWorld.
  2. ^ Webb, Jenn. 2015-1-14. “Security comes from evolution, not revolution”. O’Reilly Radar.
  3. ^ a b O’Reilly Velocity Conference. 2011-6-16. “Mike Belshe Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine”. O’Reilly Velocity Conference Archived 2015-09-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Belshe, Mike. 2015-8-4. “About[permanent dead link]”. Mike’s Lookout.
  5. ^ Chan, Min Li. 2009-12-3. “Technically speaking, what makes Google Chrome fast?”. Chromium Blog.
  6. ^ Google, Inc.; McCloud, Scott. 2008-9-1. “Google Chrome Comic”. Google, Inc.
  7. ^ a b Belshe, M.; Peon, R.; Thomson, M.; Melnikov, A.. 2015-5. “Hypertext Transfer Protocol Version 2 (HTTP/2)”. Internet Engineering Task Force.
  8. ^ "Next version of the web will have resistance to surveillance at its core | Naked Security". Retrieved 2015-12-18.
  9. ^ "SPDY and What to Consider for HTTP/2.0". 2013-02-17. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)