The new appointment, Ben Golub, formerly CEO at open-source software firm Docker, will oversee Storj as it continues to scale up its services, said founder Shawn Wilkinson.
Speaking to CoinDesk, Wilkinson described Golub as a “dream candidate” due to his past experience building out open-source companies, in particular.
“We came to a point where we really wanted to accelerate Storj to the next level … and push to the edge, so we thought ‘let’s bring on someone who’s done this before many times,'” he explained.
Storj, which was founded in 2014, currently has 90,000 “farmer” nodes in 200 countries, with 69,000 registered users and more than 240 million transactions each month.
Building the decentralized storage platform is “incredibly important,” Golub said, adding “it was natural for me to get excited about Storj from a technology standpoint – open-source, decentralized storage.”
Storj’s roadmap going forward involves expanding the startup’s holdings to include higher-value data, he said, adding:
“The next really big milestone for the company is the next release of the architecture. … We’re at the exabyte scale, so there’s tons of demand from users and rapid growth in the number of farmers. We’ve got to take the next big step to make it efficient to users.”