Gene Hoffman currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Chia Network. Chia is a technology infrastructure company building a transformative open-source, public blockchain focused on real-world utility that is secure in approach, regulatory compliant, and sustainable by design. From 2017 to 2019, Hoffman was an advisor to the board of Chia Network before joining the Company as COO and President in August 2019.
Throughout his career in technology, Hoffman has built and scaled companies in enterprise software and SaaS, subscriptions, cryptography, and software development, served as a chief executive of a publicly traded company, raised over $215,000,000 in public and private markets, acquired four companies, and successfully sold three companies to PGP, Inc., Vivendi-Universal, and Amdocs. His success demonstrates the vital element of his entrepreneurial philosophy - deeply understanding the technology and starting with real utility and industry application creates foundational use cases and unlocks future potential.
Prior to joining Chia, Hoffman served as co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Vindicia, a consumer subscription infrastructure company from 2003 until its sale to Amdocs in 2016. Previously, he co-founded the company that came to be Emusic.com, serving as CEO and President from 1998 to 2002. Hoffman has 23 years of experience in high-compliance security environments, including 12 years of managing PCI and SSAE-16 compliance for the storage of 220,000,000 credit cards.
Hoffman identifies as a true cypherpunk. In 1997, he helped end U.S. export controls on cryptography while at PGP, Inc. by personally exporting the PGP Source Code book. Just as Hoffman has spent his career driving the adoption of digital transformation, today he sees decentralized blockchain technology as the next step toward the future of finance.
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