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Juan Benet

Juan Benet

Juan Benet, a renowned computer expert and business entrepreneur, is best known for his groundbreaking contributions to the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) and Filecoin. As the CEO and founder of Protocol Labs, he led the development of IPFS, a distributed web protocol, and Filecoin, an innovative cryptocurrency-driven storage network.

Personal Stats 

Age: around 35
Source of wealth: founder and CEO of Protocol Labs, developed Filecoin
Residence: US
Citizenship: Mexican-American dual citizen
Marital status: unknown
Education: Stanford University (Computer Science)

Benet’s Education

Juan Benet earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science at Stanford University. He was highly interested in technology and served as a teaching and research assistant while studying.

Benet’s Career

In 2013, Juan Benet established Protocol Labs as a research and development laboratory with the goal of creating innovative protocols, systems and tools to address the limitations of the existing Internet infrastructure. It is an innovation network connecting over 600 tech startups, funds, accelerators, foundations, open-source projects, and service providers. This venture has led to the development of several high-profile projects, including the Interplanetary File System (IPFS) and Filecoin.

Notorious projects

InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a modular suite of protocols for organizing and transferring data, designed from the ground up with the principles of content addressing. It is a project with open-source code, developed by Protocol Labs with the help of the open-source community. IPFS is a peer-to-peer network that forms a distributed file system, where nodes in the network store files, and content is addressed by its content hash. IPFShas garnered significant attention for its potential to revolutionize how information is stored and distributed on the internet. This visionary intention of creating a decentralized web has attracted support from notable technologists and institutions worldwide.

Filecoin is an open-source, public cryptocurrency and digital payment system intended to be a blockchain-based cooperative digital storage and data retrieval method. It is built on top of the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) protocol, which allows for the storage and retrieval of files using a unique cryptographic hash rather than a traditional file path or address. Users can store files on the Filecoin network by creating a storage contract with a miner, who is responsible for maintaining and verifying the files on the network.
In addition to his work at Protocol Labs, Juan Benet has significantly contributed to the open-source community. He actively participates in a range of industry conferences and events, sharing his experience with other computer scientists and enthusiasts.

What is Benet's Net Worth?

Juan Benet's net worth is estimated to be around $400 million as of 2023.

Benet's Personal Life

Benet was born in Mexico and later moved to San Diego, California. He prefers to keep the details about his personal life private, and his marital status is withheld from the general public.

Juan Benet on Social Media

Benet uses several social media platforms. He has an Instagram account @juan_benet, and uses X (former Twitter) under the handle @juanbenet, where he describes himself as "obsessed with knowledge, science and technology Protocol Labs, IPFS, Filecoin". His LinkedIn profile is Juan Benet.


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