Ex-Microsoft COO Kevin Turner emerges at helm of secretive blockchain startup co-founded by former Myspace CTO

Kevin Turner. (Photo via Core Scientific)

Former Microsoft COO Kevin Turner has taken the helm of Core Scientific, a stealthy new blockchain and artificial intelligence startup led by veteran tech executives, GeekWire has learned.

Founded late last year, Core Scientific is building blockchain infrastructure technology. The startup is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. but most of its employees are based in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. It has a 253,000 square-foot facility on a 73-acre property that houses the company’s blockchain mining equipment.

Aber Whitcomb, co-founder and former CTO at Myspace who graduated from the University of Washington, is a co-founder and director.

Turner joined Core Scientific this month. He previously spent 11 years at Microsoft from 2005 to 2016, leading the company’s global sales and marketing teams. The former Walmart exec — known for his high energy and outspoken demeanor — was once considered a candidate to become its chief executive, but left two years ago to take the CEO role at Citadel Securities.

“I’m very excited to join such an amazing team at Core Scientific who is focused on being the leader in blockchain and AI hosting and applications,” Turner told GeekWire.

The company is staying quiet on further details about its business, and Turner didn’t disclose other details in a message to GeekWire. Here’s a description from the company’s LinkedIn page, which shows 15 employees working at Core Scientific:

Core Scientific is a leader in Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence hosting, transaction processing and application development. In an increasingly distributed and connected world, we believe Blockchain and AI will fundamentally change the way information is processed, shared and stored across a range of industries. Core Scientific is pioneering new innovations and best practices in this nascent landscape, with demonstrated capabilities operating Blockchain and AI infrastructure at scale. Our platform is trusted by enterprise partners around the world to deliver reliable solutions that quickly adapt to dynamic market conditions.

Core Scientific’s formal company name is MindCo Holdings Inc. An SEC filing from this past March indicates that the startup is raising a $40 million investment round.

Turner — who sits on the board of Nordstrom and grocery chain Albertsons — joins a strong leadership team at Core Scientific.

The company was previously led by Bryce Johnson, former partner at private equity firm Dragon Global Management who remains as an executive at Core Scientific. Its CFO, Mitch Edwards, was formerly the acting CEO at e-commerce …read more

Source:: GeekWire

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