HashRabbit, a startup that supplies enterprise-focused software to facilitate the management and security of bitcoin miners, has raised $500,000.
The company also has announced a partnership with mining hardware manufacturer Spondoolies-Tech, whose gear is compatible with HashRabbit's management software.
Chris Shepherd, co-founder and CEO of HashRabbit, told CoinDesk:
Benefits of experience
Shepherd explained the idea for HashRabbit came from running his own mining rig in a Las Vegas garage during the winter of 2013. During this time, Shepherd kept having problems keeping his mining equipment operational, which resulted in lost revenue opportunities.
To figure out how to better manage his mining rig, Shepherd recruited his roommate, Gabe Evans, a developer and sometimes white-hat hacker.
Evans realized the code that was being run on most mining gear at that time was not terribly good. Eventually, he became the technical co-founder of HashRabbit.
A product user experience designer, Melissa Volkmann, who advocates for consensus on the bitcoin symbol, currently rounds out the team.
With an early product prototype of its mining management software, HashRabbit became part of 'Tribe 4' at Boost VC, the bitcoin startup accelerator.
Fixing security flaws
During its time at Boost's San Mateo, California, incubator, the company discovered that security was a huge issue in the bitcoin mining market. The team found several flaws that existed in many bitcoin miners on the market that critically needed to be fixed.
However, they also discovered there was no easy way to patch a miner, even when a solution to a flaw was found. That's when HashRabbit realized its existing management software would be able to help send updates when a security patch was required.
By working directly with hardware manufacturers on security issues, HashRabbit has gained credibility with companies such as Israel-based mining manufacturer Spondoolies-Tech.
“[Spondoolies-Tech] is focused on hardware, and we can focus on the software and make sure it is consistently secure, fast and easily updated,” Shepherd noted.
Shepherd indicated that HashRabbit is also working with other hardware manufacturers, but could not provide details at this stage.
The enterprise mining era
The dawn of ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) in 2013 ushered in a new marketplace for consumers to purchase bitcoin miners. However, the industry has increasingly shifted from small home-based set-ups to serious enterprise operations based in the datacenter.
This is beneficial for HashRabbit, as many of these mining operations are labor-intensive – something the startup has a solution for with its product.
With HashRabbit’s software, not only can miners expedite the process of making sure firmware is updated, it can also enable operators to power cycle and control each unit from one source.
Going forward, the company hinted it may expand its product to enable more advanced cloud mining capabilities.
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