by Taylor Soper on July 3, 2018 at 12:43 pmJuly 3, 2018 at 12:48 pm 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. Read more from…

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