Meet the Team: Andrew Benson


1. What made you decide to pursue a career in Bitcoin?

I’ve always had a strong interest in the intersection of finance/economics, geopolitics, and technology. When I understood that Bitcoin is a monetary revolution more so than a technological innovation, it became clear to me that Bitcoin is one of the most important experiments of our time.

2. What’s your role at River Financial?

I am the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer.

3. What did you do before joining River?

Before starting River Financial, I was a partner in a cybersecurity consulting firm and had founded another consultancy that specialized in web application development for firms in the financial services sector. Prior to that, I founded and sold a web hosting and information management company that serviced 10,000+ websites for clients in over 90 countries.

4. What projects or advancements do you think are most exciting in the Bitcoin space right now?

From a technological perspective, the most obvious advancement in Bitcoin right now is the progress that is being made on the Lightning Network. It’s incredible to see how well the Lightning Network works today, especially in comparison to early 2019.

From a structural perspective, I think that specialization within the Bitcoin space is most notable and surprisingly underrated. The path toward mass adoption is quite clearly paved with companies that specialize within the space and build tooling tailored to different use cases.

5. Where do you see Bitcoin in 10 years?

As central banks continue to extend this unprecedentedly low interest rate environment, I see Bitcoin becoming more relevant in the global economy and potentially influencing monetary policy around the world.

I also think it’s possible to see Bitcoin become a reserve asset for a major fiat currency.

6. Describe Bitcoin in 5 words or less.

A supranational monetary revolution.

7. What are some of your favorite hobbies or interests?

Reading about law, economics, and geopolitics.