Riot Blockchain Appoints Jeffrey Vormittag as Chief Operating Officer of Riot Blockchain Canada Inc

Former Managing Director of Bitfury Canada to serve as COO of Riot's Subsidiary

CASTLE ROCK, Colo., Jan. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Riot Blockchain, Inc. (Nasdaq: RIOT) (the "Company") today announced that it has appointed Jeffrey Vormittag as Chief Operating Officer of its wholly owned subsidiary, Riot Blockchain Canada Inc. Mr. Vormittag joins Riot Blockchain from Bitfury Technology Inc where he held the role of Managing Director for Canada, leading the development and launch of two blockchain mining data centers in Alberta, Canada, totaling nearly 60 Megawatts.

"We are thrilled to have someone with Jeffrey's experience in energy infrastructure and cryptocurrency mining join Riot in a Senior Executive position," commented John O'Rourke, Chairman and CEO of Riot Blockchain. "One of our core focuses continues to be securing energy infrastructure for the build out of cryptocurrency mining and data center operations. Jeffrey will be instrumental in Riot's growth plans moving forward."

Mr. Vormittag previously worked for over a decade in Canadian telecommunications, holding leadership roles in network service design and data center operations at Canada's second largest telecommunications provider. Jeffrey is an accomplished IT Project Manager in the areas of data center deployment and technology integration. Jeffrey holds a BA from the University of Waterloo and earned the PMI Project Management Professional designation in 2011.

The blockchain is a decentralized and encrypted ledger that offers a secure, efficient, verifiable and permanent way of storing records and other information without the need for intermediaries. These protocols are the backbone of numerous digital currencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin. Blockchain protocols have a wide range of use, including processing transactions, accounting, verification and proof of ownership across a far-reaching spectrum of applications.

About Riot Blockchain

Riot Blockchain, Inc. is leveraging its expertise and a network of professional advisors to build and support blockchain technologies. It is establishing an Advisory Board with technical experience intending to become a leading authority and supporter of blockchain, while providing investment exposure to the rapidly growing Bitcoin and blockchain ecosystems. For more information, visit http://www.RiotBlockchain.com/.

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