Carlson, a former software engineer, is often credited with starting the basin’s bitcoin boom when he built one of the world’s first large-scale bitcoin mines in an old furniture store in Wenatchee. “We’re where the blockchain goes from that virtual concept to something that’s real in the world, something that somebody had to build and is actually running,” he says.
Today, Carlson’s company, Giga Watt, is working on a new venture—a megaproject made up of 24 prefabricated mining “pods” packed floor-to-ceiling with servers and fans. Each pod can be up and running in just over a month, and will be able to generate nearly three Bitcoin every 24 hours. Carlson himself won’t be the miner; Giga Watt will run the pods as hosting sites for other miners.