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Riccardo Spagni

Riccardo Spagni is the lead maintainer at Monero, a privacy-focused cryptocurrency. He's also the CEO of Globee, a cryptocurrency payment provider.

Reviews by Riccardo Spagni

🔑 4 positive | 💩 13 negative


I’m supportive of Decred’s efforts to add privacy, because there are actual development chops there, and Decred doesn’t appear overly scammy.

2018-03-31 | Full Review


I feel for any dentist suckered into this.

2017-10-14 | Full Review


Zeppelin/Smart Contract Solutions. Also reviewed Arcade City, Golem, etc. It's just scammers scamming scammers all the way down.

2017-01-09 | Full Review


So much for Verge XVG and their IP address privacy. Someone's publishing originating IP addresses for Verge transactions (not just general node IP addresses). Considering that IP address obfuscation is their single privacy claim, looks like they're toast.

2018-01-01 | Full Review


Most countries have bank secrecy laws, and access to your account even within a bank is privileged and logged. Dash, on the other hand, exposes information publicly to anyone running a node.

2018-09-08 | Full Review


An exploit existed [in PIVX], and it was patched. [PIVX's] handling of this (i.e., denying it had any potential payload) is VERY telling about the calibre of project you're involved in. And, thusly, PIVX went down several notches in my eyes tonight.

2018-04-12 | Full Review


Ethereum is an idiotic, unscalable idea that has neither delivered on its “world computer” promise, created any useful decentralized apps with any real use, nor created a robust and scalable decentralized system.

2018-11-03 | Full Review

The BAT ToS let’s them steal “unclaimed” tokens after 90 days, but they can also use “Sybil attack investigation” and KYC/AML excuses to prevent you from claiming your coins for 90 days. They’re basically the mafia.

2018-11-22 | Full Review


Sia works extremely well and was / is not possible on Bitcoin. Even if it could be ported to work on Bitcoin, it hasn’t been done, so until that happens, it’s pointless discussing it. Admittedly their userbase is narrow, but it exists nonetheless.

2018-02-10 | Full Review

What’s the reason for Bitcoin Gold’s existence? Same garbage, just a money-grabbing fork at best, an effort to steal people’s private keys at worst.

2018-02-11 | Full Review


Digix = "gold-backed" currency, so centralized holder of the gold! Not trustless, totally pointless.

2016-03-17 | Full Review


Zcoin claim to have more active development than Monero. In truth, they're pushing 1/10th of Monero's commits of which (I'd expect) the bulk are just cherry-picked commits from Bitcoin.

2018-07-28 | Full Review


[Mimblewimble] is amazing, which is why we’re building a Monero sidechain on it. Grin is excellent, and it’s doing great things that I’m personally quite excited about.

2019-05-22 | Full Review


ZCash has made so many major blunders it’s just a running joke at this stage, literally no chance of anyone feeling threatened except Zooko’s local grocery store.

2019-09-29 | Full Review