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Zooko Wilcox O'Hearn

Zooko Wilcox O'Hearn is the founder and CEO of the Zcash Company, the for-profit organization behind Zcash, a privacy-focused cryptocurrency. O'Hearn previously developed multiple network protocols that incorporated economies and reputation systems.

Reviews by Zooko Wilcox O'Hearn

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  • Zooko Wilcox O'Hearn on Litecoin Founder and CEO of Zcash

    Litecoin is a great coin with a simple product design, excellent track record, and excellent distribution.

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  • Zooko Wilcox O'Hearn on Basic Attention Token Founder and CEO of Zcash

    Most of today’s Internet is built on an economic model (advertising) that is inimical to the rights and the mental resources of the users, and that exerts a corrosive influence on our society’s economy and our political discourse. BAT is an audacious attempt to disrupt that entire economic basis and replace it with something better.

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  • Zooko Wilcox O'Hearn on Monero Founder and CEO of Zcash

    Good progress on more space-efficient range proofs in Monero: https://getmonero.org/2017/12/07/Monero-Compatible-Bulletproofs.html
    Bulletproofs will also hopefully lead to other improvements in Monero and elsewhere.

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  • Zooko Wilcox O'Hearn on Gemini Dollar Founder and CEO of Zcash

    Major changes [to GUSD] such as issuing a lot of new GUSDs or changing the contract required both multisig and timelock. Very nice!

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  • Zooko Wilcox O'Hearn on Tezos Founder and CEO of Zcash

    The core idea of Tezos — formalized and automated governance of a decentralized protocol—is a deeply powerful idea, and I want to see it implemented and deployed in the hopes that it can greatly help humanity.

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  • Zooko Wilcox O'Hearn on Grin Founder and CEO of Zcash

    If I were doing it all over again (like Grin is), I would probably choose just a fixed inflation rate, i.e., 1 ZEC per block from the genesis block until the end time. Grin has chosen that, and I'm envious of the simplicity.

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  • Zooko Wilcox O'Hearn on Cosmos Founder and CEO of Zcash

    I was already a huge Cosmos fan, largely because of their thorough dev and launch process to mainnet. The way they seem to be managing this [vulnerability] further encourages me....An open system like this with a few battle-scars feels more trustworthy to me than one which is apparently flawless. “Flawless” to me indicates either that it hasn't really been tested or that the devs covered it up.

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