Interview With A 21st Century Crypto Superhero [VIDEO]

Howard Chu is truly a genius of optimization. When he says, “I have a fondness for fast software,” he’s being modest. 

With a proven track record of the world’s fastest multiprocessor TCP stack, the world’s fastest Appletalk stack, the world’s fastest LDAP server, faster than real-time speech recognition, and faster than real-time radar data demux/decoders, Chu is a top specialist in distributed information technologies. 

Howard Chu founded Symas in 1999, but he’s been writing software for over forty years now. Chu has been a significant part of the open-source movement since the beginning. He’s worked on all the GNU utilities, compiler, debugger, linker; you name it. 

In Howard’s own words:

“I have software on pretty much every computer on Earth. I also have software that’s run in orbit, never crashed. I’ve also done a lot with cryptography over time, secure authentication, and various security systems.”

Don’t take my word for it, but Chu might even be Satoshi himself. 😉

The last time I sat down with Howard Chu, he was on his way out of MoneroKon 2019, and I quickly staged an impromptu interview, so there were some sound issues with background noise. However, we still had a great discussion about decentralization, privacy, and perfecting Monero (XMR). 

Jeff Berwick even wrote about the interview in his July 2019 Dollar Vigilante blog titled The 3 Most Important Benefits of Cryptocurrency. Since then, XMR has soared in value (as we said it would), so TDV and TCV subscribers in our private Telegram groups have been thrilled lately. 

One of the best parts about my work with The Crypto Vigilante (SUBSCRIBE) is the insightful conversations I’m blessed to take part in and bring to the world. As iron sharpens iron, the interviews I do with experts make us all smarter.  

It’s appropriate and fitting that 21st-century superhero Howard Chu is the first returning guest on The Crypto Vigilante video series! 

This time around, we had the opportunity to explore some of my favorite topics, including everything from politics and the establishment’s feeble attempts to “regulate” privacy coins, to the advancements and momentum of XMR, mining Monero, and more. 

Is the price of XMR being suppressed in the market somehow? It may be a wild conspiracy theory, but Howard and I dive into it in the interview below. We also discussed RandomX and another essential software library developed by Chu, the Lightning Memory-Mapped Database (LMDB).

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When I asked Howard about the most remarkable development he’s seen lately, what he’s most excited about, he told me about Triptych, a new algorithm protecting Monero users. 

Triptych focuses on better protecting senders through algorithmic techniques that improve anonymity while using less space on the Monero blockchain and less time processing. 


If you want to learn more about crypto from a living legend within the space, don’t miss the video above! Here’s what people are saying in the YouTube comments…

By the time we interview Howard Chu again, you’ll be glad you listened. 

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Rafael LaVerde

Rafael LaVerde has a background in private equity and venture capital. He discovered Bitcoin in 2012 while volunteering on Ron Paul's presidential campaign. He served as board member of a Libertarian Super PAC while doing post-graduate work in economics, and was also a member of the University of Texas’ Mises Circle. His formal education includes graduate degrees in continental philosophy and psychology. He has been a Bitcoin miner since 2014. Rafael also managed investor relations for the BitAngels Network, which helped finance the vast majority of early Bitcoin startups, and was also part of the DApps Fund team that revolutionized funding structures that eventually became known as ICOs and STOs. He was also the founding partner of what became one of the very first Bitcoin venture capital funds.