Pioneering the World’s First Privacy Blockchain Protocol, With Zoidberg [VIDEO]

While crypto may not be the most trending news story of today, it certainly could be tomorrow.

The innovation within blockchain is a creature that never sleeps and has no days off. It is astounding to see how far this technology has blossomed from a single idea.

The manpower and ethics needed to carve out this path of innovation are often overlooked by market participants and speculators alike.
Don’t ever forget where you came from especially if you don’t even know where you are going.

This is why I make a concerted effort to illuminate the players who continue to risk so much to make all of this possible, such as Andre (aka Zoidberg).

We recently connected at Monerotopia in Mexico City and I felt compelled to invite him onto the show to share some history of how Monero (XMR) came to be.

Andre is the Co-Founder of Zano (ZANO) and had helped develop CryptoNote, the first privacy blockchain protocol in history, responsible for 300+ forks since 2013, including Monero.

You’ll want to hear his stories and what he has to say about competing privacy coins Dero (DERO) and Pirate Chain (ARRR).

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“I've been building this technology for 10 years and it can be ruined in one day with one single mistake,” Andre shares.

This statement alone summarizes the pressure of programming cryptography, especially privacy-centric protocols. This level of pressure surely would have affected the progress of privacy coins if not for the culture that exists.

I explain, “A culture of FOSS ethos was embraced in a way that we had never seen before in the history of computer science. Now, we have a financial incentive to keep each other honest and to really bring out the very best in each other.”

While Andre and I did not agree completely on Proof of Work (PoW) being superior to that of Proof of Stake (PoS) projects, like Ethereum (ETH), we absolutely agree on the strength and humility of the Monero community.

When I asked for his advice regarding the privacy community, he shared, “Get more reviewers, get more audits, get more researchers invited to your community, and get more unit tests.”

Knowing the Monero community, this will be done.

You can follow Andre on Twitter and catch him at the next MoneroKon event in Prague! For now, I hope you enjoy this interview.

Peace, love, and anarchy.

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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.