Hashing It Out #37 - Base Zero - Matt Zimmerman and Ken Sedgwick


Managing crypto keys is difficult enough for private holders, but when managing large portfolios of cryptocurrency assets on an institutional level, the risk surface increases tremendously. Base Zero has devised a suite of tools to manage multisignature signing over an air-gapped signing device and a sharded backup system to ensure security for large organizations. This unique approach enables these institutions to mitigate risk associated with large fund transfers without any one single person being able to compromise the system and with highly secured disaster recovery.


  • https://medium.com/base-zero/the-state-of-security-5667048d3923
  • Whitepaper
  • Matt Zimmerman: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mdzin/
  • Ken Sedgwick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ken-sedgwick-83541/

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Episode 51 · 1 year ago

Hashing It Out #51 - Blockstream - Andrew Poelstra

Today's episode Corey and Collin bring on Andrew Poelstra, a mathematician and Director of Research at Blockstream. The guys dive straight into ECDSA vs Schnorr signatures, its history, and their future in crypto systems. They talk about Mimble Wimble, and how it bled into upcoming massive improvements of the Bitcoin protocol. Lots of great stuff to sink your teeth into this episode so we go a bit longer than usual. Enjoy the show!



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Episode 50 · 1 year ago

Hashing It Out #50 - AVA Labs - Emin Gün Sirer

Welcome back, Dr. Sirer on our 50th episode! The Avalanche consensus protocol was released last year by a pseudonymous team of researches "Team Rocket" (no relation to Pokemon, our sources say). Dr. Emin Gün Sirer has been a strong proponent of the protocol and has developed an implementation under his company AVA Labs. With test TPS of 6500 on a realistic test environment, AVA is already showing speeds rivaling VISA on Black Friday. We re-hash Avalanche for the audience and then explain how the AVA implementation works, learning more about open questions such as smart contracts on AVA.


  • https://avalabs.org/
  • https://twitter.com/avalabsofficial
  • https://twitter.com/el33th4xor


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Episode 49 · 1 year ago

Hashing It Out #49 - xDAI Burner Wallet - Austin Griffith

With great pleasure, we present to you, Austin Griffith. You've seen this man all over YouTube, often rockin' a bowtie, and showing some amazing and dynamic live demonstrations of his creative process in designing new user experiences for Ethereum. Author of the xDAI burner wallet, expert in meta transactions, and dapp development pioneer, Austin's energy and knowledge is palpable. This episode is a lot of fun and highly educational.



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Episode 48 · 1 year ago

Hashing It Out #48 - MakerDAO pt. 2 - Nik Kunkel

MakerDAO has built a token that is reasonably stable with the USD. We have the great pleasure of interviewing Nik Kunkel, Head of Backend Services at Maker. In this Part 2 of 2 on Maker, we talk about the technical design behind developing Maker. Please listen to Part 1 of 2 (previous episode, #47) before this, as it's essential for understanding the principles guiding the design decisions. This is compelling work, and truly amazing how well it's standing against the throes of the fluctuating markets.