Scalable sharding for smart contracts.
Parallelising contract execution by sharding gives us linear scalability. Add more shards, get more capacity.
Cross-shard commits. Multi-contract calls fully succeed or fail even when multiple shards are involved.
Our new leaderless consensus protocol provides fast finality for operations within each shard.
Zero-knowledge proofs can selectively disclose secrets using Coconut while still providing strong anonymity guarantees.
In a 20 year career, Dave has successfully delivered hundreds of software systems. From startups to the world's largest organizations, he's scaled systems to tens of millions of users. He also wrote the book on the open source Scalatra HTTP framework, used by the BBC, NetFlix, and McLaren. Alongside Ramsey, he built and sold a 60-person software consultancy. At Chainspace, he works across business, code, and research activities.
George heads the Information Security Research Group at University College London. He co-designed and prototyped RsCoin, an experimental scalable cryptocurrency for the Bank of England, and has a list of publications longer than a Leonard Cohen song. He did his doctorate at Cambridge under Ross Anderson, followed by a stint at Microsoft Research. George is also a Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute.
A successful serial entrepreneur, Ramsey provides our business backbone. Previously, Ramsey founded, built up, and took a 60-person software consultancy through to a final sale. Subsequently an angel investor in multiple traditional startups, his interest in the potential of decentralised applications has been stoked over the past two years. He handles investor relations, business strategy, and a million details.
Blaine was the original technical director at Twitter. He's co-author of the OAuth (v1) protocol (i.e. "Log in with Facebook", "Log in with Google"), as well as the Webfinger protocol, a decentralised web scale identity system leveraging OpenID.
Klaus is an expert security consultant on critical infrastructure, including smart devices and energy grids across the globe. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of Byzantine distributed consensus and distributed trust, and has been publishing papers on these subjects since the turn of the millenium.
Jeremy is the sort of coder who implements RAFT distributed consensus in Rust as a personal challenge, and whose Github repos have descriptions like "C++ reflection framework (for fun)". He's equally comfortable working in Go or Rust, and leads our experiments with Rust-to-WASM.
Tav has been using Golang since forever. He had an early interest in secure, distributed, and anonymous federated systems, contributing to the Freenet network since 2003.