Top Tech Topics, Explained
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@tim_roughgarden @josephbonneau @skominers with @alive_eth @cdixon
A tour though top-of-mind blockchain & crypto tech topics, explained by several a16z crypto researchers, including VDFs (verifiable delay functions); zk-rollups, SNARKs, and zero knowledge in general; and others. We quickly zip up and down the stack, and across themes -- such as scalability; data availability; reputation and the creator economy, also discussing applications for NFTs and more.
It is based on a conversation that took place a few months ago (on the heels of our a16z crypto research lab announcement), live on Twitter with:
- Tim Roughgarden, Head of Research at a16z crypto and professor in the computer science department at Columbia University;
- Joseph Bonneau, research partner at a16z crypto, who also wrote the textbook on cryptocurrency technologies, pioneered VDFs, and has taught cryptocurrency courses at several top universities; and
- Scott Duke Kominers, research partner at a16z crypto and professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, and a faculty affiliate of the Harvard Department of Economics, who also advises a variety of marketplace businesses, startups, and crypto projects, and serves as an expert on NFT-related matters.
- ...with moderators and general partners Chris Dixon and Ali Yahya.
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