August 26th, 2020 | 57 mins 55 secs
aleo, blockchain, functional privacy, privacy technology, zero knowledge, zexe, zksnarks
In this episode, we invite Howard Wu back to the show to share more about his new project Aleo - a privacy-focused blockchain that enables fully private applications. We chat about why you need programming languages for SNARKs, what it is like to switch from VC/Academia to being a founder and the two important things missing in web services, high programmability and true user privacy. The project enables private applications with both data privacy and functional privacy - where the nature of the program running and all activity remains private. It is based on the ZEXE protocol and Proof-of-Succinct-Work.
July 10th, 2019 | 46 mins 14 secs
blockchain, cryptography, privacy protocol, privacy token, private transactions, zcash, zcon, zexe
In this episode, we sit down with Pratyush Mishra, CS PhD Student at UC Berkeley and one of the co-authors on the Zexe project, to discuss the Zexe protocol. We cover how this paper came to be, what it aims to solve, how it works, how it could be used and dive into some of the differences between Zexe and some other existing zero knowledge protocol proposals.
May 8th, 2019 | 1 hr 31 mins
academia, cryptography, development, elliptic curve, sonics, trusted set up, zcash, zcash bug, zexe
In this week’s episode, we welcome special guest Sean Bowe. Sean is a Zcash Company engineer and the author of the Sprout and Sapling Zcash trusted set ups and much of the underlying cryptography of the protocol. We had a chance to chat about his history, what got him into the topic, some of the joys & challenges to working with SNARKs, and what ideas are inspiring him.