Hello! Thank you for listening to me speak about privacy and cryptocurrency adoption at the MIT Business of Blockchain conference. Sorry for the talk being billed as “The Path to Adoption: 3 Types of Product-Market Fit” and then being messier and more tentative than that.
Here are the links to references:
- How does Zcash work?
- zkp.science — all about zero-knowledge proofs
- What the Zcash Foundation has been doing
- What the Electric Coin Company has been doing
- How both organizations are funded: 1, 2, 3
- David Friedman on the importance of privacy
- Let’s Encrypt: “Looking Forward to 2019” and general stats
- Evolution of the human eye
- Germany’s reaction to Google Street View when it debuted there in 2010
- Trusted third parties? Yep, they are security holes
- Paul Graham and Marc Andreessen on product-market fit (the Andreessen post is better)
- “If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have asked for a better horse” — Henry Ford (possibly apocryphal)
- The World Bank’s Global Financial Inclusion Database: “Account ownership at a financial institution or with a mobile-money-service provider (% of population ages 15+)”
- India’s demonetization of certain banknotes in 2016
- Bitcoin Optech newsletter
- Nathan Wilcox’s Twitter thread about direct-versus-emergent and local-versus-global properties — and Tony Sheng’s 2×2 inspired by it
I wrote a full script for the talk, and I’ll probably turn it into a blog post on the Zcash Foundation’s website at some point. Right now it is… not super polished.