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After great community collaboration DYOR has rebranded into CryptoWiki.me 🥳 a moment to celebrate!

From now on all new information will be added within the CryptoWiki.mecommunity website! No longer over here. So be sure to move over to stay on top of new research developments!

Same content - better & cleaner experience 🤝

DYOR started out in 2015 on Fandom and has now grown to ~3500 pages on CryptoWiki.me 🤩

All the information that you can find in these pages is public knowledge with sources provided. The community is encouraged to add truthful and unbiased entries to further this body of work.

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Basics

  • Location: Montreal, founded in 2014.
  • The company is focused on developing bitcoin applications specifically sidechains with its Liquid, as well as other applications. Blockstream has raised $76M to date from investors including Khosla Horizons Ventures and Mosaic Ventures.
  • “Creating ways to handle bitcoin micropayments and a technology called sidechan that offers firms more flexibility handling bitcoin transfers. Working with Intercontinental Exchange.”
  • Blockstream is one of the largest contributors of funding for Bitcoin Core.

Projects

  • Liquid sidechain; On October 12, 2015, Blockstream announced the release of its Liquid sidechain which could allow for the transfer of assets between the sidechain and the main blockchain
  • Elements Project; Blockstream released an open source codebase and testing environment for its sidechains product to public under open source license.The Elements Project is a community effort to create and test new extensions to the Bitcoin protocol, whose early contributions include Confidential Transactions by Gregory Maxwell, and Segregated Witness by Pieter Wuille.
  • Blockstream has released source code for the smart contracts on blockchain language Simplicity; Simplicity has been built to be compatible with Blockstream’s Elements platform, Elements is an open source, sidechain-capable blockchain platform
  • Is open sourcing its Proof-of-Reserve tool for increased transparency; most proof-of-reserve operations require substantial transactions that put exchanges at high security risks; Blockstream's innovative tool uses common sense and UTXO values to prove the extent of reserves; however, revealing UTXO values themselves is not a safe method, a problem Blockstream is currently working to rectify
  • From the Bitcoin Optech Newsletter #69 (23-10-2019):

"Blockstream Green Tor support: Version 3.2.4 of the Blockstream Green Wallet adds built-in Tor support for both iOS and Android. While Tor was supported in previous Android versions, it required a separate application whereas both Android and iOS versions are now bundled with Tor support."

"In 2019, Blockstream launched Blockstream Pool and announced it had been previously mining for a select few high-profile clients like Fidelity. Blockstream said it bought $25 million worth of mining machines from MicroBT. The machines are to be deployed through Blockstream's facilities in Canada and the U.S."

Team, etc.

  • Corallo, Matt; co-founder, Bitcoin Core dev, Nick: BlueMatt
  • Chris Decker; engineer (20-2-2020)
  • Friedenbach, Mark; co-founder
  • Fowler, Alexander; co-founder
  • Hall, Francesca; co-founder
  • Hill, Austin; co-founder. Entrepreneur, Investor, Cancer Researcher, Poker Strategist
  • Hoffman, Reid; board member, is a LinkedIn founder
  • Martindate, Eric
  • Maxwell, Gregory; co-founder, chief tech officer. Resigned in 1-2018.
  • Mow, Samson; CSO
  • Poelstra, andrew
  • Blockstream hired Rusty Russell, a well-known developer famous for his work on Linux kernel, to develop an implementation of the Bitcoin Lightning Network
  • Silbert, Barry; through Digital Currency Group
  • Svenson, Erik; co-founder
  • Blockchain Capital, investor
  • Strateman, Patrick; core tech engineer
  • Timon, Jorge; Core Tech Engineer, Nick: jtimon
  • Wilkins, Jonathan; co-founder
  • Wuille, Pieter, Dr.; Co-founder blockstream, Nick: Sipa, Bitcoin Core developer, put forth the SegWit proposal and is the primary author of libsecp256k1, a library for efficient elliptic curve cryptography for use in Bitcoin.
  • Fields, Cory; BTC core dev/blockstream employee, Nick: cfields
  • Willen, Glenn; BTC core dev/blockstream employee, Nick: gwillen
  • Sanders, Gregory; BTC core dev/blockstream employee, Nick: instagibbs
  • Todd, Peter; BTC core dev/blockstream employee
  • Strateman Patrick; BTC core dev/blockstream employee, Nick: phantomcircuit
  • Togami, Warren; BTC core dev/blockstream employee

Old employees

  • Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn quit the Bitcoin project over a dispute involving a failed block size increase, which Hearn claimed was being opposed by Maxwell of Blockstream.
  • Ben Gorlick and Johnny Dilley quited Blockstream to join with a startup called Crowd Machine (cloud computing) where they no serve as the CTO and Chief of system architecture, respectively.

Partnerships, investors, etc.

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