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Interoperability has long been an issue in the blockchain industry, often hampering progress and innovation. Panelists discuss why ‘one blockchain to rule them all’ is detrimental to the creation of a thriving blockchain ecosystem. The discussion also focuses on how collaboration could hold the key to solving this issue, leading to a seamless experience for the end-user, regardless of platform.
Started coding at 13 years old and trained in college as an Industrial and Electronic Engineer. Spent my early career building a number of companies where I led teams developing software (primarily iOS and Android applications). Fell in love with the technologic and economical principles behind Bitcoin and decentralized finance, so naturally I ended up transitioning into cryptocurrencies, where I've continued to lead and grow technology teams focused on solving cutting-edge problems. Today, I continue to grow as a entrepreneur and executive in leading a new blockchain venture (EMURGO, part of the Cardano blockchain). As the CTO of EMURGO I oversee multiple internal and external initiatives. Inside EMURGO I lead multiple projects like the Brandmark joint venture, where we use blockchain for traceability in the food industry, and advance the cryptocurrency Cardano. Externally, I support the Cardano Foundation by helping to grow an ecosystem of developers.View the profile
Currently driving strategic initiatives and token value creation on multiple blockchains, with focus on next generation smart contract security and formal methods, new product creation and strategic partnerships to make it all happen. Former co-founder of ConsenSys Diligence and MythX, CEO of Shinobi Cyber, and 20 year Microsoft veteran Researcher, Product Owner and Director.View the profile
François-René Rideau, Co-Founder of Mutual Knowledge Systems, has been making programming languages and distributed systems usable for 25 years. Alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, Former Senior Engineer at ITA Software, he also worked at Google and Bridgewater Associates. While working in the industry, he notably maintained and rewrote ASDF, the build system at the heart of the Common Lisp open source community; he also kept publishing academic papers and speaking at programming language conferences; early in his career, he even proved in Coq the correctness of a (centralized) payment protocol. Eventually, his interests in economics and software security converged with his experience in open source software and formal methods and he started working on Layer 2 solutions for the Blockchain. Since January 2018, he has made plenty of mistakes as co-founder of startups, and learned the hard way to become his own CEO.View the profile
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