Quantstamp Community Update January 29, 2019

Quantstamp Announcements
November 20, 2018

Quantstamp Protocol Progress and Planning

Senior Research Engineer Leo Passos planning with the engineering team.

In January, we continued testing and iterating many of the features which are coming in the next version of the Quantstamp Protocol. We continued end-to-end testing of our policing nodes which are designed to detect and nullify the actions of scanning nodes that are malfunctioning or being operated by bad actors. Once our policing nodes are ready, we will be able to decentralize the protocol, allowing anyone to permissionlessly run a scanning node.

We deployed our Bounty Protocol onto the Ethereum testnet. This is a decentralized bounty marketplace which will be released as open source code anyone can build on

Besides progress on the development side, we also held intensive planning sessions to clarify our goals for this current development sprint. Held typically at the beginning of each quarter, these planning sessions are part of our iterative development process. They help us stay accountable to our roadmap and define both our technical milestones and goals as a company.

New Hires

In January, we on-boarded Lee Martinet onto our team. Martinet is currently a Master student in Math and Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and joins us as a part-time software engineer out of the Toronto office.

He has experience programming with Python, Java, backend design (PHP/MySQL), Javascript, HTML as well as Verilog and security of cryptographic hardware.

Unitimes AMA

Our CTO Steven Stewart recently did an in-depth AMA with Unitimes about dealing with bugs in smart contracts. Unitimes is a high-quality Asia-based blockchain media company that has also interviewed Vitalik Buterin, LivePeer and Truebit.

Steven covered many frequently asked questions about Quantstamp and smart contract security, as well as interesting new ones asked by the Unitimes community. Read the full interview here.

Fujitsu Accelerator Program

Head of APAC Kei Oda speaks at Fujitsu’s Accelerator Program demo day

We graduated from Fujitsu’s Accelerator Program. Fujitsu is Japan’s #1 IT service provider by revenue. Their accelerator program has been running since 2015 and their most recent batch is focused on Blockchain and AI. Our program ran from September to January and allowed us to network with other blockchain startups, as well as Japanese enterprises interested in the space.

Tokyo University Blockchain Program

Forward Deployed Engineer Yohei Oka teaches at Tokyo University

Our forward deployed engineer Yohei Oka taught a lesson as part of a 3-day fintech and blockchain course at Tokyo University — the top university in Japan.

Yohei’s segment was a technical introduction to smart contracts and smart contract security. We think that blockchain courses in mainstream educational institutions like this one are key to driving the next wave of blockchain innovation.

Temple University @ Quantstamp

Operations officer Tristan Thomas talks about Quantstamp at our San Francisco headquarters

We hosted Temple University Fox Business School students at Quantstamp HQ in San Francisco. Our team explained the basics of blockchain and smart contracts and how to make a meaningful contribution to these new and exciting fields. We also shared about Quantstamp, our mission, values, protocol, products, and services.

Directors Forum at UC San Diego

Besides educating students, we also make efforts to reach out to business leaders across industries. Our VP of Strategy Olga V. Mack spoke at the 14th Annual Directors Forum at the University of San Diego School of Business. She educated directors and executives from public and large private companies about secure innovation in blockchain and smart contracts.

ETHDenver 2019

The Quantstamp team will be hacking at ETHDenver, Feb 15–17 in Denver, Colorado. Follow us on Twitter to see what we’re up to then. If you’re at the event, you’re also welcome to drop by and say hi!

Interested in working for us?

We are hiring for a variety of positions globally. Check out our careers page.

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Note: This update includes information and forward-looking statements about upcoming events and concepts under continuing development. Schedules, features, and functionality are subject to change or cancellation at any time and you are not to place undue reliance on this information or any forward-looking statements.

March 31, 2020

Quantstamp Joins MyID Alliance

Quantstamp is proud to join the MyID Alliance, a Digital ID initiative by ICONLOOP. As the world moves towards more online and less face-to-face interactions, Digital ID will be a key enabling technology. 

March 24, 2020

Market Dynamics of the 1st bZx Hack: Flash Loans and the Insolvent Loan

In this series, we describe the market dynamics of the 1st bZx attack so we can avoid attacks with market manipulation components in the future.

March 13, 2020

Top 3 DeFi Trends

This post discusses how flash loans, zaps, and DeFi aggregators are leveraging composability in order to simplify the user experience and ultimately make DeFi markets hyper-efficient.

March 11, 2020

Bringing Bitcoin to DeFi

DeFi is blockchain’s first killer app, with assets locked up approaching $1 billion USD. But one major asset is missing: Bitcoin. Bitcoin is not only the first crypto asset, but the largest - with over $168 billion USD of Bitcoin in circulation it has deep pools of liquidity. It is one of the least volatile cryptocurrencies and has a large network of fiat on and off ramps. All these properties make it a great crypto-collateral. We think Bitcoin has the potential to transform the DeFi landscape as the most widespread and liquid asset available today.