Vitalik Buterin is the well-known one but Charles Hoskinson, Mihae Alisie, Anthony Di Lorio, Gavin Wood and Joseph Lubin were all involved with the creation of Ethereum. This is going to be a look at the work of Gavin Wood in the cryptocurrency world.
Gavin Wood doubled as the Chief Technology Officer of Ethereum between 2013 and 2015. Grid Singularity and Parity Technologies are other organizations he has co-founded, apart from Ethereum.
Between 1998 and 2005, he received two certificates from the University of York. First was a master of engineering certificate in computer systems and software engineering. He followed that with a PhD in computer science.
Like most people in this space, Gavin was not too excited about Bitcoin technology the first time he found out about it. Again, like most people currently involved with cryptocurrencies, he got hooked the second time. This time he looked at other use cases of the technology other than the currency use case. This and his getting to know Vitalik along the way led to the great work he has done in the cryptosphere. This was in 2013, the year the Ethereum idea was proposed, one year before the crowdsale and two years before the network actually went live.
His Contribution To The Development Of Ethereum
As mentioned earlier, Gavin worked on Ethereum as the CTO for the first two years of its existence. In that role, he was in charge of ensuring that all technical issues in the lead up to the launch of the platform were properly handled. He also worked on the code for Ethereum’s first functional implementation.
Parity Technologies is one of the means through which Gavin Wood aims to help the world get closer to having a decentralized internet. The company which is made up of mostly former Ethereum developers is into creating applications of blockchain technology for the use of organizations. The Parity Ethereum Client is one such application.
Other contributions of Gavin and other former Ethereum developers is the Solidity programming language. Gavin came up with the idea as well as the research paper on it. This language, which is used to create smart contracts on Ethereum and other blockchains, has been blamed for a couple of vulnerabilities that have been detected over the years. The 2016 DAO disaster is a well-known example. It is, however, still the main programming language for writing and implementing smart contracts on Ethereum.
Work In The Cryptocurrency Space At Large
Apart from Ethereum and Parity Technologies, Gavin works with other businesses and organizations in the cryptocurrency world. He is usually directly involved with these businesses but also acts in the capacity of advisor for some.
Grid Singularity was founded by Gavin around the time Parity technologies was established. It, however, has a different focus. Grid Singularity puts the energy market on a decentralized exchange platform. There are also plans to have applications on the platform to serve various players in the energy market globally.
Ambrosus Technologies uses sensor systems, blockchain technology, and smart contracts to verify the quality, source and safety of food and medicine on the market. Gavin is involved with the provision of this service through Parity technology’s partnership with Ambrosus.
Melonport also has Gavin on their team as a technical advisor. The company is behind the asset management protocol known as Melon. The product here is a decentralized fund that is controlled by investors through an elected council.
Working To Create a Truly Decentralized Internet
Gavin has always been about making the internet better by making it more decentralized and allowing more anonymity. This shift from what we have now would go a long way in protecting the general public from large organizations with access to personal information of users of the internet. Gavin Wood’s work with Ethereum, Parity and other organizations mentioned above have all been directed at achieving this goal.