We’re thrilled to be bringing not just one, but both founders of IOHK for this exclusive deep-dive fireside chat. With IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong) being mostly known as the parent company behind Cardano, expect to hear more about their future plans and how the year has been for them so far, including the recent split with the Cardano Foundation. And with Charles’ history as a key figure in Ethereum (being the Co-Founder) on top of that, there will certainly be no shortage of valuable insights on sevaral key industry matters during the discussion – with topics ranging from blockchain development to Ouroboros (Proof of Stake), and their recent ‘major step forward’ in terms of interoperability.
Let’s give our featured speakers a proper introduction:
CEO of IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong), Co-Founder of Cardano, Co-Founder of Ethereum and Co-Founder of Bitshares.
This Hawaii-raised, Colorado-based technology entrepreneur and mathematician attended the Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado Boulder to study analytic number theory before moving into cryptography through industry exposure.
Alongside founding three cryptocurrency-related start-ups, Charles has held a variety of posts in both the public and private sectors. He was the founding chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s education committee and established the Cryptocurrency Research Group in 2013. At his online school — the Bitcoin Education Project — he met Vitalik Buterin, and soon after he became one of the co-founders of Ethereum. After multiple disagreements, Charles left Ethereum and started this new project — called IOHK — with former Ethereum colleague Jeremy Wood, who’s also speaking in Bangkok.
Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, IOHK
Immediately upon finishing Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Jeremy Wood packed a suitcase and bought a one-way ticket to Asia. Living in Osaka, Japan since 2008, Jeremy was bitten by the crypto-bug in 2013 and started the Kansai Bitcoin Meet-up. He joined Ethereum shortly after where he managed operations.
After leaving Ethereum, Jeremy started consulting on cryptocurrencies. He believes that the future of fin-tech will progress only through experimentation and research, and by promoting collaboration between diverse groups and organizations. In 2015, he started Input Output with Charles Hoskinson.
IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong) is an engineering company that builds cryptocurrencies and blockchains for academic institutions, government entities and corporations. They’re committed to using peer-to-peer innovations to provide financial services to the three billion people who don’t have them.
Aside from IOHK, Charles is also focussing on educating people about cryptocurrency, being an evangelist for decentralization and making cryptographic tools easier to use for the mainstream.
Roughly 2 years ago, he raised over $60m with Cardano – and at one point, Cardano was valued at $30b. However, in May of this year, Hoskinson made headlines with this statement on market capitalizations, Bitcoin and Ethereum in specific.
“Why is anybody worthy of their positions in the market cap? Bitcoin is advertised as a payment system and a means of exchange, and then everybody who’s ever tried to use it for that, it’s been a miserable failure. They usually stop taking it, or they find ways to take cash, and through a creative structure like what Bitpay has done. Ethereum claims to be a world computer, but then CryptoKitties breaks it.”
In addition to that, he said:
“The way the ecosystem goes about doing its business is what makes it earn the current positive reputation of becoming the market leader and contender.”
Besides leading the research, design and development of Cardano, he also helped to guide Ethereum Classic following its hard fork from Ethereum.