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Jake Yocom-Piatt, Co-Founder & Project Lead for Decred, Co-Creator of ZKC


Jake Yocom-Piatt is the Co-Founder & Project Lead for Decred (www.decred.org). He is a cryptocurrency pioneer who has been using, funding, and directing the creation of open-source software for 10+ years and has been featured as an expert source for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Coindesk, and many more. Prior to Decred, Jake funded and oversaw the creation of btcsuite, an alternative full-node Bitcoin implementation written in go, whose source code has been used in several other notable projects, e.g. Lightning Network (lnd), Ethereum, and Factom. He also is a co-creator of ZKC, a high-security asynchronous chat system.

In this conversation, we discuss:

- Crypto project management
- Political donations
- Blockchain to improve the voting process
- Privacy-focused voting
- Tracking campaign spending
- Middle managers in Silicon Valley
- Decred: Money Evolved
- Bitcoin didn’t want to evolve
- NGU - Number Go UP
- Tracking political donations in the 2020 municipal Brazil elections
- DCR Time Stamp
- Fake volume on centralized exchanges
- Tether ($USDT)