People

Bryce Wilcox-O'Hearn

Bryce Wilcox-O'Hearn

Formal First Name
Bryce
Nick Name
Zooko
Dates
5/13/1974 - present
Location

Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Coin Company. A respected computer scientist and original cypherpunk, he has over 20 years of experience in secure distributed systems, cryptography, free and open-source software, and startups. Best known for developing secure and resilient network protocols for storage and value transfer, Wilcox-O'Hearn is also noted for his work on DigiCash, Mojo Nation, ZRTP, BLAKE2, and SPHINCS. He tweets often about a range of topics and used to blog about health science as well.

CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Zooko created the Transitive Grace Period Public Licence (TGPPL) to make open source more resistant to capture and more sustainable.
  • He co-created the Zooko’s Triangle concept in 2001, which describes three properties considered desirable for names of participants in a network protocol: human-meaningful, secure and decentralized.
  • He conjectured that no single name can exhibit more than two of the properties, though this has since been disproven.
  • He started Least Authority Enterprises because he wanted a convenient and safe way to store his files in the cloud.
  • He is one of the co-founders of the Tahoe-LAFS project, a free and open-source cloud storage system with end-to-end security.


Zooko has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.