ECC is at token2049

After a busy week in Portugal we’re still on the conference circuit 🛫 ECC will be at @token2049 to discuss […]

Zebra update

Zcash Foundation’s Zebra the independent, Rust-lang based implementation of Zcash node, has shipped RC1 and is ready for audit.

@ZcashCommGrants

Zcash Community Grants will be present at 3 conferences this November: @LABlockchainSmt Nov 1-3, @token2049 London Nov 9-10, ZK Workshop Tel Aviv Nov 15-17. We look forward to engage with current & prospective grant applicants, answer questions and promote our grants program!

Zcash Community Grants will be present at 3 conferences this November: @LABlockchainSmt Nov 1-3, @token2049 London Nov 9-10, ZK Workshop Tel Aviv Nov 15-17. We look forward to engage with current & prospective grant applicants, answer questions and promote our grants program!

Zebra Release Candidate

The Zcash Foundation is pleased to announce that we have recently tagged our first release candidate of Zebra (zebra 1.0.0-rc.0), […]

ECC Statement

ECC has been monitoring the increase in the Zcash blockchain size due to recent higher transaction volumes.

@roommatemusing

In the last ~week, Zcash Community Grants has approved: Tor Arti Round 2 f/ $666,656.40, Zingo labs wallet f/ $128,520.00, Ywallet f/ $300,000.00, These are all good things imo. We have to spend money to make money in order for the virtuous cycle of the Zcash dev fund to work.

In the last ~week, Zcash Community Grants has approved: Tor Arti Round 2 f/ $666,656.40, Zingo labs wallet f/ $128,520.00, Ywallet f/ $300,000.00, These are all good things imo. We have to spend money to make money in order for the virtuous cycle of the Zcash dev fund to work.

@DefiantNews

This week’s guest on The Defiant Podcast authored the first-ever blog post about Bitcoin 🎙️ @zooko was an early Bitcoin contributor long before starting @zcash 🛡️ For Zooko, $ZEC is not about privacy, it’s about freedom. Here’s the fascinating story of @zcash ‘s beginnings 🧵👇

This week's guest on The Defiant Podcast authored the first-ever blog post about Bitcoin 🎙️ @zooko was an early Bitcoin contributor long before starting @zcash 🛡️ For Zooko, $ZEC is not about privacy, it's about freedom. Here's the fascinating story of @zcash's beginnings 🧵👇

ECC partners with GetBlock

We’re happy to announce that we have partnered with GetBlock. Developers can now use GetBlock as a Zcash node provider. […]

@ctomeo

I spoke at #Zcon3 about marketing #Zcash, and I said that “Zcash is cash for web3.” It is bleeding-edge tech, good for sending to a friend or buying something on the internet, borderless, built for interop, and more. Someone even made a clip! 🎬

I spoke at #Zcon3 about marketing #Zcash, and I said that "Zcash is cash for web3." It is bleeding-edge tech, good for sending to a friend or buying something on the internet, borderless, built for interop, and more. Someone even made a clip! 🎬

Zooko to speak at Mainnet

The one and only Zooko, the Founder and CEO of Electric Coin Company, which maintains ZCash, will join us on […]

ECC introduces the Zcash Posterity Fund

The Electric Coin Company is introducing the Zcash Posterity Fund, a proposal for modifying ZEC issuance. We believe this will improve long-term financial sustainability of the Zcash network, while maintaining the 21 million supply cap.

Zcon3 speaker announcement: QEDIT

The ZSAs project is opening the door for the Zcash ecosystem to be much more functional and enable all kinds of (privacy) applications on-chain.

Zcon3 speaker light: Zcash Community Grants

The Zcash Community Grants will be live in Vegas for Zcon3 to discuss the grants program. Topics include a 2022 grant retrospective, increased outreach efforts to attract high-quality grant applicants, and the Global Ambassador Program.

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Zooko

Zooko Wilcox is an original cypherpunk, long-standing technologist and entrepreneur. His work spans open and decentralized systems, cryptography, and information security.

@ZcashFoundation

#Zcash fam! During Zcon3, we plan to have a “Town Hall”-style session where members of the ZF and Bootstrap boards of directors answer questions submitted and upvoted by the community. Please post the questions you would like answered here:

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Anna Kaplan and Liz Steininger

Are you fascinated by zk-SNARKs and want to learn more about their inner workings? During this interactive workshop, Anna and Liz will focus on the mathematical and cryptographic foundations of zk-SNARKs by focusing on a pen-and-paper approach.

@zksquirrel

Hello Zcashers! 🦓 During the recent Arborist call there was in-depth discussion on variety of important & interesting topics. Check out the summary below 👇

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Deirdre Connolly & Conrado Gouvêa

In this talk, Deirdre and Conrado will review the current status of FROST implementations, including our fully-generic library frost-core. They will talk about upcoming work such as integrating FROST into the Zcash protocol and future features, such as distributed key generation.

@ZcashCommGrants

Zcash Community Grants will be present at ZCON3 (organized by @ZcashFoundation) & @defcon Aug 6-14 to connect with builders and to grow the adoption & usability of Zcash. Looking forward to meet the attendees in-person & virtually!

ECC releases 5.2.0

As we mentioned in our last blog post regarding release 5.1.0, the Zcash network is processing a significantly increased number of shielded transactions. The network remains stable and secure, transactions are being processed normally, and we are making additional performance improvements to both the zcashd wallet and full node as part of release 5.2.0.

Zcon3 Speaker Highlight: Jack Gavigan

Jack has a background in financial technology, with over ten years of working with major financial institutions such as Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, and Morgan Stanley, where he also spent a year as a trader.

Least Authority at Zcon3

We will be hosting a workshop during Zcon3 (Las Vegas August 7-9). Stay tuned for times and topic details! We will also be posting a Calendly link to schedule a meeting with members of our team if you will be in attendance.

@ZcashFoundation

Shoutout to @durumcrustulum for a fantastic presentation on FROST - a threshold signature scheme that reduces network overhead during signing operations, while employing novel techniques to protect against forgery attacks applicable to similar schemes. 🙌

@PartnerWithUD

We’re thrilled to partner with @NighthawkWallet to make buying crypto easier! Now their members can use easily readable Unstoppable Domains to send and receive crypto 🚀 Try it out:

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Nate Wilcox & Steven Smith

A large part of the effort for the latter stages of the Zcash NU5 development was integrating newer NU5 features with older pre-NU5 technologies. This session will present some of Steven and Nathan’s thoughts on how this could be accomplished, including a discussion of the social aspects of pool retirement.

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Nate Wilcox & Steven Smith

The Electric Coin Company has shared its interest in moving Zcash from a PoW consensus mechanism to PoS. They started their research phase in the fall with the goal of producing a concrete transition proposal for the community.

Zcon3 speaker announcement: Zondax

After a multi-year effort with lots of hurdles, the Zondax team will finally demo their complete Ledger support for shielded Zcash transactions in Zecwallet.

ECC releases newest Zcash user survey

As we build world class UX for ZEC, we want to hear from you. If you’ve ever sent or received $ZEC as payment or gift, please consider completing our newest user survey. Feedback from this survey will assist us as we move towards launching an ECC wallet:

@criptolawyer

📢TwitterSpace | MAÑANA tenemos space 🌏💥en 100 Dias De Research. Hablaremos con @yoditarX embajador de @zcashesp una criptomoneda que garantiza la PRIVACIDAD en las transacciones👀 ¡Fija tu recordatorio! 🗓 5:00 PM 🇲🇽6:00 PM 🇻🇪 7:00 PM 🇦🇷

📢TwitterSpace | MAÑANA tenemos space 🌏💥en 100 Dias De Research. Hablaremos con @yoditarX embajador de @zcashesp una criptomoneda que garantiza la PRIVACIDAD en las transacciones👀 ¡Fija tu recordatorio! 🗓 5:00 PM 🇲🇽6:00 PM 🇻🇪 7:00 PM 🇦🇷

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Aditya Bharadwaj

Aditya Bharadwaj is the creator of the Nighthawk Wallet and a member of the Zcash Community Grants committee. He has a background in Electrical and Electronics Engineering & Entrepreneurship.

Zcash Media shares thread on wallet experience

In recent weeks, the Zcash user experience has experienced some difficulties, with wallets being "stalled" or unable to easily send txns. So what's going on and what are the solutions? Let's take a look!

Welcome Cody Burns

Meet the new Zcash Community Grants committee member DontPanicBurns! Cody is an enterprise blockchain architect at a professional tech consulting firm where he focuses on multi-party systems, digital identity and works on implementing zero-knowledge systems.

Zcash Arborist call notes

Hey People! 🦓 As you may have known there have been major developments in Zcash land.Here's a summary of the recent Arborist call with everything you need to know🛡️:

@cobie

Live with the one and only @zooko. ZODL. Join us: https://twitch.tv/uponlytv

@rhizo_michael

🚨🚨 NEW POD ALERT 🚨🚨@CReckhow and I are thrilled to release our latest episode:✨ LIVE ✨ convos with @zooko + @pussyrrriot + @pplpleasr1 on privacy, advocacy, and activism in crypto.

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Dean Tribble

Dean Tribble co-designed the negotiation process and contract for the first smart contracting system, AMiX. As a Principal Architect at Microsoft, he co-designed the Midori distributed object-capability operating system.

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Isabela Fernandes

Isabela Fernandes is the Executive Director of the Tor Project since November 2018. She joined the Tor Project as Project Manager in 2015, after working as Product Manager for International and Growth at Twitter for four years.

ZCash (ZEC) Added to Bitcoin of America ATM Locations

Bitcoin of America has announced a new addition to their Bitcoin ATMs. ZCash is now available at Bitcoin of America locations. The company has 2500 plus BTMs across the USA. Bitcoin of America saw an increase in popularity of ZCash. They decided it was time to add it as an option to customers.

New Release 5.1.0

The ECC core team worked over the Fourth of July holiday to implement a new batch validation algorithm to further reduce verification time by another 80%. Their efforts saw release zcashd 5.1.0 go live.

Zcash Brasil presente no NFT Rio

Zcash presente no NFT Rio. ZEC traz autonomia financeira de forma segura para usuários na era digital. Descentralizando sanções fiscais e tornando dados do usuários privado.

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Josh Swihart

Josh Swihart is SVP of Growth at the Electric Coin Company, where he is responsible for communications, regulatory, education, community, partnerships, and strategy in support of Zcash.

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Steven Smith

Steven Smith is currently SVP of Engineering and Product Management at the Electric Coin Company, the creators of Zcash. Steven has over 20 years of experience in Engineering and Product leadership roles.

Zcon3 virtual registration open

Happy Friday Zcash fam! Unable to attend Zcon3 in person? We totally understand... and we still want you to be involved! Registration for the virtual Zcon3 component is now open.

Zebra beta.12 is out

Zebra beta.12 is out! Beta.12 improves Zebra's Orchard proof-verification performance & sync performance. Beta.12 has some breaking changes, including a breaking config change.

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Michele Orru

Michele is a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley, interested in ZK proofs & more broadly in cryptography. His research includes building authentication mechanisms that preserve user privacy & anonymity.

@TakeshiBrock

The @cypherpunkZero @zcash NFT collection passed 100ETH trading volume on @opensea! #NFT #Zcash #Cypherpunkzero

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Kurt Opsahl

Kurt Opsahl is the Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel of the EFF. He represents clients on civil liberties, free speech and privacy law, and counsels on EFF projects and initiatives.

Brilliant thread from Zcash architect @least_nathan. Why the standard idea of "pass-through privacy" is fundamentally wrong: (This is also why I think ZEC is a better investment than a "pass-through privacy service" like Tornado Cash etc is.)

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Chris Tomeo

Chris Tomeo has been Head of Growth Marketing at the Electric Coin Company since February. He started working on Zcash-related projects in 2018 when his agency, Adjy, was hired to help with the #Zcash brand, messaging and web projects.

ZCAP expands to 140 people

We previously announced a plan to expand the Zcash Community Advisory Panel (ZCAP) ahead of the upcoming Zcash Community Grants committee election. Following this expansion, the ZCAP consists of 140 people, including 34 new members.

Watch ZCG candidate community call

Meet the Zcash Community Grant committee (ZCG) candidates running for the one open spot to join the committee July 1 2022. Call hosted by Jack Gavigan, ZF Executive Director, and Daniel Wolande, ZF Ecosystem Relations Manager, who presented the candidates questions from the Zcash Community.

Zcon3 1.5 months away

We're about 1.5 months away from the Zcash Foundation's annual privacy event - Zcon3! With about 20 tickets left, we advise those interested in attending, to register asap. (Online registration will open soon for the virtual component)

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Daira Hopwood

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Daira Hopwood. Daira is a cryptographic engineer with the Electric Coin Company. Ze contributed to the design of the Sprout, Sapling and Orchard shielded protocols, designed the Pasta curves, and is a ZIP Editor & the lead author of the Zcash protocol spec.

Proof of Stake: Approach, focus, and next steps

As we described in our initial blog on Proof-of-Stake Research, we are releasing updates to the Zcash community as we go. In this post we describe major technical research areas we intend to focus on moving forward. We will go over a number of topics, including these focus areas, approach, and next steps. We’ll adjust throughout the process as we discover new needs.

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Elizabeth Crites

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Elizabeth Crites. Elizabeth is a research scientist at the University of Edinburgh. She holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Brown University, an MSc in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University, & a BSc in Mathematics from the U of Western Ontario!

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Pratyush Mishra

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Pratyush Mishra. Pratyush Mishra is a cryptographer at Aleo working on developing & implementing zkSNARKs. He recently completed his PhD from UC Berkeley. His PhD research focused on new constructions and applications of zkSNARKs.

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Str4d

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Str4d. Str4d is a cryptographic engineer who started at the Electric Coin Company as a software engineer & ex-physicist in 2016. He built Zcash’s PoW subsystem & has since contributed to the design & implementation of most of the consensus protocol changes.

Cypherpunk Zero public mint closed

The Cypherpunk Zero NFT saw all NFTs minted during its allowlist and public release periods. There are currently 1,200 owners and members of this new community.

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Daniel Benarroch

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Daniel Benarroch has 8 years of experience in cryptographic research. He has designed and built several products based on privacy-enhancing techniques and is currently leading strategy and the Research team at Qedit.

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Jordi Baylina

Zcon3 speaker highlight: Jordi Baylina. Jordi is an outstanding member of the Ethereum community and part of the White Hat Group. He's the co-founder of iden3 and the main contributor to circom and snarkjs. Currently, he's the technical lead at Polygon Hermez, building a zkEVM.

@JackGavigan

Congratulations to the @ElectricCoinCo engineers (especially @ebfull) on the successful activation of NU5 (and Halo2)! A big shout-out also to to the @ZcashFoundation engineers! Zebra took its first network upgrade in its stride.

Congratulations to the @ElectricCoinCo engineers (especially @ebfull) on the successful activation of NU5 (and Halo2)! A big shout-out also to to the @ZcashFoundation engineers! Zebra took its first network upgrade in its stride. Hopefully the first of many! #TeamZcashⓩ

Zcash Proof-of-Stake Research

While most of ECC is focused on the upcoming deployment of Halo and the shielded-by-default ecosystem in the impending NU5 update, a few of us have begun the initial research phase with a goal of producing a concrete transition proposal to the Zcash community.

Cypherpunk Zero NFT Public Release

In celebration of Zcash NU5 and the world’s first implementation of Halo cryptography, ECC is proud to present the Cypherpunk Zero NFT collection—a grand experiment in cross-chain community building.

New Release 5.0.0

The 5.0.0 release supports NU5 activation on mainnet, which will occur at a block height of 1687104 (May 31st), following the targeted EOS halt of our 4.6.0-2 and 4.7.0 releases on May 16th.

@ZcashFoundation

Zebra beta.9 is out

Zebra beta.9 is out! The latest beta continues our work on lightwalletd RPC methods, and it also contains some internal CI improvements. A huge shout out to the Zebra engineers for all of your hard work. It certainly does not go unnoticed

@ElectricCoinCo

Cypherpunk Zero prepping for public mint

In celebration of #Zcash NU5 and the world’s first implementation of Halo cryptography, ECC is proud to present the @CypherpunkZero NFT collection—a grand experiment in cross-chain community building. Here’s what you need to know re:the upcoming public release of the free NFTs.

@HanuDixit

Zcash has an anthem

My Zash Anthem Is All Yours Now! Please give this Song all your love and support! Also available on Spotify, Instagram, Tiktok & other streaming platforms.

Zcon3 is headed to Vegas

The Zcash Foundation is excited to announce that Zcon3 will be held in-person, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, from August 7-9. Zcon3 will also have a virtual component.

The Empty Space 間

PayWithZcash wrote an article on Zcash and its position as the "The Empty Space 間" in the crypto space.

New Release 4.7.0

Release 4.7.0 marks a major milestone on the path to NU5. It enables full support for the Orchard shielded protocol and Unified Addresses on testnet. It will also reactivate NU5 on testnet to pick up the latest consensus changes.

Grayscale’s newly-updated Zcash report

It’s no secret that data privacy has come back into focus as a key trend within Web 3.0. Zcash seeks to become the model digital currency of choice for digital information security.

New Release 4.6.0-2

Release 4.6.0 and 4.6.0-1 zcashd nodes will reach End of Service on or about April 13th, 2022. Prior to that time, all nodes must upgrade to 4.6.0-2 to avoid service interruptions.

@zcashmedia

Zcash Media’s Mission

Hello #Zcash fam! We're getting ready to start showcasing the work of Zcash Media to the world! Our multi-platform educational hub is launching this month, but first a quick intro to who we are and our mission...

Zcash to 10 billion

Electric Coin Co. (ECC) talks a lot about empowering everyone with economic freedom and opportunity — it is our mission, […]

Buy and Sell ZEC on Coinbase

Coinbase supports Zcash (ZEC) at Coinbase.com and in the Coinbase Android and iOS apps. Coinbase customers can now buy, sell, send, receive, […]

BitGo Adds Zcash

Zcash is now supported in both our multi-signature wallets and our cold storage custody solutions. BitGo and Zcash engineers worked together […]

Coinbase Exploring Zcash

Coinbase provides an important, regulated on-ramp to utilizing Zcash’s technology for over 20 million consumers. We applaud the Coinbase decision […]

Introducing Agoric

Agoric has completed a seed funding round from the Zcash Company, Naval Ravikant, and Polychain Capital. We thank our investors […]

Introducing StarkWare Industries

We’re proud to announce that StarkWare has completed a $6M seed funding round. Our investors include Pantera, Naval Ravikant, MetaStable, Floodgate, […]

“Privacy is an essential part of cryptocurrency security, and despite some initial mistaken beliefs to the contrary, Bitcoin alone doesn’t provide that. Zcash is the first cryptocurrency that provides the level of privacy users deserve and expect.”

Radiolab – The Ceremony

Last November, journalist Morgen Peck showed up at her friend Molly Webster’s apartment in Brooklyn, told her to take her […]

“Privacy is crucial to modern business. If Apple and Samsung can view each other’s financial transactions, the system is not secure. Zcash provides that secure, neutral ground for commerce.”

“The Zcash team is doing much needed work. Protocols like this are the ideal building block for p2p electronic cash.”

“Zcash is an important project being worked on by a very talented team.”

“Bitcoin was built using decades-old cryptography; I’m excited to see what is possible when a great team applies the latest advances to create a better digital cash.”

Bitcoin Isn’t Anonymous Enough

Anonymity achieves [fungibility] by preventing merchants or service providers from seeing any blemishes that might prevent them from honoring a […]

“As much as people now love the idea and the benefits of blockchain technology, time and time again they bring up two issues that blockchains currently do not address: scalability and privacy. I believe that the technology that Zcash is working on is currently the best in class in its ability to address the privacy challenge.”

“There is a strong need for research into better fungibility in digital currency systems, and Zcash is an ambitious project that goes far beyond the incremental improvements worked on elsewhere.”

“Bitcoin is HTTP for money; Zcash is HTTPS.”

“The Zcash team has been been working away quietly and diligently on something very, very important: fully private and fungible digital cash.”

“Technically, it’s a challenge to have fungibility in a shared blockchain, yet money requires fungibility. It’s exciting to see the Zcash team working toward adding real fungibility to blockchains—and with the strength and talent of this team, this is only the tip of the iceberg.”

“Privacy is a very important challenge with current blockchain technology, but existing solutions like private blockchains do not really solve the problem. The technology behind Zcash does.”

“I think the right to privacy is important in all aspects of life, including financial transactions, and Zcash is the ultimate currency for privacy.”

“Zcash is strongest where Bitcoin is weakest; It gives users the easy ability to maintain their financial privacy. If anything can compete with Bitcoin, it will be on this front.”

“The fully private Zcash is to digital currencies what Bitcoin was to money—a monumental innovation. Something truly comparable to physical cash has been born online.”

“Zcash is pursuing a noble goal – retaining privacy for free citizens in an age of mass surveillance. ShapeShift has invested proactively in only two upcoming digital assets, and Zcash is one of them. We’re honored to support Zooko and the outstanding team behind this project.”

“I invested in Zcash because of the impressive team pushing the boundaries of crypto and because Privacy is one of building blocks of Freedom.”

“The lack of fungibility of Bitcoin has always been a looming threat to its economics. Zcash finally solves that problem, using one of the most fascinating cryptographic techniques ever developed. Since the protocol was first discussed, it was obvious to me it would be a hit; it was merely a matter of getting the right team to see it through. I believe the Zcash company has done just that.”

Zcash Launches in Alpha

In the game of anonymity, cryptocurrency fans have embraced Bitcoin and the blockchain technology which drives it. The technology does […]

“Zcash has the most innovative technology that will revolutionize how the world manages data privacy.”