Dmitry "Rassah" Murashchik (Community Manager for Mycelium) provides an update on Mycelium and predictions for 2016 - Paul Puey (Co-Counder of AirBitz.co) comes on the show to discuss bitcoin wallet anonymity, privacy, AirBitz wallet - (News about
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Dmitry has been involved with digital currencies as far back as 2003, studying their use and economic development in various games and virtual worlds. He holds a Master's in Global Finance and Economics, and has over a decade of experience in personal and corporate finance and investments. He also has a background in technology, and prior to switching to finance was involved in IT and software development, including working as an IT manager and software developer for McDonald's Corp.Dmitry has been involved in bitcoin in various capacities, including mining, investing, helping with related project development, venture funding, and volunteering as a Bitcoin consultant for "Bitcoin 101″ tables at various conferences. Since its founding in November of 2011, Dmitry has worked as an accountant and treasurer for the Bitcoin100 charity fundraiser, and was promoted to the role of director in May of 2013. More recently, Dmitry was hired to work as a Community Manager for Mycelium, the group behind the Bitcoin wallet, as well as the BitcoinCard.org project.
Mycelium - What we are all about
The Mycelium project was started by developing the Bitcoincard in 2008. The goal was to create an infrastructure-independent, self-powered, ad-hoc network that could dynamically form wherever a sufficient number of nodes came together to support it. Back then there was no bitcoin, and the main purpose of this network was to create an uninterruptible text messaging system that works directly between active and present nodes within a radius of 300 meters, via credit card form factor user devices. When Bitcoin was released, the project team realized that it fits perfectly into the project's ideology, and decided to concentrate its efforts on integrating bitcoin into a software-programmable hardware device.
In 2012, Mycelium team decided to diversify projects, and began developing Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet and other bitcoin-related products. The software development and hardware engineering team is comprised of world-class specialists, whose main task is to develop a full range of products which would enable bitcoin use by both physical, and legal/corporate persons in all areas of economic activity, ranging from the acquisition, storage, and use of bitcoins in everyday life as payment tool, to long term investments and professional trading of cryptocurrencies.
Today the Mycelium team consists of 35 people working in Europe, America and Asia.
Mycelium's Goal - to make bitcoin penetration as prevalent in our lives as the level of Internet penetration is in the life of modern man.
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The Airbitz mobile Bitcoin wallet is a decentralized, secure, and backed up Bitcoin wallet that provides true financial autonomy & privacy for users. Neither Airbitz nor any 3rd party can access users' funds or data within the Airbitz wallet. A clean, user-first interface solves many of the usability issues plaguing current wallet solutions, while adding features including:
Airbitz for Android or iOS
Ease of Use
Decentralized server architecture. Wallets work even if Airbitz servers are down
Supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to transfer funds instead of scanning QR codes
Simple account creation using just a login & password (no printing or emailing of PDFs, writing down passphrases or adding encryption settings)
Automatic wallet encryption, backup, and multi-device synchronization
Multiple wallets per account with simple user defined wallet names (ie. "Vacation Fund")
Integration with the Airbitz Business directory to auto-complete business meta data for transactions
User editable transaction data (payee, category, fiat value, & notes)
Built in transaction search by payee, category, or notes
Quick UI to transfer funds between wallets in an account
Multiple fiat currency support. Assign a fiat currency per wallet
Easy to search Business Directory Map (Find out who takes bitcoin around you)
Hierarchical Deterministic wallets with changing addresses per transaction
Local client-side encryption (S-Crypt password hashing & AES256 encryption) of all user keys and data
No user info required to use wallet (no name, address, email, or phone number)
Native C/C++ code for super strong encryption and password hashing (S-Crypt password hashing & AES256 encryption)
Local client-side encryption using user generated login & password
Open-source release on Oct 31, 2014
Airbitz Bitcoin Wallet
Setup a secure, encrypted, and backed up Bitcoin wallet in just minutes to send or receive bitcoin, anywhere in the world. The Airbitz bitcoin wallet provides the easiest interface to transact with bitcoin and also includes a beautifully curated map and directory of both local and web based bitcoin businesses.
The Airbitz wallet has enhanced privacy & security, and features a user-first interface which solves many of the usability issues plaguing current bitcoin wallets.
While Airbitz keeps usability simple for the beginner, it sacrifices nothing for the advanced bitcoin user. Airbitz is easy enough for introducing Bitcoin to friends and family in under 5 minutes, while maintaining the latest, most empowering features for advanced users.
•Automatic wallet encryption, backup, and recovery
•Send or Receive bitcoin in seconds using:
•Email or SMS
•NFC (Near Field Communication)
•BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy)
Safety & Users First
Bitcoin wallets present unique risks to users, requiring unfamiliar processes such as encrypting and backing up private keys. When using Airbitz, wallets, keys, and transaction data are always encrypted and always backed up with no additional steps required of users.
Airbitz takes the risk of mobile device loss, theft, or damage out of the equation. A user's login & password on any iPhone or Android device instantly recovers access to all wallet information and funds.
"Bitcoin: Safe, Simple, and Secure" is the mantra of Airbitz. The Airbitz wallet presents a familiar experience from account creation, to the sending and requesting funds.
•Unencrypted data is never stored on the device or transmitted to the network
•Encrypted wallet data is automatically backed up to the cloud
•Multi-device synchronization with no additional configuration
•Wallet recovery requires just a login & password on any compatible Android or iPhone device
The core values behind Airbitz have led to a server architecture of the most private and decentralized bitcoin wallets available.
A decentralized architecture allows wallets to function even while Airbitz servers are unavailable. The Airbitz wallet directly accesses bitcoin network nodes to send and receive funds providing a fault-tolerant experience. Peer-to-peer cloud backups also provide an anti-fragile network environment to help ensure maximum functionality in times of network distress.
•Zero personal user information required to use wallet (no name, address, email, and phone number are required)
•Local client-side encryption (S-Crypt password hashing & AES256 encryption) of all user keys and data
•Hierarchical Deterministic wallets with changing addresses per transaction
•Server data model provides no correlation between transactions and user accounts
Although simple for the beginner Bitcoin user, Airbitz provides enhanced features that surpass the expectations of a Bitcoin veteran.
•Supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and NFC to transfer funds instead of scanning QR codes
•Multiple wallets per account with simple user defined wallet names (ie. "Vacation Fund")
•Integration with the Airbitz Business directory to auto-complete business meta data for transactions
•User editable transaction data (payee, category, fiat value, & notes)
•Built in transaction search by payee, category, or notes
•Quick UI to transfer funds between wallets in an account
•Multiple fiat currency support. Assign a fiat currency per wallet
•Supports archiving wallets when not in use
•Export transaction data or keys in multiple formats
•Send payment requests via email or SMS
•Scan QR code from photo albums
Open Source Platform
Airbitz was released open source on Oct 31, 2014.
Open source software provides the transparency required to verify the promised functionality of Bitcoin software. Airbitz believes strongly in the open source model and has contributed significantly to various open source projects including our own.