Hour 2 - Paul Puey (AirBitz) on why AirBitz is now Edge and what is different
2017-11-01 Hour 2 Paul Puey from Ernest Hancock on Vimeo.
CEO and Co-Founder of AirBitz.co
Paul is a proud Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley with a wide range of technical skills from low-level 3D graphics engineering to development of custom web CMS systems, even before people knew what a CMS was. He held lead engineering positions with Nvidia and Chromatic Research, but most recently owned and operated several non-technical small businesses throughout California. There he learned the importance of the intersection of people, business, and technology.
Today, Paul aims to bring Bitcoin mainstream with software and products aimed at simplifying Bitcoin and making it insanely easy to send and secure this revolutionary currency while maintaining the highest level of privacy.
When not converting people to bitcoin you'll likely find him climbing a rock in Joshua Tree or at a local climbing gym.
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TOPICS AND REFERENCES...
Introducing?Edge?Login = The world's first zero-knowledge single sign-on solution
Edge secures your freedom = The Edge team's mission is to provide the world's most innovative tools and systems.
For decades, we've utilized the enterprise security model which centralizes valuable data with trusted custodians. Over and over, this model has been proven to be flawed, with countless hacks, break-ins, and thefts of consumer information and data.
Instead of relying on enterprise server security, Edge-Security encrypts data first the user's device before it ever touches a network or server.
A server-side hack yields nothing but fully encrypted, private data. A hack on a user's device yields only the data of that one user vs millions of users. The incentive to attack the system is reduced by orders of magnitude.
Airbitz provides the world's first edge security platform that allows developers to build apps that secure users' data at "The Edge."
We Secure Data by Empowering You
We believe empowering individuals to take control of their own data will lead to better security everywhere for everyone.
Data security has historically been left to large organizations which act as trusted custodians of valuable information.This model of security has created large "honey pots" of data that make these organizations very attractive targets for hackers and attackers. By exploiting just one vulnerability, malicious actors can gain access to massive amounts of valuable data.
Due to the many failures of trusted custodians, the explosion of sensitive data, and the advent of blockchain technology, data security must happen at the edges of our networks. We are ready to meet this challenge head on.
Once widely deployed, our Edge Security platform will make large scale data breaches a relic of the past and will help propel everyone safely and easily into the emerging networks of the future.
The Genealogy of Edge
Humble Beginnings, Grand Ambitions
The founding team, in NorthPark, San Diego
Edge's first product, a bitcoin wallet and business directory, was launched in the winter of 2014, under the company name of "AirBitz" and has been securing millions of dollars worth of bitcoin ever since.
Like many others, Airbitz was inspired by the bitcoin revolution and set out from day one to build tools that kept bitcoin users safe and in control.
The Airbitz Bitcoin Wallet was the first application of a security model we coined as "Edge Security". By the end of 2015, we had successfully packaged up the tools that make the Airbitz Wallet awesome into a software development kit (SDK) that developers could use for their own applications. Our "Edge Security" SDK has since been integrated into top-tier blockchain projects such as Augur, Wings, and OpenLedger.
Airbitz quickly advanced from a bitcoin wallet in 2014 to a paradigm shifting data security solution and multi-currency wallet in late 2017. Given our company's evolution and coining of the term, "Edge Security", we thought it would be best to highlight this focus as the core of our brand. We look forward to the next stage of our company as Edge and invite you to join us on this innovative journey.
Airbitz Major Wallet Overhaul Leads to New Brand, New Company: Edge
Airbitz, a popular bitcoin wallet, announced under an embargoed press release undone as of this writing, it is rebranding itself 'Edge'. "Airbitz is now Edge," the release begins before explaining why the San Diego-based company is moving forward in such a manner.
Airbitz is Now Edge
San Diego-based Airbitz announced that it is overhauling its popular wallet, and while doing so is rebranding anew as well. Airbitz is now Edge. Bitcoiners are no doubt familiar with its "focusing on client side security that is not only incredibly private, but also familiar and accessible," the company notes. At its foundation is the concept of decentralization, one crucial to Satoshi's vision of Bitcoin as a network as well as a currency.
"This is what we call security at the 'edges' of the network," Edge began. "We have all seen the consequences of the over-centralization of data security with hack after hack after hack."
"Written from the ground up, Edge Wallet employs a modular architecture that allows it to secure and transact with any blockchain or token," the press release continued.
"Developers of other blockchains are welcome to contribute support for their blockchain through a simple plugin which enables Edge to transact their digital currency."
With Segwit transaction support for bitcoin and litecoin, the new wallet "will ship with support for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Augur REP, Wings, and Matryx tokens," Edge claims. Another purported feature is allowing users to "seamlessly convert funds between the various digital currencies and tokens" with "tightly integrated support for Shapeshift."
Edge founding team includes Paul Puey (front, third from left).
Edge also plans to exploit decentralized applications (dapps). Users will be able "to authenticate and see the funds used in dapps that utilize our Edge Security SDK."
This will help in the new company's efforts to eliminate users "having to copy and paste addresses to send and receive funds between a blockchain app and a wallet." Edge Wallet, the company insists, will allow users "to login to partner apps such as Augur and Wings with just the scan of a bar code. After authenticating with the dapp, users will be able to see and transact the same Ether, REP, and Wings funds."
In its previous incarnation as Airbitz, the company's claims to fame included one-touch two factor authentication, first ever bitcoin Cuba transaction, and the invention of Bluetooth low energy bitcoin transactions.
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