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There are many inspiring and talented people on the Zcash Company engineering team, and Marshall Gaucher is no exception. With responsibility across multiple teams — including dev infrastructure, zcashd, wallet and security — Marshall’s ability to effectively communicate and collaborate is critical to the success of the project.
While a broad role like this might leave some people feeling frazzled, he leads with a calm presence — and a great sense of humor. In describing the dev infrastructure team’s work he said, “We’re basically pro bono network doctors … Our system may or may not come to its appointment, but we still provide real-time treatment, with no insurance policy.”
Marshall found his way to Zcash Company last year during a search for meaningful work. “I wanted something that would give me a challenge, while genuinely contributing to society, not just pumping out another product that lasts 5 to 10 years that no one really remembers,” he said. “Being a part of technology that leaves a legacy is much more fulfilling than riding along on the product popularity bus.”
The work at Zcash Company did not disappoint, he recounts: “I jumped into it, and felt like I was back in school again. It was really cool. There’s so much research and so many beautiful minds and the great thing about it is everyone was genuinely just trying to solve problems. And sometimes the problems being solved didn’t make products, it just created more opportunities to learn and contribute to society. That’s intrinsically motivating.”
The work is not only personally inspiring but also academically rigorous, which suits Marshall just fine. “I’ve always wanted to learn a bunch of applied cryptography,” he said, “and until you actually have either security experience or you’re a mathematician or ...
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