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The Zcash Company strategic priorities are as follows:
- Drive adoption while maintaining quality
- Invest in our team
- Increase openness and collaboration
When the Zcash Company team came together at Zcon0 in Montreal back in June, we published a roadmap that publicly communicated our priorities going forward. Since that time, the team has been heads down, focusing on a major network upgrade called Sapling.
The team is ecstatic that the Sapling upgrade successfully activated last month. Sapling radically increases the performance of the magical zero-knowledge proofs (known as zk-SNARKs). Why should anybody care? Well, this improvement means that the private transactions that are Zcash’s raison d’être are now performant enough to work on mobile devices and hardware wallets.
With that major product and engineering work now live on the mainnet, it’s time to turn our attention to communicating publicly about our strategy for the balance of 2018 and 2019. We’ve managed to distill the five priorities coming out of Zcon0 down to three.
Priority #1: Drive adoption while maintaining quality
Zcash is amazing science that’s now been productionized. However, it’s admittedly been very difficult to use. An analogy that one of our founding scientists, Matthew Green, likes to use is that at Zcash we’ve “built a flying car,” but until recently the car had no doors.
The team’s focus since inception has been building highly-stable and secure back-end code to support a robust protocol, while leaving the development of front-end, user application code to the broader ecosystem. To date, this has left Zcash enthusiasts in a situation where they can either use the Linux command line interface, or use a community-supported GUI application — both of which depend on the user operating a “full node” and keeping the full Zcash blockchain synchronized locally. Neither of these options ...
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