Robert Viglione is the co-founder of Zen, a blockchain-based private borderless decentralized platform for communications and transactions. The technology is designed to support very high data survivability even in adversarial environments. It was inspired by Bitcoin, Dash and Zcash.
Yesterday Viglione talked with Finance Magnates about the state of cryptocurrency adoption in different regions around the world such as Venezuela and Africa, how fast the technology could take over digital finance, the response in academia to his interest and even the possibility of new micro-nations being crowdfunded with an ICO.
The interview was broadcast live and a video recording is available here:
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In addition to co-founding ZenCash and being part of its core team, Robert Viglione is a PhD candidate in finance at the University of South Carolina, doing research on crypto-finance, asset pricing, and innovation. He teaches “Intro to Investments” and “Bitcoin & Blockchain Applications in Finance” and runs the university crypto-club.
His other crypto industry experience includes being part of the core team for ZClassic, Head of U.S. & Canada Ambassadors for BlockPay, and consultant to BitGate, a Norwegian exchange. He has written for CoinDesk and Bitcoin.com. Viglione says that one of the most fun projects he is working on at the moment is helping with the development of the blockchain strategy for the Seasteading Institute – a Peter Thiel backed venture to create permanent settlements at sea outside the control of any government.
Robert is also a former physicist, mercenary mathematician, and military officer with experience in satellite radar, space launch vehicles, and combat support intelligence.