Jan Camenisch speaks about being the Head of Research at Dfinity, how industrial research at a blockchain company differs from academic research, what it takes to build Dfinity into “The Internet Computer”, important research questions in the blockchain space, the most important skills for success in research, and much more.
Jan is Head of Research at Dfinity and Director of the Dfinity Zurich Research Lab, and he also serves on Sovrin’s Technical Governance Board. Before joining Dfinity, Jan was a Principal Research Staff Member at IBM Research Zurich, where he lead the Privacy & Cryptography research team and was a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Jan is a leading scientist in the area of privacy and cryptography, he has published over 120 widely cited papers, was granted about 140 patents worldwide, and has received a number of awards for his work.
Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast!
21 Lectures’ mission is to bring more developers to the Bitcoin ecosystem with in-person courses. Lectured by world-renowned Bitcoin and Lightning developers, courses teach participants the fundamentals to work with blockchain technologies. To learn more visit
The Blockchain and Us newsletter
To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the
Related Episodes and Posts December 19, 2018 Why Some Blockchain Ideas Can’t Wait – Aparna Krishnan, Co-Founder Mechanism Labs February 20, 2019 Why the Blockchain Space Needs Better Access – Alexis Gauba, Co-Founder she(256), Mechanism Labs December 12, 2018 Why Blockchains Empower a New Social Contract for the Digital Age – Don Tapscott, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Blockchain Research Institute August 16, 2018 How a Futurist Looks at Blockchain Technology – Lars Thomsen, Future Matters June 25, 2018 From Cryptography to Token Economics – Anish Mohammed, Ontici November 21, 2018 Why Crypto Funds Have to Become Tech Companies – Ryan Yi, Investment Analyst at CoinFund June 29, 2018 The Rise of Cryptoassets – Jack Tatar, Author of “Cryptoassets” February 13, 2019 Why Good Content is King in Blockchain PR – David Wachsman, Founder and CEO, Wachsman June 27, 2018 Is The Real Value of Bitcoin Zero? – Adriano B. Lucatelli, Founder, Descartes Finance September 26, 2018 How Blockchains Could Solve the Tragedy of the Commons – Ryan Jesperson, President of the Tezos Foundation November 3, 2018 Top Blockchain Podcasts to Follow in 2019, FintechNews January 9, 2019 Can Blockchain Technology Keep Humanity Human? – Anne Connelly, Singularity University July 26, 2018 Marketing Basics for ICOs and Blockchain Projects – John Hargrave, CEO at Mediashower May 13, 2019 Hackernoon: Five Blockchain Podcasts You Shouldn’t Miss (Spoiler: The Blockchain and Us is #1) September 5, 2018 Why Blockchain Technology Might Become Less of a Binary Idea in the Future of Finance – Jesse McWaters, World Economic Forum July 6, 2018 Science, Academia, and the Blockchain – Roger Wattenhofer, Professor at ETH Zurich June 11, 2018 Cryptoasset Management in Switzerland – Lidia Bolla, Co-Founder and CEO, Vision& August 20, 2018 Why Cryptoassets Will Soon Be Part of Every Bank’s Business – Niklas Nikolajsen, Founder, Bitcoin Suisse August 23, 2018 Why Hacking Smart Contracts is Easier than Hacking Web Servers – Hubert Ritzdorf, Co-Founder, Chainsecurity August 29, 2018 How Journalists and the Financial Press Stay Objective About Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology – Peter Hody, Editor-in-Chief, Finews October 24, 2018 How Digital Scarcity Helps Artists and Creators – Eric Elliott, Author, Developer, Mentor July 2, 2018 China and the Blockchain – Zhang Ruidong, Academy of Internet Finance at Zhejiang University March 27, 2019 How Cosmos Enables the Internet of Blockchains – Brian Fabian Crain, Co-Founder & CEO Chorus One, Co-Host at Epicenter July 9, 2018 The Future is Decentralized, and Why Decision-Making is a “Big, Fuzzy, Hairy, and Messy Thing” – Joe Lubin, Founder, Ethereum March 20, 2019 “Blockchain Is Successful When People Don’t Know They’re Using It” – Johannes Schweifer, Co-Founder & CEO, CoreLedger February 27, 2019 Why You Need Digital Identity Before Anything Else – Daniel Gasteiger, Founder & CEO, Procivis March 15, 2019 Crypto Weekly: 24 Crypto Podcasts with Tips from Industry Experts December 5, 2018 Blockchain Identity and the Importance of Ethics – Monique Morrow, President and Co-Founder of The Humanized Internet September 12, 2018 Why Healthcare, Finance, Energy, Education, and Government Are Ripe for Disruption – Joey Krug, CIO of Pantera Capital December 26, 2018 How Blockchains Could Create Community Consciousness – Toni Lane Casserly, Founder of Cultu.re October 10, 2018 The Antifragility of Cryptoassets – Alexander Bulkin, Co-Founder of CoinFund October 3, 2018 “Hey Zuck, Let’s Tokenize Facebook!” How Blockchains Could Stop People Farming – Trent McConaghy, Founder, Ocean Protocol July 30, 2018 Bitcoin’s Early Days and its Eternal September, Bitcoin Association Switzerland, and Why Regulation Kills Innovation – Luzius Meisser, Meisser Economics August 6, 2018 How Blockchain Technology Redefines Entrepreneurship – Daniel Doll-Steinberg, Atari Token July 19, 2018 From Dot-Com Entrepreneur to Blockchain Investor and Enabler – Mathias Ruch, Lakeside Partners/CV VC January 2, 2019 Just Keep Your Head Down and Build – Jason Goldberg, Founder and CEO of Open Simple Token (OST) October 16, 2018 Why Executives Need Blockchain Literacy – Alison McCauley, Author of Unblocked August 9, 2018 Why Blockchain Standards Create New Business Models for Companies and Developers – Ron Resnick, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance November 28, 2018 The Human Story Behind Blockchain Technology – Matthew Allen, Zurich Bureau Chief/Business Reporter at Swissinfo July 11, 2018 How the Blockchain Disrupts Venture Capital – Michael Sidler, Partner at Redapline January 16, 2019 How to Build on Bitcoin – Lucas Betschart, Founder, 21 Lectures, President, Bitcoin Association Switzerland March 13, 2019 How a Blockchain Venture Studio Works – Mervyn G. Maistry, CEO & Founder, Konfidio and Kintaro Capital July 16, 2018 Analyzing the Price of Bitcoin – Tone Vays July 4, 2018 Putting Insurance on the Blockchain – Paul Meeusen, CEO at B3i June 3, 2018 Making Cryptocurrencies Bankable – Mauro Casellini, Head of Blockchain at Bank Frick, Liechtenstein July 13, 2018 How to Tell the Story of Blockchain Technology – Tom Lyons, ConsenSys Research and Advisory June 8, 2018 The Promise of Blockchain Technology – Rik Willard, Founder, Agentic June 18, 2018 The World’s First Bitcoin PhD – Christian Decker, Core Developer at Blockstream October 31, 2018 What Blockchains and Linux Have in Common – Phil Zamani, Chairman of AERGO, Co-CEO of Blocko June 6, 2018 Blockchain Revolution, Two Years Later – Alex Tapscott, Co-Author “Blockchain Revolution”