Zcash Foundation is now public charity

According to official Twitter account, Zcash Foundation has been granted 501 (C) 3 status - it is now officialy a public charity
26 October 2017   1469

The non-profit organization Zcash Foundation announced the receiving of a charitable organization status. As the representatives of Zcash Foundation insist, this makes it the first charitable organization which activity is aimed at improving Internet payments and creating an infrastructure that would ensure the privacy of user data.

The foundation received the status of organization 501 (c) (3), which provides exemption from some federal income taxes in the United States. Under the rules of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), for example, organizations are exempted if their activities are pursued by charitable, religious, educational, scientific or literary purposes.

When we were working with our lawyers it was important to me and several of the other board members that we accurately describe our goals—especially with regard to scientific research and public infrastructure. These may be more difficult to explain, and the IRS may be initially less comfortable with those arguments for public goods, but we were more interested in the principle of the thing: online public infrastructure and the science that makes it safe and private are just as much public goods as roads, reservoirs, and clean air or water.
 

Peter Van Valkenburgh
Member of the directors board, Zcash Foundation

It is also noted that the organization will continue to deal with issues of education in the field of crypto-currencies, technologies that provide online privacy and computer networks that manage these tools. However, the Zcash Foundation will also support open scientific research in the field of evidence of zero disclosure and related cryptographic technologies, as well as assist in building a decentralized Zcash network as an open public infrastructure.

BOLT Labs to Raise $1.5M

BOLT Labs is a developer of ZCash off-chain solutions and raised funds to develop privacy-oriented solutions in second-layer protocols
18 April 2019   365

Startup BOLT Labs successfully closed a seed round of financing led by Dekrypt Capital and raised $ 1.5 million to develop privacy-oriented solutions in second-layer protocols like the Lightning Network.

The venture unit of Ripple (Xpring), Zcash Foundation, Lemniscap, Access Ventures, Kilowatt Capital and business angel Branson Bollinger also took part in the round.

Computer Science Ph. D. Ayo Akinele, the founder of BOLT Labs, intends to use the tools to create a fast, private and secure network of payment channels. As planned by Akiniele, the new protocol will be scalable and compatible with any cryptocurrency networks and solutions of the second layer.

For the first time, the BOLT technology was presented in a document published in 2016 by Matthew Green and Ian Myers, the founders of the Electric Coin Company. The main task was to create a scalable solution of the second layer, in which the complete privacy of users is activated by default.

Note, the concept of the future product BOLT Labs for the network ZCash should appear in the summer of 2019.