ZCash “Overwinter” sets the Base for Further Developments

The first hard-fork of the privacy-centric protocol Zcash will be held on June 26, 2018: the upgrade is named “Overwinter” and takes place at block 347,500
25 June 2018   1008

As declared in Zcash Foundation`s post on the development, the hard fork is to strenghthen the protocol for additional upgrades to the network, for instance replay protection, versioning, a transactional expiry feature, and as yet undetermined changes.The customers will be demanded to install the upgrade after the software is carried out.

The protocol assists for seamless network updates in the future, such as the much-awaited Sapling protocol designed to raise network scalability and speed. Zcash claims the forthcoming update is well-gained by significant third parties like Binance, Gemini and BitFinex, who will “substantially support” Overwinter.  The foundation is also continually reviewing the list of third parties as the entities confirm their involvement.

Theoretically, the network risks a blockchain split if any members of the community disregard the need to update the system and keep on with the old versions of Zcash. While Overwinter is low on features, it is important to the broader network strategy as further capabilities depend on the Overwinter update. 

It`s worth to note that the friction is already happening in some places. On June 20, 2018, D. Jane Mercer, the developer of the ZCash Windows wallet, WinZEC, threatened to stop all coding activities as the network the Zcash Foundation failed to fund his work. The community members nevertheless promptly donated funds to his wallet address.

For miners running Zcash nodes, the official software has been updated to automatically update to the latest software after block 347,500 is mined. However, if automatic updates are disabled, miners stand to can miss the new code. Zcash Foundation asks the users to abstain from using their wallets at least an hour before the scheduled update.

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   362

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.