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#069 Thomas Voegtlin: Electrum, SPV Wallets and Bitcoin Aliases

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Powering an estimated 5-10% of all Bitcoin transactions, Electrum is one of the leaders of the Bitcoin wallet space. The open-source walled was started in 2011 and played a key role in the development of the light-weight SPV wallets. Developer Thomas Voegtlin joined us for a discussion of Electrum, their recent 2.0 release and the rapidly evolving Bitcoin wallet space in general.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • The evolution of Bitcoin wallets and what motivated him to start Electrum
  • Electrum 2.0 and its new features such as Multi-sig and hardware wallet support
  • The security tradeoffs between using an SPV wallet versus a full node client
  • How Bitcoin aliases could do away with Bitcoin addresses

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This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on YouTube, SoundCloud, and our website.

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