Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Edge, a non-custodial exchange and security platform for blockchain applications. Edge (formerly Airbitz) has won accolades including being one of the top 3 mobile apps for bitcoin in the 2014 Blockchain Awards, being voted in the ‘Top 50 FinTech Companies to Watch’ by AlwaysOn Inc, and receiving first place in the Inside Bitcoins 2015 and Coin Agenda 2016 pitch competitions. Paul held lead engineering positions with Nvidia and Chromatic Research and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Course Titles
Blockchain Forks
Mining Explained

Course Descriptions
Blockchain Forks:
This session will help scholars understand all the implications of a hard fork, what exactly it means, and how it affects the average bitcoin and cryptocurrency user. This session is suitable for a non-technical crowd and will go over the differences between hard forks such as Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, and Ethereum Classic. You will get a thorough understanding of what replay attacks are and the various forms of replay protection that can and have been implemented to minimize the impact of hard forks. Most importantly, you will learn how to prevent possible loss of funds with proper pre and post-fork precautions on various wallet types.

You will learn the difference between soft forks, hard forks, and chain splits. Scholars will also learn how to prepare for and protect funds in the case of a fork. Scholars will also learn the economic incentives and motivations behind various types of forks.

Mining Explained:
In this course attendees will learn how mining contributes to the protocol of blockchain based cryptocurrencies, including how mining can secure a blockchain network while simultaneously creating an issuance model for a currency. Most importantly, attendees will leave with an understanding of the pros and cons of various mining algorithms and the difference between proof of work and proof of stake mining. This course will teach some of the basic economic incentives and how they are affected by the price of the cryptocurrency and global macro economic conditions.

Scholars will learn what mining is and how it’s used in various blockchains.

This course is appropriate for people new to the industry, professionals, and aspiring blockchain developers who do not yet understand the basics of mining.