Blockchain project designed by Romanian gets USD 14.5 mln financing

11 septembrie 2019

CasperLabs, a startup that develops an open-source blockchain platform, whose architect is Romanian researcher Vlad Zamfir, has received a USD 14.5 million financing in a Series A funding round, according to

CasperLabs said it would use the new funds to speed up product development and bring more engineers on board.

The startup was launched in February with Romanian researcher Vlad Zamfir, who worked on the Ethereum cryptocurrency project, serving as lead consensus protocol architect.

CasperLabs’ project aims to build a new blockchain-based on an improved version of the proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus protocol, associated with Ethereum. The goal is to deploy a “fully decentralized, sharded and scalable next-generation blockchain.

Co-founder and CEO of ADAPtive Holdings Mrinal Manohar said: “The goal of CasperLabs is to create a high-performance multi-threaded execution environment that can enable thousands of transactions per second, solving the enormous scaling issues common with existing protocols. Unlike other “gen 2.0 blockchains” this is delivered without sacrificing decentralization. This project can serve as a foundation for the birth of millions of decentralized businesses and applications and we believe it could provide the impetus that many large enterprises need to move towards distributed ledger technology.”

Vlad Zamfir said “Blockchain technology has created an opportunity for protocol to solve problems that previously required more reliance on corporations and more trust in authority. The tech is still nascent, and it’s possible that protocols deployed today will not fulfill the promise of blockchain technology. I believe that decentralized, scalable, and secure public “proof-of-stake” consensus protocols that are much more usable and secure than existing blockchains are possible, and will eventually make mining and Nakamoto consensus obsolete. However, I am not sure if the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchain communities are going to be able to upgrade their protocols.

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Gabriela Nistor – director general adjunct BT

Tendinţele pe care le-am remarcat înainte de începerea pandemiei s-au accelerat pe perioada stării de urgenţă. Am văzut acest lucru ca o oportunitate, un tipping point pentru bancă. Post-pandemie nu avem cum sa ne întoarcem la comportamentul financiar pe care îl aveam până în februarie a.c. Relaţia românilor cu online-ul s-a schimbat. In plus, cardul fizic se va dematerializa. Vom asista la o scădere a cererii pentru cardurile fizice, respectiv la o creştere a preferinţei pentru componenta digitală a acestora.”


In 23 septembrie 2019, BNR a anuntat infiintarea unui Fintech Innovation Hub pentru a sustine inovatia in domeniul serviciilor financiare si de plata. In acest sens, care credeti ca ar trebui sa fie urmatorul pas al bancii centrale in 2020?