Richard Parris

Richard Parris, Founder — Saito

Richard Parris, Founder — Saito


Can you give us a teaser of your talk?

For a lot of people: Blockchain = Money. I believe that this is the same as thinking: Internet = Email. There was a time when most people used the internet primarily for email. We are only starting to see the potential reach of blockchain as a data network. One where all actors are equal and central authorities are not required. We are about to see a lot of walled gardens lose those walls.

For a lot of people: Blockchain = Money. I believe that this is the same as thinking: Internet = Email.

Tell us about what you are working on right now.

We are building out our testnet. A lot of time recently has been in building a boardgaming community on our Eames Network. We are doing this to prove both the technical and cryptographic chops of our network, and to stress test a real life disruptive technology. And, because it is fun.

What is your background?

I studied Mathematics and Philosophy. I always loved getting to the bottom of things, really to the bottom. After graduating I moved into tech, always working in startups. When blockchain, it was all bitcoin back then, came along, it was like Christmas. I could combine my interests in cryptography, system design and software in an exciting and rewarding industry. I have been here since.

What should we look out for in the next 5 years?

How incumbent players, Google, Facebook, and anyone who's business model ties data mining to advertising, deal with the increasing existential threat posed by decentralized platforms and systems.

Who is doing good work in your field?

BitcoinSV - also see the big value in Bitcoin as the Network. Near Protocol have the best focus on Developers I have seen.

How do you hope Tulip will be different / better?

Saito - our project takes an orthogonal approach to anyone in the blockchain space, though our inspiration and insights are approachable. Tulip promises to be a forum where everyone is looking for a deeper understanding and to come away with their precepts questioned, rather than their beliefs reinforced. We are excited to be part of that.

Where can people find you online?