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Enterprise Decentralized: A Communitys’ Take on Corporate

Ledger spoke with key insiders of The Casper Network infrastructure (The Chief Technology Officer and Senior Software Engineer of CasperLabs and a Board Member from The Casper Association) about the ways the blockchain can help traditional enterprises transition comfortably into decentralization and how integrations like the CasperLabs partnership with the Ledger Live marketplace make scalability a possibility for networks of all sizes.

The Casper Network is a live proof-of-stake blockchain built within the Casper CBC specification (the first, in fact) and is brought to life by an ecosystem of entities including CasperLabs and the Casper Association. The principle in this unique approach to product oversight and management is as straightforward as the idea behind the blockchain itself: decentralization. The symbiosis and effectiveness of the The Casper Networks’ division of labor is as astounding and innovative as the blockchain it has innovated. The Casper Association is the not-for-profit entity responsible for maintaining the ecosystem and sustaining the decentralization of the Casper Network and CasperLabs continues to commit open source technology to the blockchain and while providing dedicated professional development services and support to enterprise clients worldwide.

Thanks to an exciting integration housed in Ledger Live, we got to chat with a few of the brilliant minds behind The Casper Network about what decentralization looks like inside of a corporate context and how blockchains are becoming a part of the bigger picture.

Ralf Kubli

Board Member, The Casper Association

Ralf Kubli first joined the world of tech in the early 90’s during the explosion of what he jokingly refers to as “web0”. After a while Kubli found himself outside of the industry altogether but in 2017, he was ultimately pulled back into rekindling his first career path via invitation into the exciting new world of blockchain. Today Kubli sits on the board of The Casper Association, serving the Casper Network and it’s community through a lens of tenured perspective and a passion for putting the principles of decentralization into scalable practice.

On Decentralization: “Personally I believe that decentralization is really the key to developing societies and the economies in a more equitable and participatory way. I’ve had the privilege of growing up in and (now living again) in Switzerland which is a very participatory society and has been itself very decentralized and very successful and there’s no reason other places in the world couldn’t be as successful as Switzerland in creating wealth for its citizens and transparent institutions. That’s really one of my core beliefs and core motivations to be in this industry. With Casper we need to resolve this blockchain trilema between decentralization, scalability, and security. We just believe that there can not be any compromise on decentralization. We are convinced that in the long run the more secure environments, the more decentralized environments and community driven environments will succeed.”

On The Ledger Live Integration: “Ledger is (of course) a critical piece of this decentralized economy and web3 driving business model because it has really allowed people to control their private keys in a secure way. This is why it was important for the Casper Association and Casper itself to be integrated on Ledger, it is one of the standards on the ‘control your key’ ethos and that’s why we are so excited.”

Medha Parlikar

Chief Technology Officer, CasperLabs

Medha Parlikar is a thirty year veteran in tech with a career that has been a self proclaimed “windy road” primarily grown atop the expansion of cloud technologies. Having seen industry trends span the gamut of the dot com boom to the explosion of web3.0 and corresponding sub-sectors, Parlikar knows a thing or two about longevity and what it is made of. Already settled comfortably into her career, she was serendipitously asked to run an open source blockchain project and found herself falling down the rabbit hole and in love with a technology that aligned with both her personal philosophies and civic beliefs. Parlikar became a quick convert of, and then evangelical for the possibilities blockchain provides as a social platform.

On Blockchain and the potential for Scalability: “…A great example that I like to bring up when I talk about decentralization is the creation of content. …Content Creators (especially in the music industry) are going into these major deals with these communities that they’ve already nurtured and built. What is great about these new deals is that #1)These Content Creators are a lot more empowered, #2) There’s been an explosion of content, #3) People have been able to find alternate revenue streams. So the overall value from decentralizing content creation has been exponential and I see this extending with Blockchain into commercial transactions. So you think about a decentralized Uber, or a decentralized Airbnb where I don not necessarily need a central entity to have a commercial transaction with an individual. It brings things back to the community and to a ‘barter’ but using the blockchain to discover and mediate those transactions.”

On the Future of Opportunities for DAPP Developers on platforms like Ledger Live: “…A part of providing greater access to this technology is going to obviously include Developers, and one of the things that I’m really proud of with Casper is that we don not have that many blockchain native Developers on our team. A lot of our Developers come from traditional enterprise or just other native disciplines and we have onboarded them to blockchain and taught them about how blockchain works. Because our tooling maps over so well we have created very little friction for learning. What I would love to see is the onboarding of new talent, youth developers and highschool students, etc. That’s my goal for the DApp space.”

Mateusz Gorski

Senior Software Engineer, CasperLabs

Mateusz Gorski became so interested in blockchain while still in university that he moved his studies from the Automotive Industry to Data Science and Scala. After graduation, Gorski began pursuing a position in his preferred concentration and after some searching, found an opening when he luckily happened across a listing which required him to “re:Oh Yeah Crypto!” in the subject line. From that moment on, Mateusz joined the CasperLabs team where he worked alongside a team of others to develop exciting products for The Casper Network.

On the Legacy being created by the Casper Network: “The Main value proposition that differentiates us from the competition is that we are very agile when dealing with the Client. We listen and we try to act quickly and this also apart the advantage of not having all the baggage like Ethereum does that has to support all their network. Being new to the space allows us to implement all the changes being asked for.”

On Maintaining Creative Control and Autonomy as a Developer Within the Marketplace: “What I like about my freedom of choice, it is of course within reasonable means, but within the company I really like that all the Engineers voices are listened to and anyone can come with an idea and present that and if collectively we all decide it’s a good idea and this is what can improve the product, that is what we focus on.”

The commitment to the principles and integrity of the Blockchain as a living model is why Ledger shares in the excitement of this partnership with CasperLabs. Ledger eagerly welcomes the most certain positive impact the integration of this product into Ledger Live will deliver to our shared stakeholders and is happy to call our platform a Casper Network Provider. To stay up-to-date on Casper Labs and Casper Associations’ latest advancements, connect with their community on Discord today.

MAJOR KEYS:
Ralf Kubli: Board Member, The Casper Association on The Ledger Live Integration:

“Ledger is (of course) a critical piece of this decentralized economy...This is why it was important for the Casper Association and Casper itself to be integrated on Ledger, it is one of the standards on the ‘control your key’ ethos and that’s why we are so excited.”

Medha Parlikar: Chief Technology Officer, CasperLabs on Blockchain and the potential for Scalability:

“So you think about a decentralized Uber, or a decentralized Airbnb where I don't necessarily need a central entity to have a commercial transaction with an individual. It brings things back to the community and to a ‘barter’ but using the blockchain as a means to discover and mediate those transactions.”

Mateusz Gorski: Senior Software Engineer, CasperLabs on Maintaining Creative Control and Autonomy as a Developer Within the Marketplace:

“What I like about my freedom of choice, it is of course within reasonable means, but within the company I really like that all the Engineers voices are listened to and anyone can come with an idea and present that and if collectively we all decide it’s a good idea and this is what can improve the product, that is what we focus on.”