Zaki Manian

Co-Founder at Sommelier Protocol

Zaki Manian Bio

Zaki Manian wears many hats in the blockspace. I am currently a cofounder of the iqlusion. We are working Armistice, an open source hardware security solution. Iqlusion advises, and supports a number of blockchain projects and you might see my name on their websites for that work. Iโ€™m an advisor to the Electric Coin Company.

I went to the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2005. I studied History of Science. I taught myself after college software engineering, programming and computer science. From 2008-2013, I was tech lead on scientific instrumentation product at ReaMetrix. I started an enterpise blockchain company called Skuchain in 2014 and started teaching myself cryptography. I started contributing more to projects like Bitcoin, Zcash, Tendermint, Ethereum etc. I got interested in weird ideas like scalable public blockchains.

In 2017, I co-founded the Trusted IoT Alliance and iqlusion. I also started contributing more to Cosmos. I helped build the first validator dashboard and then Figment ran with the idea. I helped launch the first public Cosmos testnets. I spent a lot of 2018 working part time at All In Bits, building out the validator ecosystem, and figuring how do actually do quality assurance to enable the Cosmos launch. In 2019, after the Hub launch, I joined All in Bits as Director of Research. Where I worked on finishing the Cosmos design goals by completing IBC.

After All In Bits proved too unstable to finish the work, I resigned in Feb 2019 and am completeing the IBC work with the community from contributors from Agoric, Interchain Berlin and Informal.

Zaki Manian Current Work

  • Sommelier Protocol Co-Founder
  • iqlusion Principal Co-Founder
  • Trusted IoT Alliance Executive Director

Zaki Manian Previous Work

Zaki Manian Education

  • University of Pennsylvania, BA, History and Sociology of Science, 2000 - 2005

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