The team

Nicolas Ochem - founder

Nicolas has 10 years experience managing cloud and on-prem infrastructure, and was most recently working at Rigetti Computing, a quantum computing company.

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Oksana Protsukha - founder

Oksana has 10 year experience in the fintech industry and was most recently working at Tesla.

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We are always looking to grow the team. Contact us.

Our experience

We have 10 years of experience building and managing reliable systems, and one year operating a Tezos baker: Hodl.farm. All our infrastructure is open-source and auditable.

Our approach is centered on two fundamental ideas:

  • the most reliable blockchain nodes run in the cloud. Cloud providers invest considerable amounts of time, money and brainpower on keeping the operations up. A home setup does not even come close to competing.
  • not your keys, not your $FAVOURITE_TOKEN. The cloud is very capable, but do not put your keys in there! The only acceptable storage for your key is a Hardware Security Module under your full, exclusive control.

Our method

A digital currency has many moving parts, but a core process is cryptographic signing.

The signing process is simple. Is it also the most critical in terms of operational security. Your keys need to be on a hot piece of silicon that takes unsigned strings and returns signed strings. Well architected blockchain ecosystems have come up with a dedicated daemon that does just that - signing.

We conciliate the two fundamental ideas by separating signing from everything else: the bulk of the work is done in reliable, redundant, geographically distributed nodes in a cloud platform, but the critical signing operations are done on devices that you control. That makes us a fully non-custodial service.

We eat our own dog food. Our staking operation - Hodl.farm - is the canary deployment for the staking infrastructure. When rolling out new code, we always push it first to Hodl.farm before pushing it to our customers.