Research into Bitcoin theory and applications

Our mission

Bitcoin lies at the intersection of several important academic research areas, including cryptography, distributed computing, and graph theory. Our group produces both theoretical analyses and working software.

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Projects

Stanford Bitcoin Group (SBG) members are currently working on the following projects.

BlockScore: Anti-Fraud and Regulatory Compliance

Blockscore is an anti-fraud API for identity verification and Know-Your-Customer compliance in the context of the Bitcoin blockchain.

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TryBitcoin: Bitcoin Onboarding

TryBTC aims to study the viral propagation of Bitcoin and facilitate the onboarding of new users. This is done primarily through the use of interactive tutorials in which users are given a small amount of Bitcoin to send to charitable causes and share with friends. In the process they are taught about concepts such as wallets, addresses, transactions, and the Bitcoin Blockchain.

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Members

SBG members come from a variety of backgrounds.

Balaji Srinivasan

Group Lead

Balaji Srinivasan holds a B.S., M.S. and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford and is the Co-Founder and CTO of Counsyl. Prior to co-founding Counsyl, Balaji S. Srinivasan taught data mining, statistics, and computational biology at Stanford University. He was an NDSEG, NSF, and VIGRE fellow and has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, and Nature Reviews Genetics.

Vijay Pande

Group Lead

Vijay Pande is a Professor of Chemistry, Structural Biology, and Computer Science at Stanford University. Prof. Pande holds a BS from Princeton and PhD in physics from MIT, and is the Director of the Folding@Home project.

Alain Meier

Research Scientist

Alain is a Stanford undergraduate currently studying Computer Science. Originally from Geneva, Switzerland, Alain is passionate about web technologies and graphic design.

John Backus

Research Scientist

John is a Stanford undergraduate currently studying Computer Science. He has worked for venture-backed companies for the past 4 years and has been pursuing computer science since the age of 12.

Andy Bromberg

Research Scientist

Andy Bromberg is a Stanford undergraduate currently studying Computer Science, Mathematics, and Management Science and Engineering. He has pursued a variety of entrepreneurial ventures since an early age, focusing on business operations, finance, and marketing.

Matthew Rials

Research Scientist

Matthew is a Stanford Engineering Undergraduate currently studying Computer Science. He is a self-taught developer with extensive knowledge of C++, Perl, Java, and web programming languages. He also knows iOS development and speaks Chinese.

Patrick Briggs

Research Scientist

Patrick is a Stanford undergraduate currently studying Computer Science. Pat's current interests lie in Python, PHP, and Android development.

Ryan Breslow

Research Scientist

Ryan is a Stanford undergraduate currently studying Computer Science. Ryan's background lies in Ruby/Rails development, SEO, and web services. He has been pursuing online entrepreneurial ventures since the age of 12, from domain name trading to outsourced project management. He has recently taken a leave from Stanford to work on a project in the Bitcoin space.

Chris Barber

Research Scientist

Chris is a Stanford undergraduate currently studying Computer Science. He is an international student from Australia who has been selling things since the age of 12, and programming since the age of 13.

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