Unit 410 was founded in 2018 by a trio of engineers from Coinbase, Google, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to enable the largest stakeholders to use their crypto in secure and novel ways. We’ve long believed in the potential of programmable money and are excited to continue pushing forward the state of the art through bleeding edge key generation and encryption services, industry leading operation of proof-of-stake nodes / validators on many networks, and actively protecting, participating, and giving back.
Done right, proof-of-stake networks offer scaling, efficiency, and governance improvements over existing layer 1 protocols. But this comes with novel security challenges. Protecting online key material, and managing the risk of slashing requires new architectural patterns, hardening, and methods for secure cryptographic signatures. We’re excited to continue to mature solutions across these areas and more.
We also believe that staking and validating is not a zero-sum game and there’s no shortage of work towards scaling programmable money so we’ll continue to liberally open sourcing the tools we’ve built. To date we’ve shared many tools such as a Polkadot Transaction Parser, Polkadot Multisig WebApp, GCP SSH Certificate Authority, MPC for Tendermint Validators, Vault Shamir (in Go), Horcrux (CLI for Shamir), and many more.