I am Jake Brukhman. Ask me anything.

I am a technologist with a background in mathematics and computer science and experience in distributed systems, web development, product management, private equity research, and startups.

My current interests are in the area of blockchain technologies and decentralized systems. I am a co-founder of CoinFund, a blockchain research company and private investment vehicle focused on the blockchain space.
Previously, I was Partner & CTO at Triton Research, technical product manager and engineer at Amazon.com, and spent 5 years in financial technology in New York City.

In my spare time, I work on technology projects and cycle through creative endeavors such as art and writing.

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  • Developing Dapps
  • The Future of Bitcoin
  • Crypto Economics
  • Current state of Blockchain
  • Advice for Blockchain developers
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Hey Jake, Thanks for the AMA 😀

What advice do you have for developers entering the Blockchain space?

If you want to be a good systems engineer, learn how blockchains work underneath.

If you want to be a good frontend engineer, learn how blockchains work underneath.

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Is it ever possible to mint more tokens than total supply in a fixed token economy?

Of course. One way is via a bug in the implementation of the economy. :)

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What happens when false data are stored on chain e.g school certificate? What's the significance? Secondly, as an academic body, how can blockchain ensure validity certificate issued to student? How can it curb impersonation and faking of certificate?

Generally speaking, blockchains provide the ability to immutably store data but in and of themselves they do not assure validity of that data -- that is the job of the process or protocol that adds the data to the blockchain.

As an example, if you are a university and you want to issue and store diplomas on a blockchain, you will achieve immutability -- the diploma will stick around forever, even if the university is shut down. The validity of the diploma may be based on trust -- "I trust Harvard not to lie that they issued someone a diploma, and I know Harvard created this record" -- or other methods like decentralized voting or attestation.

If you have a certificate that is immutable and digitally signed by the issuing institution, this is a pretty strong deterrent to impersonation and faking.

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Hey Jake, I see you are a great fan of Steemit and it's model. I have two questions related to Steemit:

  1. How Steemit manages to keep the STEEM value close to $1?
  2. Is steemit failing? The traffic has come down to 14M in October from 50M in Jan this year.

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  1. I don’t think Steem’s blockchain does that — I think the market trades it around a dollar. If you’re referring to Steem Dollars (SBD), then those assets have a stabilization mechanism based on data feeds built into the Steem blockchain.

  2. I’m not sure. Steemit is a private company. Steem is a public blockchain. It’s hard to see how a public blockchain might “fail” in the traditional sense of the word. It just keeps doing what it does. Steemit the private company might fail in the sense that it will fail to generate revenue and fire its employees, but I have no special knowledge of the inner workings there.

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How would you explain what coinfund does to a noob?

CoinFund is a private, digital asset class focused investor. It invests in the companies, projects, digital assets, and networks which comprise the blockchain and decentralization space.

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