Taylor Monahan: From Side Project to Center Stage – The Story of MyEtherWallet & MyCrypto

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Many people find that the crypto-finance space is quite difficult for non-technical people to understand and interact with the technologies. Some projects and people have made tremendous progress in creating tools and interfaces that allow a broader audience to participate, speculate, and learn.

Taylor Monahan started MyEtherWallet as a side project in 2015, only for it to grow into one of the significant pieces of software people used to participate in the 2017 ICO boom. She has since "design-forked" the codebase and created MyCrypto, an open-source tool for generating ether wallets, handling ERC-20 tokens, and interacting with the blockchain with a clean and intuitive design.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Taylor's background, and how she got into cryptocurrency
  • What her experience was with Ethereum so early in the projects lifecycle
  • How Reddit comments helped guide the feature list in the early days of MyEtherWallet
  • How the DAO hack got her working full time on MyEtherWallet
  • Building a project before “founding a company”
  • Experiencing the ICO boom as the main wallet used to participate in token generation events
  • Where MyCrypto is at today
  • How Taylor wants MyCrypto to change the user experience in cryptocurrency
  • Taylor’s view on centralized exchanges and view of the future

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This episode is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/317

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