Thomas Voegtlin

Electrum, SPV Wallets and Bitcoin Aliases

Powering an estimated 5-10% of all Bitcoin transactions, Electrum is one of the leaders of the Bitcoin wallet space. The open-source walled was started in 2011 and played a key role in the development of the light-weight SPV wallets. Developer Thomas Voegtlin joined us for a discussion of Electrum, their recent 2.0 release and the rapidly evolving Bitcoin wallet space in general.

Topics we discussed in this episode
  • The evolution of Bitcoin wallets and what motivated him to start Electrum
  • Electrum 2.0 and its new features such as Multi-sig and hardware wallet support
  • The security tradeoffs between using an SPV wallet versus a full node client
  • How Bitcoin aliases could do away with Bitcoin addresses