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Open Source Veteran, Dirk Hohndel, Takes On Blockchain With Cardano Foundation 


Dirk Hohndel, an open-source veteran, has transformed companies like Intel and VMware to be leaders in open source. He has devoted his time to helping companies better understand open source and create open-source strategies around their technologies. Hohndel recently joined Cardano Foundation as its Chief Open Source Officer. In this episode of Let’s Talk, Hohndel talks about why he joined the Foundation, which contrary to his previous jobs is already an open-source organization and might not have the same challenges that were there with Intel and VMware.

When asked what attracted him to Cardano Foundation, Hohndel says, “There is a lot of skepticism around blockchain technologies. And so, to me, that was a perfect combination to find a space where I could once again do my thing and help bring open source methodology into a new industry.”

Key highlights of this video interview are:

  • Dirk Hohndel is an industry veteran who has helped companies adopt open source strategies around their technologies. He discusses the reasons for his latest appointment with Cardano Foundation and what challenges he feels there are in terms of helping to bring open source methodology into the new industry of blockchain technologies.
  • Cardano blockchain is a proof of stake blockchain technology, focusing on the higher level value contracts and data on the blockchain. Hohndel goes into depth about the Cardano blockchain technology and explains the functions of the two sides of Cardano, the commercial entity and the Cardano Foundation.
  • Hohndel discusses the potential risks of decentralized blockchain in light of the current geopolitical situation between Ukraine and Russia. However, he also explains the benefits of decentralized blockchain from an immutability aspect
  • Hohndel explains the subtle difference between decentralized and distributed blockchain and why they are often confused.
  • A lot of companies in the blockchain space already have their open sources available on GibHub. Hohndel explains the other components that go together to make up a thriving, successful open source project which brings together an open source community within the right framework.
  • Blockchain spaces are expected to see consolidation as they mature; however, they are currently in an early growth phase. Cardano is putting a lot of work into creating the research papers around the new technologies ensuring what is being built is actually working and the proof that it works.
  • Hohndel discusses the challenges in the blockchain space, particularly the sheer volume of use cases and Cardano’s own bandwidth. Hohndel discusses the challenges that lies ahead of him in his role as chief open source officer at Cardano in creating a successful open source project and community.
  • Blockchain remains a relatively new technology with a lot of opportunities in the future. Hohndel discusses how blockchain could be developed and adopted in an increasingly digitalized world and some of the potential use cases.

Guest: Dirk Hohndel (LinkedIn, Twitter)
Organization: Cardano Foundation (Twitter)
Show: Let’s Talk
Keywords: Cardano, Open Source, Blockchain Technology

About Dirk Hohndel: Dirk has more than 30 years of experience as an open source developer and has been an executive leader driving open source transformations across industries for more than two decades. He is leading the Foundation’s strategy to build a third party contributory open source ecosystem for the core Cardano Protocol.

About Cardano Foundation: We are an independent Swiss-based non-profit that oversees and supervises the advancement of Cardano. We are the legal custodians of the Cardano brand and we work with IOHK and EMURGO to ensure that Cardano is being developed and promoted as a secure, transparent, and accountable solution for positive global change. The Cardano Foundation sets the direction for decentralized economic empowerment, working with regulators in different jurisdictions to shape blockchain legislation and commercial standards, and empowering the Cardano community to leverage the Cardano protocol to solve real-life problems.

The summary of the show is written by Emily Nicholls.

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