We’re joined by Sharon Goldberg, CEO of Arwen, a protocol solution for non-custodial trading. From communications engineering to Internet protocol security, to then becoming a Professor at Boston University, she shares her journey into the world of cryptography. Beginning as a whitepaper on eclipse attacks, Arwen has grown into a platform enabling atomic swaps on centralized exchanges. Sharon chats about Arwen’s integration with KuCoin, how it compares to ShapeShift, Interledger, and Lightning, and the exciting new release of the Layer-2 atomic swaps from Ethereum into Bitcoin.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • How Sharon became interested in blockchain technology
  • The meaning of an eclipse attack
  • Arwen’s co-founder Ethan Heilman
  • The backbone of Arwen
  • The Arwen protocol and how it uses atomic swaps
  • How trading takes place on the exchange
  • Arwen vs Shapeshift and Interledger
  • Creating multiple orders using the same channel
  • Arwen vs Lightning and the use of SegWit
  • How the relationship with KuCoin was formed

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