Stephen Tse has been obsessed with protocols and compilers since high school. He reverse-engineered ICQ and X11 protocols, coded in OCaml for more than 15 years, and graduated with a doctoral degree in security protocols and compiler verification from the University of Pennsylvania.
Stephen was a researcher at Microsoft Research, a senior infrastructure engineer at Google, and a principal engineer for search ranking at Apple. He founded the mobile search Spotsetter with institutional venture capital; Apple later acquired the startup.
Stephen Tse Google (Co.) Accomplishments
2006 summer - Research intern on fast graph closure computation and layout algorithms.
2007 and on - Google Maps frontend infrastructure team.
Created an end-to-end web testing framework, cutting release testing from days to <10 minutes.
Won Google Engineering & Operations Citizenship Awards (2009).
How Stephen Tse Started Harmony (ONE)?
Stephen Tse began programming and diving into systems at the lowest level, such as assemblers and compilers, when he was about 12 years old, all the way up to understanding math and language design.
Following that, I studied abstract algebra and completed my PhD in security protocols. So I really learned to work on the full stack and solve problems from beginning to end.
After working on large-scale infrastructure projects, some with hundreds of millions of users, at both Google and Apple, He was ready for the next adventure.
He spent almost 2 years talking to many collaborators and reading all of the research he could find on blockchain. There were many great research ideas, but very few teams putting all of the ideas into production. Our founding team felt that we could dramatically improve the scalability of blockchain by innovating at every layer — at the consensus, network, and systems layers.
The Early Life Of Harmony (ONE)
We started working in my garage for the first few months. Our founding team took a Silicon Valley approach to really think about the largest scale impact we could make.
Our approach is to productionize a blockchain platform that shards smart contracts while preserving security and full decentralization. Doing all of this is an incredible challenge. After two private testnets that achieved high benchmarks, we are working towards a public testnest to be released later this year.
Our current focus is on building the most robust infrastructure using Go and Ocaml languages.
Our team of ten engineers are heads down researching and building now. We chose to centralize our team early on all in Cupertino so that we can move as fast as possible. All of us have worked on large infrastructure platforms, including Amazon Web Services, Google Maps, and several more. We recently shared some high level direction on our technical approach.