12 September 2023 · 0 min read

Elena Nadolinski, CEO of Iron Fish Foundation, on Web3 Privacy, ZK Proofs, and L1s vs. L2s


Elena Nadolinski is a computer scientist and software engineer, and the CEO of the Iron Fish Foundation, the organization supporting the Iron Fish network, a dedicated privacy layer for Web3 with built-in compliance solutions.

Prior to founding Iron Fish in 2017, Elena worked as a software engineer at companies including Microsoft, Tilt, and Airbnb. Elena is a Forbes 30 under 30 alum, and has been honored with awards from both the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency for her outstanding achievements.

In this conversation, we discuss:

- Iron Fish 101 & Iron Fish’s recent Mainnet launch
- Making crypto accessible (making it easy to run nodes, mine tokens, etc.)
- Zero-knowledge proof technology and applications
- Proof-of-work vs. Proof-of-stake
- The importance of privacy in Web 2.0 + Web3
- Merging privacy and compliance in Web3
- The world of L2s
- Stories from working at Microsoft, Tilt, and Airbnb
- Living in SF