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Cubist – Solving Key Management

3 Nov 2023, 00:00

Riad Wahby is the CEO and co-founder at Cubist, a company focused on key management solutions for Web3. Riad shares his academic background in electrical engineering and how he transitioned into computer science, particularly zero-knowledge proofs. Cubist was founded after the team identified the problem of key security as a major challenge in Web3 applications.

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Cubist began as a developer of hardware-backed, non-custodial key storage and signing infrastructure that enables institutional blockchain staking providers to protect staking keys and secure withdrawals.

The company was started by Wahby, his co-founder, former fintech COO and fraud prevention expert Ann Stefan, and two other Computer Science and Engineering professors from Carnegie Mellon and UC San Diego.

Cubist has just launched a first-of-its-kind Wallet-as-a-Service platform called CubeSigner to support everything from loyalty programs to market makers to games to custody platforms across virtually every chain.

The WaaS solution is differentiated in that applications can request signatures through revocable signing sessions via simple API calls, and then the WaaS signs from within secure hardware. As a result, keys are constantly safe because users can’t accidentally leak keys and attackers can’t steal keys.

CubeSigner is designed to solve the trade-off between convenience/usability and security when it comes to managing keys.

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