Umair Sarfraz interview
The full article was originally published by Daniel De Michele on IOTA Hispano. Read the full article here.
Engineer Umair Sarfraz is a valued member of the IOTA Foundation, with extensive experience in software development was part of the select team behind none other than the brand new IOTA wallet: Trinity.
Let’s learn a little more about him, his origins, his projects and ambitions in this short interview.
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Tell as a bit about your background
I was born in Islamabad, Pakistan and have spent most of my life here. I graduated in Software Engineering. I am due to submit my MS (Information Security) thesis in the next couple of months. I was involved in many projects (mostly web application development) during my bachelors. Right after completing my bachelor degree, I joined a cloud security company where I was part of the development team for building security services around cloud orchestration tools.
What’s the story behind your approach to DLT? When did you discover them
Well, I had heard about Bitcoin but I never took out time to understand the technology behind it. In the summer of 2017, I invested some time in understanding the protocols behind large scale system deployments, especially how decentralized databases work under the hood. Back then, I was doing some devOps stuff around Docker Swarm and Kubernetes. I learned more about it with time, but that was the entry point to DLT for me.
When did you find out about IOTA and what were your first thoughts?
I cannot honestly remember specifically when I first found out about IOTA but I guess it was August or September of 2017. The DAG based approach for scalability and a feeless model instantly caught my interest. After reading the whitepaper and other available information at that time, I had some questions unanswered so I joined the community slack workspace. Gradually, as I learned more and interacted with more people on the slack, I became more convinced that IOTA protocol is a breakthrough in the IoT space and also that it actually solves the inefficiencies of the existing distributed ledger technologies.