Building on Bitcoin, part two: Sidechains, Wrapped Bitcoin

The Sidechain approach Sidechains are separate blockchains attached to Bitcoin’s main chain through various mechanisms. Sidechains have a protocol of their own and run on different nodes than the parent chain, but they do not issue a native token. Instead, sidechains work with a “pegged” asset, essentially a stablecoin to the parent chain’s native asset. … Read more

Growing Together

Whenever we’re able, we organize company events that connect our offices and let us see our remote colleagues in person. At our last company-wide event, there were around 150 of us and this year the attendance grew to  420 attendees – new colleagues, old colleagues, and their families.  As we rapidly grow, we hold onto … Read more

Why we Love Typescript – the Power of Javascript, Plus More…

Anyone in front-end software development knows Javascript frameworks and front-end tools go in and out of fashion faster than the blink of an eye.  But something makes Typescript different from typical projects in the Javascript hype cycle. Typescript isn’t opinionated, and can co-exist nicely alongside Javascript. Which makes it far more likely to stick around … Read more

Why we Love Typescript – the Power of Javascript, Plus More…

Anyone in front-end software development knows Javascript frameworks and front-end tools go in and out of fashion faster than the blink of an eye.  But something makes Typescript different from typical projects in the Javascript hype cycle. Typescript isn’t opinionated, and can co-exist nicely alongside Javascript. Which makes it far more likely to stick around … Read more

Building on Bitcoin, part one: Base layer and the Lightning Network

In our previous article, we analyzed the layered structure of monetary instruments throughout history and explained why it makes sense also for Bitcoin to develop in this fashion. In this two-part series, we will further analyze Bitcoin from a technical/developer perspective. In the first part, we will take a look at various scaling methods and … Read more

Creating a benefits package for a new era

How do you feel you belong somewhere? What are you expecting out of your workplace? Vacuumlabs has put a lot of thought into what people need to succeed and feel at ease coming to work everyday. Taking inspiration from Spotify and Netflix, we started crafting a benefits package that would be above standard and set … Read more

Bitcoin: a layered evolution of money

Bitcoin is expanding its use cases in hierarchical layers – a development that we can witness in history with other forms of money. We’ve all heard the common criticism of Bitcoin: its transaction throughput is only four transactions per second, making it unable to compete with Visa, PayPal, and other global payment networks capable of … Read more

Atmosfera x Vacuumlabs: A collaboration for the future

The fun of working with us comes in many forms and one of them is the cultural events we support and take part in. This summer we were a proud sponsor of Atmosfera Festival, a multi-genre festival for music, homemade goods, and speakers on a variety of global topics. Our Rychlotest-covid team also stepped in … Read more

Behind the scenes: how we built AdaLite, the first Cardano light wallet.

We recently published an article about how we built AdaLite — one of our most successful spin-off companies within the Vacuum Group, and the first light wallet for the Cardano blockchain. Today, I will take you on a technical behind-the-scenes, and show you how what was supposed to be a “quick side project” turned into … Read more

NYDIG: Making Bitcoin Accessible via Regular Banking Accounts

NYDIG has recently announced that bitcoin will be coming to hundreds of US banks later this year. It’s potentially surprising news, given that anything bitcoin-related remains untouchable in many parts of the world. But the US banking environment has been making giant strides in its acceptance of bitcoin, and it seems the time is right … Read more