Jeff Garzik’s Plan To Avoid A Bitcoin Split
Jeff Garzik has been accused of a lot of things of late.
Since taking the lead on turning the Segwit2x scaling agreement into code, the CEO of blockchain startup Bloq has been accused of everything from closing off bitcoin’s open-source development to encouraging unnecessarily aggressive network changes to playing loose with facts to sway public sentiment on the plan.
But if the long-time developer, one of the first employed by a startup to work directly with bitcoin’s underlying software, has emerged as a lightning rod, Garzik seems enthusiastic about the role.
Fond of taking on critics head on in lengthy Twitter exchanges, Garzik may be unique among bitcoin developers in displaying a largely take-charge entrepreneurial mindset, one that finds him at odds with the project’s more security-conscious developer group, Bitcoin Core.
But if Garzik is under scrutiny now, he’s likely to be there for some time.
While there are a few steps left before bitcoin’s long-awaited capacity upgrade is a done deal (it’s looking increasingly likely that bitcoin miners will push a scaling upgrade by the end of August), the code changes he’s shepherding aren’t due to conclude until the fall.
That’s when they’ll perhaps hit a fever pitch that dwarfs the current debate, and in a new interview, Garzik doubled down on his intent to introduce the code for a hard fork that would further boost the network’s capabilities while putting it again on a path to a split.
Against this backdrop, Garzik sat down with CoinDesk to discuss his thoughts on the future of Segwit2x, addressing the key questions and controversies that have been bubbling behind the scenes of late.
Below, that interview is reproduced, though some of Garzik’s comments have been shortened for clarity.