Modern Finance
May 25, 2021

Brave - The Privacy and Crypto-Friendly Browser with Brendan Eich

Brave Software CEO Brendan Eich joins Kevin to discuss how the Brave Browser protects privacy, supports IPFS, has a built-in crypto wallet, works with your favorite Chrome extensions, and rewards users with the Basic Attention Token (BAT) cryptocurrency.


Brave Software CEO Brendan Eich joins Kevin to discuss how the Brave Browser protects privacy, supports IPFS, has a built-in crypto wallet, works with your favorite Chrome extensions, and rewards users with the Basic Attention Token (BAT) cryptocurrency.

BIO Brendan Eich (@brendaneich) created JavaScript and co-founded Mozilla and Firefox. Now, he's the co-founder and CEO of Brave Software, known for its privacy-first and crypto-supporting Brave Browser.

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  • What is the Brave Browser, and how does it stand out from the countless browsers we already have at our disposal? [02:22]
  • How does Brave approach the potential for ad tracking from a "Can't be evil" rather than a "Don't be evil" position? [07:03]
  • How are anonymous Brave users rewarded for browsing if they're not being tracked, and how are content creators compensated in the Brave ecosystem? [12:27]
  • What happens if someone tries to tip a content creator who isn't signed up for Brave Rewards? [16:41]
  • Are there any major publishers participating in these rewards? [17:56]
  • What do these microtransactions look like from the back end, and how do they preserve anonymity while bypassing additional fees? [18:36]
  • Is there a way to exchange BAT in Brave between two parties who know one another (e.g., friends or colleagues)? [23:42]
  • With an Ethereum wallet included in the current Brave experience, how does Brendan see other cryptocurrencies being supported in the future? [24:57]
  • How does Brendan's team at Brave weigh options for buying, building, and using third-party solutions for its features? What factors take top priority? [27:53]
  • How are passwords managed in Brave, and are there security concerns about operating in a Chromium-based system? [32:04]
  • Given Brendan's history with Mozilla, how did Brave come to be Chromium-based? [36:46]
  • Why do Brave's ambitions (particularly with search) reach beyond just providing a better browser? [39:51]
  • How does Brave Search aim to stand out from its competition? [45:01]
  • Now waitlisted, when will Brave Search launch? [48:18]
  • What are the challenges of delivering search results anonymously? [49:39]
  • How Tor private windows are incorporated into Brave. [52:33]
  • Brendan's thoughts on Web3 and where he sees Brave rolling with new decentralized technology over the next few years. [53:44]
  • Will Brave be adding more features to the browser-native wallet in the near future (such as NFT viewing)? [55:44]
  • What are Brendan's favorite crypto projects at the moment? [56:39]
  • Will BAT play a role in DAOs? [58:26]
  • Parting thoughts. [59:38]

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