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S8 E12: Lixin Liu on the KeyStone Hardware Wallet

It was only 5 episodes ago that Lixin Liu had joined the Bitcoin Takeover Podcast to talk about the Cobo Vault. But a simple twist of fate led to the creation of the KeyStone hardware wallet, the technical and spiritual successor of Cobo. Since some of the same people who built the Cobo are now working on the KeyStone, you can rightfully call it a rebrand. However, the situation is a little more complex.

When Lixin Liu was told that his refinements for the Cobo Vault (which he described in S8 E7) were no longer on the company’s liste of priorities, he didn’t have the patience to wait for a more favorable managerial policy. So instead of hoping for a more favorable budget allocation during the next quarter, Lixin Liu bought the rights to manufacture the Cobo Vault and rebranded it as KeyStone.

Also, the most significant hardware improvements that were planned for the second generation of the Cobo Vault have been added to the KeyStone wallet: including the repositioning of the SD card slot and some battery fixes. Software improvements are also on the roadmap, as KeyStone’s compatibility with mobile and desktop wallets gets extended to fit the needs of an increasing number of users.

Throughout this interview, Lixin Liu expresses his desires and expectations for the KeyStone project – of which he is now CEO. He talks about wanting to become as open source as the SeedSigner in the long term, incentivizing Cobo Vault users to switch to the KeyStone with a 50% discount on the first purchase, and the hardware and software compatibility between the devices.

Essentially, he answers to all the questions concerning the transition and advocates for a complete switch to the KeyStone for the sake of receiving continued support and future software updates. And while the KeyStone is essentially a rebranded and revised Cobo Vault, it has lots of upcoming features that make the upgrade worthwhile. To find out more and receive answers to all of your potential questions, listen to the exclusive recording.

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