Cornell Cryptocurrency Professor Launches Ava Testnet, Challenges Visa

Emin Gun Sirer, one of the world’s leading academic experts on blockchain, is launching his own cryptocurrency.

Sirer is the co-director of the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts at Cornell University. In addition, Sirer founded Ava Labs Inc., a  blockchain group that is currently developing the Ava network and cryptocurrency. In February, the startup reported raising $6 million from a host of big-name investors, including Polychain and Andreessen Horrowitz.

Now, Sirer looks to throw his name into the ring of major coin projects by launching the Ava currency. The

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