Here’s how GunClear started: Co-Founder Mathew Fox became interested in blockchain technology during conversations with Co-Founder David Noble at UConn. Eventually, Fox asked Noble whether he’d be interested in starting a blockchain company together. Thinking it’d be easy, Noble agreed.
More than three years later, the duo is still at the beginning of the journey toward building a product for gun owners.
In early December 2017, Fox and Noble worked together during a pitch session with a number of interested entrepreneurs. These folks wanted to learn about bitcoin and blockchain, and Fox and Noble wanted to identify a few of them who might be interested in helping them find a workable solution to an identified issue with gun owners.
Fox and Noble were told that it was impossible—gun owners would never agree to participate in a service like GunClear. They were also told that the technology to support such a service wasn’t ready.
After learning more about their customers, they quickly realized that gun owners would not only participate in such a system, that they could do so completely anonymously. Using privacy technology that wasn’t available in June 2017, Fox and Noble could build what is known as a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) that simply held the data of every gun while obscuring the data to outside parties. Through the miracle of zero-knowledge proofs, everyone could trust the system without knowing individual details.
A little after this time, Fox and Noble picked up their first full-time committed Co-Founder, Alexander Plomaritis.
Alexander brought tons of expertise to the table. He brought knowledge of the gun collector, the gun dealer and the gun manufacturer—something Fox and Noble lacked at the time.
Just like that, the GunClear team realized they could change the culture around gun ownership
GunClear is in the process of closing its first round of funding and is starting to look for its next round.
They are building a proof of concept on the technology side, moving ever closer to realizing the true GunClear goal by protecting users information.
The GunClear team believes that we can all build a better and safer world together—without any significant encumbrance on our freedom.