Serial entrepreneur since 1996, Eric founded several companies in Europe. Respected member of the Bitcoin community, he launched La Maison du Bitcoin - a French Bitcoin center, before co-founding Ledger.
With the advent of decentralized security models, digital identities are becoming the foundations of these new industries. As consumer grade computers and smartphones cannot be trusted with these critical assets, new solutions are required: architectured around trusted hardware, securing the management of cryptographic secrets in full isolation.
Blockchain Open Ledger Operating System (BOLOS) represents a major change compared to what the smartcard industry offers today — it puts developers in the driving seat, providing an unobtrusive framework to build source code portable native applications around a secure core, protecting the core against applications attacks, and isolating applications from each other without getting in the way.
Founded in January 2015, Ledger is a French startup that combines the strong expertise of its co-founders in security, smartcard, cryptography, and embedded hardware. The launch of Ledger Nano - a hardware wallet - in more than 80 countries established Ledger as a reference in the international Bitcoin ecosystem. With offices and a showroom in the “Silicon Sentier” in Paris, a production facility in Vierzon, France, and a new subsidiary in San Francisco, the young company has just closed a seed funding round, and is developing its range of products, aiming to fuel the rise of new devices of trust.
Eris Industries, provider of the world’s leading enterprise blockchain application platform, selects Ledger as hardware security partner to improve security of critical workflows and protect its blockchain-based infrastructure.
The Ledger Blue is a personal lightweight mobile device architectured around a ST31 secure element, featuring a touch screen and USB/NFC/BLE connectivity. By enforcing a "what you see is what you sign" policy through a trusted interface the Blue strongly mitigates phishing and malware attacks.
Ledger, one of the leading manufacturers of Bitcoin hardware and software wallets, has become Coin Center’s first consumer hardware Founders Circle supporter.
Ledger is pleased to be the first Bitcoin pure player security company to join the FIDO Alliance, defining standard protocols for stronger authentication using public key cryptography.
Ledger selects Intercede's MyTAM service to securely load Bitcoin wallet Ledger Trustlet app on Trustonic's TEE.
Cybersecurity expert Intercede today announced Bitcoin security solutions provider Ledger has signed up to use MyTAM to protect its apps running on Android. By securing the wallets with the secure Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) already present on many leading devices, the app, along with data and transactions made by it, is protected against threats that may be present on the handset.
Ledger raises a 1.3M€ seed round to accelerate the development of its Bitcoin security solutions.
The 1.3M€ seed was lead by XAnge Capital, accompanied by Pascal Gauthier (ex COO Criteo), Hi-Pay (Hi-Media group), Fred Potter (NetAtmo), Thibaut Faurès Fustel de Coulanges (VP Rentabiliweb Group) and Alain Tingaud Innovations.
We were at The North American Bitcoin Conference Miami from 21 to 22 January 2015.
We were at CES Las Vegas, 6-9 January 2016.
We were at CARTES Paris, 17-19 November 2015.
We were at Money2020 Las Vegas, 25-28 October 2015.
We were at Consensus New York, 10 Septembre 2015.
We were at Inside Bitcoin New York from 28 to 29 March 2015.
We were at CeBIT Hannover from 16 to 20 March 2015.
We were at SXSW Austin from 13 to 17 March 2015.
We were at Mobile World Congress Barcelona from 2 to 5 March 2015.
We were at Bitcoin Expo London from 24 to 25 January 2015.
We were at The North American Bitcoin Conference Miami Beach from 16 to 18 January 2015.
We were at CES Las Vegas from 6 to 9 January 2015.
We were at Inside Bitcoins Seoul, South Korea from 12 to 13 December 2014.
We were are at The Latin American Bitcoin Conference Rio, Brazil from 6 to 7 December 2014.
We were at Global Bitcoin Summit Hong Kong from 28 to 29 November 2014.
We were at Inside Bitcoins Paris from 20 to 21 November 2014.
We were at CARTES SECURE CONNEXION from 16-17 November 2014.
Bitcoin Hardware Wallets
The Ledger Nano is a small USB hardware wallet, that integrates a EAL5+ certified Secure Element (smartcard) and the Ledger OS. It provides a simple and smart user experience, so that anyone can use Bitcoin with the benefit of maximum security.
The HW.1 is the enterprise version of the Nano, available for multisignature schemes or HSM implementation arrays. With an affordable and durable plastic casing, the HW.1 is the ideal solution for heavy usage and multiple keys distribution.
Personal Privacy Devices
The Ledger Blue is a personal lightweight mobile device architectured around a ST31 secure element, featuting a touch screen and USB/NFC/BLE connectivity. By enforcing a "what you see is what you sign" policy through a trusted interface the Blue strongly mitigates phishing and malware attacks.
Bitcoin has the potential to provide innovative, popular, and worldwide transaction solutions. To make Bitcoin accessible to all, we must find ways to make it simple and safer. But we also need to build this new economic deal in a smart and responsible way, learning from mistakes of the financial system in place, and complementing it where necessary.
One of Bitcoin's main strengths is that it remains free from any almighty authority. Ledger abides by this fundamental principle and keeps Bitcoin as a decentralized network. We do not own, nor centralize our customers' bitcoins. Ledger is not your bank, but enables you to become your own bank.
Our products benefit from the best security standards and highest smart card safety. We take security to heart at each stage of manufacturing, assembling, processing, delivery, storage, and use. We develop and integrate tools to enable users to prevent Bitcoin theft, copy, or fraud.
We build an open app store architecture where developers can use our tools to create Bitcoin solutions, to drive up innovative financial services, simplified payments or smart transactions.
After 5 years at Oberthur and 10 years developing smartcard OS for his company Ubinity, Nicolas founded BTChip, an open standard secure element based hardware wallet that is now part of Ledger.
Joël is head of product and operations. After 15 years in the retail and distribution business, he co-founded Ledger with the aim to bring Bitcoin to the masses.
Thomas is head of the San Francisco offices of Ledger, where he is in charge of developing business operations. Want to partner with us? Ping him any time on Twitter or by email to meet him there.