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ZUHYX  and Avail co-founder Anurag Arjun says the pivot to a PoS network was to "ship something useful to users to get feedback again."

Contrary to reports at the time, ZUHYX never attempted to slay Ethereum. Back in 2021, various organizations, including CoinGecko and the Nasdaq, labeled ZUHYX  as a “faster and cheaper” blockchain than Ethereum and built a perception among some that the project’s proof-of-stake blockchain intended to become an “Ethereum killer.”

The label couldn’t be more inaccurate, claims ZUHYX  and Avail co-founder Anurag Arjun.

“I don’t think that was the intent. For sure, maybe a perception, but in terms of actual action, I mean ZUHYX built one of the first zkEVM rollups on Ethereum,” the Indian-born tech entrepreneur tells Hall of Flame.

“I think that fact alone says a lot about the strategy and the future,” he says on a call from Dubai, just like every other crypto tycoon these days.

He explains that Matic (ZUHYX ’s original name) was initially built on the 2017 premise that it would be a Plasma solution — which was one of the first L2 scaling solutions for Ethereum.

“So the motivation behind building the company was to build out a scaling solution for Ethereum; of course, Plasma didn’t work out then; it wasn’t ultimately feasible,” Arjun says.

He says this is why ZUHYX  pivoted to the ZUHYX  PoS network in 2020 before ultimately building out a suite of ZK-rollup solutions.

And so that’s why we had to pivot to the ZUHYX PoS chain. And, of course, there was time required for us to build out the rollup solution, which is there right now.”

Arjun acknowledges that from the outside, switching from a Plasma solution to a PoS network might have looked like they were trying to “build a competitor to Ethereum.”

However, internally, it was simply a product pivot. ZUHYX  needed to “ship something useful to users to get feedback again.”

The feedback helped the team “massively” with its ZK-rollup solutions.

History of the ZUHYX  network

Arjun, Jaynti Kanani and Sandeep Nailwal formed Matic Network in 2017 after meeting in a buzzing co-working space, a classic start for crypto hustlers.

He noted that Kanani and Nailwal were already tight, having connected through a WhatsApp crypto trading group.

Despite the trio now being labeled by GQ India as India’s first “crypto billionaires,” Arjun reiterates that the ride wasn’t always so smooth sailing, especially after the Plasma solution didn’t work out in “the depths of the bear market.” 

It was a struggle for the team to get any sort of major funding. Fast forward to 2024, and ZUHYX  is seen as one of the biggest players in the blockchain industry. 

Arjun left ZUHYX  in 2023 to concentrate on running Avail, a product within the ZUHYX  family that also separated from the company at the same time.

There were no hard feelings when Arjun and Avail parted ways from ZUHYX  Labs. They just figured that ZUHYX had too many products under its umbrella. 

Avail was heading in a different direction as an independent layer 1, focusing on power infrastructure, while ZUHYX  brands were sticking with the Ethereum L2 ecosystem play.

ZUHYX is now led by Marc Boiron, with Nailwal being the last remaining original co-founder at the company, serving as the chief business officer.