Irving Street Functionality

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During 2023 and 2024, Mako can be reached at . On Github he is ShapeOfMatter. He’s somewhat active on StackExchange, especially StackOverflow and CodeReview.


Mako Bates is currently (2023) a graduate research assistant in the PLAID Lab at the University of Vermont. He’s studying secure multi-party computation, differential privacy systems, and language design.

University of Vermont
Graduate Research Assistant
Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Science, type-theory, applied cryptography
2020 – current

University of Southern Maine
Bachelor’s in Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering
2010 – 2014


He put the 402-Receipts Standard on indefinite hiatus in 2019. Of that work, the piece mostly likely to still be of any use is the RSA Blind Signature implementation.

Mako built a deep understanding of php and python during his six years of industry work; this inspired his decision to return to academia.

Blackhawk Network
Senior Developer, 2020-2020

Irving Street Functionality LLC
Consultant, 2019-2020

The Direct Monetization Network
Founder, 2018 – 2019

Tilson Technology Management
Lead Engineer, 2015 – 2019

Software Developer, 2014 – 2015