Zcash was publicly launched on October 28, 2016, by a team of world-class cryptographers, engineers, and computer scientists from the Zerocoin Electric Coin Company, or the Zcash Company, as one of many new digital currency projects intended to expand upon the capabilities of Bitcoin.

The goal of the project was simple: to build a permissionless financial network that would offer greater freedom and security to its users through the use of innovative cryptographic methods that preserve financial privacy. Born out of the Zerocoin Project and led by the Zcash Company Founder and CEO, Zooko Wilcox, the Zcash development team has decades of experience in distributed systems, cryptographic security, and multistage entrepreneurial ventures.

We inspect Zcash as an investment opportunity for the two following reasons: (i) it reinforces our investment thesis for the entire digital currency asset class (a new beta) and (ii) guides our asset selection framework as we seek to identify investable digital currencies with unique drivers of return that can complement one another in a portfolio (alpha).

In this paper, we explore:

  • The origins of the Zcash Network
  • The fundamental factors supporting ZEC’s investability
  • The investment opportunity for ZEC as a privacy-enhanced store-of-value and medium of exchange
  • How a strategic allocation to ZEC, in addition to other digital currencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether Classic (ETC), can improve the efficiency of investor portfolios


Download The Zcash Investment Thesis below.