Andreas Antonopulus announced the launch of Third Key Solutions of which he is the Chief Technical Officer. The start-up is a Bitcoin "best practices" consultancy, which aims to set up an infrastructure for Bitcoin companies to establish policies and enforcements for the handling of funds. The consultancy provides services revolving around the management of funds with multi-signature addresses as described in a summary on their website:
You don't really need Third Key Solutions. Multi-sig is easy-peasy. Just work out an M-of-N plan that makes you secure without exposing you to the risk of losing all your money. Build offline key-generation computers with carefully controlled operating systems and software stacks under strictly documented protocols.
The partial patronizing summary is only the froth of the poison that is being sold. Third Key Solution truly believes they are capable of consulting an institution which handles the same volume of funds such as MPEx which as of this publication transacted 29,691 BTC worth of trades in the past 30 days and has a public depository address that has received an all time total of 168,633 BTC in its lifetime. The above summary implicitly claims expertise in air gapping computer systems although the security chapter in Antonopulus' book Mastering Bitcoin makes no mention of generating a Bitcoin private key offline on a computer that has been air gapped, or the process of creating a raw transaction on an air gapped machine to broadcast from a full node. Reminiscent of C4's attempt at standardization without permission, Third Key Solution's services may prove more poisonous to their clientèle by attempting to render services without the necessary competencies.