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Kurtosis is an end to end testing platform for distributed systems. With an initial client base in the blockchain space, Kurtosis allows developers from L1 core infrastructure teams to dApp developers to test their innovations against a wide variety of inputs and failure scenarios.
Kurtosis was founded in 2020 after receiving a grant from Ava Labs to build an end-to-end testing platform for the Avalanche blockchain. By the end of the year, the founders had quit their jobs at Palantir to do Kurtosis full-time. Since then, Kurtosis has worked with market leaders Solana and Chainlink. Through interactions with users, Kurtosis is honing their product to make it as usable and useful as possible.
Kurtosis specializes in testing and prototyping layer-1 blockchain protocols and the smart contracts built on top of them. As a consensus testing tool, Kurtosis serves core development teams. Kurtosis also serves dApp developers for testing and prototyping by providing a complete development environment in conjunction with common tools like Truffle, Ethers.js, Hardhat, etc.
Kurtosis uses containers (based on Docker images) to orchestrate test environments configured exactly how developers need them. Kurtosis provides an SDK to developers to configure and manipulate their testing environments. The platform is capable of quickly supporting different testing languages, so developers are not locked into one language or another.
Kurtosis is founded former Palantir engineering leads Galen Marchetti  and Kevin Today . The founders shipped products together at Palantir for 5 years before starting Kurtosis, giving a good basis to embark on a new adventure together. Before Palantir, Kevin studied computer science at UIUC and Galen studied physics and computer science at Cornell.
- June 2021: Published letter of intent for future work with Glitch Finance 
Other testing solutions in the blockchain space include Gauntlet and Whiteblock. There are also a number of highly paid smart contract auditors who verify security and functionality conditions based on their expertise.
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