Constellation Update – Engineering News, Event Round-Up: Past + Upcoming, & Recent Press

Dear Constellation Community,

This past week has been one for the books! We’ve been out on the ground attending and speaking at events in Santa Monica and San Francisco, California, Portland, Oregon, and even New Mexico! Meanwhile, our Engineering team has been hard at work building. Read on for an overview of what’s gone on, and what’s coming up!

Engineering Update

  • Updated and tested facilitator selections in new streaming flow
  • V2 skeleton cluster migration finished
  • Fixed memory issues in checkpoint combiner
  • Updated download functionality to V2
  • Prototype for conflict resolution functions
  • Improvements / refactoring for data resolver
  • Implemented simple snapshots for tip merge validation
  • Prototype for tip consistency validator
  • Refactored database methods to use typed actors
  • Added new tests for nodes joining cluster

Event Round-Up

Between SF Blockchain Week going on in San Francisco and Block-Con happening in Santa Monica, as well as a panel in Portland, OR, this past week has been an exciting one on the West Coast for the Constellation Team.

To start things off, COO Ben spoke at a Blockchain Brunch Panel in San Francisco last weekend featuring a spirited, audience-led panel chat.

On Tuesday, the Constellation team in LA attended the Block-Con Beach Crawl which kicked off a series of Block-Con events throughout the week.

Meanwhile in Portland, OR, Constellation VP of Business Development, Benjamin Diggles spoke on a panel titled “FinTech Product Innovation and the Intersection with Blockchain” hosted by Sila. Other panelists also included Shamir Karkal, founder and CEO of Sila, Christian Maynard-Phillip, COO of Third Party Technologies, and Isaiah Steinfeld, Entrepreneur in Residence at Nike.

On Friday, Zac (Head of Marketing) was back at Block-Con speaking on the future of Distributed Ledger Technologies. It was a great turn-out, and we’ll share a video of the presentation in the coming weeks.

Also on Friday, Benjamin Diggles was back at it in New Mexico where he attended MOBI’s Colloquium. The event aimed to promote and advance standards and accelerate adoption of blockchain, distributed ledger, and related technologies. If you’d like to watch the event, it’s available for viewing on MOBI’s Facebook page.

The team will be wrapping up the week at Blockchain Week SF Friday afternoon with a panel discussing DAG.

Upcoming Events

 

LA MeetUp w/ Element Group, October 18, Santa Monica, California

Constellation Labs and Element Group invite you for an evening of networking and drinks. We’ll start with brief 20-minute presentations from Ben Jorgensen (COO, Constellation Labs) and Stan Miroshnik (CEO, Element Group). In their respective presentations, Ben and Stan will outline key technologies their firms are currently building and how they fit into the future of the blockchain sector.

World Crypto Con, October 31-Nov 2, Las Vegas, Nevada

Scale by the Bay, November 15-17, San Francisco, California

 

Recent Press

Zac’s (Head of Marketing) commentary  on marketing and hiring for the blockchain startup space was featured in DMN this week – The Missing Link In Blockchain? Building The Right Team.

 

Until next week,

 

The Constellation Team

 

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Constellation Update – Upcoming Events, Our Vision, Community Awards, Recent Press, Ambassador Program & Site Updates

Dear Constellation Community,

We have a busy upcoming week of presentations and panels ahead of us.  Find us in LA at Block-Con and out and about during a hectic SF Blockchain week. Hit up the team on Telegram or Discord if you want to meet us.  Read on for a general round-up of all that’s been going on…

Upcoming Events

 

Fintech Product Innovation, October 9, Portland, Oregon

VP of Business Development, Benjamin Diggles, will be discussing “FinTech Product Innovation and the Intersection with Blockchain” on a panel alongside Shamir Karkal (Co-Founder and CEO of Sila), Christian Maynard-Philipp (CCO and COO of Third Party Technologies), and Isaiah Steinfeld (Entrepreneur in Residence at Nike).

Block-Con 2018, October 10-12, Santa Monica, California

COO Ben will be giving a presentation on the future of Distributed Ledger Technology next week at Block-Con in Santa Monica. We’re excited to take part and will have a video of the presentation this month.

SF Blockchain Week Brunch, October 7,  San Francisco, CA

SF Blockchain Week DAG panel, Oct 12, Info to come

World Crypto Con, October 31-Nov 2, Las Vegas, Nevada

Scale by the Bay, November 15-17, San Francisco, California

Our Vision for Distributed Ledger Technology

Following  CTO Wyatt Meldman-Floch and V.P of Engineering Ryle Goehausen’s rousing talk from TechCrunch,  we recently published a blog post diving into the overarching vision fueling Constellation. Also addressed the current limitations in the distributed ledger space, and how our approach differs.  Read the post in its entirety on the Constellation blog!

Community Awards

This week, we wanted to take a break from the more inward-facing technical content and have a little fun by honoring our community with some prestigious, totally made up awards (such as Meme Lord). Thanks to our community for all your continuous support, and have a look at our Champions of Community piece!

Recent Press

  • COO Ben spoke with International Business Times about the future of cryptocurrency investments.
  • VP of Engineering, Ryle’s, commentary was featured in BitsOnline – Talking Universal Node Accessibility With Constellation Labs.

Ambassador Program

Last month we announced the launch of our Global Ambassador Network.  We wanted to remind the community about the amazing work being done.  In a few short months, it has already lead to partnerships with MOBI and Hyperledger.  The program offers the tools and knowledge needed to integrate blockchain into networks eager to embrace blockchain technology around the world. While our early focus is on mobility, IoT, and renewable energy applications, we’re also extending into a multitude of industries, based on ambassador outreach and momentum.

“In 5 years, I believe blockchain will become the core technology for innovation, and I believe in Constellation Labs’s vision to bring decentralized technology to the next level. I saw an ambitious dream in Constellation. Constellation will take a big role of upgrading blockchain technology to a universal common language, and thus enhancing global connectivity, such as internet and mobile, that shaped the world to how it is today. I’m happy to be an Ambassador of Constellation Labs, helping to continue to propel innovation, together.” – Constellation Ambassador and former Hello Kitty Managing Director, Ray Rehito Hatoyama.

In addition to Hatoyama, early Constellation Ambassadors include Sebastian Spitzer, New Business Specialist at REHAU; Ratul Saha, Founder of GetonChain; Julian Jung, Co-founder, and Partner of Game Theory Crypto Group; and Jacob Mullins, Partner at Shasta Ventures.

For more information on applying to be an Ambassador, check out the Constellation Ambassador Website.

Site Updates

You’ll notice a drip of changes to our site, Orion and marketing material over the next few weeks. We’re taking the time to fine-tune our messaging and narrative to more accurately reflect our technology and vision – Enterprise Grade Distributed Ledger Technology.

Until next week.

Sincerely,

The Constellation Team

 

 

Our Vision for Distributed Ledger Technology

In this piece, we’re going to dive into the overarching vision fueling Constellation, while using our CTO Wyatt Meldman-Floch and our V.P of Engineering Ryle Goehausen’s rousing talk from TechCrunch as source material. We’ll address the current limitations existing in the distributed ledger space, and how our approach differs. If you haven’t had a chance to check out their presentation from the event, give it a watch below.

First off, what are the current limitations?

Let’s start at the beginning with a quick breakdown of DAG technology and a recap of the origins of blockchain technology. Blockchain technology, as it currently stands, allows you to secure digital transactions on a ledger (Bitcoin) and then moved into securing digital contracts (ETH). Now, we’re finally trying to solve the problem of applications, which not many of the existing technologies can do. One of the main issues with existing blockchain infrastructure is that they just don’t work at scale, and aren’t ready to handle the massive scaling demands at the enterprise level. The issue of scalability is another that we’re strongly focused on solving.

Alongside the likes of HyperLedger (who we recently partnered up with), InterLedger, Cosmos, and Parity, Constellation shares a similar complaint regarding how Ethereum is skewing more towards an excessive amount of centrality. “Plenty of people have talked about Ethereum moving towards too much centrality, and this is probably due in part with how much money and attention they have raised, they’re trying to push the bar past what Bitcoin can actually offer,” said Ryle.

Ethereum and other protocols lock you into their “centralized sandbox,” where different networks cannot connect, and you’re forced into using their coding language. Some other common blockchain limitations are resource waste, redundant work, and running application code over and over. Ryle went on to share how, as it currently stands, “you can’t really host a modern application on Ethereum. You can serve a website, but you couldn’t really serve a scalable database. It wouldn’t work. These networks can’t connect. You’re locked into that abstraction… there is no throughput to speak of.”

Enterprises already expect this level of functionality and fluidity in the computing infrastructure space, and it would make sense for them to expect to see a similar shift happen in the blockchain space before diving in head first. “Everybody is coming into [blockchain] expecting it to be like it developing on AWS, and it’s just not – it doesn’t work that way right now,” said Ryle.

“You can’t have competing VMs. You can’t have competing execution providers. You can’t deal with people who don’t want to run code from other people, as every node needs to run all of the applications,” said Ryle. In addition, what incentive do you really have to build an application on one of these protocols, when all you’re ultimately doing is enriching the creators of that protocol?

“This is unfair, and it avoids all of the issues of integrating properly and building a community if all of the value is driven into the protocol.”

Ryle went on to mention how with double spend attacks, “any miner who has enough power can instantly destroy” a smaller network. “Anyone with enough stake can manipulate their markets and the consensus models don’t reinforce one another.” These types of consensus models are also highly anti-entrepreneurial. “You can’t start your own network. You have to go to a large provider. If you have a new idea, you have to do what they say. You can’t just create a network and try and integrate it with something, because they don’t trade resources fairly. There is nothing that allows these networks to trade security with one another, and reinforce each other fairly,” per Ryle.

To reiterate, the issue with these larger protocols is that they have to run all of the applications inside of them. They lack application separations and boundaries between them, which also creates data management concerns. How do we solve this issue? It all comes down to the notion of consensus as a service. “The way to abstract over this is to focus on isolating out consensus in and of itself as a service, and focusing on the performance of that because that happens anyways in the regular ecosystem.”

Constellation’s Solution

 

While Constellation ’s solution is based around the use of DAGs (directed acyclic graphs), we would slightly rephrase this argument as it being nonlinear.  “If you’re talking about consensus across networks, there are not necessarily linear relationships. It’s coarse, it’s granular. It’s graph-like in nature, and they’re globally distributed networks. Each application has its own unique access pattern for data dependencies and all these other issues. The huge thing here that doesn’t get talked about is if you create a small network, it’s not going to be secure.”

“Consensus as a service” underpins Constellation’s approach. As Ryle puts it, “there should be a proper boundary created so that you could use varying VM’S or contract languages that might be suited to different platforms — like running on a cell phone, running in the cloud, running on a home computer — these are all different heterogeneous environments.”

Ryle went on to add some further context as to how Constellation is taking a unique “open-sandbox” approach, especially in comparison to Ethereum:

“In simplest terms possible, Ethereum does not support forks of itself. We want to have people re-use our code to build their application-specific networks and then integrate with ours, which is a different model. Under Ethereum, they set the rules for you to play in a sandbox. You don’t get to mess with Ethereum’s core code. With us, we allow you to extend your application as a ‘custom version of Ethereum’ and provide a mechanism for integrating it with our core network.”

While a number of other protocols have taken on so much ground and make such lofty claims that they can’t solve anything practical at all, we want to avoid that trap altogether. Rather than promising to “revolutionize and disrupt” all the worlds issues, we’d rather focus on solving consensus at scale.

As Ryle succinctly puts it, “if you can solve consensus at scale, there are any number of plug-and-play components that you can incorporate from other projects which is far more interesting from a decentralization perspective. We’re interested in networks reinforcing one another rather than dictating what you have to do.”

When you pare down what blockchain is, it’s a way of securing updates to a global database. When it comes to enterprise-grade adoption, the space as a whole isn’t ready for that leap, but in the meantime, we can look towards AWS as an ideal role model in terms of having an enterprise-grade security standard. Ryle went on to say how AWS’s security model doesn’t enforce security to the degree that it forces you into only using specific solutions, but rather, it’s designed to empower all sorts of different solutions. “AWS does not have a completely unified platform where you have to do everything a particular way – they offer plugins and customizations to developers”.

Ryle went on to share how he’s noticed a considerable problem in platformization, and by that he means how there is an underlying centralization trend among decentralized networks, saying “as they become larger, they become more centralized – this is crazy.” In our view, it’s more important to focus on disparate networks and to integrate different types of networks and microservices as an approach. Also, when more nodes and actors join our network, we become more decentralized as opposed to more centralized, simply by the inherent nature of our DAG infrastructure and our reputation based consensus model.

PoW vs. PoS vs. Constellation’s reputation model

 

Lastly, let’s examine some of the fundamental differences between the two main consensus models being utilized in blockchain right now – Proof of Work (PoW) and Proof of Stake (PoS). With PoW, the origins of this can be found in anti-spam for email. “It would be the death by a thousand cuts, where if you sent out a large amount of computation – it becomes cost prohibitive to spam a large number of people,” said Ryle. PoW was originally intended only to be used in a small, rate limiting capacity, and double-spend attacks regularly occur on smaller networks. “These double spends are in the news all the time on smaller networks. It doesn’t work. It’s a known vulnerability.”

Proof of Stake, while it addressed the wastefulness issue, it still has vulnerabilities. Smaller networks can still be easily attacked, and in terms of governance, it’s fundamentally anti-democratic. “We don’t run the world by trusting people just because they have money, right? That’s not Democratic. That’s not a governance solution. And this goes beyond just invalidating individual transactions and having penalties. It’s more about the governance of the entire protocol itself. You can’t rely solely on buying votes, that would be considered absurd in the real world,” said Ryle.

Regarding Constellation’s novel reputation based consensus approach, trust and reputation scoring is already conventional throughout society. “This is credit scores. This is auditing, this is accounting, finance – this is considered normal.” Although this notion is prevalent throughout society at large, there has yet to be a strong evolution in this and it hasn’t been codified properly into digital form. Our approach allows for an enormous amount of machine learning that can be done, that enables truly democratic governance. “Who are the people involved in these things? Where are their IPs coming from, all sorts of off- chain data that can be integrated very very quickly and easily – so far that really hasn’t happened,” per Ryle.

As it stands, there is still a massive level of ignorance about what happens in the code publishing process and who actually governs the project itself. “All of these steps require trust and they just they just ignore it completely. We need to go towards Democratic governance, not buying votes,” according to Ryle.

To sum it all up, the current blockchain solutions just aren’t ready to scale, and their underlying consensus models are vulnerable to attacks and are anti-democratic in nature. With Constellation, we’re aiming to create this notion of consensus as a service, while also solving the main issues of scaling for enterprise use and creating a truly democratic governance model. We’re excited to bring this vision to life, so be sure to continue to follow our journey at any of the links below!

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Constellation Update – Hyperledger & HitBTC News, ENG Updates, TC Disrupt Video and MeetUps

Dear Constellation Community,

September has flown by and we are gearing up for an even busier October. The last week of this month has been filled with exciting announcements, updates, new content, and a MeetUp. Read on for a recap of all that and more!

Hyperledger Announcement

Earlier this week we announced that we are now a member of Hyperledger.  Hyperledger, hosted under The Linux Foundation, was created as an open source collaboration with the aim to advance blockchain technologies across a variety of industries, and includes over 270 members to date. With the addition of Constellation, the multi-project, multi-stakeholder effort now includes over 10 business blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Contributions of code as well as development from the community have enabled the rapid advancement of frameworks, which have been reflected in milestones such as the recent release of Hyperledger Fabric 1.2. Constellation plans to contribute their open source and cross chain approach to usher in real world use cases for consumers and businesses.

“Hyperledger and The Linux Foundation as a whole, share our commitment to the open source community’s role in making distributed ledger technology widely accessible,” said Wyatt Meldman-Floch, Constellation CTO. “Constellation’s intention is to provide a scalable consensus layer specifically tailored for integration with existing applications and frameworks. It is a tremendous honor and opportunity to begin exploring projects with the Hyperledger community in order to contribute to the project.”  

For more information, check out the official Hyperledger Announcement on their site and our Constellation Blog Post.

 

HitBTC Listing

DAG is now listed on HitBTC!  You can now find DAG on Kucoin, Hotbit, IDEX and Bilaxy.

Engineering Update

  • Combiner logic for our data types has been implemented.
  • Foundations for snapshotting.
  • Updating consensus for our new data model.
  • Finishing the data model.
  • Updating our network communication for the model and rate limiting.
  • ‘Resolving’ new data, which means updating our local view of the network and making a decision on state.

White paper edits are also being made:

  • Updating the sections on our data model.
  • Breaking our data structures down in terms of the Edge data type.

New TC Disrupt Panel Video + Content

If you didn’t catch Wyatt and Ryle’s presentation at TechCrunch Disrupt, we have a new video edit which includes the slides from the presentation.

Shasta MeetUp

We had a great turnout at our Meetup earlier this week in SF – Beyond the ICO: New Approaches to Fundraising – with Jacob Mullins (Partner, Shasta Ventures), Constellation COO Ben Jorgensen, and Stan Miroshnik (CEO, Element Group). Thanks to all who came out, and we look forward to seeing even more of you next time. Check out the “Upcoming Events” section below to find out where we’ll be next!

Press Hits

 

Upcoming Events / MeetUps

 

MeetUps:

Conferences:

 

Sincerely,

The Constellation Team

 

Constellation Announcement – Constellation Joins Hyperledger

Hi Constellation Community,

Constellation Labs  is excited to announce it is now a member of Hyperledger. Hyperledger, hosted under The Linux Foundation, was created as an open source collaboration with the aim to advance blockchain technologies across a variety of industries, and includes over 270 members to date. With the addition of Constellation, the multi-project, multi-stakeholder effort now includes over 10 business blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Contributions of code as well as development from the community have enabled the rapid advancement of frameworks, which have been reflected in milestones such as the recent release of Hyperledger Fabric 1.2. Constellation plans to contribute their open source and cross chain approach to usher in real world use cases for consumers and businesses.

“Hyperledger and The Linux Foundation as a whole, share our commitment to the open source community’s role in making distributed ledger technology widely accessible,” said Wyatt Meldman-Floch, Constellation CTO. “Constellation’s intention is to provide a scalable consensus layer specifically tailored for integration with existing applications and frameworks. It is a tremendous honor and opportunity to begin exploring projects with the Hyperledger community in order to contribute to the project.”  

“A new wave of economic opportunity and value is approaching. The Linux Foundation and Hyperledger are on the cutting edge of distributed ledger technology and importantly they’re steering the discourse and research in the right directions,” said Ben Jorgensen, Constellation COO. “As a DAG protocol, we look forward to exploring and contributing to the community with the intentions of deploying technology, which will revolutionize business and consumer experiences.”

Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger, had this to say about Constellation joining the community:

“The Hyperledger community is on the front lines of putting blockchain into production in the enterprise. Adding Constellation to our community, highlights our continued desire to scale and increase adoption of blockchain across various industries. We look forward to their engagement and contributions.”

Sincerely,

The Constellation Team

 

Constellation Update – MOBI Sponsorship, Engineering News, Upcoming Events & More

Dear Constellation Community,

Another busy week! As we wrap up and get ready to head into the weekend, we’d like to give you a quick overview of what’s gone on and what’s to come. Read on for an exciting sponsorship announcement, an overview of our Ambassador program, updates from our Engineering team, an upcoming MeetUp + other events, and much more!

MOBI Sponsorship

Constellation Labs is excited to announce our sponsorship of the renowned mobility ecosystem consortia, MOBI.

Benjamin Diggles, VP of Business Development at Constellation Labs, had this to say about the partnership:

“Partnering with the MOBI consortia is key to our core vision of accelerating possibility in the mobility space. Constellation is building a protocol with the ability to usher in enterprise adoption through real-world use cases.  We are excited about the myriad of potential applications and to contribute to this world-class organization.”

Read the full announcement on the Constellation Blog.

Reddit AMA

The Constellation engineering, marketing and community teams were on hand Thursday and Friday for a live written response AMA on our Reddit page. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to connect directly with the wider community and answer all of your burning questions.

If you weren’t able to attend the AMA in real time, don’t fret! You can still view the thread here.

TC Disrupt Panel + Workshop

The official TechCrunch Disrupt videos of our panel and workshop are now live on our YouTube channel for your viewing pleasure.  

Panel – Beyond the ICO: New approaches to fundraising and enterprise investment in blockchain feat.  Ben Jorgensen (COO of Constellation), Jacob Mullins (Partner, Shasta Ventures), Erika Perez (Global Leader, IBM Blockchain Business Development & Ecosystem Strategy). Jascha Kaykas-Wolff (CMO, Mozilla).

Workshop – Running A Node On A Distributed Ledger: Live Demo with Wyatt Meldman-Floch (CTO) and Ryle Goehausen (VP of Engineering). Stay tuned for an additional video of the workshop, which includes the presentation slides, coming in the next couple of weeks.

We’ve also put together a fun recap video of the team behind the scenes at the event. Check it out and see what it was like to be on the ground at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018!

Shasta Ventures Meetup

We’re hosting a Meetup! Join Constellation COO Ben Jorgensen along with Jacob Mullins (Partner, Shasta Ventures), and Stan Miroshnik (CEO, The Element Group)  on Tuesday, 9/25 in San Francisco for a discussion surrounding funding in the blockchain space. If you’re in the area, we’d love to see you there – sign up for tickets here.

Ambassador Program Interview

Following the official launch of our Ambassador Program, we sat down with our VP of Business Development, Benjamin Diggles for an overview of why we started it, how to get involved, what our goals are, and who some of our current ambassadors are.

Head to the Constellation Blog to give the full post a read!

Engineering Update

  • Wrapping up multi tip DAG model.
  • Resolution logic is about to be merged.
  • Addressing edge cases with our updated consensus actor.
  • Wrapping up peer API handling and IP banning.

Press Coverage

Check out Ben’s thoughts on the obstacles currently facing the decentralized gaming space, as they’ve been featured in several publications:

Events

The Constellation team will be at the following upcoming events.  Let us know if you’re going to be there, too!

 

Sincerely,

The Constellation Team

Ambassador Program Overview

For this piece, I sat down with our VP of Business Development, Benjamin Diggles. He provided a thorough overview of Constellation’s recently launched Ambassador Program – from why we started it, how to get involved, the overarching goals of the program, and who some of our notable ambassadors are currently.

While our engineering team is hard at work building out our 3rd generation DLT tech, we recognized a void in the space — namely, a clear understanding of the underlying technology itself, alongside definitions of real-world use-cases are often sparse and misleading. Rather than idly sitting on the sidelines or waiting for the next “bull-run,” or for someone else to carry the proverbial torch, we saw an opportunity to step up and become educational leaders in the space, especially when it comes to bridging the ever-widening gap between existing industries and enterprises that are looking at the blockchain realm with a hefty dose of skepticism and confusion. We feel that many sectors will lean on their advisors and core collectives to guide them through this new paradigm, and we aim to play a vital role in that discussion.

By launching and scaling our Global Ambassador Network, Constellation will be able to extend its reach into core industries to capture the minds of those looking to assimilate blockchain into their solution workflows. Our goal is to position, promote and strengthen the Constellation solution with flagship partners in industries that will accelerate positive net new node growth. 

Without further ado, let’s dive into the interview! Everything that follows in quotations will be the wise words of the sage Benjamin Diggles. 

Benjamin Diggles (right) hosting a Constellation Labs MeetUp in Portland, OR.

First off, what is the Ambassador Program all about?

“So the reason we created the Ambassador Program is that a company of our size cannot currently scale into specific markets. So for us to foster ambassadors within a particular region or market, it gives us the ability to tap into those different regions and market opportunities with an expertise that is outside of our core competency. 

A good example would be: I am not a mobility or automotive specialist by any means, but that’s a robust industry that we want to get into. We have an ambassador based out of Germany (Sebastian Spitzer) that provides us with a lens to get into those types of conversations and be able to help us with our knowledge in addressing those sectors. 

The point of that is by getting into those types of projects and opportunities; those groups get exposure to what we’re doing as a technology, where otherwise they would likely be ignorant.”

Below is a more detailed list of some of the Program Objectives :

  • Establish world-class positioning and representation through strategic partners in regions and industries aligned with our core vision 
  • Grow and strengthen the value of the Constellation token by building confidence in the market through the quality and focus of our partnership projects
  • Nurture a partner program of consistency that rewards those involved in scaling Constellation’s impact on the market 

What do we aim to accomplish with this program? What are some of the primary industries or sectors that we’re targeting regarding our ambassadors? 

“The real goal is scale. We don’t want to have 5,000 employees across the globe. It just doesn’t make any sense. So our goal is to scale the Constellation solution into the minds and markets around various parts of the world that we currently would not be able to access.

What we’re looking to accomplish is very simple — find people who are really passionate and very excited about what’s happening in distributed ledger technology and the blockchain space and crypto — anything that kind of touches this ecosystem that we’re playing with. Then, to take that excitement and move it over into introductions for either enterprise projects, consortiums or foundations that are looking for that same level of excitement around this space. From there, we can get involved in discussions that will accelerate not only our technology, but will give us visibility into use cases to better help us tune our approach to the market.”

Who would be an ideal ambassador? 

“What’s great about the program is that it’s not just exclusive for those that are highly senior in distributed ledger technology. We can work with people who are rather junior or new to it. I feel that excitement and the ability to have a vision of possibility and some aptitude within blockchain is the perfect type of person we’re looking for. So I have people who are fully on board that are teaching curriculums on distributed ledger technology. Clearly, that’s a very senior and poignant type of ambassador. 

Also, we have others that are maybe just focused on retail distribution in China, for example, so they’re very industry focused with a small understanding of distributed ledger technology, but they have a lot of excitement, and so they’re willing to learn and wanting to promote it.

So those that are looking for a way to get involved in a project early are those that we’re aiming for. Or those that have that calling inside of them saying, “I’m really passionate about what’s happening and curious about blockchain technology, and I think I can contribute and want to get involved.” Those are the types. So naturally, the goal is to identify the strategic type of ambassadors — the ones that become almost core to the team, that we’re communicating with on a weekly basis and having strong initiatives to see through that we can measure.”

Who are some of our notable early Ambassadors?

Sebastian Spitzer

“Our program just launched (check out our site for more info on how to join)so a lot of these were early adopters if you will. Sebastian Spitzer, (whom I mentioned earlier), is based out of Germany and is focused on the automotive and mobility sectors. He already secured us a membership with the MOBI distributed Ledger technology consortium, which also involves the World Economic Forum, Bosch, GM, the Linux Foundation – some of those truly great brands. So having him as a proxy to shepherd us into that consortium is quite powerful.  

List of partners in MOBI consortia
(left) Ray Hatoyama, Ben Jorgenson (right)

Another good example would be Ray Hatoyama, who is based out of Japan. He’s the former CEO of Hello Kitty. To have somebody of that caliber who sees the promise of our vision and raises their hand up and says, “I want to carry the torch, and I’m going to get behind you guys,” is a tremendous validation for us. It shows that somebody with that sort of prowess can see the promise of what we’re doing. He has tons of experience in the cross-section of the I.T and entertainment industry. So he’s going to actively help us with that global corporate governance and innovation aspect. 

Ratul Saha

Ratul Saha is another main ambassador, who is based out of India, and he also covers relationships within Singapore. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from NUS in Singapore and has a full background a distributed system technology. Having somebody like him that is at the tip of the spear of this sort of technology movement, but also has a strong connection to the education system and the education peer review people within Singapore and India is a massive win for us. So it shows that somebody of that caliber is kind of is hard to come by, so we’re really fortunate to have him.

Jacob Mullins
Julian Jung

On the more crypto influence or venture/investment side, we have Julian Jung, who is focusing on being a crypto ambassador for us based out of Boston, as well as Jacob Mullins, who’s based out of San Francisco and is a Partner with Shasta Ventures. So having these guys help us navigate the markets and how we position ourselves from kind of that crypto go-to-market and governance perspective is crucial. 

Then the last one I’ll mention here is Sunil Daluvoy, and he’s a business development ambassador based out San Francisco. He has deep roots with the SaaS industry, and he’s already gotten us partnerships with brands such as Hyperledger.

So I hope this helps paint the picture of how individuals with real excitement who understand this space and see the opportunity are, in a way, helping us pro bono to open up doors because they believe in what we’re doing and they want to be a part of the story.”

Sunil Daluvoy

What does success look like from the Ambassador Program?

“I think success would be for us to be revered in the market as a trusted partner that is consistently contributing value to the space. And so that might look like us being an open door for validating use cases, finding out what the market viability of those use cases may be, and attaching you to the right solutions and different partners that want to build on us or others. Ideally, maybe find funding or guidance on their approach. That to me is the success — can we look at projects that have gone from early inception all the way to deployment? If we’re rich in that aspect, then the Ambassador Program is doing well. If we’re just spinning our wheels talking about possibility, then we’re just like everyone else in my opinion.”

What inspired Constellation to create this Ambassador Program and take this more novel approach? 

I don’t think it’s that we wanted to do things our way because things weren’t getting done [in the space as a whole], but we’re just going to do things our way because that’s who we are as a company. We’re actually going to do it the way we think is the right way and what that means is true, real enterprise adoption — that to me is what makes us different. I just think about how do we make this real? That’s it. And I think the Ambassador Program can accelerate us into making this real in the market in a significant way.”

What can people expect to see in the coming months?

“So we just launched our Ambassador Program as far as the intake is concerned, and we’re open for applicants between now and next coming weeks. From there, I’ll start to reach out to those applicants, and I’m working on a certification process which will help them truly understand our technology in the context of the broader marketplace. This will ensure that we feel confident that when they’re going out and spreading our message (or hopefully attaching us to new opportunities), they’ll be in alignment with who we are, and I want them to have pride in that.

So the certification process will be rolling out in the comings months. We’re going to be doing monthly webinar talks, which will feature all of our ambassadors and give us an opportunity to further flesh out our use cases. We’ll also have an in-person ambassador meet up. I want to spend as much time with these people in person as possible because we want to treat them as if they’re our own, and we want to make them rock stars. We highly value our ambassadors, and we want them to feel genuinely valued. It’s all about, how do we collaborate, how do we build trust? And how do we have a cadence that everybody feels like they’re not overwhelmed by, but instead feel fulfilled.”

How can people learn more, and whats the best way to become a strategic piece of the Constellation team?

“The first step is merely going to our website and signing up for the Ambassador Program, staying on top of our Telegram, and generally staying in the loop. 

Outside of that, my main encouragement to people (and this is just general advice outside of even Constellation) is to start to think about where does distributed ledger technology really fit and is it viable? What are the use cases? What’s the possibility? I feel like this market is really focused on high-level stuff — such as, we’re going to “revolutionize autonomous cars” and all this [abstract] stuff that’s years away. The question is, what’s going to be impacted tomorrow, and what does that look like? 

So that to me is something I want to foster within this group. If somebody can get their brain thinking in that process before starting certification or getting involved in the ambassador program, then they’re already going to have a leg up because that’s in the theme of what we’ll be doing on a consistent basis.”

Any last words?

“I guess the only other thing is that I’m a fun guy and I want to have fun. I want to make it fun. I want people to feel like this is a celebration, versus this looming need to scatter and figure stuff out. I want this to be creative and freeing, and I really want to celebrate the people that bring great value to the table. I want to make them rock stars, and kind of allow Constellation to be the hidden giant behind the scene. Let us work on our technology, and let’s make everybody else shine.

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Constellation Announcement – Constellation Joins Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI)

Hi Constellation Community,

Screen Shot 2018-09-12 at 1.42.44 PMConstellation Labs is excited to announce its sponsorship of the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI). Constellation joins the renowned mobility ecosystem which is accelerating the development of blockchain-enabled vehicle data and mobility services standards. The aim of this is to make mobility more efficient, accessible, greener and safer using blockchain related technologies. As seen in the graphic to the right, some of their current partners include BMW, GM, Ford and Bosch, as well as the recent addition of The World Economic Forum (WEF).

MOBI’s Chairman and CEO Chris Ballinger says that “the community is working hard to create a minimum viable ecosystem that aims to standardize blockchain and related technologies to bring transparency and trust to the industry, consumers, and communities while reducing the risk of fraud, frictions and transaction costs in mobility. With the on-boarding of new members, we are adding diversified expertise that ranges from components and vehicle check to insurance, technology solutions, and rewards, as well as more focus on collaboration between private and public sector.”

Benjamin Diggles, VP of Business Development at Constellation Labs, had this to say about the partnership:

“Partnering with the MOBI consortia is key to our core vision of accelerating possibility in the mobility space. Constellation is building a protocol with the ability to usher in enterprise adoption through real world use cases.  We are excited for the myriad of potential applications and to contribute to this world-class organization.”

You can learn more about MOBI on their website, and check out some of the fellow members of MOBI below, ranging from IBM to VeChain.

 

Sincerely, 

The Constellation Team