Constellation Industry News Update 12/10

Dear Constellation Community,

Another week is upon us, and with it, lots of exciting news to share from the blockchain, DLT and crypto space. Read on for a look at the top news stories from around the web.


Tech News

Facebook Seeks Blockchain Talent for Five New Company Roles – The ads, for roles on the Facebook blockchain team, characterize positions as “technically” and “intellectually challenging” work, which “will have massive global impact.”

Blockchain startup raises $24M for digital rights management – Bluecoat is a blockchain company specializing in digital rights and royalties distribution. It’s funding is backed by notable personalities in the music industry.

Swiss Post and Swisscom to Develop Hyperledger Based Blockchain Platform – The two state-owned entities have come together to form a “simple, secure, and sustainable” platform for blockchain applications in Switzerland.

Crypto News

South Korea’s National Assembly to Engage in First Crypto Debate: Possible OutcomesOn December 10, South Korea’s National Assembly along with several members of the Congress are set to hold the country’s first official debate around crypto involving high profile government officials.

PayPal Rewards Employees Using Own Blockchain and Cryptocurrency – PayPal has created its own Blockchain-Based Innovation Reward System including a cryptocurrency token to reward employees.

Binance Tops the World of Cryptocurrency Exchanges with 51 Million Unique Visitors Monthly80% of visits are direct with an advertising traffic of 2% in total of all the volume. This also includes paid search traffic and traffic from advertising networks.

Investor News

Crypto Trading Platform ErisX Hires Serial Exchange Founder Matt Trudeau – The news comes a week after ErisX closed a Series B funding round that raised $27.5 million from firms such as Bitmain, ConsenSys, Fidelity Investments, Nasdaq Ventures and Monex Group.

Binance launches sub-accounts to service institutional investorsThe new feature will allow institutional account holders to create up to 200 subsidiary trading accounts under their main account.

How institutional investors are embracing cryptocurrency Institutional businesses are developing frameworks for their customers to interact with blockchain technology and digital currencies which are being recognised as permanent and viable alternatives to traditional assets and investment structures.

Institutional Investors Still Interested? Bitwise Releases Bitcoin and Ethereum FundsThe Bitwise Bitcoin Fund and the Bitwise Ethereum Fund are available in two share classes, Institutional Shares and Investor Shares.

Institutions Still Bullish On Crypto: Grayscale Owns 1% of All Bitcoin – Institutional players continue to express interest in crypto assets, making it more than palpable that institutions see immense value in cryptocurrencies,

Use Cases

Real estate blockchain set to go live in early ’19 – New York-based ShelterZoom is going live soon with its blockchain-based real estate offer-and-acceptance application; it’s one of several ways companies are testing out the distributed ledger technology.

Top US Hospital Considers Blockchain for Patient Data  – Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are working with MediBloc, a South Korean blockchain start-up, to find a way to securely store and share medical and patient data using the blockchain technology.

Chinese Internet Court Claims It Will Use Blockchain to Protect Writers’ Intellectual PropertyAn “Internet court” in Hangzhou in Eastern China will soon allow evidence logged on blockchains (or distributed ledgers) to be admitted in cases of alleged infringement on a writer’s copyright.

Coinbase CEO: Crypto in VR is the Next Big Application of Blockchain VR could become a tool to expand virtual payment technologies – participants could earn virtual money which they can take back to the real world and spend them like any other fiat money, taking virtual reality from a hobby or entertainment to a full time job or lifestyle.

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Constellation Industry News Update 12/3

Dear Constellation Community,

It’s a new week filled with lots of interesting happenings in the space. Read on for a look at current news and stories related to blockchain and DLT from around the web.


Tech News

Newly Formed US Healthcare Alliance to Trial Blockchain for Improved Data Quality – Major U.S.healthcare companies have formed an alliance to trial blockchain solutions in order to improve data quality and reduce costs, hoping decentralized storage will keep information more accurate thanks to the system’s security and the ability to track all copies almost in real time.

Amazon Introduces Managed Blockchain and Quantum Ledger Database – Amazon announced a new fully managed service for creating and managing scalable blockchain networks. The project currently supports Hyperledger Fabric.

Can Blockchain Technology Save The Environment? – The World Economic Forum issued the Building Block(chains) for a Better Planet report in September 2018, identifying 65 existing and emerging blockchain use-cases that could repair some of the world’s global environmental challenges.

First Blockchain Smartphones Appear on the Market: Sirin Labs’ Finney Unboxed -The smartphone had a $157.8 million token sale and is endorsed by Lionel Messi, and features a built-in cold storage wallet and DApp ecosystem.

Investment Funds Network to Migrate Entire System to Blockchain in 2019 – Calastone, a founding member of the Linux Foundation-led Hyperledger Project, is shifting its entire system to the blockchain, as investors are seeking faster transaction speeds and transparency.

Crypto News

Swiss blockchain startups can now handle up to $100M – just like banks – Local cryptocurrency startups can now apply for a new license that would allow them to handle deposits of up to $100 million, a right normally reserved for banks – though strict regulations will apply.

Crypto exchange Koinex to diversify into blockchain solutions for fintech, govt – Unsure about the future of cryptocurrency in India, leading crypto-exchange Koinex is planning to get into blockchain solutions.

BitPay Implements First Major PoS Solution in Canada – A Canadian luxury jewelry brand has partnered with Bitpay to accept Bitcoin.

SEC’s Next Move: Social Media Influencers Who Promoted Crypto ICOs – According to the SEC, “Any celebrity or other individual who promotes a virtual token or coin that is a security must disclose the nature, scope, and amount of compensation received in exchange for the promotion”.

Bitcoin Is ‘Here To Stay’ Says Wall Street Boss Amid Crypto Rout – “Often times in finance, it’s not about being the best — it turns out to be about being the broadest and the most commonly accepted and for whatever reason bitcoin has become that.”

Investor News

Ohio tech funds to pump over $100M into blockchain startups – The state also recently became the first US state to accept payments for taxes in Bitcoin.

Bitmain Launches Crypto Index for Investors, Provides Data on 17 Digital Assets – The new price index has been tailored to institutional and individual investors alike.

Coinbase Launches OTC Trading for Institutional Investors – The launch comes in response to the increasing demand for OTC crypto trading.

Is Bitcoin (BTC) Being Accumulated By Institutional Investors to Cause Panic? – It’s been suggested that while individual investors or retail traders are selling in the crypto exchange market, the institutional investors are accumulating.

Use Cases

GM Patent Touts Blockchain As Data Solution for Self-Driving Cars – GM is also a member of Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI), which aims to push innovation in the blockchain-auto space.

Can Blockchain Drive Growth In The Transportation Industry? – According to Craig Fuller – managing director of Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) – blockchain technology is ideal for deployment in the transportation industry.

How Blockchain can lead an energy revolution in Africa – Blockchain can change the face of renewable energy in Africa.

A review of 2018, a preview for what’s next: Blockchain in travel – Distribution, loyalty, identity and operations will be the top focuses.

Around The Web

Top 7 Blockchain And Cryptocurrency Books To Read – Because people need to understand crypto in order to fundamentally build and develop the ecosystem on all fronts.

What Is Cryptocurrency? “Jeopardy!” Features Entire Category on Crypto – You know crypto has become mainstream when a gameshow devotes a whole category to it.

That’s it for this week. While you’re here, please take a moment to fill out the questionnaire below so that we can better tailor our weekly content output to include more of what you want to see!

Sincerely,

The Constellation Team



Constellation Update – Token Distribution, Airdrop 5, The Blockchain University and Recent Events

 

Dear Constellation Community,

November has flown by, with exciting news and announcements happening back to back . Earlier in the month, our Engineering team hit a milestone with the stabilization of our Testnet, and we published a new token model favoring community and validator rewards. In the last couple of weeks, we spoke at events, hosted our first Ambassador on-boarding call, and announced a new partnership. We’re closing out the month and starting December by  finalizing documentation for node operators, a token distribution, and Airdrop 5. Read on for the details of all that and more…

Investor & AirDrop Distribution Announcement.

Today, the lock-up expires on tokens issued to certain purchasers in our pre-sale and TGE. This distribution has begun.  The distribution marks the momentum towards further liquidity as we near Testnet v2.

We’re delaying Constellation AirDrop 5 distribution until December the 7th.  Given it is the last AirDrop of the year we’re allowing a few extra days for community members to resubmit their KYC details. If you’re one of the stragglers check your inbox for an email reminder 😉

Ecosystem Observation with Mathias Goldman

There are a lot of unsung heroes at Constellation. Our VP of Finance Mathias is one of them.  He’s been active in blockchain since BTC was less than $3 and provides a wealth of knowledge from his traditional banking  background. Mathias goes into his past experience, role at Constellation as well as giving his insight and observations into the current market landscape.  Video below. Enjoy.

Recent Events

Scale By The Bay Talk

Scale By The Bay is the premier conference for developers, software and data engineers. Wyatt and Ryle spoke this year alongside the likes of Martin Odersky (creator of Scala) and Neha Narkhede (Co-Creator of Apache Kafka).

In their talk, “Optimizing Network Topologies with Monadic Execution Contexts”, Wyatt and Ryle discuss real issues in distributed systems recording data in an immutable append-only log in such a way that you cannot forge it. Check out the video below:

 

The Blockchain Society Conference SF

Earlier this week, CEO Ben spoke at a special conference exclusively for investors, regulators, corporate and blockchain thought leaders, hosted by The Blockchain Society’s Executive in partnership with  Deloitte. Later in the day, he also spoke on “The Future of Mobility Panel” alongside Chris Ballinger (CEO, MOBI) and Zaki Manian (Executive Director, Trusted IoT Alliance). Thanks to all who participated! 

Blockchain Coalition Advocacy Brunch

Earlier in the month, COO Altif was invited to brunch to discuss the regulatory concerns of the blockchain and cryptocurrency community with the Treasurer for the state of California in the United States, Fiona Ma. The event followed the recent election and was a unique opportunity to have in-depth conversations with policymakers and help shape the future of California’s blockchain economy.

Blockchain University Announcement

We are excited to announce that Constellation has partnered with The Blockchain University. We will be utilizing their blockchain certification platform to deploy the Constellation Ambassador Certification test.

 Check out our blog for the full announcement:

Constellation Partners with The Blockchain University

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Running a Node

Our Testnet recently stabilized and we are finalizing documentation for node operators. Get a jump start on running a node by registering via the form below:

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Engineering Updates

  • Added the facilitator selection logic for partitioning and added the data model and data store to contain header data.
  • Now adding partition logic to the criteria for snapshot formation and beginning testing.
  • Have already added partitioned facilitator selection into our end to end test.
  • Working partitions in unit test (screenshots below)
Here we have peer address info for our different partitions:

Here we have statistics on our new header (signed observation edge) updates:

Upcoming Events

Developer Week, February 20-24th 2019, SF Bay Area, California 

Recent Articles

 

Until Next Time,

 

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Constellation Industry News Update 11/28/18

Hi Constellation Community,

Welcome to the first edition of the Constellation Industry News Update. In this weekly series, we’ll be updating you with current news and stories  related to blockchain and DLT from around the web. Read on for more…


Tech News

MDW Blockchain Platform Announces AI Algorithm Marketplace at RSNA 2018 –  The medical imaging blockchain platform is an artificial intelligence (AI) marketplace that enables radiologists to preview and purchase verifiable algorithms to enhance their practices. The marketplace is envisioned to be a sort of an app store for algorithms.

New Blockchain Platform for Autonomous Vehicles – The blockchain is called Blocklet for Trusted Vehicle Operations and comes from U.S. Company Filament. The technology is described as the first end-to-end automotive blockchain platform.

7 Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google Staffers That Went Full Crypto – Blockchains are now sucking in top-tier Silicon Valley tech talent faster than any boom since the Internet.

Blockchain Startup Modex Launches New Platform for Developers – The launch of a pack of free tools is designed to provide easier access to developers to blockchain technology. The program rewards the first 1,000 developers that join the platform with a total of 1,000.000 free tokens, while the best programmers could be given the opportunity to join the team. 

Crypto News

Ohio First State to Accept Bitcoin: Calling Crypto Secure, Transparent, and Low Cost – Beginning Nov. 26, Ohio will begin accepting Bitcoin payments for twenty-three kinds of business taxes. The state will become the first in the United States–and one of the first governments in the world–to accept cryptocurrency. 

Crypto Market Adds $12 Billion in Sizable Recovery; Major Assets Surge 10% – The valuation of the crypto market increased from $115 billion to $127 billion as Bitcoin (BTC), Ripple (XRP), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and many other cryptocurrencies recorded gains in the range of 6 to 12 percent.

Investor News

Crypto and Blockchain Venture Capital Investment Skyrockets – VC investments have surged 316% from a total of $900 million in 2017 to over $3.85 billion in 2018.

Binance CFO: Two Major Catalysts Can Boost Bitcoin and Drive Adoption of Crypto – One is the ease of purchasing cryptocurrency, and the other is the need for more high-quality projects in the ecosystem.

Beyond Price: Why We Need a Better Way to Value Crypto Assets – The most commonly cited number for comparing the worth of different crypto projects is market capitalization. It is an extremely flawed metric. Critics note that poor liquidity, combined with lax rules at many exchanges, let founders and large holders easily manipulate market cap quotes at sites such as CoinMarketCap making for all sorts of abuses during the ICO mania of last year.

Use Cases

Automakers Embrace Blockchain Technology to Prepare for Future Mobility Market – The automotive blockchain market is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 65.80% starting in 2018 to reach US$1.57 billion in 2026.

Blockchain Technology Will Revolutionize the Gaming Industry – Blockchain will give in-game assets more value, and the games will be able to transfer items to each other serving as an incentive for players.

Healthcare Blockchain Could Solve Industry’s Biggest Problems – Healthcare blockchain could solve some of the biggest problems in healthcare, such as compliance, interoperability, and data security issues, according to a recent study by CB Insights.

Bosch India Strengthens Smart Solutions Portfolio – Bosch is turning itself into an innovation hub for the world by developing solutions based on AI, Blockchain, sensors and other futuristic technologies to build sustainable ecosystems across industries for the future.

Boeing Launches Blockchain, AI Drone Venture – SkyGrid will develop software for “aerial urban mobility” for autonomous cargo and passenger air vehicles. A blockchain will be used to store flight and unmanned air vehicle data.

Automotive Cybersecurity: Partnerships, Blockchain & Securing Mobility – Arilou, Apline, Filament made news this week in Automotive Cybersecurity and Mobility. Filament, provider of blockchain solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) and the enterprise, announced its next-generation blockchain technology designed to facilitate data transactions on industrial and enterprise machines and sensors. 

Around The Web

‘Mafia’s Banker’ Creates An Elite Members’ Club – Via Blockchain –  Home Noir brings private members clubs into the 21st century using blockchain technology. The mostly online community sees itself as a home for those in the blockchain industry while also encouraging innovation and investment.

Yahoo Partners with Crypto Gameshow to Bring Blockchain to the Masses -The Contentos team believes that facilitating a high energy game show centered around the education of blockchain technology will attract a new demographic of enthusiasts, which will be a step forward towards mainstream adoption.


 

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Constellation Update – A Look at Recent and Upcoming Events, Engineering Updates and Recent Articles

Dear Constellation Community,

There’s been a whirlwind of activity as we head into the end of November.  The engineering team have been presenting at some of San Francisco’s leading tech conferences, connecting with some of the brightest minds in the valley while continuing to deliver against our roadmap as we move closer to Testnet V2.  The Constellation ambassador program continues to grow, with Sebastian Spitzer presenting on our behalf at the Honda Blockchain Summit in Berlin. For a summary of the events, node registration and links to recent press, read on.

Recent Events

Scale By The Bay

Last week, Wyatt and Ryle presented at Scale By The Bay in San Francisco. In their talk, “Optimizing Network Topologies With Monadic Execution Contexts”, they discussed the real issues in distributed systems recording data in an immutable append-only log in such a way that you cannot forge it.  We’ll have a video of the presentation coming your way soon, but in the meantime you can check out the slides from the talk here.

Wyatt was also asked back by SBTB to speak on the closing panel this past Saturday which discussed Cloud, Edge, and IoT. Other participants included Haoyuan Li (Alluxio), Roman V Shaposhnik (Rhatr), Holden Karau (Google Cloud), and Alexy Khrabrov (Trusted IoT).

Honda Blockchain Summit

Also last week, Constellation Ambassador Sebastian Spitzer attended the Honda Blockchain Summit in Berlin and presented on our behalf. The event focused on the adoption of DLT in the automotive space. Other participants included Mine Spider, IOTA, and Ocean Protocol, just to name a few. A big thanks to Sebastian for attending!

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Running a Node

Our Testnet recently stabilized. If you haven’t registered to run a node already, you can do so now by filling out the form below:

Register to Run a Node

Upcoming Events

Blockchain Society SF Conference , November 28th, San Francisco, California

CEO Ben will be speaking at a special conference exclusively for investors, regulators, corporate and blockchain thought leaders, hosted by The Blockchain Society in partnership with Deloitte.

Developer Week, February 20-24th 2019, SF Bay Area, California

 Engineering Updates

  • Cluster size increasing – Testing on 15 and testing larger sizes throughout the week.
  • Improvement:Snapshot misalignment – Snapshot misalignment caused by download.
  • Operator Rollout Testing – Tested across 7 regions (globe). Multiple join/leaves and cluster stable.
  • Download – Small incremental fixes/improvements as we test different scenarios. Getting faster and faster.

Recent Articles

Biomimicry in Blockchain: How Constellation’s Design Is Based On Natural SystemsWe recently sat down with Wyatt (CTO) to understand what fuels his underlying engineering ethos based around integrating natural law into Constellation – a revolutionary and unlike any other approach in the blockchain space.

How Constellation is Different Than Blockchain–  In a followup to our recently published business whitepaper, Wyatt (CTO) explains how Constellation verifies and validates transactions.

Until Next Time,

 

The Constellation Team

 

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Constellation Update – Testnet Stability and Tokenomics Update, Upcoming Events, Engineering Updates and Recent Press

Dear Constellation Community,

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks. Our Engineering team has hit a milestone with the stabilization of our Testnet and we published a new token model favoring community and validator rewards.  Moving into next week Wyatt and team are presenting at Scale by the Bay and our first Hyperledger meet-up. For details on all the above and more read on…

Network Stability Update

We’re excited to announce that our testnet has stabilized. Utilizing a DAG framework, we sent over 120 Million test transactions throughout the weekend across remote servers. This marks a major engineering milestone as we move closer to The Node Operator Program via Testnet 2.0. You can view a snapshot overview of confirmed tps, transactions sent, balances, etc. below.

 

This first test gives us the baseline for the lowest level ‘rank’ in our network.  It only goes up from here.” – Wyatt CTO

Despite not having fully optimized networking calls and data structures for memory or lightweight devices, we’re seeing consistent and predictable CPU loads across the network with no memory issues on the second cheapest cloud VM tier. Nodes are running at one quarter load (25% CPU) and using roughly 500 MB heap memory. We are easily seeing 500-1000 tps on a single partition with further optimizations to come.

Seen below is the the size of the snapshot folder on one of the nodes. It works out to 1500 TX per MB of storage. More specifically, 1.25e8/8e4 = 1562 TX per MB. This is a little larger than BTC’s average transactions size, but it includes extra metadata collected during testing and will be optimized further.

“There’s still a lot of work to come, but this is a major stability improvement. We’re trying to ensure node operators can run cheap instances and still participate in the network at high load, and we’ve made major strides in demonstrating that. This is still only on a single partition and resource offering type, which means as we expand tests to higher partition counts and more diverse node types, we should see even more dramatic speed improvements.”

Ryle – VP of Engineering

Interested in becoming part of the Constellation network? We are looking for  node operators who will host some of the early nodes on the network (in a testnet environment). You’d be providing valuable feedback, and earning $DAG tokens for doing so. You can register to run a node here.

 

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Constellation Sponsors MOBI Grand Challenge

MOBI and the Trusted IoT Alliance (TIoTA) have recently launched a three-year series called the MOBI Grand Challenge (MGC). The MOBI Grand Challenge is a four-month long competition which will demonstrate the potential use-cases of Blockchain in coordinating vehicle movement and improving transportation in urban environments. The ultimate goal is the creation of a viable, decentralized, network of blockchain/DLT connected vehicles which will be able to reliably share data, coordinate behavior and ultimately, improve urban mobility.

Constellation Labs is proud to announce its sponsorship of the MOBI Grand Challenge. Constellation has contributed $DAG to the overall prize pool, which will include over one million dollars of token prizes to be awarded over the three-year Challenge series. Constellation’s Engineering Team is also offering a mentorship, which gives participating teams the ability to message them for specific questions regarding their expertise.

With Constellation’s focus on the Mobility and Autonomous Vehicles markets, we see the MOBI Grand Challenge as a bold and meaningful showcase of the promise of Distributed Ledger Technology,” said Constellation’s VP of Business Development, Benjamin Diggles. “We view our sponsorship and promotion of this event as a way to accelerate developer and enterprise participation to yield the best results possible for a foundation we believe in.”

The launch of MGC took place on October 12 in New Mexico and will end with a public demonstration of selected  technologies at an event hosted by the BMW Group, MOBI community member, in Munich, Germany on February 15, 2019.  

Check out the official video from MOBI:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0tL9_E_dtqk

About the MOBI Grand Challenge:

The MGC is loosely modeled on the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge, where robotic vehicles competed to autonomously navigate through the Mojave Desert. While the most successful vehicle traveled only 5% of the course, the 2004 event ignited worldwide interest in autonomous cars and launched billions of dollars capital investment. Just eighteen months later, when the event was repeated, five vehicles completed the full course and 22 of the 23 teams surpassed the best result of the previous year.

The challenge includes, but is not limited to exchanging data and payments with other vehicles and infrastructure; operating in a tokenized environment by registering assets and payments on a public or permissioned ledger; negotiating rights of way, access, and use of infrastructure in a cooperative and distributed ecosystem; adjusting behavior to maximize efficiency from providing services, buying fuel, managing pollution, congestion and carbon footprint, etc. Winning teams will be expected to demonstrate how blockchains and related technologies – distributed ledgers, cryptography, tokens, and consensus mechanisms can leverage the high-speed connections and computing power of future vehicles to make mobility safer, cleaner, faster, more efficient and accessible.

MOBI has selected The Blockchain Society (TBS) to assist with organizing the Grand Challenge. TBS works behind the scenes with innovative startups and projects to advance blockchain technology integration in the mainstream.  For more information on TBS, visit theblockchainsociety.ca/.

Follow the links below for additional resources and how to get involved:

More Information on the MOBI Grand Challenge.

Register For The MOBI Grand Challenge

MOBI Grand Challenge Official Press Release

 

 

Constellation Update – Engineering Updates, Panel and MeetUp Recaps, Airdrop 4 Update, Upcoming Events & Recent Articles

Dear Constellation Community,

 

Coming off of a busy couple of weeks of events, we’ve got lots to share with you all — including recaps of Wyatt’s panel at SFBW, our LA MeetUp with Element Group, as well as a video from the recent FinTech panel in Portland. We also have Engineering and Airdrop 4 Updates along with a new exchange listing, upcoming events, and recent articles.

Read on for all that and more, but first, a quick announcement about the frequency of our Weekly Updates. We’ll be switching over to a bi-monthly cadence of these emails, so you’ll receive the next one in two week’s time. Developer and Airdrop updates will be sent separately.

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Engineering Updates

Snapshotting

Snapshots form the basis for finality in our protocol. It’s the last puzzle piece to our nodes.

Resolution

Resolution encapsulates the process of ‘stitching’ together data into a DAG. The data in this case are Bundles of Transactions.

Conflict Handling

In the case of a conflicting Bundle, we need to apply a logic to decide which to keep.

Node Stability

Memory issues causing nondeterministic crashing have been fixed

Auth and Join/Leave

Joining and leaving our cluster requires notarization with all nodes.

Data Store Cleanup

Our database interface has been updated and is much friendlier to use.

Wyatt at SFBW

Wyatt (CTO) wrapped up San Francisco Blockchain Week by speaking on the Next Generation Protocols panel at a Scalability event hosted by OK Capital, Luna Capital, Kosmos Capital, and Republic!

Other panel members included Shahaf Bar-Geffen (CEO, COTI), Lindsey Maule (Founding Director, Luna Capital), and Kyle Armour (Director of Technical Partnerships, Hashgraph).

Element Group

Last week we partnered with Element Group to host a Peer-to-Peer Blockchain Mixer in Santa Monica, CA. The evening started off with brief 20-minute presentations from Ben Jorgensen (COO, Constellation Labs) and Stan Miroshnik (CEO, Element Group). Ben and Stan outlined the key technologies their firms are currently building and how they fit into the future of the blockchain sector.

Thanks to everyone who came out, and to our friends at Element group for hosting us. This marks the first of regular LA MeetUps.

FinTech and Product Innovation Panel

Our VP of Business Development, Benjamin Diggles, recently spoke on a panel in Portland, Oregon titled “FinTech Product Innovation and the Intersection with Blockchain”. Check out what he, Shamir Karkal (Founder and CEO Sila; Co-Founder, Simple Bank) and Christian Maynard-Philipp (COO, Third Party) had to say about the topic in the video below:

Cryptochats presents FinTech Product Innovation & Blockchain tech meet up

Airswap Listing

We’re happy to announce our new Constellation Space on AirSwap! Users can now make any size OTC trades of DAG to KYC/AML-verified users with no counter-party risk. 

Airdrop 4 Update

Emails kickstart ing AirDrop 4 KYC process went out last week.  If your application is still pending, please don’t worry.  Our legal team is reviewing through to early next week. Expect a response soon! If you have any AirDrop related questions, visit our AirDrop FAQ  post.

Events

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

Hyperledger MeetUp SF, November 12, San Francisco, California – Details to come.

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

Recent Articles

A Look at the Past Year in Blockchain

2018 has been an exciting year for blockchain and DLT. Give our latest blog post, Trends From The Trenches, a read for a deeper look at the major trends in the space, and how Constellation fits into some of them.

5 Reasons Why Blockchain Technology is Failing at Mass Consumer Adoption

COO Ben weighs in on the five obstacles we need to solve before blockchain technology can achieve true widespread adoption, as originally outlined by Deloitte. Give it a read on Medium.

We’re Hiring!

Constellation is looking for a Distributed Systems Engineer to join the Core engineering team building a third generation DAG protocol that uses reputation based consensus.

The perfect candidate has an in-depth understanding of distributed systems, distributed consensus, and hands-on experience building and testing data intensive applications at scale.

You will work directly with the Core engineering team and will be a key part of the protocol development.

Think you’d be a good fit? View the full job listing and apply here!

 

That’s it for this week. Until next time!

Sincerely,

The Constellation Team

 

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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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