Influenced largely around the potential of DeFi on bitcoin, today, I decided to run a STX node, connect it to the public testnet network., and document my thoughts around the setup process.

I followed the commands at, and set up a local node on my Macbook Pro, using a docker container. This guide will help you accomplish the following:

The node can easily be run in a containerized environment, pulling from the blockstack/stacks-blockchain repo, by entering the following Docker run command:

docker run -d \…

I have recently been thinking about the crypto industry, opportunities for consumer applications, growth, and adoption — and wanted to write a quick post detailing a few of my favorite projects in the industry (as of October 16th, 2020)

I. Tardigrade (Storj Labs)

Currently, my favorite project in the crypto industry is Tardigrade, a decentralized cloud storage platform built on the STORJ Network.

As a developer, Tardigrade makes it easy to build applications that store data on the Decentralized Cloud. …

Bitcoin is a better solution for decentralized finance than most think.

With the highest and most distributed proof-of-work base, Bitcoin is a natural fit for decentralized financial applications where security through immutability (or determinism) is imperative.

Mining hashrate is a key security metric. The more hashing (computing) power in the network, the greater its security and its overall resistance to attack. Although Bitcoin’s exact hashing power is unknown, it is possible to estimate it from the number of blocks being mined and the current block difficulty.

The hashing power is estimated here is derived from the number of blocks being mined in the last 24h and the current block difficulty. (Given the average time T between mined blocks and a difficulty D, the estimated hash rate per second H is given by the formula H = 2 32 D / T)

Arguably more important than the overall hashrate, is the hashrate distribution. The hashing power…

Over the course of the last decade, the open source community has been a leading driver of innovation within the technology industry.

Projects like Angular, React, TensorFlow, Kubernetes, and Electron have made it tremendously easier for developers to prototype and ship successful applications. In the last year, open source companies like Elasticsearch and Pivotal have undergone massive IPOs, while other companies like Redhat, Mulesoft, and Hortonworks have been acquired, generating enormous returns for their stakeholders.

Similar success stories are found across the blockchain/crypto/decentralized web landscapes, where open-source collectives have been able to notarize value on the blockchain, creating fat protocols

IoDLT is a company that secures, records, and monetizes data from a wide array of sources, (including IoT devices).

The company and wider NEM ecosystem have had difficulty making their blockchain data easy to access for application developers. By working with IoDLT to build a solution leveraging Tardigrade and MongoDB, we were able to build a decentralized, resilient solution that improves MongoDB sync performance, while decreasing costs vs centralized providers

IoDLT has implemented the MongoDB integration for Tardigrade within their own stack to back up their important data to our decentralized cloud storage service. …

Over the past several months, we’ve been working with the Ethereum Classic Labs and its ETC Core development team to build out an experimental decentralized architecture for GETH — the tool used to sync the blockchain for ETC developers.

One of the most demanding requirements to support a copy of the blockchain is storage, and scaling that storage is difficult since the blockchain is a continuously growing database.

Thus we set out to accomplish two goals:

We’re excited to announce another native product integration to our community of Storjlings!

Duplicati is a popular, easy-to-use, open source GUI that makes it easy to back up your data to the decentralized cloud.

Because Duplicati can be used on any Linux, Windows, or macOS device, the Storj Labs community can now easily store encrypted backups of their personal data to Tardigrade and take advantage of the many benefits of decentralization.

Duplicati has a strong and active community on GitHub, and is a fan-favorite of many security professionals due to its open-source, auditable nature, and the product’s emphasis on encryption…

COVID-19 has forced nearly every company to adopt some semblance of a work remote culture. It’s great to see companies take the initiative in flattening the curve through social distancing. However, the work remote culture your organization adopted in response to COVID-19 is not a remote-first work culture.

At surface level, it may seem like an organization has a remote-first work culture. Nearly everyone in the company works remote. All meetings are held using chat tools like Zoom and Google Hangouts. No employees have seen each other in months (and will likely not see one another for more months to…

We’ve got some big news. Storj Labs is partnering with MongoDB! We’re excited to announce the Tardigrade Backup service for MongoDB Ops Manager.

MongoDB users can automatically back up their data directly to Tardigrade and enjoy the benefits of enterprise-grade security backed by SLAs. Tardigrade can quickly be configured to store database backups and snapshots from MongoDB Ops Manager in just a few minutes, with literally every file protected by end-to-end encryption.

Developers using MongoDB can now take advantage of the privacy, security, and reliability of Tardigrade right out of the box, so to speak. …

Kevin Leffew is a Global Partner Manager and Solution Architect at Storj Labs, a company building the world’s first secure, performant, and economical decentralized cloud storage network.

RClone & Restic

Today, we would like to announce a tech preview of two powerful developer tools you can now use on Tardigrade. We have now integrated and tested Rclone and Restic on the Tardigrade Object Storage Platform.

We would love for the Tardigrade community to test out the integration and give us feedback around the tools, initial use cases, and ways we can improve these integrations.


Rclone, often referred to as rsync for cloud storage…

Kevin Leffew

Tech enthusiast, crypto-crazy. Helping grow the next generation of decentralized cloud infrastructure. Business Development @Storj; previously Microsoft.

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