A Quick Start Guide for DWeb Hosting

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Let’s set up a sweet custom domain

What is Handshake?

Handshake is a decentralized DNS and certificate authority — think Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers but with smart contracts instead of people.

If you’re not familiar with ICANN, it’s a United States nonprofit organization that maintains databases of namespaces and numerical designations on the web; a phone book for the entire internet.

Handshake aims to experiment with new ways the internet can be more secure, resilient, and socially useful with a peer-to-peer system validated by the network’s participants. — Handshake.org

Handshake’s purpose is to remove the need for authorities like ICANN and the registrars that charge rental fees for domain name “ownership.” Instead, Handshake’s permissionless blockchain serves as the source of truth, providing immutable DNS records. …


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🎙️ Richard Craib interviewed on Outlier Ventures’ Founders of Web3 podcast

The Numerai founder joined host Jamie Burke on Outlier Ventures’ Founders of Web3 podcast to talk about the company and why he wants to create “the last hedge fund” using the hardest data science tournament in the world.

Richard and Jamie also discuss being a founder, crowdsourcing equities trading models, and the potential of AI and blockchain in open data marketplaces.

📱 Community-built payouts app launches on Android & iOS

Numerai community member Bouwe Ceunen independently created a mobile app for tournament participants to track their model performance.

Connecting the app to your models via the Numerai API keys gives data scientists a consolidated view of each model’s performance displayed along with pending payout information. …


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🎙️ Epicenter Podcast

Three years after his first appearance, Richard Craib returns to the Epicenter podcast for episode 348. Richard and co-hosts Friederike and Meher talk about what Numerai has been up to for the last three years, what makes a hedge fund market neutral, and the team’s latest projects, Erasure Bay and Numerai Signals.

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https://twitter.com/epicenterbtc/status/1283060739842940932

You can check out the 2017 interview in episode 191 here.

🥩 New staking milestone

The total value of NMR staked on the Erasure protocol is higher than the value staked with Augur, Melon protocol, and Dharma combined.

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https://twitter.com/richardcraib/status/1271933499914588160

Founder Richard Craib explains the significance:

“The vast majority locked in Erasure is in the NMR token whereas money locked in other DeFi apps is usually in ETH or DAI-not to do with the protocol’s native token being used at all… money staked on Erasure is actually *at significant risk of being destroyed* through griefing/burning whereas money locked in other DeFi apps is usually sitting idle and at minimal risk.” …


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“NMR is all about having skin in the game — it would be cringe if I didn’t participate” — Richard Craib

💸 Numerai raises $3 million in funding

Numerai has raised $3 million in a recent sale of NMR led by Union Square Ventures and Placeholder with CoinFund and Dragonfly Capital. Numerai’s Founder Richard Craib also participated.

“Richard and the Numerai team have built an exceptional platform over the past few years and the latest initiative, the Erasure protocol, is already generating valuable information and insights within its trustless marketplace”, says Alex Felix, Managing Partner at CoinFund.

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Joel Monegro (Placeholder) and Fred Ehrsam (Paradigm) in discussion at ErasureCon 2019

“Enabling new markets and giving market access to more people are the killer apps of crypto, and we’re excited by the progress Numerai is making in both of these areas with the launch of Erasure Bay,” said Tom Schmidt of Dragonfly Capital Partners. …


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There is now over $2 million staked on Erasure. Follow @ErasureBay on Twitter to see new requests. Post your questions for the next Erasure Bay Office Hours.

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Request fulfilled

📜 Placeholder Erasure thesis

“Erasure solves the problem of bad information online.”

— Joel Monegro, Placeholder

Venture capital firm Placeholder published their Erasure thesis. Joel Monegro breaks down the Erasure protocol into its three core elements (payment, recourse, and track record), and explains how these ingredients have combined to build the foundation for the protocol today.

His conclusion?

“It may be that the only way to distinguish good from bad information online comes down to how much value its creator stakes and their track record. That’s the vision of this protocol. And once you understand how it works, and its potential, it’s easy to see how it fits everywhere.” …


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From April 2, 2020. Check out the rest of the Office Hours recaps at the docs.

The one where Arbitrage interviews Bor

For the fifth edition of Office Hours, Arbitrage welcomed longtime tournament participant Bor who was not only ready to answer questions, but came with a presentation of his own. Before Bor could present, though, he had to make it through Arbitrage’s gauntlet.

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Welcome to Arbitrage’s fifth rodeo.

Arbitrage: Bor I’d like to know, how did you discover Numerai?

Bor: I don’t remember, actually. I was looking for a way to do some machine learning and find something to do while trying to learn. I knew about Kaggle before, but I have no clue how I came to Numerai. When I joined, they had this little counter going. When you submit [to the tournament], it would show you how much money you could make (until some people realized they could just scrape test data by looking at the rate that the counter was going up. …


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erasure.world

Numerai recently unveiled Erasure Bay to the world. Built on the Erasure protocol, Erasure Bay is a knowledge marketplace where anyone can request, well, anything that can be delivered as a digital file.

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See the request on Erasure Bay


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In the Fall of 2018, the Tezos Foundation announced that it committed funding to train 1,000 new Tezos developers by the end of 2019. In early September of this year, we checked in on the progress towards that goal and found that 842 developers had been trained. With 2019 nearly over, we wanted to see where the initiative stands: to date, Foundation-funded entities and programs trained over 1,000 developers in 2019.

Specifically, we found that 1,338 developers have completed, or are in the midst of completing, a Tezos training course. …


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In 2018, the Tezos Foundation announced a commitment to fund developer training with the goal of bringing at least 1,000 new developers into the Tezos ecosystem by the end of 2019. As we head into Q4, we are happy to share that over 840 developers have been trained in the past eight months.

Bringing more developers into the ecosystem is one of our highest priorities at TQ, a sentiment shared throughout the community and reflected in how the Tezos Foundation deploys grants. Through the 1,000 Developers initiative, the Foundation has supported education-focused projects and organizations around the world. …


Tezos is a diverse, global ecosystem of users, clients, bakers, services, and tools providers. It is permissionless, designed to deliver consensus from participants who don’t need to know each other prior and may have divergent interests, but all of whom have economic stakes.

The whole chain is built around the concept of trust minimization, whereby users can trust the chain in aggregate but do not need to trust each individual participant in the network. Individual participants may display or provide incorrect information, voluntarily or otherwise. …

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