Thanks to everyone who’s taken time to provide feedback on the tools we’re building. We’ve made some changes to the JS SDK and bumped it to v.0.2. While we try to keep breaking changes to a minimum, there are a few in the latest release that you need to be aware of.

See the notes below and let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!

New Features

  • Use our provider for public web3 calls without being logged in
  • Remembers logged in status
  • Subscription support
  • Ability to check logged in status through getAuthStatus()
  • Sign in silently when possible with new start() method
  • Drop-in callback.html …


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Photo: Jack Dorsey/Twitter

Earlier this month, Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and Square, posted this tweet, the first in a long series about a birthday trip to meditate in Myanmar:

The tweet may have come off naïve considering the current context of Myanmar and the genocidal persecution of the ethnic Rohingya there, but I found a bigger issue in the responsive comments and articles that followed. Some twitterers twisted Dorsey’s enjoyment of the country to say he must be “happy” that the Rohingya are being killed, and some bitingly asked how many dead bodies he had to step over. But many of the opinions tossed out by these reactive people hint that their perspectives are based on limited knowledge. …


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Synthesize your blockchain protocols, whitepapers and token sales into visual graphics so that everyone’s life becomes simpler.

I’ve come across quite a few blockchain companies that are pitching an amazing idea, but can’t get their message to move communities because it’s hard to understand.

Usability will determine your company’s success, so why not invest in making it as easy as possible for people to adopt you?

Quick Test

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There Is A Solution!

Using visuals is a powerful way to prevent confusion and murkiness around what your company does.

The Benefits of Using Visuals

Here are 4 benefits. Overall, using visuals will help people know what you’re offering and how your technology functions.

This helps reduce miscommunication, confusion and even possibly FUD.

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“Brevity is the soul of wit!” — Bo Ren (recalling her English teacher’s lesson)

Keep People Interested

People will be inspired to do more research into what you do. They’ll actually be curious about your tech instead of your token value. Whitepapers are important, but they’re so dense! …


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How inclusive and diverse dialogues will help build this system of the future.

Have you ever visited a blockchain company, explored their site and read their whitepaper — but had no idea what they were working on?

Or joined a community of crypto folks and felt like your voice wasn’t represented enough?

You are part of the 99%.

Even though the terms blockchain, cryptocurrency and ICOs have become buzzwords, there are still many who don’t know what it is, how it works or what it does.

Is this an issue? Yes. Because ecosystems and infrastructures can be influenced by the 1% — defined in this case as the early adopters, the most influential or the loudest. The 1% is not a representative demographic of the mass blockchain/ crypto consumers of the future. …


What happens when two guys, a slack channel and a disruptive blockchain idea bring 41,000 people from around the world together.

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A couple months ago, I met Rory O'Reilly and Kieran O'Reilly, founders of Gifs.com at a friend’s son’s birthday party. Amidst some bantering over watches and the latest tech news, Rory mentioned how they were about to take on MTurk through a new blockchain platform.

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Seems simple but computers can’t solve everything… at least, yet.

For those unfamiliar with MTurk, it’s short for Amazon Mechanical Turk, a platform that bridges businesses and individuals to coordinate over tasks that require human intelligence. Such tasks can involve finding a cat amongst pictures, typing out text from pictures and translating small sentence fragments.

Rory and Kieran, seeing the flaws with the current MTurk-ing platform, took on the challenge of building an alternative solution using the blockchain. Their aim was to build a more efficient system that eliminated unnecessary fees, lowered the barrier of entry for microtasking and had a better user experience. …


Get up to speed on the types of blockchains out there.

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Last time, we dove into the types of ledgers aka types of blockchains there are. We learned about permissions and privacy, which basically decide who is allowed to read and write on the blockchain.

This time, we’ll look at examples of different ledger combinations:

  • Public-Permissioned
  • Private-Permissioned
  • Public-Permissionless
  • Private-Permissionless

It’s going to be a P-P-P-P-P-P-P-Party!

If you’re just getting started, check out Blockchain for N00bs. It’ll give you the core information on what blockchain is all about. We talk about what a distributed ledger is, how blockchain works (on a rudimentary level) and its possibilities.

Quick Look

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Deep Dive

There’s much more to know about the different types of Permissions and Privacy. Below are mini blurbs of each, with supporting links that you can explore to learn more! …


Don’t worry, I got you.

Have you ever joined a blockchain conversation and tried to keep up, but were stuck from the words and concepts being thrown around?

Hone your blockchain speak-smarts by understanding the basics of blockchain through Understanding Blockchain!

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Ledgers… oh, the ledgers…

If you’re just getting started, check out Blockchain for N00bs. It’ll give you the core information on what blockchain is all about. We talk about what a distributed ledger is, how blockchain works (on a rudimentary level) and its possibilities.

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Today’s post will be the first of “The Ledgers” series.

The reason I’m starting here is because a whopping 100% of survey responders indicated interest in learning about the use cases for blockchain. In order to understand the use cases though, we need to know the blockchain protocols (systems) that are being used. …


(Pictures to support you, included).

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When I first got into blockchain and cryptocurrency, it was quite unintentional. It began a couple months ago, when I was a participant in many conversations around blockchain and cryptocurrency — that I had no idea how to follow. Over the course of the year, I began scoping the internet to learn about it; but as expected, blockchain evangelists were just too expert for me to follow.

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Me + Blockchain

So I took it upon myself to make the content at least more consumable and lower the barrier to entry for those interested in being a part of it as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin prices surge and new companies on the blockchain pop-up. …


This is an Introduce Yourself post that originally appeared on Steemit.com, a social network site built on the blockchain.

By the time I finish this post, I’m sure it’ll already be deep into the night — not because I’m writing endlessly, but because I’m probably going to spend an hour wondering if a sentence needs an Oxford comma or not, and then spend another hour reading through 50 articles dating back from 2008, including a post from a user named purplewizard on Yahoo Answers, who never confirmed whether he really found the answer he was looking for, consequently leaving people like us in 2017 wondering what happened to our comma-rade.* …


A story about love, community and the power of Facebook in an emerging economy.

20 hours ago, I received a text message from my younger sister in Yangon, Myanmar. She wrote, “Duuuudeee, Grandma dissappeared.” What? It was 9am in Myanmar, and it did not make any sense. I was in San Francisco, California, eating mushroom pasta and clam chowder at 7:47pm. It was the most confusing text message ever.

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My grandma, Mikiko Ueda, is a Japanese 85-year-old woman with a restless spirit, living with us in Myanmar since her husband’s passing. We call her Obaachan, which means grandma in Japanese. She would usually go to our garden every morning and pull out the weeds for 5 hours, take a lunch break, and go back into the garden for a succeeding 5 hours before being called into the house to take a rest and understand the limits of her body. …

About

Saya Iwasaki

Always curious, always writing. Culture, Belonging and People Growth at @doordash. Formerly @bitski. MA @stanfordEd.

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