The Tezos team has made great strides these weeks. They made an impressive progress with development as the project attracted a lot of attention in the media landscape. France Minister of economy and finance, Bruno Le Maire, acknowledged Tezos as protocol that overcomes the defects of public blockchains. The Over 250 attendees participated in TQuorum Paris — the daylong event with notable speakers from founders, experts, and developers. Arthur attended Paris Blockchain Conference. The first ever Tezos meetup in Eastern Europe took place in Kyiv. TezTalks speaker videos were published — speakers included a wide variety of experts within the ecosystem. These weeks’ series of videos featured the Bakers: Jonas Lamis of Tezos Capital, Awa Sun of Cryptium Labs, and Luke Youngblood of Coinbase. AlphaPoint and Elevated Returns partnered to build a white label, full-stack digital real estate exchange atop the Tezos blockchain. Four Tezos Foundations in Asia — Tezos Southeast Asia, Tezos Hong Kong, Tezos Japan and Tezos Korea Foundation — jointly announced the official launch of tzVentures, a Tezos-centric blockchain incubator. Tezos Southern Asia released open-sourced automated node installer and built script for Ubuntu. Obsidian Systems released Kiln v.0.5.1., a tool for baking on Tezos with an easy use GUI. Tezos Grantee, Decet, is developing an agricultural futures exchange that is specifically built on Tezos. Airgap released v.2.3.0 for Tezos that now supports one click delegations. Galleon v0.8.0b released. Tezos community continues to grow. There is a constant increase in the number of subscribers of Tezos social media channels. Good thing going. More to follow!
Kiln, a tool for baking on the Tezos blockchain through an easy-to-use UI, is now available for Ubuntu! Installing Kiln on Ubuntu is easy, and does not require use of the command line. This guide will walk your through the installation process and setting up your baker.
TezosKit is a Swift library that provides a client-side SDK for the Tezos blockchain on iOS and MacOS. The team built out Conseil integration for TezosKit. This new functionality provides developers with building blocks to retrieve historical data from the chain such as transaction history or originated accounts.
These weeks events:
- Paris Blockchain Conference — April 15th, 2019.
Check out the video from conference. Arthur speaking start 24 min. For english click on small flag on top right of video and switch to English.
Arthur video interview at the Paris Blockchain Week Summit (French).
- TQuorum Paris — April 18th, 2019. STATION F — 5 Parvis Alan Turing Paris, Île-de-France.
Read also TQuorum Paris Recap.
Tocqueville Group convened the Tezos community in Paris, where the code was first injected, for our first ever day-long conference. The gathering, held at Station F during Paris Blockchain Week, brought together subject matter experts from across the Tezos ecosystem for a series of keynotes/panels and specific technical workshops.
The day was full of key learnings and insights. Here are the key takeaways:
- 2019 is the year of staking.
- Athens has shown encouraging signs about the Tezos community’s ability to coordinate using the formal governance mechanism.
- UX, especially around onboarding and key management are major opportunities to improve in the short-medium term.
- Privacy on public blockchains will become fundamental to their adoption and success.
- Developers are building exciting tools and projects at every level of the Tezos stack.
- Tezos Korea had a presentation at Hashnet local meetup — April 18th, 2019.
- Tezos Kyiv Meetup — April 23rd, 2019. Blockchain Hub Kyiv. Verkhnii Val St, 10, Kyiv, Ukraine, 04071. This is the first ever Tezos meetup in Eastern Europe.
- Tezos NYC Meetup — April 25th, 2019. Distributed Global 16 Vestry St., New York, NY 10013 USA.
- TEZOS On The ROAD Tour: Brussels — April 27, 2019. Onepoint Academy Chaussée de la Hulpe 120, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium.
- Tezos Seattle Meetup — April 29th, 2019. SURF Incubator. 999 3rd Ave Suite 700 · Seattle, WA.
- Tezos UK Meetup — May 7th, 2019. Monzo 38 Finsbury Square, Finsbury, London EC2A 1PX, UK.
- TEZOS On The ROAD Tour: Berlin — June 15th, 2019. Die Wiesenburg Wiesenstraße 55, 13357 Berlin, Germany.
TezTalks speaker videos are now live. Over the course of the next 3 weeks, the team will be publishing a series of videos around a specific theme each week.
In case you missed it, TezTalks is an all-day Tezos conference that features curated 15 minute talks within the Tezos community. The first conference took place at Draper University in San Mateo, CA with close to 100 tez-heads in attendance. Speakers included a wide variety of experts within the ecosystem including Kathleen Breitman, co-founder of Tezos.
This week series of videos will feature the Bakers: Jonas Lamis of Tezos Capital, Awa Sun of Cryptium Labs, and Luke Youngblood of Coinbase.
This weeks episode is sponsored by Tezos Commons.
Jonas Lamis of Tezos Capital sits down and chats with Adrian Brink of Cryptium Labs. Get to know Adrian up close and personal with being a baker in the Tezos Ecosystem and now being a builder with their first upcoming Tezos amendment proposal.
Sam McIngvale, head of product for Coinbase Custody, describes its new staking service. He explains how Coinbase Custody plans to allow its customers to participate in crypto networks while keeping those funds offline, what Coinbase had to build from an engineering and product perspective in order to keep funds secure and how insurance works for these assets.
- Tezos, le projet français de blockchain très prometeur on Le Figaro: Tezos is featured in the oldest national newspaper of France.
- Crypto price crash actually good for business, say entrepreneurs: Arthur and Tezos featured in Yahoo News.
Information from Tzscan.io:
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Version 2.3.0 of AirGap Wallet brings support for Tezos Delegation, you can now conveniently delegate your Tezzies (XTZ) out of AirGap.
See also AirGap — The step by step guide.
The new version which includes the following features:
- Smart Contract Interactions
- Invoking an existing contract
- Deploying a new contract
- Conseil v2 Compatibility
- Version Check
To download please click here.
Smart contract interactions have some limitations. Please see the full release notes here to learn about them.
Partnerships, grants, and team members
Recently, Bruno Le Maire, who serves as France’s Minister of the Economy and Finance spoke about Tezos in an interview to Magazine Capital.
Le Maire, of all projects to mention, mentions Tezos as the very first start-up that has caught his eye. The fact he mentioned it and mentioned it first, shows it’s definitely something the Government of France has been eyeing. Additionally, Bruno Le Maire has spoken about Tezos at the 2019 Paris Blockchain Conference.
“I am thinking in particular of Tezos which allows the development of a blockchain protocol overcoming the known defects of public blockchains.” — Bruno Le Maire
The developments and news surrounding Tezos have been overwhelmingly positive and the market is reacting well to it. With the Bank of France showing high interest in Tezos and France’s Minister of Economy and Finance praising Tezos, it is being further legitimized and known.
Additionally, the long awaited zk-SNARKs protocol upgrade is coming very soon. It will be truly, an exciting vote to watch how the community reacts to it.
Banque de France is one of the largest banks in France and serves as the country’s monetary authority if this was not already known. Let me repeat, the Bank of France serves as the country’s monetary authority.
With over $1 trillion in deposits, over $80 billion in gold reserves, and more than 11,000 full-time employees, getting attention from the Bank of France is quite a big deal.
zK-SNARKs Will be Voted on as “Soon as Possible”
Earlier, at TQuorum, Marco from Nomadic Labs, the group behind the historic Athens proposal, announced that zk-SNARKs is Nomadic Labs next Tezos upgrade proposal and will be voted on in the coming months.
“We are currently including the Sapling library from ZCash … We hope to propose it as soon as possible” — Marco of Nomadic Labs
“We are indeed working on adding zero-knowledge cryptography via a future protocol upgrade proposal later this year. The exact shape that this integration will take is not yet decided.” — Benjamin Canou of Nomadic Labs
Given that Marco from Nomadic Labs has specified that they are including the “sapling library from Zcash” it’s reasonable to conclude with absolute certainty, that the next proposal from Nomadic Labs will revolve around zk-SNARKs.
This will be an interesting vote that will garner a lot of support. The Bank of France has made its intentions known that in order to deploy the Tezos protocol and utilize it at their central and commercial banks around France, they want “fine-tuned privacy”.
The four Tezos Foundations in Asia — Tezos Southeast Asia, Tezos Hong Kong, Tezos Japan and Tezos Korea Foundation — jointly announced the official launch of tzVentures, a Tezos-centric blockchain incubator. tzVentures, led by Dr. Jay Lee, plans to leverage Tezos community members from around the globe to support promising blockchain projects. tzVentures aims to incubate early-stage blockchain companies building their projects on the Tezos platform. During the incubation program, startups will receive mentoring from experienced members of tzVentures, technical support from Tezos communities, access to a dedicated co-working space, marketing support, and various networking and partnership opportunities, among others.
tzVentures has its headquarters in Seoul, Korea, but its operations are global as it leverages the Tezos community of worldwide foundations and related organizations around the globe. tzVentures has a team of experienced mentors coming from prestigious backgrounds, including Kang who was formerly Head of Marketing at ICON, and Dr. Lee is a Columbia Business School alumni connected with multiple VCs and incubators. They are also the authors of a best-selling IT book in Korea, “How To Become A Blockchain Company”. This expertise will be further complemented by strategic advice provided by regional community organizations such as and starting with Tezos Southeast Asia. Successful blockchain projects that build on the Tezos platform will be introduced to a global network of investors and VCs to receive equity investments. tzVentures will invite traditional VCs that invest in fiat currency, bridging the gaps between crypto and traditional startup investments.
Elevated Returns, a blockchain based firm focused on digital assets in the real estate market, and New York based AlphaPoint, a platform built for the issuance of security tokens (STO’s) have just announced a partnership to bring digitized real estate to Southeast Asian real estate.
After launching digital tokens for the $18 million St Regis Aspen Resort in late 2018, Elevated Returns has leveraged AlphaPoint’s technology to power a new marketplace with over $1 billion USD worth of digital real estate in Southeast Asia. Now, AlphaPoint and Elevated Returns are partnering to build a white label, full-stack digital real estate exchange atop the Tezos blockchain.
Decet building a new type of agricultural futures exchange on Tezos.
Decet, is working and developing within the Tezos ecosystem, sponsored by a generous grant from the Tezos Foundation.
This is an introduction of sorts and the first in a series of articles that will be published by Decet on Tezos fueled decentralized applications as they relate to agriculture, specifically, grain and bean markets in the central United States.
Decet will design and market a new product and financial ecosystem for farmers and grain elevators to transact with each other and allow them to benefit from futures and options contracts in the same way the trading houses and major exchanges have over the last century.
Active Reddit discussions:
12000 members. Nice to see that this community is growing steadily.
Why Tezos is the Best Platform for Tokenized Assets by Charlie Wiser.
Tezos Will Succeed Because It Has No Leader, Says Founder on Cryptobriefing.com.
Bangkok based securities broker plans to offer tokenized real estate on Tezos by summer on Theblockcrypto.com: Thai based Seamico Securities Digital, a brokerage company backed by Elevated Returns, has officially announced its received its Thai ICO portal license which will allow it to issue real estate security tokens.
Tezos Capital partners with CryptoLiveLeak to produce Tezos Wallet Delegation Video Series: As the Tezos ecosystem continues to grow with countless development teams making daily contributions building Tezos wallet infrastructure, CryptoLiveLeak and Tezos Capital are pleased to announce a new partnership where CryptoLiveLeak will produce a 10 video Tezos wallet delegation series. The videos will be released on a weekly basis over the course of the next 10 weeks.
Social media metrics
Tezos community continues to grow. There is a constant increase in the number of subscribers of Tezos social media channels.
The graph above shows the dynamics of changes in the number of Tezos Facebook likes, Reddit subscribers and Twitter followers. The information is taken from Coingecko.com.
The Tezos Foundation is committed to supporting organizations which contribute to the growth of the Tezos community and ecosystem. They are especially interested in supporting regional organizations and university-based groups focused on Tezos and the larger blockchain ecosystem.
Check out some of the community organizations that compose the Tezos ecosystem:
- Tezos Commons Foundation: Website, Twitter
- Tezos Korea: Website, Twitter
- Tezos Montreal: Website, Twitter
- Tezos OCaml Michelson Institute: Website, Twitter
- Tezos Detroit: Twitter
- MyTezosBaker: Website, Twitter
- Tezos Luxembourg: Website, Twitter
- Tezos Turkey: Twitter, Telegram
- Tezos Geneva: Twitter, Meetup
- Tezos Rio: Website, Twitter
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This is not financial advice.