Bitcoin Builders Stay Bullish, Q2 Recap and Report


July 28, 2022
Hey there, here’s your sign to stop doom scrolling. Like, now. We know it’s chaotic (to put it mildly)  in the world of crypto, but we think you’ve had enough of that. This newsletter is your oasis in the crypto desert, the cozy ski lodge of your crypto winter.  As usual, we’ve captured highlights from the last quarter of building on Bitcoin. Before we jump into that, though, consider this report from The Block as further framing of the immense opportunity in front of projects focused on Bitcoin. The report, commissioned by Trust Machines, covers why Bitcoin is a stable foundation, offers a comparison of various Bitcoin layers, and outlines potential challenges and catalysts for further adoption. In our opinion, it highlights what many in the Stacks, Lightning, and other Bitcoin-based projects have been saying all along; that Bitcoin is the foundation you want to be building on. "You're going to want to build your buildings on a solid footing of granite, so bitcoin is made to last forever — high integrity, very durable." Michael Saylor, CEO of MicroStrategy And it’s not just a one-way relationship. Layers around Bitcoin are positive for Bitcoin itself, as highlighted in the report; “Bitcoin-based protocols, which increase the networks scalability and utility, are poised to expand its use cases, broaden its user base, and create a larger ecosystem that would generate more aggregate transaction fees - a positive for the network’s economic sustainability.” If you’re new here and are interested in how you can get started building on Bitcoin, the Stacks community is happy to be your guide. Join us on your favorite channel , come to an event , check out this developer guide , read about the tradeoffs of different Bitcoin layers , see what’s next for the network , or just hop in Discord and say hello! Mitchell Cuevas and the Stacks Foundation Team ---- 🏗️ Building on Bitcoin 🚀 Bitcoin DeFi 📈 Stacks Stats 🙌 Stacks Ventures Demo Days 🦄 NFTs secured by Bitcoin 🛣️ Stacks Roadmap 🥳 Events, Conferences, & Parties ➕ Much more 🏗️ Building on Bitcoin A new Bitcoin developer ecosystem research report was just published by @TheBlock__ which covers: - Why building on Bitcoin is building on a stable foundation - Comparison and tradeoff of various Bitcoin layers - Challenges and catalysts for adoption Read the report here👇 — Trust Machines (@trustmachinesco) Jun 21, 2022 Bitcoin’s bid to become the ‘one chain to rule them all’ – TechCrunch — VCs are pouring millions of dollars into startups expanding the Bitcoin ecosystem through dApps. 🙌 Bitcoin + New Talent @jespow 2/ I'm becoming a brand ambassador in a part-time role where I can elevate both Kraken and Bitcoin. Looking ahead, I’m going to be spending more time building and investing in Bitcoin DeFi, starting with @trustmachinesco ! 🚀 — Dan Held (@danheld) Jul 21, 2022 Trust Machines Hires Former Coinbase, BNY Mellon Execs - Blockworks — A former Coinbase COO and senior attorney at the FTC have made the jump to Trust Machines, a bitcoin-focused developer Hiro Welcomes Tech Startup Veteran Julia Austin to Board of Directors Hiro, the go-to developer tools company for builders of the Bitcoin economy, announced the appointment of Julia Austin to their Board of Directors. ⚡Lightning and RSK Announcing lnd 0.15 beta: To Taproot and Beyond! | Lightning Labs Headlined by Taproot support, the Lightning team announced lnd 0.15 beta, their first release of 2022! You can find more detail in the full release notes. Announcing Taro: A New Protocol for Multi-Asset Bitcoin and Lightning | Lightning Labs Today we’re excited to announce Taro, a new Taproot-powered protocol for issuing assets on the bitcoin blockchain that can be transferred over the… Bitcoin 2030: The Long Term View | RSK In this article, the team at RSK takes a long-term view of Bitcoin. What does Bitcoin look like in the year 2030? Will it continue to be the world’s leading and most reliable crypto asset? Will more nation-states adopt Bitcoin as legal tender? 🚀 Bitcoin DeFi Bitcoin Does Not Need DeFi, But DeFi Needs Bitcoin - Bitcoin Magazine — Bitcoin is the most secure network in human history. Without the security and immutability unique to Bitcoin, DeFi will never achieve mass adoption. Bitcoin DeFi 101: The Essentials of DeFi in the Bitcoin Ecosystem — From stablecoins to yield farming, learn about the basics of DeFi. 📈 Stacks Stats Community Leader Louise Nakamoto gave us a rundown on the Stacks State of the Network. Check out the full tweet thread here . STX Addresses 417K to 444,490 Smart Contracts 3,235 to 5,127 TVL 478M STX to 524M BTC Rewards 1127 BTC to 1770 BTC Entities 45 to 72 Trading Pairs 38 to 49 Transactions crossed 1.5M from 1M Three new SIPs got approved: SIP 016 Metadata for Tokens , SIP 018 Arbitrary messages, SIP 019 Notifications for Token Metadata Updates  1/ $STX Onward & Upward Your favourite tweetstorm about @Stacks Ecosystem Growth is back 📌Let's start with Network Health (QvQ) -STX Addresses 417K to 444,490 -Smart Contracts 3,235 to 5,127 -TVL 478M STX to 524M -BTC Rewards 1127 BTC to 1770 BTC -Entities 45 to 72 — louiseivan.eth/btc/lens (@louiseivanvp) Jul 10, 2022 Discover Apps — Try decentralized apps built on Stacks, secured by Bitcoin. There are apps for finance, collectibles, blogging and many more. 🙌 Stacks Ventures Demo Days Meet the Startups From Stacks Ventures’ Cohort 2 Stacks Ventures hosted a Demo Day introducing 24 new startups building on Bitcoin to the world. If you missed it, check out the recordings below to learn more about the new DeFi, NFT, DAO, and CityCoin use cases emerging on Stacks. Cohort 2 - Stacks Ventures Demo Days — Meet the teams that are building real companies powered by Bitcoin. From DAOs, to DeFi, to gaming, and much more, this class is poised to help Bitcoin become a mainstay as a foundational layer for leading companies. CityCoins expanding services via 12 new accelerated projects — The Stacks Ventures startup accelerator for the Stacks Bitcoin layer-2 solution is working with 12 startups that wish to add functionality to the CityCoins platform. ALEX Introduces “Co-Farming" We are introducing “Co-Farming with ALEX” exclusively for the STX/ALEX LP tokens that will be unlocking during cycle #32 and beyond. Co-Farming rewards our most loyal community members that have been… Bitcoin has struggled in recent weeks as inflation remains elevated even with central banks in rate-hiking mode. The tendency to trade in line with stocks means crypto traders are now closely watching economic indicators — Bloomberg TV (@BloombergTV) May 24, 2022 🦄 NFTs secured by Bitcoin The Mintery Opens Applications — Applications for Cohort 2 of the Mintery are open until July 31st. If you're thinking about creating an NFT, it's a can't miss. Mintery: Meet the Artists — The Mintery helps artists thrive with Bitcoin-powered NFTs; meet the artists from the inaugural class, they've taken the Stacks community by storm. The Artists Behind the Projects – — The NFT collections we know, love, and collect all have an amazing artist at their heart. This collection celebrates "The Artists Behind the Projects". Introducing The MultiPass | HeyLayer — MultiPass NFT Passport is an App for NFT unlockable content. Multipass provides utility to NFTs. Powered by HeyLayer. In the dog days of summer in a crypto winter, huge thanks to our supporters and collaborators! Another week down and 2 more to go.💥 @CryptoFlossing @stefanjanoski @laschicaspelig ponty.btc @trygamma @Themintery #stacks — HungryArtist.btc (@HungryArtist_io) Jul 22, 2022 🎥 Crash Punks Announces its Animated Series Seven tickets are coming. Who’ll be the villain? Who’ll be the protagonist? Who’ll be the supporting characters? Who’ll be the henchmen? 7 tickets. 7 auctions. Your #NFT could feature in the Crash Punks mini series on the big screen! Soon to be auctioned on @trygamma — CrashPunks.btc (@CrashPunks) Jul 11, 2022 🛣️ Stacks Tech and Ecosystem Initiatives Introducing the Stacks Roadmap — Audience and stakeholders of all different types need to know where the network is headed, so we set out to create one place where ‘roadmap’-related content can be collected and displayed. At a glance, you should be able to tell what major improvements are coming up as well as get a sense for smaller tooling, team, or other more specific updates. An Update on Hyperchains: a Scaling Solution for Stacks — Hyperchains come with the promise of high throughput, low latency workloads, so you can build fast and reliable experiences for your users TL;DR: We are live on Testnet and on target to launch our first NFT use case on Testnet in July 2022! Announcing micro-stacks v1.0.0 – — With the release of micro-stacks v1 comes many new improvements and framework libraries for React, Vue, Svelte, and Solidjs. Scaling Stacks Grants and Stacks Foundation Programming — In a bear market, the Stacks Ecosystem is thriving while Stacks Foundation programming expands. EmpireDAO Opens Doors to Stacks Community — Stacks community members now have access to the flagship EmpireDAO location in NYC as an in-person resource. EmpireDAO serves as a co-working space but will also offer unique amenities like a recording studio, making it a welcoming space for artists and creators as well. Stacks Foundation Resident's Program Q1 Update — Our first cohort of residents is focused on key areas of the ecosystem, including governance, DAOs, token community management, NFTs, and Stacking. Below is an update from each resident and their respective projects. Clarity Brand Update: Powerful, Decidable, Predictable, and now Beautiful too — Today, thanks to the Stacks community, it gets an updated look and feel that better reflects the importance of the language and will serve it well as adoption continues to grow. Preview Ledger Support in the Hiro Wallet, Web Extension — Help us test a preview build of the Hiro Wallet extension that supports Ledger devices. New Listings & Integrations MoonPay x Stacks — MoonPay, the leading fiat onramp for crypto is now supporting Stacks. Unbanked Announces Support for Stacks' STX Token - Crypto Briefing — At Miami's Stacks Summit today, Unbanked announced its integration with the Stacks blockchain, a Bitcoin smart contracts platform. STX Integrates with Major eCommerce Platform — STX holders can now use STX tokens on the world’s largest eCommerce sites, including Amazon, eBay, Walmart, and Home Depot. Adds Wallet Support for STX, Allowing Holders to Buy, Sell, and Earn — Today, we’re excited to announce that, the world’s most popular crypto wallet, has added Wallet support for STX. With STX support already available on’s Exchange, users will be able to toggle between the Wallet and Exchange to buy, sell, and earn STX rewards. STX is now live on Liquid’s JPY and USDT Market — STX is now available for withdrawal and deposit on the Liquid exchange, and trading will officially go live on Wednesday, April 28 at 3:00 PM JST. KYVE Adds Supports for the Stacks, Enabling Access to Decentralized On-Chain Data — With Stacks supported, developers can access raw data from a wide variety of KYVE-supported blockchains via an API to build out more diverse applications. First-ever Stacks (STX) decentralized Perpetual Futures is live! — Decentralized Perpetual contracts and expiry futures markets have arrived in the Stacks network. 🥳 Events, Conferences, & Parties Stacks Community Events: June Recap — At the Stacks Foundation, June has been a whirlwind of exciting conferences, hackathons, workshops and meetups. Check out what we’ve been up to and find out how you can join us at future events. Share this with a developer ❤️ Build a DEX on Stacks — We’re partnering with our friends at Stacks to bring you this tutorial on building a decentralized exchange on Stacks. We’re going to learn about Stacks, Clarity, and DeFi, and build something awesome! Where Should You Develop Your Blockchain App? — As a blockchain developer, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is which ecosystem to build in. — Disclaimer:  The information shared in this email is strictly for informational purposes. You should not take its content, opinions, and/or descriptions provided as technical advice, legal advice, financial advice, or investment advice. See full disclaimer at . Publish on beehiiv


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