It's almost June and these newsletters can't come too soon - you all are working on so many exciting things they seem to get more packed every week. Before you read through the glut of good stuff, I'd like to quickly share a few things on the horizon.
First, you can expect a big quarterly update at the beginning of July ala previous editions . The last edition, published in March, included most of Q1, so we'll wait for the end of Q2 to compile. To tide you over in the meantime, we'll be publishing an update covering the latest Stacks Foundation board meeting which will be paired with a piece outlining how and why we work on what we do, as well as our operating principles as an organization.
In other things to look forward to, we're hard at work on a trinity of Clarity resources. We're collaborating with Hiro and other ecosystem folks to create a Clarity developer course with tutorials and delightful tooling, a portal for discovering ready-to-use audited contracts, and will be announcing a bench of agencies and developers we're training to be preferred Clarity development and auditing resources.
There will be more than a few Stackers at Bitcoin Miami (yes really, IRL!), including folks from our team, the Stacks Accelerator, Hiro, Freehold, and more. Join the Discord and don't miss out on the serendipity.
Last but not least, there are several open full-time positions across the ecosystem, including at the Stacks Foundation. Check them out or message me if you have any questions.
Have a great weekend!
Mitchell Cuevas , Head of Growth at the Stacks Foundation
Featured Stories Paycoin Taps Stacks to Provide Users A Unique Crypto E-Commerce Experience and Bitcoin Yield Options The user-owned internet is taking another step forward today thanks to Paycoin , a Korea-based subsidiary of industry heavyweight Danal Fintech. The Stacks Foundation will be supporting a deep integration of Stacks and Stacking into Paycoin's approachable crypto-powered e-commerce application. With over one million users and 70,000 merchants, including Dominoes, KFC, 7-Eleven, and more, Paycoin is a rapidly growing player in the Korean market with designs on further expansion.
First Stablecoin on Stacks to Launch Testnet Arkadiko, the first crypto-collateralized stablecoin and non-custodial lending/borrowing protocol on Stacks, has announced that their testnet will be launching as early as June 16th, with their mainnet set to go live around September. Arkadiko is a Stacks Grant recipient.
1/6 Hello from Arkadiko! We're excited to announce that we've been building a crypto-collateralised stablecoin and a non-custodial borrowing/lending protocol on the @Stacks blockchain, on top of #Bitcoin .
— Arkadiko Protocol (@ArkadikoFinance)
May 11, 2021
🡥 Learn why Arkadiko chose to build on Stacks to scale DeFi
Algorand Working With Clarity, Introduces New Approach to Smart Contract Development Algorand is actively working on a compiler to bring the Clarity language to their layer-1 smart contracts, allowing devs to create and call contracts seamlessly with a decidable, secure, and open-source language.
Stacks Foundation Receives Chainlink Community Grant to Support Stacks Accelerator Program The Stacks Foundation received a Chainlink Community Grant which will go to teams in the Stacks Accelerator, with priority to those exploring smart contract functionalities enabled by oracle-powered off-chain services.
We’re excited to award a grant to @Stacks Org to support the @Stacks Accelerator. This grant will help fuel the growing ecosystem of devs who are using Stacks to build hybrid smart contracts on #Bitcoin that leverage #Chainlink ’s secure off-chain services. blog.chain.link/stacks-foundat…
— Chainlink (@chainlink)
May 21, 2021
Quick Hits $STX Listed on 7b and Bitexen Exchanges OKEx Continues Double BTC Stacking Rewards [Read more ] Hiro files final SEC Report [Find out more ] Technology development company TinTash was Awarded a Grant to Integrate Chainlink Oracles into Stacks [Learn more ] Latest version of Clarinet, a tool for testing Clarity smart contracts, has been released [Try 0.9.0 ] Stacks Builders PlanBetter Pool Locked 3M STX for 1400+ Stackers In the Latest Stacking Cycle [Stack with them ] Friedget Pool crosses 10M locked for Stacking and launched a new member's area . Swapr, the trustless, decentralized token exchange powered by Stacks and Clarity, is launching soon. [Stay updated ] Pravica Launches WISE Identity Management App [Try WISE ] Hiro hosted an internal hackathon resulting in projects from DEXs to a reactive client library for the Stacks blockchain. [All projects ] ThisIsNumberOne NFT Auctions (by Cara Delevingne, Fatboy Slim & more) Risidio's (Stacks grantee) platform in collaboration with Chemical X, ThisIsNumberOne, has put five NFTs for auction by Orbital, Fatboy Slim, Chemical X, Cara Delevingne, and Dave Stewart. At least 10% of funds will go to the artist's chosen charity.
Cara Delevingne Sells Clip About Her Vagina As #Bitcoin -Powered NFT
— Decrypt (@decryptmedia)
May 14, 2021
Ryder Makes it Easy for Users to Contribute to Codebase Ryder has released the Ryder Simulator, a desktop app that simulates the Ryder v02 prototype. The Simulator runs the actual firmware of the prototype and behaves exactly like the physical device, enabling users to build on and contribute to the Ryder codebase without the device itself.
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There's Nowhere To Hide With Clarity — www.hiro.so
Clarity's on-chain discoverability increases trust in decentralized apps and helps new developers learn by example. Each new Clarity contract can help onboard the next 100 Stacks developers thanks to verifiable and usable smart contract sources.
Three Takeaways From Our Conversation with Stacks Co-Founder Muneeb Ali | by dlab dlab Program Manager Paul Saint-Donat sat down with Muneeb to chat about Stacks, the smart contract and dApp platform built on top of the Bitcoin network. Over the course of the conversation, they…
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Stacks SIP Reading Club: SIP-004 The SIP Reading Club occurs biweekly in the Stacks Discord Stage. Episode 4 covered SIP-004 and featured: Jude Nelson, Research Scientist at the Stacks Foundation, Pavitthra Pandurangan a Distributed Systems Engineer at Hiro and Reed Rosenbluth a Full Stack Engineer at Hiro.
Builders Meetup: Sypool, daoOS, and Paradigma This Builders Meetup featured upcoming projects in the ecosystem, including Sypool, a STX mining pool, daoOS, a group of open-source tools for creating your own DAO on Stacks, and Paradigma Crosscheck, a tool for transparent agreements and token transfers.
Stacker Chats | Q&A w/ Muneeb Ali & Gina Abrams Episode 4: Dr. Muneeb Ali (Co-founder, Stacks and CEO, Hiro) and Gina Abrams (Special Projects, Hiro) chat about Stacks and connect with folks in the Stacks community.
Decentralized IDs: Community Call with Jolocom An open community call with Stacks Foundation Research Scientist, Jude Nelson, and the Jolocom team. This session went over progress on the Jolocom-Stacks integration and the team's overall growth.
Freehold Townhall: May 2021 Watch the recording of Freehold's townhall, which explored growth metrics, community challenges, and more. Be sure to look out for the Freehold team at Bitcoin Miami next week!
Stacks Accelerator Stacks Accelerator Officially Kicks Off After receiving and reviewing hundreds of applications, the Stacks Accelerator team welcomed its first cohort of builders this week. Nearly 30 teams are joining the 3-month program, which will take participants through an intensive curriculum focused on product development, pitching, and fundraising. Stay tuned to meet the teams!
This is one of the reasons we got so many great companies to apply to Stacks Accelerator
— trevor.btc (@TO)
May 24, 2021
Stacks Foundation Hiring: Head of Content The Stacks Foundation is hiring an experienced writer and content producer to help create and share the narrative of Stacks! The right candidate will be an excellent editor and storyteller with a strong sense for pulling out the most salient narratives in news and evergreen content .
Introducing the new Stacks Grants App As the Grants Program continues to grow, we recognize how important it is provide grantees with an application interface that is simple and easy to use. Over the last two quarters, we've invested in improving our backend operations, as well as enabling grant payments in STX tokens. Today, we're thrilled to debut the new Stacks Grants App, which streamlines grant payments and distribution (in both $STX and USD!).
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