Growing up, all I wanted to do was tell stories of people doing things that pushed the boundaries of what was considered conventional. In the crypto world, there is no shortage of these kinds of stories. Within the Stacks ecosystem, we have so many builders blazing their own trails in order to build a better internet (no easy feat).
From Satoshibles building the first NFT bridge between Ethereum and Bitcoin, to the birth of the Bitcoin Odyssey Fund with Okcoin, we have seen what is possible when builders have the right resources at their disposal.
This past quarter, we also celebrated International Women's Day and saw female founders establish new use cases for IVF, bring on star talent to support their projects, and host virtual NFT gallery openings.
In this newsletter, you'll get a recap of some of the major happenings in the Stacks ecosystem. As the Stacks blockchain turned 1 year old this year, it is amazing to see how far teams have come in such little time.
Always be building,
Caitlin Eckvahl and the Stacks Foundation Team
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Below you'll find highlighted news and highlights from the first quarter of 2022 sorted by theme.
📈 State of the Network
🌉 Building Bridges
👩💼 Ladies of Bitcoin
💰 Bitcoin Odyssey
🚀 Bitcoin DeFi
🦄 Bitcoin NFT Report
➕ Much more
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📈 State of the Network Stacks was named the #1 Web 3 Project on Bitcoin Stacks crossed 400K wallet addresses The network passed 1 million STX transactions 200K+ NFTs minted on STX Over $300m in new capital entered the ecosystem for Bitcoin builders 🌉 Building Bridges A deeply-connected Stacks ecosystem starts with building bridges between other chains and in Q1, two teams worked to connect Stacks with more than 20 new chains including Ethereum, Solana, Near, and Celo.
Allbridge to become the first token bridge for the Stacks token — cointelegraph.com
Allbridge token bridge and Bitcoin software developer Daemon Technologies have partnered to provide the Stacks ecosystem with its first on-chain token bridge for the native Stacks (STX) token.
Satoshibles Is First NFT Collection to Bridge Between Ethereum and Bitcoin via Stacks - Bringing Satoshi Home — decrypt.co
The Bitcoin-inspired Satoshibles NFT project began on Ethereum. Now, it's finding new life on Stacks thanks to a cross-chain bridge.
The bridge is now open for any @satoshibles fast pass holders! We will soon be opening to any Satoshibles holder.
Join the discord to find out more:
#Bitcoin #NFTs #NFTCommmunity
— Stacks Bridge (@stacksbridge)
Feb 6, 2022
< 24 hrs ago, something historic happened on @Stacks
A @satoshibles NFT was bridged from Ethereum to Stacks via @stacksbridge , and then sold on @byzantion_xyz . This NFT collection lives on *both* Eth and Stacks. This is HUGE!
But how does it work? A 🧵
— diwaker.btc (@diwakergupta)
Feb 7, 2022
Orbit Chain Integrates Stacks To Welcome Bitcoin To The Growing $80B DeFi Economy — stacks.org
The Orbit Chain team will integrate the Stacks blockchain and turn their attention to creating bridges between Stacks’ Bitcoin-connected blockchain and Orbit Chain’s growing ecosystem of public blockchains.
👩💼 Ladies of Bitcoin Who run the world? 🌎 In Q1, we celebrated International Women's Day with HeyLayer's metaverse gallery and recognized many of the women who make up the Stacks ecosystem, along with some new artists minting their first works on Stacks. Female founders across the ecosystem made celebrated their achievements in the world of fashion, healthcare, and entertainment, making the Stacks ecosystem a more vibrant and inclusive environment.
Thank you for attending @HeyLayer and @StacksOrg ’s yesterday’s celebration of #InternationalWomensDay in vspace.live ! You can shop all #NFTs from the #HerNFT collection at heylayer.com/collection/319 . HeyLayer will donate 100% of our portion of proceeds to Ukraine 🇺🇦
— heyalla.btc (@AllaKor1)
Mar 9, 2022
HeyLayer Hosts Women’s Day in the Metaverse, Benefitting Ukraine The “HerNFT” event featured the work of more than 30 female NFT artists, including Goldy Succi, Mother Pop, Kaylee Hawley and others. Their work on the Stacks blockchain will be on display in a virtual gallery curated specifically for this event, which started on Tuesday.
My #NFT for @HeyLayer 's #HerNFT auction to celebrate International Women's Day❤️ With 36 female artists around the world to channel the female perspective💫
Available to purchase on heylayer.com/nft/5243
The Four-Dimensional Woman
— Zazu design 📍NFT NYC (@zarazazudesign)
Mar 8, 2022
Bitcoin-based tracking platform Eggschain partners with Boston IVF — cointelegraph.com
Healthcare data supply chain platform Eggschain and Boston IVF fertility clinic have started a partnership where Eggschain will use the Bitcoin blockchain to help secure and scale the data storage capabilities of Boston IVF.
Lindsay Lohan offering ‘experiential NFTs’ on Superfandom — cointelegraph.com
Hollywood star and singer Lindsay Lohan has signed on to the Superfandom experiential NFT platform, to help attract more artists and entertainment figures.
💰 Bitcoin Odyssey: Fueling Bitcoin Builders One of the biggest developments to occur this quarter was the birth of the Bitcoin Odyssey, a $165M pledge led by Okcoin, the Stacks Foundation, and Stacks Ventures designed to accelerate developers and teams building on Bitcoin. The pledge brings together the top names in crypto venture capital, including more than 15 participating partners such as Digital Currency Group, Blockdream Ventures, White Star Capital, and more.
Okcoin, Stacks Launch $165M Pledge to Support Bitcoin-Related Projects — www.coindesk.com
The Bitcoin Odyssey is a year-long pledge taken by VC firms to deploy money into solutions that accelerate the adoption of bitcoin.
We’re partnering with the @Stacks Startups , @Stacks Org , & venture capital partners to form the Bitcoin Odyssey, a $165 million pledge to support the development of decentralized apps on #Bitcoin & @Stacks .
Let's make 2022 the year of Bitcoin #DeFi . 🚀
— Okcoin (@Okcoin)
Mar 19, 2022
Muneeb Ali’s Trust Machines Raises $150M — www.coindesk.com
Also in the way of fueling builing on Bitcoin, Stacks Co-founder Muneeb Ali's Trust Machines raised $150M to 'build the largest ecosystem of Bitcoin applications and the underlying technologies.' Participating investors include Breyer Capital, Digital Currency Group, GoldenTree, Hivemind and Union Square Ventures.
🚀 Bitcoin DeFi ALEX Launches Mainnet on Stacks
Full Service Bitcoin DeFi Platform, ALEX Launches Mainnet on Stacks — finance.yahoo.com
ALEX users will be able to use ALEX’s platform to lend a variety of crypto tokens, borrow at a fixed rate without risk of liquidation, deposit tokens to earn interest, and engage in yield farming.
Introducing Lydian DAO Lydian is a community-driven DAO that features DeFi 2.0 mechanics at its core and resides on the Stacks Blockchain. Lydian is a yield-farming DAO and decentralized treasury management protocol which uses USDA to manage its treasury.
Stackswap Introduces Bitcoin-pegged token Introducing LBTC, a BTC-pegged token, based on STSW or STX as collateral. The LBTC Vault feature will now be open for users. LBTC is a BTC-pegged token issued with the Stackswap token (STSW) or…
🦄 Bitcoin NFT Report Meet the Mintery In February, applications for the inaugural Mintery program went up, and by Bitcoin Unleashed in Miami in April, creators were sharing their progress and teasing upcoming collections. This 'NFT Accelerator' was run by the Stacks Foundation to help artists make the jump into the world of Web 3. Click through if you're interested in joining a cohort!
Megapont announces $MEGA — medium.com
We are always very excited when DeFi and NFTs come together. This past quarter, Megapont announced in its newsletter that the MEGA token is coming to Stacks via ALEX to create the MEGA utility token. ALEX will assist in ensuring that the MEGA tokenomics are sensible and that the token is using audited, secure smart contracts.
Satoshibles x Built with Bitcoin — www.builtwithbitcoin.org
Satoshibles announced its charitable campaign with Built With Bitcoin Foundation to raise funds for the foundation’s on-going efforts to build schools and communities around the world.
We are really proud to announce that you can now mint @BuiltWithNFT on @Stacks with STX or #BTC !
100% of every #NFT minted goes to @builtwithbtc to build schools and communities around the world 🌍
Mint here now: builtwithnft.org 🙏
NFTs for social good 🙌🏼
— Satoshibles (@satoshibles)
Apr 8, 2022
Bitcoin Monkeys announced $BANANA Staking 🔥🔥 70%+ of all Monkeys staked! 🔥🔥
First Staking built on @Stacks to earn $BANANA token! 🍌
Show us your staked Monkeys and $BANANA earned so far! 🐒🐒
Come join us in the jungle whilst BANANAs are still plentiful @muneeb ♥️
#Bitcoin #NFT Community #Stacks #NFT
— Bitcoin Monkeys (@BTCMonkeys)
Jan 31, 2022
New NFT Projects Come to Stacks Welcome Tiger Force 🐯 and Punks Army 💪! Both teams recently migrated from Solana over to Stacks, making for a more vibrant NFT community for the Bitcoin ecosystem.
Hello Tigers! I hope you are all doing good! We have something important to share with you!
As you already know, our vision is to create a metaverse based on our comic. It was originally planned that we would launch this project on Solana due to the low transaction fees💯
— Tiger Force🐯is now Jungle Force! (@tigerforcenft)
Jan 23, 2022
STXNFT Releases New Features Guess what⁉️
You can now create a custom profile on STXNFT!
What does that mean? Set a description, website, and Twitter handle. And of course, select an owned NFT as your profile picture!
We want to see your profile — share a link to yours below and we'll feature our favs!
— Gamma.io (@trygamma)
Jan 29, 2022
Stacks Infrastructure and Ecosystem Initiatives
Should The Grants Program Become a DAO? — stacks.org
We're exploring the next evolution of the Stacks Foundation Grants Program, starting with how it might be well-suited for a DAO.
Introducing the Grants Ambassador Program — stacks.org
The Stacks Foundation Grants Program is looking for several community leaders to help drive the grants process. Ambassadors will function as part mentor, part project manager, part consultant, and part visionary.
Celebrating Stacks Chapters Across the World — stacks.org
Since the launch one year ago, seven chapters have launched across the globe in countries including Korea, Turkey, China, Pakistan, Japan, Russia, and India.
Developer Resources: So, you need a Clarity smart contract audit... — stacks.org
Learn about where you can find Clarity smart contract auditing resources.
Introducing the Stacks Talent Portal by HireVibes The #1 Web 3.0 project on Bitcoin has a nearly unquenchable thirst for new talent, this new portal will help builders bolster their teams. All new job posts within the Stacks Ecosystem are currently free as they are being sponsored by the Stacks Foundation for ~6 months.
Immunefi Implements Bug Bounty Program for the Stacks Blockchain Immunefi, the leading bug bounty and security services platform for DeFi projects and decentralized networks, has opened its bug bounty program on Stacks. Up to $1,000,000 per bounty can be earned for eligible bugs.
New Listings & Integrations STX Now on Coinbase, CoinList, and Binance 🥳 ⭐️ $STX listed on @coinbase
⭐️ $STX listed on @CoinList
⭐️ $STX stacking on @binance
So much has already been achieved in 2022 ❤️
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— stacks.btc (@Stacks)
Feb 23, 2022
Stacking is Live on Binance: Bitcoin Yield on the World's Largest Exchange — stacks.org
Stacking is now available on Binance, the largest exchange in the world in terms of the daily trading volume of cryptocurrencies. Binance users can opt-in for Stacking via Binance Stacking to earn BTC rewards directly in their wallets.
MoonPay x Stacks — stacks.org
MoonPay, the leading fiat onramp for crypto is now supporting Stacks. With over 5M customers, MoonPay, with its widgets and APIs, as well as its newer NFT Checkout, is making Web 3.0 more accessible.
Unbanked Announces Support for Stacks' STX Token — cryptobriefing.com
At Stacks' Bitcoin Unleashed, Unbanked announced its integration with the Stacks blockchain which will enable users to spend STX tokens with debit cards in approximately 60 countries.
Stacking is Now Available In The Flexible, Secure D’CENT Wallet Popular Korea-based D’CENT wallet, which features robust mobile apps, as well as biometric and hardware support, has rolled out support for Stacking.
Creditcoin To Bring Stacking to 2 Million Users in Africa By integrating Stacks with Creditcoin, a whole new pool of users in Africa will be able to leverage Bitcoin DeFi, giving them direct exposure to Stacking. Integration is expected to go live in Q3 2022.
Thanks for Coming to Bitcoin Unleashed 🌴☀️ 💜 To celebrate all that has been achieved within the first few months of the year, the global Stacks community gathered in Miami for Bitcoin Unleashed and Bitcoin 2022. Folks came in from all around the world and it was amazing to see the community IRL. Stay tuned for the next Stacks event!
Photo Gallery | Bitcoin Unleashed | April 5 - April 6, 2022 — bitcoinunleashed.org
Thank you for joining us, enjoy photos from the event.
Bitcoin 2022 kicks off in Miami, crypto prices plunge, and DeFi with bitcoin: CNBC Crypto World CNBC's MacKenzie Sigalos breaks down how North America's largest bitcoin conference, Bitcoin 2022, has changed over the years. CNBC's Tanaya Macheel speaks with Brittany Laughlin, executive director at Stacks Open Internet Foundation, about building a DeFi network on top of bitcoin.
CoinMarketRecap: Live in Miami! What is Stacks? What are CityCoins? Bitcoin 2022 predictions. — soundcloud.com
CoinMarketCap was on the ground at Bitcoin Unleashed and gathered hot takes from the Stacks Foundation, CityCoins, Hiro, and Stacks Ventures.
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 stacks.org/terms .
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