Blockchain Church Camp
This week, a lot of us at GoodBlock and other Telos block producers are working on ways to capitalize on the contacts we made at the London Blockchain Expo. There’s a lot of work ahead as we follow up with contacts and plan ways to be even more prepared at future conferences.
One thing that really set this London conference apart from others is the fact that it focused on existing industries looking for solutions to their problems or for new ways to grow their businesses or better serve their customers. Just a week or so before, we had also attended the EOS World Expo in San Francisco. I wasn’t personally at that event, but I got several reports from GB’s Beth and James who attended as well as from others. From what I heard, EOS World Expo struck me as fairly representative of other conferences catering to EOSIO or even just blockchain enthusiasts. The blockchain world is enormously tribal and for the most part, everyone at those events has already chosen their tribe. So most people at these events aren’t really looking to learn about new projects or solutions…unless they are running on their favorite blockchain. Blockchain conferences are pretty much like church camp where you go to talk about your religion and have a good time with your fellow true believers.
The London Blockchain Expo was quite different. Since it was really four expos combined (AI & machine learning, IoT, big data, and blockchain) there were a lot of people outside our “faith” who were there to tell people about their business opportunities and hear about those others offered. No one had really heard about EOS or Telos. So the people who were there were sort of blown away by what Telos had to offer: a network to store data with a revolutionary capability to have no one party in a position to control that data so that multiple stakeholders needn’t trust the network operators.
Notice how I didn’t need to say blockchain, decentralized, EOSIO, crypto, or any of those words to get the message across? Did people in business get it? Hell yes, they did. It’s new and we eliminated all the words in the description that scared them, so they were suddenly very responsive. When you follow up by mentioning that Telos is (tied for) the fastest, highest capacity such network and that there is no fee for these transactions, in fact there’s a very reasonably priced one-time cost to get onto the network by buying tokens, then they get even more excited. At the next expo like this, I intend for us to show off a number of really exciting working proofs of concept for various industries. That ought to rev their engines even higher. And we should have a better way to turn that interest into on-boarded new apps by then as well.
I am excited to move beyond blockchain church camp and go out and engage real world businesses that need what we are selling. This does not diminish my excitement about the decentralized apps that will deploy on Telos as well. Those kinds of apps are the future, but their acceptance is still far off, whereas businesses can use blockchain today to decentralize some of their functions for the betterment of all participants. This in turn will bring a lot of value to Telos, which can support the network’s growth and ability to foster innovative new dapps and communities. I think our future marketing efforts as a chain are better used going to these mixed audience expos or perhaps events that have absolutely nothing to do with blockchain where we can reach businesses eager for the unique solutions Telos can provide.
Have a great week!
Worker Proposals of Note
Telos Worker Proposal IBC Implementation (#11)
Voting closes: Fri May 17th 17:36 GMT +0100
100,000.0000 TLOS in 3 cycles to ‘nebulablocks’ to support servers, worker hours & buy enough EOS on Mainnet for RAM & CPU.
Yes: 2,806,359 | No: 574,125 | Abstain: 5,280,985
Marketing Support for Telos Foundation Initiatives (#9)
Voting closes: Fri May 17th 05:35 GMT +0100
155,000.0000 TLOS in 3 cycles to ‘romannanders’ to bolster the marketing and public relations efforts of the Telos Foundation in collaboration with the Telos Foundation.
Yes: 3,582,928 | No: 299,496 | Abstain: 4,973,622
WordProof — Open Source WordPress Telos Plugin (#6) (2nd cycle)
Voting closes: May 6th 20:35 GMT +0100
300,000.0000 TLOS in 4 cycles to ‘wordprooftls’ to fund an open source Telos WordPress plugin. This is the second cycle and the proposer has agreed to return 225,000 TLOS if approved due to a submission error.
Yes: 2,505,930 | No: 229,426 | Abstain: 2,591,727
cc32d9: Chronicle + History Indexer (#8)
Voting closes: Sat May 11th 17:00 GMT +0100
100,000.0000 TLOS in 1 cycle to ‘cc32dninexxx’ to help fund a scalable Chronicle + History Indexer project. This is an important development for the EOSIO landscape and Telos is being asked to step up for on-fifth of the costs.
Yes: 3,994,586 | No: 378,545 | Abstain: 4,973,629
Don’t forget to re-cast your vote for WPs that last multiple cycles. This feature helps to keep longer-term WPs accountable for deliverables, and let voters decide whether they think the WP is still of value to the network.
At this time, to re-cast the same vote (yes|no|abstain), you need to choose one of the other vote options, then cast your intended vote again.
Here’s what happened this week:
- TelosMiami finalists in a pitch competition for Telos business idea
- Two new carshare videos released by TelosUK featuring surprise guest
- WordProof Update: Beta signups and Max Dapp feature
- 3 New wallets for TLOS
- Have you signed up for Ready Hacker one?
TelosMiami finalists in a pitch competition for Telos Business idea
TelosMiami participated in the finals for the 2019 Miami Herald Startup Pitch Competition today, and while they did not win first place, they were still recognized and awarded as finalists. The TelosMiami team got to talk with the COO of SoftBank, and was offered follow-up meetings from every VC & Miami Herald reporter after the contest, drumming up lots of great conversation around Telos. Read the Miami Herald finalists announcement.
Two new Carshare videos released by TelosUK featuring surprise guest
Last weekend while I was in London, I got to take part in two new “Carshare” videos with TelosUK’s Roger and Jim. It was a lot more fun than the remote call in I did on a previous episode where I was just a floating head. Highlights of the episode include crossing the Thames and almost getting killed by a bus. (In England they call them “coaches” which sounds like a much classier way to die.)
In Carshare 48, Roger and I give us a short update on how Blockchain Expo is going, talk about new mobile wallets that came to TLOS recently, and about all of the new worker proposals that have recently been proposed. I’ll be going back to Europe in June for another Blockchain Expo in Amsterdam to talk about Telos again, stay tuned for more on this.
In Carshare 49, Jim and David join the group to talk in more depth about how the expo is going as they head in for day two. The Telos Foundation was the only booth representing the EOS.io chain at the Blockchain Expo in London. We chat about the great new people we spoke with about Telos and bringing real-world use cases to blockchain for businesses that are looking for scalable and affordable solutions.
WordProof Update: Beta signups and Max Dapp feature
Sebastiaan van der Lans and the WordProof team are looking for a group of WordPress developers and users to beta test the WordProof plugin before it launches. WordProof is a WordPress plugin coming soon that makes timestamping your content on the blockchain simple. No blockchain experience is required to be part of the beta group, as WordProof makes account creation easy, fast, and free. For more information, see Sebastiaan’s post on Medium: https://medium.com/wordproof/wordproof-beta-group-to-begin-soon-f6d5c1707a78
Sebastiaan was also featured on Max Dapp this week, speaking about worker proposals and WordProof. MaxDapp is a crypto and blockchain news focused YouTube channel who features many chains, and focuses on EOSio once a week. In this interview, Seb really gets into the Worker Proposal process and why it’s so important to help fund open source projects, including WordProof! Telos has really taken the lead on the WPS, and once WordProof launches, we think there will be lots of new users that don’t care what chain they use when they want to timestamp their articles on a blockchain. Watch the video on YouTube here.
3 New wallets for TLOS
This week, we have three new wallet announcements for TLOS! This is great news, and we look forward to seeing more come aboard as the blockchain community realizes the potential that the Telos network offers for developers and users alike.
EOSAuthority Wallet is a web-based universal wallet interface and block explorer developed by the EOSAuthority BP team: https://eosauthority.com/dashboard
The Kibisis Wallet, formerly the Torus Wallet, is a mobile wallet in the process of being listed in the Apple Store created by EOSTribe: https://steemit.com/eos/@eostribe/torus-wallet-renamed-to-kibisis-wallet
EOSTribe is a carbon neutral BP candidate for the Telos network.
EOSToolkit.io wallet has also added multi-chain support to include TLOS. EOSToolkit is a web based interface to connect with your wallet, or attach an account directly: https://eostoolkit.io/home
Have you signed up for Ready Hacker one?
Ready Hacker One is a developer challenge sponsored by the Telos Foundation with a prize pool of 250,000 TLOS with individual teams able to earn up to 20,000 TLOS each. Teams will use the power of EOS.io and Telos to create or enhance a game, utilizing blockchain to make the game fun and interesting. In addition to the prize pool, the MVP of the challenge will be featured on the Telos Foundation website. Read more about the contest and how you can participate here: http://bit.ly/2UTnDuN
About the author: Douglas Horn is the Telos architect and whitepaper author, and the founder of GoodBlock, a block producer and app developer for the Telos Blockchain Network.
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