One of India’s homegrown blockchain protocol, Eleven01 launched their testnet on Tuesday. The testnet is ready for real-world use in both public and private workloads. The eleven01 testnet will provide users with an ecosystem to create, publish, and extend the core blockchain services offered through the platform in India.
Earlier, Crypto-News India had reported on eleven01, when the company had held a press conference on the sidelines of the International Blockchain Congress, which was organized in August last year.
Now it appears, the company has made some significant strides in the field of blockchain technology. Speaking on the launch of the testnet, Ausaf Ahmad, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eleven01 said, “We are very excited about the launch of Eleven01’s testnet. It has been a critical milestone to complete and enables the project to start onboarding dApps and gain direct customer feedback. Our team has been busy working on the platform seeking to improve on existing protocols in the market and engage the developer community. We have two key launch partners: KhethiNext, a growing agritech startup, and DocsInBlock, a financial documentation blockchain project, to start using and deploying the code to test run the platform.”
The testnet is designed to make it flexible for use among the development community, which is why it supports Solidity which is an existing smart contract programming language.
Ahmad added, “With the launch of the testnet, the developer community is showing great interest in Eleven01 as a resource for building and learning about blockchain technology. And we have received an overwhelming response from the community along with valuable feedback for the testnet.”
Interestingly, eleven01 intends to tie up with Genesis Hack, which is the ongoing hackathon event under the International Blockchain Congress aegis.
ConsenSys Spin-Out 3Box Raises $2.5 Million to Build ID Tools for Dapp Devs
3Box, the latest startup to leave the Brooklyn-based incubator ConsenSys, just raised money to fuel a new identity tool for app developers.
3Box is developing a decentralized solution that people can use across both traditional and blockchain-based apps. The startup recently closed a $2.5 million seed round led by Placeholder Ventures, with investments from Venrock, CoinFund, Northzone and ConsenSys itself.
The “3” in 3Box is a subtle nod to the notion of Web3, a term used to describe the distributed evolution of digital platforms from social media sites to ticket sellers. Ethereum-centric startups such as MetaMask, Aragon and Foam – the latter of which garnered more than 500 contributors so far to its open source map – are already using 3Box. This pace of growth is what attracted the attention of CoinFund cofounder Jake Brukhman.
“This is a project with genuine traction,” Brukhman told CoinDesk. “There’s a huge hole in Web3 where identity should be. And I think 3Box is exactly where it should be to fill that hole.”
3Box aims to make portable logins and profiles more simple by utilizing the peer-to-peer InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) to give users keys to their own data, which is distributed across nodes instead of storing the profile on a centralized server like Facebook or Twitter.
While 3Box currently runs all the nodes, the startup plans to make that open-source software easy for any developer to spin up in order to diversify the network.
“We’re building a decentralized storage network on top of IPFS that allows all these services to tap into it, but it’s governed by the users’ consent,” 3Box co-founder Michael Sena told CoinDesk. “You can use 3Box anywhere that you have an ethereum wallet, because you basically need to be able to sign a message with your key.”
3Box makes it easier for blockchain developers to include features like private chats, uploading photos, liking posts and other common activities related to user-generated content and social interaction that are currently absent from most decentralized applications (dapps).
Indeed, Foam CEO Ryan John King told CoinDesk that some of his users leverage 3Box to have their external Twitter handle, GitHub profile and Foam-related activity all built-in to their Foam profile for a “social and reputational layer.” In the future, King said Foam plans to integrate 3Box’s thread and chat features.
“It’s enhancing user experiences in a whole new way,” King said. “With 3Box there’s an open API, it allows people to opt-in and choose whatever information they want to include while interacting with the [FOAM] protocol.”
“We expect to see a whole new wave of more usable, more enjoyable, more engaging, distributed applications.”
According to Sena, 3Box plans to eventually enable a username and password option so that people could also use it for profiles on traditional apps.
Unlike a regular profile, where you can deactivate it but the company keeps your data, an app that supports 3Box could give users control over their profiles.
“The idea was to create a Google Drive or Dropbox-like interface that lets people manage their 3Box data,” Sena said. “Users can go on 3Box.io Hub, their drive, and just delete all of their data. And they can be sure that it’s gone.”
In terms of the startup’s business model, 3Box will focus on offering services, such as node management and unique features, to developers and web businesses.
“The benefits of minimizing risk and reducing liability, building lighter weight apps faster, those extend far beyond Web3 developers,” Sena said.
Speaking to 3Box’s broader business model, Brukhman concluded:
“There is inherent value in decentralizing identity and user data.”
3Box team in November 2018. Danny Zuckerman, COO (bottom left); Michael Sena, CEO (bottom middle); Joel Thorstensson, CTO (top right); Zach Ferland, Senior Engineer (top left)
Multicoin, Intel Capital Invest $3.5 Million in Startup Demystifying Blockchain Data
Blockchain data startup dfuse has just closed its first official round of equity funding.
Led by Multicoin Capital and Intel Capital (a division of Intel Corporation), the seed funding saw the Montreal-based firm raise $3.5 million for its line of products geared towards demystifying blockchain data.
According to a press release provided to CoinDesk on Wednesday, other notable backers of the round included the VC funds Diagram Ventures, BoxOne Ventures, Panache Ventures and White Star Capital.
Founded in 2018, dfuse builds application programming interfaces (APIs) that overlay smart-contract-enabled blockchain platforms such as ethereum and EOS. These APIs help simplify the complexities of pulling data directly from a public blockchain.
Kyle Samani, managing partner at Multicoin Capital, told CoinDesk in an email:
“Blockchain databases can take seconds to confirm transactions – if they even confirm them at all. They don’t offer global search, reading data is non-trivial, and streaming updates is mostly out of the question. dfuse abstracts all of that complexity away.”
At present, the startup has four flagship products: dfuse Stream, Lifecycle, Search and On Demand Networks. Leveraging these tools, users can stream real-time transaction activity, search through blockchain databases, receive transaction guarantees for newly submitted data and more.
“Our vision is to help millions of developers embrace blockchain technology in their businesses,” dfuse CEO and co-founder Marc-Antoine Ross told CoinDesk. “Depending on which numbers you look at, there’s 20 to 40 million developers around the globe. We think only 1 percent of that developer population is touching any blockchain. We really want to fast track this.”
Moving forward, Ross intends to expand dfuse API products “to blanket all of the top blockchain platforms,” not just EOS and ethereum.
What’s more, he detailed that the company will in coming weeks release a data integrity bounty program in partnership with security firm HackerOne to help assure users the data they are reading via dfuse products is accurate.
“Many companies have built security bounty programs but this is about data integrity,” Ross said. “This is something we will be campaigning to increase the trust in our APIs and we will challenge the other players in the community to do the same thing.”
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