September 2017 (II)
Welcome again, fellow Nxters! The third round of the IGNIS ICO continues! Last week was a busy week with many mentions of Nxt / Ardor / Ignis on many platforms. Nxters are meeting up in China, Lior Yaffe has advice to dole out, a new version of the NRS client and more await in this issue. As always we welcome both our new and long time readers as we provide you with your go to source for comprehensive coverage of the blockchain space.
- IGNIS ICO
- Submit Your ArdorPlatform.org Revamp Proposals
- ICO-trackers.com – IGNIS ICO Mentioned
- Megalodon – “The End of the Forging Bounty Lottery campaign.”
- Ardor vs. the Competition
- Chinese Community – Nxters are Organizing a Meetup in Shanghai
- Nxt Voting System
- Lior Yaffe will be there
- Capodieci – NxtWiki Hosting Migration
NXT IN THE MEDIA
- Lior Yaffe in Medium – Thoughts about Blockchain Development
- Lior Yaffe in Medium – Using Nxt as Crowdfunding Platform
- Lior Yaffe in Medium – ICO Pruning “The Ultimate Guide to ICO Selection.”
- Lior Yaffe in Medium – Blockchain based Voting
- Lior Yaffe in Medium – Blockchain and Digital Signatures
- Gabriel Francesch In Medium – Explain Ardor to Me Like I am 5
- HuffingtonPost – Blockchain is Here, And You Can’t Ignore It Anymore…Even If You Don’t Really Get It
- BTC38 – Covering the news of BNP Paribas and NXT Blockchain Creation Kit
- TradingView – Ardor, Where Technicals and Fundamentals Meet 1 B Potential Cap
- TradingView – NXT Q4 Technical Analysis
- Weekly NXT/ARDR Price Evolution
This week’s newsletter is put together by James, Jose, apenzl, and rubenbc.
Round 3 of the IGNIS ICO is underway, and the first two batches have sold out. Interest is high in this ICO, and that is good news for Jelurida and the entire Nxt community. The third round of the IGNIS crowdsale is divided up into four offers of 25 M JLRDA each, all priced at 1 JLRDA for 0.76 NXT.
The IGNIS ICO is a public barometer of the public’s interest in the Nxt and Ardor Platforms. With Ardor due to launch in Q4 of this year, Jelurida needs to know how to split up their dev resources. The funding raised by Jelurida, which owns the IP for Nxt / Ardor / Ignis, is directly going towards actively developing the Nxt platform and Ardor ecosystem. So far Jelurida has procured enough funding to actively support Nxt for, at least, the next three years with a dedicated and staffed team.
Kristina from Jelurida promotes the ICO:
Kristina: The time schedule for the third IGNIS ICO round is now published on our website.
The second batch of Round 3 sold out within about an hour, which is a record – as all prior batches until now have been sold even before Jelurida’s sell order hit the blockchain! So if you gave up on placing buy orders because of the competition, now is a good time to give it another try.
For more in-depth analysis of the ongoing ICO, please follow our exclusive ICO reports that provide excellent coverage and analysis of the ICO.
Submit Your ArdorPlatform.org Revamp Proposals
We need your ideas! The ArdorPlatform website is a work-in-progress, and we need community support to improve it. To all of you who have messaged us about the website mentioned above, we are willing to review and pay for your help enacting the approved proposals. We know there is community interest.
For all of the talented developers and designers out there in our audience, reach out to Travin, our marketing director by this coming Friday, Sept 15th.
Travin outlines the requests and submission formats below:
Purpose: To provide an informative website for businesses, organizations, and project leaders to familiarize themselves about Ardor to help them make a decision on which blockchain platform to use for their needs.
- Front page with general overview
- Page going over how child chains work (pruning, bundling, etc.)
- Page going over the features available to child chains
- Sub-pages going over each feature
- Special page going over the benefits of using an asset created on Ardor
- Page going over information useful for users
- Blog-style page going over the latest non-experimental version
- Download page including information on navigating the client
- Contact page with a form for formal inquiries and social media/community link
In your proposal, please include:
- Portfolio of previous work
- Team information and respective backgrounds
- Rough drafts (can be sketched) of page layouts
- Budget request in EUR (payable in crypto) and time frame
Ardor Media Kit and Style Guide: https://mega.nz/#!kDhBhSiD!6_hqMf8hv5ByiChLt3ZnfLDO2B_TYjVve9Va-c1PPgc
Proposals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday September 15th at 00:00 UTC.
We are counting on you Nxters! No idea is bad, we accept and will consider any and all proposals submitted. Help us provide the best possible platform for Ardor!
ICO-trackers.com – IGNIS ICO Mentioned
Blockchain tokens are valued at hundreds of billions of dollars across world wide exchanges. News of the IGNIS ICO continues to grow and spread. We appreciate the coverage – all news is good news.
“IGNIS: Interchain solution.
Jelurida is developing its next generation scalable blockchain platform – Ardor, currently running on a testnet. The unique design of this platform allows the simultaneous existence of multiple blockchains, known as child chains, with many features and with their security guaranteed on a global level by the parent Ardor chain. The first child chain of Ardor will be the Ignis child chain which will use IGNIS tokens for its operation. All existing and well tested Nxt blockchain features will be available on the Ignis child chain, with multiple Ardor platform specific enhancements being added.This project is not easy, has a very strong team who already did the Ardor and NXT. You can see all the hype and potential success of this ICO in mass media.
Their third ICO has 5 windows, two already passed and you can take part in the third!
Go and check the website! ”
Megalodon – “The End of the Forging Bounty Lottery Campaign”
Bad news Nxters, Megalodon is suspending his support of the Lucky Node Lottery Campaign, created by Lurker10.
In June 2016, I launched this forging bounty program with objectives as stated in my message in tx 14808946007017009714 and my post https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/5-million-nxt-bounty-for-nxt-ardor-forgers/msg220081/#msg220081
I planned to run the bounty “until the Forging Bootstrapper account is empty” and to continue with the Ardor balance after Ardor chain is launched.
In July 2017, I paused the forging bounty program for reason stated in this post https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/if-you-do-not-forge-nxt-dies/msg233547/#msg233547
However, I continued to fund the Lucky Node Lottery program initiated by Lurker10, although it was not originally part of the bounty program.
I have now decided to stop funding the Lucky Node Lottery program 30 days from today and to permanently terminate the forging bounty program.
I realise that by doing so, I’ll be failing to honour my original pledge, something I really dislike. I have been thinking about this for several months, but now feel compelled to do so due to changes I’ve observed in the Nxt ecosystem over the past 14 months since the launch of this program.I also realise that there may be some among you who have committed resources to participate in this program, and my decision to prematurely terminate it may cause you some loss, even with a 1 month notice. If this is the case, please PM me with details & justification and I’ll consider offering you a reasonable compensation.To everyone else, thanks for your participation and please accept my apologies over this decision.
Goodbye… Megalodon going into extinction the second time.
Ardor vs. the Competition
Segfaulsteve wrote a wonderful and detailed account of Ardor and the many advantages it has over the competition. This first post in a new article series highlights the technological supremacy Ardor over other competing technologies and this first installment talks about the LISK blockchain and the functionality provided by it.
Segfaultsteve introduces the series:
I recently decided to start a series of posts that compare and contrast Ardor with other blockchain projects that appear to have similar goals or features.
Chinese Community – Nxters are Organizing a Meetup in Shanghai
For all of our Chinese readers, there is an upcoming Meetup in Shanghai about the potential of the blockchain, specifically the solutions provided by Ardor. The security of the Nxt voting system will be one of the main topics of interest for the night. The Chinese have long wanted a member of Jelurida to visit, and Lior Yaffe will be the keynote speaker! Space will be limited so sign up early to make sure that you can come.
— NXTER Magazine (@Nxter_org) September 7, 2017
- Nxt Voting System
Promotional video explaining a use case for the Nxt voting system in Chinese.
- Lior Yaffe will be there
By invitation of the Chinese NXT community, I'm heading to China! Starting from Shanghai on Sep 13th flying back from Beijing on the 19th
— Lior Yaffe (@lioryaffe) September 10, 2017
Capodieci – NxtWiki Hosting Migration
Roberto is involved in the Nxt community – since the beginning, devoting not only a lot of efforts to it during all this time but also money from his funds, such is the case with the hosting of the NxtWiki for all the community. We are extremely fortunate to have him around. Thanks, Roberto, we appreciate it!
Capodieci also wrote an interesting chapter for the first book about Nxt (Snapshot, Nxt – Unsurpassable Blockchain Solutions) called NXT – A REVOLUTIONARY TOOL FOR BUSINESSES, where he explains how an incredible tool Nxt’s blockchain can become for business.
Janus – Status Update
Janus is busy working behind the scenes. They are building the websites indicated on their roadmap.
Bjorn further informs the community:
bjorn_bb [11:42 PM]
Some things from my part will be coming out but in stages that will eventually connect to Trademimic. Fairly soon if things go as planned, keep the faith we are following through with operations on a budget that is 1/50th of most startups.
This sometimes requires creativity in work, such as Bjorn learning minor programming skills and the rest of the team has to take on roles we needed but had to do ourselves. Don’t lose faith yet, it’s not over till I’m dead.
Expect the unexpected though, expect changes.
Withdraw your balance from ETCBets!
— etcbets.com (@ETCbets) August 29, 2017
Adel – Status Update
Adel had a busy week, with Gabriel Dusil speaking about start-up incubation in blockchain communities at the Blockchain Conference last week. Adel also announced a new event they will present at an upcoming event.
— BlockchainConference (@Blockchain_Conf) September 7, 2017
— Lifejacket Studios (@paastevest) September 7, 2017
Join the new Adel Bitcointalk thread! ADEL ▲ 1st AML-CTF-KYC Compliant Digital Currency Ecosystem ▲ $ADL
New event confirmed where Adel would be presented.
Bitswift – Status Update
A friendly reminder – the Bitswift token swap is still ongoing. Manual claiming instructions included on bitswift.press. Make sure your assets have migrated to the Nxt platform.
NRS Update – Version 1.11.9
A new update is available for the NRS client – V1.11.9. This is the latest and most secure and stable NRS client, and for those who want to continue to participate in the IGNIS ICO, we suggest that you upgrade.
Changes are as follows:
Performance optimizations of derived table trimming and pruning, should fix the issues some nodes encounter with these database operations taking too long.
Other minor bugfixes.
Updated Android client app
Android app https://bitbucket.org/Jelurida/nxt/downloads/nxt-client-1.11.9.apk
sha256 – 1997d7c5865271d899cebe8fe4f6e96e830420392e1a09967c0a3cb0a2bcd1ee
Weekly Reminder – Scam Alert
One of the scariest factors of decentralized platforms is that there are individuals who use it as a means to defraud people. There are no authorities vetting the claims made by anyone. Trust the veteran community and research the account and token ID’s of anyone before you make a transaction. Be careful guys; we continue to raise awareness. Read the following threads in order educate yourselves and prevent the latest scams from affecting you!
Riker reminds us:
Only buy the JLRDA token using the “IGNIS Token Sale” page in the official wallet.
Do not buy any other currency, asset or marketplace goods pretending to represent the Ignis token. These are all scam entities which will make you lose your NXT.
NXT IN THE MEDIA
Lior Yaffe in Medium – Thoughts about Blockchain Development
Lior himself provides his thoughts about the growing blockchain space and the importance of embracing and supporting this technology now and in the future.
Lior Yaffe in Medium – Using Nxt as Crowdfunding Platform
Man, Lior is busy these days. Between developing for Nxt / Ardor / Ignis and traveling to China, he finds the time to write about the many uses of the Nxt platform. This post is about the crowdfunding aspect of Nxt.
The Nxt blockchain provides several simple, robust and secure crowdfunding models which do not require the implementation of complex smart contracts or complex web site back-end and considerably reduces the security risks.
Lior Yaffe in Medium – ICO Pruning “The Ultimate Guide to ICO Selection”
Lior wrote about the need to be prudent in your ICO investment, not all platforms and technologies are created equally well. Make sure that any offer you want to invest in is researched before you give them your hard earned money.
To summarize, ICO represents a very attractive option to raise funds for both the entrepreneurs and small investors. However investors are urged to use caution when evaluating ICO offerings and only invest in those offerings which represent real technological breakthrough and pragmatic solutions to real problems.
Lior Yaffe in Medium – Blockchain Based Voting
News flash! Voting is important – and ensuring the integrity of a vote is of vital importance if you want to maintain the trust and support of the voting public. The Nxt platform is an excellent means to provide a secure and reliable vote, from the ID and registration process, all the way down to counting the ballots at the end.
In this article, Lior explains blockchain distributed platform voting.
Lior Yaffe in Medium – Blockchain and Digital Signatures
If voting is the key to maintaining the trust IRL, on “the internets” – or as it is widely known, “a series of tubes” – digital security is essential. Encryption is key to providing digital signatures for verifying identities and establishing trust. The blockchain is inherently secure, and Lior has worked with governments and universities while developing the Ardor and Nxt platforms on these very issues.
Connecting your government issued ID card with your NXT account can be accomplished using account properties and information can be encrypted when necessary using encrypted messages. Furthermore, specific encrypted messages can be shared securely with a 3rd party. All this functionality is available out of the box using public APIs based on Http and JSON.
Using Nxt (and in the near future Ardor), you can receive the PDF document by email, hash it and send the hash using a message transaction back to the issuer to provide a signature proof which is impossible to counterfeit (as long as you keep your passphrase secured). You can even submit the document itself to the blockchain to store it as a data cloud prunable attachment or as a message attachment.
More complex procedures like multi-signatures can be accomplished using phased transactions which provides a list of required signers in order to authorize a transaction.
In fact, Jelurida the company developing the Nxt and Ardor blockchain platforms will be cooperating with governments and universities to make this vision a reality.
Gabriel Francesch In Medium – Explain Ardor to me Like I am 5
Gabriel Francesch, a partner at Coinerz Group, founder at Kotoba Translation and NXT Foundation supporter, wrote this interesting and informative article on Medium:
…the Ardor platform is much more than a cryptocurrency. It is a platform that will become the backbone of a powerful ecosystem, including a large number of assets, currencies, and most importantly child chains…
HuffingtonPost – Blockchain is Here, And You Can’t Ignore It Anymore…Even If You Don’t Really Get It
Blockchains and the crypto space are going mainstream. HuffPost will write a series about the growing importance and influence of blockchains and how they will shape life, business and even governments in the immediate future.
Nxt and Ardor both have many benefits over their competitors. In fact, companies such as BNP Paribas and Accenture have already recognized the potential of these blockchains and are implementing them accordingly.
BTC38 – Covering the news of BNP Paribas and NXT Blockchain Kit
— NXTER Magazine (@Nxter_org) September 7, 2017
TradingView – Ardor, Where Technicals and Fundamentals Meet 1 B Potential Cap
dbt1033 follows up on Bitcointalk by giving the following trading advice to his followers:
It kills me to see that people are investing precious bitcoin with so little patience.
I often see this with new investors… fomo all-in on one coin because a bunch of noobs are talking about it (good sign it’s top), then sell for a loss to fomo a lesser all-in on another.
The key to success in this game is patience.
Find good projects. Then find a good place to buy them. Then wait.
I like spreading my bets around… so I do serious research to determine how much of my portfolio I want a particular asset to represent.
For example: Ardr is a really serious project with a really serious team. It’s on several big exchanges / therefore pretty liquid. I might be ok having a bag that represents 15-20% of my portfolio on something like this. Other coins that don’t meet these criteria (they might be really ambitious but with unproven dev team… or maybe they just aren’t that liquid) might be a good pick to represent 3-5% of your portfolio.
I understand that a lot of times, when you are new… you don’t have much to play with.
If this is you (no shame, we all start somewhere), pick two projects… join the slacks so you know what’s going on. Follow twitter posts about the projects. Read the forums. This will help you judge sentiment.
Make sure to buy at a good time to minimize a drawdown….. you can take a free trading course at www.babypips.com to help you realize what is a good buy and what isn’t.
When you have entered 1-2 projects, hold on for dear life. Fight the temptation to sell for a loss (unless you really fucked up with your buy… but I’m sure you will make a few mistakes along the way.)
There is a lot of hype in crypto. Do not fall into the cycle of chasing hype. You want to buy projects BEFORE everyone else is talking about them, not AFTER. If everyone and their mother is talking about something, it’s likely too late.
TradingView – NXT Q4 Technical Analysis
Weekly NXT/ARDR Price Evolution
The following graphic shows the NXT / Bitcoin exchange price at Poloniex over this past week:
The following graphic shows the ARDR / Bitcoin exchange price at Poloniex over this past week:
Live stats from the Nxt Blockchain Asset Exchange:
And that is all for this week, Nxters.
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