PLN Updates - Oct 23
Introducing Protocol Labs Venture Studio, Huddle01's enhanced livestreaming feature, Double Jump.Tokyo teams up with Sega, updates around LabWeek23 — and more!
***Special notice: The situation in Israel and Gaza is concerning and we extend our wishes for safety to all. So far, Istanbul does not seem affected, but we are actively monitoring the situation and will share updates regarding LabWeek23 in our newsletters.***
⚙️ New Tool Alert: Seamless Livestreaming with Huddle01’s Latest Feature
Shipped: October 2023
What It Is: Huddle01 introduced a new feature that enables direct livestreaming to X (formerly Twitter). This enhancement simplifies the live streaming process, allowing creators and communities to broadcast content, such as community calls, video podcasts, webinars, and more without the need for third-party tools or custom settings.
Why It’s a Big Deal: This feature stands out as it offers a unified platform for broadcasting content live to mainstream platforms, like YouTube, Twitch, and now X. Creators can now easily distribute content live from a singular, intuitive platform.
The Big Picture: Huddle01's new feature is a stride towards making livestreaming more accessible, straightforward, and efficient. On a broader level, tools like these are key to bridging the gap between Web2 and Web3.
Read more about it here.
🎉 Join the Celebration at the LabWeek Opening Party
Date: Nov. 13, 18:00 - 22:30
Location: The Marmara Esma Sultan
Kick off LabWeek23 in style at the official opening party at the beautiful Marmara Esma Sultan. This is the perfect opportunity to mingle with members of the PL network and Devconnect community. Network and unwind as we dive into LabWeek, our annual flagship conference.
What to Expect:
Networking: Connect with peers and industry professionals in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
Refreshments: Enjoy a selection of cocktails and light bites throughout the evening.
Music: Get into the groove with some delightful tunes that will set the mood for an exciting week ahead.
Attendance is free. Secure your spot with an RSVP here.
📢 Introducing Protocol Labs Venture Studio (PLVS)
Have you heard the news? PLVS, a catalyst for startups revolutionizing technology using ecosystems like Filecoin and IPFS, launched earlier this month. PLVS nurtures innovations in blockchain scalability, data storage, and beyond, providing essential resources such as capital and technical expertise.
We’re inviting collaborators, builders, and innovators to join this effort, offering a platform to drive technological advancements. If you’re interested in partnerships and reshaping technology’s future contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
🚀 Explore Exclusive PL network deals available through PLN Services Marketplace!
Unlock deals designed for PL network builders, fostering rapid progress through partnerships with cutting-edge Web3 service providers. This includes exclusive deals from PL teams, such as PiKNik Cloud, Privy, Spheron, and PL’s internal recruiting team. Benefits also include accelerated project timelines with providers like Zokyo.
→Reach out to email@example.com if you are interested in additional deals from service providers, and/or would like to submit one.
We host virtual LabDays for the PL network on the third Wednesday of every month. This month featured Lightning Talks from:
We also host in-person LabDay events in more than a dozen cities around the world. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to individual calendar invites.
🎥 New Episode Alert: Explore the Foundations of Composable Data in Web3
Immerse yourself in this latest episode on the Building Web3 channel, where Andrew Hill, co-founder of Tableland, unravels the complexities of interoperability and composable data in the Web3 ecosystem.
Listen to a discussion that navigates through the nuances of data storage in smart contracts, emphasizing the need for enhanced databases that foster intricate use cases like mutable NFTs:
📈 Expanding the Network
Welcome to the following teams that recently joined the PL Directory!
Fathom Radiant is building computer hardware to train neural networks at the human brain-scale and beyond. By combining the complementary strengths of optics and electronics, they developed an interconnected fabric that enables a flexible machine with the network capacity of a supercomputer and grand scalability.
Filebase is an object storage platform powered by decentralized networks. They unify multiple networks under a single S3-compatible API to make decentralized storage accessible and easy to use.
📡 Network Radar
Canza Finance announced Baki.exchange, offering infinite liquidity at official conversion rates, allowing users to collateralize their stable coins, such as USDC, to mint synthetic stable coins (zTokens) denominated in African currencies. This new FX exchange product gives access to FX markets at central bank rates with zero premiums and minimal slippages. Learn more with Baki’s demo.
Syndicate introduced its transformative infrastructures, including a new Transaction Cloud and APIs, enhancing both developer and user experiences. Its innovations are influencing a community-driven internet evolution. Discover more here.
Elevating the developer experience, Lava Network introduced unified endpoints that aggregate all Evmos providers for resilient RPC, ensuring 99.9% uptime and 30 req/s rate limits. This optimized, free-to-use service enhances reliability with automatic fallbacks, ensuring uninterrupted service even if a provider goes down. Read more about it here.
HQ Han, who leads the TL;DR team at Protocol Labs, sat down for an interview with CNBC’s Jill Malandrino at Mainnet 2023 about decentralized storage and its role in the AI revolution. Han discussed the growth of Filecoin’s network, enhanced retrieval and computing capabilities, and shed light on innovations and strategic advancements within the ecosystem. Watch it here.
Brave’s latest feature adds an IPFS Infobar when you visit IPFS-compatible resources, allowing you to effortlessly switch to loading the IPFS version of content. This enhances the visibility of IPFS content and promotes the benefits of content addressing, paving the way for a more innovative browsing experience. Read more about it here.
The World Economic Forum discussed the integration of blockchain and decentralized cloud storage to combat the risks of AI, such as deepfakes and data integrity issues. Learn more about how these technologies can fortify data here.
Major crypto organizations like Uniswap and Coinbase are rallying together to fund public goods. Read about how they envision a future where blockchain technology not only bolsters financial systems, but also catalyzes impactful, global changes here.
🔦 Spotlight: Joel Thorstensson, co-founder of 3Box Labs
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My journey with technology started at the farm, where I grew up with my family in rural Sweden. Farm life requires deep technical knowledge and is very value-aligned with open source, as can be seen in the “right to repair” movement. I went to university at Chalmers in Gothenburg, where I studied software engineering and physics.
Shortly after Ethereum was announced in 2014, I got excited and ended up doing a bachelors project which demonstrated a decentralized computation marketplace on top of the then testnet-only Ethereum network. I went on to complete my masters in physics focused on complex systems, where I explored many concepts relevant to the space such as agent based modeling, machine learning, and dynamical systems.
How did you get into Web3?
In 2015, I joined Consensys for an internship. This was at the time Ethereum was still in testnet. Back then, a lot less tooling existed, but it was apparent that data needed to live beyond just on-chain. In 2016, I joined the uPort project, which was a “spoke” at Consensys. This is where I met my co-founders and where 3Box Labs was first created. In 2018 we raised our first round and started building what eventually became Ceramic.
What advice would you give to someone joining Web3?
Try to cut through all noise by building a deep understanding of the fundamentals of the technology. The best way to do this is to focus on what you are curious about. Try to understand why this technology matters and why it matters to you. Also bring your unique perspective into the mix, the space needs more divergent approaches to grow!
What challenges or rough edges would you like to see solved in Web3?
More novel use cases. Not just recreating Web2 applications on Web3 infrastructure. This technology has the ability to reshape how we govern global economics. Ideally we don’t just recreate our current economic system in a digital and decentralized environment, but we create new ways of trusting each other. There are many efforts around funding common resources and public goods. I hope that we can find some of these mechanisms that work and scale.
What are your favorite podcasts or books?
Currently diving into reading about hermeticism. In general I like podcasts about human health and optimization, technology, and complex systems.
Tell us something you like to do for fun.
I’m learning to play the hang drum!
📱 PLN Events
Join us at the Filecoin Network Base in Istanbul, Nov. 14-16, 2023.
In conjunction with DevConnect and LabWeek23, this event presents an opportunity for conversations, lightning talks, and tech demos from the Filecoin and Ethereum ecosystems. Step into an environment where you can engage with the Filecoin Foundation team and protocol core developers through workshops and demos. Register here.
💡Learn: Strategies and Impacts of Integrated Builders
Join Max Resnick from Special Mechanism Group to explore the structural advantages of integrated builders in Ethereum's Proposer-Builder Separation (PBS) market. Uncover how integration is changing market dynamics, the impacts of latency in the CEX/DEX arbitrage market, and strategies to level the playing field for independent searchers:
🍿 Fun Corner
Read a good book or listened to an insightful podcast recently? Let us know.
New Pick: Understand by Ted Chiang
What It’s About: This science fiction novelette centers on a man who takes an experimental drug that makes him the smartest person in the world – with dizzying consequences.
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