December 5, 2018
SKALE Project Update — December 2018
You may have noticed that we've been a bit quiet since our funding announcement — rest assured, we've been heads down and working around the clock, making progress on the technical front. Stay tuned, though, we're going to be coming out with content covering all of the progress we’ve been making over off of these months!
In the meantime, here's a quick project update across the various functions and work streams at SKALE as well as a preview of our Editorial Calendar. While we love building, we are thrilled to be able to finally get some thoughtful content out the door so that we can share the details of the SKALE Network.
Product and Engineering
As our CTO, Stan, says, “the keyboards are burning up!”. And the engineering team has transitioned from architecture and implementation to fixing bugs and polishing rough edges!
These fixes have manifested themselves in a live TestNet that becomes more and more robust by the day. And in two weeks, we should have a much more mature and performant network to demo! So, stay tuned for updates!
Community and Educational Content
We’re now ready to start showing everyone what’s under the hood! We’ll be releasing a series of Medium Posts over the next 12 weeks describing the network and technology — All leading up to a public TestNet and opening of the code repos in Q2’19.
Here is a preview of content that can expect to see over the next two quarters:
- High-Level Overview of SKALE Network Architecture (coming soon)
- Issues with Scaling and how SKALE fits into the ecosystem of Layer 2 Scaling Solutions
- 'SKALEing' ETHDenver
- Getting Started with SKALE and Developer Documentation 1.0
- SKALE Leaderless BFT Consensus
- BLS Deep Dive
- Open Sourcing SKALE
- N.O.D.E Foundation — Making the transition from centralized Silicon Valley Startup to a Global Decentralized Foundation.
SKALE Innovator Program
SIP, or "SKALE Innovator Program" is a white-glove onboarding experience for our dApp Partners where SKALE’s core engineering and product teams help them design, implement, test, and launch their first SKALE Chains. And with 35 high quality projects having already applied, the SKALE Innovator Program is gearing up for a strong January 2019 launch. Given the high demand, we’ve elected to extend this program with an additional cohort and extended application period!
If you are interested and want to learn more or apply for the program, please inquire here!
Core Team Additions
Christine Perry — Solutions Engineering
Christine has 10 years of engineering and solutions engineering experience at Silicon Valley tech companies. More than just a phenomenal engineer, she also loves to help other engineers be successful in their efforts. This is crucial in her role as a solutions engineer who will be working the front lines with our dApp partners - helping them learn, plan, and implement their SKALE Chains.
Liang Wu — Strategy and Operations Lead
Liang is a recent graduate of Harvard Business School and served as an active member of their informal Blockchain Research group. He has a strong background in Management Consulting and Venture and has been an enthusiast and researcher of decentralized systems for many years.
Oleh Nikolaiev — Engineering and Research
Oleh has serious, serious math skills. He and Artem are leading the charge on threshold signature efforts.
Natalie Yu — Community and Marketing
Natalie is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley where she was also an active member of both Blockchain at Berkeley and SHE256. With her, the team gains a welath of experience in design and engagement crucial to helping SKALE build a strong community.
Nata Sheverdin — Ops and Team Support
Nata has been helping tech companies for many years and will be serving a number of roles with SKALE to ensure our engineering team’s efficiency and success.
Sergiy Lavrynenko — VP of Engineering
Having worked for over 20 years in distributed systems, network engineering, and executive management, Sergiy will be leading our engineering team's efforts.
Extended Team Additions
And SKALE wouldn’t be where it is without the help of our extended SKALE Team - thanks, everyone!
- Cachaulo Van Laanen — Validator Community Strategy
- Eric Olszewski — Content and Communications Strategy
- Avnish Sabharwal — Team Coach
- Rick Hartwig — Product Marketing
- Jordy, Prevesh, Mike, Gerritt, Mark, Leo— Community Support
As always, I would like to extend a big thanks to all of our supporters. It takes many oars moving the same direction in order to launch a successful decentralized effort. Building takes time. Or more so, building anything of sustainable value takes time - and we appreciate your patience!
SKALE’s mission is to make it quick and easy to set up a cost-effective, high-performance SKALE Chains that run full-state smart contracts. We aim to deliver a performant experience to developers that offers speed and functionality without giving up security or decentralization. Follow us here on Telegram, Twitter, and sign up for updates via this form on the SKALE website.