Industry Veteran Andrew Saunders Joins SKALE Labs as First Chief Marketing & Growth Officer


December 5, 2018

SKALE Project Update December 2018 | SKALE

Jack O'Holleran
Co-Founder & CEO

Hello, Everyone!

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.

Project Update

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!

Learn More

If you would like to use SKALE for your decentralized application, join us on Discord and visit our Developer Documentation!

For a deeper dive into SKALE’s Technology, check out our Technical Overview and Consensus Overview.

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.

Build on SKALE

The SKALE Innovator Program for developers includes grants, consulting, Marketing & PR, engineering support, QA support, and investor introductions.

Apply to the Innovator Program