May was one of the most exciting months in the history of Nexus with the release of the Tritium White Paper. Tritium is the first of the TAO update series (Tritium, Amine, Obsidian) and represents a giant leap forward in blockchain technology. Nexus is pioneering unique solutions in order to solve the industry’s most pressing challenges while maintaining the principle of a distributed landscape, hence the term Distributed Ledger Technology.
Through the creation of an innovative software stack, we are tackling the challenges of speed, scalability, ease of integration, and intuitive user experience. Tritium incorporates advanced contracts which will allow for easy integration of financial tools for increased accountability and transparency. Tritium also incorporates LISP technology into the Nexus framework to further ensure the network is distributed, secure, scalable and introduces parallelism on the network layers.
The core team also had a busy travel month with some of the team visiting Australia, where Colin Cantrell spoke at Sydney’s Bitcoin & Blockchain Fair, and others from the team in New York City for Consensus. These trips help us make important connections in the industry and educate key people on the work being done at Nexus.
Last but not least, we would like to remind everyone that we will be hosting the Second Annual Nexus Conference here in Scottsdale, Arizona from September 19th to the 22nd. See you all there!
Development update from core developer Brian Smith:
Our development team has been growing and is now structured into two different groups. The front-end developers are working on the Nexus Interface (wallet) and the back-end developers are working on the legacy code and the new Tritium protocol.
“We’ve been shoring up each of the modules as well as making sure all the Legacy QT wallet features are implemented in the new interface, and cleaning up any loose ends.” said Dillon Dugan who is part of the wallet development team.
We are continuously maintaining the legacy code base as well as working on Tritium. Colin has been working with each of the developers on specific portions of the LLL with the overarching goal of improving the code and reducing the memory footprint. We are also developing a new coder training set with explanations on how Nexus works and how it differs from other blockchain projects. Colin and Brian are additionally building out the Unified Modeling Language (UML) for the Tritium protocol.
Nexus Releases the Tritium White Paper
After a lot of hard work and much anticipation, the Tritium White Paper was released on Tuesday, May 29th. We are pleased to share the blueprint for this revolutionary technology co-authored by Colin Cantrell (Chief Architect and Founder, The Nexus Embassy) and Dino Farinacci (Lispers.net), the next evolution of blockchain scalability, integration, and usability. Just as the Nexus project has continued to grow, building and connecting with many, this paper was an unprecedented collaboration of many. Make sure to read about the amazing White Paper Community contributors, Shea, Jules and April, featured in the Community Contributor section of this newsletter.
The Tritium White Paper is here, our blueprint to the future.
Blockchain is a flourishing technology that is in a constant state of change. In recent years, the global market for blockchain has grown exponentially, yet as organizations race to efficiently adopt and implement blockchain technology, they are encountering numerous scalability and implementation challenges.
Current Industry Landscape
Nearly all blockchains currently in use record information in one dimension, comparable to a single lane highway. When a highway gets congested from mass use, traffic comes to a standstill as it bottlenecks. These limitations prevent blockchains from scaling efficiently, because as more transactions are processed the network slows down. These constraints are already being widely reported via early blockchain adopters. From an enterprise perspective, there is a need for a simple interface with easy integration, thus allowing for broad applications across industries while scaling for worldwide use. Instead of building custom applications on a predetermined platform, businesses are seeking opportunities to collaborate on the design process prior to blockchain development to ensure the technology meets their individual and/or industry needs.
The Nexus Tritium Solution
Nexus is pioneering a new approach to blockchain technology that solves the biggest challenges faced by the industry: scalability, ease of integration, and intuitive user experience. Beginning with the Tritium update, Nexus is creating an innovative software stack containing multiple layers of abstraction that will streamline business integration into the Nexus framework. It will create the foundation of a cryptographic identity system and make smart contracts easily accessible through a feature-rich Application Programming Interface (API) set.
Each API will be developed through a standardization process with input from businesses, industry leaders, and developers, focused on providing a well-designed interface and seamless business integration. This unique customer engagement approach allows businesses that are building on the Nexus software stack to have input on the forward development and standards for each release. This is very important for streamlining the integration between consumers, businesses, and networks.
The software stack introduced by Tritium enables the incorporation of advanced contracts and allows for built-in smart financial instruments, such as stipulations on funds received and their appropriation. Smart financial instruments such as ‘receive signatures’ can be expanded into a form of multi-signature contracts allowing multiple parties to decide how the funds are spent, thereby increasing accountability and transparency. These organizational contracts allow businesses and consumers to function in a more streamlined and connected way.
The integration of LISP (Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol) with Nexus introduces a truly distributed, secure, and scalable infrastructure network. The combination of running Nexus over LISP with the Tritium software stack represents a new evolution of blockchain development that addresses the critical issues facing existing technology. Nexus / LISP also creates a more efficient messaging system, prevents IP address spoofing, and introduces parallelism on the network layers.
Tritium Protocol Features
Modular architecture provides a robust and stable platform allowing for greater use case flexibility and extensibility.
Modular design allows for a powerful range of new use cases where data integration challenges are minimized.
The Nexus Software Stack provides parallel processing, eliminating bottlenecks.
It allows contracts to function at scale by decoupling responsibilities into different layers of operations.
A register-based contract engine allows for data ownership, transfer, lease, publishing, security, and monetization.
The reputation system in the ledger builds digital reputation that couples economic incentives with greater trust.
A relationship system in the ledger determines how nodes interact with each other, strengthening connections.
The Lower Level Library creates easy to use templates for efficient data handling.
Signature chains increase security and establish a digital identity system.
A new wallet includes user-friendly modules and new modular design.
API set designed for ease of use and seamless integration with existing software.
Industry-specific API standardization facilitates enterprise design collaboration and ensures usability.
LISP overlay improves scalability and security resulting in a truly distributed topology.
LISP allows network communication to remain private, preventing eavesdropping.
Supports multi-signature contracting allowing for consensus approval.
The Tritium Protocol, as described in the recently released white paper, is the first of three updates of the TAO framework (Tritium, Amine and Obsidian) that provides utility, scalability, and extensibility to the Nexus Blockchain architecture. It is the first step towards a practical and efficient distributed system that can be tailored to various use cases. Through an intuitive user interface and comprehensive API sets, Tritium enables seamless integration with other applications. With the upcoming implementation of Tritium, there is plenty to be excited about!
The Nexus Conference is Coming!
We’d love to see all of you at The Second Annual Nexus Conference from September 19th – 22nd in Scottsdale, AZ. Make sure to visit our conference website and join the mailing list to be among the first to be updated to reserve your Early Bird Tickets!
At the beginning of May, Colin Cantrell (Chief Architect & Founder) and Colin Forbes (Chief Financial Officer) of The Nexus Embassy traveled to Sydney, Australia to speak at Sydney’s Bitcoin & Blockchain Fair, as well as connecting with the large Nexus Community in Australia. While there, Colin and Colin participated in many interviews (see links below) covering the latest from Nexus including topics like the Embassy’s self-funding mechanism, the 3 Dimensional Chain, and more. The visit included a Facebook Live interview with Alex of ‘Nugget’s News Australia’ and a well attended Sydney MeetUp and a lively dinner with the Australian Community. At the Bitcoin Fair, in addition to having a booth Colin C. spoke on decentralized organizational structures.
A big thank you to Cain Beuchat, Mike Casey, Paul Screen and the rest of the Australian Nexus Community for their organization of the Blockchain Fair, the Nexus Booth, the Sydney MeetUp and the community dinner as well as their continued collaboration on Nexus. Colin and Colin look forward to visiting again.
Check out the interview from CryptoFinder with Colin Cantrell & Colin Forbes:
Members of the Core team visit Consensus: Kierre Reeg, Alex El-Nemer & Ajay Ahuja
In early May, Ajay Ahuja (CEO), Kierre Reeg (Chief Economist), Alex El-Nemer (International Business Development) and Dionna Bailey (Business Development) attended Consensus in New York on behalf of the core team. With over 4,000 in attendance this year, Consensus has become one of the biggest blockchain conferences in the world. Consensus was a great place to connect with leaders in the industry and to gather information, as well as an opportunity to educate organizations looking for a layer one blockchain solution such as Nexus. We are excited to see these relationships materialize in the future. Hot topics at Consensus this year for the Nexus team included potential future regulation of the industry, enterprise supply chain wish lists, and overall market sentiments. The team also had the chance to connect with many Nexus Community members who were attending Consensus.
Nexus Hires another Dev
Core Dev: Francisco Hernandez
Francisco Hernandez Henaine moved to the US from Mexico when he was 16 years old to pursue academic and professional development opportunities. He has always enjoyed a passion for technology and started fixing and building computers at a young age. When he took his first coding class, he felt like he’d found what he was meant to do. Francisco got into the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry in 2017 and was truly amazed by its potential, most especially what he saw at Nexus. Some of his hobbies include foosball, pool, soccer, gaming and working out.
Interview with Alex El-Nemer
Alex El-Nemer (International Business Development) of the Nexus team had the pleasure of speaking with Dominic Bennett in an AMA video that took place on May 1st. Alex has been working from London to educate about Nexus outside of the US, including working on international use-cases, sponsorships for the conference, and helping with international press for Nexus.
Tritium White Paper: Shea (@Shea), Jules (@Jules) and April (@chambermaid):
Shea, Jules, and April from the Community worked closely with Colin and Dino to write the Tritium White Paper. These dedicated community members are extremely knowledgeable in mathematics, engineering, technology and economics, and greatly help the advancement of Nexus. They have also collaborated with the team on the Nexus FAQs and the website content, and continue to educate people on the revolutionary advancements of Nexus. Our thanks to each of you for all of your hard work!
TritiumWhite Paper Explained: Spaid (@Spaid), Ahmed (@Medo_NZ), and Peter (@imestin):
Since the release of the White Paper, many Community members have taken the initiative to simplify the technology in order to make it more understandable for many. Thank you for your impactful contributions.
The Nexus Tritium White Paper Seven Layers Simplified:
Community Mining Guide: Vilcu (@Vido) and Glen (@MrProbz)
Vilcu and Glen from the Nexus Community have compiled a comprehensive and very user-friendly Community Mining Guide for anyone who is interested in mining Nexus. The guide includes everything from equipment suggestions to step-by-step instructions on how to setup miners and receive your first reward for securing the Nexus blockchain. The Nexus miners are always available to help and answer questions in our Slack. Please email [email protected] for an invitation.
We’d like to thank the Community for an unprecedented time of collaboration. The Tritium White Paper as well as Nexus’ growing blockchain advancements are proof that we are always better together. As a further testament to our growth, we’ve just reached 20,000 followers on Twitter. Thanks for all you do!
April was a pivotal month in the history of Nexus as we continued to build out the core team with two key management hires who bring a plethora of relevant experience with them. We were honored to see Colin win the award for ‘Top Tech Exec’ in the Rising Star category by Phoenix Business Journal, just a few months after opening our headquarters in Scottsdale.
Development is gaining steady progress as we continue to hire more and more developers onto the core team. Colin Cantrell spoke about distributed ledger technology at the ‘United We Stand’ event in Texas, and Alex El-Nemer represented Nexus at the ‘Blockchain Expo Global’ in London.
Behind the scenes, the core team has been reaching out to key leaders of industry to help them understand the groundbreaking technology we are building. In addition, we are closely monitoring key developments on the legal side of the blockchain industry, while ensuring the well-being of the project by continuously reassessing how we navigate the developing legal landscape.
The core team and community came together to create a set of Community Intentions and Guidelines for the project to help us retain the Nexus culture as we grow. Overall progress on the project continues to accelerate and we are more excited and optimistic than ever about the future of Nexus!
Development update from core developer Brian Smith:
Nexus continues to hire core C++ coders and we are in the onboarding process for a couple more devs who will be announced once they are officially on the team. The Agile framework has been keeping the team on track and has fundamentally accelerated the Interface development. Preparations are being made for our first rounds of in-house testing as well as cross platform testing. We couldn’t be happier with how devoted our developers are to the mission; it is that drive that has brought us to our advanced designs and continued improvements with each passing day.
Colin Cantrell Named Winner of the AZ Top Tech Exec Awards by Phoenix Business Journal for the category Rising Star
Colin Cantrell, Founder and Chief Architect of Nexus Earth was named the winner of the Top Tech Exec Awards, for the category of Rising Star by the Phoenix Business Journal. Colin was one of three finalists nominated in the category, which also included Neel Mehta, a Partner at EpiFinder Inc and Justin Ryan, a Research Scientist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. All of the Top Tech Exec Awards finalists attended an awards dinner to honor them for their technology achievements at the Phoenix Art Museum on Thursday, March 10th. Colin Cantrell was in Sydney at the time of the Awards dinner, attending the Nexus Sydney Meetup so Brian Smith attended the event on his behalf, and accepted the award.
Arizona has continued to create opportunities to establish itself as a technology-centric state in order to attract more tech companies to the valley, including becoming the first state to create a FinTech Sandbox. Nexus established its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2018.
The Nexus Core Team attends the Phoenix Business Journal Top Tech Exec Awards on behalf of Colin
Read the follow up interview with Colin from Phoenix business journal here:
The Nexus Embassy Adds Experienced Business Leadership to its Management Team
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Nexus Embassy, the steward of Nexus, an innovative open-source blockchain technology and digital currency, is pleased to announce the appointment of two key members to its leadership team, Dr. Ajay Ahuja as Chief Executive and Scott Bischoff as VP of Marketing. As the organization fostering the development of Nexus, an open-source blockchain technology that focuses on solving the current challenges of speed and scalability while also providing world-class quantum resistance, The Nexus Embassy is now evolving its leadership team to match the caliber of this advanced technology. Nexus’ peer-to-peer platform will enable people to take control of their personal and financial freedoms and empower humanity through decentralization. Colin Cantrell, inventor of the Nexus protocol and the founder and chief architect of The Nexus Embassy expressed, “My favorite part of Ajay and Scott joining the team is that they are coming from corporate careers to now pursue the vision of our nonprofit to empower people.” The Nexus protocol utilizes and expands upon current blockchain technologies for decentralized peer-to-peer networking, focusing on solutions to many of the current limitations of the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains. Inherent in this technology is the use of the Nexus digital currency (NXS), which has been generated organically since the launch of Nexus in 2014 without any Initial Coin Offering. Given the nascence of the blockchain industry, it has been beneficial to seek leaders who have significant management experience engaging with both regulatory oversight as well as technological complexity. Dr. Ajay Ahuja has joined the team as Chief Executive, with the goal of providing strategic direction and business acumen to drive the rapid expansion of Nexus’ transformational technology. Dr. Ahuja most recently served as Global Head of the Medical Affairs department, in research and development, at Allergan plc, a global pharmaceutical company. He has also held leadership positions of increasing responsibility across marketing, commercial operations and business development functions at innovative startups as well as top global companies, including Pfizer, Takeda and Novartis. Dr. Ahuja earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University, a Doctor of Medicine from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Harvard Business School. “I believe that blockchain technology will fundamentally change the world, in much the same way as did the internet when it came to the forefront 20 years ago,” said Dr. Ahuja. “Those applications that utilize peer-to-peer connectivity, that have the ability to move away from centralized third parties, and that enable verification of immutable data, will have the ability to empower individuals all over the world. I am thrilled to be a part of this movement.” Scott Bischoff has joined the team as VP of Marketing in order to further the network’s marketing and commercialization strategy in this critical time of organizational growth. Bischoff, who brings over two decades of cross-functional leadership experience in multiple Fortune 500 companies including Bristol-Myers Squibb and Teva Pharmaceuticals, will be tasked with leveraging his diverse background to expand the use of the Nexus technology to develop additional use cases utilizing this advanced blockchain. Bischoff earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Southern Illinois University and has additional education and leadership experience in music business, technology, finance, real estate, tax and legal strategies. “I am delighted that Scott is bringing his experience, wisdom and professional attributes to The Nexus Embassy,” said Dr. Ahuja. “Nexus is being designed as world-class technology, and it is scaling up to make a real difference in the world. Scott, along with the rest of the management team, is poised to help make this a reality.” Having recently established its physical headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Nexus Embassy has ongoing plans to continue to build out the organization with top coders and developers, in order to focus on the development of the Nexus technology and the creation of multiple use case applications. With its cryptocurrency as the initial use case, Nexus will continue its expansion to help to reshape the world and continue progress towards a truly decentralized system.
Phoenix Business Journal also covered the addition of Ajay Ahuja to the Nexus Embassy:
The London Letter meets with Colin Cantrell in London:
A Two Part Interview Series
While in London for the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force), Collin Cantrell and Alex El-Nemer met with the team from the London Letter, who conducted a two part interview with the Nexus Founder and Chief Architect. The detailed interview covered everything from how he got into technology to current updates on Vector as well as Nexus’s future in space, the 3D Chain, the LLD and providing internet for the world.
Colin Cantrell spoke at United We Stand on distributed ledger technology in our voting system and our personal evolution. The event took place in College Station, Texas on April 29th and included speakers such as Jeff Berwick, Sterlin Luxan, and Max Borders, who focused on alternative governance models that promote peace and equality. This included blockchain technology as a solution to effectively organize political and economic systems.
The Nexus Community is a unique and potent part of The Nexus Embassy, known throughout the cryptocurrency and blockchain communities for its critical involvement in the project. In an effort to further assist in the growth of the Community, at a level in alignment with Colin’s code, Nexus hired Community Coordinator Anastasiya Maslova and, in collaboration with the community, put into place a series of Community Intentions and Guidelines.
In April, members in Slack, Telegram, and Discord had the opportunity to review the intentions, recalling the qualities that have made so many people deeply engage with Nexus. At the conclusion, everyone collaboratively agreed to implement the Intentions and Guidelines outlined here:
Nexus Community Intentions & Guidelines
We are Nexus: a connection of people, ideas, and technology providing greater choice and freedom through blockchain applications to propel humanity forward. Evolution starts here! Nexus has seen extraordinary growth since its inception and we are excited to enter the next stage of our development. As the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry matures, we are finding new and improved ways to execute our vision for a better world. Nexus aims to become the most advanced and trusted distributed ledger and peer-to-peer network. We focus on providing worldwide access to information, cutting-edge technology, and organizational decentralization. To build Nexus, we strongly encourage a participatory and proactive community.. You are the creative force and deserve a place where you can thrive while pursuing these collaborative endeavors. Our community has an infinite amount of talent, passion, and drive. We want to promote a culture that inspires and supports that energy. Together, we are unlimited! Imagine a world where information flows freely and securely, where we communicate without technological interruptions, transfer value without limitations, pursue our passions, and trust that the systems we create are working to make our lives easier, and more efficient and effective. At Nexus, we hope that you are inspired to collaborate with us and turn this vision into reality.
These intentions have been inspired by you to create focus and positively evolve Nexus: Collaboration through Connection and Shared Vision Education with Patience and Grace Mutual Respect through Honest Discussion and Transparency Creating a Positive Impact through Community and Cooperation
These guidelines help us achieve our goals of transparency, abundance, and freedom across all of our platforms. Collaborating and creating with Nexus means: Being objective with receptivity and honest in our communication Being respectful in conduct and understanding during conflict Bringing honor to what we say and harmony to what we do
Please remember that every member is an individual just like you. We want our community contributors to have a positive, safe, respectful, and transparent environment to share ideas, work on goals, collaborate and create. To do that, we can all make the personal choice to treat everyone in this community with the highest respect. It’s that simple! These guidelines are set up to ensure that the places we collaborate in welcome people from every background, provide productive education, and are efficiently organized so we can build this project to its fullest potential. They are intended to protect the community.
Be compassionate: No content that threatens, harasses, bullies, or insults others Be principled: No content that encourages or incites violence, is of a sexual or racial nature Respect privacy: No sharing of personal or confidential information of others Be yourself: No impersonating others Support Nexus: No spam, commercial ads, or referral links Check your sources: No spreading disinformation/FUD Be responsible: No continuous complaints about price/market changes Be organized: Use the proper channels for the proper topics Be lawful: No illegal content
Nexus welcomes suggestions, insights, constructive criticism and testing for improvement as long as it is solution driven. Members are encouraged to submit suggestions to the #community_suggestions channel in Slack and Discord. Members can also contact the Community Coordinator or platform admins in a private conversation Let’s move forward and build a better future! We value great ideas and have Pods in place to help you get involved. Find your purpose with Nexus!
Cryptalk AMA with Colin Cantrell
Colin participated in a technology-oriented Ask-Me-Anything session in the Cryptalk Discord, a new community that is focused on providing news in various formats, resources, and education ranging from voice interviews to community projects for coins and tokens. They offer broad discussions about cryptocurrencies and blockchains and share information that focuses on blockchain evolution instead of coin vs. coin debates. The voice AMA was followed by a question and answer portion on the Cryptalk Reddit.
Exclusive Community AMA with Marketing Director Scott Bischoff
Prior to the formal announcement of Scott Bischoff as Marketing Director, the Nexus Marketing Team scheduled a community AMA with Scott in the general Slack. The purpose of the AMA was to give the community the first opportunity to get to know our newest addition to the team, and to give them the chance to make any suggestions they have for the marketing team going forward. The AMA was highly successful and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The core team will be popping into general Slack more often, so keep a look out for more AMA’s.
Scott Bischoff engaged with the community in the official Nexus Slack channel and answered some of their most pressing questions about marketing. Here are some highlights from the conversation:
The Tritium Whitepaper release is scheduled for May
The Marketing Team is building a Tritium campaign for the wallet and code release
Roadmap and a calendar of events is coming soon
Lobby engagement and plans to leverage the movement of Arizona becoming the crypto tech hub in the U.S.
Japanese language translations are a priority in the near future
Target markets for use cases will include Music/Film/Entertainment, Healthcare, Finance/Insurance, and Voting
Scott ended the AMA with a thank you to the community, “In summary, I’m thrilled to be part of the Nexus team and community. You all have contributed so much and have been so supportive of Colin’s vision. I’m looking forward to collaborating with you in the future while we all contribute to making Nexus the most advanced and trusted BC available! We will schedule more of these Q&A’s in the future! Thanks for the engagement and great questions.”
Alex El-Nemer represented and spoke on behalf of Nexus at the Blockchain Expo Global in London on April 18th and 19th. The conference was attended by over 14,000 people from across the world, many of whom engaged the Nexus b
ooth representatives with a host of questions. Alex noted that it was extremely exciting to see such a great following around blockchain technology. He enjoyed speaking to other crypto projects that had substantial potential, both from a humanitarian aspect and a business perspective.
Alex’s talk, which was attended by over 300 people, covered the 3DC, consumer protection through blockchain security, and the Nexus mission to bring this technology to the world for positive social impact. Alex had a blast hanging out with the Nexus community at the conference and said it was great to see a strong Nexus Earth following in the U.K. They, in turn, were thrilled to see what Nexus has planned for the future and to hear that the development of the technology is progressing forward so strongly.
Watch Alex’s interview with The Block 20 Report where he explained the 3DC, quantum resistance, and the satellite mesh network:
Scott Simon for Tech Support & Future C++ Development
Scott Simon: Scott has a long history as a systems developer, working on projects for over 30 companies. With a Computer Engineering degree from The University of Wisconsin and an MBA in Finance and Investments from University of Michigan, most of his projects have focused on securities trading and settlement, mutual funds, corporate finance, and insurance, using tools such as C/C++, Java, Perl, and various internet technologies. Scott first discovered Bitcoin in 2015 as an alternative to the traditional financial system and, through that, learned about Nexus in January 2017. The more he learned about Nexus, the more involved he became in the community, through work on the Nexus FAQ, as a Telegram and Reddit admin, as well as helping to build the Nexus website. Following such positive experiences, he then decided to apply his background by contributing as a developer, officially joining the team this month. When not working on Nexus, Scott acts as a “Dance Dad” for his daughter and pursues his interests in wine and fine dining.
Paul V (@Vido) Creates Complete Nexus Mining Guide and Video for Beginners: Paul put together a “Beginners Guide to Mining” that leads new miners through the process of setting up their mining rigs, connecting to the Nexus network, and minting NXS coins through the Proof-of-Stake channel.
Watch “How to mine NEXUS Coins GPU CPU and Staking guide” here:
Colin Cantrell at The Bitcoin and Blockchain Fair: Sydney, Australia:Colin Cantrell will be speaking at the Blockchain Fair taking place in Sydney, Australia, on May 12-13th. His speech will take place on the morning of May 13th and will cover horizontal organizational structure and the power of distributed ledger technology. Join Nexus and Colin here:
Nexus goes to Consensus, New York: Several members of the Nexus team will be visiting Consensus this year, taking place in New York City from May 14th -16th. The event, hosted by Coindesk, is expected to bring in over 4,000 people this year from around the globe. To join Nexus at Consensus, purchase tickets here:
Thank you to the Community and team for another highly progressive month at Nexus Earth. We hope everyone feels the momentum around this project building as we work collectively to positively impact the world!
March was an exciting month for the Nexus core team as we continued to work diligently on many fronts — there is great progress being made. Our growing team of coders continued to make rapid strides on the Nexus interface, Colin Cantrell worked with Dino Farinacci to further integrate LISP into the Nexus architecture, and we released wallet code updates to resolve issues raised by the community. Furthermore, Dino & Colin presented at The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) 101 in London on the future of blockchain technology and how important LISP integration will be for these systems.
The Nexus modular interface is looking fantastic and is progressing steadily towards completion. We are committed to releasing products only when they are truly tested, secure, and ready for prime time. So while we do not have any hard dates on when the Tritium wallet will be released, we wanted to let you know that a lot of progress has been made and everyone on the team is excited to see the interface released to the world!
Dino Farinacci’s LISP technology is designed to help the internet scale. The Lispers.net website states, “We are building state-of-the-art, next generation internet architectures and protocols that enable modern-use applications to scale securely and run efficiently.” When building distributed systems, such as Nexus, the LISP architecture becomes highly important to help provide increased speed and scalability. Dino is working in conjunction with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to standardize and develop LISP technology. Last month Dino and Colin presented to the IETF in London on the future of Blockchain technology.
Anastasiya is now working full time as our Community Coordinator. She is here to help bridge the information flow between the Nexus core team and the Community. As a reminder, transparency is highly important to the core team! That being said, we are also working with restrictions on releasing certain information, such as non-disclosure agreements with regard to partnerships and exchange listings. We are committed to informing the community of all updates as soon as we are able. Anastasiya is doing an excellent job and we are delighted to have her on board!
We are continuing to expand the core team adding key members in order to bring the vision of Nexus to fruition in an expedited manner. Simultaneously, we maintain the focus of building a very strong foundation for Blockchain 3.0: the next generation of Blockchain Technology. We are committed to bringing revolutionary open source technology to solve the issues of speed, security, and scalability in a distributed manner – this is the very heart of what makes Nexus such a special project.
Evolution starts here!
Here is the latest development update from Software Engineer & Core Developer Brian Smith:
Our development team has continued to grow and we now have 5 full-time software engineers working on the Tritium Wallet. In early March they flew out to Arizona from around the country to meet the team and set up their work flow. The devs are utilizing Agile development tools and methods to accelerate their development on the Tritium interface and back-end. The team is in the process of interviewing and hiring more C++ developers.
The Nexus Developer Team
Nexus & LISP:
Two Part Series
Nexus Integration with the LISP Architecture
(This blog release was published on our site on March 19, 2018)
Nexus is pleased to announce the integration of the LISP (Locator Identity Separation Protocol) network architecture with Nexus Earth which allows the Nexus blockchain to run over a secure open overlay. LISP was created by Dino Farinacci, in partnership with several Cisco engineers, and is being developed and standardized by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Dino founded lispers.net after being a Cisco Fellow. At Cisco Systems he designed and implemented dozens of protocols: “more than anyone on earth.”
LISP helps the internet scale, and provides secure features for today’s newer applications by encapsulating a packet with identifiers into a packet with topological locators. This allows the internet to route packets based on location rather than identifiers, enabling it to scale by holding less routing state. As the lispers.net website explains: “We are building state-of-the art, next generation internet architectures and protocols that enable modern-use applications to scale securely and run efficiently.” The Cisco website notes: “LISP is a network architecture and set of protocols that implements a new semantic for IP addressing. LISP creates two namespaces and uses two IP addresses: Endpoint Identifiers (EIDs), which are assigned to end-hosts, and Routing Locators (RLOCs), which are assigned to devices (primarily routers) that make up the global routing system.”
Why is this Important
The network keeps growing with the expanding number of users and devices (think wireless phone, computers, wireless earbuds, iPads etc) so we need to have a way to consolidate data in order for the network to handle more traffic from more devices. Our internet currently runs on IPv4 which can handle 4.3 billion IP addresses, fewer than the number of people in the world. Once you add in multiple devices you can see where the current system needs to scale, and thus IPv6 comes into play. However the transition to IPv6 started in 1990 and is still not completed. LISP allows identifiers to be IPv6 addresses while the core does not have to be completely converted to IPv6, so we can address 2^128 nodes (3.4E38 addresses), close to addressing every particle (1.33E50) on earth (off by 10^12).
LISP also speeds up the user experience, as we currently don’t take the shortest path between communication devices with intermediaries such as ISPs. LISP provides increased speed & scalability.
Taking the shortest path between devices has additional implications. Peer-to-peer, or direct device-to-device, communication equates to a more secure, decentralized network mitigating delays and connection interruptions. The devices that attach to the network will have multiple connections and continuously be moving around. We want applications to keep their connections up during roaming, mitigating latency.
How LISP Works Exactly
With LISP, the user receives an EID (end-point ID), which is a static Identity. Instead of your identity changing each time you move your devices, it stays fixed and encrypted, allowing everything to run more smoothly. Comparing this to blockchain, your EID basically becomes the “trust key” for your identity. This EID or address is the same address you would be using today on your devices, but the address can remain assigned to you, and is independent of how and where you connect to the network. An EID can be a “Crypto-EID”, so when a private/public key-pair is allocated to the device, the Crypto-EID is a hash of the public-key. Therefore, your identity is based on your crypto credentials, much like your Nexus Wallet address.
LISP & Nexus
For the last few months Nexus has been successfully test running two Nexus nodes, Nexus 1 & Nexus 2, that have been assigned EIDs using the LISP overlay.
How LISP Helps Nexus
Just a single feature of LISP would benefit Nexus, but there are many. LISP allows Nexus to have all of its data packets encrypted when traveling over the network. With LISP providing a direct route for information to travel there are no eavesdroppers in the middle of information transfer, providing privacy of transactions. Did you know that disclosing your physical location is a privacy issue? LISP is essentially bringing HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) level security to Nexus.
Another way that LISP enhances Nexus is by running the blockchain over IPv6 even if the whole internet is not running on it. Nexus runs on an IPv6 overlay where LISP will allow it to connect to the IPv4 underlay.
Nexus & LISP at the Internet Engineering Task Force 101
Brian Smith, Colin Cantrell and Dino working at Nexus HQ
Dino Farinacci visited the Nexus HQ in Scottsdale on March 28th and 29th to begin setting up two additional Nexus nodes, Nexus 12 (12.12) & Nexus 13 (13.13). These additional nodes will test run the LISP network architecture overlay. When the new test nodes are up and running in Arizona, the total number of test nodes will grow from four to six.
While in Arizona, Dino also met with Colin Cantrell and many members of the Nexus team to discuss further use cases for LISP, teach the team a bit more about how LISP operates, and share some new findings from test running LISP over Nexus.
Nexus Nodes Test Running LISP: First Order Testing
There are two docker containers on Dino’s Laptop. Within the docker containers are two Nexus nodes running over LISP, Nexus 1 (1.1) and Nexus 2 (2.2) that Dino set up in California prior to coming to Arizona.
Dino and Colin also set up node 12 (12.12) in Nexus’ Kansas Data Center and node 13 (13.3) on Colin’s desktop.
Dino and Colin worked on setting up two more container nodes, Nexus 3 (3.3) & Nexus 4 (4.4), which are still in development, on Dino’s visit to Arizona.
The 240 addresses are addresses that we chose. They are End Point IDs that go from 1.1-13.13, so we will have 13 Nexus nodes validating transactions (mining/staking) over LISP.
Since Dino had 1.1 and 2.2 set up when he flew out to Phoenix, as he moved his laptop from his WiFi network to Southwest Airline’s WiFi, he was able to run Nexus over LISP at 35,000 feet in the air and the connection stayed up!
The two Nexus applications run on a system that sends packets to the network. When sending from 240 addresses, it uses the LISP overlay, which means it runs through the LISPsers.net code that captures packets from 240 addresses. When the 240 addresses are not used as a source address, it will simply send packets on the underlay. The reason? We want Nexus nodes to be able to talk to both LISP and non-LISP addresses at the same time. This provides some real data.
No matter where your Nexus node is, whether it’s on an airplane or a coffee shop, with LISP it will maintain the most optimal connections so your transactions are never interrupted.
What The Team Learned:
Dino delved into more technical detail in his presentation, highlighting some nuances he saw demonstrated from running the test network. Our Architects and Devs were especially excited by the possibilities of LISP!
The biggest challenge with the IP architecture is that most devices we run sit behind NATs. NATs translate IP addresses, creating a many to one relationship between devices and the network connection. LISP reverses that relationship to associate one EID with many connections. The IP address of the NAT is the RLOC for the EID nodes behind it. NATs act as a bottleneck in the flow of information since they need to address each EID behind it from many devices and connect them to the same RLOC IP address, which can slow down connections. Since we need a lot of miners and wallets to communicate with each other quickly and smoothly, we don’t want to keep a lot of NATs. LISP bypasses them by using re-encapsulating tunnel routers that pierce through the NAT. These tunnels are cryptographically secure, and increase speed and connectivity.
Goals & Benefits of Running Nexus on LISP:
The Nexus application will be able to talk to Nexus/LISP nodes and Nexus/non-LISP nodes. When the app sends packets to EIDs, the overlay is used where LISP encapsulates packets to RLOCs. Otherwise, the underlay is used.
Nexus will be able to run on LISP and send packets to other Nexus apps running on LISP, as well as those not running LISP (non-LISP). That is, the Nexus app can decide when to use the overlay network (LISP) and when to use the underlay network (non-LISP).
LISP encrypts Nexus information (packets) over the network, which will provide increased privacy for transaction data, protecting it from ‘man-in-the-middle’ attack.
The Nexus app can use multicast so LISP can deliver packets efficiently to L1 miners, L2 miners, and L3 miners, respectively.
LISP allows people to use their wallets or miners anywhere. When you consider mining from mobile devices or wallets on phones, LISP allows for increased flexibility, keeping transport connections open and the ability to use multiple networks / connections on your device
LISP provides 100% reliability that nodes will connect in a distributed fashion, which gives us a better inter-distributed architecture
LISP provides faster transfers (due to the shortest connection path).
Wallet Update 0.2.4.1
Nexus Wallet update 0.2.4.1 was released on March 29th. Nick Earl and Colin Cantrell completed the updates which provide several improvements on the previous wallets, including:
Updated source code to allow for building with both Qt4 and Qt5. It will automatically detect what version is being used.
Combined makefile.mingw, makefile.osx, and makefile.unix into a single OS-detecting version called makefile.cli.
Modified makefile and nexus-qt.pro to display cleaner output when compiling. Also changed build arguments. Refer to appropriate build documents in doc folder for more info.
Enabled compiling as 32BIT or 64BIT program.
Fixed various typos.
Added Arch Linux support.
Repaired png files that contained bad data.
Changed staking power to better compete with finding genesis blocks vs old versions of wallet.
Fixed compiling with Apple LLVM clang/clang++ versions.
Fixed “Estimated number of blocks” function in Help>Debug Window.
Standardized executable names to Nexus-Qt and Nexus for all OS’s.
Updated all compiling documents to reflect present day instructions.
Added Windows building instructions for dependents and wallet as well as creating a build script.
Fix applied to forks caused by trust keys not being deleted properly.
Updated various code to make it more std=c++11 compatible.
Getrawmempool rpc command is working. You can use this to see transactions that are pending but not in a block yet.
Fix to remove trust key when block disconnected twice.
Fix to the memory leak while staking.
Visit this link to download the latest wallet update:
Colin Cantrell & Kierre Reeg on CryptoKnights Podcast
Colin Cantrell & Kierre Reeg were interviewed by CryptoKnights Podcast on March 30th. The interview was highly dynamic as Kierre and Colin discussed varying topics like the 3D Chain (Blockchain 3.0!), how and why Nexus was created, what a prosperity based money system is, the mission and vision of Nexus, and the Nexus Pod system. CryptoKnights is a global podcast with millions of downloads per episode. Their website notes, “At CryptoKnights, we work towards bridging the Crypto divide. We do so by creating and spreading knowledge of the Crypto world with the help of Crypto Gurus. Our aim is to cut through all the noise surrounding the world of decentralized monetary value, so that you too can be a part of this BIG revolution.”
Speed, Security & Scalability = Nexus!
Make sure to tune in to Nexus on CryptoKnights Podcast here:
New Community Coordinator, Global Business Dev, Community Support & more Devs
Nexus is continuing to grow the core team to build the infrastructure to support the code architecture that’s been created. Here’s an introduction to our latest hires:
Anastasiya Maslova: Community Coordinator
Anastasiya got involved with cryptocurrencies in 2016 and discovered Nexus just before the first Nexus Conference last September. She took an active role joining the Content POD, promoting Nexus to her network, and moving up to admin some of our platforms. She has now relocated to Arizona to work closely with the team as the new Community Coordinator.
Anastasiya graduated with a degree in international business and economics, and has worked in international shipping, customer service, accounting, and real estate, including the new start-up Ubitquity, LLC, that is focused on transferring property ownership data onto the blockchain.
She fell in love with the Nexus project because it combines her passion for cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, space, financial and information freedom. She is excited about connecting the Community’s voice with Core and the world, and exploring the creative collaboration that decentralized systems offer. Her other passions include writing, philosophy, economics, and educating people about alternative governance models.
Alex EL-Nemer: Global Business Development
Alex El-Nemer graduated from the University of Bath England with a degree in Economics. He soon realized the need to reform monetary frameworks when — while working as an FX trader in London — he witnessed first hand the shortcomings of current payment systems.
Initially, Alex was drawn to Nexus because it definitely addresses what, in his opinion, are the two most important elements of a digital currency: security and scalability. After securing the RightBTC exchange listing, Alex now works on Global Business Development focusing on important, long term partnerships around the world. Alex will utilize his connections to help businesses and industry leaders understand the potential of Nexus, and the power of collaboration in the world.
Nick Earl: Community Support
Nick Earl has always loved learning how things work. With computers, he found that he had an infinite supply of knowledge that he could easily access to learn about everything. Nick’s interest in computers led him to attend Cisco networking college courses even before graduating high school in 2006. After graduation, Nick joined the United States Air Force where he provided IT support for the Distributed Common Ground System, during hundreds of missions, as part of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He received technical training from the Community College of the Air Force and during this time achieved his Comptia A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications. Following his career in the military Nick expanded his knowledge and skills through employment at Best Buy on the Geek Squad, as a PC Technician, where he learned the importance of communicating technology concepts to people who aren’t familiar with them. Nick became interested in cryptocurrencies in late 2016 and began looking for a coin to start learning from. The Nexus name itself caught his attention initially, as it reminded him of his days playing World of Warcraft! When he looked deeper into the project, he saw an ambition, a wealth of knowledge and ability in the developers, and a community of people (that he had never seen online before) that were more like a family than a community. Nick is excited to use the experience and skills he has developed over his career to help in building the best Nexus experience for the community that he has grown to admire, and he looks forward to helping others share in the experience that he has had with Nexus.
Dillon Dugan: Dev
Spaid Organizes 500 Nexus in Giveaways
The Nexus community recently pulled together donations to give away over 500 NXS in a five week span. The giveaway started as a game where people guessed at a random NXS address on the Richlist, with the winner given 25 NXS for the correct guess. Soon, more and more Nexus community members were offering to contribute to the pool, and were also making suggestions as to how the giveaway could attract more interest from outside the Nexus community. The weekly free giveaway of at least 100 NXS took shape and is on it’s fifth successful week. To date, over 700 entries have been submitted and 530 NXS has been given away.
A new donation of 1000 NXS has been added to the pool and Spaid will hold another round of giveaways! Join our Slack or Discord and check out the details in the #giving channel. Enter today at https://microcapcrypto.com/nexus-giveaway/
We are Nexus!
Scott Simon does Cryptex AMA
Scott Simon from the community participated in an AMA on Cryptex on Saturday, March 18th. Scott is one of the key leaders in our community, moderating our community platforms, providing support, and learning C++ so he can contribute more to the open source code. Scott has an extensive background in tech and consulting, and brings an extensive amount of knowledge to Nexus. Thanks for the great AMA Scott!
Listen in to the Cryptex AMA with Scott Simon here:
Thank you to our amazing Community for another remarkable month of growth at Nexus Earth. We couldn’t do any of this without you, and your hard work continues to shine as we collectively educate the world about the most secure & scalable, next generation blockchain!
The Nexus core team had a busy month in February as we continued to execute on key strategic initiatives to move the project forward. As discussed in a number of prior communications, we are focused on creating an all star team with a roster of some of the brightest minds on the planet. We will soon be announcing the addition of a new key executive who will help us take the project to new heights, as well as create the synergy necessary to plug us into crucial industries looking to utilize blockchain technology.
Also on the hiring front, we are continuing to bring on new developers as well as the continued utilization of contract developers where appropriate. We’re happy to introduce 3 new developers to the community in this newsletter. As we continue to build out this team we are also coming up with new ideas that are helping to shape the future development of the project in important ways that will ensure that the utility of the network is unparalleled.
For those of you who may not have seen, Colin Cantrell also released some highly impressive test stats on the LLD that show massive speed improvements over other technologies. The test compared the Nexus LLD to Google’s LevelDB and Oracle’s BerkeleyDB.
Kierre Reeg, Nexus Economist and Board Member had some insights to share on those tests:
To test the speed he had each database perform 100,000 read/writes, and the total running times were as follows:
Total Running Time 100,000 read/writes
LLD: 0.859903 seconds
LevelDB: 7.714264 seconds
BerkeleyDB 29.287241 seconds
This means that the Nexus LLD performs approximately 34 times faster than BerkeleyDB and nine times faster than Google’s LevelDB! These are highly impressive stats and it is yet another piece of proof that Nexus is developing the most advanced blockchain technology in existence today. In future newsletters we will break down those tests for you in more detail for a closer look at it’s capability.
The Nexus core team is continuing to reach out to important people in industry, finance and government to help them understand how blockchain technology can help to build a better world for everyone. We are constantly taking meetings that have the potential to help the network’s integration into high impact areas of economy and governance.
We strongly believe that industry leaders will want to build out layer 2 solutions on the best networks in existence with regard to speed, security and scalability; Nexus continues to lead the pack in all three categories. With our exciting new hires, innovative technology and groundbreaking ideas we plan on bringing blockchain technology to the masses to facilitate new forms of economic development and help create a more abundant world for us all.
WE ARE NEXUS!
Here is the latest development update from Software Engineer & Core Developer Brian Smith:
We have brought on three new developers and intend to continue growing. While training and working with each of our new developers we have been continuing our effort on Tritium development. The intent is for them to learn as much as possible over the coming weeks and place them where they fit best in our organization. In order to accelerate the development of the Tritium Interface (The New Wallet) each of our new devs have been tasked with finalizing one of the modules.
This month, we are excited to share with you an update from Phil Swazey who is our Lead Satellite Engineer but you can call him “SatelliteGuy”:
The Nexus One satellite, likely to be known as NXS1, shall be built by Space Inventor (http://space-inventor.com/). To the best of Nexus’ knowledge this might be the first satellite ever purchased using crypto currency and would set a new precedent.
The planned satellite launch location is the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska which was formerly known as the Kodiak Launch Complex. The satellite is currently planned to be launched into a sun-synchronous orbit.
Operations of the satellite will be performed from Space Inventors facility and tracking station in Denmark. Nexus is also considering whether to build a satellite tracking facility in Arizona to initially receive data from the satellite and perhaps even eventually operate the satellite.
The design of the satellite is very basic, and it will not have a propulsion system on board. It will maintain a 3-axis nadir pointing attitude and utilize a UHF transceiver for communications. Nexus will need to obtain an FCC experimental license to launch and operate the satellite, which has not yet been achieved. Nexus will also need to apply for an FCC license to operate any ground stations to be located in the United States or its territories.
All of these plans may be changed or cancelled at any time for any reason, but the above is the current likely path the organization is heading. Additional information on this program might be further disclosed in the coming months in due course.
Arizona Leads the Way to Become the First State to Accept Taxes Paid in Cryptocurrency
The Arizona Senate passed a bill in early February that will allow taxes to be paid in Bitcoin and other “recognized” cryptocurrencies. The next step for the bill will be attempted passage by the Arizona House of Representatives. If accepted by the House, Arizona will become the first state to accept tax payments in cryptocurrency. Other states including Georgia have made progress to move similar bill’s forward but Arizona is leading the way in cryptocurrency-friendly legislation
In an article in Fortune magazine on the topic, Arizona State Representative Jeff Weninger, who has sponsored similar bills, says the primary goal is to foster technological innovation in the state. He went on to say that this would also send a message to potentially the whole world that Arizona is the place to be for blockchain and cryptocurrency technology companies. The bill, in combination with ASU’s #1 ranking for innovation, could potentially draw not only cryptocurrency and blockchain based organizations, but also many other industries touched by these technologies. Nexus is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, and is pleased to see the state making advancements in policy to move these potentially life-changing innovations forward.
Magic Giant serenades the Nexus team at their headquarters
Magic Giant, the Los Angeles based band Billboard Magazine noted as, “Beyond the Headliners:Here Are 10 Awesome Bands Playing Coachella 2018”, stopped by the Nexus HQ on February 28th to play some live music for the team, and to talk about how we can positively impact the world together. Nexus helped to sponsor Magic Giant’s spring “Magic Misfits Tour”, seeing synergies in the bands mission with Nexus as well as looking to educate a broader market about Nexus’s capabilities.
The band began their visit by introducing the team to their music philosophy and playing a few songs, which elevated as the session went on to a high energy collaboration between the team and the band. Following the performance, the team spent some time with Magic Giant laying out Nexus’s plans to create a prosperity- based money system and brainstorming ways to continue to collaborate to bring positive change through the combination of music and technology. After a rousing dialogue, Magic Giant jammed with Colin Cantrell, founder and lead architect of Nexus, rotating instruments and making some impromptu magic!
The band played a lively show at the Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix later that evening to an enthusiastic audience. There are a few stops left on the Magic Misfits tour, so make sure to catch these very talented and special musicians in concert and look for further joint venture efforts between Nexus and Magic Giant in the future.
Watch some of the footage from their visit to nexus here:
Nexus & friends hangout with Magic Giant, while Colin Cantrell jams out with them
Colin at Phoenix Startup Week: Blockchain Outside of Fintech Panel
Colin Cantrell on the Blockchain panel at Phoenix Startup Week
Colin Cantrell had the opportunity to discuss the future of blockchain “Outside of Fintech” on a panel with other experts at Phoenix Startup week, Blockchain Day on February 22. Tim Wales and Scott Yentzer of Kadima Ventures, and Mark Venge of Token IQ, were also on the panel, offering their expertise as well as discussing the exciting possibilities this technology has for revolutionizing the future of nearly every industry.
Hot topics on the panel included the transparency blockchains provide as well as how this transparency can positively impact the future of our voting systems. Blockchain Day was created to bring together founders, developers, investors and enthusiasts in Phoenix for a day focused on the discussion of blockchain innovation and collaboration.
The website described the event as “Presented in a series of top-level keynotes, interactive panel discussions and solution-based case studies with a focus on education, engaging, and building partnerships in the emerging Blockchain space.”
The Blockchain Conference explored the industries that are set to be disrupted the most by this new technology, including; legal sectors, financial services, healthcare, insurance, energy, music, government, real estate and more. The Blockchain Day was a big success with a standing-room-only crowd, as Phoenix continues to demonstrate that it is a leading center for the development of these impactful technologies.
Visit the site here to learn more about Blockchain Day:
Nexus has brought three new devs on during the month of February to help move the Nexus vission and technology forward. We’re delighted to introduce our new devs to the community!
Max Rutometkin: Max has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and has worked with such programming languages as : Visual Basic, Pascal, C , C ++, Java, Python and Solidity. He received his Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and has also studied in the disciplines of Neural Networks and Deep Learning. Max has spent the past eight years working in financial markets, most recently on Wall Street where he used new technologies to model trading systems and strategies for global financial markets. He developed and tested systems to search for new trading signals, information collection and risk management.
Max became interested in blockchain technology while working in New York. He realized that this technology will change financial markets, as well as the world, and began programming Ethereum Smart Contracts by himself. Convinced that cryptocurrency and blockchain represent the future, Max ultimately decided to work full time in this rapidly emerging industry. He is excited to dive deep into understanding blockchain technology, and with Nexus, The World’s First 3D Chain.
When Max first discovered the Nexus Website, his reaction was, “Wow! This sounds great.” He was deeply impressed by the concept of creating a blockchain through satellites and using this network to create a powerful artificial intelligence. At Nexus, he feels that he can apply his knowledge, share his ideas and learn a lot. We can’t wait to have you as part of the Nexus team, Max!
Bryan Hallmark: Bryan Hallmark is a dedicated software engineer and web developer. Just 30 years old, he brings over a decade of experience of software development and web development from within the pharmaceutical industry. Bryan is very eager to shift gears and put his talents to use for Nexus and its community. “I’ve always enjoyed studying cryptocurrency, computer science, astronomy and physics. Working for Nexus is the perfect opportunity to combine my interests and skill set. I believe in the Nexus vision and am honored to be a part of an idea that can shape the future.”, he says. In his free time Bryan enjoys, playing ice hockey, surfing and spending time with his family and friends.
Kendal Cormany: Kendal started coding in middle school using Game Maker, a plug and play platform that got him hooked. He always enjoyed video games and creating things, so the technology brought his passions together. After college, Kendal worked on app development, and then went on to start his own company in order to develop projects that he was most passionate about, and where he saw market gaps. For the past two years, in addition to working with large data, he has been predominantly application-focused.. At Nexus, Kendal is most excited about being part of the new world of cryptocurrency and blockchain and how it can positively change the world.
Why We Do What We Do: A Telegram Conversation
On March 5th, Scott Simon, who helps facilitate tech support for Nexus, had a conversation in Telegram with Flo Adrian from the community. We wanted to share it with everyone as it reminds us of why we do what we do at Nexus, and that we are here for the betterment of humanity. Flo Adrian lives in Romania, which ranks 41st in world GDP. He is able to subsidize having limited resources available to him in his country and high expenses by mining Nexus. His monthly salary working at a car shop is $500 a month, but he is able to earn about $550 a month mining Nexus, which provides him with a substantially better quality of life. The conversation ended with him commenting, “Country’s like mine really need Nexus and we really appreciate what you do.”
A big thank you to Scott Simon and everyone from the Community who works hard everyday to forward this mission!
WE ARE NEXUS!
Nexus On Social Media:
Top Growing Community on Reddit & Substantial Growth on Twitter
Nexus had a big week on social media, gaining 10.459% Reddit subscribers between March 5th and 6th, as the community approaches 3,000 active users. Additionally, on that same day, NXS was the #1 fastest growing community in crypto on the Social app, which compiles data from Twitter and Reddit together.
The Nexus Twitter doubled its growth for the first week of March, gaining 500 new followers. The Nexus Facebook has also reached a new milestone, edging toward 10,000 followers at the time of this publication.
Please make sure to join in and participate on all of our Nexus Earth social media channels for daily updates, the latest news and to be a part of our growing community! The thing we love most about our community is your active participation in helping to build Nexus. Make sure to join our Slack and inquire about the Pod system if you would like to get more engaged in building Nexus.
Nexus Ranks #1 in Crypto for social media growth on the Social app!
Nexus at Upcoming Events & Speaking Engagements
Nexus will have a presence at several forthcoming global conferences and events, two in Australia and one in London as well as a prominent speaking engagement.The APAC Blockchain Conference will take place March 13-15th in Melbourne, and, according to their website, “looks at the real impacts and potential of blockchain technologies in Australia”. The conference brings together innovators, regulators and leaders from around the world in order to aid in the advancement of blockchain building and strategy as well as testing blockchain viability. Nexus will be speaking at the conference as well having a booth.
The second Australian event Nexus will have a presence at is the Bitcoin and Blockchain Fair in Sydney May 12-13th. This event is described as “Everything Bitcoin, cryptos and blockchain with a goal to increase awareness, innovation and assist with mass adoption across all areas of this exciting new technology.” Chris Murdock and Cain from the Community will have a booth at the fair, so please make sure to stop by and see them. Look for announcements in our Slack channel for MeetUPs and other Nexus Community gathering opportunities at these events. Nexus has a very large and active presence in Australia, and we look forward to seeing everyone there.
Alex-El Nemer from the Community will be speaking at the Global Blockchain Conference that takes place in London April 18th-19th. To learn more about the conference and to join us in London, please visit: https://blockchain-expo.com/global
Alex will also be speaking at the London Institute of Banking and Finance on the power of digital currencies and blockchain technology, how they will change our future, and where Nexus will bring another dimension to this evolving space. The London Institute of Banking and Finance was founded in 1879 as the Institute of Bankers and has evolved in line with the financial services and banking industries. In 2013 it was granted a University College title and now educates globally on the progress of international financial systems. The Institute is making advancements to address the topic of digital currency and how it impacts our global economic ecosystem. Inviting Nexus to speak at the institute aids them in this mission while giving Nexus the opportunity to continue to educate people around the world about its advanced and world changing technology.
SPEED, SECURITY & SCALABILITY = NEXUS
Thanks to the Community and growing team for another amazing month! We couldn’t do it without all of you. See you all in April!
Welcome to the Nexus Newsletter for February 2018!
January was another highly active and innovative month for Nexus. We announced a partnership with SingularityNET, which is helping pave the way to responsible AI development; we continued to implement core strategies to move the project forward; and we launched a new website with terrific information content, specifically designed to help take complex concepts and make them easy to understand. Furthermore, we released wallet update 2.3.5, sponsored the Magic Giant tour, and key core members attended the Bitcoin Miami conference.
Nexus and SingularityNET plan to collaborate and utilize important aspects of Nexus’s blockchain technology to help provide a scalable and safe solution for the development of AI on blockchain. Basically it’s about finding ways to keep AIs honest and to solve the challenge of scaling up in a distributed manner; there is a full write-up on the details of the partnership below.
As always, we are continually working to move key aspects of the project forward such as coding, marketing, website, business development, partnerships, and, of course, administration. The Nexus core team members are highly dedicated to seeing the project succeed and show up everyday bringing the best of their talents to help affect positive change in the world through Nexus!
We also launched an all new nexusearth.com website which addresses many of the concerns Community members have relayed to us. The new website has more information content, conveys ideas in a better manner for easy consumption – and it just looks really awesome! We would like to thank all of the team and Community members who contributed to the creation of the site: You did an excellent job!
We encourage everyone to check out Magic Giant’s tour Magic Misfits which could be in a city near you any day! They play really great music and are one of the up-and-coming bands to look out for, and most importantly, they are very passionate about bringing positive change to the world!
Nexus is a large, long term project and the core team is committed to laying solid foundations for long term growth. We expect 2018 to be our biggest year yet. We have made good progress so far and will continue to do the challenging work necessary to build Nexus. As always we would like to thank our Community for being the most positive and dynamic Community in blockchain today!
Development Update from Lead Architect Colin Cantrell:
Work has continued apace on the Tritium and Lower Level Library stack bringing greater stability to the Lower Level Database, finalizing some benchmark tests that proved to be significantly faster than any other C++ embedded databases.
LevelDB is used in Bitcoin and Ethereum, BerkeleyDB is generally used for wallet.dats, and the LLD is used solely in Nexus.
These performance metrics compare current embedded databases that exist in other blockchain projects to generate a perspective as to how the Lower Level Database can help in scaling constraints of blockchains, including partitioning of the database from the LLD Keychain.
Wallet 0.2.3.5 was released to make it easier to keep a trust key active with a one day expiration period, and also included many stability features in the unified time protocol. This is part of periodic master branch updates to keep up development on the main wallet software while the Tritium code is developed in parallel.
The development team is currently in the process of hiring to expand productivity, with many resumes being reviewed and new hires expected over the course of this month. Keep your eyes posted for the developers being introduced in Slack, and as always if you or any of your friends are interested in working for Nexus send your resume to [email protected]
Nexus Earth Partners with SingularityNET to Integrate Artificial Intelligence with the World’s Most Advanced & Secure Blockchain Technology
PHOENIX, Feb. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Nexus (NXS), announced a partnership with SingularityNET (AGI), to explore the combination of both technologies. SingularityNET is looking to expand horizons creating a decentralized AI network based on blockchain. This new partnership could result in the most secure, scalable and censorship-resistant blockchain AI infrastructure in existence.
Nexus and SingularityNET share an aligned mission of creating the safest and most advanced technology. In discussing the future of secure, decentralized AI, SingularityNET Chairman David Hanson commented, “It will become the single most valuable technology in all of history. This is the chance for us to change the world together.” SingularityNET will also be exploring the use of Nexus’ satellite-based alternative internet protocol. The integration with Nexus would strengthen its mission of creating a censorship-resistant AI network, democratizing access in a manner no other project could achieve.
Benefits/Implications of the Partnership:
For Nexus, the partnership presents a valuable use-case for deploying its 3D Chain architecture and exploring AI applications on layers 1 and 2 of its network. Both of these groundbreaking advancements in blockchain technology will become available in 2018.
Founder and Chief Architect of Nexus Colin Cantrell explains, “Nexus wants to resist the centralization of AI and believes partnering with SingularityNET can contribute to AI safety.” In a truly decentralized AI network, having rules contracted into AI decision making helps assure it will be used for good. Cantrell continues, “Nexus and SingularityNET are exploring new systems together in order to create a reliable means of self-regulating trust and reputation in a trustless system. This can make AI’s safer and more resilient when some of their decisions have to be routed through an immutable contract, ‘such as protect this human.’”
For SingularityNET, the partnership creates scalability, accessibility and security for its AI network. This creates safer, more advanced AI in a way the world has never seen. The partnership helps propel both companies forward in realizing their mutual aim of distributing powerful technologies. Nexus and SingularityNET both share the same mission – to create the safest and most advanced technology in the world.
Read more about the partnership from Blockchain news here:
Nexus launched a new, upgraded version of the website, Nexusearth.com in late January that offers users an enhanced way to learn about Nexus. The top of the site conveys the message “Connecting People and Technology to create a better World” and goes on to highlight the features on Nexus including: The WORLD’s FIRST Three Dimensional Blockchain, The World’s Most Secure Digital Currency (Nexus extended Hash), The Satellite Mesh Network and Distributed Topology. The site also features useful tools like how to Buy & Earn Nexus, the Nexus Wallet for download and our NEW “HOW TO BUY NEXUS ON CRYPTOPIA” VIDEO! Make sure to check out the new site, share it with your friends as well as those new to crypto and tell us what features you’d like to see added.
Watch the “How to Buy Nexus on Cryptopia” video here:
Nexus Sponsors Magic Giant’s Magic Misfits Tour:
Nexus is currently sponsoring Magic Giant’s Spring ‘Magic Misfits’ Tour. Magic Giant is a Los Angeles-based band that is viewed as a true musical innovator. The band often features concerts that raise awareness about the environment, such as their recent show in Aspen. Additionally, they filmed their latest album while traveling around in a solar powered bus. For Nexus, the sponsorship represents the opportunity to partner with innovators across varying industries who share a similar mission as Nexus – to positively impact the world. It’s also a great chance for young fans of Magic Giant to gain exposure to Nexus and learn about our revolutionary technology.
Nexus is always seeking innovative ways to teach the world about our humanitarian mission and advanced technology. Colin Cantrell, Chief Architect of Nexus and an avid musician as well, recently commented on the partnership: “Music brings people together. We have seen it gain prominence in times of cultural change such as the Renaissance, the 60’s and again today, as we come together in the spirit of joy, unity and connection. Our partnership with Magic Giant is built on the power of positivity and community – after all, Nexus means a connection between two or more things.”
Magic Giant has been named “10 Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone as well as being featured in Billboard Magazine, “Beyond the Headliners: Here Are 10 Awesome Bands Playing Coachella 2018”. Make sure to catch Magic Giant at all of the remaining stops on their Magic Misfits tour, including BottleRock in Napa Valley and Coachella, and follow Nexus & Magic Giant on Twitter for upcoming ticket giveaways.
INNOVATORS IN MUSIC
INNOVATORS IN TECHNOLOGY!
Nexus caught up with Magic Giant in Denver, CO. Listen to the interview here:
Some members of the Nexus core team with Magic Giant in Chicago
Nexus at Unlock Blockchain, Dubai, and Bitcoin Miami
Nexus had a busy travel month in January, sponsoring the Unlock Blockchain conference in Dubai and visiting the Bitcoin Miami conference. Alex El-Nemer attended both and gave us this summary of his experience:
Dionna Bailey and I represented Nexus at the Unlock Blockchain conference in Dubai on the 14-15th January. The purpose of the visit was to promote Nexus getting on Dubai’s largest exchange, RightBTC. During the trip, there were a lot of people very interested in Nexus and what we are aiming to achieve. We made some great connections and may open up avenues in the Middle East going forward such as a PR Agency and several media outlets. The trip was overall a huge success and we were highlighted as one of the most forward thinking projects. We hope to build on our connections and community in Dubai in the future.
Many of the Nexus team went to the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami. This event hosted some of the biggest names in Crypto and more than 3500 attendees. It was a great opportunity for the team to develop relationships with those well connected within the community and show a presence at the event. Colin Cantrell attended an invitation only dinner hosted by Matt Roszak, Co-Founder and Chairman of Bloq. Kierre Reeg was interviewed by several media outlets and a lead was made to open up media and translating assistance in South Korea.
Look for Nexus at the Upcoming Blockchain Expo Global 2018 in London April 18-19.
Nexus attended the Phoenix Innovation fair that took place at Westworld in late January, presented by Kadima Ventures. Colin Cantrell gave two speeches at the event on The Future of Blockchain and Quantum Security. The Nexus team also had the opportunity to meet and speak with Sophia of Hanson Robotics, founding partner of SingularityNET. The event was very inspiring for the team who were able to experience a great deal of new innovation in technology, connect with other innovators across varying industries, and to catch up with SigularityNET in person following the recent partnership. Nexus looks forward to continuously participating in such cutting edge events around the globe.
Some members of the Nexus core team meet Sophia at the Innovation Fair, 2018!
Tools We Love
In January we kicked off the new ‘Tools We Love’ section of the newsletter, which features favorite tools from our Community. They are tools that help our people run their lives pristinely, from investment trackers, to ways to organize and get inspired.
We loved hearing your suggestions last month. Please continue to give us your feedback on your favorite tools for crypto, blockchain and those that simply make your life more amazing. Please send your favorite tools and feedback on the ones listed to [email protected]
Disclaimer: These are products recommended by the Nexus Community at Large. The Nexus Embassy will never give investment advice.
‘The Monetary System Visually Explained’ is a YouTube video that walks viewers through how our monetary system works, from banks on lending to the federal reserve. Many consider this a “much watch” both when getting into crypto, and as support for an improved system.
The Nexus Orbital Scan is a tool that conveys statistics on the nexus blockchain and mining chanel; it shows Nexus at work! On the scan, one can see everything from the difficulty and reserves of the Prime and Hash, Block Rewards as well as who the largest current holders of Nexus are.
The US National Debt Clock tracks the US National Debt as well as all the debt of all countries around the world. The tracker also includes information about the US Federal Budget Debt, Personal Debt versus Mortgage Debt and US total interest paid.
Community Thank You’s:
We want to give an extra big Thank You to everyone in the community who did an outstanding job in helping to build the new Nexus website, from writing great content to building out the site so that it runs smoothly. The website remains a work in progress and we will continue to update and grow the site to meet what is needed – all with the help of our Community. Thank you to everyone for your contributions (listed by Slack names):
Website Build Pod: Scottsimon36, Blockhead2 and Yamman
Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic support of the Nexus project as we move forward in educating the world about our intentions and innovative technology. Please continue to share the new website, www.nexusearth.com, with anyone looking to learn more about Nexus, and we’ll see you in Slack!
Happy New Year and welcome to the first Nexus newsletter of 2018! This last year was an amazing time of positive growth. In 2017 many things were accomplished and the Community has become stronger than ever. We would like to thank everyone for all your hard work and the dedication it took to bring these accomplishments to life and we are looking forward to many great new achievements in 2018.
December was another fast paced month for the Nexus core team: We have been organizing, creating processes and preparing for the next wave of new core team members. We also released official news about the Vector partnership which was a great step forward for our ambitions to bring cryptocurrency to space.
The highlights of 2017 include the Nexus conference, which was a huge success, the announcement of the world’s first three dimensional chain, the formation of a non-profit dedicated to the betterment of Nexus, the official announcement of the partnership with Vector to bring cryptocurrency to space, and various other accomplishments that set the stage to take Nexus to the next level.
In 2018 we are planning to further strengthen and expand the core team, release key new updates to the code base, increase Community transparency and engagement, develop enhanced strategies to propel us into the future, and continue the overall task of bringing our vision for Nexus to reality. Nexus is here to change the world for the better and we are very thankful to be amalgamating such an amazing team to help us along the way.
Once again we are very thankful for the support of the Community as a whole. Without your support this would not be possible and we plan on doing great things in 2018.
Here is a brief update from the development team via Nexus Founder, Colin Cantrell:
Brian Smith and his team at Eidetic Mind have been heading up the development on the Nexus Interface while Colin has been progressing steadily on core. A new wallet was released last week version 0.2.3.4 which smoothed out the network and included some changes to the RPC. We have also been actively reaching out to find more coders to continue to improve the core and speed up development on the run up to the Tritium release.
PR NewsWire & Bitcoin Magazine:
Vector and Nexus Team Up to Bring Cryptocurrency to Space
On December 20th, 2017 PR NewsWire reports: “Vector, a nanosatellite launch company comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Sea Launch and VMware, today announced a partnership with Nexus to host its decentralized cryptocurrency in space using Vector’s GalacticSky Software-Defined Satellite platform. Nexus will be the first company to deploy a cryptocurrency on a satellite orbiting the earth.” The Newswire went on to describe the use-cases the collaboration will provide for both parties including highlighting “the partnership allows future Vector customers to pay for launches using Nexus’ cryptocurrency, NXS”.
“With Bitcoin’s valuation at an all-time high, people are beginning to accept cryptocurrency as a real form of payment, but there are still problems with storage and ownership,” said Colin Cantrell, Founder and Chief Architect of Nexus. “The capabilities provided by the GalacticSky platform, combined withthe flexibility of Vector’s launch model, bring us one step closer to accomplishing our mission of providing the world with a decentralized currency that can be accessed virtually anywhere, anytime.”
An article in Bitcoin Magazine went on to elaborate on what Nexus aims to do in the future:
“The future of Nexus combines satellites, ground-based mesh networks, and blockchain technology to facilitate the formation of a decentralized internet,” notes the joint press release. “Nexus is building the foundation to broadcast the blockchain and Nexus Network from space,” adds the Nexus website.
Shortly after the announcement of the partnership, Vector released these “First look” drawings:
Rendering of a prototype GalacticSky Software Defined Satellite. Dimensions; dish 1/2 meter, center chassis and panel segments are 15 x 30 inches (roughly the size of a mini-tower desktop computer). Coming soon. Photo Credit: Vector’s Twitter
Colin Karewa Forbes is a self-proclaimed Evolutionary Businessman & Educator. He began his career with Ernst & Young CPA’s, and has since worked in accounting and executive management teams for various public and private, profit and non-profit enterprises for more than 30 years. His dedicated intention to his own personal evolution combined with his business experience led him to live and work on six of the seven continents in the world and have uniquely qualified him to walk at the forefront of movements which advance the evolution of humanity. The Nexus Embassy is such a movement and his passion and expertise will be dedicated full force to the harmonization and success of this amazing evolutionary endeavor!
John Saviano, Graphic Design:
John graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While earning his degree in finance he simultaneously began to pursue his passion for art, design and music which led to establishing his own creative studio. With over 15 years of experience providing graphic design, web design, branding and marketing services to B2B and B2C clients, he has developed a versatile design aesthetic that can adapt to any industry. John has worked on projects for Britney Spears, Sony, BMG, Interscope, and Bergdorf Goodman. His art has been shown in Marshall Fields Look Gallery (now Macy’s), and his t-shirt designs have been worn by Fergie and David Guetta, ultimately leading to a t-shirt collaboration with David Guetta. With his desire to help change the world, Nexus is the perfect home for John, providing him the opportunity to fully utilize his knowledge of finance combined with his business and creative skill sets.
Tools we Love:
At Nexus, we’re continuously impressed with the innate intelligence and creativity of the people in our community—it’s a pleasure to work with you every day. We’re adding a new feature to the newsletter where we’ll be featuring different tools every month. They are tools that help our people run their lives pristinely, from investment trackers, to ways to organize and get inspired. Please give us your feedback on your favorite tools for crypto, blockchain and those that have simply make your life more amazing.
Disclaimer: These are products recommended by the Nexus Community at Large. The Nexus Embassy will never give investment advice.
Category: Crypto Education
Fiatleak has created a website where you can view all the individual Bitcoin (BTC) investments as they flow into the market, by country. We love watching which countries are most active at any given time or when larger streams of instruments are flooding in. It also has a bell that you can set to alert you when individual BTC investments come in over a certain limit.
Category: Business Tools
BitLy is a handy business tool for shortening your web links. It shortens links down to a few letters and numbers handy for things like twitter and newsletters (see examples in this newsletter). Not only can you shorten links with BitLy, you can customize them. The site also provides valuable tracking tools useful for observing things about your audience like how many clicked the link per day and what countries they are clicking from.
3) Coin Tracking
Category: Crypto Organization
We all know that tracking crypto trades and investments is a hot topic as the tax laws and regulations continue to be put in place around this newly evolving industry. Investment Tracker is a way to keep track of all your trades across different exchanges in one place. Very handy when it’s time to pay your taxes!
4) Ray Dalio’sPrinciples:
Category: Motivation and Organization
Website: Principales.com (audio available on audible.com)
Ray Dalio founded Bridegwater Associates in 1975, which, according to Fortune magazine, grew into the fifth most important private company in the US. Dalio has also been named to Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. How did he get there? He discovered a set of principles that have led to Bridgewater’s highly effective culture, which he describes as “an idea meritocracy that strives to achieve meaningful work and meaningful relationships through transparency.” Not only have these specific principles inspired many in our community, but they have inspired the discovery of our own principles that have served us endlessly.
Alex El-Nemer: RightBTC
Alex El-Nemer played an instrumental role in getting Nexus listed on RightBTC. Alex will also be representing Nexus at the Dubai Blockchain conference in January, continuing his efforts of building Nexus’s presence in the United Emirates. Thanks for all of your efforts in the many Nexus projects you’re involved in Alex.
April Bunje (Chambermaid on Slack): General Contributions
The Nexus team would like to give a special thank you to April Bunje for her continued and ongoing involvement in assisting Nexus with the completion of so many projects. Great work April.
Nick Earl (bibbityjibbity on Slack): Support Channel
We’d like to give a very big thank you to Nick who has helped many of the Nexus Community members within the support channel. He has also taken time to write instructions on how to download the Nexus wallet and troubleshoot it once it is in use. Thank you Nick!
Alberic and Bugsdx (Slack names): Translators
Thank you to Aleberic and Bugsdx for their great work of late on translating the FAQ and white paper and helping us to grow our international education of Nexus.
We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with their family and friends and an incredible start to the New Year. We’d like to thank everyone from the Community for an incredible 2017 and look forward to changing the world together in 2018!