2021 Is Off To An Exciting Start!

2021 is off to a rapid start with lots of technical developments from our core products and growing team that we’re excited to share with you! We’ve been fortunate enough to deepen our relationships in the industry by providing reliable and cost effective node and staking infrastructure services across more and more exciting protocols.

No company is an island though – it’s impossible to share our successes without acknowledging the hard work of our own team as well as the macro tailwinds facing our industry for the past few months. From publicly traded companies putting Bitcoin on their balance sheets to central banks issuing research on DeFi – it truly feels like we’re at an inflection point with even more exciting opportunities ahead.

We’re so grateful to be here, have the support of all our amazing customers and to be trusted to provide such a critical service to a growing industry despite challenging economic and social times globally. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Thank you!

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Company Updates

Blockdaemon Acquires Staking & Governance Platform Lunie

We are pleased to announce that Blockdaemon has acquired Lunie, a staking and governance platform for the management of Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchains.

This acquisition significantly strengthens our existing service offering by enhancing our scope into areas of governance and alignment of cross-protocol tooling. As part of the acquisition, Lunie’s management team will be joining Blockdaemon in addition to bringing over their existing technology.

Lunie was the leading multi-blockchain staking and governance interface with thousands of active users staking and participating in on-chain governance across protocols like Cosmos, Polkadot, Terra and more.

With the acquisition of Lunie the CEO Jordan Bibla and CTO Fabian Weber will both be joining Blockdaemon to work on product and engineering initiatives. Both Jordan and Fabo previously worked at Tendermint to create the earliest versions of Lunie before spinning the project out into an independent company. Read more about the acquisition on our blog.

Welcome To Our Global SVP of Sales

As we continue to grow our presence globally we’re so excited to have Demetrios Skalkotos (A.K.A. “Demo”) as our new Global SVP of Sales. Demo is a New York-based senior executive specializing in enterprise technology solutions, operations leadership, and new product development.

He comes to us from his former role as the Global Head of Vault for Ledger SAS, an international leader in securing cryptographic assets and blockchain applications. Demo also previously served Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) as the Vice President, Global Head of Desktop Solutions & Content Acquisition and as the Global Head of Connectivity for ICE Data Services.

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Protocol Releases

Already one of the most widely used blockchains in the entire cryptocurrency industry, Terra has been a protocol we have long been excited to offer to our customers. From algorithmic stablecoins, synthetic equities, savings protocols and more, Terra has become a truly extensible platform for building consumer grade financial applications with a foothold in the APAC market and steadily making in-roads globally.

The Graph Network decentralizes the API and query layer of the internet application stack. Today, developers can run a Graph Node on Blockdaemon. In The Graph Network, an Indexer can stake Graph Tokens (GRT) to participate in the network and earn rewards for indexing subgraphs and earn fees. Consumers of this data will be able to query this diverse set of Indexers by paying for their metered usage.

For these and any of our other 30+ protocols, if you are ready to stake or want to run a node, please reach out and we can get you set up right away!

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Platform Updates

Ethereum’s GETH Client Now Has GraphQL & Websockets Enabled

Blockdaemon now offers GraphQL and Websockets access to our Geth Ethereum node offering within the marketplace. This has been a much requested and anticipated feature update to our offering and now makes the suite of development options for developers on Ethereum even broader.

A More Stable Parity Client

Parity’s OpenEtherem 3.1.1 is a long-anticipated stable release which is scheduled to be made available to Blockdaemon customers in February. We will be testing the performance and functionality of it for the coming weeks to make sure everything is good to go for general usage but anticipate it will bring much more stability to users. Reach out if interested in finding out more!

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News & Partnerships

Blockdaemon’s Sponsored “Asia’s Crypto Landscape” Report

 

Our sponsored report on Asia’s crypto landscape produced by Messari offered readers a deep dive on what to expect and be excited about coming from the pan Asian region, broken down by country with both regulatory and business specific highlights. Read more by downloading the report.

 

Blockdaemon Partners With Fireblocks

Digital asset custody, transfer and settlement platform Fireblocks announced its partnership with Blockdaemon to provide staking services with DOT, XTZ and ETH 2.0 to its existing customers.

“Fireblocks is a leading pioneer in providing secure digital infrastructure for institutional trading, lending, and borrowing and we are thrilled to partner with them by supporting customers with our validator staking and node management,” says Konstantin Richter, CEO and Founder of Blockdaemon. “Having close collaboration with a leader in the space is essential in driving earning potential forward at an accelerated rate.” Read more in Business Insider about this partnership and offering.

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Interesting Reading & Listening

We are also hiring so come join us! And as always, get the latest on new releases and product updates: Check the Blockdaemon Blog, follow the discussion on Twitter and Linkedin, and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you have at hello@blockdaemon.com.