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Blockstack Roadmap

2020 Q2

  • Community-initiated hardfork upgrading network to Stacks 2.0 with new proposed proof-of-transfer mining mechanism, simple client verification, higher throughput, smart contracts, app specific tokens, and app chains.
  • Clarity smart contracting language on mainnet, allowing fully featured smart contracts and in-app financial services.
  • Launch open-source wallet to accompany potential proof-of-transfer rewards.
  • Release updated version of user authenticator with major UX improvements.

2020 Q1

  • Release draft whitepaper that proposes a new proof-of-transfer mining mechanism with Bitcoin. Proof-of-transfer uses the security of proof-of-work and improves upon the economic rewards of proof-of-stake.
  • Increase App Mining STX payouts.
  • Grow to first million verified users on the Blockstack network (Milestone 2).

2019 Q4

  • Alpha release of new Blockstack authenticator with improved UX and in-app transaction signing.
  • Host 4th Annual Blockstack Summit 2019, the annual flagship event.
  • Increase App Mining STX payouts to a target of $500,000 per month.
  • Distribute Stacks tokens to 2019 investors via hardfork.
  • Complete security audit on Stacks Blockchain V2.
  • Release beta for Clarity smart contract language.

2019 Q3

  • Raised ~$23M in SEC-qualified token offering and Asian strategic funding round.
  • Announced Asian strategic funding round led by Hashkey and SNZ.
  • Reached 250 independent apps built on Blockstack
  • Began paying STX to ecosystem developers participating in App Mining.
  • Launched Stacks V2 testnet with transaction and smart contract support.
  • Announced partnership with Lambda School with the goal of teaching Blockstack to thousands of student developers.
  • Released developer preview of Collections, a protocol for cross-app data sharing on Gaia.
  • Released Stackit tutorial, covering all aspects of Blockstack app development.

2019 Q2

  • Opened the first SEC qualified token sale in US history.
  • Announced $1M STX/month target for ecosystem developers participating in App Mining.
  • Reached 176 independent apps built on Blockstack.
  • Announced developer preview of Clarity smart contract language, including SDK, documentation, and tutorials.
  • Published the Blockstack Whitepaper 2.0, building on two years of R&D and peer-reviewed research. Available in English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish.
  • Launched first Can’t Be Evil contest hosted with Product Hunt, Lightning Network, DevPost, and Dapp.com.

2019 Q1

  • Feb App Mining results included 57 user-ready apps.
  • TryMyUI added as App Reviewer to App Mining.
  • Released prototype virtual machine (VM) for Stacks smart contracting language.
  • Released new consensus algorithm for Stacks blockchain v2 (SIP-001).
  • Released Radiks which provides data indexing on top of Gaia.

2018 Q4

  • Launched the Stacks Blockchain v1, distributed tokens, and sent first Stacks transaction.
  • Achieved Milestone 1 and unlocked $25M in capital.
  • Released new Stacks Explorer and Wallet.
  • Published smart contracting language spec as a Stacks Improvement Proposal (SIP-002) and started Rust implementation.
  • Released support for custom Gaia hub configuration during user onboarding
  • Launched App Mining pilot in December with 38 registered apps.
  • Prof. JP Singh joins the Board of Blockstack PBC.

2018 Q3

  • Released the Stacks wallet and security reviews of the Stacks blockchain.
  • Released upgraded authentication & on-boarding for Blockstack apps.
  • Held decentralizing the World Tour announced with 31 global meetups.
  • Launched of developer documentation portal: docs.blockstack.org.

2018 Q2

  • Released the Stacks blockchain testnet.
  • Announced the $50,000 Universal Wallet Bounty in partnership with ShapeShift.
  • Launched App.co, the Universal Store for decentralized applications.
  • Released the developer Alpha of Blockstack iOS and Android SDKs.
  • Released a new mobile-friendly onboarding flow for mobile and desktop apps.

2018 Q1

  • Held Blockstack Berlin, with Edward Snowden as the keynote speaker.
  • Released Multiplayer Storage, a major upgrade to the Gaia storage network.
  • Announced the $1M request for social networks program.
  • Deployed Signature fund capital to app development teams.

Exit R&D Phase


2017 Q4

  • Conducted a token sale which resulted in ~$50 million total raised, and over 800 accredited investors, qualified purchasers, and institutions participating.
  • Released the Token Whitepaper and token sale details.
  • Released the Public Alpha of the Blockstack Browser.
  • Announced a $50,000 bounty to Decentralize Communication.

2017 Q3

  • Held the Blockstack Summit at the Computer Science Museum in Mountain View.
  • Announced the Stacks Token and Mining System.
  • Launched the Signature Fund for decentralized applications built on Blockstack. Received 150+ submissions in the first week.
  • Converted Blockstack Inc to Blockstack Public Beneficiary Corp (PBC) with a mission to enable an open, decentralized internet.
  • Launched the Signature Bounty Program with the Encrypted Token Portfolio Bounty.

2017 Q2

  • Released the first version of Blockstack Authentication, which allows users to sign in to decentralized applications with one click.
  • Publicly published the Blockstack Whitepaper.
  • Released the alpha developer platform, including a developer release of the Blockstack Browser and decentralized storage system.

2017 Q1

  • R&D work on the core infrastructure finished and Blockstack raised a $4 million Series A funding round led by USV, with participation from Lux Capital, Digital Currency Group and others to fuel growth of the developer ecosystem.

2015-2016

  • Released initial design of Blockstack and R&D work began on scalable blockchains, peer-to-peer systems, and potential solutions for long-term storage.
  • Launched the Blockchain Naming Service (BNS), introduced blockchain virtualization tech, and scaled the team to 4 core contributors.
  • Released three peer-reviewed papers being accepted and published by venues like USENIX, The Advanced Computing Systems Association.
  • Started meetups for Blockstack’s technology in various cities around the world and the developer community grew to over 1000.

2013–2014

  • Muneeb Ali and Ryan Shea met at Princeton University’s Computer Science department in 2013 and decided to start a long journey of solving critical problems of today’s internet.
  • Went through Y Combinator in summer 2014, and raised a round of seed investment led by Union Square Ventures, with participation from Naval Ravikant, SV Angel, and others.
  • Launched a decentralized identity system, one of the first non-financial applications utilizing blockchain technology that allowed users to own an identity without any trusted third party.

Last updated: Feb 6, 2020

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