The Storj Labs Blog

It’s difficult to be productive in even the best circumstances, but the current state of the world presents unique challenges. At Storj, the majority of our team works remote since day one, so we’ve had extra time to experiment with what works best in a distributed and remote environment. Here’s our best advice for maintaining productivity while encouraging a healthy work culture in a remote work environment: Get the timing right Get the time zones right.
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In case you hadn’t heard, Storj Labs is building a decentralized cloud object storage service. Why would we do such a challenging thing? At a basic level, it’s because we believe the internet can be better than it currently is and we see how to improve it. We believe your data is worse off being stored in the centralized data centers of five multinational mega-companies. Solving this grand problem requires us to solve many difficult sub-problems.
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The wait is over for storage node operators! We have launched the Storj network V3 Explorer release, which is the alpha that allows storage node operators to join the network! We know many of you have been waiting to join the V3 network as storage node operators to start earning STORJ tokens by sharing your unused hard drive space and bandwidth. Today we will be sending invites to the first folks on our waitlist.
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Hi! JT Olio here. We recently launched the white paper for our V3 network! The document offers 90 pages of detail about what we’ve built and are now working on for our near-term roadmap, and it’s wonderful to finally have it out!

I would have loved to go into this amount of detail during my conversation with David Vorick of Siacoin a few months ago. We were talking about how this V3 architecture is fundamentally better than other approaches, but I was unable to go into why at that time. Now, with the release of our white paper, we can finally dive into those reasons.

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Since Storj’s humble inception at the Texas Bitcoin Hackathon four years ago - you know, the one where our cofounder Shawn Wilkinson and his first Storj prototype won the main prize - our team has been through a lot. Our community has exploded, we released our production network and announced plans to pivot to a new platform that could better scale to support exabytes of data. Part of this pivot involves releasing the architecture of this new platform.
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In our recent town hall meeting, we took a quick look at our development team’s progress towards building V3 of the Storj Labs network. We kept it short because we realized that not everyone is interested in the fine, technical details of the platform’s inner workings. However, we know that many developers within our community love this kind of stuff. Because of that, we committed to delivering a longer presentation on network V3 that dives into how the new network will make improvements over the current version.

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