The Storj Labs Blog

Our production release is right around the corner and this is fantastic news for developers on the waitlist and our community of Storage Node Operators. I’m going to share a little bit about what you, our dedicated and patient community members, can expect once we hit production in January 2020. Storage Node Operators First of all, let me take this opportunity to thank the early adopters and long-time supporters who run the Storage Nodes that make our network possible.
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GitBackup is a tool that backs up and archives GitHub repositories. The tool is in the process of backing up the entirety of GitHub onto the Storj network, which currently stands at 1-2 PB of data. As of today, October 18, 2019, the tool has currently snapshotted 815,200 repositories across more than 150,000 users. GitHub is the largest store of open source code in the world, with 20 million users and more than 28 million public repositories as of April 2017.
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During the Storj Town Hall on July 10th, we asked our community to vote for their favorite mascot. The mascot candidates highlighted our brand attributes of simplicity, security, resiliency, and decentralization, which we covered in our blog post announcing the community vote. We also talked about why Tardigrade.io deserves nothing short of a robust, yet charming mascot to join us along for the ride to a decentralized world. Our community members voted for their favorites, told us why they love the mascot they selected and ranked their selection from one (worst mascot ever) to five (best mascot ever) with a pretty clear crowd favorite.
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We announced Tardigrade.io earlier this year, and the Storj team has been hard at work preparing to launch our network Beta ever since. So what better way to gear up for launch than inviting a new friend along for the ride? Why Tardigrade.io needs a mascot We developed the Tardigrade.io logo to be a bold, geometric representation of the microscopic animal’s durable and distributed nature. We kept the logo simple using basic shapes, knowing we’d develop a charming, fun-loving companion to compliment the Tardigrade’s minimalistic brand mark, help tell our story, and hopefully spark a few smiles along the way.
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Join our next community town hall on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. EDT (see below for other timezones). Town hall attendees will hear from Storj leaders, including: Ben Golub, our executive chairman and interim CEO; Brandon Iglesias, product manager; John Gleeson, vice president of operations; Jon Sanderson, vice president of marketing; and myself, Jocelyn Matthews, community manager. Please register for the town hall here. During this town hall, we have a lot to cover.
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This week, we held our quarterly community town hall meeting where we shared the latest updates from the Storj Labs team. During this quarter’s event, we announced the Vanguard release for our new V3 network! We also shared other updates from the Storj Labs team including details around our new Tardigrade network and website; a look back at our Explorer release, which welcomed the first storage node operators to the network; our quarterly Token Flows and Balances report; a greeting from our new board member, Katherine Johnson; and of course, our live Q&A.
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