Storj Blog

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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As we get closer to launching Pioneer 1 (our first beta release), we’ve been burning the midnight oil finishing features and squashing bugs! We expect we’ll be launching this release in the next few weeks, so be on the lookout. From V0.14.3 to V0.15.3 releases we had over 200 PRs get merged into our V3 codebase. If you haven’t had a chance to watch our town hall from last week, please check it out, it has tons of information about where we’re headed.
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Every quarter, we hold a public town hall to give members of our community insights into the progress of the Storj project. There are many different groups that have an interest in Storj: storage node operators, open source contributors, investors, STORJ token holders, employees—and increasingly—developers and partners. We always try to do our best to help all of these different groups gain transparent insight into the progress at Storj Labs.
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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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The STORJ token is an integral part of the Storj network. STORJ token provides an efficient and effective means to facilitate the transfer of value between those who contribute excess storage capacity and bandwidth to the network, and those who utilize that excess capacity for the storage and retrieval of data. Today, we’re pleased to publish our quarterly STORJ token balances and flows report. We produced the initial version of this document in November of 2018, and updated it with 2018 year end data for publication in conjunction with the town hall held on January 16, 2019, and with Q1 ‘19 data in conjunction with the town hall held on April 10, 2019.
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Today we crossed another major milestone off our list on the road to production. We’re happy to announce the release of Beacon. This is the last update ahead of our Pioneer 1 (Beta), which we’re planning to release mid-July. Beacon is a huge milestone for several reasons. In addition to general improvements, it adds three major updates. File sharing with macaroons: As we mentioned before, macaroons are cryptographic authorization credentials that enable decentralized encryption key management.
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