Monthly RoundUp

June 2019

Stellar Ecosystem News

We envision a world where value can be transferred anywhere, without the friction of borders.

Our CEO Denelle Dixon outlines SDF’s plan for the future.

The network has been upgraded to Protocol 11. Learn more about what this upgrade means for Stellar.

We have released a new dashboard which (as well as exposing an overall health summary) exposes all available “stellar-core-prometheus-exporter” metrics in an easy to install Grafana dashboard. The dashboard is available for installation here.

SatoshiPay is teaming up with Fair Planet to make micropayments experience seamless and eco-friendly. Learn more here.

Also, check out our latest video with SatoshiPay CEO Meinhard Benn:

SDF New Hires

Christine To, Director of Partnerships - Christine is joining the SDF’s Partnerships team to help expand Stellar’s growth and adoption. Previous to SDF, she was at Airfox working on strategic partnerships and leading growth initiatives to increase financial access for the unbanked in Brazil.

Nikhil Saraf, Principal Software Engineer - Prior to joining SDF, Nikhil was at Interstellar where he worked on the Kelp market-making bot and Horizon, along with supporting Stellar’s Coinbase Integration. He is a full-stack engineer and has primarily focused on backend/data engineering during his career at Amazon, Salesforce, and Duetto. Nikhil once built a mobile payments app startup which developed his interest in the payments space.

Jacek Nykis, Devops Engineer - Jacek is a Linux engineer with 15+ years experience building and running business critical systems. Prior to SDF he worked at Canonical (Ubuntu) as an SRE supporting infrastructure used by tens of millions or users around the world. Nowadays he spends most of his free time with his 1 year old daughter or running with his Border Collie.

Michael Feldstein, Senior Software Engineer - Michael is a software engineer, creative coder, and new father (in no particular order). Previous to Stellar he was at Facebook working on creative VR experiences and all things 3d, and at Google on the Android UX team.

Stellar Developer Updates

Horizon 0.18.0 has been released.


Stellar-core v11.2 is out with important updates for validators that make setting up quorums much easier.

We wrote a blog post explaining why quorums are so important.

Protocol 11 Compatibility for SDKs

P.S. Don’t forget to cast your vote in the Stellar Community Fund finals!

New Project Updates and Releases

Community Articles

Stellar — What’s in your Wallet? “What does it actually mean to “hold” your Lumens in a Stellar wallet? This post is meant to shed some light on what your wallet actually does for you and how it does it, including some ways that wallets secure your Lumens.”

How to deploy a Stellar validator on Kubernetes with Helm “In the following sections of this article, we are going to guide developers through the process of standing up a Stellar validator node that can join the Stellar Testnet. We will demonstrate the steps to deploy these services to Kubernetes (here: IBM Cloud and Google Cloud) using Helm as well as some basic examples to verify the system syncs successfully with the network. With the strong industry interest in tokens and Stellar, we hope these Helm charts can accelerate your deployments.”

Stellar Dev Digest #3 “Welcome to another issue of the Stellar Dev Digest, a weekly recap of all things related to the development of the Stellar Network.”

There’s a new capital making big strides in the crypto world…

Paysend Group is building on Stellar. Here’s why.

Is Kelp bot worth the hype? Hummingbot weighs in…

Stellar Events



We’ve been planning a Stellar conference for a long time and are excited to share that Stellar Meridian is happening November 4 and 5 in Mexico City. More info here.


  • This month, we did an AMA on Reddit with Jed and Denelle. Thank you all for your questions! We look forward to doing this again soon.
  • Blue Orion has been hosting workshops on how to create your own token. We just hosted one in NYC. Thank you to Luke of Blue Orion and his team for leading these!
  • Silicon Valley Bank’s foreign exchange event this month was a great chance for us to connect with others in the Bay Area fintech world. Among the attendees were Wish, Lob, and Stitch Fix.
  • Oleg Andreev spoke at ZCon this month about ZkVM, a new virtual machine that makes smart contracts faster and prioritizes privacy. Watch now!
  • SDF’s Global Development Manager Kori Higgins spoke at the Futurama Summit in Montenegro this month on the future of impact.
  • Kori Higgins and Lisa Nestor represented the Stellar Development Foundation at the Crypto Valley Conference this week.
  • We were honored to support the Women Who Code Blockchain Event this week! Looking forward to future events and working more with their amazing team.

Reminder: Beware of “Hard Fork” Scams and “Giveaway Scams”. Learn more about how to protect yourself and your accounts in our Security Guide.

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