Monthly RoundUp

May 2020

Executive Director Message 

It’s been a busy month for SDF. We announced our two latest investments from the enterprise fund in Abra and SatoshiPay. We’ve been getting things in place for the update to Stellar Core Protocol 13. We hosted a number of virtual events, like an engineering talk on Kelp and a webinar on compliance & our partnership with Elliptic. Not to mention, we took the virtual stage at Consensus: Distributed in the Foundations track. 

And one of the things I’m most excited about is that we announced our dates for this year’s Meridian, Stellar’s 2nd annual conference ⁠— we’re going virtual from November 16 to 20 to talk about Global Connection to Solve Real World Challenges. To me, this theme reflects such a core driver of our work in this ecosystem. SDF has been focused in our efforts to drive equitable access to the global financial system and the Stellar community has been at the forefront of creating a more connected, efficient system. The last few months of the COVID-19 pandemic  has shined a light on the need for what the Stellar community has been working hard to address — a more effective and efficient way for everyone on the planet to be connected. As I’ve said many times before, I believe it’s the power of community that drives change. Meridian 2020 will be about fostering discussions around how the work of the Stellar community can and will have tangible impacts on our world. I hope you’ll all join us in November! 


Stellar Ecosystem Updates

Compliance and the Stellar Network

“Regulations and compliance aren’t new to blockchain. As in other industries, businesses have to follow existing regulations that apply to the function or service that they provide to their users.”

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COINQVEST Introduces its Enterprise Cryptocurrency Processing Platform for Online Merchants

COINQVEST has released its enterprise cryptocurrency payment processing platform. Online merchants can now accept Bitcoin and other digital currencies from clients and settle in their preferred fiat currency (e.g. USD, EUR, NGN, or CAD).

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Announcing Meridian 2020

Mark your calendars: Stellar's 2nd annual Meridian conference is set for November 16 to 20, 2020 — coming to you as a virtual event, free for everyone. Sign up at to get the latest on speakers, program, and be the first to know when registration is open!

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Stellar Community Fund Submissions are Open

Round 5 of the Stellar Community Fund has begun! The SCF is an opportunity for developers and content creators in the Stellar ecosystem to share their projects with the community for a chance to win from a pool of 3,000,000 lumens.

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I’m Still Betting on Blockchain to Improve Economic Opportunity

“A decentralized system could be a way to empower people with greater access to financial services that are fast and affordable.“

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Kelp GUI Pre-release

SDF announced that the first pre-release of the Kelp GUI is now available for download. Kelp is a free, customizable, open-source trading bot for the Stellar universal marketplace.

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Analytics Dataset

The Stellar Development Foundation has released a daily-updated analytics dataset to enable fast analysis of the entire history of Stellar network transactions.

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Stellar Developer Updates

Protocol 13 Release

06/18/2020: Public network vote to upgrade to Protocol 13‍ — Everyone who uses the public network will need to be prepared for that vote to go through. If your software isn’t up to date and the network upgrades, your Stellar integration will likely break.

Stellar Core v13.0.0, Horizon 1.3.0, and new versions of the Go, JS, Java, Python, C# .NET, iOS, and Scala Stellar SDKs all support Protocol 13. If you haven’t read the preparation guide you should do so now.

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How We Simplified Fees on Stellar

Stellar protocol designer, Jonathan Jove, explains the upcoming Protocol 13 changes to fees on Stellar Developer blog.

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Stellar Community Articles & Interviews

The Jed McCaleb Story: Founding Stellar, Ripple & the Journey from eDonkey to MtGox (Untold Stories)
Gaming and the Stellar Network (The Public Node Podcast)
Building a Profitable Business on Blockchain with Konstantin Richter (The Stellar Podcast)
TheFutbolApp and the Stellar Network (by TFA)
[Interview] Justin Rice - Stellar (REIMAGINE)
Casos de uso en Stellar: Saldo (Blockchain Academy Mexico)
How does the Stellar blockchain help to digitize real estate? (KlickOwn)


Upcoming Events

ZkVM: about the motocrab - Jun 5, 2020 1:00 PM EST
Anchor Basics: The Business and Benefits of Anchors on the Stellar Network - Jun 16, 2020 9:00 AM EST
Workshop: Stellar SEP24 (Interactive deposits/withdrawals) - Jun 30, 2020 2:00 PM EST

Past events

Kelp Gui Dev Discussion

Consensus: Fireside Chat + AMA with Jed McCaleb on Financial Inclusion

SDF at Consensus : Distributed

Intuitive Stellar Consensus Protocol

SDF New Hires

Mark Heynen and Seth Hertlein Join SDF

“This year, SDF is focused on three priorities: ensuring the robustness of our technology, being the blockchain people know and trust, & fostering sustainable use cases. Growing our team plays a key role in delivering on these priorities. That’s why we’re excited to announce two hires that are essential to this work: Mark Heynen, Vice President of Business Development, and Seth Hertlein, Head of Policy & Government Relations.”

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Terence Rokop, Senior Core Engineer

Terence joins the Core engineering team eager to help ensure the long-term reliability, robustness, availability, speed, and trustworthiness of the Stellar blockchain. Terence has spent his entire career in kernel and systems software. He codes as a hobby too, with a particular passion and long-term aspiration toward designing a language enabling widespread industry use of formal verification.

We're hiring →

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