Monthly RoundUp

May 2021

Executive Director Message 

Earlier this month marked my two-year anniversary of being at SDF. I’m amazed at how fast those two years flew by, and how much SDF was able to accomplish in a short amount of time. It’s been a privilege to work with such incredible teammates, technology, and businesses – I can’t wait to see what the next few years have in store for us! 

We’ve had some exciting developments in the Stellar ecosystem. Most recently, Tala and Visa joined forces to bring blockchain solutions to emerging markets. By Tala integrating with Circle and Stellar, customers can access Stellar USDC through their digital wallets and store their money, make domestic or cross-border payments with it, and exchange between fiat and digital assets easily. Tala will also offer Visa cards linked to its wallet so customers can spend their USDC at any of the 70 million merchants worldwide that accept Visa. This opens financial access to the millions of underbanked worldwide, and I can’t wait to see Tala and Visa unlock the true potential of their partnership.

The first ever Seed Round of the Stellar Community Fund also just wrapped up! Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all the participants for joining us this round. Learn more about what the winners have been working on in this blog series: 

The Stellar Community Fund is a fantastic opportunity to bring your Stellar-related idea to life and win rewards based on your project – I highly encourage you to participate if you have an idea that will benefit the network, community, and ecosystem. 

Finally, I’m thrilled to be delivering a keynote address at Consensus (hosted by CoinDesk) next week. If you’re looking to hear about why blockchain will be crucial in driving financial inclusion and needs to do so now, catch me next Wednesday, May 26 at 2:30 PM PT

- denelle

Stellar Ecosystem Updates

Protocol 17 Improvements

Stellar Protocol 17 introduces a new feature that opens up new possibilities for issuing regulated assets on the Stellar network. Read on for the details.

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Stably Makes Financial Transactions Cheaper, Faster, and More Transparent with USDC

Stably, a fintech company whose mission is to make financial transactions faster, cheaper, and more transparent, is launching a fiat deposit/withdraw API to be used by any wallets in the Stellar ecosystem. 

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Stellar Development Foundation Invests $3 Million in Tribal Credit 

Investment supports Tribal’s development of blockchain products and services built on Stellar, with a focus on increasing access to financial services in emerging markets like Latin America.

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Stellar Community Seed Fund №1 Wrap Up

Eight incredible projects are walking away with grants, totaling 5M XLM, that can help them take their ambitious enterprises to the next level. Please do take some time to familiarize yourself with these projects. They are fantastic examples of what you can build on Stellar.

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Stellar Community Seed Fund Finalists: Mojoflower and Blocknify

Stellar Community Seed Fund Finalists: COINQVEST and Anclap 

Stellar Community Seed Fund Finalists: Leaf Global Fintech and 

Stellar Community Seed Fund Finalists: Litemint, OptionBlox & YieldBlox 

Blockchain Will Thrive Once Innovators and Regulators Work Together

SDF General Counsel, Candace Kelly, explains how emerging technology such as blockchain can change the world for the better, but regulation and innovation must work in tandem.

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Tala & Visa Partner on Solution for Underbanked, Supported by Circle and Stellar

By integrating with Circle and Stellar, Tala customers will have access to USDC in Tala’s digital wallet, enabling secure and stable storage of money, fast and affordable cross-border money transfers, and easy exchange into other digital assets or local fiat. The partnership will also enable Tala to offer Visa cards linked to Tala’s digital wallet, giving customers a seamless way to spend against their USDC balance at any of the 70 million merchants worldwide that accept Visa.

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2 Years In: Building Resilience As We Grow 

SDF’s Denelle Dixon recounts the four defining moments since she became part of the Stellar ecosystem 2 years ago. 

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Leading Crypto Custodian BitGo Now Supports Stellar USDC 

On the heels of the recent launch of USDC on Stellar, trusted custodian BitGo has expanded their services in the Stellar ecosystem by becoming the first major custody provider to offer full support for the asset. 

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USDC’s Expansion Across the Stellar Ecosystem

Businesses all over the world are turning to Stellar USDC to power use cases that only this kind of digital asset can enable.

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Regulating Virtual Assets & VASPs

It’s our sincere hope that, after hearing from the many stakeholders joining us in voicing their concerns, FATF reexamines its proposal for virtual assets and VASPs through the lens of its de-risking review, embraces a more open-minded approach to decentralized technologies, and proactively partners with blockchain industry experts to enable it to craft more informed policies in the future. 

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Equitable Access Requires Financial Literacy 

We face a dual problem: the world needs more financial literacy, and financial literacy education needs to better prepare learners for a digitally native future. As creators of the technology, the blockchain industry has an important role to play in educating the future users of its products. 

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How blockchain technology is fixing payments today and what comes next

Part of the problem is that systems are not interoperable. To send money to different corners of the world without blockchain, a whole patchwork has been haphazardly knitted together over the decades to achieve some semblance of financial interoperability between financial institutions, correspondent banks and money transfer operators along the value chain.

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6 Questions for Denelle Dixon of the Stellar Development Foundation 

Cointelegraph sits down with Denelle Dixon, CEO and executive director of the Stellar Development Foundation.

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Roundtable: NFTs on Stellar

While the mission-driven Stellar Development Foundation is focused on use cases like cross-border payments — one of the most exciting things about the open-participation nature of Stellar is that a vibrant ecosystem of projects is out there exploring topics and building solutions to the problems they find interesting. 

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Stellar Developer Updates

Protocol 17 Upgrade Guide

It's time to get ready for the Stellar network upgrade to Protocol 17! This version of the protocol includes a new Asset Clawback feature that we're documenting in detail, and we're excited to talk more about it in subsequent posts, but for now, we want to share key dates and action items to give you time to prepare.

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Open Protocol Discussion 

Stellar Developers continue to delve into two Core Advancement Proposals (CAPs) drafts, both of which aim to add automated-market-making capabilities to Stellar Core. 

Open Protocol Discussion (5/6/21) → 

Stellar Community Articles & Interviews

David Mazières (SDF) on Modern CTO podcast

Justin Rice (SDF) on MikoBits podcast

Denelle Dixon (SDF) on Women to Watch Media with Sue Rocco

Leaf Global on Sam Conner


Upcoming Events

Consensus 2021 - May 25

‍Past Events

European Blockchain Convention - April 13

Stellar Development Foundation Q1 2021 Review - April 13

NFTs on Stellar - April 15

Paris FinTech Forum - April 15

LendIt USA - April 29

We're Hiring

Ecosystem Evangelist

In this role, you will develop strategies and create content to educate and engage developers building on Stellar.  You will work with every single department inside SDF — as well as external partners and ecosystem participants — to help figure out and explain what it is we’re doing, and why.

Protocol Architect

Dozens of major businesses are building on Stellar, and you’ll play a key role identifying their needs from a product perspective, proposing improvements to the Stellar Protocol to meet those needs, and software architecting the ultimate solutions. This position combines high-level strategic thinking, strong communication with stakeholders, and going hands-on to code up proofs of concept.

Staff Software Engineer (Tech Lead)

In this role you will lead the way in developing projects, from scoping & system design to development & best practice deployments. SDF’s partners span globally and are some of the most innovative software and financial companies.

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