November 8, 2017

Ethereum News and Links


  • ~150m USD value of Ether frozen in Parity multi-sig bug. Most of it from Parity, a decent chunk also from Iconomi.
  • DevCon3: scalability looks closer than expected, which is important because some early projects (Maker, Augur, etc) are near to going live.
  • Jeff Coleman and Liam Horne are working on a generalized state channels project called Counterfactual. This is an important layer of infrastructure and arguably as vital as anything announced during DevCon talks. Funded by Vitalik and L4, it was announced by Liam on Twitter a few hours before Devcon.

Parity multi-sig frozen


  • DevCon3 videos from the main hall. You might want to look at the agenda, because we don’t yet have individual videos, nor do we have videos of the breakout room talks.
  • I’d recommend watching the afternoon of day 1 if you can only watch a few videos, because the focus was on the most pressing long-term issue: scalability.  Casper, zk-snarks, TrueBit, sharding.  The Raiden demo of a robot controlled by payment channel was very cool too.
  • For daily recaps, I recommend David Burela: day 1day 2day 3day 4 or Brandon O’Brien: day 1day 2day 3day 4.  Or if you prefer audio: The Bitcoin Podcast did two recaps. Days 1 and 2.  Days 3 and 4.
  • I couldn’t agree more with Livepeer’s Eric Tang: “Done with the hangout portion of devcon. Time to start watching talks! #8daysofdevcon.”
  • The day before Devcon3 at the convention center, Etherisc put on the D1Conf on decentralized insurance. They underpromised and overdelivered a great conference.  It was also by far the best food I’ve ever had at a conference, though Devcon3 might’ve been the worst food.
  • Notes on Nick Johnson’s ENS talk.  Integration to legacy domain names is exciting.
  • DevCon3 security roundup


  • Vlad Zamfir’s Casper draft spec v0.1. Prototype codebase and paper.
  • Better address checksums is coming.
  • Vitalik: “Plasma is optimal for systems with larger sets of users and where having limited trust in some second-layer consensus mechanism is okay; state channels are best for repeated interaction between limited sets of parties.”

Stuff for developers


  • Eth Gas Station metropolis release – view transaction pool filtered by account/nonce, plus better predictions. plus more transparency about how predictions are made.   When this gets released by API, it should help bring gas prices down even further.  By the way, it now costs $0.00006 to send a transaction if you’re willing to wait a minute.  Lower your gas price!
  • A brief comparison of Name Bazaar vs. ENSListing
  • Ready for the next conference? Blockchain for Social Impact is November 17th in NYC. Use NEWSLETTER for 20% off.
  • Also, the second edition of Token Summit is December 5th in San Francisco.   Use discount code WENTS17 for 18% off.
  • I’m still shilling for votes in CoinDesk’s Most Influential People in Blockchain. Vote for your favorite Ethereum people…and me?

Project Updates

Project Announcements and Whitepapers

Interviews, Videos and Talks

Token Sales

Token Sale Projects


Dates of note

From Token Sale Calendar:

[Truncated list this week as I don’t have the post-Devcon energy to wade through all the junk.]  

Upcoming token sale start dates:

Ongoing token sales:

WARNING: list may include or even likely includes scams and quasi-scams.  Do your own research and due diligence before putting value at risk.  Read disclaimer below.

Want to be included?  If you are building your project on Ethereum, email weekinethereum @ gmail [period] com with 1) your URL, 2) sale date and 3) a brief but convincing description of how you are using Ethereum, preferably with a link to your Github repo.  Listings are free.  But please make sure to follow those instructions.  If you don’t follow the instructions, you likely won’t get a response.

[I aim for a relatively comprehensive list of Ethereum sales, but make no warranty as to even whether they are legit; as such, I thus likewise warrant nothing about whether any will produce a satisfactory return. I have passed the CFA exams, but this is not investment advice. If you’re interested in what I do, you can find my somewhat out-of-date investing thesis and token sale appreciation strategies in previous newsletters.]

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