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    Gas-Storms Considered Harmful: Building a Layer-2 on top of Nervos CKB

    Announcement, building layer-2 for Nervos CKB

    We will work on a layer-2 scaling solution for the Nervos ecosystem. Utilizing the concept of Optimistic Rollups, a method to increase throughput by bundling transactions, we hope to advance Nervos CKB to the next level of its scalability roadmap.

    Aug 6, 2020 by @KenoBudde


    Quadratic Voting: Ending the tyranny.

    An overview of Quadratic Voting.

    The most commonly used form of voting is one where each voter gets one vote per issue. This, however, relies on one underlying assumption: That every voter cares the same amount for each issue, an assumption which rarely coincidences with reality. A world where only the views of the majority count may know another problem: the so-called "tyranny of the majority". (John Stuart Mill: On Liberty)

    May 2, 2020 by @KenoBudde


    Scalability: Roll-ups are no cure-all.

    A comparison of Layer 2 scaling solutions.

    LeapDAO has developed a Plasma chain and launched a Mainnet during the last year. With this background at the turn of this year we went back to the drawing board to analyze what options we should explore to encapsulate all developments in the area of Layer 2 research. The following article will especially focus on the pros and cons of Plasma and Roll-Ups.

    Apr 2, 2020 by @KenoBudde


    How we integrated Colony reputation with Holacracy and bounties

    How we integrate bounties, Holacracy and Colony reputation

    LeapDAO is a distributed team and strives to be truly decentralized. As a developer cooperative LeapDAO uses the holacracy governance model to structure teams and budgets in alignment with its purpose and roadmap. Holacracy is an extremely dynamic framework which serves us well, a model which gives responsibility to every single developer. It encourages every member to work like an entrepreneur within a company, always working for the benefit of himself, the others and the collective. LeapDAO is structured in circles, you can imagine them as departments or domains. Regular meetings and calls help us stay aligned with our strategies and purpose. Circles are teams such as the "dev" circle or independent ecosystem projects such as Deora. The structure is constantly evolving, Glassfrog is the software of our choice to keep track of it.

    Mar 12, 2020 by @KenoBudde


    Plasma Mainnet Shutdown

    Plasma Mainnet on hold, here is why...

    Plasma bundles up transactions in blocks and anchors them on the mainnet as hashes. Through this compression Plasma enables fast transactions at a fraction of the cost.

    Feb 20, 2020 by zschavi


    Development roadmap update

    We've published an updated development roadmap. Check out what we are doing and jump on board

    Development Roadmap

    Dec 5, 2019 by @kosta


    Introducing the Prime Casino

    The Prime Casino demonstrates the ability of the EVM Enforcer to exceed Ethereum limits.

    Large prime numbers play an important role in cryptography. Specifically the difficulty of factorization of large numbers enables RSA and other algorithms. Some contract in the Ethereum ecosystem also depend on primality tests like RSA accumulators and special Plasma Cash proofs.

    Oct 4, 2019 by @johba


    Cryptoeconomic Aggregate Signatures in Leap Network

    How CAS will enable a multi-validator setup of the Leap Network.

    In a regular Plasma setup, network validators are submitting checkpoints of the chain data (we call them periods) to the root chain. It may happen that a validator submits a period without exposing data for it (a "dark period"). It may happen on purpose, if an operator is malicious, or may happen due to a technical failure on a validator side. In both cases, users are supposed to periodically monitor the chain and exit in case they witness data withholding. In general it is safe for users, however, it greatly affects the liveness of the network — a single technical failure of an otherwise honest operator may lead to a dark period and thus to a mass exit and network halt. Moreover, we want to avoid a mass exit situation as the root network may become congested.

    Sep 23, 2019 by @kosta


    Planet A — "The Tragedy of the CO₂mmons" recap

    Herr Müller, your favorite bureaucrat from the future, explains what happened during the last simulation of Planet A.

    This is your extra-terrestrial and time-traveling bureaucrat Herr Müller speaking. I'm contacting you today to inform you about the work you and your fellow terrestrials have done on "Planet A" during EthBerlinZwei and Chaos Communication Camp 2019.

    Sep 18, 2019 by Herr Mueller


    Planned upgrade for Mainnet contracts

    Summary of the new Leap Mainnet governance proposals

    In accordance with our Minimum Viable Governance, changes will become effective in 7 days. Till that moment you can review proposed changes and exit the network if you object.

    Aug 10, 2019 by @kosta


    Postmortem for the Mainnet incident on 17th June 2019

    Mainnet incident happened on 17 June 2019. Funds are safe.

    LEAP network is still in its PoA era and the mainnet validator is operated by LeapDAO. To ensure better validator uptime, we were running two copies of the same validator (sharing the same signing key): one copy is proposing blocks and the other is just passively following the chain. The plan was that in case of the proposing node failure, we should be able to quickly switch over to the backup node making it active. Well, don't try this at home. The setup appeared to be dangerous — we needed to make sure that at no point both copies are producing blocks at the same time.

    July 2, 2019 by @pinkiebell, @kosta


    Upcoming mainnet revamp

    We plan to revamp the mainnet preserving the balances. Funds are SAFU.

    What will change:

    June 21, 2019 by @kosta


    Plasma’s red carpet moment: managing film IP in Cannes

    LeapDAO transforming the film industry with on-chain rights management.

    Until recently, applying Plasma solutions to real life problems seemed like a far away endeavour, but already now it’s slowly and steadily becoming reality. Beginning with pop up economies at ETH Denver and Blocksplit, we saw Burner Wallet’s potential for easy onboarding. Now, we move on to an even more interesting and excited challenge!

    May 23, 2019 by @kohola


    Best hacks from the Ethereal Virtual Hackathon

    Best LeapDAO dApps and game submitted during the Ethereal Virtual Hackathon.

    LeapDAO sponsored the hackathon along with Gitcoin, Microsoft and others. We were very happy with the level of submitted projects targeting our challenges and the enthusiasm of participants. Read on to find out more about what was being hacked and who are the golden winners.

    May 10, 2019 by @kohola


    Burner wallet driving Blocksplit

    The first pop-up economy powered by Plasma!

    May 2, 2019 by @johba


    Croatia bound for Blocksplit 2019

    Croatia bound for Blocksplit 2019 to power SunDAI transactions

    Apr 18, 2019 by @kohola


    A call to the Ethereal Virtual Hackathon

    LeapDAO sponsoring the Ethereal Virtual Hackathon.

    Apr 14, 2019 by @kohola


    Slaps for the chains!

    PoS to lead Ethereum to mass-adoption.

    We are proud to announce a new consensus algorithm, Proof of Slaps. This consensus algorithm intgrates Plasma to unite the blockchain community and achieve mass-adoption.

    Apr 1, 2019 by @pinkiebell, @johba


    Requiem for Testnet Zeta

    It's name is Testnet Zeta, and Testnet Zeta will have 57002 blocks forever.

    Mar 26, 2019 by @kosta, @johba


    DAI enabled as Plasma Asset

    DAI stablecoin registered on the Leap Plasma chain

    DAI, the first decentralized stablecoin on the Ethereum blockchain has been a real game changer for the Ethereum ecosystem, especially in the midst of ETH price crash. DAI is pegged to the value of USD which means that every DAI is worth \$1, regardless of how much DAI is in existence. Moreover, due to the fact that DAI is backed by Ether locked in smart contracts called Collateralized Debt Positions (CDP), it cannot be shut down like other centralized stable coins, and can be freely traded and exchanged without middlemen like any other ERC20 token.

    Mar 20, 2019 by @kohola


    EF grant for Plasma Leap

    Ethereum Foundation grant for "Plasma Leap"

    The new wave of grants is focused on supporting projects working on the critical efforts related to layer-2 and Eth 2.0. LeapDAO’s work on lifting the execution of smart contracts onto a layer-2 blockchain aligns with that purpose.

    Feb 25, 2019 by @kohola


    Plasma Mainnet Launched!

    LeapDAO took a leap to the Ethereum mainnet. 🎉

    If you are a project creating digital assets, we invite you to register your ERC20 or ERC721, which will be transferable faster and cheaper on the Plasma chain. For developers, we provide a token faucet so that you can test transfers, exits and deposits.

    Feb 13, 2019 by @kohola, @johba


    Smart Contracts on Plasma

    LeapDAO's Roadmap to enable general computation on Plasma.

    This solution will extend the capacity of Ethereum not only for the transfers of funds, but also for the execution of rules. At the heart of this task is the SolEVM Enforcer, a computation verification game that allows for enforcing the off-chain execution of EVM bytecode. This SolEVM is composed of 3 parts:

    Feb 9, 2019 by @johba

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    Plasma Testnet Launched!

    Our Plasma Testnet launched on Rinkeby running the Driftwood release. 🎉

    Testnet Zeta has anchored its first Plasma block in the Rinkeby network on Friday, and since then has become available for the public use and testing. It runs the 0.5 Driftwood Release of the leap-contracts and leap-node code, and brings the following features:

    Feb 7, 2019 by @johba


    The Plasma Roadmap

    The Roadmap from More Viable Plasma to Plasma Leap.

    Specifically, we want layer-2 scaling infrastructure to be as easily and openly usable for developers as the mainnet is today. Developing and using dApps on Plasma, a framework for incentivized and enforced smart contract execution, should be fast and seamless.

    Feb 5, 2019 by @johba


    Introducing Minimal Viable Governance

    An explainer of governance requirements for a public utility Plasma chain.

    Helping the Ethereum network to onboard more use-cases and scale is our passion, and that is why we strive to deliver scalability as a public utility.

    Dec 25, 2018 by @johba

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    From Parsec Labs to LeapDAO

    A commitment to openness and sovereignty under LeapDAO.

    This period has also shifted our relationship with decision-making and self-governance. We evolved from a flat-org consisting of a few freelancers to a tension-processing and opportunity sniffing Holacracy organization.

    Oct 31, 2018 by @johba


    Plasma Leap and first Testnet Dapps

    Announcement of Plasma Leap Design and release of Testnet with Demo Dapps.

    You might remember us becoming EF grantees in May this year. The objective was to contribute to Plasma research and come up with a secure and scalable way to run Dapps on Plasma.

    Oct 8, 2018 by @johba


    Plasma Fraud Proof Challenge Workshop with Cryptokitties rewards

    PARSEC Labs' Plasma Fraud Proof Challenge Workshop with Cryptokitties rewards

    Hello, community!

    Aug 15, 2018 by @oz1127


    June-July Development Update

    Status Of PARSEC Labs Plasma-Chain Development

    Hello everyone, it’s Victor!

    July 25, 2018 by Victor


    Applying Holacracy To An Open Source Team

    Description Of PARSEC Labs Internal Organization Structure

    Hey everyone, it’s Victor!

    July 8, 2018 by Victor


    Development Update: May 2018

    Monthly development update for Pasec Plasma Chain

    Heylo, community! This is the first in a series of monthly posts to update you on our work in the R&D and Dapp Development circles. This specific blog post is devoted to May 2018. Let's start!

    June 15, 2018


    Our Taconomy Model

    PARSEC Labs internal economy model using HeyTaco chat bot

    Hey, community, its Ross once again! My new blog post is devoted to so called “taconomy” - a specific reward model which we are using here at PARSEC Labs. As some of you already know, we are an open community that are using holacracy as self-management practice for organizations. Ok, so now you know that we have holacracy, what’s next?

    May 31, 2018


    Recipient of the Ethereum Foundation Scaling Grant!

    We’re happy to share with you that we have been selected as one of the recipients of the Ethereum Foundation Grant. This really means a lot to us! Let us explain in detail why.

    Hello, community! We’re happy to share with you that we have been selected as one of the recipients of the Ethereum Foundation Grant! Our team was chosen in the category Scaling for the May 2018 batch. This really means a lot to us! Let us explain in detail why:

    May 5, 2018


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