Monthly RoundUp

December 2020

Executive Director Message

Hard to believe that the end of the year is finally upon us! We’ve been working hard to close the year out strong, topping off what’s been a foundational year for the Stellar network and SDF. From Meridian last month where we virtually gathered with thousands from our community (check out the recap blog to learn more about what we discussed) to our latest network news of Stellar’s first bank-issued stablecoin (Congrats, Bitbond and Bankhaus von der Heydt!), I continue to be so inspired by our progress and the many ways we are lighting up the Stellar map. I’ll be sharing some proof points in a 2020 recap later this month so stay tuned.

Until then, wherever you are in the world, wishing the best for you and your loved ones. 


Stellar Ecosystem Updates

Bitbond and Bankhaus von der Heydt Issue Euro Stablecoin (EURB) on the Stellar Network

EURB is the first stablecoin issued directly by a banking institution on Stellar and the first of its kind in the crypto market from Europe.

Read the press release →

What We Learned at Meridian 2020

When we first began planning Meridian 2020, we landed on the theme “Global Connections to Solve Real World Challenges.” 2020 has been tumultuous, and this past week has shown us how important it is, more than ever, to reach across borders and connect with one another. 

Read article→

A Fresh Update to Stellar Account Viewer

Key management and security have been on our minds a lot lately at SDF. There is always the potential for bad actors to appear when dealing with value of any sort, and blockchain is no exception. So how do we improve the users’ experience on Stellar while keeping their secret keys safe? 

Learn more→

Built on Stellar: How Tempo and Cowrie are Building on Stellar

Recognizing the possibilities of blockchain technology, Cowrie and Tempo decided to build their solution on the Stellar network. On Stellar, it is possible to issue digital tokens that are backed 1:1 by actual fiat currency. Cowrie set up the NGNT token, pegged directly to the Nigerian naira, and Tempo issued the EURT. Together, they built a bi-directional NGNT-EURT corridor so that customers were able to start redeeming and trading these tokens right away.

Watch the Case Study →‍

Making Cross-border B2B Payments Easier in East Africa with ClickPesa

At the Stellar Development Foundation, one use case we focus heavily on is B2B cross-border payments. On the Stellar network, Anchors use SEP-24 to offer the ability to make cost-effective cross border payments to its clients. One Anchor taking advantage of SEP-24 is ClickPesa, a fintech company that aims to simplify the way companies do business in East Africa and beyond.

Read now →

SDF on Capitol Hill

Denelle joins a panel of experts to brief members of the House Financial Services Committee FinTech Task Force about blockchain technology and its role in transforming financial services.

Read the article →

How We See the STABLE Act

The potential of blockchain will be stymied if our leaders try to fit the technology and its regulatory framework into old boxes.

Read the article →

Ultra Stellar Acquires StellarX Peer-to-Peer Cryptocurrency Marketplace

Ultra Stellar LLC acquires the StellarX cryptocurrency trading platform and expands its Stellar product portfolio.

Read the release →

Accelerating Analytics on Stellar

We've released a new version of our analytics dataset. We also open-sourced all of our tooling, allowing you to build and deploy your own Stellar data pipelines!

Learn more →

Stellar Quest Round 2: Begins on 12/14

Questers, the next round of Stellar Quest begins next week! Earn cool badges and win rewards for learning Stellar.

Check it out now →

USDC - Stellar FAQ

USDC is expected to go live on Stellar by February 2021. In the meantime, we’ve put together this handy FAQ with everything you need to know about USDC on Stellar.

Read now →

Overview: Enterprise Fund

The Stellar Enterprise Fund is a venture-style fund for growing the open-source Stellar network. We make direct investments at seed to series B (including strategic bridge rounds) or make acquisitions in global fintech or blockchain companies. Companies should demonstrate real and sustainable Stellar use cases and integrate within 1 year of investment.

Learn more →

Stellar Anchor Settle Network is Issuing Two New Stablecoins, ARST and BRLT

Big news – Stellar anchor Settle Network is issuing two new stablecoins, ARST and BRLT! Learn more about ARST, BRLT, their exchange platform, Stablex, and the Vibrant partner wallet here.

Learn more →

Driving Financial Inclusion Through Compliance: Helping the Underserved

From a technology standpoint, sending money around the world should be easier than ever. But traditional approaches to staying compliant on a global scale are costly and inefficient. Modernized application of financial crimes compliance can fix that.

Read now →

Protect your accounts

There are no giveaways, staking events, or social promotions. Always check URLs and never share your secret keys.

Read our security guide→

Stellar Developer Updates

Protocol 15 is here!

On Nov 23 at 1600 UTC, after many months of preparation and planning, the Stellar public network upgraded to Protocol 15!

Learn more →

Stellar Developer Digest Issue #70

A weekly recap of all things Stellar ecosystem. 

‍Read the digest →

Stellar Community Articles & Interviews

Public Node: Africa and the Cowrie Exchange [Podcast]

Awesome Stellar: Revamp

Crypto on Every Corner: Driving Adoption With Jeremy Allaire and Meltem Demirors 

Stellar LIVE: Dec. 3 w/ Tyler and Kolten


Upcoming Events

December 10 - Paris Blockchain Week Summit Panel: The Future of Payments (Denelle Dixon)

Past Events

Meridian 2020

BlockShow & Singapore FinTech Festival Panel: Will CBDCs Disrupt Stablecoins? (Denelle Dixon)

We're hiring →

Reminder: Beware of “Hard Fork” Scams, Impersonators, and “Giveaway Scams”. We will never ask for your private keys, and we will never ask you to send us cryptocurrency. Learn more about how to protect yourself and your accounts in our Security guide.

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Safety Policy:The Stellar team will NEVER ask you for your private keys. We will NEVER ask you to deposit funds to any wallet address.Read our Security Guide for more information.

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