Monthly RoundUp

January 2021

Executive Director Message

Happy New Year to our Stellar Community! 

We finished 2020 off with incredible momentum, boosted by announcements like a new bank-issued euro stablecoin (EURB) from Bitbond and Bankhaus von der Heydt and an enterprise fund investment in Settle Network to support the world’s first stablecoin exchange. Despite the circumstances happening around us, 2020 turned out to be a landmark year for Stellar. We shared some of the highlights in the Story of 2020 and we’ll be sharing more of our Q4 and 2020 achievements in our webinar on January 20, 2021 — be sure to REGISTER HERE

And one week into 2021, we’ve hit the ground running with announcements like a partnership with the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation to support their work on digital assets, a new Vice President of Engineering at SDF (Welcome, Karen Chang!), and our filing a comment letter to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. 

I’m beyond optimistic about what this year holds for the Stellar Development Foundation and the Stellar network. We’re ready to work!


Stellar Ecosystem Updates

Stellar Development Foundation Quarterly Review: Q4 & 2020

Join us on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 9:00am PT for a presentation of the Stellar Development Foundation’s Q4 and 2020 year in review. 

Register here →

The Story of 2020

2020 was a landmark year for SDF and Stellar. We closed out 2020 with a stronger, more active network and ecosystem and firmly positioned to drive growth in 2021. 

Read the article →‍

SDF’s Comment Letter on FinCEN NPRM 

SDF was joined by countless organizations throughout our industry voicing their concern over the far-reaching consequences of this proposal on blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystems. Despite the unusually short comment period that breaks with the standards and practices designed for transparent policy and rulemaking, SDF has worked tirelessly over the last two weeks to formally share our deep concerns over the impact this rule would have if implemented.

Read the article →

Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation to Develop Virtual Assets and Facilitate CBDC Infrastructure with Stellar Development Foundation 

Under the Memorandum, the Ministry of Digital Transformation and SDF will work to develop a modern virtual asset market infrastructure and enhance Ukraine's status as an innovative digital country in the financial market in Eastern Europe. 

Read the press release →

Stellar Development Foundation Invests $3 Million in Settle Network 

The investment of up to $3 million, paid in lumens, will help bolster Settle’s current suite of payment tools centered around stablecoins: fiat-to-crypto on ramps for B2C and B2B users, stablecoin issuance and marketplace, and stablecoin payment processing and merchant gateway. 

Read the press release →

SDF Announces Karen Chang as Vice President of Engineering

We’re delighted to welcome our new Vice President of Engineering: Karen C. Chang. With her track record in creating innovative platforms, scaling technology, and leading high-performing, diverse teams, we believe she is going to be an invaluable leader at SDF in 2021 and beyond.

Read article →

How SatoshiPay Leverages Stellar’s Decentralized Currency Exchange 

SatoshiPay’s recently introduced service DTransfer is a system to execute instant cross-border payments. 

Read article ->

Stellar Quest Series 2 Concluding Soon

Questers, Stellar Quest Series 2 is going to end soon! There's still time to earn badges 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 →

Stellar Community Fund Entries Due Soon

There's only a week left for people to submit their project entry to the Stellar Community Fund: Seed Round. Head to the SCF website to see current entrants and details.

Learn more →

Meridian 2020 Videos On-Demand

Did you miss #Meridian2020? Looking to catch up on all the amazing sessions and workshops from the event? Here's some good news: All of the sessions are now available on-demand, for free!

Watch 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

Horizon v2.0.0 Beta Released

On Dec. 21, the new Horizon beta was released. Head to the repository for release notes.

Read notes →

Stellar Developer Digest Issue #73

A weekly recap of all things Stellar ecosystem. 

‍Read the digest →

Stellar Community Articles & Interviews

A Stellar Performance - Smartlands

Craig Mc Gregor (DSTOQ) on Sam Conner

Tyler van der Hoeven (SDF) on Sam Conner

Christian Peters (DSTOQ) on Sam Conner

Jed McCaleb on The Pomp Podcast


Upcoming Events

January 20  - Stellar Development Foundation Quarterly Review: Q4 & 2020

Past Events

Code&Hacks: Stellar Highlights - lo mejor del 2020

Paris Blockhain Week Summit Panel: The Future of Payments

New Hires

Roberto (Rob) Durscki, Senior Director of BD & Partnerships

Rob is responsible along with the BD team to engage new and significant partners to join the Stellar Network, help us promote our mission of Financial Inclusion and increase meaningful transactions on Stellar. He will focus mostly on LatAm and Canada as well as with Bank, Professional Services and Government engagements globally. For 15 years he worked in different financial institutions including Citi, HSBC, Rabobank, CIBC and Deloitte.

Karen Chang, VP of Engineering

We’re delighted to welcome our new Vice President of Engineering: Karen C. Chang. With her track record in creating innovative platforms, scaling technology, and leading high-performing, diverse teams, we believe she is going to be an invaluable leader at SDF in 2021 and beyond.

Read article →

We're hiring →

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