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Episode #017 – DelegateCompetition.Fund Launch, 30 Days Of ARK Entries & Crypto Love Interview

The seventeenth episode of the ARK Crypto Podcast is here! This week we cover some BIG news for ARK, including the new integration with Hyperledger Fabric for smart contracts in Javascript, Go, and Solidity courtesy of incubator ARK Labs’ hard work! Not only that, but a new community fund has launched called the DelegateCompetition.Fund, and has its first competition out now. We go through a few entries for the 30 Days of ARK campaign running now on reddit.ark.io, and ONE THOUSAND ARK is earnable from Delegate Jarunik during the campaign. We wrap this episode with an exclusive interview featuring Randall from the YouTube channel Crypto Love. Boom shakalaka!

For more episodes & insight into all things ARK, follow us on facebooktwitterinstagram or subscribe with your favorite podcast app. We are currently live on SoundcloudiTunesStitcherGoogle Play Music, and Spotify. As always, thanks for listening!

This episode is hosted by Justin Renken.

Enjoy!

Episode #012 – ARKv2 Testathon, New Hackathons, Halloween Clues & Justin Renken ARK Interview With ALTCOIN Magazine Oct 29, 2018

The twelfth episode of the ARK Crypto Podcast is here! I am in Las Vegas at the World Crypto Con Conference, a three day event full of event space, speakers, and panels. I am also participating in a blockchain-oriented Poker tournament while I’m here!

This episode is a reading of my recent interview with ALTCOIN Magazine, where I outline introductory ARK concepts and goals. This is a great one to share with friends because it’s easy to follow along and I speak nice and slow. Keep your ears perked for any Halloween clues of the ‘Arkening!’

Expect the next few weeks to be loaded with Las Vegas news and content here on the ‘cast.

For more episodes & insight into all things ARK, follow us on facebooktwitterinstagram or subscribe with your favorite podcast app. We are currently live on SoundcloudiTunesStitcherGoogle Play Music, and Spotify. As always, thanks for listening!

This episode is hosted by Justin Renken.

Cheers and Enjoy!


Transcript

Hello, crypto-land. I’m Justin, it’s Friday, and this is the ARK Crypto Podcast, episode 12. Well, first things first. Did you finish one of the things I said last week? That’s due today. It’s cool. I’ll give you til the end of the day if you procrastinated, and it’s gonna be on your permanent, immutable record. World Crypto Con is upon us! I’m in Las Vegas right now. Today is the last day of the conference, and the day that I will be on the interoperability panel as a panelist.

But hey, you want to know if I won the poker tournament! Did I get to the final table? Did I get ambushed in the first 30 minutes? Well, I can’t tell you, because it’s Tuesday and this is a prerecording. Sorry to trick you, but I’m only one person who can be in one place at one time. Expect the next few weeks to be filled with news and interviews from WCC here on the cast. I hope you enjoy the content.

Guess what else? The upcoming ARK v2 protocol update is really heating up now, with the ARK v2 test-a-thon offering bounties of ARK to programmers, testers and users like you, you and you! Maybe you’re even all thre.e you can even suggest something, without knowing quite how to solve it, and if it’s valid, receive some ARK. The test-a-thon includes everyone. How cool is that? Check blog.ark.io for details.

Not only that, but hack-a-thon season is back! ARK will be attending and sponsoring two hack-a-thons in November: Hack PHS and Hack Princeton. There’s gonna be crazy stacks of prizes there, and the buzz is afoot. Travis is also cultivating ARK’s new partnership with Major League Hacking to crate a workshop that anyone will be able to use for their hack-a-thon or future meetup or event. More details on that are on the blog as well.

Well, let’s get right into this episode. This is going to be a recording of an interview that I recently conducted with Altcoin Magazine. Altcoin Magazine is a great source for news and exclusive content about, you guessed it, alt coins. You can check them out and subscribe on medium.com/altcoin-magazine.

Well, let’s get started with the reading. I really had a lot of fun on this interview, and the interviewer was very kind, courteous and professional, and I hope you enjoy it. In the written interview, Altcoin Magazine said, “Give us a brief introduction to the project. What have you created, why have you crated it, and how do you plan on making it? How will your project make an impact on the world?”

Well, Altcoin Magazine issuing the plural you in this case, in the interview questions. So I’m not personally making any of these modules, codebases. I’m not building these smart bridges. Okay, I’m just a guy talking about ARK, and on that note, the podcast is just talking. It’s not financial or investment advice, but you knew that. So I said in response to this, I said, “My name is Justin Renken, and I am ark.io communications specialist. The ARK ecosystem is a spiderweb of teams, operators, users, participants and other blockchains, united ina common goal: to bring the power of blockchain to as many people as possible. ARK empowers everyone, regardless of their aim or technical background, to quickly and easily leverage blockchain technology.

ARK achieves this through a high-performance mainnet blockchain, with block times of only eight seconds. This mainnet is powered by what are called delegates, or nodes run by people or teams of people who secure the network and deploy every-expanding community services. These delegates are voted in by the people of the ARK community, and ark.io does not run the network. The consensus model of ARK is known as delegated-proof-of-stake.

ARK also has intuitive, instant-launch wallets, geared for the common user, including full-featured mobile wallets available for Android and iOS. ARK caters to all developers with a powerful sandbox of tools and models, enabling any developer to create a customized blockchain in mere moments, and enhance their new change with well over a dozen different programming languages, including C and C++, recently released in the ARK SDK.

Finally, ARK enables interoperability with both ARK bridgechains, which is what ARK calls blockchains that use its codebase, and other blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum, by way of its unique smart bridge technology. ARK’s end goal to impact the world is to make creating and using blockchains so easy it becomes an afterthought.”

Altcoin magazine continued, saying, “Tell us about your accomplishments so far, and tell us what you are most proud of having accomplished in the history of the project.” Well, I said, “The simplest way to highlight all of ARK’s many accomplishments is to visit the community resource, arktimeline.com, which is a vast, interactive experience tallying every ARK event since its inception in late 2016, and mainnet launch in early 2017. All ARK events are searchable, easily categorized, and filterable, giving anyone an immediate bird’s-eye view of ARK’s ability to deliver. Arktimeline.com was built and deployed by the ARK Community Committee, which I run.”

Altcoin magazine continued, saying, “What is the single coolest thing about your project? It can be something you developed or something you achieved.” Well, I responded to that question by saying, “I would be remiss to try to answer this on my own, so I’ll start with something most community members would probably say, given the chance. The coolest thing about the ark.io project is very likely the wallets. ARK has beautiful desktop, mobile, paper and web wallets, focused on ease of use for the general public. The wallets run instantly, without needing to sync, and users receive voting rewards even when their wallets are offline.

“Voting rewards are similar to the staking rewards you hear about on some other projects, and they’re a voluntary aspect of the ARK delegate system. Ark.io does not control the ARK network. Delegates give voting rewards voluntarily, and voting rewards are not part of the ARK protocol. I strongly recommend experiencing our wallets, as they are a big reason our community has grown so large.”

Altcoin magazine then said, “Give us a quick rundown of the future of the project. What are you seeking to bring to life, and what will it mean for the overall project?” I responded with, “In the short term, our goal is to complete the newly rewritten core codebase, dubbed ARK Core v2. This new core, which will be at the heart of ARK and ARK-based chains, achieves monumental strides in reliability, power, versatility and convenience. This is the next logical evolution of ARK’s grand vision, and it will deal away with the old Lisk and [Crypty 00:07:46] code beneath the current ARK codebase. ARK v2 is a bottom-up redesign, built by ARK, with love. No forks, no derivation.

“ARK v2 sports unique solutions to complex blockchain architecture problems. Once ARK v2 is purring along on mainnet, our next major plan is to compete and implement powerful plugin modules that can interface directly with the new ARK core: namely, ARK Virtual Machine for smart contract execution, similar to Ethereum, and ARK IPFS, or Interplanetary File System, for decentralized large-format file storage. Concurrently, we will be completing and releasing a core 2.1 release for new transaction types and protocol functionality, as well as complete our pushbutton blockchain graphical user interface, for intuitive customization and deployment of impressive blockchains.

“All ARK products have easy baked into nearly every aspect, and anyone can check ARK’s efforts and progress at ark.io/roadmap. ARK’s vision will be realized when anyone who needs blockchain technology can deploy their own custom implementation of the tech in a reliable and secure manner, all without much, or any, programming knowledge at all. These user-deployed chains are all optionally linkable, forming the larger ARK ecosystem.”

Altcoin Magazine then became curious about our team, saying, “Tell us about your team. Who are the people behind the screens?” Well, I responded by saying that anyone can meet the ARK team at ark.io/team. There are 27 original founders of ARK, and currently over two dozen team members collaborating all over the world within ark.io. This of course does not include the countless community teams working on ARK-based products and ideas of their own, or contributing to our GitHub. This also doesn’t include the delegate teams constantly developing, deploying and enhancing valuable and unique community services, which of course utilize ARK technology.

“Even the average ARK user is contributing to the project via valuable feedback on our GitHub and social media channels. Participation is a cornerstone of the ARK culture, and we all strive for a common goal together. Sure, the team has the coveted ark.io email address, but our community supports us just as much as we support them. Some other crypto projects may have mentioned they’re a touch jealous of our strong community, but let’s keep that between us. The other three Medium writers for the ark.io blog are BoldNinja, Matthew DC and Travis, so make sure to check out their profiles for more information on ARK.”

Altcoin Magazine became curious about our partnerships, asking, “What partnerships have you formed so far, and which ones are the biggest?” I responded by saying, “Well, we tout about a dozen and a half partnerships and growing, and we are listed on over a dozen and a half exchanges as well.” We are pleased with our partnership with Ledger, allowing users to send ARK, as well as vote, using the ARK desktop wallet, in a secure environment. We are rubbing elbows with some projects that have huge potential to change the crypto landscape as we know it, in our opinion. We provide a helping hand, and they help us as well.

“For example, our partnership with MARAchain, a project for secure, GDPR-compliant document transmission, opens doors to collaboration on our upcoming Interplanetary File System module. Our blog has articles describing all of our many partners, and those articles and more can be found at blog.ark.io, or arktimeline.com, after choosing only the partnerships tag.”

Altcoin Magazine then moved into marketing, asking “What kind of marketing do you practice to let the world know about your project, your product and your mission? Do you attend any events or conferences?” I responded by saying, “On the whole, we tend to place a bit more emphasis on partnerships, hack-a-thons and organic growth over traditional marketing tactics you may have seen in the crypto space. Our aim is to expose our products and our culture to other individuals and groups on a more personal level, and let quality and curiosity take over. However, we have also been known to attend and sponsor many notable conferences around the world. ARK commanded a massive [inaudible 00:12:39]

Hello? I seem to have broken through the communications. You there, quickly, listen up before it’s too late, ’cause I don’t have long to tell you this. You must go to an internet place in which the Mongols of today [inaudible 00:12:59] where ideas are brought to life and updates are penned. Once you’ve reached this golden land, search for your heart’s desire. Find the map within, and start your path to glory, for evil must be crushed, and this can’t be done without you, so heed these words. Best of luck. Darkening is upon us.

[inaudible 00:13:23] sponsor many notable conferences around the world. ARK commanded a massive presence at Consensus NYC 2018, and sponsored more than a handful of hackathons globally, to entice developing talent to dive into our codebase. This comes full circle by way of our partnership with Major League Hacking, a large organization fostering computer science competitions, totaling some 60,000 participants to date. Ark.io also enjoys doing interviews with online magazines, hence.

“On the community side, the delegate culture breeds outreach for ARK as well. The supplemental services that delegates deploy have been known to draw newcomers into ARK. We also have some founders using their personal funds for pet projects in ARK marketing, namely co-founder and board member Travis Walker sponsoring multiple racecar teams, including the ARK 72 NASCAR. The ark.io crypto funds are ample, yet best served in development at the moment. You could say ARK’s philosophy is, “Build fast and outlast.”

“ARK does not have to spend exorbitant amounts of money competing with the marketing of other projects who may run out of money in a matter of months or simply just implode. ARK has been in the game for quite a while, in crypto terms, and possesses enough funding for 10 or more years of operations. ARK is a very ambitious project with the long game in mind.”

Altcoin Magazine then asked, “What is the best article that has been written about your project so far? Throw a link below and let us know why.” I responded by saying, “From a technical standpoint, Mario Vega’s “Dipping our toes into the ARK Core” series is a dream of a read. It familiarizes developers with ARK’s codebase and approach, and pops the hook on our brand new core. At that time, Mario was a community member, and since then has been hired onto the team to assist with documentation and other writing.

“That is a common theme with ARK. Community members can’t help themselves, they just want to get involved. One day they wake up with a job interview. I was the same way, having been very active with ARK for about 10 months now, building resources on my own and running services like arkstickers.com, delivering ARK sticker packs anywhere in the world. Now I am proudly on the ARK team as communications specialist, and it’s a new adventure every day. Whether team, delegate or community, there are always fun challenges, exciting opportunities and great people. Here are the links to Mario’s two-part article.” And I gave those links. Cool.

Altcoin Magazine continued, asking, “What are the coin metrics, and how do they lead to a stable and balance system?” I responded by saying, “The ARK Genesis block, circa March 21, 2017, crated 125 million ARK, with some locked for the team, and some other ARK reserved for special development in a fund called ARK Shield. To reward delegates for their node operations and delegate services, two ARK are forged in each block, which clocks in at a brow-raising eight second block time. This results in approximately 7,884,000 new ARK per year. Because this number is fixed, this results in a healthy, declining inflation rate instead of a harmful, fixed inflation rate. This arrangement, combined with the delegate system, comprises ARK’s delegated-proof-of-stake consensus algorithm.

“ARK has made a number of critical improvements on delegated-proof-of-stake that gives it the edge over other delegated-proof-of-stake-based projects, albeit the details may not be appropriate for an abridged article such as this. There is a helpful presentation, though, available here, and that presentation link can be found on arkdirectory.com/kits.”

Altcoin Magazine continued the interview, asking, “If people want to follow you on social media, visit your website or read your important documents, what are they links they need to visit? Please list them below.” Well, ark.io has a lot of links, and if you’re in front of your computer, check one of these out. I answered by saying, “It’s quite easy to learn about ARK on our website, ark.io, or our documentation portal, which is at docs.ark.io.

“However, for the more visual people, we also have informative yet concise videos at our official YouTube channel, which is at youtube.com/arkecosystem. If audio is more your tune, it’s thearkcryptopodcast.com. that’s where you can hear me speak about ARK every Friday, and it’s easy to subscribe using multiple platforms. But you already knew that, because you’re listening to me right now. Thanks! To communicate and chat with me directly, or to join the ARK Community Committee and collaborate on ARK projects, which are mostly non-programming, and earn ARK, locate me on the Discord, which is discord.ark.io. Moreover, many community members can be found on the ARK Slack, which is at ark.io/slack. And we also have a very nice subreddit at reddit.com/r/arkecosystem.”

Altcoin Magazine began to wrap up, asking, “Where is the best place for people to start acquiring your currency?” Well, I responded with some very carefully worded thoughts, starting with: “While this article is not intended as investment advice, or to convince anyone to buy the ARK mainnet token, and all investments carry risk and may lose value … A very easy way to obtain ARK would be to buy it on Binance, Bitrex, UPbit, or over a dozen other exchanges viewable on ark.io on the bottom of the homepage. Our partnership with Changelly allows you to buy ARK from directly inside our desktop wallet, even with [inaudible 00:19:27] depending on your country or region. However, a truly rewarding method to obtain ARK is to earn or win it. There are over a dozen ways to do that, outlined in the ARK Crypto Podcast episode five.”

Nice. Altcoin Magazine then asked me to provide any final thoughts, and I said, “Sure. Learning more about ARK on Medium is easy, by visiting blog.ark.io, or following one of our more notable team members on Medium: BoldNinja, Matthew DC, Travis, or me, Justin. Our ARK desktop wallet v2 is on its way, so be sure to stay up to date with the latest announcements to get a notification once it’s out. Thank you for including me in Altcoin Magazine, and please let me know if there is anything ARK can do for you in the future.”

Well, that was a really fun interview, and I had such a good time talking about ARK. I always do. You can probably tell, because I’m willing to go anywhere and talk to anyone about ARK. I really like ARK’s products because they’re so easy to us, and anyone can use them to participate in the blockchain space. Not only that, but one of ARK’s main goals is to reduce the barrier to entry for someone utilizing blockchain technology to achieve a goal or provide a use case. And someday, the types of people that utilize ARK blockchain technology and deploy their own blockchains may surprise you.

All right, that’ll just about do it for this episode of the ARK Crypto Podcast. Tun in next week for episode 13, which will most definitely be hot Vegas news and content. I can’t wait, mostly because I don’t know what it is. It’s still Tuesday, remember? You can learn more about the ARK Crypto Podcast on our website, thearkcryptopodcast.com. You can subscribe directly via iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, Stitcher, Spotify and … which one? Hold on. Okay. ARK Crypto Pod … Which one was it? Oh, crap, I typed it in wrong. Hold on. Arkcryptopodcast.com Yeah. Wait, no. Thearkcryptopodcast.com. Got it, got it, got it. Thearkcryptopodcast.com. Right, okay. Castbox. You can also subscribe on Castbox, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at ark_podcast. As always, thank you for listening, and thank you for supporting the ARK ecosystem. We’ll see you next time.

Episode #010 — ArkTimeline Project Launch & Mass Adoption Presentation — BlockchainNW Seattle Oct 16 2018

The tenth episode of the ARK Crypto Podcast is here! This episode brings us back into the action after a brief break. The recently formed ARK Community Committee has launched its first collaborative project, arktimeline.com/. Check it out and learn of all ARK’s many achievements since inception. This was a joint effort from many committee members, and you can see the chat history of collaboration at discord.ark.io #committee. Today is a very proud day for ARK!

The ACC needs 1000 ARK so I can pay the hardworking team, keeping none for myself. Here are more details on how to help: twitter.com/ArkStickers/status/1053096545518669824

Also in this episode, you’ll hear my talk on Mass Adoption Concepts at BlockchainNW in Seattle, WA on October 16th. I met some ARK fans there as well, including the winner of the DI1BT Contest! How cool is that?

For more information, visit our website: https://TheARKCrypoPodcast.com.

For more episodes & insight into all things ARK, follow us on facebooktwitterinstagram or subscribe with your favorite podcast app. We are currently live on SoundcloudiTunesStitcherGoogle Play Music, and Spotify. As always, thanks for listening!

This episode is hosted by Justin Renken.

Enjoy!


TRANSCRIPT

Hello, Cryptoland. I’m Justin. It’s Friday and this is ARK Crypto Podcast, Episode 10. Well, a lot going on for me at least with ARK this week, a lot to talk about and I’m super excited. Ah, hard to keep my mind in order. Let’s do first things first. Last week, there is no episode released seven days ago for the podcast, and you noticed that the week before that there were two episodes released.

You could say that we released two and then we didn’t release one the next week, and now, we’re back. You could say that I got really sick which I did, and you don’t want to hear that voice in the podcast. It wasn’t sounding great. And so you can pick the reason you like better and apply that to why there was no episode last week. But we are back with episode 10 and you know what that means, the ARK Crypto Podcast, since its launch, has gone 10x.

Now, the podcast has some new exclusive, never before heard content that you can here today in this episode. That is, my talk from the Seattle Blockchain Northwest Summit that I went to on Tuesday. And I had a really great time there. It was a really nice conference and a lot of great speakers and very cool panels with really nice themes. And a lot of people wanted to talk to me about ARK like during the breaks and after that the show and everything.

When I first got there, there was some issues that were going on with the sound and video projection, lights and stuff, and I have a lot of experience there. So I was able to help the Blockchain Northwest team. I get everything up and running smoothly. I also never leave home without my wireless kit, so I was traveling with that, and we use that to help the panels get mic’ed up with multiple wireless mics and it sounded really great.

So, I was really pleased to be a part of this summit as well in terms of helping it run smoothly. And you can see some photos on Twitter but more importantly, you can hear what I’ve said in this episode. So we’re going to listen to that. And a video will be released on the ARK.io YouTube channel that we recorded in 4K in all of its beauty that you can check out over there as well. That’s not out yet but it’s coming soon.

What else is going on in the ARKosphere? Well, you might recall that a few weeks ago, I launched what’s called the ARK Community Committee and the ARK Community Committee is a group of people that volunteered to do cool ARK stuff together, collaborate all over the world, and we started up with our first project codename CHRONOS.

This was probably maybe a month ago that we started this up, and I’m pleased to announce that as of today, it’s ready and launched. The real name of project CHRONOS is arktimeline.com. What is ArkTimeline? Well, this is a resource that multiple people in the committee came together to make into a reality that allows anyone to see how far ARK has come since its inception in late 2016 and mainnet launch in early 2017.
You’ll notice that Twitter has a lot of info about crypto projects and what’s going on. The issue is it’s really hard to kind of see in the past the ARK of accomplishment that a project has and then the roadmap tends to focus more on general achievements over time. So I thought that there’s a lot of value in being able to get caught up quickly if you first hear about a project, but they’ve already been running for two years, something like ARK. There should be a quick way for you to kind of see everything that’s happened from ARK’s point of view, from the project’s point of view and search it, filter it, explore it and in terms of categories.

This is what ArkTimeline is. It’s the Twitter account of ARK.io, the ARK Ecosystem @ArkEcosystem but instead of looking at tweets and endless scrolling, we’ve designed headlines that kind of read like slugs that describe events that happened in the ARKosphere over time. These slugs are also categorized so you can basically see, for example, all of the accomplishments relating to the wallet, what day it happened. There was a release, what was it, when was Ledger integrated, things like that. You can click on it, and then you can see the tweet.
Not only that but you can search and filter. You can also search by date so if you’re wondering for example what did ARK do in Q1 2018, you can set a date filter. If you’re only interested in, for example, interoperability, you can click that checkbox and see all of the events that pertain to your parameters. Not only that but we have a really cool feature that we call Big. So if we determine an event to be big, for example, the formation of the SCIC business entity or the approval of the mobile wallet on the iOS store. That’s going to be specifically marked and colorized so you can see which events are big, big if true, and they are.

So check out this resource at Arktimeline.com. Now, that we’ve launched it, I did bring up when I first formed the committee that I intend to seek out bounties to compensate people for volunteering their time and contributing to various projects. It’s kind of more like we show you results and then you appreciate those results, and feel more comfortable putting up ARK in exchange for having these resources exist.

So what I’ve done is I’ve set up an ARK address. This is an ARK address that you can see on the ArkStickers Twitter. I released a tweet with the QR code and the address for the ARK timeline bounty address. Now, the goal is 1,000 ARK for the ACC. I am not going to accept any ARK personally. I’m only a liaison project manager. Only ARK Community Committee members who are working on the project, for example, categorizing and naming all of these events. The dev team, it’s a two-person dev-team who built the actual resource, made it all talk.

There’s a really smart and intelligent admin control panel login area, so members who don’t know anything about coding can maintain as an admin, maintain the resource as new events happen. It’s really quite intelligent. It also has day and night mode. I know ARK fans really love day and night mode. It has that. And so, what I want to do is I want to get 1,000 ARK into this address. This can come from Ark Angels like private holders. This can come from the ACF. This can come from the ARK Bounty Wallets.

It can also come from community members or delegates and once it gets to a thousand, I already have the breakdown of the percentage contribution of all the different members, and I’ll be able to award them for their help. So if you would be so kind as to contribute some ARK after experiencing a resource if you really like it, then please start filling up that wallet.

Our next projects are in the works. We’ve got a couple of them and I’m not too sure which one we’re going to tackle next, but we really do hope that you enjoy ArkTimeline.com and there it is. So let’s move into the exclusive release of my presentation ARK Ecosystem Mass Adoption Concepts that I gave at Blockchain Northwest in Seattle on Tuesday, October 16th. Enjoy.

Next, we have Justin Renken from ARK.io. It’s the next generation blockchain platform. Also, I want to give a big shoutout to Justin too helping us on a few things on the AV as [inaudible 00:08:43] from Los Angeles. So, Justin Renken.

Yeah, I got the clicker, yeah. Thank you.

What’s up, everyone? Blockchain Northwest, here we are, very cool. I appreciate you guys not clapping, it means you want to see if I’m good. I get it. You’re very discerned for sure. I was really excited to come out to this conference because it’s in a comedy club and I’ve done stand-up comedy so this is like my zone, I feel very comfortable. Now, I’m up here talking about blockchains so that’s even cooler.

ARK.io, it’s a really exciting platform that has been getting worked on for over two years now something like that, and a lot of accomplishments along the way as well. What we’re going to do today is talk about some mass adoption concepts. I custom cooked up a little presentation for Blockchain Northwest specifically because the theme is mass adoption concepts, of course.

And when a community member over in ARK messaged me about this conference, I was like, “Well, let me check it out.” So I sent email. I was like, “Hi, my name is Justin. I am from ARK.io point-click blockchain and I want to do a little talk at your conference, see kind of what’s going on.” He’s like, “Oh, hi, Justin. I’m Justin too. Let me tell you all about the conference.” I was like, “Oh, hold on, you have the same name as me? All right, I’m in. I’m already booking you right now.” Same name squad. Nice.

Let’s get started with that. I’m going to start with some abstract concepts, just things that I kind of feel and ARK feels are important to get to what we call mass adoption. What is that? What does that entail? And then I’m going to talk about ARK and the concrete applications that ARK is using to achieve and kind of relate back to these abstract concepts relating to mass adoption. So, let’s get started with that.
Get out my handy-dandy remote here, test that out. Cool, that’s our logo. It’s pretty one, red and pointy. You’ll see it on page one of CoinMarketCap. This presentation is available on a community website called ARKdirectory.com/kits. I also have four other presentations that they cover lots of different things from what it is, how the inflation works, different ways that people can earn and get ARK within the ecosystem. You can check that out. There’s also a lot of other resources there.

And there are some disclaimers as we know. We know this because we watched the videos on YouTube and they all have them so here we go. This is not investment advice. You guys knew that. It’s not solicitation of investment and the presentation does not contain any insider information. The presenter might be on the ARK.io team. In this case, I am. I’m the communications specialist for ARK.io. I was hired about three months ago.
The accuracy of statements is not guaranteed and the ARK token is not a security and the presenter likely holds ARK tokens. I do. In fact, I have 20 ARK tokens on my phone right now and if any of you would like to download the ARK mobile wallet which is on Android and iOS, at the end of my presentation, I will ask someone to volunteer to come up and receive the ARK that I have on my phone on to your phone. You’ll receive that ARK within eight seconds, which is a very fast block time for decentralized project such as ARK.

Hit the iOS store or the Android store right now if you want to download the app and you want to create a wallet. It’s very easy to use that’s why I’m not giving you any instructions because ARK is a platform for consumer adoption. We want everything to be very, very easy. So why don’t you tell me if it’s easy and if you like it, then I’ll give you some ARK.

Let’s go to the next slide and that’s me because I have a remote. Not used to having a remote, guys. So, abstract concepts, we’re going to talk about these and then we’re going to talk about ARK and how ARK is using this to kind of marry this all together. Abstract concepts like mass participation, reduction of barrier to entry, the emotional response, community strength and the inspiration feedback loop, that’s one of my favorites.
And then ARK which has beautiful wallets and elegant voting system using the Delegated Proof-of-Stake blockchain consensus algorithm. And we have what’s called push button blockchain which allows you to deploy a blockchain in minutes, seconds in the future for any used case that you want. As well, SmartBridges, we want to link together all these blockchains that you’re deploying. Not only that but we want to link together all the blockchains because it just makes sense. We need that to have mass participation. It’s not just going to be one coin everywhere. It’s going to be a bunch of coins that need to talk to each other.

We’ll also talk a little bit about the partnerships and events that ARK is a part of and streams of income as well, how to get ARK, very cool. Mass participation, I hear mass adoption a lot and what is mass adoption? Is mass adoption just, “I have ARK and I give you the ARK and you give me a hotdog and a bunch of people do that?” Is that mass adoption?

It seems kind of simple to me. I think that mass participation makes a little bit more sense because in blockchain world, there are so many opportunities that people can take advantage of that they might not be exposed to in their everyday lives. Once people get accustomed to that, then they’ll be able to use those opportunities to participate in the ecosystem. They’re not just consumers that are like buying stuff with cryptocurrency. They’re also participants who are helping add value to the ecosystem.

It’s not just about the people who have their pictures on the website adding value to the ecosystem, guys. It’s about everyone who’s participating in the ecosystem acting as a participant. You want to give everyone a place to fit in within the ecosystem. AKR does this very well.

Also, a very big one, we like to call this the special sauce of the ARK. It reduces the barrier to entry. We want to make ARK easy for users to start using crypto and blockchains like the wallets and things like that. We want to make it easy for developers to launch their own blockchains. This makes sense because if you’re sitting as a small business, or if you’re sitting as a college student in a dorm room somewhere, some small operation but you have the big idea, you want to get from big idea to here’s my blockchain as fast as possible. That way, you can develop on top of it. You don’t have to worry about having all of the, I don’t know, you’d call it the trinkets and the infrastructures and all that. It’s kind of all handed for you.

And we have a modular system that lets you just plug and play different modules. You want interplanetary file system? Press here. You want ARK virtual machines? You can run smart contracts in your own blockchain, not some other mainnet. Press here. Then you get your own blockchain. Really nice, make it very easy.

Also easy for everyone to interact with other blockchains. We do that with our SmartBridge Technology. The community protocol called ACES or ARK Contract Execution Services. What ACES does is it allows someone who has ARK and an ARK wallet to interact with another blockchain like for example Bitcoin. If the guy that has your hotdog only accepts Bitcoin, you can use ARK and the SmartBridges to send ARK and then they will receive Bitcoin all seamlessly in the background, making it very easy for the end user. This, of course, can be expanded and scaled to any cryptocurrency out there.
Not only that, but the ACES team has successfully established two-way transfers with Ethereum. For example, you can trigger an Ethereum smart contract without even owning the token of Ethereum or touching the Ethereum blockchain. You can do that with ARK and the ACES protocol. So, easy, easy, easy. You guys with me so far? Very cool.

Emotional response. We want to offer people more than just like the risk/reward volatility. If everybody was comfortable with taking risks and gambling and stuff, there would be no meaning of the word. It’s about not everybody is willing to do that. What ARK does and what I personally observed through my own personal experience from being a community member within ARK is that it offers me something like pride, fulfillment, accomplishment, belonging, the sense that I’m a part of something, doing something. What I’m doing is making a difference. I’m making lots of friends all over the world.

All these things play together and have nothing to do with graphs, the price going up and down, any of that. It’s more like, “Huh, my life is kind of better off now that I know about blockchains and I’m doing blockchain stuff than before.” And once people get wind of this and kind of figure this out, we can get to that mass adoption situation, which of course, ties into community strength.

We want to create a community of doers, not watchers, at ARK at the very least. With ARK, the community placed a key role even at the most entry level of I-have-the-token because of the Delegated Proof-of-Stake consensus algorithm. Users can vote for delegates who secure the network, create new ARK tokens and run unique and valuable community services that you can use when you’re using the ARK mainnet token. And that voting situation achieves the decentralization but maintains the performance which is why Delegated Proof-of-Stake is cool.

There are some things that you want to watch out for and avoid with Delegated Proof-of-Stake. But don’t worry because ARK avoids them all, and we’re going to talk about that. You want to give members an opportunity to make a difference and enable members to collaborate with each other. If you have teams who inspire other teams, who work with other teams, who nobody necessarily knows exactly what everybody is doing but everybody is unified in a common goal, that’s how you can really scale the participation. And ARK is well primed for that.

And finally, the inspiration feedback loop. I did touch a little bit about that just now. People, they jump in and do stuff. Others see how cool and easy it is to do stuff. They jump in and do new stuff. This inspires cooler and more stuff and positive reinforcement closes the loop. When you have this loop closed, you’ll have someone like me who gets up and talks about ARK and how cool and easy it is to do cool ARK stuff. Somebody over here is listening to me and now, it makes them want to do the cool ARK stuff and they might know a little bit more than me or even be a little bit more talented than me in certain areas. But now, they’re contributing those talents to ARK and then it kind of feeds back like that, inspiration feedback loop.

Abstract concepts, we got them. Let’s talk about the concrete applications starting with the wallets and voting. And I start with the wallets and voting because it is well known that ARK has the most beautiful desktop, mobile, paper, and web wallets out there. Very intuitive, very easy to use. I’m on the ARK.io Slack all the time where people will join the community and they’ll say, “I’m literally only here because my mom figured out how to use the wallet.” I’m quoting. It’s very easy to use. Mom can use it, very cool.

All the wallets launched instantly, so you don’t have to like sync stuff. That’s all taken care of through the DPOS consensus algorithm. And it’s available on Google Play and iOS. It’s open source as well just like everything else ARK related. The community can suggest features directly and work on the code which is cool. That ties into mass participation. You want everybody contributing their ideas, making the product better, a reduction of barrier to entry, so easy to use.

Also, the desktop wallet is integrated with Changelly, so you can buy ARK from the directly inside the desktop wallet which is really handy. You can also do that with a credit card depending on your country region with Fiat. Also the desktop wallet is integrated into the Ledger Nano S, so you can have your coins on your desktop wallet and protect them with your Ledger. You can also vote for delegates using your Ledger. How secure is that? Nice.

Also, the emotional response. I have a friend who has suggested a feature in the mobile wallet and said, “Hey, I have a really cool idea for a feature.” I said, “Hey, get on the GitHub and suggest that feature.” So, he did. He laid out the details and then the team put that into the wallet in the next update. He was like, “Whoa, this is my idea. It’s now in the wallet. How cool is that?” That’s the emotional response that we’re talking about. And, of course, that inspires everybody else to get involved.

We talked about wallets. Now let’s talk about voting. Now with voting, the users vote for delegates and in ARK, there’s 51 Delegates who create new ARK tokens, secure the blockchain, and offer unique ARK services. There’s also relay notes that increase the resilience of the network. They don’t create new tokens but they’re useful for providing like tendrils to connect to the blockchain and also just making it more robust in general.
Now as a user, you’ll vote with your wallet and it’s one vote per ARK. If you have 100 ARK, you have 100 votes. You can only vote for one delegate at a time. You can’t vote for multiple delegates. Now these delegates create new tokens and they don’t keep them all. They voluntarily share them with their voters through the blockchain. They pay that out voluntarily and you get what’s called voting rewards. And that means that you can basically stake while your wallets are offline. If you have some ARK on a desktop wallet or a mobile wallet, then you can vote for a delegate, shut off your phone, shut off your computer. Nobody cares. The delegates do their thing. They reward you ARK. It’s super easy, very easy to use, very intuitive.

Now, the delegates do not control your coins at any point, so you’re not giving your funds to them. You’re just storing your ARK in your wallet and your ARK has weights that is assigned to the delegate that you’re voting for. If your ARK and your wallet or goes up or down, you add ARK to it or expand ARK. Your voting weight will automatically adjust and you don’t have to do anything. It’s all very intuitive and very easy.
You can get ARK throughout the year. How much can you get? Well, it’s kind of complicated. There’s lots of factors that determine how much ARK you can get but this is a very general average number that I like to tell people that for the average forging delegate expects one ARK per month for every 132 ARK in your wallet that you have in your wallet. If you have a 132 ARK in your wallet, you’ll be getting about one ARK per month from the average delegate. You can go to ARKdirectory.com/delegate to learn more about how delegates work, how voting works, who the delegates are. They all offer really cool services that you can also check out as well.
Delegated Proof-of- Stake, let’s talk about that. Delegated Proof of Stake is the consensus algorithm. It’s faster than Proof-of-Work, more representative than Proof-of-Stake. You can run delegate nodes with standard hardware. The ARK protocol help prevent voting cartels because it’s one ARK per one vote weight. And you can become a forging delegate with zero funds. All you need is the votes, so you don’t have to like be rich already to have a say in the network. All you need is support.

Anyone with a team wallets don’t vote delegates in the power. It’s all the community. It’s all the network. The ARK team and the ARK wallets don’t point at people and say, “You’re a delegate, you’re not.” That’s important for decentralization. And this ties into reducing the barrier-to-entry, emotional response, the community strength and the inspiration feedback loop. Because with the delegates, when the network first launched, anyone could become a delegate.
But eventually, new delegates came in to offer higher payouts. And then after that, newer delegates came in to launch unique services that says if you vote me into power, not only will I pay you a lot of ARK out but I’ll also, for example, like run video game tournaments or also design cool games people can play and earn ARK or I’ll have an ARK faucet that you can get free ARK every day, things like that. Then this inspires newer delegates to come in and launch bigger services and the cycle feeds back. There’s another website, ARKdelegates.io you can go to, to learn more about that.

Push button blockchains. We need push button blockchains that anyone regardless of their technical background or aim can utilize and leverage blockchain technology. Deploy your own blockchain as easy as possible. Create a blockchain using a graphical user interface. This is super cool for ARK because if you don’t have all the technical knowledge, it’s okay. You can just use the graphical user interface to point, click, drag, drop, design your blockchain with helpful guides and visual cues to get you set up. And then you can build on top of that.

18 programming languages are supported. Got to include them all. And you can utilize webhooks for event listening. This is really cool if you don’t want to be polling the blockchain all the time, “Hey, let me know about this. Hey, let me know about this. Hey, let me know about this.” With webhooks and with ARK, it’s more like, “I’ll let you know when something happens. Just quit bugging me.” That’s how webhooks work. It’s very cool.
Also, the modular architecture uses the plugin structure, so you can, as I said earlier, you can have specific modules like the [inaudible 00:26:51] package or ARK VM or IPFS. You can design your blockchain with or without these modules, and it uses a powerful test suite, the Jest Framework is really handy. This is all cool but if it’s too technical for you all, no problem. Push one button. Blockchain right now, much customizing, not very hard. Wow, such enhancement anyone can do. Nice.

SmartBridges, we want to connect all the blockchains just like I said. ARK Contract Execution Services, it’s protocol agnostic. So that means that it doesn’t matter how the two different blockchains are set up. It will still interoperate. We connect it to Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and of course, we’ll connect to the ARK BridgeChains. That’s what we call ARK [inaudible 00:27:39].
Multiple chains eliminate network bloat because if you have your own network and your own blockchain, you don’t have to worry about your neighbor who is running a really popular smart contract bogging down your performance. That’s what ARK is trying to do, make a lot of blockchains, make them talk.

We have a lot of partnerships with various other projects and organizations like Bitcoin PR Buzz. Blockport and Changelly are exchange partners. Hiway.io for HR resources. MARAChain for secure document transmission. The Ø Crypto Union for crypto lending, Major League Hacking so we can get our idea out there for aspiring developers. And of course, we go to lots of events like we completely blew up Consensus NYC. It was awesome, and we also went to Consensus Singapore, ToFinance and way, way more.

Also, mass participation. You want to have lots of opportunities for people that discover ARK to do stuff, and there’s just so many. We have the ARK community fund. It will fund your project any idea you want that helps ARK. You can get funded. We have contest running all the time. You can get voting rewards as I explained. You can run retail sales. I have a website called ARKstickers.com. I mail ARK stickers all over the world. It’s really cool.

Services and favors, general bounties, hosting events. This one slide is an entire presentation that you can check out on ARKdirectory.com/kits or my ARK Crypto Podcast. You can check this out in Episode 5 and you can subscribe on the ARKcryptopodcast.com, not bad. Here’s our logo again. It’s pretty sweet, right? And our Twitter is @ARKEcosystem. If you have Twitter, follow us there. All of our news is there and here is our website for my podcast. I have new episodes releasing every Friday.

That’s it. Who has the wallet? Does anybody want ARK? You raise your hand. Come on up, man. Come on up. I’m going to give you some ARK right now. Okay, you got it, man. It’s all good.

Thank you.

Good job, that easy, eight seconds. This is ARK. My name is Justin. Thank you very much for having me, Blockchain.

All right, that’s going to do it for this episode of the ARK Crypto Podcast. Tune in next week for Episode 11. I really have to start working on these next episode promos. They could probably sound a bit more enticing. But then I would have to admit that I don’t really know what I’m going to talk about next week. Oh, no, I just did.

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Episode #009 — Discussing Finalists And Revealing The Winner Of The Describe Ark In 1 Block Contest Part 2

The ninth episode of the ARK Crypto Podcast is here! I discuss the finalists of the ‘Describe ARK in 1 Block Time Contest’, sporting a 180 ARK prize provided by delegates fun, deadlock, rising_sun, pieface, thegoldenhorde, thefoundry, arkade_delegate, yin and goose. I also announce the WINNER in this episode! To maximize your enjoyment, try to resist skipping to the end 😉

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TRANSCRIPT

Hello Crypto Land, I’m Justin. It’s still Friday and this is the ARK Crypto Podcast, episode nine. Well we’re moving things right along here with the judging of the Describe ARK in 1 Block Time Contest. That contest is sporting a nice prize of 180 ARK. This is winner take all. And in this episode we’re going to touch on the finalist entries and I’ll provide some insight on those as well. That prize is sponsored by many generous delegates including fun, deadlock, rising sun, pieface, the golden horde, the foundry, arcade delegate, yin, and goose. Thank you so much for providing the prize for this contest and in this episode we’re going to see who gets that prize. Exciting times. Hopefully you’ll also learn a little bit more about ARK than you did before, which is a nice goal to have, right? Let’s get started.

So these entries are going to be read shortest description to longest description so there isn’t necessarily a ranking. Here we go. Well, we are going to kick things off with a goodun. Oh yes, I really like this one. User Colinkstin says, “ARK is block chain for the rest of us.” Now let that sink in. I really like it a lot. ARK is block chain for the rest of us. Now why is it that I like this one so much?

Well, ARK’s goal is really to lower the barrier to entry for users, developers, and everyone else to utilize block chain technology. You know, in the current space where you have the vast majority of projects requiring a very high degree of acuity and knowledge and experience to utilize block chain technology, ARK’s goal is to include as many people as possible beyond just those people. ARK wants to include everyone to be able to utilize block chain technology if needed.

And really, I feel ARK is doing the best job at achieving this and striving for this in their vision which is why I’m on the ARK team, because I think that’s very important. I want as many people as possible to use block chain technology. It just makes sense. So when Colinkstin said, “block chain for the rest of us,” it really resonated with me a lot. Dare I say, and I might say and dare to say it rivals point click block chain. Okay. I’m just saying it one time. I’m not trying to fork the slogan, but I’m just one person saying one thing.

Let’s move on to Moizam2K. Moizam2K says, “ARK is a secure financial layer for your online business in one click.” Wow. Very concise and very effective way to describe ARK. You know, with ARK’s push-button deployable block chains, even a smaller franchise business could spin up their own block chain for purposes such as inventory control or a rewards program. And they wouldn’t need to know everything about block chains and cryptography to do that.

So Moizam2K’s description really fits in well with ARK. Next up we’ve got JimmyRNJ. Alright, JimmyRNJ says, “ARK is one of the most innovative platforms that links block chains through smart bridges.” Well, smart bridge is a term used exclusively by ARK so I would say that ARK is the only and most innovative platform that links block chains through smart bridges. But I’m splitting hairs here and I’m just joshing with you guys a little bit. I like this entry a lot, thank you so much.

Alright, next up we’ve got Sioband. So Sioband I’ve noticed around the ARKosphere doing ARK stuff, good on you Sioband. Sioband’s entry is, “Any crypto, any block chain, any developer, any platform, one solution: ARK ecosystem.” Oh I really like that one too. It kind of rings. I get it. That’s a great one. Thank you.

Okay let’s move up to Motto121. So Motto121 says that “ARK is an ecosystem interconnected block chain network trying to connect all other block chains.” So I wouldn’t necessarily say trying to connect, but I understand that it hasn’t connected them all yet. However, ARK’s community ace’s protocol project has successful established two-way transfers with bitcoin, light coin, and Ethereum. And you can use ARK and the ace’s protocol to fire off an Ethereum contract without ever touching or owning the Ethereum token. So that’s not a bad start. And the ace’s protocol does have the capability today to connect all other block chains. It simply is up to community developers to join up with the ace’s project and implement ace’s encoded listeners for whatever chains they want.

So at that point it’s just a limit of who wants to jump in and who wants to increase the list of chains that ace’s communicates with. Pretty cool. Let’s move on to Trout Fire. So Trout Fire says “ARK is the internet of block chains. Easy to build off of and connect to countless projects.” Very true, very apt. Describes ARK. I do like this submission. I think it’s really good. I think it should be a finalist and it’s great. Thank you so much.

Alright so after that we have Azure Infinity. That’s a very cool sounding name, I like it. Azure Infinity says “ARK is an open source interoperability ecosystem built for anyone requiring a block chain solution.” Which is very true, and very short way to describe a lot of what ARK does. I think it’s an effective entry. I think there’s a lot of syllables involved. I had to do that a couple times and delete a couple takes, I’m not gonna lie about that. But I really do like the entry. Thank you so much.

Okay, let’s move on to Allie Bite. So Allie Bite says “ARK is the quickest and cleanest looking block chain on the planet, with a killer community and a bright future.” Oh I really like this one. This is a good one. Let’s read that one more time. Allie Bite says “ARK is the quickest and cleanest looking block chain on the planet, with a killer community and a bright future.” And you know I agreed with all this so much that I got off the couch myself and I started to help ARK in any way I could, just as a community member doing things for ARK and coming up with different ideas to get the word out and build resources for people to learn more about ARK more easily.

And I think that if I read something like this at the beginning I would be that much more excited to get involved. I really like that this entry is not so much quantitative in terms of speed, scalability, it’s decentralized. It’s more qualitative, where it’s speaking to that part of the brain that responds emotionally, right? The quickest and cleanest looking block chain on the planet with a killer community and a bright future. I get that. Okay, next up we’ve got Rocked.

And I like to say Rocked, just based on the spelling. But Rocked is also on the ARK community committee working on our first project called project chrono so that’s the code name, and we’re collaborating all over the world to come together and build a really cool, educational resource that helps a lot of people learn about ARK and learn just how far ARK has come since its launch in early 2017 and inception in late 2016. And Rocked is a really great community member, we really appreciate having him around. I do know it’s a him. And we’re gonna read his entry now, which is probably gonna be good. Here we go.

So Rocked says “ARK is providing the tools developers need and users want to enable mass adoption of block chain technology.” Very effective entry. Describes it and hits it right on the head. If you walked up to somebody on the street and they asked you “oh, what’s ARK?” and you said this, I would not be in any way displeased with that. This is great. Thank you so much.

Alright let’s go to Nevers Believe. So Nevers Believe listed off some specific aspects of the ARK toolkit in their entry. And Nevers says, “ARK, where [inaudible 00:08:40], IPFS, and interoperability come together to form the market’s top customizable template block chain solution.” Yeah, true, and great. ARK is a delegated proof of stake consensus algorithm, where you have 51 delegates processing blocks, creating new ARK, and running valuable community services that you can utilize when you’re using the ARK main net token, which is also very cool.

Not only that, but ARK is also working on the IPFS module that will be a plug in for ARK v2. IPFS stands for interplanetary file system and what this would do is it would allow for a block chain to be able to store and represent large files so that services can access those files and the storage would be decentralized. So you wouldn’t have to run a block chain, which is decentralized, and that block chain may require access to larger files, right? You wouldn’t have to store those files on a centralized server because that wouldn’t really make sense. It would also provide a weak point if decentralization is your aim. So ARK is working on the interplanetary file system module that will allow you to decentralize the file storage as well. This would be very useful because I would say that-

… as well. This would be very useful because I would say that having files and access to files is pretty important if you want to build any type of system that goes beyond, “Here’s some tokens, give me a hot dog.” Now, Nevers also mentioned interoperability, which is true. The ASUS protocol and decentralized smart-bridges that ARK inter-operates with other chains, ARK will be able to inter-operate with its own bridgechains. A bridge chain is what we call it when you create your own blockchain for whatever purposes you want. That is not called a sidechain in ARK land.

In ARK world that is called a bridgechain, because when you create your own blockchain, it will be inter-operable right out of the box with the ARK main net. Then you will be plugged into the overall larger ARK ecosystem. It’s a really cool thing, and I look forward to the ecosystem growing. Thanks for your entry.

Okay, let’s move on to Tyler J. Keenan. So, Tyler J. Keenan provided an entry, obviously. If he didn’t he would not be mentioned in this podcast. Uh-huh. His entry is, “ARK empowers everyone, regardless of their aim or technical background, to quickly and easily leverage blockchain technology.” Ah, this is a bit of unique approach that Tyler took. Let’s read that again.

So, Tyler J. Keenan says, “ARK empowers everyone, regardless of their aim or technical background, to quickly and easily leverage blockchain technology.” Okay. Now, let’s break this down. Because each section, it’s really well put together, and touches on a key aspect of what ARK’s vision is, and what ARK does. Okay.

So, the first one, right? ARK empowers everyone. Yes, ARK empowers everyone. That’s the goal. That’s what ARK is doing, that’s what ARK wants to do. Let’s move on. Regardless of their aim or technical background. This is great, okay. This is great because it directly touches on the reduction of barrier to entry, so that everyone can participate in the blockchain space. Regardless of their aim or technical background. ARK wants people who know a lot about programming, and a lot about coding, and a lot about computer science, to be able to easily use blockchain technology. Why do extra work if you don’t have to, right?

But, ARK also wants to allow people with less acuity and less capability in the technical space who have an idea, and a means to execute that idea, with the ARK blockchain tool kit. ARK wants to empower them to also utilize blockchain technology so that they are not stuck wondering how to get this done, or having to hire really expensive people to do it for them, or something like that.

And finally, we’ve got to quickly and easily leverage blockchain technology. Well, of course, that’s the idea. ARK push button deployable blockchains, push a button, deploy a blockchain. That sounds quick and easy to me. And I don’t see a lot of projects offering this type of solution, right? Push a button. Get your own blockchain with all of the powers and tools that the main net would have, and have access to, but you can customize and control all of those parameters, and build whatever decentralized applications or settings that you want to have on your network. Run your network with a delegated proof of stake, very fast, yet decentralized, and fair governance system that allows high security when the network is small, unlike proof of work. And not only that, but be inter-operable with an entire world of blockchains. I have not seen that. If you have seen that, let me know.

Let’s move on to Walked That Way. So, Walked That Way says, “Want to create your own blockchain? Need interoperability with other chains? Need smart contracts? Enter ARK. No code required.” Hey, I do like this. I think it’s a really nice entry, and I like the nonchalant, informal approach to this entry. It’s more like you’re just chatting with a friend.

And your friend is like, “I need to create my own blockchain. And I need interoperability with other chains. And I need smart contracts.” And then you’re like, “Oh, ARK. No code required.” And they’re like, “No code required?” And you’re like, “Yeah, no code required. It’s 2019 now, so ARK has a graphical user interface that lets you spin up your own blockchain and customize it any way you want. All the parameters, block time, number of delegates, inflation rate, everything else. Not only that, but plugins that you can just drag and drop into your blockchain like IPFS and ARKVM, which is the virtual machine that lets you run smart contracts on your own main net if you want to. And you know, ARK, you just push a button and get it done. No code required.” And then they’re like, “Ah-ha. Okay. This is at least worth me looking at.” So, this is why I like this entry. It’s very conversational. Thank you.

Moving on we’ve got Slushy Alpaca. Alpaca? Alpaca? Slushy Alpaca, Alpaca. Moving on we’ve got Slushy South American Goat. And Slushy says, “ARK will be the bridge between today’s blockchains and tomorrow’s users by allowing blockchains to be built easily through ARK.” Oh, I really like this one. Oh, it’s a good one. ARK will be the bridge between today’s blockchains and tomorrow’s users. That’s very cool. That’s a very unique use of the word bridge. ARK has smart bridges. And we do know that there’s fewer users today than there will be tomorrow, right? If we didn’t believe that, then we wouldn’t be building all this stuff. So, ARK is bridging today’s blockchains and tomorrow’s users because ARK’s interoperability, ease of use, user experience, and just overall approach, allows for people to seamlessly use blockchain technology, allow a lot of things to run in the background, and they don’t have to worry about all that. So, they just do their things that they need to do and everything works out. And this is what ARK is doing. This is what ARK wants to do even more, and even better. Thanks for your entry.

All right. Let’s move on to Stacks. That is a cool name. So, Stacks says, “ARK is a fast, all-in-one platform with agility that offers interconnectivity and scalability without compromising on accessibility.” Oh, that’s a bit rhymey, huh. ARK is a fast, all-in-one platform, with agility, that offers interconnectivity, and scalability, without compromising on accessibility. Ah-ha, oh-ho, I really like this one. This is a cool one. It does have agility. It can do a lot of different stuff. It can do stuff that you might not think it would be able to do, right? That’s the cool part.

And it has interconnectivity and scalability. Right, you can run an ARK blockchain on a few servers in the same town, and you could push the transactions through the roof, if you wanted to. ARK main net, the block time is eight seconds because that is ideal, and optimized to be decentralized in the global space, and still allow for high performance. So, that’s why the eight second block time was chosen. After much testing of course. But, when you deploy your own blockchain you can customize the block time, so as long as your delegate nodes can handle the communications required to have very short block times you could do that when you deploy your blockchain.

Let’s move on to Airwick. Okay, so, Airwick says that, “ARK envisions a world where anybody can easily use or create a robust blockchain that communicates with every other blockchain.” Yeah, that is very true. ARK does envision a world where anybody can easily use or create a robust blockchain that communicates with every other blockchain. And personally, I do believe that ARK is positioned with its team, and its code base, and its experience, and its funding, to achieve this. So, there’s that.

So, next up, we’ve got Choose ARK Choose a Job. So, Choose ARK Choose a Job is my favorite Reddit user name in all of the Reddit sphere because, hey, I chose ARK, hey, I got a job. All right, so Choose ARK Choose a Job says, “DPOS, interoperability, and no speed or scaling worries. Use ARK today to create your own customized modular blockchain in seconds.” Oh yes, this is a great entry. Love that call to action. Use ARK today. Right, you’ve gotta tell people what to do. That way they’ll know what they need to do. Okay. DPOS, interoperability, and no speed or scaling worries. Use ARK today to create your own customized modular blockchain in seconds. Great. It’s a wonderful entry. I think it 100% deserves to be a finalist. Thank you so much Choose ARK Choose a Job. Keep on keeping on.

Let’s go to [Kaleko 00:19:33]. Okay, so Kaleko says, “ARK.io, a decentralized software helping businesses, consumers, and developers unlock the possibilities of blockchain technology. Point, click, blockchain.” So, I like this one too. I like them all, as you already know. And this one is more on the business side, right. It’s more on the give it to me straight. I’m wearing a suit, and I have a briefcase, and we need to talk about business. Let’s do it. ARK.io, de-

… talk about business. Let’s do it. ark.io. Decentralized software helping businesses, consumers, and developers unlock the possibilities of blockchain technology. Point. Click. Blockchain. Yeah. Let’s do it. You know, ARK is well poised to be a solution for enterprise as well. It’s not just about somebody who doesn’t know everything about programming languages, it’s also about enterprises, small companies, large companies. Even the biggest, biggest companies could easily use our open source software and spin up their own bridge chain to achieve their goals in blockchain. They don’t have to hire a bunch of their own internal employees to build something from scratch.

It doesn’t really make sense, and if they do choose ARK, which is an open source toolkit, then they will improve their image to be more like community centric. We like that it’s open source and we like the community of ARK, and what blockchains are doing to bring people together. It’s also kind of a PR move to use an open source platform instead of building your own. You’ll also save a lot of money too. ARK for enterprise. It’s a thing. Let’s move on to SFT One. So SFTT One. SFTT One says, “ARK is a sandbox of innovative, cost effective, revolutionary and easy to deploy customized solutions to any problem through cutting edge blockchain technologies.”

Yeah, this is very cool, very apt. I really like the adjectives, right? It’s innovative, absolutely. It’s cost effective, for sure. We just talked about that. It’s revolutionary, I would say, yeah, and it’s easy to deploy. Push [inaudible 00:21:48] blockchains, right? These solutions are customized so you’re in control, and it can solve any problem, because over time, ARK will develop even more modules and even more plugins that help solve specific use cases or maybe even integrate open source modules and plugins, vet them, and then integrate them into the master kit. You can see that an evolution is possible and a constant improvement of the product is easy to achieve. Not bad. Thank you. Thank you very much for that entry.

Let’s go to [Mattay 00:22:21]. It’s spelled that way. Let’s go to Mattay 252. Mattay says, “ARK is a crypto currency platform providing users with the simplest method of deploying your own blockchain directly into an active ecosystem of other side chains.” Yeah, it’s not untrue. If you said bridge chains, it would be better. I do like it. I like that it provides users with the simplest methods of deploying your own blockchain. That’s for sure the case, and I thank you so much. Let’s go to Blank Mark now. So Blank Mark says, “ARK connects many different cryptocurrencies, enabling the 200 billion dollar industry to act as a single solution with an ultra fast decentralized and scalable ecosystem.”

Whoa. Now you can see that these are getting a little bit longer, right? Went from short to long. Getting a little bit longer. I like it. I think it’s cool. I think it’s good. It’s cool. Ultra fast, decentralized, scalable. Here’s the thing, though, oh, here’s the thing. Here is the thing. I’m judging this contest, right? You’re listening to all these entries, right? After awhile, when you go through all these entries and they’re unique in their own way, but they’re also similar, but reading each one kind of over and over and over and over, I get the buzz words, like the buzz word effect of fast, scalable, decentralized, okay? I think that people are definitely a little jaded to that.

If you had eight seconds to describe ARK and you said that, “It’s fast, decentralized, and scalable,” like while true, the person asking you about ARK likely knows about other projects that also say that they are fast, decentralized and scalable. You’re not necessarily differentiating ARK. I understand that ARK is faster than a lot of projects. I understand that it’s decentralized just like other projects. I understand that it’s more scalable than some other projects, but I think that terms like this tend to go in one ear and out the other these days because you’re not walking up to someone like, “Oh, check out this project. It’s fast, decentralized, and scalable.”

They’re like, “Oh my goodness, it’s fast, decentralized, and scalable? Sign me up.” We need more distinction. However, I did like the entry in general, in the general sense, and it’s not your fault that you used some buzz words that I ended up not really resonating with, because they just get generic after awhile. That’s not your fault. I really like your entry and thank you so much. Okay, so after that, we’ve got Zero Base. Zero Base says, “ARK is an interoperability focused, independent blockchain that empowers it’s users with a practical and approachable tool kit to quickly deploy blockchain solutions across a variety of use cases.”

Well, great. It is. It does, and it’s a bit long. Not gonna lie. A bit long. I hope it’s a long elevator ride. Thank you for your submission, appreciate it. Let’s go to Jen Robias. Jen Robias, it’s a cool one. Jen Robias says, “What if you didn’t have to mine to earn? What if you could interconnect with any other blockchain? What if you could snap your fingers and create your own chain? This is what ARK is.” I like it. I do. I like it. You’re positing questions and you’re saying, “What if?” Then you’re saying, “There’s a thing for that.” I like that, I think that’s really cool. Yeah. Finalist, 100%. Thank you, Jen Robias. This person is going places, Jen Robias. Next up we’ve got Bruce Alien.

Bruce Alien, this is the last finalist, and Bruce Alien says, “ARK gives me the tools and capabilities to interact with the global economy from any internet connected location on Earth. I can stake my coins and get interest. It’s fast, secure and convenient. It just works.” Yeah, it’s very cool. I like it. It’s a great entry. ARK does give everyone the tools and capabilities to interact with the global economy from any internet connection on Earth, yeah. It’s also fast, secure and convenient. I like convenient. I think that convenient is a valid descriptor, even beyond fast, decentralized and scalable, ’cause nobody really says it’s convenient.

If you go to, I’m gonna say Project X, just insert project here, and go to their homepage. Do they say it’s convenient? I’d be hard pressed to believe you if they did. I appreciate that you touched on that. I like that you said that you can stake your coins and get interest. Yeah, that’s true. You can get voting rewards, they’re voluntarily distributed by forging delegates. There’s more information on that at arkdelegates.io, and arkdirectory.com/delegate. Check it out. All right, that concludes all the finalists. Now, as you can see, there’s a lot to pick from and they each have their own unique twist. I hope that I’m doing the community right by picking the winner. I’m gonna give the reasons why I picked this particular winner.

Here we go. The describe ARK in one block time contest winner is, Tyler J. Keening. “ARK empowers everyone, regardless of their aim or technical background, to quickly and easily leverage blockchain technology.” Why did this person win? Why did Tyler win? Personally, a few reasons, some of which I already about when we discussed this entry. But, the first three words. The first three words really jumped out at me and never went away. ARK empowers everyone. ARK empowers everyone. If you’re saying that not everyone can utilize blockchain technology, they’ve got your back regardless of your aim or technical background. ARK empowers everyone.

If you think that it’s gonna be difficult to utilize blockchain technology with ARK, don’t. Don’t think that, because it’s quick and easy. You can leverage blockchain technology. Blockchain technology isn’t the solution in and of itself, you leverage it in order to achieve your goals and your dreams, and your passions. That’s how it’s supposed to work. ARK empowers everyone to be able to do that. Tyler, thank you so much for your submission, you won. We’re going to send you ARK by way of ARK tipper, Reddit Tip Bot by Delegate Cryptology.

You’re going to get ARK and be able to redeem that ARK, keep it in your wallet, withdraw it, tip other people with it, do whatever you like with it. Congratulations. Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the contest. As always, thanks for supporting the ARK ecosystem. Well, that’s gonna wrap it for this episode of The ARK Crypto Podcast. Man, that was fun for me, I hope it was fun for you too. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or SoundCloud. Check out our site, thearkcryptopodcast.com. You can also follow us on Twitter at ark_podcast, or you can stream directly inside our tweets. How cool is that? See you next time.

Episode #008 — Discussing Ark Concepts By Revealing The Describe Ark In 1 Block Time Contest Entries Part 1

The eighth episode of the ARK Crypto Podcast is here! And lucky you, it’s part one of TWO episodes releasing on the same day! I discuss ARK concepts by reviewing the entries of the ‘Describe ARK in 1 Block Time Contest’, sporting a 180 ARK prize provided by delegates fun, deadlock, rising_sun, pieface, thegoldenhorde, thefoundry, arkade_delegate, yin and goose. Listen, laugh and learn as I navigate through fun and insightful ways to describe ARK. Stay tuned for Episode 9, featuring finalists and the winner!

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Episode #007 — Matthew DC On The ‘Cast Talking Consensus Singapore, Partnerships, ARK V2, Hiring, & Community

The seventh episode of the ARK Crypto Podcast is here! This episode marks the first exclusive interview on the show. This week, it’s Matthew DC on the ‘Cast, reporting on some exploits from the Consensus Singapore Blockchain Conference. Matt also goes into some partnership details (where shareable), and Matt and I dive into ARK v2, Hiring, the ARK Community, and more.

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Enjoy!

Episode #006 — New ARK Contest & Crypto Zombie Travis Walker Interview September 13, 2018

The sixth episode of the ARK Crypto Podcast is here! This episode highlights a new ARK Contest, the “Describe ARK in One Block Time” Contest. We know ARK is easy for users to get started with crypto, easy for developers to launch their own customized blockchains, and easy for everyone to interact with other blockchains. The ARK mainnet is also FAST, with 8 second block times! Can you describe what ARK is in one block time? You could win 180 ARK tokens!

The contest sponsors are, in no particular order, Delegate Fun, Delegate Deadlock, Delegate Rising_Sun, Delegate Pieface, Delegate Golden Horde, Delegate Foundry, Delegate Arkade, Delegate Yin, and Delegate Goose.

Go here to enter the contest:

docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQL…w8fJx7kw/viewform

This episode also covers the recent Crypto Zombie interview with ARK CMO Travis Walker. It covers a lot of ARK aspects including DPoS, ARK Core v2, and more. A very special thanks to K-DUB and the Crypto Zombie channel for having us! We really appreciate it.

Check out their channel here:

www.youtube.com/channel/UCiUnrCUGCJTCC7KjuW493Ww

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Enjoy!

Episode #005 — Participating & Earning ARK — Santa Cruz Meetup Part 3 August 15 2018

The fifth episode of the ARK Crypto Podcast is here! This episode is all about the ways you can participate and earn ARK within the ecosystem. I discuss the newly launched unofficial ARK Community Committee, which by the way, has completed Phase 1 of the first project idea this morning!

The second portion of this episode is the final recording and presentation of the Santa Cruz Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Meetup hosted by Sarah Blincoe of Narwhal.ai. Featured is the final presentation titled “ARK Streams of Income,” discussing all the ways you can earn ARK, most of which require no coding skills at all.

The presentation in today’s episode can be found at ArkDirectory.com/Kits

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Episode #004 — Part 2 of ARK At The Santa Cruz Bitcoin Meetup August 15 2018

The fourth episode of the ARK Crypto Podcast is here! This episode is PART 2 of my night at the Santa Cruz Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Meetup hosted by Sarah Blincoe of Narwhal.ai. This episode covers the second presentation of the night, titled “ARK Inflation Mechanics.” After the presentation, there was a very engaging Q&A session that had us discussing ARK concepts on a deeper level.

The presentation in today’s episode can be found at ArkDirectory.com/Kits

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Episode #003 — ARK At The Santa Cruz Bitcoin Meetup August 15 2018 Part 1

The third episode of the ARK Crypto Podcast is here! This episode is a recording of ARK.io Communications Specialist Justin Renken at the Santa Cruz Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Meetup hosted by Sarah Blincoe of Narwhal.ai. Justin received a very warm welcome there and gave three presentations, one of which you will hear in today’s episode. After the presentation, there was a very engaging Q&A session that allowed for a deeper discussion of ARK concepts.

The presentation graphics in today’s episode can be seen at ArkDirectory.com/Kits

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