Ryan Hoover28 Blockchain/cryptocurrency space is heating up. 🔥 Today, YC-backed Blockstack's founders, @ryaneshea and @muneeb, announced their a new browser at Consensus 2017. Great opener in their blog post: <em>The internet is broken. It has been for a while. Even the fathers of the internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf, say that it's broken.</em> @albertwenger from USV wrote more about the announcement in the <a href="https://www.usv.com/blog/blockstack-browser-and-token">USV blog</a>. Keep an eye on this space.
Muneeb Ali11 @rrhoover @ryaneshea @albertwenger Thanks, Ryan! We're really excited about it. Can't believe that it's been 3 years since we were at YC together and just starting off :-)
Ryan Hoover5 @muneeb @ryaneshea those group office hours with @ilikevests and @qasar feel like yesterday. 😊
Ryan Shea3 @muneeb @rrhoover @albertwenger Yes we had an amazing YC class and an awesome weekly meeting group. Product Hunt, Checkr, Blockstack. Top draft picks.
Ben Tossell8 Hugely interesting movement here and I wonder how long it will be until we look back and think how crazy the broken Internet has been.
John Exley2 Whoa is this an inspiring vision for the future of the Internet, or, rather, a new Internet
Likalo2 Hmm this could replace TOR. Awesome!!!
Ryan Shea2 @likalo_llc It could also integrate well with Tor. We're talking with the team.
John Exley8 Curious to hear from the founders if the Blockstack Browser is intended to protect our identities as we visit all of the web properties we currently visit on a day-to-day basis, or if their intention is for developers to reinvent many of the most popular web applications entirely, rewriting them with blockchain technology, to exist in a brand new Internet, powered by Blockstack. Thx!
Muneeb Ali9 @johnexley On Blockstack people can register global usernames/identity that they directly own. So not registered with any company. Then users can login to any app using their own identity without passwords. This was simply not possible before on the traditional internet; no concept of a global username and user-owned data there.
Chris Messina1 @muneeb no mobile support?
Wesley Bevins0 @muneeb like Steve Gibson's SQRL?
joshua14 after watching silicon valley, i thought this idea was great, and i'm glad others did too. look forward to welcoming blockstack
Nathan Windsor1 Love this work, guys!
Rob Morgan4 Yet again Silicon Valley inspires innovation...
Muneeb Ali7 Muneeb from Blockstack here. Ryan and I have been heads down building this out for the last 3-4 years with our team now. We're very excited to release the developer version of our browser that opens up our infrastructure / new decentralized internet to developers. Happy to answer any questions here.
Josh Khoury0 Nice idea. Like it
Pablo9 0.01 BTC to register a username? I understand that it is a developer's version but still...
Adam Posey4 I'm interested in whether this is as fundamentally new as it seems. Looking at your diagram, and maybe I'm reading this wrong, hosting is still centralized in a small subset of cloud services, so... What I'm seeing here is a layer on top of the internet using a different server architecture. How does this change the underlying fundamentals in the radical ways your copy promises?
S-M Robinson2 @trulyadamant This is precisely my criticism. This isn't a peer to peer internet. This is a peer to amazon data center internet. Just like the one we have now. Yes, the traffic is encrypted, but...
Adam Posey6 @sunoxen perhaps even more than that, it's doing nothing to reduce the fact that these cloud services are what makes this work. Isn't the entire strength of the block chain that a central node like Amazon doesn't exist? Feels like forcing the blockchain to become more like the web and less like forcing the web to become like the blockchain.
Ian0 Mobile too or coming soon? 😃
Guy Lepage0 @ianrountree mobile is coming down the road
Fabián Baptista0 @ianrountree @guylepage3 great! We at Monkop want to support BSBrowser. If you like it, please give beta access to me and we will be glad to help.
Guy Lepage0 @ianrountree @fbaptista Nice. Feel free to download the latest version here.. https://github.com/blockstack/blockstack-browser/releases
Fabián Baptista0 @ianrountree @guylepage3 Thanks Guy, please let us know when the mobile version arrives to test it.
Ernest Oppetit1 anyone know when the token sale will be? 😬
Akash0 Are you guys doing an ICO? Any newsletter to signup for?
Branden Tolle1 i dont understand... if its decentralized where are things hosted? what about DNS?
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