At 20:03 EST on February 24th, the first SPoRA block was mined on the Arweave network. Block 633720 marks an important upgrade to Arweave and a new era of efficient consensus and mining operations among network participants.

Breaking down SPoRA

Succinct Proofs of Random Access (SPoRA) is a new type of consensus mechanism for the Arweave network. Until block 633720, Arweave was running a classic Proof of Work (PoW) consensus mechanism, with the additional requirement for blocks to include a reference to past data on the network (a structure critical to the system’s blockweave architecture) — known together as Proof of Access (PoA)…


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The Arweave ecosystem is experiencing a Cambrian explosion of growth. Since launching our first Open Web programme with last July, there are now dozens of profit-sharing communities that have on-boarded thousands of users, while collectively raising millions of dollars. Developers all over the ecosystem are now quitting their day jobs and building on the permaweb full time. This is why we’re incredibly excited to fuel even more growth with our third incubator programme: the Open Web Foundry by Arweave.

Check out the previous programme’s Demo Day here for inspiration!

The Open Web Foundry is a six-week programme guiding founders through…


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Activity in the permaweb ecosystem has been absolutely exploding this month! Check out some of the highlights from the past month, including Arweave’s feature in the World Economic Forum’s crypto report plus in a New York Times piece on blockchain’s ability to combat authoritarianism, and a collaboration with Parity Technologies aimed at utilising Arweave for the storage of Polkadot parachain data!

Profit Sharing Communities

Verto

The Verto team has been busy building and shipping updates, including a decentralised one-way burncoin inside SmartWeave: paving the way for DAOs and other smart contracts on the network to move representations of the tokens in the base chain…


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Information has always been a vital organisational asset, and good governance is deeply connected to effective record management. With good records, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel (or the city bus, or vending machines) — you can rely on trusted information to inform decision making. DAOs, or decentralised autonomous organisations, are a type of non-hierarchical, collective organisation that makes decisions based on a protocol or smart contract. You can think of them as programmable organisations. As life becomes more networked, a democratic system that enables dispersed, cross-jurisdictional communities to transact with each other could be the solution for problems…


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We’re excited to showcase the recently created “SOLAR Bridge,” a connection between Solana and Arweave enabled by Bering Waters, an Arweave backer and investment group based out of Hong Kong. The bridge progressively and automatically stores ledger data from the Solana blockchain onto the permaweb, ensuring that Solana’s entire ledger history is made available on public infrastructure in perpetuity.

The potential of blockchains to serve as public utilities has been in discussion for years, with international governments and leading banks considering the values of blockchains in diverse sectors, from energy to governance. Ledgers and transaction histories they contain must be…


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TL;DR Since we introduced profit sharing communities (PSCs) in mid-August, there has been an explosion of growth. With nearly 30 startups founded, over $1 million of investment committed to PSCs, and large communities of active users formed, the PSC ecosystem is off to an incredible start.

Just over 100 days ago, we first introduced profit sharing communities (PSCs) to the Arweave ecosystem, triggering an incredible response from users, developers, and investors. These profit sharing communities provide a new, fairer way to structure web startups, combining the power of profit sharing tokens with the governance mechanisms of a DAO.

Since mid-August…


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The Open Web Fellowship Demo Day & Pitch Day

We’re already halfway through the Open Web Fellowship! Therefore we’re rapidly approaching the programme’s two final capstone events, which we encourage everyone to join us for. Act quickly to secure your place by registering here to attend Demo Day, and registering here to attend Pitch Day!

Demo Day, on the 24th of November, will feature a select group of alumni from previous Arweave programs who are entering growth mode, and primarily focusing on user adoption. Pitch Day will take place on the 1st of December, and is tailored to Open Web Fellowship projects earlier in their development cycle. …


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TL;DR: At the beginning of September, Arweave and Blockstack announced a joint bounty for enabling use of the safe, decidable Clarity smart contract language on Arweave’s smart contract protocol, SmartWeave. Community member Arto Bendiken, known for creating Gitstamp, won the bounty. This is a guest blog post by Arto describing the need for Clarity and introducing Sworn, his compiler for Clarity on SmartWeave.

The Demo

I’m happy to announce that after a month of hard work, I have released Sworn 1.0, the first stable version of my Clarity to SmartWeave compiler that’s ready for people to kick its (metaphorical) tires. …


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Announcing the Arweave Open Web Fellowship: $100,000 Investment for Profit Sharing Communities!

We recently wrapped up the Arweave Open Web Incubator, which resulted in a wave of more than 15 outstanding new profit sharing communities (PSCs) being launched. Now, 9 of these projects have been exploring funding options with world-leading venture capital funds, and 7 of these are finalising their first fundraising rounds! Read more about the recent PSC ecosystem developments here.

To support this powerful momentum, yesterday we proudly announced our next ecosystem development initiative: The Arweave Open Web Fellowship.

The Fellowship programme will act as an accelerant to the PSC ecosystem, offering $100,000 in investment to both new and existing…


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We recently wrapped up the Arweave Open Web Incubator. The resulting projects were an outstanding success and a testament to the weeks of collaboration and innovation from the whole Arweave ecosystem. Since the launch of the incubator we have seen the creation of over 15 major new profit sharing communities (PSCs). Of these incredible projects, at least 9 have already been exploring funding options with world-leading venture capital funds, and 7 are finalising their first fundraising rounds!

The core Arweave team is simply blown away by the recent progress in the community. To support this powerful momentum, today we are…

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