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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 facing communal governance. Today, we’re delighted to announce that off-chain governance interface snapshot.page


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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 readily available and accessible forever in order for blockchains to function as intended. …


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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, we have run two acceleration programmes, the Open Web Incubator (OWI) and the Open Web Fellowship (OWF). Both programmes focused on supporting brand new and existing startups in the PSC ecosystem, offering mentorship and guidance alongside expert masterclasses and technical assistance, plus $100,000 in investment per programme from the Arweave core team. The results have been outstanding! Today, only one third of startups from the OWF Demo Day still have open fundraising rounds, and approximately $1m of capital (excluding that provided by the Arweave team) has been committed to support the projects. Participating projects have already created active communities with hundreds of users and investors from all over the world, offering a diverse range of different products and services. Keep reading for an overview of what we’ve been up to, profiles of some of the startups, an update on the ARCA DAO, and more! …


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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 communities. A wide range of tailored support will be provided to all projects, including: expert masterclasses, individual mentorship and guidance, plus a Demo Day for showcasing your PSCs and attracting new users, contributors, and potential investors. …


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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 very proud to announce our next ecosystem development initiative: The Arweave Open Web Fellowship.


Just one month ago, we had our first community call to discuss profit sharing communities (PSCs). Profit sharing communities are the new business model for the decentralised web.

If you couldn’t participate then, you can catch up here on YouTube.

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Today, the model startups are built on is fundamentally flawed. People bring their talents and hard work to startups under the promise of being part of a larger vision, only to later realize how little control they have over the result of their efforts.

We need a fairer model where startups allow everyone to work with more autonomy, have a say in the use of their work, and capture value immediately. …


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The Arweave Open Web Incubator: Demo Day 2020

After 6 weeks of intense engineering, building, and collaborating, on August 14th we celebrated the Open Web Incubator 2020 Demo Day! Ten top permaweb projects showcased their work for a chance to receive a part of the $100,000 investment pool from Arweave, plus potential additional investment from top VC firms. Held just 8 weeks after the launch of SmartWeave, and only 2 weeks after the launch of profit-sharing communities, we were blown away by the innovative and diverse projects making amazing use of these technologies.

You can catch the full Demo Day event on YouTube, and read much more about all the featured projects in our latest blog post. …


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On Friday 14th of August 2020, after 6 weeks of intense work, we celebrated the Open Web Incubator 2020 Demo Day! Ten top permaweb projects showcased their work for a chance to receive a part of the $100,000 investment pool made available by Arweave. Just 8 weeks after the launch of SmartWeave, and only 2 weeks after the launch of profit-sharing communities, we have been blown away by the innovative and diverse projects making amazing use of these technologies.

Besides the core Arweave team, representatives from Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, Multicoin Capital, and 1kx were able to attend and participate in investor-only meetings with the presenting projects. …

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