Tezos Foundation Strengthens Governance and Management Teams

The Tezos Foundation is expanding its leadership team. Attorney at Law Ulrich Sauter, an experienced expert for financial products, fintech, corporate governance, and compliance, has been appointed as General Counsel of the Tezos Foundation. Additionally, Eelco Fiole, investment executive and adjunct professor for finance ethics, has joined as Chief Financial Officer. Blockchain and tech entrepreneur Lily Liu has joined as an advisor to the Board of the Foundation. With their combined experience and expertise, they boost the capabilities of the Tezos Foundation.

After the successful launch of the Tezos mainnet last year, the Tezos Foundation is focused on how it can best support the further development of the Tezos protocol and ecosystem. With the appointment of two senior executives, Ulrich Sauter and Eelco Fiole, the Foundation takes an important step forward by strengthening its internal expertise and capabilities. „We look forward to having Ulrich Sauter, Eelco Fiole and Lily Liu work with the Foundation to bring crucial governance, financial, and industry-specific experience,” says Ryan Jesperson, President of the Tezos Foundation.

Ulrich Sauter has more than 20 years of professional experience in the financial and legal industry. Before joining Zurich-based law firm Naegeli & Partners Attorneys at Law Ltd. as counsel, he worked as general counsel and member of the executive committee for Leonteq. His international work experience and his focus on governance and compliance will bring valuable insight to the Tezos Foundation.

Eelco Fiole is co-founder and sole managing partner of Alpha Governance Partners, an international risk-governance focused fiduciary services firm. With 25 years in the financial services industry, he has almost a decade of fiduciary COO- and CFO-experience in alternative investments, wealth management, and blockchain and will help to further develop the Tezos Foundation’s strategy around governance and risk diversification. Eelco is an Adjunct Professor in Finance Ethics at the University of Lausanne. He states: “Observing the increasing maturity and institutionalization in the blockchain space, the Tezos Foundation is excellently positioned to be a leading model for robust governance, supporting cutting-edge technological development and protocol adoption globally”.

Lily Liu joined as an advisor to the Board of the Tezos Foundation in November of last year. Lily has an extensive background in private equity and the blockchain ecosystem. She is a co-founder of Earn.com, a blockchain startup acquired by Coinbase in 2018, and will work closely with the Board of the Tezos Foundation to advise on ecosystem development and overall strategy.

Tezos is a self-amending blockchain that successfully launched in June 2018. It has a strong global community that is growing rapidly. The Swiss-based Tezos Foundation supports the long-term success of the Tezos protocol and ecosystem by funding initiatives from scientists, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts to encourage decentralized development and robust participation.

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Tezos Foundation Issues Grants to TezBridge and zednode

The Tezos Foundation is pleased to announce that it has issued grants to TezBridge and zednode.

TezBridge is a tool that allows users to interact with applications built on the Tezos blockchain. Built by Catsigma, a Tezos developer, TezBridge works on both desktop and mobile web browsers and does not require a plug-in to be installed. With this grant, Catsigma will refine both the local and remote signers, refactor and audit the code, and improve the overall user experience of TezBridge.

Led by Ryan Loomba, the zednode team will build an open-source web dashboard to help Tezos bakers with accounting, rewards payouts, and other functions that may bring transparency and accountability to baking operations. Zednode is committed to helping grow the baking ecosystem with its free and open-source tools.

The Tezos Foundation’s core mission is to support the long-term success of the Tezos protocol and ecosystem. By funding projects imagined by scientists, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts, the Foundation encourages decentralized development and robust participation.

Press Release: Tezos Foundation Issues Grants to TezBridge and zednode

Tezos Foundation Partners with B9lab to Create Tezos Training Programs

The Tezos Foundation is pleased to announce that it has partnered with B9lab to create Tezos-specific educational and training programs.

B9lab is a leading provider of blockchain education and training programs. Its services range from an online academy to advisory and talent services for small startups and large enterprise clients. Founded in 2014, B9lab’s community has grown to more than 13,000 students, including 1,300+ developers, spanning across 125 countries.

Damien Ducourty, Founder at B9lab, stated “we are excited to work with the Tezos Foundation to bring high-quality education and training to the Tezos community and beyond.”

Courses in development include a free introductory “Tezos 101” course as well as a paid “Tezos Developer” course. Both courses will be offered online and launch in March 2019. Furthermore, the Tezos Foundation will sponsor 250 talented developers to participate in a “Tezos Blockstars Program” to be managed by B9lab. Developers interested in participating in this program, which will include free admission to the “Tezos Developer” course, will complete an initial HackerRank code challenge before being invited to join the Blockstars cohort. Additional information about this program is forthcoming.

“B9lab is a leader in training programs for blockchain projects and we are excited to partner with them,” said Ryan Jesperson, President of the Tezos Foundation.

The Foundation is in talks with representatives from a number of other training programs to expand the offerings available to the Tezos community and larger blockchain ecosystem. It will formally announce additional partners once it has completed its due diligence and onboarding process.

The Tezos Foundation’s core mission is to support the long-term success of the Tezos protocol and ecosystem. By funding initiatives imagined by scientists, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts, the Foundation encourages decentralized development and robust participation.

Press Release: Tezos Foundation Partners with B9lab to Create Tezos Training Programs

Grantee Spotlight: Cryptonomic

Continuing with our Grantee Spotlight series, we’re excited to feature Cryptonomic, a Brooklyn-based startup committed to decentralization and digital sovereignty. Cryptonomic builds tools to help both developers and users immediately get started with Tezos and seamlessly take advantage of its features. Through its projects like Tezori, Nautilus, Conseil, and Arronax, Cryptonomic aims to contribute to the growth and advancement of the Tezos ecosystem.

We hope you enjoy this episode of the Tezos Foundation’s Grantee Spotlight series. Please let us know what you think in the YouTube comments, or tweet us @TezosFoundation. If you’re new to the Tezos community and want to learn more, check out these resources below as part of your research.

Grantee Spotlight: Cryptonomic

Continuing with our Grantee Spotlight series, we’re excited to feature Cryptonomic, a Brooklyn-based startup committed to decentralization and digital sovereignty. Cryptonomic builds tools to help both developers and users immediately get started with Tezos and seamlessly take advantage of its features. Through its projects like Tezori, Nautilus, Conseil, and Arronax, Cryptonomic aims to contribute to the growth and advancement of the Tezos ecosystem.

We hope you enjoy this episode of the Tezos Foundation’s Grantee Spotlight series. Please let us know what you think in the YouTube comments, or tweet us @TezosFoundation. If you’re new to the Tezos community and want to learn more, check out these resources below as part of your research.

Tezos Foundation Issues Grant to OCamlPro to Support TzScan

The Tezos Foundation is pleased to announce that it has issued a grant to OCamlPro to support its work on TzScan, a block explorer for the Tezos blockchain that will be made open-source. OCamlPro is a French company and R&D lab focused on OCaml and blockchain development.

OCamlPro, which is an active community member and contributor to Tezos, has initiated several Tezos-related projects such as TzScan and Liquidity, a high-level programming language for creating smart contracts in Tezos with an online editor, compiler, and debugger. Liquidity also features a decompiler to audit Michelson contracts.

Open-source block explorers are a key component of a blockchain ecosystem by allowing users to more easily monitor transactions, network validators (“bakers”), and the health of a network. OCamlPro will also provide documentation on Tezos and continue to improve the TzScan API, which may be used by applications such as wallets.

The Tezos Foundation’s core mission is to support the long-term success of the Tezos protocol and ecosystem. By funding projects imagined by scientists, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts, the Foundation encourages decentralized development and robust participation.

Press Release: Tezos Foundation Issues Grant to OCamlPro to Support TzScan

Tezos Foundation Commits Funding to Train 1,000 New Software Developers in 2019

The Tezos Foundation is proud to announce that it is committing funding to train at least 1,000 new Tezos-focused software developers in 2019.

Beginning today, the Foundation will award grants to organizations that have a proven ability to train developers effectively. The grants will support the creation of Tezos online tutorials, training materials and documentation, course preparations, and other tools.

The training programs are intended to empower developers so that they are better able to contribute to the Tezos protocol and build tools, smart contracts, and applications on top of it. They may do this by connecting with existing Tezos development teams or starting projects on their own. In turn, the Foundation will continue its support of developers through grants and other efforts to ensure that they have the resources they need to carry out their projects.

Throughout 2019, the Foundation will actively promote grantees’ training programs and the various opportunities each has to offer. The committed funding is in addition to the Foundation’s grantmaking initiatives.

The Tezos Foundation’s core mission is to support the long-term success of the Tezos protocol and ecosystem. By funding projects imagined by scientists, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts, the Foundation encourages decentralized development and robust participation.

Funds and Asset Management Update from the Tezos Foundation

To the Tezos Community,

We would like to share some current plans about the Foundation’s funds and asset management.

Currently, the Foundation holds approximately $500 million in assets, making Tezos one of the most well-funded blockchain projects worldwide. This does not include the additional allocation of Tezos tokens (XTZ) that will vest monthly over four years as proposed in the genesis block. Overall, roughly 82% of the Foundation’s non-XTZ-denominated cryptocurrency holdings are in BTC.

The Foundation has already started to diversify a part of its non-XTZ portfolio into liquid and lower-risk asset classes and will continue to do so in order to lay the foundation for long-term stability and availability of funds to fulfill its mandate. That said, the Foundation currently does not plan to liquidate its XTZ holdings. There are some vendors, contractors, and other parties who will receive some limited payments in XTZ, but this will be the extent of transfers from the Foundation’s XTZ funds. All of the Foundation’s assets are subject to a review conducted by its independent external auditor, PwC Switzerland.

We are optimistic and excited about the future. We will continue to share updates as part of our commitment to keep the Tezos community informed about the Foundation’s operations. We encourage everyone involved in Tezos to keep lines of communication open by sharing updates on their projects and activities. Tezos, its ecosystem, and its community will be stronger as a result.

Respectfully,
Ryan Jesperson
President of the Tezos Foundation

Tezos Foundation Issues Three Grants to Support Mobile Development

The Tezos Foundation is pleased to announce that it will issue grants to help make mobile applications and wallets easier to develop and use.

Ackee is a mobile development company located in Prague and Berlin. It has experience working in the cryptocurrency ecosystem and will develop a Tezos iOS development toolkit to enable mobile developers to more easily create iOS applications that interact with the Tezos blockchain.

Papers is the Switzerland-based company behind AirGap, a cryptocurrency wallet with a two-device approach to make secure key handling more accessible and user-friendly. With the Foundation’s support, the AirGap libraries will be made open-source and available as a development toolkit.

Luiz Milfont is an active contributor to the Tezos ecosystem. He previously released the TezosJ SDK library, which enables developers to more easily create Android applications that communicate with the Tezos blockchain. This grant supports Luiz as he continues to contribute to the ecosystem by releasing additional libraries that make the development of applications on Tezos more seamless.

These three grants are the most recent of the Foundation’s efforts to support developers globally. The Tezos Foundation’s core mission is to support the long-term success of the Tezos protocol and ecosystem. By funding projects imagined by scientists, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts, the Foundation encourages decentralized development and robust participation.

Press Release: Tezos Foundation Issues Three Grants to Support Mobile Development

Tezos Foundation Issues Three Grants to Support Mobile Development

The Tezos Foundation is pleased to announce that it will issue grants to help make mobile applications and wallets easier to develop and use.

Ackee is a mobile development company located in Prague and Berlin. It has experience working in the cryptocurrency ecosystem and will develop a Tezos iOS development toolkit to enable mobile developers to more easily create iOS applications that interact with the Tezos blockchain.

Papers is the Switzerland-based company behind AirGap, a cryptocurrency wallet with a two-device approach to make secure key handling more accessible and user-friendly. With the Foundation’s support, the AirGap libraries will be made open-source and available as a development toolkit.

Luiz Milfont is an active contributor to the Tezos ecosystem. He previously released the TezosJ SDK library, which enables developers to more easily create Android applications that communicate with the Tezos blockchain. This grant supports Luiz as he continues to contribute to the ecosystem by releasing additional libraries that make the development of applications on Tezos more seamless.

These three grants are the most recent of the Foundation’s efforts to support developers globally. The Tezos Foundation’s core mission is to support the long-term success of the Tezos protocol and ecosystem. By funding projects imagined by scientists, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts, the Foundation encourages decentralized development and robust participation.

Press Release: Tezos Foundation Issues Three Grants to Support Mobile Development