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NEXUS NEWSLETTER: NOVEMBER 2017

VOLUME 1: NUMBER 6

NOVEMBER 6TH, 2017

Welcome to the Nexus Newsletter!

Progress on the Nexus project continues apace, the core team continues to grow and following a very successful conference we are now stronger than ever as a Community. We have more people working on marketing, more people working on code, more people focused on business development, and more people working to organize our various online communities. This work includes developing a comprehensive strategy that includes plans for various areas of development through the end of 2018 for both The Nexus Embassy as well as the wider Nexus Community.

These plans include but are not limited to: An omni-channel marketing strategy, Nexus core software development, Nexus Hub development, Business development (exchanges – wallets – use Cases for various Industries), and other areas that are key to making the entire ecosystem run. Nexus is a large project and we are working everyday to grow and organize the team, envision future strategic direction, and connect with business and opinion leaders who are ready to change the world.

Following the post-conference Newsletter, The Nexus team had a very successful YouTube live on Thursday, October 12th with many of the core team present. The team gave a brief update of what’s been happening with Nexus and took questions from the Community. Colin introduced Brian Smith who has come onto the Nexus Core as a full-time Developer, bringing with him a team of five additional developers that are also working on Nexus.

The Dev team has been getting Tritium polished and ready for the Tritium Trust update, finalizing some of the architectures and formulating Nexus’s plans to unlock the 3-Dimensional Chain (3DC) through the TAO framework. They have also been setting up an agile framework to enhance the Nexus organizational tools for the team. The YouTube Live went on to cover some of the things different members of the team are developing as well as taking questions from the Community. We have highlighted some of the Q&A in verbatim transcripts at the end of the newsletter.

For more details, check out the full version of the YouTube Live:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lrRAMCEMG8

The marketing team has been working to bring the newly developed omni channel marketing strategy to life – these are the same strategies used to market the conference and now they are being adapted to the platform as a whole. This includes all forms of communication emanating from the core, with key input consideration given to the Community as a whole. We take Community input seriously and work to integrate the best ideas we find no matter where they materialize from. Nexus is a very complex idea and when considering a marketing plan there are many dynamics to recognize; many people have different levels of understanding so the messaging needs to reflect this. We are working to take very complex ideas and boil them down into simple messages that make sense and help people understand how advanced Nexus truly is.

On the business development side we have been working to expand into new exchanges and wallets and are also working on various ways to integrate into economic ecosystems. For various reasons, cryptocurrencies are becoming much more popular, and we are constantly searching for new ideas and opportunities to work with people to help them understand the advantages of utilizing these technologies.

Since the last newsletter, significant progress has been made and we will continue to push the envelope each and every day. Blockchain is one of the fastest paced and most exciting technologies on the planet and Nexus will continue to surprise!

We have included an additional development update from lead developer and founder of Nexus, Colin Cantrell on the recent Wallet release 0.2.3:

Wallet release 0.2.3 contains many updates to the core code including Unified Time, Staking, Network Reliability, and RPC Commands. This update is the first step in the incremental development updates that can be expected from here forward. We have decided to improve the development strategy by creating more frequent updates more often to create more consistency in the development roadmap, without needing for hard dates. This will give everybody a better idea of the development timelines as they see more updates happening with certainty. The next update will include changes to the LLD syncing and loading system, GUI improvements, and eventual soft releasing of base Tritium features such as signature chains.

We hope this new strategy helps everyone see more consistent progress rather than the previous approach of larger updates in longer timelines. We look forward to hearing your feedback, and if you have any issues with this current version feel free to let us know and we will make sure to include fixes to bugs, improvements to the user experience, or feature requests for newer wallet releases.

Thank you for your continued support.

3-Dimensional Chain (3DC) Simplified: Paper by Community Member Garrett Steele (Spaid on Slack)

Thank you to Nexus Community member Garrett Steele (Spaid on Slack) for his extraordinary article titled “3-Dimensional Chain Simplified”. The Nexus Core participated in bringing it to fruition and helping to spread the word about the FIRST 3D-CHAIN, which solves the ongoing blockchain problems of speed, security and scalability. This paper delves deeper into the architecture. Community support is what makes Nexus spread, so please hop in and show Spaid some love. Please enjoy. NEXUS: THE WORLD’S FIRST 3D-CHAIN!

Garrett’s contribution can be found here:

https://steemit.com/bitcoin/@gjsteele71/the-nexus-three-dimensional-chain-simplified

Nexus Hub:

Necessity is the mother of invention, and the Nexus Hub is a new idea we conceptualized to help organize Community members who are eager to help out with the project. We are very excited about this initiative and the implications for decentralization and the utilization of the amazing minds in our Community. Two of our Nexus Core members have worked to lead the creation of this powerful resource: Jacynda Smith and Mike Casey. People looking to be a part of the Nexus Hub can go to our Nexus Earth Facebook Page here:

https://www.facebook.com/nxsearth/

or click this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVaALt6Fzc03ICUq8bFr6eIBCzajX4nGr_XXPCP65bbTCI-A/viewform

Those interested can answer a series of questions. Then, with your permission, you will be placed in an approximately 8-person pod. Each pod will have a focus based on the talents and passions of the individuals that make up that pod. We like to think of these pods like nodes in a network, working independently but all connected and working towards the common goal of changing the world via Nexus. The Nexus Hub is experimental and we are working on processes to facilitate this undertaking, so remember we are building this together and we will need your help. With the proper amount of effort and patience we can demonstrate how to organize a large Community of people towards a common goal in a decentralized manner.

Highlighting our Community: April Henderlong (Aries on Slack) &

Garrett Steele (Spaid)

Out of their love of Nexus and to help spread the word both Spaid and Aries have stepped up in a great way. Spaid took the initiative to draft an interpretation of the 3D Chain (3DC), as mentioned previously, and Aries has been behind the scenes creating graphics for many things including the Binance (BNB) submissions and the Nexus Hub. We appreciate her dedication working at all hours to make Nexus stronger.

For their contributions we are rewarding each of them 111 Nexus. We know that during the infancy of crypto, rewards and tips were some of the biggest transactions, and we would like to keep that crypto tradition alive. Congratulations and thank you Aries and Spaid.

We are pleased to announce that we will be celebrating and rewarding Community members going forward, and look forward to announcing details in future newsletters.

Nexus on UpBit: South Korean Exchange

We are also pleased to announce that UpBit, the South Korean exchange and mobile app, has added Nexus to its trading database. Bittrex is collaborating with Dunamu to launch UpBit in the South Korean exchange market, and all 111 cryptocurrencies that are currently listed on Bittrex will be integrated into the exchange. Look for us there, South Korea! Find Nexus here when it goes live on UpBit: https://upbit.com/exchange?code=CRIX.UPBIT.BTC-NXS .

Read the full article here:

https://themerkle.com/kakaos-upbit-exchange-will-support-100-digital-currencies/

Slack Update:

Some Community members newly looking to join our Nexus Slack might have experienced trouble with our auto-invite option this past week. Spam bots infiltrated our Slack. We took countermeasures to ensure we have fewer bots joining, and spam is at a minimum. We are happy to announce that we resolved the issue with Slack, and we are up and growing our amazing Nexus Community. WE ARE NEXUS!

Texas Bitcoin Conference with Nexus

Dionna Bailey, Ambassador for the Nexus Embassy, represented Nexus at the Texas Bitcoin Conference in Austin, TX October 28th & 29th. Nexus had a booth set up for people to come by and learn about Nexus. Dionna also made a speech on behalf of Nexus on Saturday, “Beyond Bitcoin.” She educated her audience about what differentiates Nexus from other cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies, and spoke about how Nexus has changed her life.

You can watch Dionna’s full speech here:

https://youtu.be/GsRUWtPcJbc

Nexus Reddit Update

Thanks to a huge Community drive we are proud to announce that our subreddit, (r/nexusearth) has just passed the 1,000th subscriber mark. A special shoutout to Preston Smith (Pdogg on Slack), Mike Casey (MikeCasey on Slack), Scott Simon (SS36 on Slack) and Glen Luyckx (MrProbz on Slack) for being active and answering questions. This is a big Community milestone for Nexus.

 

Nexus Conference Highlights: At a Glance (continued) & New Developments

 Dave North, “The Blockchain: Changing the World of Business”

A very impactful talk at the Nexus Conference came from Dave North, President and CEO of Sedgwick, the largest insurance provider in the world. Dave has over 35 years of experience in risk management services and is a frequent speaker at conferences of Fortune 500 companies around the world. Dave is a celebrated repeat entrepreneur and thought leader and we were honored to have him at the Nexus Conference.

Dave North said he was at the Nexus Conference because “he wants to be in the room where it happens.” He then described what he deemed the antiquated insurance claims process. Why? He believes blockchain will be the solution to revolutionize the industry. He is currently working on a board with approximately 30 insurance providers to address how blockchain can modernize and streamline the insurance industry. He noted that “if he doesn’t figure this out, someone else will,” and that he, like the industry, will become outdated. Dave’s talk was very inspiring and well crafted as he addressed how hard people work to get to the pinnacle of their industry. Then they have to work twice as hard to stay there. Dave had some advice for Nexus and the blockchain world: Ensure we speak at Fortune 500 companies’ conferences and spread the word that the blockchain revolution is here and teach the world how to use it. Let’s get to work solving the world’s problems. We couldn’t agree more, Dave, and together, Nexus is ready to change the world. Thank you for the inspiring talk.

Here is a link to watch Dave North’s full speech:

https://youtu.be/_6Kx4gPNZS4

Peter Schiff vs. Max Keiser Debate: Bitcoin Bug vs. Gold Bug

Bitcoin rose in market capitalization this week. It hit a high just over $121 billion surpassing the worth of Goldman Sachs or JPMorgan and feeding the ongoing media debate of gold vs. Bitcoin. Peter Schiff (of CNBC) and Max Keiser (of The Keiser Report) faced off in this debate, moderated by Stacey Herbert at the Nexus Conference in Aspen.

The debate started with a comparison of Peter Schiff to Jamie Dimon. Peter spoke of his disagreement with Dimon, who doesn’t see current risks in our financial system or the dollar. The debate then covered how people view Bitcoin versus how they view gold. Schiff described buying gold as a store of wealth. Keiser said gold is a safe haven, as Bitcoin is a safe haven, in that it fills the requirements of a safe haven. Schiff debated the point, stating that because Bitcoin is so young, it has no track record and is a risk asset. He noted that Bitcoin could be at $5,000 next week as easily as $3,000, and therefore, how is Bitcoin safe? (Bitcoin was at approximately $3500 at the time of this debate.) Bitcoin is the most risky asset in existence right now, he noted further.

Max Keiser stated that gold was as unique as Bitcoin. Schiff countered, saying that there are other cryptocurrencies more valuable than Bitcoin, but there is no metal more valuable than gold. Keiser said that was Schiff’s opinion and not fact. Schiff noted that there will be so many more cryptocurrencies that will come around, and some may be better than Bitcoin. He asked who knows what the supply of Bitcoin and Bitcoin spin-offs (like Bitcoin Cash) will be, not to mention all the other cryptos that will inevitably come along. The supply of digital currency is huge. Max Keiser argued that the market is supporting this large supply because of the problems in the banking industry that Bitcoin addresses. Schiff commented that there is “ a lot of demand because there are a lot of fools trying to get rich, but that the supply is going to overwhelm the demand and the price is going to collapse.” He asked Keiser what the lowest price was that Bitcoin could fall to, and Keiser replied that that’s a function of the cost of mining, which is approximately $1000 per Bitcoin. Just like in the mining industry, when the cost of mining is more expensive than the value of what you are mining, mining stops. Schiff said that at that point, creating supply stops, yes, but you still have a huge supply already in existence. Keiser replied that supply will not outpace demand and cause a crash, as we have only scratched the surface of demand for cryptocurrency due to the hundreds of trillions of dollars in derivatives that are collapsing around the world and the debts that are skyrocketing. Of course they have to collapse because you cannot move to negative interest rates, he noted. You can’t incentivize people to lend money to the government at a guaranteed negative rate of return.

The debate became quite heated, with lots of great points made. Watch the entire debate here https://youtu.be/cP1pSR1O44w Following the Nexus Conference and this debate, Goldmoney – the company Peter Schiff is an investor in and advisor to – went on to offer clients the opportunity to purchase gold and other metals with cryptocurrency. In a letter to its customers, Goldmoney stated: “From today, Goldmoney clients with full verified holdings are able to fund their holdings using digital assets, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, to purchase precious metals.”

 

 

Roger Ver announces FreeSociety.com

Roger Ver (Bitcoin.com) came to the conference with breaking news, releasing a new project he is working on, FreeSociety.com. In speaking with Ver just before his talk, he informed Nexus that he had decided to switch the topic of his speech just prior, from Bitcoin Cash, to announce FreeSociety.com, his next step after Bitcoin.

FreeSociety.com is purchasing sovereign land from a government to create the world’s first Libertarian country. Roger Ver (Co-Founder) and Olivier Janssens (Founding Father, CEO), early Bitcoin adopter and Libertarian, are the founders. Ver talked about being a voluntarist, someone who thinks that all human interactions should exist on a voluntary basis – or not at all – and how this will be important for participants of this new society. They have been speaking with many different governments who were all very interested. Ver spoke to what this Free Society can do for these governments, including clear their national debt, provide financial prosperity by providing economic freedom, and provide tremendous employment opportunities. They have over $100,000,000 in US capital committed to the project, raised from many libertarians that have made money in the cryptocurrency space and who are dedicated to the vision. Ver took audience questions but was not ready to reveal too many specifics. We look forward to hearing more and following this Free Society at https://www.freesociety.com.

Here is a link to watch Roger’s full speech,

https://youtu.be/9RK8CPdZ6B8

YouTube Live: Thursday, October 12th Q&A Highlights

These are some highlights from the YouTube Live that took place on October 12th with some members of the Nexus Core team. (The Q & A’s are transcribed verbatim)

Q: “Will Tritium release with a mobile wallet and can we expect any NFC functionality in the future?”

A: “We have been working with the Coinomi Wallet for a little while, and it’s a bit of a process to set up but that should be happening soon. That will be an Android functioning wallet. Tritium is coming along really well with Brian’s team working on the framework and the GUI. It’s written in HTML CSS JavaScript so it’s web compatible as well. One of the ultimate goals is having a reverse proxy. It’s really hard to get a wallet on an Apple IOS and it has to be signed by Apple’s key’s, same with Androids, so Nexus wants more specialized wallets. This will take teams of developers, which we are always looking for. But the simplest way of thinking of it is being able to work with your web browser and remotely connect with you wallet even if you have for example, a mining node on a server you can just connect directly to that to connect directly to your computer and it’s all encrypted and should be secured. We are bridging that right now instead of having to deal with resistance from working with Apple.”

Q: “Can you explain what separates the Nexus 3DC from a traditional (1D) blockchain?”

A: “Essentially, Bitcoin is a glorified linked list, like for a computer program, which means that every block links to itself. Every new block has to have that link previous to it hashed in there, so that work itself is done. You can’t rewrite all of that data. But its one dimensional in that it’s like a flowing river and if you have more water that needs to flow through that river, it’s going to back up and create a dam. So what we are doing with the 3DC is allowing it to expand out in multiple directions as it’s needed (as opposed to just one direction), but they will be chained that way too (so it’s chained out on three planes) and be weighted down and up with the Trust and the actual computation. We are also removing the mining pools from it by making it a decentralized mining pool where the miners can do the processing. The 3DC also has three different tiers or layers of verification. Your transaction locking done at the base, which can be done on cell phones around the world, which is something we are working on formalizing at Nexus. Not everybody has money, but everybody has time.”

“The staking system that we have now with the Trust System we have now building up your Trust and interest rate was your first step in that. But then we are like transactions can be free and people can run this app on their cell phones. Some people in Africa have cell phones but they – don’t even have fresh water, so that’s something that really puts it (the technology) in everybody’s hands. The locking happens on that, and then you have the Trust Level Locks on the Second Level with the Merkles, and then the Miner Level Locks on the top (Third Level Locks) that are verifying the same data themselves and agreeing upon that data creating a mining consensus instead of one hash rules all. So the cool thing about this too is as the contracting systems evolve, like they are evolving on the Tritium code base and they are obviously going to be expanding on Amine Vault and then Obsidian Mine is that miners are doing a lot of work so a lot of the generic processing like Bit Wise operations or Arithmetic or anything else like that can be done by miners and cross links to the the contracts can be processed in three steps. So memory requirements can be done by the Trust Nodes and then miners can be doing a lot of the actual generic processing, which is really cool because that architecture allows us to create a truly distributed computing model instead of a flood giant network computer that has to process the same thing over and over again. This really allows us to open the doors to organic scalability where the node count builds the scalability rather than reduces it.”

Closing:

This concludes our November Newsletter. We send our warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving with your family, and look forward to communicating with you next month.

Kind Regards,

The NEXUS Team

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Nexus Newsletter October 2017

Volume 1, Number 5

October 7th, 2017

Welcome to the Nexus Newsletter!

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The past three months have been very exciting for Nexus. Many things have been happening behind the scenes in preparation for the first ever Nexus Conference that took place at the renowned Aspen Meadows Institute in Aspen, CO. Over 70 speakers, musicians, politicians and finance leaders came together around the future of cryptocurrency and blockchain, and its implications for changing industry and the world at large. We appreciate everyone’s patience while we have been getting the pieces in motion that are taking Nexus forward into the world. This Newsletter will highlight the Conference and what has started to unfold from it.

The Nexus Conference: At a Glance

Three months ago we decided to create the Nexus Conference, which originally was envisioned to be a small gathering and celebration of the 3rd birthday of Nexus. The idea was to connect the Community from Slack and bring the Team together for an annual meeting to get to know each other and build better communication by meeting in person.

The Nexus Conference grew in momentum and size and was a huge success with over 430 people attending. Folks travelled from all over the world to attend, while others serendipitously found it while on vacation in Aspen. The Conference kicked off with a speech by Judge Andrew Napolitano and over the course of 3 days ended with an inspiring speech from Dr. Ron Paul. In between, there were many inspiring speeches, panels, roundtable discussions, political debates, financial conversations, musical performances, an art exhibit, a film festival, and a movie premier of the inspiring film Mully, from director Scott Haze.

The Conference was an incredible event full of like-minded individuals, who come from diverse industries and backgrounds. Many of these folks have started to see how Nexus and blockchain technology can benefit them, their industries, and humankind. The blockchain is rapidly becoming a new shift in technological advancement that is paving the way of the future and also providing real world solutions to economic uncertainty that the world is facing. Several of the industries actively working with Nexus to create real-world solutions using blockchain include insurance, real-estate, politics, music, finance, media, entertainment, and many more.

In attendance were medical cannabis advocates, people seeking to find solutions to India’s currency dilemma, individuals working to understand the future of cryptocurrency and finance, and many that have been working to change the world their entire lives. They finally had a chance to speak with others of the same mindset and to start to look at how we all can provide solutions to the challenges we face now and will face in the future. Never before has such a diverse group of individuals come together in one place to make such an impact on humanity through sharing of their wisdom and ideas.

The Conference ended on a very positive note with an after party at the Bootsy Bellows Nightclub that included another set of film Premiers from the 100 hour film festival that Scott Haze and his team completed during the Conference.

Thank You!

We wanted to take a moment to thank the incredible individuals who came together in creating the best Cryptocurrency and Blockchain conference of the year, and our Team accomplished it in 2 1/2 months! Some of the amazing Team includes: Colin Cantrell, Kierre Reeg, Kendrick Reeg, Jacynda Smith, Keith Smith, Preston Smith, Dionna Bailey, Wendy Katz, Brian Vena, Jon Hazel and Jen Hammond. Thank you all! 

Nexus Conference Highlights: 

Announcements in Nexus, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

There were so many Conference highlights and an incredible range of announcements made for the first time ever in the categories of cryptocurrency, blockchain, space and for Nexus specifically that have us very excited about the future.

As Garrett Steele so eloquently noted about the announcement of the first 3D Chain:

“Nexus. Blockchain Redefined. Most other projects are taking the traditional Bitcoin blockchain, or a similar one, and making a small change to it to make themselves unique. Colin has decided to redesign the blockchain and make a 3D Chain which is more decentralized and more secure than any other traditional blockchain can be due to the limitations inherent in a simple chain. Nexus is the future… it is the evolution of the blockchain and nobody else is even attempting to improve the blockchain that I know of.”

On that note, here is Colin Cantrell, founder of Nexus with a deeper look into the first ever of it’s kind, Nexus 3D Chain.

Colin Cantrell announces the FIRST Three Dimensional Chain (3DC) as the Next Stage in The Evolution of Blockchain Technology

You can view Colin’s full speech at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSF52B90xws

Bitcoin has become a victim of its own success with many powerful players pulling it in different directions. It has evolved beyond Satoshi’s original vision allowing a number of powerful players to have a large influence over its direction. It’s becoming centralized. The impending hard fork of Bitcoin to create Bitcoin Gold is clear evidence that something needs to change. The 3DC allows Nexus to remain completely decentralized and will allow individual miners to continue to mine while making mining pools entirely obsolete.

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Colin has taken 3 years to complete the architecture of the 3DC and the Lower Level Library as part of the Tritium update.

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Another notable feature of the 3DC is quantum resistance using signature chains. This will give the user the ability to build a reputation in a chain of their own that they generate with a secret phrase and use a PIN number for every new transaction. This further allows the user to login to a personal blockchain and run contracts that allow the full flexibility and use-ability of a 3DC as a scalable contract development environment. The true power comes from never using a key twice and yet be easily maintained since you will only need to remember your PIN and secret phrase. Your key will never be revealed until it is used making Quantum Computers useless in attacking the network with Shor’s algorithm. We will further complement this with new post-quantum cryptography coming out in the next few years since NIST has announced a competition for provable secure quantum encryption. This will continue to make Nexus increasingly robust…The future looks bright! Don’t forget your shades.

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Stay tuned for a more in depth look at 3DC and it’s large scale implications in coming newsletters and the 3DC whitepaper.

Jim Cantrell of Vector Space

How They are Lowering the Barriers to Space Access & the Mesh Network Revolution that Will Get Nexus & Us There

ventura-jimJim Cantrell gave us a great history of the development of the space race, his active involvement and current innovations as they directly relate to the unique technology of Nexus and the future of blockchain/cryptocurrency. Getting humans and technology into space started as a strictly government backed project but with corporations and individuals creating more wealth, the private sector began investing in the technology to move it forward more efficiently. Jim was privately funded to go to the Soviet Union for these projects.

Soon after, in 2001, Jim Cantrell received a call from billionaire Elon Musk who “wanted to make humanity a multiplanetary species”. They had the idea to buy Russian rockets when US rockets were too expensive, but these missions failed. Instead, they decided to build the rockets themselves. Shortly afterwards, the microsatellite revolution started which really changed the game for the private space race, taking satellites from huge multimillion dollar developments to $25,000 – $35,000 projects the size of a loaf of bread. This paved the way for cube satellites, one of the technologies that sets Nexus apart from other blockchains and cryptocurrencies. 

vector-rocketJim Cantrell went on to form Vector, selling his stock in Space X to do so. The mission of Vector, according to Jim, was much bigger than building a rocket; it was to transform space and make it relevant to the average person, providing a new economic frontier, one of liberty and the human heart. Vector set out to lower the barriers to space access. They did this by building micro rockets first and then creating Galactic Sky, software defined satellites.

With Galactic Sky, Vector has approximately 40 patents which essentially allow them to put virtual machines in space using terrestrial network technology. They brought in Silicon Valley DNA, the same technology that did a lot of the early internet and server work. Vector will put a cloud in space that has so many implications beyond anything that is currently being done. If you want to use imagers to trace lost children, you can use Galactic Sky. If you want to put cryptocurrency in space, you can use Galactic Sky. Vector is currently starting to build this satellite constellation out. It’s going to be a space based mesh network that our world will have access to and at a price point that will be accessible to average people, not just in the domain of large organizations or large governments. Jim concluded by saying: cryptocurrency is welcome, but we’ll probably only be accepting NEXUS!!!

Nexus Development Update

The Development Team has expanded rapidly as the Conference brought together many great minds including Brian Smith and his team of four other developers. Brian has an extensive background including working for a Fortune 500 company, making game simulators, developing neural networks and automation tools. Brian is exiting his job to pursue his career of software engineering with Nexus. He is moving to the headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ to work directly with the Team. In addition, we have been in contact with other pioneers of the internet and will begin working on architectures that will be complemented by the hardware level networks we are in the process of building and designing.

Team Organization

Our Team has been going in many directions with all of the work and time spent on the Conference. To focus things a bit better, Brian Smith has been heading the way by setting up Agile development tools for the whole Team. This is greatly improving Team communication and collaboration as is needed with such a rapidly expanding Core Team. The team right now is 30-40 minds strong with many local, remote, and international contributors. We hope to see the Team continue to grow!

What You Can Do to Help

We are building a platform including some of our new organizational models to help community members see how they can contribute to the Project. As we all know, the more minds we have working together, the stronger we all become. One of the challenges of building a decentralized economy is that it has never been done before. We are all thinking in bigger and newer ways to contribute our part in not only discovering how we can build tools to make this possible, but also how we can change our perspectives of how things can be done.

We are pioneers of this new landscape where the keys to building this new system come through every experience we learn together. With this platform, we will list steps you can take to contribute, whether it be simply spreading the word about Nexus, taking the lead on a project, adding new ideas and tasks, or simply finding and recommending ways in which we can improve.

“The event horizon of a black hole contains every moment that has ever passed through it, and as we approach this horizon, the truth is revealed.” – Brian Smith

Vector’s Latest Successful Launch

Vector’s last sub-orbital flight carried a small one unit (1U) satellite payload for critical testing from an undisclosed client, and significant progress was made in developing relationships with the Camden Spaceport in Camden, Georgia. This location will be crucial for equatorial orbits in lieu of being dependent on the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Colin and the Vector crew also had fun fetching the rocket from the dense forest surrounded by huge pythons, banana spiders, and of course alligators! Safe to say, the rocket was retrieved safely and the Team only encountered a couple large spiders! An interesting side note is that the launch took place on Cucumber Island, which was directly between Amelia Island and Jekyll Island. Ironically, the Federal Reserve Bank was conceived on Jekyll Island. The launch provided a great figurative view to the “creature” created there of the freedom we are creating by opening up spaceflight to the everyday consumer’s hands. 

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The continued success of Vector and advancements by Nexus show the world that what we are doing is possible. The further we progress, the more we see how much of a positive effect it will have on humanity, empowering all, not just a few.  The next launch will be early next year and will include the Vector Thrust Control for aiming and flying the rocket on its path into orbit.

We are in the process of the formalized contract with Vector Space Systems to make the Partnership official as our pursuits align in revolutionizing the space industry.

Fun Fact: Rockets don’t go straight up. They have to curve up slowly as they get higher into the atmosphere and be at a critical speed to deploy satellites into orbit. If they went straight up, the satellites would fall right back down! This is why Vector Thrust Control is a critical stage in the design, to also remove passive stabilizers (the fins), so that the rocket can fly gracefully into low Earth orbit, and deliver our satellites into the target range where we can use them.

The Nexus One Satellite

Phillip Swazey, who used to work for Iridium, is designing our preliminary 1U satellite and making connections in the small satellite industry to find the right manufacturers. He was at the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah earlier this summer to bridge these connections and our satellite design. Our timelines are looking good for Phase II satellites, such as the Nexus One, working in parallel with Phase I satellites that will be working on the software defined satellite mesh network called Galactic Sky from Vector Space Systems.

Dinner with Ron Paul

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Kierre Reeg and Colin Cantrell had the distinct opportunity to join a table of great minds including but not limited to: Dr. Ron Paul (former Presidential Candidate), Erik Voorhees (CEO of ShapeShift.io), Doug Casey (chairman of Casey Research), G. Edward Griffin (Author of The Creature from Jekyll Island), Patrick Byrne (Overstock.com CEO), Christina Tobin (United we Stand), and many others. This amazing group of collective intelligence and wisdom discussed Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Nexus. Erik Voorhees helped Dr. Paul understand Bitcoin better as you can see in the picture  The dinner also sparked ongoing conversations with Dr. Paul and the opportunity to learn from his vast experience. 

The Mully Movie Premiere

We have been networking vastly in Los Angeles, including being invited by Scott Haze to attend the first global premiere of his movie Mully. We are in the process of getting them setup to accept cryptocurrency donations for Mully’s cause in Kenya, so that everyone will be able to donate Bitcoin and Nexus in support of the organization.

The atmosphere of the premiere was very positive and was reminiscent of what the Nexus conference felt like: a group of similar minds coming together to find solutions to real world problems. Cheers to Scott and his group for working to make the world a better place!

What we have to look forward to!

With the introduction of the FIRST ever 3DC Architecture, we now have the blueprint to accelerate the development of the TAO framework which is Tritium, Amine, and Obsidian. Each update will be an activation of each new lock level with Tritium Trust, Amine Vault, and Obsidian Mine. This architecture has been in the thought and design process for over 3 years since the block size debate really began to heat up. The development of the Network Architecture alone is quite an achievement and milestone that has now been delivered to the world.

We are breaking development into more tangible, smaller bite sized pieces so that everyone can see a clearer, step-wise progression rather than huge chunks all at once like we have demonstrated with the newsletter and Tritium update.

At the current time, we are underway writing the 3DC White Paper to outline, in easier to understand terms, what it really means for the industry and how this new architecture will prove capability to support the world’s financial and data transactions. Shortly following that, we will see our Tritium White Paper released, which will outline what everyone should expect from the Tritium update, and how it will mesh with the following Amine and Obsidian updates.

A new Javascript/CSS framework for use in the development of the GUI wallet for Nexus has been developed. This framework also has the potential to be utilized for web development and other applications and is really an innovative approach to Javascript and CSS.  The interface for the Tritium wallet will use this new framework and is being beautifully developed by Brian’s team as we write this. So, the days of our old QT wallet and staking keys expiring after 1 day are almost over! Tritium will include a very large overhaul of the Trust System taking into account positive and negative trust and weighting time to the difficulty. This update will address why it is difficult to have a Trust Key active these days, as the initial design needs an upgrade to support such a large number of people staking on the Trust network.

Nexus Strategic Vision / Development Schedule

Look out for our release of the official Nexus Strategic Vision that will encapsulate many of the movements we have in development of not just the Core technology, but of the Network of people and industries we are connecting with. This could be seen as an enhanced version of a roadmap, since it contains much more than could be linearly described. We found this fitting to develop our own procedure to create better communication between Team and Community!

YouTube Live with the Team

On Thursday October 12th, at 12:00 PM PST (UTC -8), the Team will be giving a formal update on the progress of the Project in a live video to discuss our developments with Tritium, rough timelines on release schedules, development of the Nexus Strategic Vision, more explanation on the benefits of Contracts on the 3DC, The Nexus Conference and the resulting connections and industries we are networking with including Hollywood contacts, as well as provide information to leaders in other industries about how they can connect with our Project. We will also outline the direction we are headed with the mesh networks, introduce new people from the Team, and describe how we are organizing in a way that will bring better benefit to everyone involved!

We look forward to having everyone there and sharing everything that has been happening over the past 4 months.

Nexus Rising!

What is coming in the next Nexus newsletters:

  • Roger Ver of bitcoin.com announces that he is building the first truly free Country
  • Dave North, CEO of Sedgwickthe biggest insurance provider in the world, on why it was Critical to Be Sitting in the Nexus 2017 Conference
  • Max Keiser and Peter Schiff square off at the Nexus Conference

Please join the Community on Nexus Slack, on reddit at https://www.reddit.com/r/nexusearth  Facebook at Nexus Earth, visit us at www.nexusearth.com  and  now on  Instagram at NexusEarth!

 

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NexusEarth Newsletter May 2017

Volume 1, Number 4 – May 31, 2017

Welcome to the Nexus Newsletter!

Congratulations to our Community as we have now passed the 2000 member mark in Slack! This month started off with a lot of excitement. There was quite a buzz going on in the Nexus Slack for the second Vector-R full scale test launch on May 6th. Several members of the Nexus Team were there for the launch. The launch was successful and a lot of great data was collected allowing Vector to move forward with further testing. Check out the Launch Video Here. Congratulations to Vector on a successful launch! A lot of work for Nexus is going on behind the scenes including planning and organizing many things in addition to working on the White Paper and Tritium Beta wallet release. Many exciting things are on the way.

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Left to right: Bryan Gmyrek, Colin Cantrell, Ashley Swazey, Michael Mosby, Kierre Reeg

Nexus Conference

We are pleased to announce the First Nexus Conference and Three Year Birthday Celebration. The Conference will happen September 21-23, 2017. The event will take place at the Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, Colorado, USA. More details will come as the plans are solidified, but the event center has been rented from 3-6PM each day. Ticketing information will be available at a later date. We hope to see as many of the Nexus Community there as possible.

Bitcoin.com Podcast Interview

Colin’s much anticipated Bitcoin.com Interview was released on May 25th. Colin gave a great interview packed full of information about  Bitcoin tech, a little about Litecoin, and of course, Nexus. As Richard Jacobs of Bitcoin.com indicated at the end of the podcast, this interview has an amazing amount of relevant content and is worth listening to more than once to be sure you catch everything.

Improved Prime Channel Miner, Block Explorer, and Richlist

The improved CPU and CPU/GPU hybrid miner for the Prime Channel has been released. This really was a Community effort. Thanks to @mumus and all of the folks involved in testing the miner as it was being developed. A guide has been prepared by Community member @bibbityjibbity for using the new miner and explaining frequently asked questions on how the miner functions and how to set it up. The documentation can be found at the Nexus Forum CPU Miner Guide. We also released a new block explorer created for us by Community member @efficienthash. The Explorer is located at nxs.efficienthash.com. A Nexus Richlist along with some other cool information about the network is also now available on https://nxsorbitalscan.com created by @psipherious.

Tritium Update

As with any major software update, rigorous testing is needed to ensure Tritium is ready for public release. Testing continues and the Tritium Beta release will be available as soon as the Team feels it is ready for prime time. Colin has finished most of the core of Tritium, which is planned to be rolled out on the seed nodes and Beta daemon clients for those that wish to help test the new backend engine. Tritium sets a foundation for the Tritium, Amine, and Obsidian (TAO) update series expanding the backend engine of Nexus and allowing easy expansion of the toolset.

Nexus Explainer Promotional Video

Nexus has hired Chris Folta at MotionFX LLC to produce a professional Nexus Explainer Promotional Video. The video is in the planning stages and will give a simple overview of Nexus.  You can check out some of Chris’s other work at http://foltadesign.com/.

Website Updates

You may have noticed some recent changes to the format of nexusearth.com. We are making some theme and content changes. Keith has been working on the updates and once the revised website is ready, we will begin creating an entirely new site. Be sure to check out the new visitor widget on the NexusEarth.com Home Page that shows the location of visitors to the home page from throughout the world.

White Paper

Bryan and Colin have been hard at work finishing up the Nexus White Paper which now stands at 33 pages with more content still to be written. The White Paper covers basics of blockchains, Nexus vision, philosophy, and principles, as well as mathematics/calculations and future options for greater quantum security. The final section in the White Paper is dedicated to the TAO. It is an update series providing the final building pieces and scripting engines making Nexus capable of harnessing many technologies to provide greater future capability and adoption. The April 2017 Newsletter has more details on these releases.

Development Schedule

As all the ideas have been forming into a time based structure with the completion of the White Paper, a more concrete roll out schedule for Nexus is as follows:

  1. Nexus White Paper
  2. Tritium Base
  3. Tritium White Paper
  4. Tritium Time-Lock
  5. Amine White Paper
  6. Amine Time-Lock
  7. Obsidian White Paper
  8. Obsidian Time-Lock

Team Member Profile – Mercuryminer 

Mercuryminer has been a longterm member of the Nexus Community going back to the pre-launch days. You can often find him on Slack helping out with any questions, whether they be for mining or Nexus in general. He has been involved in crypto since 2013 when he built his first GPU mining rig. He first heard about Nexus (originally Coinshield) in Ypool chat where he was a longtime chat moderator. Mercuryminer was first drawn to Nexus because it was an original project in an era when there seemed to be a new coin every day consisting of mostly worthless clones with minor tweaks to coin parameters. He was an early miner of Nexus and continues to mine even now. In addition to often helping users with mining or wallet issues, he also runs seed nodes to help further decentralize the Nexus Network. When he’s not eating, sleeping, or working he can usually be found lurking on the Nexus Slack, although he does also take time out to spend with his family.  He enjoys going four wheel driving and fishing as often as he can.

Newsletter Credits

Author: Preston (@pdogg147)

Editor: gjsteele71 (@spaid)

Newsletter 2017

NexusEarth Newsletter April 2017

Volume 1, Number 3 – April 22, 2017

Welcome to the third Nexus Newsletter.  

It has been an exciting and very active month for Nexus. Our Community continues to grow. We now have over 1,600 Slack members and our Facebook Group has increased to over 500 members! More people are getting involved and taking on important tasks to help Nexus grow. Like a tree, Nexus is built from the ground up with a strong base consisting of tens of thousands of lines of unique code, and an energetic Community. Thanks to everyone helping Nexus form an unshakable foundation! We recently welcomed a new Team member, Glen Luyckx, to Nexus. Glen goes by the screenname mrprobz and can be seen regularly in Slack helping with technical support and  Community outreach. Welcome Glen!

Coinpayments and Coinomi

Nexus was recently added to Coinpayments after the Community came together and donated the 1 BTC required to be integrated into the payment system. Nexus can now be accepted on any website as a payment method! The first website to accept Nexus is https://www.pexpeppers.com/.  Check the website out if you are looking for some all natural hot sauce or hot pepper seeds.

The Nexus Team also recently paid to have Nexus added to the Coinomi multicoin wallet. Coinomi developers are actively working on completing the integration and should have Nexus up and running on their wallet very soon. Since Nexus has a great deal of original code, Coinomi has to do some additional coding to complete the addition. Once complete, Nexus will be able to be used on any Android device by downloading the Coinomi Wallet App.  

March Nexus

Nexus Swag Store

This past month we premiered the Nexus Swag Store. Clothing sizes tend to run about a size small, but are of great quality. A variety of logos, colors, and styles are available. There are also items such as coffee mugs, tablets, phone cases, and blankets. All proceeds go towards the Nexus Marketing budget. We have had many requests for Nexus hats and are currently searching for a supplier. We may decide to sell them directly through the NexusEarth.com website via Coinpayments.

Nexus Testnet and Improved Prime Channel Miner

The dedicated Testnet is now up and functioning. An improved CPU and CPU/GPU hybrid miner for the Prime Channel has been developed. The live testing has been ongoing over the past several weeks and the improvements have shown increased efficiency. The miner is almost ready for full-scale release.

Nexus Bounties and Tipbot

To reward those helping with Nexus, we have started issuing bounties for certain tasks. Some of the items with current bounties include development of a Prime Channel GPU Miner, a paper wallet generator, quality articles about Nexus, promotional videos, and graphic work. A list of current bounties is posted on the Nexus Forum Bounty Thread on NxsForum.com and is also available in the #nexus-bounties channel in the Nexus Slack. We also recently added a tipbot to our Slack to spread the love and to make it easier to send rewards. Feel free to join us on Slack and try it out.

Bitcoin.com Podcast Interview

Colin was recently interviewed for Bitcoin.com podcast that will air April 26th. The podcast hasn’t been released yet, but Colin talked at length about Bitcoin tech, a little about Litecoin, and of course about our favorite coin, Nexus. We will let everyone know in all of the official channels when it is released.

Vector Full Scale Test Launches

Many in the the Community were hanging out on Slack during the first full scale Vector Test Launch on April 6th. Colin was there helping and provided updates as the Community was glued to the @vectorspacesys Twitter channel for details. The launch ended with an automated pad abort and fortunately the rocket wasn’t damaged. A great deal of important data was collected, the issue was identified, and the relaunch is scheduled for May 3rd. Colin will also be on-site helping with this second test launch.

Colin’s Assistant

As I’m sure many of you know, Colin has become increasingly busy as a result of the many tasks required of him as Nexus continues to grow. With time being such a precious commodity, Colin has hired his good friend Ashley to help with communication, schedules, and other miscellaneous items. This now frees the time Colin was spending on these tasks and allows more time for Nexus development work. Ashley will know Colin’s schedule and will have an idea where Colin is and how to reach him for important matters when Colin disappears into his work. Ashley will also help the Team with other tasks as needed.  You can find her in slack as user Concordia, so make sure to give her a warm welcome.

Vector and Nexus

As I’m sure you remember from the March newsletter, the Letter of Intent (LOI) between Vector and Nexus has been signed outlining the specifics of the Strategic Partnership. This agreement has progressed formally and the relationship between Nexus and Vector continues to be strengthened and continue on good terms. As the Nexus Community knows, Colin works a lot behind the scenes and does more than just writing artfully-crafted code.

We are very excited to announce Colin has secured an angel investor position with Vector. This gives Colin a vested financial interest in Vector and continues the business relationship with Nexus with the development of satellite and software technology. An “angel” position means Colin was able to participate in one of the early “bridge” funding rounds giving him the legal right to buy Series A, B, and C shares in the future to maintain his percent ownership in Vector. He participated in the round of financing along with other notable companies such as Desert Angels, Arizona Technology Investors, and Kurrent Investment from Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Below is an article outlining how the bridge round ended from the local Phoenix News:

Tucson aerospace startup raises $4.5 million, hiring up to 100 employees

This is very exciting for the future of Nexus and Vector!

Tritium Update

To anyone following the Nexus Github repository, you can see there have been major updates (refactoring and designing) of the Nexus codebase. This is in preparation for the release of Tritium, which in and of itself is a 3 part update (Tritium, Tritium Trust, and Tritium ++) and creates the base of what is termed the TAO update series. This will include the release versions Tritium, Amine, and Obsidian (TAO).

Tritium begins when the Beta release is fully finished and uses a far more advanced backend coding structure that Colin has been developing for quite some time. The next step in the sequence of the Tritium release will be the long anticipated Tritium Trust update. The Trust update will replace the existing Trust System with a new algorithm removing the issue with frequent Trust Key expiration. The Tritium Trust update will reactivate some of your highest interest Trust Keys and will also include significant other Network consensus updates. This will be followed by Tritium ++, which will complete the Tritium series and act as a cleanup build by including any necessary additions and adjustments to the code base. Tritium ++ and will also include an expansion of the protocol message sets that will ensure the base of the TAO will support all following updates.

The specifics of the Amine and Obsidian releases will be detailed at a later time. Once completed, the TAO update series is going to be a significant foundation, not only for Nexus, but also for any other cryptocurrency implementing the protocol and will make the architecture of blockchains available for mainstream use and adoption.

Team Member Profile

Keith F Smith is a Core team member of Nexus. Starting out on computers as a child in the early nineties, Keith was building websites by the age 12 and even started a web development company. By age 16, he was taking college courses for computer information systems and working as a Microsoft Access database developer. Keith furthered his studies in computers at a local college, but decided to get into construction instead because of the many local job opportunities. He first found Bitcoin while organizing the Nationwide End The Fed marches and campaigning for Ron Paul. Years later in 2013, he finally made the plunge into cryptocurrencies and like many in crypto, he became heavily immersed.

Having been involved with other cryptocurrency teams where some of the major players had only their self interests at hand, Keith was looking for a likeminded folks who were interested in advancing the world through the blockchain and not merely in it for profit. Eventually, while attempting to implement his idea of variable proof of stake, he was introduced to Colin by Preston and they hit it off. Finally, Keith met someone who saw the big picture and shared his decentralized principles and also had the talent to make it happen. From Keith’s original idea, Colin was the only developer he met able to code what became NPoS and formed the basis for the need of Trust Keys. Keith built the current website and is currently working on the GUI for a future Nexus Wallet. He also produced several Nexus videos and continues to assist in steering the Vision of Nexus and building the Nexus presence in crypto. He loves family, fishing, and music. Having a deep understanding of economics, his influence runs deep in the economic model of Nexus. “BE THE DECENTRALIZATION” – Keith Smith

Sidebar fact… Colin’s screen name Videlicet (videre licet) means: it may be seen; evidently; clearly.

Newsletter Credits

Author: Preston (@pdogg147)

Editor: gjsteele71 (@spaid)

Newsletter 2017

NexusEarth Newsletter March 2017

Volume 1, Number 2 – March 15, 2017

Welcome to the second Nexus Newsletter.  

It has been an exciting month for digital currencies fueled by the highly anticipated Bitcoin ETF decision, which was eventually denied by the SEC on March 11th.  Many people feared this denial would destroy the price of Bitcoin, but after a short one day sell-off, the price of BTC returned to its previous price as if nothing had happened.  Altcoins then went on a winning streak which has many currencies, including Nexus, at new all-time highs.

What Happened In The Nexus Universe Last Month?

The Team has been working hard this month to deliver the content Nexus fans have been waiting for including the new wallet called Tritium, a TestNet, and the promised Whitepaper.  Work is also continuing on the new Website and Explorer.  In addition, we have some musical talent from within the Nexus community working together to provide melodious content for Nexus promotions and videos.  We have also started work on a Nexus swag store which will be launched with the new website.

If you have been following Nexus for a while you know that when things are quiet, it means the Nexus wheels are turning, bringing its vision ever closer to production. Our lead developer, Colin, is making significant progress on the new Tritium wallet.  Tritium will be released in three phases: Tritium Beta, followed by the Tritium trust activation, then finally the full release named Tritium ++. This wallet will ultimately contain the LLD (Lower Level Database). In preparation for the release, over 11,000 lines of updated code have been pushed to the Nexus Github Repository.

Core Developer Bryan is putting the finishing touches on a streamlined TestNet for the Nexus Network so the community can assist in the testing by mining and staking as Nexus is in development.  Bryan is also working on code to set up Regression Testing for Nexus.  This type of testing is used by software development companies to verify programming updates which were previously developed and tested still perform correctly after new changes or when interfaced with other software.

Colin has set up an office at the Vector Space Systems (Vector) Corporate Headquarters in Tucson, Arizona and has also been working hard with the folks at Vector behind the scenes.  We are pleased to announce that the much anticipated Letter of Intent (LOI) between Vector and Nexus has been signed.  Specific details of the agreement will come at a later date, but the terms are in place.  The mutual partnership will entail Nexus supporting the development and testing of Galactic Sky and Vector providing support for the Nexus Network.  A mutual public relations (PR) and marketing push will begin this Summer when additional details will be available about the structure of this partnership, as well as the details of other companies who may be joining the partnership.  It is an exciting time to be a part of the Nexus Community!

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Jim Cantrell (CEO and Co-Founder of Vector Space Systems) and Colin Cantrell (Founder and Lead Developer of Nexus )

Nexus Factoid

Did you know that Colin started coding Nexus on May 5th, 2014, about 4.5 months before the launch on September 23, 2014!

Community Member Profile

Each month for as long as we can find participants, we plan on alternating between a core member profile and a community member profile so we can all get to know each other better.  I, Spaid, am the focus of this month’s community member spotlight.

I grew up in Northeast Ohio (USA), but have lived in Georgia for my entire adult life.  I am employed as a programmer and have worked for Frigidaire (now) and Club Car (previously) for the past twenty years.  I am kind of a geek, even though I don’t really like Star Trek or read comic books.  I become obsessed with my hobbies and spend almost all my spare time engrossed in them.  In the past these have included Online Poker, Everquest/Warcraft, Magic the Gathering, and now digital currencies.  The name Spaid came from a Cleric I used to play in Warcraft.  I love to write and it seems to be something I can offer to the crypto-community.  I watch The Walking Dead every week, and my favorite Netflix shows to date have been Dexter and Breaking Bad.

I am also the moderator of the Crypto Currency News Reddit.  I was keeping up with Crypto News anyway so I decided to just post everything interesting I find for others as well.

Newsletter Credits

Author: gjsteele71 (@spaid)

Editor: Preston (@pdogg147) 

Newsletter 2017

NexusEarth Newsletter February 2017

Volume 1, Number 1 – February 15, 2017

Welcome to the first Nexus Newsletter.  In the future, people will look back at this exciting time in the life of Nexus and see a crossroads between conception and creation, and we are here to witness it.  I thought it would be appropriate to start with the abstract from the latest Whitepaper release now being finalized.  It summarizes the plans and goals of Nexus perfectly.

Nexus will provide the framework to enhance the freedom, self sufficiency, and creativity of everyone in the world.  A fully decentralized global network will allow people to transfer value, data and services to one another in a truly peer-to-peer fashion.  A digital currency called Nexus (based on Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin) has been created to facilitate this system.  However, no system which relied on traditional ground based telecommunications networks is truly decentralized.  For this we look to the stars.  The Nexus blockchain will be secured in space.  Cube satellites in low earth orbit will provide network access worldwide at acceptable latencies.  Coupled with hardware devices on the ground, a global decentralized mesh network will be born.  People will launch new peer-to-peer services on the network without the approval from a centralized authority.  This network must be built on a strong foundation.  Over the past two years, many security enhancements and innovations have been developed and proven on the Nexus blockchain.  These include 571 bit privacy keys for increased quantum attack resistance, multiple mining/staking channels, dynamic difficulty adjustment, 1024 bit SHA3 based block hashes, unified time, trust keys, and more.  Nexus is more than technology.  Nexus is the connection of people…  

Welcome to Nexus!

This week we surpassed 1,000 members in the NexusEarth Slack.  We welcome you to join the Community there for the most up to date news available.  There is a link to Slack, and to many other places you can find helpful information, along the right-hand side of the newsletter.  

What Happened In The Nexus Universe Last Month?

The Nexus Team is pleased to announce the recent addition of three new team members.  Bryan Gmyrek, PhD joins as a core developer and has been helping Colin define and create the new Whitepaper.  In addition, Jessica Hartman has been brought in to help with marketing, and Slack member Houssam, a web developer and pool operator, has been officially recruited to the team.

Colin Cantrell, the creator and lead developer of Nexus, and Bryan spent time in Miami at the North American Bitcoin Conference in January, where he mingled with the top names in the digital currency and security industries.  Colin made some important connections and participated in some of his more interesting interviews.

In this interview available via Facebook, Colin and Bryan talk about the aspects of the project currently being worked on, what is planned for the near future, and answer questions from the community.  Colin goes into more detail on how satellites will be used to provide Internet access to the world, and how Nexus plays a role in the economy created by this worldwide network.

A new Nexus forum at NxsForum.com has been created by Slack community member @etakmit.  Thanks to his work, we are able to have a more permanent repository for important documents and thoughts which Slack discards.  Please stop over to the new forum and add your insights.

What Is Happening In The Nexus Universe In The Near Future?

The Nexus Wallet version 3.0 is due out soon and will contain an important Trust Key Depreciation update.  This LLD (Lower Level Database) Wallet is the first of its kind and provides much faster loading times than previous versions.  If you are unfamiliar with the Nexus Trust PoS staking system, your interest earned increases up to 3% as you build Trust by remaining connected to the Network.  As your Trust increases, the Network relies on your connection to handle more transactions.  This is just one of the many safeguards keeping unwanted hackers from building a significant presence on the Nexus Network.

As mentioned briefly above, an updated Whitepaper is in the works detailing the technical inner workings of the Nexus Project like never before.  The initial document with all of the details was over thirty pages long.  An effort is being made now to reduce the number of pages and put it into a logical, and more easily comprehensible, format.

Team members are working on a complete revamp of the NexusEarth.com website.  It will include an new exciting theme and layout, as well as an updated FAQ page for visitors to learn more about the project.  Statistics and Explorer pages will be incorporated as well for anyone looking to quickly access network information.

What Do We Have To Look Forward To?

The big news everyone in the community is anxiously waiting to hear about is the completion of the contract negotiations with Vector Space.  When this contract is signed, the plans for rocketing the Nexus Network into space will be one important and revolutionary step closer to reality.

A marketing plan is being developed to get the word out and bring more people into the community.  Even without any substantial marketing to date, the Slack population is booming simply based on the increase in price and word of mouth.  It is exciting to think how many new visitors we will see when the good news about Nexus is broadcast through many more channels.

Developer Profile – Preston Smith

Preston, who goes by pdogg147, is a Core member of the Nexus Team and serves as Community Manager.  He always seems available to answer any questions and help the Nexus Community, whether it be in Slack, on Facebook, or on Bitcointalk.  He found Nexus, which was at that time Coinshield, while working on a different crypto project.  Preston met Colin and read the Coinshield White Paper and the two hit it off and became friends.  He then became involved in the Project mostly behind the scenes and began becoming more directly involved starting in the Summer of 2015.  Since then, Preston has helped build the Nexus Team and Community and works to further the Mission of Nexus.  Preston has an MS in Biology/Environmental Science and works as a Natural Resources Department Manager at a Consulting Firm as his day job.  He enjoys spending time with his Wife and Daughter, camping, hiking, music festivals, and, of course, working on Nexus.

Newsletter Credits

Author: gjsteele71 (@spaid)

Editor: Preston (@pdogg147)