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Bison Trails Newsletter 003 • Apr 2020

Updates on Keep’s Stake Drop, NuCypher’s WorkLock, our collaboration with Coinbase Custody enabling secure Polkadot staking, and more!

Bison Trails Newsletter 003 • Apr 2020

May 4 2020 By Mark Forscher

I hope you’re doing well. This month’s newsletter includes updates on Keep’s Stake Drop, NuCypher’s WorkLock, our collaboration with Coinbase Custody enabling secure Polkadot staking, and more!

– Mark Forscher, Head of Brand & Design


Company News

Bison Trails + Keep

1. Keep, TBTC, and Stake Drop

Bison Trails recently announced support for the Keep Protocol. Keep is a “privacy layer for Ethereum” that addresses the difficult challenge of allowing secure and private data to be used on a public blockchain. In particular, it brings BTC closer to on-chain usage in DeFi applications. ETH holders are able to participate in Keep’s “Stake Drop.” Reward distribution begins May 11th! Learn more in our guide to Keep and TBTC.

“The Bison Trails team is phenomenal. They've been deeply committed to Keep, and have been a huge help moving our protocol design and development forward. The Keep network requires an abundance of reliable, distributed, and secure nodes, making Bison Trails a strong partner and a great choice for Keep token holders and anyone joining our stakedrop June 8th.” —MATT LUONGO, CEO AT THESIS / KEEP NETWORK’S PROJECT LEAD


2. ETH Enthusiasts: An Invitation to Participate in NuCypher’s WorkLock

Another opportunity for ETH enthusiasts: Bison Trails is supporting WorkLock, NuCypher’s innovative token distribution mechanism. If you have ETH, learn more about WorkLock and please reach out to us to participate! (See coverage in Cointelegraph)

“Bison Trails is an invaluable collaborator: they've demonstrated a strong commitment to NuCypher, from running testnet nodes to providing feedback on network dynamics, slashing penalties, and stake pooling for a year. We appreciate their team's on-going contributions and are thrilled to see Bison Trails' support and enthusiasm for a successful WorkLock token distribution.” —MACLANE WILKISON, CEO AND COFOUNDER OF NUCYPHER


3. Bison Trails + Coinbase Custody, Secure Polkadot Staking

Combining Coinbase Custody’s institutional-grade offline storage solution with the Bison Trails infrastructure platform, this collaboration lets Coinbase Custody clients stake their DOT to Bison Trails’ validators effortlessly. (See coverage in Cointelegraph and The Block)

“Staking is an increasingly important element of the crypto ecosystem. It provides Coinbase Custody clients, many of whom have obligations to their investors, with a crypto-native way to participate in network rewards while also contributing to the security and governance of the ecosystem. Working with partners like Bison Trails allows us to offer our clients an easy way to participate in Proof of Stake networks like Polkadot (DOT) at launch.” —SAM MCINGVALE, CEO OF COINBASE CUSTODY


4. Why We Believe in Libra

We joined the Libra Association in October of 2019 as a founding member because we see the potential to drive massive adoption of crypto around the world. We remain committed to this initiative and proud to continue our collaboration with Libra Association members to move the project forward toward mainnet launch. Read our latest post about the changes to the Libra white paper and check out recent media coverage in Forbes:

“The most important thing to achieve a goal of mass adoption is to get the project out the door and into the hands of people that need it most. With the recently announced news, we’ve moved closer to that goal.” —JOE LALLOUZ, CEO OF BISON TRAILS

More from the herd

  1. 🎧 “The DNA of our company is actually designed to support fault tolerance.” —Joe Lallouz. Listen to Joe’s full conversation on the Crypto Current podcast.
  2. 📈 Bloomberg’s Crypto Outlook takes a look at how Bitcoin continues to mature and the impact of Covid-19 on its trajectory. —Christian, Business Development
  3. 🕊 “Exercising extra patience and empathy is probably the most important thing that anyone in a leadership position can do.” Read more of Joe’s perspective on leadership of remote teams in Psychology Today.
  4. 🔒 Forbes details a recent review of four blockchain platforms by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE) to determine how they measure up to the US government’s rigorous security requirements. —Aaron, co-founder and CTO
  5. 👽 Listen to a SXSW panel "Cryptoassets: Venturing into the Unknown" including Kyle Samani Multicoin Capital, Katherine Wu of Notation Capital, Joe Lallouz of Bison Trails, and Marcos Veremis, MD at Cambridge Associates


Bison Trails Apparel / 2020 Remote Edition / Bison Face Mask

Bison Trails Apparel / 2020 Remote Edition / Bison Face Mask ✨

Photo: Mike Edmonds / Herd Member: Erin Nolan / Designed by Mark Forscher


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Bison Trails: Pioneering Blockchain Infrastructure™

Bison Trails is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service company, based in New York City, specifically focused on blockchain participation. We’ve built a platform for anyone who wants to participate in new chains effortlessly (e.g. by running Cosmos Validators, Tezos Bakers, and Libra Validators, etc.)—without having to invest time and resources into developing any of the engineering, protocol, dev ops, or security competencies in-house. Our goal is for the entire blockchain ecosystem to flourish by providing robust infrastructure for the pioneers of tomorrow.


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