My name is Mark Price and I am the CEO of a company called Devslopes.
When we found NEM we knew that we had found the blockchain platform that would take blockchain to the world.
It wasn’t overly apparent at first, but I’m a technologist and look deeply into the tech. NEM was a diamond in the rough.
That was months ago. Now we have officialy launched a token sale that is built on NEM Technology.
This forum post isn't about promoting the Cache Token Sale. It is about explaining who we are, what we have done, what we are doing, and how this fits together in the NEM ecosystem.
Who We Are
I’ve owned a learn to code company named Devslopes since 2015. We have taught over 300,000 developers subjects such as React, Angular, iOS, Android, Game Development, and most recently blockchain.
We have 8 employees, are high energy, honest, and believe in community and decentralization. This is another reason why NEM is so appealing to us.
We are great developers and great trainers. We are passionate about learning and helping people better their lives, launch businesses, and create startups and apps.
Getting Started With NEM
I was introduced to NEM by a long term Devslopes customer and student and NEM advocate, El Boyd.
He told me I absolutely needed to check out NEM. It could change how developers work with blockchain. Give this guy some XEM.
I went to the NEM website - and was actually incredibly unimpressed. An intro video with flying clouds? The whole website felt rather corporate, and I couldn’t find any great getting started resources.
I talked to El - he said please keep trying. So I did.
I took a week off of my normal work week and did nothing but NEM.
A few days in, after much confusion due to outdated resources and conflicting paths to success I discovered NEM Library
After writing some code and scouring the Internet for information about NEM and its technology, I finally saw the vision.
A diamond in the rough.
Things We’ve Done With NEM
My company Devslopes has now invested $38,400 in NEM initiatives. We’ve asked for nothing in return. We wanted to onboard developers into a platform we think IS a game changer.
Here are a few things we have done so far:
- Launched a NEM development course
- Launched free Youtube playlist
- Created open source Mosaic CLI Wallet
- Created open source project for issuing certifications on NEM
- Published a NEM test faucet
- Created an open source NEM vesting calculator
- Created NEMbox
- Interviewed with Inside NEM
- Blog post about NEM
- Wrote another post mentioning NEM
- Gave 50 free NEM courses to NEM (Secretly it was 300)
- Recently offered to host NEM Hollywood
- Many Twitter and LinkedIn posts about NEM
Again, have received nothing in return throughout this process. No expectations to receive anything. We love NEM.
And some people seem to like us:
Cache & Blockstart
I’m not going to go into detail on everything we are doing in this campaign.
You can read that in the white paper on https://getcache.io
- Cache is a token on the NEM public blockchain (NIS1)
- We are building some SDKs to make working with Cache easy. These will all be working with NEM public blockchain (NIS1)
- We are building a decentralized app called Cacheout. This will utilize Cache on the NEM public blockchain (NIS1)
- The BIG project though is called Blockstart. Blockstart is a fork of Catapult.
- Blockstart will have a B2B business that will let our customers launch their own Blockchain networks. This product does not involve NEM public blockchain (NIS1)
- Blockstart will have its own public blockchain that uses Cache as its driving token. Blockstart will work with Cache that lives on the NEM public blockchain (NIS1) but Blockstart itself will not have any connection to the NEM public blockchain or XEM in regards to users paying XEM fees.
- Blockstart B2B will accept XEM and Cache as forms of payment
- We will develop a series of powerful SDKs that work on top of Blockstart (Catapult). These will all be open source.
See the image below for what those SDKs will do:
Some people in the NEM community are very angry about the Blockstart Public Blockchain.
I never thought of this as controversial. In fact, I thought it complimentary and beneficial to NEM.
But here are a few of the concerns:
- Blockstart is mainstream and for profit - that is not how blockchain should be, that is not what NEM stands for
- Blockstart is frustrating because it might release before NEM Catapult public chain and de-value XEM
- Some feel that NEM open sourced Catapult too soon - that Catapult should have come out with the launch of the NEM public blockchain on Catapult. This frustration is indirectly turned at Blockstart
- Catapult should have a license that demands more recognition
- Devslopes is being unethical by not building on top of the future NEM Catapult public blockchain.
Why does Blockstart exist?
Blockstart exists because we at Devslopes believe that blockchain needs to reach mass adoption. This will never happen with crypto fanatics nor with Ethereum.
It can only happen through developers and tools that make the features of blockchain easy to implement.
We saw this with NEM from day 1. We really wanted to move this forward. We were fueled with fire (and still are).
We made friends with multiple people at NEM Foundation (Official employees/members).
We explained some of our ideas on how we thought we could help NEM achieve aggressive, worldwide developer adoption and throw Ethereum into ancient history.
We sent multiple proposals over time, but I want to give you the BIG proposal that we thought could be a game changer:
NEM decided that it would be unethical for NEM to bring on a company to help with this. It would show a form of favoritism and that wouldn’t be right for the community or ecosystem. Also NEM already had its Center of Excellence in the works.
I totally respect this decision. I get it 100%. It is admirable of them. We still had the support of some NEM decision makers, but it was apparent progress and opportunities might be slow.
Now what is a CEO to do? Especially a CEO who believes in NEM, and especially a CEO who is able to fork Catapult and build this dream of worldwide developer adoption of blockchain.
NEMbers We Have Worked With
This does not say they have endorsed or not endorsed us, but these are people who I have spoken to and who are aware of one or more of our proposals (some not aware of other proposals)
This is where Blockstart fits in.
People are asking us, “Why can’t you just build all these great features on the future NEM public blockchain?”
Here are the reasons:
- Catapult for NEM public chain is not released yet
- There is no incentive for Devslopes to do that
We want to sprint fast. Also, we want to generate profits as any good business might do. If we built on NEM public blockchain we would make less money. I know this sounds harsh, but I don’t think it is unethical - maybe it’s not good for the market value of XEM (spoken by other people - not me), but its good for Devslopes.
Also I think its great for NEM. Publicity. More developers using their tech. We still are using it, so we still need to train on it.
My team is ready to code Also, now we have Cache token owners who will want the ability to use that token. Trade it. Sell it. The token’s success is directly tied to Blockstart.
Can Devslopes + NEM Work Together
Yes. I would love that. I would love to use whatever influence I and my team have to grow NEM, especially in the United States.
If I had a way to make this happen I would. I would build every feature that we are planning on NEM. I would help grow NEM North America, and spread NEM worldwide.
The reality is we have to keep moving, and we have to fund our development. Hence the Cache Token sale.
We are open to opportunities. We just want to work on NEM tech, monetize on it, and bring blockchain features to the world.
- Mark Price CEO | Devslopes (Cache Token Sale)