SDF Ecosystem Updates: Developer Programs

SDF details updates to their approach to developer engagement, including a new developer mailing list for transparency and collaboration, wallet guidelines for security and interoperability, a new Stellar Developer Program for ongoing support project beyond the Stellar Build Challenge, and an evolved Stellar Build Challenge modeled more closely after hackathon events.

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New SDF CEO - Denelle Dixon

Former Mozilla (Firefox) COO Denelle Dixon will become SDF’s Executive Director and CEO on May 1st. Jed McCaleb will become Chief Architect, focused on protocol development and adoption.

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“Why I’m Joining Stellar” by Denelle Dixon
“Thank you, Denelle Dixon” by Chris Beard


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CoinDesk Profiles Jed McCaleb

CoinDesk profiles Jed McCaleb. Highlights:

  • Interstellar is "trying to make the first killer app" - "a viable business built on Stellar"
  • “People put the time frame wrong as dot-com, when actually it’s just way before like Arpanet kind of stuff”
  • "He sees the next step in its evolution as enlisting more people to build the wallets and exchanges needed for it to truly become what it was meant to be: a useful, open-source protocol for payments."
  • Stripe "need(s) the ecosystem to be a certain level of maturity, they need the anchor, the person issuing the fiat currency on the network. We need those entities to exist before they can use the network.”
  • On IBM, he says: “They’re building a thing, WorldWire, that is a replacement for SWIFT, and it’s built on Stellar. We just talk to their engineers and help them through the process.”