Focus Fire: DigiByte (part 3)
The Twittersphere has spoken! After an intensely competitive poll that involved a tight race between excellent candidates, our Twitter community has selected DigiByte as the first project we will examine in our “Focus Fire” series.
In this series, we take time to really get to know a project and focus on different elements of what makes the project great. We hope it provides a better understanding of the technology and its vision to the larger cryptocurrency and blockchain community.
Today, in part 3 of our DigiByte series, we look at the community behind the project and focus on Jared Tate, the founder and creator of DigiByte.
It’s not easy to encapsulate the DigiByte community, boiling it down to a few words to give readers a clear picture. This is a project that is truly grassroots — no ICO, open-source software, no pre-mined coins set aside for an elite group of early holders, no top-down corporation that holds a large percentage of assets, no centralized company monopolizing hashing power, and so forth.
Despite this lack of centralization, a number of key leaders among the DigiByte community stand out from the crowd. Jared Tate, the founder of DigiByte, is also its greatest advocate and has been unceasing in his passionate efforts to promote the lofty goal of global adoption of DigiByte’s technology.
Born and raised in a small town in Idaho, Tate worked with digital technology from a young age, learning computer programming and web design under the tutelage of his mother. But Tate did not focus solely on computers in his youth, being highly active as captain of both football and basketball school teams, and later investing considerable time earning his pilot’s license and in military training, including a period of time during which he was contracted with the Idaho National Guard. Currently working on completing a degree in Aviation Administration, Tate is a man of many talents.
Creating DigiByte in 2014, Tate aspired to create a blockchain that would improve on the limitations of Bitcoin’s technology at the time. With much faster block times and the baked-in scaling design that automatically doubles DigiByte’s block size every two years, Tate addressed and solved scalability problems that continue to haunt Bitcoin to this day. Launched without an initial token sale of any kind, DigiByte quietly and confidently built momentum and now stands as the longest UTXO blockchain with more than 200,000 nodes around the world.
Tate stands out as the face of DigiByte, often engaging in interviews and advocating for the cause of DigiByte. Rather than focusing on DigiByte strictly as a currency, Tate has preferred to tout DigiByte for its much broader range of utilities as mentioned in part 2 of this series. Tate has been very successful at communicating the complexities of blockchain technology in a simple, easy to digest manner that has removed the intimidation factor that is often associated with cryptocurrency technology, enabling new and experienced users alike to feel welcome and engaged in the community.
DigiByte enjoys a very active development community, with developers contributing improvements and innovations from all over the world on a frequent basis. Among the better known developers, Fredrick, also known as GTO90, is working as a Core and iOS developer. Efforts to develop on the Apple mobile platform have recently scored the successful launch of the excellent SPV wallet for DigiByte. This elegant and speedy wallet will be, for many, the first experience with DigiByte, and proves the speed and security of the platform, especially when compared to other slower and less user-friendly mobile wallets. Noah Seidman is a key developer on the Android side of things and continues to develop the DigiByte experience within the Android environment. Gary Mckee is another leader among core developers of the DigiByte team as well as Yoshi Jäger, an iOS specialist who works on a variety of elements on the DigiByte platform, from UX design to mobile and FullStack development.
But it is precisely the fact that DigiByte is such a large and active community with such a broad range of talented contributors that makes it difficult to do justice to the team working on the project. One could list name after name of developers and community members who have contributed in one way or another over the years and still miss out on individuals who have helped out in important ways.
This is what makes DigiByte special. It does not come down to any one individual’s efforts. It is a collective effort to continually build and refine, to innovate and create. Jared Tate recently mentioned in an interview that the concept of blockchain technology, when acting as a truly decentralized entity, is similar to the way DNA exists in each living cell in nature. Rather than concentrating information and therefore vulnerabilities into any one central location, information and processing is distributed and replicated throughout the living entity. In this manner, the entity can survive and thrive despite attacks to any one part of the entity. The DigiByte project seeks to emulate this through the communal efforts of decentralization, not depending on any single individual or small group of powerful individuals for the blockchain to function and succeed.