[Pool Update] Epoch 236

Hey People!

Exciting new developments and partnerships have recently been announced. An overview as well as links to further information on the individual topics can be found below.

Fund2 voting

Even though the fund2 voting was already addressed in the last pool update, I would like to give a small update here. The voting registration is finished and all registered voters have now until January 4th to vote for the proposals.

With this voting we managed to become the largest DAO in the world. About 1725 different wallets with about 566M ADA have registered. We have received many high quality proposals and this shows once again what the community can do when everyone’s individual suggestions are not only allowed but actually encouraged.

Read more about the fund2 in this spreadsheet from Daniel Ribar: Project Catalyst Dashboard – Fund 2 Challenge

Cardano Gogouen Development Update

In this video series you’ll be informed about the latest developments and the rollout of Goguen. Have fun watching the latest update from december 10th:

December 17th Cardano Development update

I think many of you will already know the Cardano Development update which takes place every month. In this video there are many very interesting announcements. First the new partnership with the Nervos Network. IOHK and Nervos will work together on enhancing security, scalability and increasing adoption, as well as jointly research UTXO ledgers to develop an improved framework for UTXO-based chains. Read more about the partnership in this medium article: Nervos and IOHK Join Forces to Make Smart Contracts Safer.

But an even bigger partnership is with Wolfram. Wolfram Alpha (possibly the most popoular product of Wolfram) is a so called computational knowledge engine, also called an answer engine, which can give you answers to factual queries. This means that it not just searches for the solution in the internet but uses external data sources to extract the needed information to solve the problem you asked it and provide you with the correct data. But they are much more than that and I think their own description fits quite well:

“Founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987, Wolfram Research is one of the world’s most respected computer, web and cloud software companies—as well as a powerhouse of scientific and technical innovation. As a pioneer in computation and computational knowledge, we have pursued a long-term vision to develop the science, technology and tools to make computation an ever-more-potent force in today’s and tomorrow’s world.”

Source: Wolfram research company background

Another news is the launch of the new KEVM where Solidity (the smart contract language of Ethereum) developers can develop smart contracts on Cardano without learning a new programming language. But take look at this short but very informative video about the KEVM:

All the above mentioned topics and partnerships are part of the December 17th Cardano Development Update. But there is much more to see in the video, so you should watch it if you want all the other good news too:

Performance for 235

| Leader | Ideal | Luck    | Adopted | Confirmed | Missed | Ghosted | Stolen | Invalid |
| 2      | 1.79  | 111.73% | 2       | 2         | 0      | 0       | 0      | 0       |

As you can see we produced all assigned two blocks in 235. Which leaves us at a luck of 111% and an assigned performance of 100%.

Leader Schedule for 236

| # | Status | Block | Slot     | SlotInEpoch | Scheduled At            |
| 1 | leader | -     | 16888644 | 299844      | 2020-12-20 09:02:15 UTC |

We were assigned one block in 236, which means a more unlucky epoch for us. The good news is we are seeing some nice increase in stake lately, which should lead to a more consistent block production in the future! 🙂

I would like to welcome the new delegators and thank everyone for the support. Please keep the Cardano Reward Schedule in mind, which tells you exactly when you will receive rewards from which epoch. All new delegators will receive rewards around 15-20 days later, if you switched from another pool you will still receive rewards from your old pool until then.

If you have any questions just get in touch with me. That’s all for now, talk to you soon! 🙂