This week has been pretty productive in a lot of ways. Craig has been busy interviewing people to fill the vacant marketing roles on the team and we’ve been making progress with the new core. Craig is also speaking at an AML Summit tomorrow to educate some of Auckland’s financial industry leaders on the benefits of blockchain technology which is some good local exposure for Nav Coin.
The good news is that we have found a great mix of people who are keen to work with us to take Nav Coin to the next level.
Kieren Hyland joins us as our new Digital Strategist. He has been working for a reputable advertising agency here in Auckland as a Digital Marketing Specialist for the last 4 years. He is well qualified and has a keen interest in cryptocurrencies. He has already kicked into gear and has been helping put together some ideas to optimize the new Nav Coin website we’re launching later this month as well as starting to draft some press releases.
Melissa Davies joins us as a Digital Strategy Consultant. She is extremely qualified in digital marketing and has worked with numerous early stage startups in the past. The last blockchain venture she was involved with was Brave New Coin which is a data and research company focused on blockchain and digital assets. She is coming on board as a consultant / advisor at this stage and will help guide Craig and Kieren through her experience in the field.
We have also been in talks with a SEO and Social Media specialist who is potentially keen to help out. We will be able to discuss more about this placement as our discussions progress.
All in all, a solid lineup of people who want to get involved. Between these people and our existing marketing resource, we will be well looked after.
In regards to development if you follow us on twitter or slack, you will know that we have sent our first successful NAVTech transaction using the new 4.0.0 Nav Coin Core. We have also been making great progress on the design of the new wallet. It is really looking stunning.
Now that the new core is nearly finished, we will shift some focus towards the NAVTech 1.1 release, website and the Raspberry Pi Stake Box. Craig is working with Victor over the coming week to resume work on the NAVTech test suite and fix a few small bugs for the 1.1 release.
All projects have been updated on the website http://navcoin.org/projects
We would also like to take this time to recap on what we are working towards. As we pepper it out in these small weekly reports the bigger picture gets lost, so here’s a summary:
Nav Coin 4.0.0
Nav Coin Core 4.0.0 is in the final stages of development and will be released this month. This will be the world’s first Proof Of Stake wallet which is up to date with the Bitcoin 0.13 core. It will include SegWit and a bunch of other updates which will allow Nav Coin able to be plugged into pretty much all the products and services which Bitcoin is capable of. It also gives us a clean way to stay up to date with all the latest core improvements Bitcoin offers.
Nav Coin Stake Box
The Nav Coin Stake Box will be released this month. We are proud to be able to offer an eco friendly way to verify Nav Coin transactions and mine Nav Coins. The Stake Box is controlled through a simple web interface and will be run on a Raspberry Pi which only draws 5V of electricity.
Our Nav Coin Website will be updated with a great new design and better search engine optimization also this month. We are focusing the experience on gaining new Nav Coin users and providing them with all the tools they require in a simple and elegant format.
New Marketing Team
Our new marketing team has been formed and their efforts will start to bear fruit around the time the aforementioned releases occur.
I am also working towards increasing our development resource. Auckland University of Technology has some PhD students in their Computer Science department studying cryptography, advanced mathematics and blockchains. I am hoping to form a partnership with the University and have some of the students work on Nav Coin as a part of their PhD thesis work.
After the culmination of these March releases, we will continue with the big ticket items on our 2017 roadmap including Polymorph, Anon Dapps, Multi Chain / NavTech 2.0 Wallet & Nav Coin Direct.
Truly exciting times for us here on the Nav Coin Team.
Nav Coin Development Team