Kai Jun (@kaijun) • Hey
Blockchain dev, privacy enthusiast
- Trying out Orb V2! The login experience is so much smoother!
- Haven't been on Lens for a bit, I now need to sign a message to make a post?
- Building a fully on-chain game is indeed pushing privacy and scaling boundaries of blockchains. We've learnt so much, from optimizing zk circuits (by more than 10 fold!), to state syncing on the frontend etc. We are in the current Gitcoin round, would appreciate any support from the Lens fam!
To get your donation matched by Gitcoin, you need a score of 20 on Gitcoin passport here (connect a few socials and on-chain activities and you should be good to go): https://passport.gitcoin.co/
- Missing Paris frens and vibes
- Startup idea: an airline but you can negotiate the price of air tickets
- What are some of the new up and coming liquid staking protocols?
- An odisea or odyssey in English, is a long intellectual or spiritual quest. Our quest is one that is defined by leveraging decentralised and distributed systems to build better coordination substrates that unlock unbound human and environmental flourishing, towards infinite gardens.
Odisea is a 10-part research and podcast series where we will be exploring crypto’s opportunity to deliver more infinite, equitable and self-sovereign futures. Together on this journey, we will be speaking and learning from some of the pioneers in the ecosystem - ranging from those building at the forefront of decentralised social to onboard the masses, decentralised finance to remove unnecessary rent-seeking intermediaries, wallets looking to build more seamless user experiences, individuals building the frontier of network states, and many other amazing guests!
Learn more (and collect your free limited edition Odisea community NFT): https://marcus.mirror.xyz/n6OpgyB1tz_nFkw9VBnfNcup99ywrBgL5uZKRPv95Pg
- Great trip in Lisbon, will be back soon :)
- Built an open-source library to allow developers to easily build private DeFi primitives without needing a background in ZK. Currently support private transfers and private swaps, more coming soon! Check it out and welcome any feedback: https://github.com/blockhackersio/zrclib
- The Songkran festival in Thailand is wild.
- Back to my natural habitat of warm and humid weather 🤗
- After 24 hour marathon brainstorming session, we came up with a solution for content discovery and bot detection for Lens with @pealco.lens stay tuned for the shipping
- What are some good explainers for the maths behind uniswap V3?
- Watched my first live nba game yesterday! Love the atmosphere! Any nba fans here?
- Awesome 10 days in ETH Denver. Full of bite-sized inspirational moments :)
- Crypto projects be like:
Our application is future-proofed through multichain integration, together with zero knowledge for privacy purpose, account abstraction for seamless UX, while being composable and permissionless yet still maintaining the scalability similar to a centralized application.
Any buzzwords that it missed?
- Only in web3 do people party until late night and go home to continue discuss about mechanism design.
- Only in web3 do we see competitors sitting in the same panel yet being so collaborative. The vibes in web3 just hit different.
- Gm Denver!
- For real so excited about ETH Denver - will be staying at a ZK hacker house and have a bunch of interesting people to meet! Ping me if you are going as well and want to chat!
- Heard from many experienced DeFi users that LP-ing in Uniswap V3 offers high return if you know how to manage it, but UX wise just not ideal for new users. What could be the game changer here?
- As a Fellow at the Ethereum Foundation, I am exploring crypto’s potential to empower disenfranchised communities in the global south by delivering fairer economic systems. Read more on the EF's latest blog: https://blog.ethereum.org/2023/02/06/empower-latam-ethereum-fellows…
Contribute, subscribe and mint a free nft: https://marcus.am/mint
- Throwback to when I was travelling in Croatia and it was absolutely beautiful. Been working too much in front of the laptop these few months and I do miss nature 😶
- Gm Lens community! I'm currently deep diving into the technical aspects of account abstraction. Any good hands on resources/tutorial to learning more about implementing smart contract wallets with custom transaction automation and bundling?
- Looking to do some user interviews with DeFi users to understand more about their decision metrics when using a particular protocol. Anyone keen to chat or know any communities where I can connect with DeFi users?
- A lot has happened over the past few months in the @LensProtocol ecosystem.
In this thread I want to highlight some of the projects, updates, and products we or the community has shipped over the past year and also shed some light on what's coming next. 🌿❤️🔥⚡️
For anyone unfamiliar with @LensProtocol - Lens is a protocol, API, and suite of tools that enables developers to easily and quickly build social media applications, or integrate social features like follows, likes, publications, profiles, and encrypted chat.
Since the official launch on Polygon on May 18:
... there have been around 100 apps that I would consider serious that are being built or that have launched on Lens.
There are also many apps integrating Lens social features into existing apps.
This use case will be a popular and growing one this year as it is a low lift and requires minimal work, but with a lot of upside.
Want to parse social posts in your wallet? Lens
Want to add a comments section to your blog? Lens
Already have posts/comments but want to add Collects, linked re-posts, and linked likes to your posts? Lens
Want to add a discussion forum to your site that's token-gated for your DAO? Lens
Want to leverage a user base of x hundreds of thousands (or in the future, x millions) of users without having to bootstrap a network from scratch? Lens!
Like managed services and cloud computing has abstracted away the need to build abd maintain complex back end infrastructure from scratch, Lens abstracts away to the need for developers to build and maintain the infrastructure necessary to implement social features themselves.
Whether or not Lens is built on traditional or decentralized technologies should not matter to the average user or developer.
At the end of the day, many of the features provided by Lens are only made possibly by blockchains and decentralized protocols like Arweave and IPFS, but they should not be at the forefront of the discussion.
Instead, the applications should speak for themselves: the UX and value proposition should be compelling enough on their own for the average internet user or developer to want to use or build on Lens, regardless of the underlying tech stack.
Part of providing a compelling UX is abstracting away the need to know about or understand blockchains and wallets at all.
As of now, this is not part of the average Lens front-end, but is something we'll be considering this year as we move toward scaling Lens to >50,000 TPS and enabling permissionless access to the protocol (both of which are on our somewhat near-term roadmap).
For developers, we plan to double down on providing the best possible DX we can offer for developers.
Last year we made consistent updates and improvements to our docs and API and launched two new SDKS:
Lens React SDK
and React Native Lens UI Kit
We have a lot of plans for these two libraries, and will also be considering shipping additional products to facilitate and improve the ease of development for devs building on or integrating Lens.
The engineering team led by @wagmi continues to ship new updates to the Lens API at a rapid pace.
You can keep up with the updates by following LensAPI on Lens: @lensapi
A small handful of highlights I will call out that were shipped last year:
- gated publications powered by @LitProtocol
- dispatcher enabling signless transactions
- optimistic UI updates
- feed highlights
- degrees of separation
- profile interests
+ many many others
In November, Lens adopted @xmtplabs to provide secure, private, and encrypted profile-to-profile DMs for the entire Lens ecosystem.
This was huge as it was one of the most requested features from Lens users and the reception has been incredible.
The Lens grants program has deployed funds to over 50 teams building on Lens.
We plan to continue working closely with, and providing support for, certain developers and teams who are building interesting or valuable applications on Lens through our grants program and / or providing engineering support through private channels.
We will be attending, mentoring, participating, and sponsoring strategic events in 2023, including branching out into more traditional "web2" events.
We plan to attend all major @ETHGlobal events, DevCon, & a few other web3 / blockchain events.
We also plan to create small to medium-sized meetup-type events this year in cities around the world starting with Sao Paulo in a couple of weeks.
Here, people can meet others in their community who are using or building on Lens, and also get allow-listed for a profile until permissionless access is enabled for everyone.
There is a lot of hype around web3 social right now:
I agree that 2023 will be a huge year for web3 social and for Lens.
We are focused, motivated, and excited to continue building off of the momentum created last year to make 2023 a breakout year for Lens.
There is a lot more happening outside of DevRel, with dedicated teams working with creators (@christina & @bradorbradley) and also other areas of focus like integrations and partnerships.
I have not done a good job highlighting everything else happening in the ecosystem and with the other teams.
If you do want to keep up, follow Lens team members on Lens and on Twitter, starting with:
That wraps up this overview.
I'm beyond excited and motivated about what we will be working on this year and invite you enjoy the ride with us!
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- What are the projects that will greatly benefit from Sybil resistance, other than quadratic funding platform like Gitcoin?
- Lens Community,
As we kick off the new year, I wanted to share an incredible piece that I came across, which inspired me to think about how we might experiment with ways to relate online in 2023.
Its as if this article was written for us with this opening line - *"It’s so powerfully obvious to me, it might as well be written in ten-foot letters of flame: the platforms of the last decade are done."*
Some tips from the article:
- Try the new new new thing (always!!)
- Think deeply about discovery online
- Climb into an overlay
- Make a thing with which you can talk about the thing
Thank you to everyone here in our beta who invested their time and energy experimenting & exploring with us last year. We hope you enjoyed the journey as much as we did. We started out with just a few active users, and now I struggle to keep up with all the cool stuff happening here (I am loosing sleep)!
It's thanks to you, our early adopters, that we've gotten this far!
*"The good stuff is always lonely in the beginning. Nothing meaningful will get made if its potential makers all wimp out too soon, because they get scared by the sparse crowd, the empty room."*
Let's continue to build for the long term...*"The timeline isn’t settled."*
Don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the article 😉
- Are there any investment pools out there where retail crypto investors can choose a professional trader and delegate their funds to, where the professional trader can generate returns from these funds and take a portion as service fee? There could be various enforcement to prevent rug pull, such as smart contracts enforcement that these funds could only be used within certain DeFi protocols and cannot be withdrawn, or the professional trader provides first loss capital. The professional traders could also build an on-chain track record where retail investors can look at and choose which one to delegate to.
Curious to hear any thoughts!
- Building a startup is fun. Surrounded by other startup founders while building a startup is even more fun. Gm frens!
- First post on Lens! Thinking a lot about reputation in web3 lately - what are the killer use cases that can't survive without a curated ecosystem of reputable users? Seen so many cool projects building reputation infrastructure but just can't seem to gain adoption..