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Guessing a Private Key: Beyond Chainsplaining Part IV

Matt Cutler

By Matt Cutler in blockchain, Beyond Chainsplaining on June 26, 2019

What if I told you that you could control a crypto account with hundreds of millions of dollars in value just by guessing a single number?

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Case Study: Nifty Football Delivers Breakout UX with Blocknative Assist

Blocknative

By Blocknative in blockchain, usability on June 5, 2019

Nifty Football takes user experience to the next level with Blocknative Assist

We’re happy to share that Nifty Football has deployed Blocknative Assist into their Dapp, providing the Ethereum ecosystem with a live example of state-of-art transaction usability. 

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Mobile Notifications Now a Reality with Blocknative Assist 0.8

Chris Meisl

By Chris Meisl in blockchain, usability on June 4, 2019

Since launching Blocknative Assist, we have received a lot of great feedback from the Dapp developer community. Based upon feedback from our users, we're excited to announce that our latest 0.8 release now meets your users wherever they are – including mobile Dapp browsers.

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Holding Every Private Key in the Palm of Your Hand: Beyond Chainsplaining Part III

Our objective with the Beyond Chainsplaining series is to explore metaphors and stories you can use to help explain blockchain. In our last post, we built out our first 'metaphor of the moment': Blockchains as Brick Walls

In this post, we'll introduce a new and different ‘metaphor of the moment’ — how to hold virtually every possible private key in your hands. On a single sheet of paper. 

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Beyond Chainsplaining: Blockchains as Brick Walls and Other Ways to Light the Lightbulb

Our recent Enough with the Chainsplaining post seemed to strike a nerve – in a positive way! – within the Ethereum community. Ecosystem thought-leaders and crypto-newbies alike have reached out to encourage us to continue on this theme. We clearly have good company in our quest to figure effective ways to discuss the foundational concepts that make blockchain technology so compelling.

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Blocknative Assist 0.6: Adding Powerful New Features

Chris Meisl

By Chris Meisl in blockchain, usability on May 3, 2019

We launched Blocknative Assist at ETHDenver 2019 and since then have received a ton of great feedback from the Dapp development community. Blocknative Assist is our embeddable javascript platform that helps onboard users into Web3 and then improves Dapp transaction usability. 

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Introducing the UX Best Practices for BUIDLers Series

Sean OConnor

By Sean OConnor in blockchain, usability on April 25, 2019

Here at Blocknative we spend a lot of time thinking about Dapp usability. Because usability is key to blockchain catching on and taking hold among the masses. If people have a hard time using something, they won’t. Just like if a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it… if a game-changing Dapp has few active users, can it really change the game?

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Enough with the Chainsplaining: How to Talk Blockchain with Empathy

Matt Cutler

By Matt Cutler in blockchain, Beyond Chainsplaining on April 4, 2019

mansplain: verb: (of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.

Chainsplaining starts innocuously enough. Maybe you’re at a cocktail party or a neighborhood gathering, and blockchain happens to bubble up in casual conversation. 

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Blocknative at ETHDenver: You Had Questions, We’ve Got Answers (And Observations)

Matt Cutler

By Matt Cutler in ETHDenver on February 28, 2019

Blocknative recently introduced our Assist.js beta to the Ethereum community at ETHDenver 2019.

Over the course of a single weekend we had hundreds of conversations with — and gave hundreds of live demos to — an engaged and enthusiastic community of hackers, learners, and industry leaders all pushing forward to create a blockchain-powered future.

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Lessons in Blockchain Startups: Noticing the Obvious Problem Can Be the Hardest Part

Matt Cutler

By Matt Cutler in assist on February 15, 2019

Exactly one year ago, at ETH Denver 2018, the soon-to-be Blocknative team got hooked on blockchain technology. We learned it was powerful. We knew it was complex. And we started to realize it had the long-term potential to change the very fabric of our society. We also knew the learning curve for new users was <understatement> pretty steep.

We’re builders at heart. And experience has shown us that the best way to really learn something new is to start working with it. So we set out in a relatively straightforward direction: creating an ERC721-based crypto-collectible game that would be both fun to play AND teach people how to navigate the basics of blockchain. At a higher level, we felt this game might be one small step toward accelerating the arrival of the block native generation. And, if we’re being honest, we would’ve happily followed in CryptoKitties’ paw prints (sorry, couldn’t resist).

We quickly learned that playing a trading card game by yourself is a lonely experience, so we hopped on video chats to play the game together. But all too often, we found ourselves narrating what was happening while attempting to conduct multiple on-chain transactions. Which, as it turns out, isn’t all that much fun.

The truth is, the game felt like work. And not just busy work. Frustrating and uncertain work.

When we invited our friends to test it out, many wanted to give up during the onboarding phase — over which we had zero control or input. When we played the game, there was essentially no feedback about transaction progress or failure. It wasn’t clear why sometimes things happened quickly, other times they happened slowly, and sometimes nothing happened at all. Etherscan became both our best friend and our nemesis. If you’re part of a dapp team, this is probably a familiar sensation.

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