About our Development
Embermine’s core team are not blockchain developers, engineers, or Ph.D’s in Math, Physics, or Computer Science. Most of us were not into crypto, or were even knew what cryptocurrency was with the exception of knowing the word “Bitcoin” before the Embermine project began.
No, we are a group of experienced and proven customer-based application developers, mostly working in the banking or publishing industry. In fact, Embermine was originally being developed trying to use the existing application and database development platforms. All of which were unable to fundamentally provide the key components that the Embermine Platform would require:
- Secure, immutable, and automatic transactions based upon user-defined, yet unhackable, criteria.
- Transparent yet secure ledgers for audit and accountability
- The ability for the service to be decentralized, allowing easy global reach and reduce the need for expensive and inefficient data and processing centers.
- Modular systems development to increase the ability to add new technologies or capabilities or contend with changing regulations or customer expectations.
Things were also an uphill battle when it came to finding a solution that would allow us to protect privacy, yet establish identity, ensure limited “middleman” friction in the User relationships, and can still appeal to our overall values and intentions.
Then Garrison Breckenridge brought Ethereum and smart contracts to my attention, and our whole world changed.
That was 13 months ago, and it has been one heck of a deep dive into the amazing world of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, decentralized ledgers, distributed storage, consensus protocols, and digital wallets. The sheer amount of information and knowledge to gain in this relatively new area existing in the spaces between science, technology, and sociology, is intimidating. The breakneck pace at which it is all evolving is evocative of the heady times surrounding the Internet technology in the early 90’s.
Just like those times, the researchers, academics, early enthusiasts, and garage code jockeys laid the roads for us all to follow, creating lingo and languages that helped define the course for those of us who wished to follow. When the first wave inventors and innovators got their eyes on the tech, the “everything needed the internet” time was born, and the inevitable boom came. Soon, everyone wanted to code HTML and create websites. Everyone wanted to connect their games, their devices, and their lives with the Internet.
Problem was, the researchers had the knowledge, but the innovators knew how to get it in the hands of those who could benefit from it the most. Often, these two groups had competing agendas and desires for the future of the Internet. They were seldom able to work well together, leading to companies comprised nearly entirely of one area of knowledge or the other. Money was thrown at both types of organizations and much of it was lost. Some of these companies succeeded however, by embracing and accepting where there weaknesses existed, gathering instead the best and the brightest from the other group, and collaborating on the solutions that came to define the Internet as we know it today.
The same thing is happening today with blockchain technology. We have several powerful players from the core scientific and academic knowledge surrounding the blockchain sphere, but also innovation-driven application providers in the Fintech, Insurance, and Social Media world eager to get their hands on the technology to provide more robust experiences for their customers. They need to learn from each other and mix, so that everyone, everywhere can take advantage of this amazing technology.
That is what Embermine is determined to do. We have talked about our platform and discussed the possibilities with some of the brightest and most forward-thinking minds in the blockchain, decentralization, IPFS, and cryptocurrency arenas. Organizations like Monax, Consensys, Delloite, 2030.io, BitShares, and consultants, academics, and thought-leaders too numerous to list. We have identified the products that the Platform requires, and determined who would be the best to work with. Between our access to these third party providers, the efforts of our open source development contributors working through a bounty system, and our strong contingent of in house UI/UX developers, we will make Embermine. By having a dedication to this form of development and using the Embermine collaboration philosophy for both development and revenue sharing with the partners and Users, we can use blockchain, identity verification, and encryption technologies as different service layers rendered invisible, yet made accessible to unsophisticated Users who only care that it works as advertised and helps them. They do not need to understand the intricacies of the underlying technology in order to use it.
By being devoted to this, it also significantly shortens our development time in many ways because we are all working on our individual responsibilities independently. Also, by making our token, the Ember, a decentralization tool (each coin is one of a limited number of “User seats” in the environment, meaning other Users need to give up their Embers to grow the network), working closely with the open source community, and being dedicated to grooming an in-house team of experts, we can help limit some of the negative pressures that assail large, centralized networks. All this, while providing our Users with high quality product that addresses most of the concerns that plague contemporary solutions.
What it always comes down to is funding. By selling all of the seats in the platform, represented by the Ember (MBRS) token, we can then pay for the SDK licenses, development time, product management services, and open source development bounties that our platform requires that we are not able to provide for ourselves. Many may say “well that sounds too easy”. Well it has not been. It has been thirteen months of research, listening, years in the trenches of the internet and application development, plus learning the hard lessons of the past that have brought Embermine to this moment to bring it all together and make something truly needed in this world: a project-oriented, revenue-sharing, decentralized operating system for anyone’s creative endeavors.
This is just the beginning, we will be publishing much more on our platform, the technologies surrounding it, various use cases, and more over the next few days. Have a question? Reach out to us on our Slack, Telegram, and Reddit communities. We look forward to hearing your comments, discussing the Platform, or answering any questions.