Consumers don’t care about their data, but insurers might

After months of trying to convince people that they should care about the flaws of centralized systems, I finally realized that most people don’t give a shit.

Why would anyone want to spend a considerable amount of time trying to understand that their data is not secure or that centralized banks create serious issues? My approach to blockchain education up to this point has been: (1) inform about the dangers of centralization (2) sell decentralization. This approach works for some but for the most part, people don’t care much about the security of their data or control of central banks…

Users can now login to Harmony dapps with a photo and emojis

We are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Harmony, a high-throughput, low-latency and low-fee consensus platform. Decentralized applications built on Harmony can now provide PhotoBlock as an authentication option for users, combining the power of Harmony’s scalable blockchain with PhotoBlock’s simple interface.

3 Phases of Usability: Harmony x TryCrypto

1. PhotoBlock — Login using a photo and emojis

2. Phase 2 — (Releasing payment application for Harmony)

3. Phase 3 — (Allowing everyone to easily create their own dapps)

Dapp adoption is lacking

In a survey of dapp developers, 67% listed overall lack of users their biggest pain point, attributing the lack of engagement to scalability and usability issues. Current infrastructure is slow and difficult to use, requiring users to be both patient and technically savvy. …

But UX is terrible — here are 6 huge problems and how we can fix them

But UX is terrible — here are 6 huge problems and how we can fix them

Grandma becomes a crypto believer

Last month, I spent the day with my grandmother; we had lunch, I fixed her computer, and we chatted about cryptocurrency. Since watching a 60 Minutes episode on Bitcoin, my grandma has been a major skeptic of crypto. In the past, I’ve set out to change her mind. This time, I just wanted to chat.

And apparently, that’s all I needed to do.

We talked about inflation, centralized banking, and the centralized nature of data storage today. After hours of discussion, she was open to the concept of blockchain and cryptocurrency — she understood the real, tangible use cases and…

Blockchain might not ever live up to the hype, but that’s OK

Somewhere in the sea of blockchain overhype and bizarre crypto culture, there’s a technology that could actually do some interesting things (when applied in the appropriate context). I’m sharing my story because I think elements of it are important to share in the context of accessibility and tech education.

My story

Growing up in Michigan, I had never even considered a career in tech. My only exposure to tech was a robotics class I took in the 7th grade. The class was mostly boys and many of them already knew how to use the programs we were learning to build, having done…

Getting crypto off the main stage and dapps in the spotlight

Dapps are the concert and crypto is the ticket at the door.

Stick with me here.

I understand and agree with the notion that we need to “balance usability and security”, but there’s something missing. Generally speaking, people don’t just hop into new solutions with all they have — especially not in the world of crypto. The underlying assumption around the usability conversation today is that when people try out crypto, they are putting all of their money into a wallet and then oh no! they lose their passphrase and they’re toast. I don’t think this is a fair assumption…

Dapp developers need to start by empathizing with users.

This post is part of a series sharing random thoughts and updates throughout the process of building Folio, an app for using decentralized applications. Folio is a TryCrypto project.

“Sometimes what you don’t do is just as important as what you do.”

- Greg McKeown, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

I’ve been thinking lately about this concept of asking: what is absolutely essential? McKeown suggests that articulating and focusing only on the absolute essentials allows you to eliminate the non-essentials and focus on building the things that matter most. …

Why dapp browsers cannot be the only way to use decentralized apps.

This post is part of a series. The intent of the series is to share random thoughts and updates in the process of building Folio, an app for using decentralized applications.

Thus far, the blockchain world has presented dapp users with one option: go through a browser. While this works for many functions, there are experiences that are better in an app (calling a ride, ordering food, communicating with people). …

3 reasons we’re making Folio a mobile app.

This post is part of a series. The intent of the series is to share random thoughts and updates in the process of building Folio, an app for using decentralized applications.

Folio is an interface for using dapps that will use PhotoBlock to manage private keys and sign transactions (for clarity, I’ll refer to it as a “dapp browser”, though I think this phrase is overused). We’re in the beginning stages of developing Folio and our plan is to document the entire development process in blog posts. …

Gender balance and 6 women in blockchain who inspire us.

By Dheera Vuppala and Chase Chapman

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today serves as a day to acknowledge and appreciate the women who have shaped our past and the women who courageously spearhead movements to shape our future.

Achieving Gender Balance isn’t simply a moral victory, but is the groundwork for further innovation. Often, we consider historical breakthroughs in technology and computing as male-dominated, but it would be a mistake to overlook the work of women in computing — women like Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Hedy Lamarr, and so many more who have shaped computer science as we know it. …

Chase Chapman

Co-founder @ Decentology | Studying @Umich

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