Holo

About Holo

Holo co-founders Eric Harris-Braun and Art Brock met in the summer of 2004 at a conference about local currencies. At the time, both were searching for alternatives to the dysfunction and bureaucracy that accompany working within traditional hierarchical organizations, and suspected that currencies might provide some answers. Art had run a successful software company that operated as a “boss-less environment,” and he would soon go on to found a network of student-directed schools, called Agile Learning Centers, of which there are now over 30 locations worldwide. Eric had been designing peer-to-peer networks and software since 1991 and had run several successful software companies.

In 2007, Eric and Art formed the MetaCurrency Project. Their aim: to apply insights from nature to the design of software and social patterns, so that we can enable the next economy — one that is distributed, equitable, and regenerative.

“Though our motivation and designs differ from those underlying Bitcoin and blockchain, we are grateful for the way in which that movement has inspired people to experiment with new tools and new patterns of coordination,” Eric and Art say.

Over the past decade, there have been many brilliant minds that have contributed their insights and efforts to Holo. Over the past year, Holo has grown from a half-dozen volunteers to a 28-person distributed team hailing from around the world. Some of these folks moved across the country, or even across the globe to volunteer and more recently work on the project. They have shared housing in locations ranging from California to Portugal to Germany to Scotland, some stepping away from jobs and others from Ph.D. programs because they feel this project is so important. They come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, but are united by their passion for Holo and their vision of a more regenerative and thriving world.

Media Spokesperson (Matthew Schutte)

Byline BIO: Matthew Schutte is director of communications for Holo, where his team is building a distributed network to shift the financial paradigm and create a new user-centric web ecosystem. Their Holochain architecture puts each user in control of their data, their applications, and the way those applications connect to one another. Inspired by design patterns of nature, Holochain applications are faster, more scalable and 10,000 times cheaper than blockchain approaches. For more information, visit www.Holo.host.

Broadcast BIO: With explosive growth of Bitcoin, online transactions increasingly use the blockchain ledger system, but both have hidden flaws. Bitcoin is susceptible to artificial inflation, and along with blockchain a massive energy hog. With us today is Matthew Schutte (pronounced Shut), director of communications for Holo (pronounced hoe-low). His team has been working for years to create a new user-centric web ecosystem that’s less vulnerable to hacking, tracking, censorship and other abuses. Matt, walk us through the flaws with blockchain and Bitcoin, and how Holo aims to solve them.

Full BIO: Matthew Schutte is director of communications for Holo, where his team is building a distributed network to shift the financial paradigm and create a new user-centric web ecosystem. Their Holochain architecture puts each user in control of their data, their applications, and the way those applications connect to one another. Inspired by design patterns of nature, Holochain applications are faster, more scalable and 10,000 times cheaper than Blockchain approaches.

The first “mother app” being built on Holochain is Holo, a hosting marketplace where anyone with spare computing capacity can earn cryptocurrency by providing processing and storage services to other users. Hosts can run Holo in the background on their laptop or can dedicate a full machine such as a HoloPort to perform work on Holo.

Holochain’s lightweight infrastructure allows for economically viable accounting for microtransactions such as the small “pay to compute” transactions common in the Holo system. Holo launched a 60-day $200k crowdfunding campaign on December 5, 2017 and passed their goal within the first 4 days, becoming the top trending project on Indiegogo in the process. Alongside that crowdfund, Holo is launching an Initial Community Offering (ICO) in the next few weeks, with a starting cap of €2.5 million, and a final cap of €25 million, dependent on demand. Whitelisting for this ICO is open now.

Prior to Holo, Matthew graduated from Berkeley Law School, served as the managing director of an angel investment firm, and has given talks on topics such as “How to Balance Privacy and Transparency in a Digitally Connected World.” In addition, Matthew works on the design of distributed identity infrastructures, and occasionally surfs 50 foot waves at the world famous Mavericks in Northern California. For more information, visit www.Holo.host.

Media Spokesperson (Jean M. Russell)

Byline BIO: ICO Project Lead at Holo, Jean M. Russell is social technology innovator. Her Holo team is building a distributed network to shift the financial paradigm and create a new user-centric web ecosystem. The Holochain architecture puts each user in control of their data, their applications, and the way those applications connect to one another. Inspired by design patterns of nature, Holochain applications are faster, more scalable, and 10,000 times cheaper than blockchain approaches. For more information, visit www.Holo.host.

Broadcast BIO: With the explosive growth of Bitcoin, online transactions increasingly use the blockchain ledger system, but both have hidden flaws. Bitcoin is susceptible to artificial inflation, and (along with blockchain) it’s a massive energy hog. With us today is Jean M. Russell, ICO Project Lead at Holo (pronounced hoe-low). Her team has been working for years to create a new user-centric web ecosystem that’s less vulnerable to hacking, tracking, censorship, and other abuses. Jean, walk us through the flaws with blockchain and Bitcoin, and how Holo aims to solve them.

Full BIO: Jean M. Russell is ICO Project Lead at Holo, where her team is building a distributed network to shift the financial paradigm and create a new user-centric web ecosystem. Their Holochain architecture puts each user in control of their data, their applications, and the way those applications connect to one another. Inspired by design patterns of nature, Holochain applications are faster, more scalable and 10,000 times cheaper than blockchain approaches.

The first “mother app” being built on Holochain is Holo, a hosting marketplace where anyone with spare computing capacity can earn cryptocurrency by providing processing and storage services to other users. Hosts can run Holo in the background on their laptop or can dedicate a full machine such as a HoloPort to perform work on Holo.

Holochain’s lightweight infrastructure allows for economically viable accounting for microtransactions such as the small “pay to compute” transactions common in the Holo system. Holo launched a 60-day, $200k crowdfunding campaign on December 5, 2017 and passed their goal within the first 4 days, becoming the top trending project on Indiegogo in the process. Alongside that crowdfund, Holo is launching an Initial Community Offering (ICO) in the next few weeks, with a starting cap of €2.5 million, and a final cap of €25 million, dependent on demand. Whitelisting for this ICO is open now.

Jean M. Russell is a culture hacker at Thrivable Futures. She has been working at the intersections of social innovation and technology since 2005, including collaborations with Identity Woman on projects such as Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. Jean is listed as one of 100 women globally co-creating a P2P Society. She is the author of “Thrivability: Breaking Through to a World That Works,” and “Cultivating Flows: How Ideas Become Thriving Organizations.” Her work on has been highlighted in The Economist, Harvard Business Review, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. For more information, visit www.Holo.host.
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