Spells of Genesis

Introducing the Clef Playing Card in Spells of Genesis

Clef has been featured as the Warden of Wonders card in the new game Spells of Genesis by the Swiss company Everdreamsoft. Spells of Genesis is a new mobile game that combines aspects of classic collector card games, like Magic The Gathering, and features an in-game economy based on bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Spells of Genesis is the first trading card game which integrates bitcoin in both its game economy and its storyline. Spells of Genesis is…
Developer Community
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Building a better developer experience with React

Last week, we shipped something I’m super proud of: an auto-magically updating checklist that guides you through putting Clef on your website from start to finish. By using React to handle state changes and rendering, we cut down on our development time and shipped the new checklist in a few days instead of weeks. Why React? We use React extensively for the UI users see when they log in to websites — it seemed like…
Building trust on the blockchain

An adapted version of the talk I gave on July 11 at Inside Bitcoins: Chicago. You can find the full slides for that talk at The most critical problem facing the Bitcoin community is finding a way to build trust on the blockchain. This may be counter-intuitive for technical folks, because to a computer the blockchain is “trustless”. But if we want non-technical folks to use Bitcoin, then first we need to earn their…
Values in Action
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Values in Action: Treat Others How THEY’d Like to be Treated

At Clef, many of our individual behaviors in the office, as well as business decisions, are heavily influenced by our company values. Here, we focus on how we all strive to “Treat Others How THEY’d Like to be Treated.” In an ideal world, the people we share our lives and communities with would always understand our perspective and experience. In every conversation, we would feel true connection and warmth. Imagine being included in a never ending…
Bitcoin Jargon

What is Consensus?

Gaining consensus on each bitcoin transaction is central to creating trust in the bitcoin currency system. Here, we take a closer look at what consensus really means in a practical sense. One of the most fascinating aspects of Bitcoin is that all transactions are public. Every time you send or receive money, it’s written in a public list of every transaction that’s ever been made. But transactions are listed between addresses, not between names, so…