WordProof is one of the 23 finalists selected out of the 178 applications received for the 5 x €1.000.000 EIC Horizon Prize on ‘Blockchains for Social Good’. Monday, February 10th, was Finalists’ Day. 23 initiatives gave a pitch and demo. Here’s the full transcript of WordProof’s pitch, presenting the impact of our solutions on social good aspects and the underlying economic model.Continue reading “3-minute WordProof Pitch at European Commission’s ‘Blockchains for Social Good’ 🇪🇺”
A truthful internet makes a trustworthy society. That’s what we firmly believe at WordProof, and as winners of Europe’s Blockchains for Social good contest earlier this year, I dare to say that our visions align: we need a better internet for all citizens. And Europe has a reputation for fighting for a better internet, hence GDPR. This article focuses on what policymakers could do to lead the way towards a ‘Trusted Web’. TLDR; there’s a massive opportunity for policymakers today!
Even though the internet has brought us many good things, it has a deep-rooted issue: trust. On the internet, citizens suffer fraud, manipulation, and theft on a daily basis. Policymakers can play a role in guiding the world towards a trustworthy internet. That’s what Europe tried to do with GDPR, and that’s what organizations like Europe’s NGI – Next Generation Internet – work on every day.Continue reading “Will Europe Lead the ‘Trusted Web’ after GDPR?”
Today, WordProof officially received the € 1 million prize as the winner of Europe’s Blockchain for Social Good competition. “How did WordProof win that € 1 million from the European Commission?” is a question we frequently get, as winning prizes is an interesting alternative (or addition) to searching for investors as it doesn’t cost you equity. I sat down with Frank van Dalen, who was the initiator of WordProof’s submission, to share our lessons learned about winning prizes to finance and grow your start-up!
Frank started as WordProof‘s angel investor and is actively involved in the company. He has a very (!) rich track record in both entrepreneurship as in politics. We took the time to write down our lessons learned, based on Frank’s track record and our collaboration as a team at WordProof over the last 15 months.
Although a prize is not the same as a subsidy or funding application, there are also many similarities. In this blog, 8 insights are shared that enabled WordProof to keep 175 other blockchain companies behind in Europe’s Blockchains for Social Good competition.Continue reading “How to win € 1 million? 8 tips for winning prizes to grow your start-up 🏆”
In the last decade, WordPress’s market share grew from a little over ten percent to over one-third of the web. This makes it the most used Content Management System (CMS) by a large margin. Can WordPress still grow, and where will that growth come from? Is WordPress your best bet as a CMS? Here’s why I firmly believe that WordPress will cross the magic 50% market share mark before the end of this decade while being the best choice for individuals, businesses and enterprises!
At the time of writing (June 2020), WordPress’s market share is at a staggering 37.3%. At the start of 2011, its market share was 13,1%, so it reached an average growth of 2.47% per year.
If WordPress continues at this rate, we’ll end up with over 60% market share on January 1st, 2030 (hitting 50% at the end of 2025). However, as WordPress is already used by so many websites, where will those new users come from and why will WordPress be interesting to them?
“In the coming years, 3 billion new people will be connected to the internet. WordPress is free to use and translated into over 50 languages. As translations are a community effort, they don’t need to make sense from a business perspective.” said WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg in this 2017 interview.
I agree that this will be a logical driver for adoption from a macro perspective. However, I will look at it from an enterprise perspective, presenting you five drivers that will fuel further WordPress adoption this decade:
- WordPress at Scale: Enterprises use WordPress too!
- The WordPress Ecosystem and Its Economics
- Marketing is Changing and WordPress Fits in Perfectly
- Google Loves WordPress
- WordPress and e-Commerce
After exploring these drivers, you might agree that just half of the web at the end of this decade, or even by 2025 is a conservative estimate. Joost de Valk, the founder of Yoast SEO, made a bold guess: “WordPress has reached critical mass in multiple ways and is on its way to 50%, maybe even within the next two years”.Continue reading “Why WordPress Will Empower Half of the Web Soon”
One of the many highlights of WordCamp Europe 2020, the biggest online WordPress event in history was the conversation with Matt Mullenweg on the future of WordPress. Firstly he and Matías Ventura looked at upcoming features for Gutenberg, WordPress’s revolutionary new editor. Some of those will be shipped around August, in WordPress 5.5. After that, they did a 40-minutes Q&A. I cherry-picked some of the many highlights and transcribed those insights for you.
- Gutenberg Demo
- The State of Gutenberg and WordPress 5.5
- How Gutenberg’s License might affect Adoption
- Moving Humanity Forward with Open-Source WordPress
- Is WordPress a Monopoly?
- HTML in Gutenberg
- A Paywall Site in Gutenberg Without Coding
- Are Freelancers and Agencies in Danger as WordPress Gets so User-friendly?
- Images and Image APIs in Gutenberg
- How to Train Users in Using Gutenberg?
- WordPress, e-Commerce, and Shopify
- Pay it forward; Grow WordPress through Radical Generosity
Ever needed to convince someone of choosing WordPress? And Why is WordPress so popular anyway? Recently I wrote an article explaining why WordPress’s market share will soon cross the magical 50% mark. From that article, I extracted five compelling arguments to convince anyone of choosing WordPress as a CMS:
- WordPress is not just a Blog! Enterprises use it too
Is WordPress a tool for blogs and small businesses? Yes, it is! But it’s not just for them. 2,645 of the top 10,000 sites on the web are built with WordPress. There’s a reason why TED, News Corp, Disney, New York Post, and many more are using it. If you think of WordPress as a toy for amateurs which is not suitable for B2B or enterprise, you should probably reconsider.
- Explain the WordPress Ecosystem: its economics, technology, and community
Often, open-source communities and software have the reputation of being slow-evolving, insecure, and not enterprise-ready. WordPress is different. We matured massively on three important aspects: technology, finance, and community.
- Structure Matters and WordPress’s new editor outputs perfectly structured content
In 2016, WordPress started to fully redesign its editor, called Gutenberg. The idea of Gutenberg is that every component will be modular until everything is a block, and blocks are structure! To stay the dominant search engine, Google needs robust structured markup on every single website. Due to its modular nature, Gutenberg is the perfect fundament for WordPress to benefit from the changing marketing dynamics on the internet.
- Google loves WordPress (more than any other CMS)
It’s in Google’s benefit to create a level playing field where every small business can win. Google realized that they can only fix the web if they work on the underlying technologies that power those websites, which is why they are now deeply invested in the WordPress community. By just updating your WordPress plugins, your website also gets better over time. It automatically adopts these new features. This fact alone makes the business case for using WordPress no brainer, albeit only for the content part.
- WordPress wins massive market share in e-Commerce too
With the support for Magento M1 ending, and the acquisition of the Open-source Magento by Adobe, Magento’s market share is decreasing rapidly. This creates space for other solutions to grow and WooCommerce is positioned well to fill this gap.
These are crazy times. Yesterday I stumbled upon this motivational speech by Ryan Serhant which resonated a lot with me. He’s a New York-based real estate broker his first day in this business on the day Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. September 15, 2008. For all entrepreneurs out there; here’s Ryan’s powerful metaphor, on how to swim in the storm like a professional swimmer!
“I know, I am at the office, I’m at work, I’m not supposed to be here. There are executive orders … I am supposed to be at home … quarantine.” says Ryan, “But listen … I’m the captain of a very large ship. People look to me … people depend on me. These are unlike any times out there”.
In this article I transcripted the very powerful metaphor he used in this video. Here you have it.Continue reading “Be Safe, Be Healthy, Stay Happy, Stay Productive”
Stuart Haber, one of the two inventors of the blockchain, tells the story of the technology, explaining how it works and describing applications that decentralize maintenance of the integrity of digital records. What started as a solution for a time-stamping problem developed into something that is already transforming entire industries.
Here’s the Whitepaper he describes in his talk.
The Longest Running Blockchain Started in 1995
Here’s Stuart Haber, showing the backside of the NY Times. On a weekly base, they published the unique fingerprint of the recent state of Surety‘s chain.
About Stuart Haber
Dr. Haber serves as Chief Scientist for Auditchain. As a young cryptographer at Bellcore (Bell Communications Research), in 1990 Dr. Haber co-invented the blockchain technique for ensuring the integrity of digital records. He was cofounder with Scott Stornetta of Surety, which was spun off from Bellcore in 1993. Surety offers digital time-stamping services and is the first commercial deployment of a blockchain. Dr. Haber’s work in cryptographic time-stamping was later adopted by Satoshi Nakamoto as the basic mechanism for data integrity in Bitcoin.
Here you see the last page of Bitcoin’s whitepaper, referring to Stuart Haber’s work:
At the end of February, the WordPress community gathers in Miami for WordCamp Miami. For WordProof, it will be the first time we physically present our solution in the United States, as I’ll be speaking at this wonderful conference. The main topic will be how WordPress and blockchain can lead to a more trustworthy internet.
The event was held at Florida’s International University. Here’s the video of my talk:
Continue reading “Speaking at WordCamp Miami: From WordPress to Blockchain, The Future is 100% Open Source!”
How would you compete with a CMS with tens of millions of users, and tens of thousands of contributors like #WordPress?
You simply CAN’T!Sebastiaan van der Lans, founder WordProof.io
How to fight disinformation? Yesterday, Nieuwsuur broadcasted an item highlighting three initiatives to decrease the impact of fake news. WordProof.io is one of them. Thanks to Rudy Bouma and Fleur Damen for making this important item.
Source: Nieuwsuur, NOS, February 16th, 2020.
Last week’s Sunday episode had 736.000 viewers.
A fragment from Ledger Leopard‘s webinar on Self-Sovereign Identities with Jimmy Snoek from Tykn and Sebastiaan van der Lans, WordProof‘s founder. Olivier Rikken, CEO of Ledger Leopard, hosted the webinar. We discuss Self-Sovereign Identities and Decentralised Identifiers (DIDs) for Content. See it as a certificate of birth for content, respecting its history, authors, and workflow.
- Learn more about Self-Sovereign Identities at SSI Meetup.org. Amazing webinars by Drummond Reed and other thought leaders on decentralized identities.
- Specifications for the Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) v1.0, the Core Data Model and its Syntaxes.
- Check Ledger Leopard’s work on Healthcare & Identity.
- Check Tykn, venturing in blockchain identity since 2016!
- Here’s the WordProof pitch we gave at the European Commission, where we’re finalists for its ‘Blockchains for Social Good’ contents.
- Here’s a full overview of the WordProof Timestamp Ecosystem.
If you are working on Self-Sovereign Identity for content too, please reach out to us as we’d love to collaborate. Any feedback on current thinking is very very welcome. Let’s fix the broken web, together!
With Self-Sovereign Identities and Decentralized Identifiers for content, a Certificate of Birth for Content can be achieved, respecting its history and workflow. All in a totally Open-Source manner.Sebastiaan van der Lans, Founder WordProof