Selecting — and then implementing the right consensus protocol (or consensus algorithm) — is a key decision to make early in your blockchain...
Despite the rise in popularity of blockchain applications, it's difficult to find examples of web applications that successfully incorporate blockchain data other than chain explorers. Read this blog post to learn how to serve blockchain data on the web with AWS Lambda.
With delegated proof of stake (DPoS), there are pros and cons. It can be a high-speed consensus model, but you sacrifice some security. Learn the pros and cons of the DPoS consensus model.
Whether you’re looking for blockchain development work or you just want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes, you need to pick the right language for programming your blockchain.
Though business intelligence (BI) isn’t new, many financial services companies still struggle to extract insights from their data. Data warehousing can help finserv firms deliver on the potential of business intelligence by uniting all of a company’s data in a single place for analysis.
In a time of unprecedented pressure, financial services firms are turning to predictive analytics to optimize decision-making and stay ahead of the curve. Here’s what you need to know about predictive analytics.
Blockchain technology development continues to progress into the future. Priding ourselves with being on the forefront, we’ve identified 5 blockchain technology trends for 2018.
Finding the right blockchain development partner can be time-consuming and frustrating. After all, in such a new industry, how do you evaluate the relative merits of various blockchain development companies?
When building software, there's always room for improvement. But for a software development project to be successful, everyone on the team must define, communicate, and agree to a "done" state.
Very is conducting a survey of financial services technology executives, which will reveal strategies for driving growth with technology and shed light on the future of fintech.
We worked with Blockmason to build a mobile blockchain application for expense sharing and bill splitting. It’s called Lndr (pronounced lender): Think Venmo functionality, a bit of Facebook’s social networking and the power and security of the blockchain.
In this blog post, we'll walk through how we deployed a React single page application (SPA) to a Google Cloud Platform bucket. Follow along to learn how to deploy your own SPA to Google Cloud.
The future will be full of new cryptocurrency launches. This is a good thing. Before seizing your chance to launch the next great cryptocurrency, it's worth your time to examine the clever application of fundamental computer science techniques that have enabled Bitcoin.
Blockchain technology was popularized by the rise of cryptocurrencies, but the use cases extend far beyond currency. These six use cases demonstrate how blockchain technology offers the potential to revolutionize a variety of industries.
Though blockchain technology is powerful, it isn’t a solution for every problem. In fact, centralized databases are often a better choice. Here are some guidelines for when to use blockchain and when to steer clear.
We strive to deliver market-ready products on budget and on time. That process often begins with Iteration Zero, which can play a vital role in our product development cycle. If you're not familiar with the concept of Iteration Zero, check out this blog post that breaks down the benefits and how it all works.
Blockchain has become a necessity in most industries, but the supply for good blockchain developers is low. Learn why it’s tough to find good blockchain developers, tricks to develop your own and how to hire the right ones.
As facial recognition software becomes mainstream, a troubling problem is rearing its head — many heavily marketed AI technologies rely on inherently biased datasets. This causes facial recognition software to make more mistakes when trying to recognize women and people of color.
We all knew it: Blockchain would never live up to the irrationally exuberant hype. There is still some value in the technology bolstered by a few emerging blockchain applications. We’ve gathered a few real-world blockchain examples that demonstrate substance beyond the hype.
In this article, we'll go over everything you need to know before working with smart contracts—and also clear up some of the common fallacies that we've heard from businesses interested in the new technology.
While distributed ledger technology has clear benefits, there are still major barriers to widespread adoption. In this post, we'll evaluate the differences between blockchains and distributed ledgers and the roadblocks preventing mainstream use.
How does the blockchain differ from the classic centralized database model of years past? What is a blockchain exactly, and is it the right choice for your own business?
Some of Elixir's most powerful capabilities are misunderstood or not accounted for at all. Choose the right host more quickly by understanding the unique strengths of Elixir and how they should impact hosting decisions.
In this post, we’ll walk through an entire setup focused around VPC networking with Amazon Web Services, including private/public subnets and NAT gateways. After reading this blog post, you’ll have a good understanding of why this significant amount of complexity exists.
We've overhauled our compensation framework with a renewed focus on incentivizing collaboration, teamwork, training, and education. Learn more about the process in this blog post.
When I first heard the term "digital twin," it felt like marketing hype. But after more research, I realized I've been practicing/advocating digital twin technology for nearly a decade. Here's a real-world example.
We worked with Hop to build the world’s first self-serve beer kiosk to be powered by facial recognition. The hardware-powered application identifies and approves repeat customers and uses machine learning to optimize for supply and demand.
With the massive amount of the data collected by devices in our connected world, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions providers face unique challenges to comply with GDPR. Learn about the top four concerns facing IoT providers.
It's hard to overstate the importance of focusing on security best practices for IoT firmware development. Learn more about the approaches we follow to ensure security on client projects.
Smart contracts are only as smart as the code. The smallest bug in your smart contract means you need to redeploy your entire contract.
Blockchain technology will eventually transform how we deliver, consume, and pay for media content, from news and academic papers to music and entertainment.
Typescript allows programmers to do much more with less code. The experience of taking this and other tools on can seem huge, but it is well worth it.
The potential benefits of IOTA and Tangle offer a wealth of data for those willing to work their way through and stick with the technology.
The choices you make at foundational points of your architecture can have massive implications down the road for your Elixir applications. By taking an informed approach to logging, you can set yourself up for success.
Find out how blockchain and smart contracts are poised to usher the insurance industry into the 21st century.
Not too long ago, I was offered a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to leave Very to work at Facebook. But after weighing my options, I turned it down. Here’s why.
Extreme Programming (XP) and smart contracts are a match made in heaven. Find out why.
A recent study reveals how undetected bias in training data can reinforce gender stereotypes to, “a disturbing degree.” In this post, we’ll discuss the pitfalls of assuming AI is inherently unbiased and the steps being taken to address such biases.
Blockchain is disrupting the agricultural supply chain. It is providing transparency in the price of produce and ethical treatment of workers within the industry as well as helping track contamination quickly and effectively.
The most successful blockchain POCs not only have CEOs and CTOs working collaboratively, they also engage stakeholders from across the business.
Blockchain consensus protocols allow a decentralized network to arrive at an agreement about the state of the blockchain. There are different ones for different types of blockchains and each has its pros and cons.
Powered by Internet of Things (IoT) technology, smart homes are becoming more common. But are so-called 'smart homes' truly smart? Though we've made major strides, the connected home still has room to improve.
Learn about the basics of authoring an ICO smart contract: creating an ERC20 token, calculating token distribution, and deployment on the Ethereum network.
Blockchains are designed to be immutable. Once a block is written to a blockchain, realistically, it cannot change. But how does it work? We'll explain.
Blockchain technology can help providing traceability across the supply chain. Here are a few use cases for blockchain technology and how it benefits the supply chain.
As more devices are connected to the internet, the system becomes more insecure. Could blockchain hold an answer to fix IoT's security issues?
Smart contracts are computer programs that act only after specific conditions are met. Like a traditional contract, a smart contract defines the provisions and penalties around an agreement.
2017 was a strange year for Cryptocurrency and ICOs in general. We’ve put together the weirdest Initial Coin Offerings of 2017.
Getting input from multiple different areas of your business is the key to a successful blockchain proof of concept. Find out why.
Your blockchain project isn’t just another tech initiative: it’s a new way of doing business. Here’s how to get your CTO on board.
As IoT continues to advance, smart cars appear to be the new frontier. Here are seven tech trends that could reshape the in-car experience.
Hyperledger Fabric is a platform for distributed blockchain solutions. In this blog post, we explain the different use cases for Fabric in business.
In this episode of the Chain Reaction podcast, John Bass of Hashed Health joins us to talk about the future of healthcare and how blockchain fits.
Your blockchain project has been approved; now, you just need to build it. Learn whether to hire or outsource your blockchain development talent.
Hyperledger Fabric is a business blockchain framework, and like any emerging technology, it has pros and cons. Here’s what you need to know.
A recent Forrester report predicts how the Internet of Things (IoT) will change the business landscape in 2018 and beyond.
In 2017, we saw blockchain’s impact on industries like fintech and healthcare. What’s next? Here are 6 industries poised for blockchain disruption in 2018.
For a while, Bitcoin was all the buzz. Now, it’s sharing the spotlight with Ethereum. Read on to learn how they’re different and why it matters.
In 2017, bitcoin saw a huge surge in popularity and value. So it seems fitting to close out the year by signing our first contract where we’ll be paid in bitcoin.
At the 2017 Global Women in STEM conference, female leaders in tech shared their advice for turning inspiration into ideas into innovation.
ICO fever might soon slow down with news that the SEC’s special division dedicated to ICOs filed its first charges against a company and froze its assets.
We've put together the basics of dApps so you can make an informed decision for your firm on whether you should build a decentralized application.
While there are unique user experience challenges of designing apps for the Internet of Things (IoT), this tried-and-true process delivers results.
Analysts agree that blockchain will affect most industries within the next ten years. This blog post explains how the changes might affect your business.
In this Startup Week Chattanooga presentation, we talk about the significant opportunity men in leadership have to help close tech’s gender gap.
By applying data analysis to the agile development process, we can validate (or invalidate) assumptions — and ultimately save our clients time and money.
ICO's can be an effective way to raise capital for your next venture, but they should be used with caution. Find out what you need to watch out for.
Internet-connected devices are everywhere, and many are poorly executed. We’re changing that by bringing web development best practices to IoT development.
In this podcast, we talk about instances when central authorities mismanage national currency and how cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin could bring stability.
Thinking about implementing your own blockchain solution? Here’s what you need to know about public, private and permissioned blockchains.
A key part of our development process, See | Dos facilitate key conversations early on and keep developers, designers and product owners on the same page.
Healthcare leaders are embracing blockchain — and for good reason: the technology is poised to solve some of the industry’s greatest data challenges.
Very successfully completed the sale of ReadyCart — the first portfolio company we backed from inception to exit. Here’s what we learned.
At this summer’s Global Women in STEM conference, top female in tech discussed their own experiences as drivers of innovators.
Building smart contracts with Ethereum can be tricky. Learn about some of the "gotchas" of working with Solidity, Ethereum, and the Truffle framework.
Google’s VP of virtual reality talks about the future of this immersive technology and the cameras that could give you the power to film VR home movies.
Andrew Frank, a UX & Product Designer here at Very, sources creative inspiration by seeking out similarities between two different mediums.
Learn more about the benefits and limitations of blockchain distributed ledgers for highly regulated industries like finance, healthcare, and supply chain.
Innovation is the buzziest of all buzzwords. At the 2017 Global Women in STEM conference, female tech leaders discussed what innovation means to them.
A User Experience (UX) Audit is a diagnostic tool that identifies problem areas in your product. Discover the three signs it might be time for an audit.
By its very nature, blockchain protects the integrity and availability of data. But when it comes to confidentiality? It’s complicated.
A recent study shows that if UX best practices aren’t followed, flat UI design can negatively impact user experiences. But is that true?
Smart contracts have the potential to transform the way we do business. But what exactly is a smart contract, and how does it work?
When you take a strategic approach to outsourcing product development, you can reap results that aren't immediately possible with an in-house team alone.
We sat down with a software engineer from New Relic to talk about her passion for Behavior-Driven Development (BDD).
Facial recognition has the potential to make life easier and safer, but it could also invade our personal privacy — and we may not even know it’s happening.
Adding facial recognition to your software can improve customer experiences, and Amazon’s Rekognition service can help.
Facial recognition is creeping its way into daily life. Learn how different industries, from travel to retail, are innovating with facial recognition.
Working with a remote team presents unique challenges for measuring cultural health, burnout, and employees' leadership potential. But it’s not impossible.
Chattanooga-based startup Branch Technology wins an international competition to create sustainable housing for deep space exploration.
With this approach, you can manage different deployments of your Serverless stack and facilitate quick iterations.
Can Elm help us continue to deliver consistent, timely results while simultaneously satisfying developers’ desire to develop new skills and experiment?
We’re leveraging Bayesian inference to achieve more accurate estimations over multiple observations for facial recognition with AWS Rekognition.
We’re taking a closer look at design systems: the benefits, the limitations, and how great designers find a balance between consistency and creativity.
PowerToFly combats tech’s gender imbalance by connecting women with companies that value diversity and inclusion.
To be monumentally successful, new software must solve the hardest problems on earth. That’s where data science comes in.
Is the process of creating an empathetic experience inherently human? Or can machines help us get there as well?
Not sure whether you should join a tech company or startup? Carefully consider these ten things before signing your offer letter.
People tend to think of "team augmentation" as staffing up. But shouldn't consultants augment your roadmap, not just your headcount? We think so.
Keep your top software developers stimulated and engaged by investing in professional development and making room for innovation.
Can Elixir solve some of the problems with imperative languages like Python? Here’s what we’ve learned.
I built an Arduino-based audio sensor that sends a keypress to mute your Mac mic via Shush — and you can, too.
Discover the true cost of developer turnover, the number one reason engineers quit, and how to retain top talent before it's too late.
Today, we’re exploring the performance of the Rails and Phoenix web frameworks when put up against the same task: building a very simple chat application.
Learn to build an Alexa skill that’s simple enough you won’t need a ton of code, but complex enough to fully acquaint you with the lazysusan framework.
Learn how to develop Alexa skills using the lazysusan framework, and deploy one of the example skills.
Learn how a global company replatformed their online product catalog in three months using Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, MySQL, and HTML5.
We regularly collect platform metrics to prioritize the development roadmap, determine whether the platform is getting traction, and improve engagement.
Thrive Global, was created to end the stress epidemic. Founded by Arianna Huffington, the comprehensive platform tackles burnout — a widespread barrier to productivity and success. By delivering sustainable, science-based solutions, Thrive Global enhances wellbeing and performance, so that people can move from surviving to thriving.
This is part of our How We Work series of blog posts. Today, we’re talking about how we use atomic UX design.
We use iterative development to break down large project into smaller chunks. Learn more about the processes and tools we use along the way.
Our iterative approach for building Alexa skills led us to a great result and a reusable framework for developing on the Alexa platform in the future.
We track more than a dozen different metrics to measure the health of our development projects. Learn more about what we track and why.
Once your application is live on our infrastructure, we monitor it in real time to ensure it remains healthy, defect-free and highly available.
A validation cycle will either help you affirm your concept, or it will save you hundreds of hours on a project that isn’t worth your time or capital.
Find out how we use agile and lean methodologies to quickly deliver platforms that solve worthwhile problems.
Release planning is all about context. We gather information on every critical problem we’re solving, so that we can fill our riskiest knowledge gaps.
We schedule teams full-time on projects and assign your team based on the experiences and skills that are most relevant to your project.
This is part of our How We Work series of blog posts. Today, we’re talking about our pricing philosophy.
If you’re here, then you’ve heard. Spartan is now Very. We’re excited to share what’s changed and what’s staying the same. Read on to learn more about our brand-new brand.