Our 2015 accelerator cohort graduated last month, and we couldn’t be more proud of the fantastic teams leading these nine tech nonprofits. Coming out of Demo Day, cohort member Stellar.org’s cofounders Joyce Kim and Jed McCaleb have a number of updates and newsworthy events that have garnered some press. Below are five of the most compelling stories and videos featuring Stellar.org and their mission to build financial infrastructure for the world.
- Joyce Kim and Stellar.org: How to Be a Nonprofit on Purpose. Stellar’s cofounder Joyce Kim spoke to TechCrunch about the ins and outs of running a technical nonprofit. Alex Wilhelm explores how Joyce attracts technical talent to a nonprofit, and how philanthropy fits into the startup space.
- Stellar.org at Poptech: How Stellar Makes Millions of Transactions for 20 Cents. One of the central challenges of any tech organization is telling a complex story in an accessible way. That’s a core piece of what we help with here at Fast Forward, and we’re thrilled to see that work pay off with Stellar’s PopTech video.
- Joyce Kim: the Woman Changing How Money Moves Around the World. Fast Company spoke with Joyce Kim on why she feels so passionately about changing the financial landscape. From her beginnings in an immigrant family to her big dreams from the future, read the profile to learn more about a Stellar vision for financial inclusion.
- Stellar: a Faster and Safer Algorithm for Consensus. Now for something on the more technical side: MIT Tech Review dug into the Stellar Consensus Protocol, the algorithm at the core of the Stellar network. They interviewed both cofounder Jed McCaleb and Stanford Professor David Mazieres, both of whom share how this algorithm differs from its predecessors and what it can enable. For those who may be curious about worldwide consensus but prefer something slightly less technical, try Stellar’s graphic novel (yes, you read that right: a graphic novel on a consensus algorithm).
- Interview with Joyce Kim: The Power of Developing Platforms not Products. Stellar tells PSFK why truly innovative, disruptive technology must be at the platform-level. Rather than creating invidivual financial products, Stellar.org provides a common platform that any entrepreneur, developer, or financial service provider can build on, enabling exponentially more change than any single product could.
Congratulations to Stellar.org, and here’s to a bright future for them and all of our 2015 cohort organizations!