One of the great things about being in the Blockchain industry and living in NH is being able to connect with people who are the entrepreneurs and developers in this space. LBRY (Lbry.io) based in Manchester NH is a great example of a Blockchain project with usable code. I had the opportunity to meet and get to know the LBRY employees at their “Jason Voorhees Memorial Friday the 13th Party with LBRY”.
LBRY allows users to own and control their content vs handing it over to large corporate entities and their advertising partners. Their code base is open source and available on Github. There are currently 6 full time employees in their Manchester NH office and well as 15 remote employees from as far away as Brazil and India. In total, LBRY has raised over 5 Million dollars. From their website:
“We think users should own their content (and their privacy) instead of handing it over to a corporate giant and their advertising buddies.
For most users, LBRY will be a place where they can find great videos, music, ebooks, and more. A vast digital library that is available on all of your devices. But LBRY is many components working together.
LBRY is first and foremost a new protocol that allows anyone to build apps that interact with digital content on the LBRY network. Apps built on the protocol allow creators to upload their work to the LBRY network of hosts (like BitTorrent), and set a price per stream or download (like iTunes) or give it away for free (like YouTube without ads).”
Getting back to the fun. The LBRY office had all their worldwide 21 Full Time employees working at the Manchester office for an entire week culminating in a party Friday night. Upon entering I was greeted with a large table of premium refreshments and tasty snacks from around the world. I have personally known LBRY CEO Jeremy Kauffman and some other LBRY employees from our participation in the Free State Project (fsp.org) and it was great to meet other members of the team. The air was thick with excitement and passion around what LBRY is doing.
As more of the local Blockchain community arrived the party only got better. Great conversations were had and ping pong games went late into the morning hours. It’s times like these that really make me appreciate living in NH as a Blockchain enthusiast and I look forward to seeing LBRY continue to grow.
The LBRY confessional booth was available to give feedback to the team.
All pictures were captured by Pedro Aguiar and are published as Creative Commons – Attribution.