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General Magic Monthly Newsletter ⚡

Wow, can you believe it? January is finally over! 

While it might feel like it lasted four months for some, here at General Magic, it flew by in the blink of an eye. 

Let's dive into all the incredible things we've accomplished together in the past month.


Impact DAO of the Month: Polygon 🟣

This month, the spotlight shines on Polygon, formerly known as Matic Network, Polygon positions itself as a solution to some of Ethereum's challenges. MATIC serves as Polygon's native cryptocurrency, operating as an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain. It governs and secures the Polygon network while facilitating transaction fees.

To understand Polygon, it's essential to grasp Ethereum's trilemma, which revolves around balancing:

  • decentralization

  • security

  • and scalability

Ethereum, while emphasizing decentralization and security, faces scalability issues, resulting in slow and costly transactions. In contrast, Polygon, acting as a Layer 2 blockchain, focuses on enhancing transaction speeds and reducing costs, complementing Ethereum's infrastructure rather than duplicating it.

Our Magic: 

Our team has been hard at work on some exciting projects, although we can't share details just yet. However, we can tell you that our designers and marketing team joined forces to dive into UX audits, we recently completed a thorough UX audit on Arrakis Finance. This platform, known for its trustless market making infrastructure on Uniswap V3, has garnered attention from DeFi enthusiasts worldwide.

If you're eager to delve deeper into our findings, including detailed insights and strategic recommendations, please visit our Github repository.

This month marked the beginning of our collaboration with BlockSplit, where we've started working on their social media presence and improving the current website. We're excited to continue these efforts, ensuring everything is in top shape for the upcoming event in May.

And you know what's even better? We'll be hosting a giveaway in the next few months, giving you a chance to snag some tickets and join in on the fun!!

🙏High Praise: Griff 

Let's give a huge round of applause to Griff, our high praise for this month! 

As a co-founder and a key pillar of our community, Griff's contributions are truly outstanding. 

What sets Griff apart is not just his incredible attention to detail and involvement in every aspect, but also his infectious optimism! 

Griff is hands down the most optimistic person we know, and his positive energy never fails to lift our spirits.

From business development to nurturing client relationships. He's not just a strategic thinker but also the heart and soul of our community, filling it with harmony and good vibes.

Griff, thank you for your constant dedication to our collective growth! 

Deep Dives: Client Diversity

Understanding the role of diverse clients in the Ethereum network is crucial for maintaining its resilience and decentralization.

Ethereum clients are essential software applications that implement the Ethereum protocol, allowing users to interact with the network. They handle tasks like executing smart contracts, validating transactions, and transmitting data between nodes.

So why is client diversity such a big deal? 

This multi-client architecture enhances security by reducing the risk of targeted attacks and spreading the network's load across different clients. It also ensures that if one client encounters a bug, the rest of the network can continue operating smoothly while a fix is implemented.

Relying too heavily on a single client, like Geth, which currently dominates around 78% of Ethereum nodes, increases the risk of systemic failure in the event of a bug or exploit. 

By embracing client diversity, Ethereum can improve its resilience and better navigate potential challenges in the future.

Show Your Support for Impact DAO Projects with our Merch Shop! 

Support the Future of Giving in Style with Giveth Merch!

This month, we're excited to showcase a range of Giveth merch available in our shop. From shirts and tote bags to mugs and hats, there's something for everyone to enjoy while contributing to Giveth’s mission of transforming the way we fund public goods. 

Logs from the Giveth Galaxy: 

It's been an exciting month for the entire Giveth Galaxy

RetroPGF Round 3 Results were announced, and we're incredibly grateful for the support of badgeholders and everyone involved. Praise, Pairwise, RetroPGF community, Public Goods Grant Management, Giveth, Commons Stack, and many other amazing projects we love were recognized for their past efforts.

We also participated in Octant Epoch 2 and extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who allocated their rewards to Pairwise, Praise, and Giveth. 🫶

💜 Giveth achieved significant milestones this month by successfully running two QF rounds, one on Optimism and the other on Polygon, and we believe this is just the beginning. 

🔄Pairwise published a forum post detailing past contributions and outlining potential strategies for the next RetroPGF.

Thanks for joining us on this journey, and we'll see you next time with more exciting updates!


The General Magic Team 🪄

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