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November 22, 2019
vol. 19
Programming note: The SSI Sweep will not publish on Friday, Nov. 29 because of a US national holiday. We'll be back on our normal schedule on Friday, Dec. 6.
SSI Incubator Fall 2019 cohort spotlight
Spaceman ID brings self-sovereign identity to all

In this edition of The SSI Sweep, we are spotlighting Spaceman ID, one of the five startups in our Fall 2019 cohort! Read more about the Spaceman ID team and the launch of their beta product in this Self-Sovereign Identity Incubator (SSI Incubator) blog post.

"We are currently working on a set of products, Spaceman API and Spaceman Wallets. These two products make up our base offering and allow for users to easily implement an SSI identity system. At demo day, we will be showing off both products from implementation through actual use." —Jacob Frey, Co-founder at Spaceman ID
Hot off the press
Deep dives
  • On guardianship in self-sovereign identity: "This whitepaper is for policy and decision-makers, designers, lawyers, software developers, identity
    professionals and others who want to learn how guardianship is handled in SSI. It examines why digital guardianship is a core principle for Sovrin and other SSI architectures, and how it works from inception to termination through looking at real-world use cases..." —Sovrin Foundation Guardianship Task Force

     
  • Americans and privacy: Concerned, confused, and feeling lack of control over their personal information: "Americans’ concerns about digital privacy extend to those who collect, store and use their personal information. Additionally, majorities of the public are not confident that corporations are good stewards of the data they collect." —Pew Research Center
Must reads
  • SheerID raises $64M in equity funding: "SheerID instantly verifies customers via 9,000 authoritative data sources and 1.3 billion identity attributes, provides global insights from over 200 of the world’s leading brands; and never shares or sells customer data." —FinSMEs, Nov. 13, 2019
     
  • Intro to DIDs for people: "Fundamentally this model changes how we authenticate. Instead of your secret being something you know, like a password, this new model makes your secret something you possess, like a key." —Mattr, Nov. 20, 2019
     
  • The surprising reason why Blockstack may file for an IPO: "Planning to activate the process of “mining” on the Blockstack blockchain early next year, Ali explained there are a few different ways new tokens could be issued to miners in a similarly legally-compliant and regulated way. " —Coindesk, Nov. 21, 2019
     
  • Ex-Facebook Libra backer Mastercard comes clean, explains why it dropped out: "The credit card giant, according to Sarker, recognizes the power and capabilities of blockchain, but believes that Facebook is missing key components that would make Libra financially sound." —Coingeek, Nov. 13, 2019
Hear it from the experts
A call for mentors and sponsors
There are multiple opportunities to participate in the SSI Incubator including:
  • Volunteer as a business/technical mentor to guide a SSI-based startup through its early development stages. The 12-week incubator is designed to get the incubator participants ready to present for the SSI Demo Day—the culminating event where they will showcase their SSI solution to a room full of investors. The SSI Incubator is looking for mentors who will share their expertise with the world's most-promising emerging early-stage SSI companies.
     
  • Become an SSI Incubator sponsor. The SSI Incubator is hosting a number of digital identity events in San Francisco this Fall and Winter including a SSI Demo Day in December. By becoming a sponsor of the SSI Incubator, you will be recognized as an advocate for SSI adoption and innovation among industry leaders.
Please contact info@ssiincubator.com to volunteer as a SSI Incubator mentor or sponsor.
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