IronWeave's Inception: Unleashing The Chains

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IronWeave Begins With An Idea

In the early days of blockchain, David Iseminger recognized its monumental potential—an exhilarating realization for someone with over two decades of experience at Microsoft. David has witnessed tech innovation up close. In his time at Microsoft he’s seen the evolution of corporate email, Internet connectivity, cloud computing, mobile phones, and more. 

Blockchain represented a truly novel frontier. Again, grounded in his tenure at one of  the world's most successful software companies, David knew that its inherent shortcomings could impede widespread business adoption.

What were these flaws? The lack of privacy, the security flaws, and blockchains didn’t scale. And without surmounting  those issues, industries with hundreds of billions, if not trillions of dollars in value would be out of reach. 

A public blockchain, where all the data is visible, would not be acceptable to business. Whether it’s a company’s internal data or customer data, businesses and their customers will not adopt a technology where their data is publicly visible. Likewise, businesses will not embrace software or models where the price increases with greater use. 

David has a deep understanding of scalable solutions. From operating systems, network stacks, protocols, directory service architectures, to internet connectivity bandwidth,internet protocols and RFC work. This background convinced him he could overcome these shortcomings. He resolved to envision, design, and create a blockchain platform that met all these needs.

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The Eureka Moment: A Fateful Ride on a Lawn Mower 

Sometimes, when you’re in the weeds, you find the solution.

The solution came to David while riding his lawn mower, yes, in the weeds. 

What was the idea? Focus on the block and not a chain of interactions or transactions.This is a radically different way to think about distributed ledger systems. The force of this realization was visceral. Leaving the smell of cut grass behind, David rode the mower to his office to capture this idea and outline the structure of shared-block architecture.

“Scalability is this idea of coming up with a blockchain that can scale much larger than existing chains essentially by processing transactions in parallel. And moving away from this paradigm where every single node on the network has to process every single transaction. Vitalik Buterin, Co-founder of Ethereum

People don't want their financial activity visible to just anyone. The majority of Level 1 chains, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are completely open. Every transaction can be seen. In the traditional world of corporations, no one thinks that’s a good idea.

To address this flaw, David envisioned a new offering: 

On one platform, IronWeave, replace the use of a central chain and allow the creation of infinite chains where the interactions among chains take place on shared blocks.

In this offering, security and privacy would be inherent to each individual interaction. This new shared-block data structure would offer an alternative to endless online hacks and zero privacy. 

With IronWeave, each interaction is put into its own block, owned and controlled only by the owner of each chain, and not exploited by huge corporations. These private blocks can be shared with other chains on IronWeave. You might have a messaging app where people conduct a conversation in a shared block. That block is visible only to those who have permission to share that block.

“I was interested in data mining, which means analyzing large amounts of data, discovering patterns and trends. At the same time, Larry started downloading the Web, which turns out to be the most interesting data you can possibly mine.” Sergey Brin, Co-Founder of Google

These independently secured and private blocks are a new way to create, store, and share data in a connected world, and an antidote to Facebook and Google. And in a world where our online activity is constantly under attack, being sifted through by AI and marketers alike, secure and private blocks are the data structure needed for our always-online, connected world.

Web 2 is Morphing Into Web3

In Web2, we saw businesses move from on-premises, secure, company servers, unconnected to the internet, to distributed file systems. Over time these systems evolved to be ever more connected databases, data warehouses, and data lakes. But they weren't designed to be always-connected, always under siege in an online world. They were built on a data structure we’d been using for decades.

According to a report commissioned by Apple (Dec. 2023) 2.6 billion user records have been exposed over the past two years. That’s over twenty five percent of the world’s population of approximately eight billion. These data breaches take the form of outright data theft to ransomware that encrypts the victim’s data and extorts a ransom in return for unlocking the data. Industries affected run the gamut from hospitals to power and water utilities, to password management platforms, and financial services companies.

There’s a growing consensus that the current methods of securing data are no longer adequate.

“We’re all going to have to change how we think about data protection.” Elizabeth Denham, former UK Information Commissioner

And yet, monolithic blockchains, while preventing tampering, faced constraints that hindered scalability. With IronWeave's shared-block architecture, scalability was no longer an issue. Unlimited chains could interact independently, akin to the vast array of phones making simultaneous calls. The promise of secure, private data ownership became a reality, countering the invasive practices of tech giants like Facebook and Google.

“If you're entering anything where there's an existing marketplace, against large, entrenched competitors, then your product or service needs to be much better than theirs. It can't be a little bit better, because then you put yourself in the shoes of the consumer... you're always going to buy the trusted brand unless there's a big difference.” Elon Musk

Moving from concept to reality

Now the fun part begins, making it real!

Transitioning from the whiteboard to reality proved challenging. Seeking guidance, David turned to Neil Taylor, a seasoned software architect. Neil Taylor was eager to get his hands dirty and work on this new project. Together, they co-founded Upheaval. 

Thus began the journey to build IronWeave.

They began to navigate the unfamiliar territory of patents and assembled a first rate team also eager to embark on the mission. True to the Silicon Valley cliche, they  toiled in their garages, constructing servers and dev clusters.  Advisors from diverse industries provided insights, ensuring IronWeave's adaptability and security across sectors.

The road to building IronWeave has not always been smooth or straight. There were data challenges to overcome and resistance from entrenched blockchain enthusiasts. In every tech project, there is always a mix of technical challenges and human challenges. Allies emerged from the tech-savvy who ‘got it’. They understand the monumental disruption IronWeave has promised.

IronWeave Forging a Brilliant Future  

IronWeave is building tangible solutions to existing problems in Web3 and legacy businesses - that is, IronWeave is achieving product market fit. They’re forging a clear identity with a powerful value proposition. 

And so, the IronWeave story continues—a tale of disruption, innovation, and the quest for a new era in secure, private, and scalable online interactions.

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