OpenBazaar Ecosystem: Rob Smith

In these posts we take a look at some unique members of the OpenBazaar ecosystem. Today we are featuring Rob Smith who has a unique approach to selling on OpenBazaar and reasons for joining that are short and sweet.

Creativity is key in this marketplace. OpenBazaar is a place to explore.

You can view Rob’s store and check out his deals on OpenBazaar here.

 

Robbie17 on OpenBazaar

 

How did you find out about OpenBazaar?

I found out about open bazaar through Reddit. I watched them grow to a serious venture and am thoroughly impressed.

What do you make/sell?

What I started doing on OpenBazaar is offering discount on products at Amazon.com, similar to purse.io. I am offering more of a tailored experience and better customer service and of course better rates.

Why are you selling your product on OpenBazaar?

I want to facilitate the usage of Bitcoin for those who use it as currency. Some people want to use BTC for every purchase they can.

I feel like I can help Bitcoin be perceived as the currency of the internet through OpenBazaar’s platform.

How has your experience been with OpenBazaar so far?

Setup on OpenBazaar was an absolute breeze. I find the UI to be great. Plenty of options for a vendor to customize a store.

How familiar are you with Bitcoin?

I am a long-term Bitcoin supporter. I’ve been involved in Bitcoin since 2010.

 


 

Would you like to have a store on OpenBazaar?
Becoming a vendor is easy and completely free! Check out our Vendor’s Guide to OpenBazaar

Would you like your store to be featured on our blog?
Awesome, we’d love to know your story! Please email jenn@ob1.io

 

 

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Weekly Development Update: January 6, 2017

Summary:

Happy new year! We’re back in the grind and have new things we are working hard on in the OpenBazaar environment. Milestone 1 is imminent and will be released soon.

Milestone 1 means the application is ready for basic testing of some core features like the following:

  • Users can download and install the client and server from Github, and use it to fill in their profile, store info, and post listings
  • The network can host listings, stores, and user profiles
  • Users can follow and unfollow

 

OpenBazaar version 2.0 Chat Design

2.0

Front End:

  • Final bug fixes and style updates on Milestone 1
  • Improvements were made to the image zooming in the listing modal
  • Connection Management UI work is mostly complete

Back End:

  • Chat code is complete

Current Version

 

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Webinar Recording – Marketing Your OpenBazaar Shop

Here is a recording of our first vendor-focused webinar called “Marketing Your OpenBazaar Shop.” We plan to host more events like these in 2017 for our vendors, partners and interested community members so please stay connected & let us know what you think! Anything YOU would like to hear more about, WE want to hear about.

 

 

Oh, and speaking of feedback…

We would love it if you could spare just a few extra minutes to take our survey(s) below and let us know how you use OpenBazaar. Your input is necessary to help us build this marketplace to be unbelievably usable for everyone in the world who wants to trade free.

It’s a big deal, and it means a lot.

 

Are you a vendor with your own store?
Tell us what you think @ openbazaar.org/survey_merchants.html

Have you purchased something from an OpenBazaar store?
Please tell us about it @ openbazaar.org/survey_buyers.html

 

 

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OpenBazaar Ecosystem: Tyler Nieman

In these posts we take a look at some unique members of the OpenBazaar ecosystem. Today we are featuring the evolving store tsnieman by Tyler Nieman who has several items listed now including his original art prints, tech gear and web development services while he defines his focus.

That’s part of the beauty of OpenBazaar, you don’t have to have it all figured out to get started!

You can view Tyler Nieman’s store in your browser or on OpenBazaar here.

 

Tyler Nieman Store on OpenBazaar

 

Tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Tyler Nieman and I’m a full-stack web developer/designer, artist, gamer, and general all-around nerd currently living in Tacoma, WA. I run @tsnieman on OpenBazaar.

How did you find out about OpenBazaar?

Probably by means of some Bitcoin-related subreddit. I’ve been learning a lot more about decentralization and cryptocurrencies in general lately, and OpenBazaar is a big name in that space.

What do you make/sell?

A lot of different stuff with no real specialty carved out yet. Right now I’ve got: some 12×18 locally screen-printed posters of my original Fox-themed artwork, rare vinyl (The Weeknd’s “Trilogy”, hand-numbered), some computer parts, a mechanical keyboard (with some fun free keycaps!), and my own by-the-hour full-stack development and design services.

Why are you selling your product on OpenBazaar?

I think decentralization is a very powerful concept and I’m excited to learn more about it. OpenBazaar seems like a great way to do that. It’s proving a great way to learn about how decentralized markets can work, cryptocurrencies, open source development, and even just general server maintenance practice. It’s a great way to network with other people in the space too.

How has your experience been with OpenBazaar so far?

Fantastic for such an early version of the concept! I’ve only been up and running for a week or two, so I haven’t had any real sales. I’ve made a purchase (shoutout to Cryptobooks!) and I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of “The Internet of Money”, a book by Andreas Antonopoulos. I’m finding so many great shops online by so many talented people. I’m hoping to open up another shop or two with more focused themes, as I really believe in what OpenBazaar could be.

How familiar are you with Bitcoin?

I learned about it years ago, when it was first coming out, though I didn’t get into playing with it until 2013 or so (what a shame, right?). It wasn’t until the last year or two that it really started to become a serious hobby/interest. Since then, I’ve consumed a lot of Satoshi’s writings, bought a few hardware wallets (shoutout to LedgerHQ — check out their OpenBazaar shop!), got a few friends interested, dabbled in other cryptoassets, started connecting people with Bitcoin in the area, and recently started a local Tacoma Bitcoin interest group. I’m hoping to compile some educational material and educate more local folk soon.

What changes would you like to see in OpenBazaar to make it more useful for you?

Aside from all the awesome work coming in OpenBazaar 2.0, more folks on the platform and shopping would be the biggest improvement. I would also really love if there was a way to see some analytics like number of vendors online (and over time), number of sales per day, etc, though I imagine that getting people on OpenBazaar and making sales is first priority. I’m excited to see how OB1 helps grow OpenBazaar’s community and tech with their most recent round of fundraising.

Tyler cited this video OB1 CEO Brian Hoffman made recently that demonstrates some of the development work to date toward Milestone 1 of version 2.0:

 

 


Would you like to have a store on OpenBazaar?
Becoming a vendor is easy and completely free! Check out our Vendor’s Guide to OpenBazaar

Would you like your store to be featured on our blog?
Awesome, we’d love to know your story! Please email jenn@ob1.io

 

 

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Weekly Development Update: December 23, 2016

Summary:

Released 1.1.10 update featuring ShapesShift’s Shifty Button allowing buyers to use Ethereum, Zcash or any of a variety of other cryptocurrencies in OpenBazaar stores and continued refinement of Milestone 1 work in version 2.0. Read more about the release here.

Milestone 1 means the application is ready for basic testing of some core features like the following:

  • Users can download and install the client and server from github, and use it to fill in their profile, store info, and post listings
  • The network can host listings, stores, and user profiles
  • Users can follow and unfollow

 

OpenBazaar 1.1.10 Released - Purchase with Ether, Monero and More Via ShapeShift.io Integration

 

Current Version

  • Version 1.1.10 released

2.0

Front End:

  • Continuing to refine the design & functionality for Milestone 1

 

 

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OpenBazaar 1.1.10 Released – Purchase with Ether, Monero and More Via ShapeShift.io Integration

OpenBazaar 1.1.10 Released - Purchase with Ether, Monero and More Via ShapeShift.io Integration

 

Today we’ve released version 1.1.10 with a special integration that we are excited to share. Since our launch we have received many requests for the ability to use other cryptocurrencies within OpenBazaar and ShapeShift’s Shifty Button provides a simple solution. A workable demonstration of this functionality was produced at the hackathon OB1 co-hosted with Duosearch in London by Justin of Duosearch and community member Barry.

 

 

We have an incredible community full of people with excellent ideas and skills and this build wouldn’t be possible without them.

Here is a summary of the new update from the press release issued by our friends at ShapeShift:

“Today ShapeShift.io, a blockchain asset exchange platform, has partnered with online bitcoin-enabled marketplace OpenBazaar via their integration of the ShapeShift Shifty Button. This integration allows OpenBazaar shoppers to purchase items from the decentralized, peer-to-peer site with Ethereum, Zcash, Ripple and dozens of other leading digital currencies beyond Bitcoin.”

OpenBazaar shoppers are now able to purchase from OpenBazaar shops using Ethereum, Zcash or any of a variety of other cryptocurrencies. The integration is a great match for our decentralized marketplace as the Button’s code is free and open source and has been integrated by dozens of bitcoin-friendly merchants to broaden customer payment needs quickly and easily. Read more in the full press release and check out this great tutorial video they’ve recorded below:

 

 

About ShapeShift

ShapeShift is a crucial piece of infrastructure in the world of Bitcoin. From start to finish, users can exchange blockchain tokens in seconds, with no account required. No emails or passwords. No lengthy sign­up process. No accounts. No bid and ask orders. No friction. ShapeShift’s goal is the fastest, safest, and most convenient way to swap digital assets. See more at: https://shapeshift.io

Ready to ShapeShift?
Download version 1.1.10 now on openbazaar.org!

 

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OpenBazaar Ecosystem: Honey France (Best Honey on Earth)

The OpenBazaar ecosystem features hundreds of vendors from around the world who want to list their goods and services for free, set their prices, and get paid in bitcoin. Buyers can purchase items ranging from clothing, food, electronics and home decor to applied services and digital products in this marketplace and often for lower prices than those available elsewhere on the web.

In these posts we take a look at some unique members of the OpenBazaar ecosystem. Today we are featuring Honey France (Best Honey on Earth), a quaint little store selling delicious French honey from their own family-kept bees and trying to make the world a better place. They are no strangers to using Bitcoin and have a pioneering story that will make your stomach drop a little! You can find Honey France on OpenBazaar here and browse their listings on the web here.

 

Honey France Best Honey on Earth on OpenBazaar

 

How did you find out about OpenBazaar?

Since we work with computers and are admirers of open source initiatives, we have been following the development of OpenBazaar with interest, after reading about it on the bitcointalk forum.

What do you make/sell?

We mainly sell our honey production of the year, but shipping costs remain our main concern. Recently, we added two donation initiatives to help save the bees: a small donation, since the bitcoin simplifies micro-payments, or to adopt a queen from one of our hives for a season and to be more involved in the preservation of pollinators, who are essential to our survival. In the same principle, we will propose the adoption of a whole hive for the season: the “Bee part of the solution” project 😉 Soon, we will add honey & spice mixes for your gourmet recipes. For our honey, we had fun writing an offbeat description addressed to “geeks”, most likely the early-adopters of OpenBazaar. Have a look at the presentation page of one of our jars of honey on Duosear.ch.

Why are you selling your product on OpenBazaar?

We like all decentralization initiatives. This is probably a habit of those of us who live in the French countryside, since our politicians and leaders think that only Paris exists in France 😉 We also like the idea of introducing the bitcoin to others: reduction of fraud, no borders, Escrow system, micro-payments… So finally, it’s not only because there is no fee that we prefer OpenBazaar to eBay.

How has your experience been with OpenBazaar so far?

We started the adventure by installing OpenBazaar on our family iMac and then to avoid leaving it on permanently, we transferred our store to a RaspberryPi II. But the server was unstable and difficult to monitor, so we decided to install it on a dedicated server. This was not the initial idea, since we didn’t want subscription fees for our store. After an unsuccessful installation on an existing hosted server (mostly difficulties installing the libsodium library), we had the pleasure of using the Deploy solution from OB1 where everything was installed in 1 click. We are hoping that version 2 of OpenBazaar will be released before the end of our 2 free months with DigitalOcean :-)

We didn’t expect a miracle when we opened our honey store. We have been faced with expensive international shipping fees for heavy jars, and current visitors are not really interested in this kind of product, since they generally prefer to buy locally. Our two other offers may be more successful: the protection & survival of bees is an international challenge. But using OpenBazaar is not limited to opening a store, we also made some purchases and enjoy this great marketplace. For a first version, all the processes were very well thought out.

How familiar are you with Bitcoin?

We were among the first to mine bitcoins, when it was only experimental (as admin of an Xserve farm). We are virtual millionaires, like many who started mining bitcoins at the beginning, never imaging how valuable it would become. We lost our key by the replacement hard drives or other breakdowns, and it was only in 2013 that we cried when we discovered the fortune and number of hives we could have had, with the several thousand bitcoins we had mined at the very beginning. That’s learning about the crypto world the hard way. 😉

What changes would you like to see to OpenBazaar to make it more useful for you?

With the arrival of Duosearch, the link between the web and OpenBazaar has become easier, but it’s not enough. In addition to a currency still too confidential, the need to install a special software to purchase on the platform doesn’t help. Fortunately, the great diversity of products available has aroused the curiosity of some adventurers.

For mainstream use, the acquisition of bitcoins by OpenBazaar shoppers needs to be facilitated, even if they only acquire them for their purchases, and without having to install a client software. It is our understanding that these 2 improvements are planned, including the evolutions related to shipping fees, which is essential, and the addition of visitor statistics, which will motivate us from time to time.

Finally, we would like to add a very specific request: to be able to present our store in different languages. Currently, the UI adapts to French, but the product descriptions remain in one language. We would like to present our products in the native language of our potential and probably our main customers, given the cost of shipping. And also in English so that the whole world can discover our products (and why not in German/Italian/Spanish, our close neighbors). But please not an automatic translator, that would be catastrophic.

As you can see, we are impatiently awaiting version 2 because it looks very promising. Good luck to the developers!


Would you like to have a store on OpenBazaar?
Becoming a vendor is easy and completely free! Check out our Vendor’s Guide to OpenBazaar

Would you like your store to be featured on our blog?
Awesome, we’d love to know your story! Please email jenn@ob1.io

 

 

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Weekly Development Update: December 16, 2016

Summary:

Continued work finalizing the 1.1.10 update for version 1 and Milestone 1 in version 2.0.

Milestone 1 means the application is ready for basic testing of some core features like the following:

  • Users can download and install the client and server from github, and use it to fill in their profile, store info, and post listings
  • The network can host listings, stores, and user profiles
  • Users can follow and unfollow

Current Version

  • Release 1.1.10 is in testing

 

Customize Page Design OpenBazaar 2.0

2.0

Front End:

  • Continuing to refine the functionality for milestone 1
  • Designed the Customize Page experience
  • Worked on the server connection feature – An initial PR is in which doesn’t yet have GUI support, but does have the underlying functionality to connect to different types of servers (bundled, local, remote) based on server configurations stored in Local Storage
  • Fixing of various bugs
  • Created Postman API file for testing
  • Testing

 
 

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OpenBazaar Holiday Gift Guide – 10 Gifts Under 0.10 BTC

OpenBazaar Holiday Gift Guide

 

Still looking for a few gifts to round out your holiday shopping?

Fear not, we have compiled this short gift guide to help you that features unique items found on OpenBazaar for less than 0.10 BTC! (Pro tip though, before you make a purchase make sure you choose a good moderator and read the shipping details to see if you can get your items shipped in time from the seller’s location.)

 

Skulls Cushion Pillow on OpenBazaarFor the edgy homebody
Skulls Cushion: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.038 BTC

 

 

 

Champagne Cork Cooler on OpenBazaarFor the home entertainer
Champagne Cork Cooler: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.082 BTC

 

 

 

Coffee Tea ToGo Cup Black on OpenBazaarFor the busy consumer
To Go Cup: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.048 BTC

 

 

 

Fun doge backpack exclusive edtion on OpenBazaarFor the intrepid internet citizen
Doge backpack: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.080 BTC

 

 

 

Chemex Coffee Maker 6 Cup on OpenBazaarFor the caffeine fiend
Chemex coffee maker: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.055 BTC

 

 

 

Stainless Steel Reusable Tea Bag on OpenBazaar Yummitea Loose Tea on OpenBazaarFor the master relaxer
Reusable tea bag: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.034 BTC
+ Loose tea (variety available): View // Buy on OpenBazaar

 

 

 

EG890 Blue:Red | Soccer Shirt on OpenBazaarFor the Football/Soccer player
Soccer shirt: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.034 BTC

 

 

 

Orange Bitcoin Tee on OpenBazaarFor the Bitcoin enthusiast
Orange Bitcoin tee: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.024 BTC

 

 

 

Bitcoin themed natural oil bar soap 70g on OpenBazaarThe outdoor shower bath bag 20L portable solar hot water bag shower water bag on OpenBazaar

For the particularly dirty Bitcoin/outdoor enthusiast
Bitcoin soap: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.005 BTC

Outdoor/camping shower: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
BTC 0.042

 

 

Ledger Nano Bitcoin hardware wallet on OpenBazaarFor the cautious Bitcoin owner
Ledger Nano wallet: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.048 BTC

 

 

 


 

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Would you like to have a store on OpenBazaar?
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OpenBazaar Company OB1 Raises New Funding Round

We’re pleased to announce that OB1 has raised a new round of funding in order to make OpenBazaar the most free and open trade platform in the world.

Last year, OpenBazaar entered a new phase when the core development team received funding to create a company in order to properly develop the peer-to-peer trade platform. OB1 worked hard, together with developers from the community, to release OpenBazaar 1.0 in April. Seeing people around the world trading without middlemen and only using Bitcoin has been exciting, and after learning how to make major improvements we’re now working to make peer-to-peer trade better than ever with the 2.0 version of the software.

Details of the new funding are in the press release below. We’re fortunate to have investors who understand the value of networks, decentralization, and Bitcoin.

We believe that with such good investors, developers, and our community, we can fundamentally change how online commerce is done. Let’s make trade free!

Press Release

OpenBazaar Company OB1 Raises New Funding Round

Washington, DC, — Dec 13, 2016 – OpenBazaar-based company OB1 today announced it has raised a new round of funding from BlueYard, Union Square Ventures, and Andreessen Horowitz totalling $3 million in order to further its mission of making trade free for everyone, everywhere.

Brad Burnham – managing partner at Union Square Ventures – said, “The reach and diversity of OpenBazaar usage shows the potential for decentralized applications: within a week of its release, buyers and sellers from 129 countries joined the network and began transacting with each other for free.

We believe OpenBazaar has an opportunity to fundamentally transform the market structure of commerce, and we’re excited to welcome BlueYard as a new partner and co-investor in OB1.”

OB1 previously raised a $1 million seed round from Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and angel investor William Mougayar in May of 2015 in order to build and launch OpenBazaar, a completely decentralized marketplace that allows anyone in the world to buy and sell anything to anyone else, anywhere, for free.

The peer-to-peer software isn’t controlled by any company or organization, allowing its participants to engage in trade directly with each other using Bitcoin. By removing the intermediaries for commerce online, OpenBazaar enables its users to avoid paying fees or having their trade controlled by middlemen. OpenBazaar has been used by tens of thousands of people internationally since its launch in April of this year.

This new round of funding will allow OB1 – with assistance from contributors around the world –  to continue improving the open source software and growing the peer-to-peer trade community. OB1 is among an ecosystem of businesses building on the OpenBazaar software and offering their own services to users on the network. OB1 CEO Brian Hoffman said, “After launch we were so excited to see how people have been using OpenBazaar, and with this new funding we’re confident it will allow us to bring the benefits of truly free and open trade to the world.”

The OB1 team has written about their vision for the future of OpenBazaar – including the upcoming 2.0 version of the software – in this article.

Join us

We have a great community behind this open source project. If you’d like to join our community, come visit us in our Slack group.

If you’re a developer, we’d love help with the 2.0 version of the software, both client and server repositories.

If you’re not a developer but you’ve used OpenBazaar, we want to hear from you in order to make the 2.0 version the best it can be. We have a buyer survey and a vendor survey to learn what works and what doesn’t.

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