Early last summer, the two teams at Gnosis and Cosmos/Tendermint quickly grew out of the EthDev co-working space they were both working at. With Berlin emerging as one of the most vibrant blockchain ecosystems globally, and blockchain meetups scattered all around town multiple times a week, the two teams seized the opportunity to join forces and start building a base for members by members of the ecosystem, facilitating close collaboration, experimentation, and innovation: Full Node came to life.
The name "Full Node" refers to computers in a blockchain network that verify all transactions and consensus rules, without relying on trusted third parties. Full nodes form the backbone of a blockchain network.
While the technology still is in its development stages, we believe it is especially important for a young ecosystem to be grounded in a common space to work and closely collaborate towards making the technology more mature. Since many blockchain companies are working more collaboratively than competitively and seemingly accelerating faster than many industries, Full Node hopes to attract members to the community as a valuable development resource rather than just a workspace.
Full Node aims to provide the community with room for education, experimentation, and innovation, foregrounding the need for greater diversity in the community. The space will host regular meetups, workshops, and hackathons which contribute to the development of blockchain, and thus delivering on the promises it’s made.
We also see Full Node as a unique environment for R&D, where blockchain technology is being used. Currently, we are exploring prototype opportunities and engagement with smart devices, and continue to facilitate curation for blockchain infrastructure in the space.
Given that blockchain was built on the premise of global accessibility, Full Node hopes to partner with blockchain coworking spaces worldwide as well, potentially in locations such as Tokyo, Singapore, New York, and San Francisco.
A project led by the Interchain Foundation, Cosmos is a network of blockchains that allows many independent blockchains to interoperate with each other, creating a deep integration of the virtual economy, and providing a path toward blockchain scaling. The technology underpinning the Cosmos Network is a state of the art proof-of-stake blockchain engine called Tendermint Core. The team behind Tendermint is also developing an inter-blockchain communication protocol (IBC) which facilitates communication between blockchains as TCP/IP did for computers to form the World Wide Web.
On a mission to build better market mechanisms, Gnosis provides an open platform for businesses to create their own prediction market applications on the Ethereum protocol, as well as a fully decentralized exchange for ERC20 tokens, based on the Dutch auction principle. Gnosis was founded as part of ConsenSys, the globally leading Ethereum venture production studio, in 2015 by Martin Köppelmann and Stefan George, before becoming a fully-fledged company early 2017. Now counting 35 employees, Gnosis is based in Gibraltar with team members spread out all over the world and a development hub in Berlin.