Milestone 3 Developer Release for OpenBazaar v2.0

The OB1 team is proud to announce that OpenBazaar 2 has reached Milestone 3. This means development has reached a point where the server and client have the minimum functionality required for a working e-commerce platform.

Below is a list of the features that are now working. Not all of them are complete, most still have minor polish or secondary features that need to be completed before our full release.

Release Notes


OpenBazaar 2.0 Milestone 3 - Onboarding



When you start OpenBazaar for the first time, you will go through a simple process to enter your base settings.

Creating Listings

All significant aspects of creating a listing are now available. You can create a listing with multiple photos, variants (color, size, etc.), inventory (including variants), shipping with multiple options per set of shipping regions, discount coupons and more.


OpenBazaar 2.0 Milestone 3 - Transaction Manager


Purchasing and Transactions

The purchase flow is functional, with almost all parts of it in a working state. You can buy a listing with or without a moderator, pay for that listing with the internal wallet or an external one, complete the transaction as a buyer or seller, and leave a review when the transaction is complete. Reviews will appear on the listing’s page, and can be anonymous. Transactions can be disputed, and moderators can resolve the disputes.

We have also implemented a timeout system, where orders that are abandoned by buyers after the buyer has paid will move their funds to the seller after approximately 45 days.


OpenBazaar 2.0 Milestone 3 - Search



You can search for listings on the network using the default OB1 search engine. The search engine can be changed in your settings. We’ll be making improvements to how you can select search engines and the overall search experience in Milestone 4.


Tor Integration

As of Milestone 3, OpenBazaar has optional Tor integration. If you are running Tor, and you choose to use OpenBazaar with it, your OpenBazaar traffic will go through Tor.


Testing is starting soon, stay up to date!
Get the latest news right in your inbox by signing up for the OpenBazaar mailing list here!

Want to start RIGHT NOW buying and selling with Bitcoin or other altcoins using Version 1.0?
Download OpenBazaar


Read More

Why We Need Alternatives to Ecommerce Giants Like Amazon

Why We Need Alternatives to Ecommerce Giants Like Amazon - OpenBazaar is a decentralized, peer-to-peer marketplace that uses Bitcoin


Amazon has seen incredible growth since its founding in 1994. Originally focused on books, the online marketplace is now the largest retailer in the US, and the fourth most valuable public company in the world. With its recent acquisition of Whole Foods, it becomes even more valuable.

Shopping with Amazon is quick and convenient, so much so that it’s starting to become the default method of shopping for many people, just as Google became the default method to search the internet. And just like Google, Amazon collects a staggering amount of information about everyone that uses their platform.

Unfortunately, if Amazon (or any retailer) gains the status of default shopping method for a majority of people, they then have an enormous potential to abuse their power. While it’s possible that they might be responsible stewards of their power, there should always be alternatives to using Amazon that protect a user’s privacy and place commerce transactions outside of Amazon’s control.

What could Amazon do?

It might not be readily apparent how a large retailer could abuse their power, but consider how much information about buyers and sellers Amazon collects, taken directly from their site:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Phone number(s)
  4. Email Address
  5. Credit card(s) information
  6. People to whom purchases have been shipped, including addresses and phone number
  7. E-mail addresses of your friends and other people
  8. Content of reviews and e-mails to Amazon
  9. Personal description and photograph in Amazon Profile
  10. Financial information, including Social Security and driver’s license numbers
  11. Location while using Kindle or other Amazon apps
  12. Searches and browsing while on Amazon
  13. Purchases and sales of products
  14. Your voice if using Alexa or other voice services

That’s only the information that you voluntarily give them. They also collect information automatically when you visit the site:

Examples of the information we collect and analyze include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; login; e-mail address; password; computer and connection information such as browser type, version, and time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system, and platform; purchase history, which we sometimes aggregate with similar information from other customers to create features like Top Sellers ; the full Uniform Resource Locator (URL) clickstream to, through, and from our Web site, including date and time; cookie number; products you viewed or searched for; and the phone number you used to call our 800 number. We may also use browser data such as cookies, Flash cookies (also known as Flash Local Shared Objects), or similar data on certain parts of our Web site for fraud prevention and other purposes. During some visits we may use software tools such as JavaScript to measure and collect session information, including page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page. We may also collect technical information to help us identify your device for fraud prevention and diagnostic purposes.

If you use Amazon, they know who you are, where you live, what you buy or sell, even what you want to buy or sell. They know your payment information and history, they know your friends and family, they know details about your web browsers, computers, mobile devices.

At any given moment this is a lot of information, but when tracked over years it becomes a detailed look into an individual’s life. With this much data, inferences can be made about nearly every facet of someone’s life.

The most innocuous thing Amazon could do with this information is to lose control of it. Breaches of company databases are constantly occurring. With the sheer amount of user information, Amazon’s servers are a highly valuable target for any malicious party.

If you trust Amazon to keep your data secure from unauthorized access, then you still be to be concerned about who they authorize to access your information. If Amazon becomes the default shopping method for most people, then it becomes the ultimate tool for oppressive governments to conduct surveillance and control commerce. Amazon already censors their marketplace heavily, and there’s nothing preventing Amazon from reporting users who attempt to sell or search for items that are prohibited by the authorities in various jurisdictions.

If Amazon were willing to share their data with governments – or compelled to do so – those authorities could abuse that information in numerous ways. They could cross-reference the sales figures of a store with tax filings to enforce tax compliance. They could access user location information to track individuals. They could look at purchases and search history – particularly their media consumption – to determine someone’s ideological or political affiliations.

What Amazon Has Done

There are many ways Amazon could abuse their power, but not all of them are theoretical. Amazon has taken advantage of their ecommerce giant status in the past.

  • In 2009, Amazon deleted copies of 1984 and Animal Farm from user’s devices without their permission.
  • In 2010, Amazon kicked Wikileaks off of its servers following political pressure from the US government.
  • Various Amazon users have had their accounts closed, and gift card balances taken, without any clarification from Amazon itself.
  • Amazon has continually been under fire for how it treats its own employees.
  • A 2016 investigation from ProPublica showed that Amazon’s search promoted their own products over competitors – even when competitors were higher ranked and cheaper.
    This year, Amazon handed over the Alexa voice recordings of a suspect undergoing an investigation to Arkansas prosecutors (to their credit, Amazon fought this in court first).

This is what’s known about how Amazon behaves, but we don’t know how they behave outside the public’s eye. We can only speculate how they will behave in the future.

We Need Private Alternatives to Amazon 

It’s possible that if Amazon becomes too onerous that people would switch platforms to another company that was more friendly to their users. However, switching to another platform controlled by any company or organization is no guarantee that the new platform would be any better long term.

Is there any way to really break out of this cycle?

Yes. Now, instead of just hoping that Amazon (or another company) will respect its users’ privacy and not abuse their power, users can exchange goods online in an environment free from centralized companies entirely.

How is it possible to transact online with no company at the center, controlling it?

Removing the middleman entirely from the picture is the only way to ensure that no one is even capable of gaining a position of power over others in an open marketplace. A decentralized marketplace, such as OpenBazaar, doesn’t have any company or organization that collects and stores users’ data or censors their trade. It works because of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, which are also decentralized and don’t require third parties to facilitate the exchange, and because of the power of our own personal computers.

In this new environment people’s information and transactions are secure and users are the ones who are in control; they trade directly with each other and don’t need to trust any company or organization with their data.

It’s important to have choices in what you are going to buy as well as the networks you are going to use. We have built a marketplace that aligns with our core values of giving choices to individuals who want to control more of their information online.


If you’re looking for a new way to buy and sell goods online that is completely different than anything you’ve seen before, check out OpenBazaar.



Read More

First Look: Super Fast Checkout Process In OpenBazaar 2.0

Yesterday our designer, Mike Wolf, shared this great tweet about the speed of the purchasing time within OpenBazaar 2.0:


We want to be clear that this is an example of how fast it can be to get through the checkout process within the application, not the time it takes the transaction to clear on Bitcoin. That will still be dependent on the bitcoin network itself.

Why is the checkout process this fast, now?

Because of the internal wallet!

In the current version of OpenBazaar there is no built-in wallet so users need to use a wallet external to the app in order to make purchases. This gif shows the new process for OpenBazaar 2.0, launching soon, which has a wallet built into the application. Instead of being forced to use an external wallet, you will be able to pay bitcoin into the OpenBazaar wallet–where you still control your own keys locally–and then make payments as shown in the gif.

This new wallet is an SPV wallet where each user owns their own keys. Users will have this wallet by default though they can swap it out for bitcoind if they prefer. The wallet talks directly to the Bitcoin network, meaning all transactions are on-chain and there are no servers.

Okay…but what’s an SPV wallet? 

The most secure way to use Bitcoin is to run a “full node” which means you have the entire copy of the blockchain and you verify all new transactions in new blocks yourself. However, running a full node is inconvenient, requiring a significant amount of disk space and other resources. The average user isn’t going to download the entire blockchain.

That’s where Simplified Payment Verification (SPV) wallets come in.

The basic idea is that an SPV wallet doesn’t verify everything in blocks as accurate, so it doesn’t need to download the entire chain. It relies on a trusted node for verification.

We’re very excited about this new internal wallet because it offers a greater level of convenience and access to users that is reflected in this checkout time.  The whole purchasing flow is smooth and we cannot wait to get OpenBazaar 2.0 into users hands this summer.


Are you ready to check it out?

Sign up for our newsletter here for opportunities to be one of the first users of version 2.0
Join us on SlackTwitter or Facebook

And of course, you can still download OpenBazaar v.1 to shop right now!


Read More

Why Is Decentralization Important?

Why Is Decentralization Important?


In a recent post we talked about how “decentralization is guiding the ship.” While the definition of the word can be guessed easily enough, the concept is nuanced and takes some time to understand the costs and benefits of decentralization.

Decentralization is a concept in politics, business, technology, and other fields. In a nutshell, it means a central authority doesn’t have control over a system, but control is distributed among the participants in the system. For example:

  • A centralized political system has a central authority with most (or all) of the power. In a decentralized political system the power rests closer to the individual or their representatives.
  • A centralized business structure has a central authority with most (or all) the power. In a decentralized business structure the power to make decisions is distributed between individuals and teams.

There are costs and benefits to these approaches in political and business settings.

The centralized approach allows for more rapid and decisive decision-making, as well as giving participants in the system a sense of clarity about the rules and their own role within it. It also sets up a structure to enforce those rules.

Unfortunately, this also highlights one of the primary drawbacks of centralized systems: what if the central authority acts in ways that are harmful to the participants in the system? There are innumerable examples of tyrannical governments abusing their power. There are also many examples of the leadership teams of companies making poor decisions and refusing to delegate power such that their decisions destroyed the company.

Decentralization avoids the abuse of power from central authorities. However, this comes at the cost of every participant taking on some responsibility themselves.

When we speak about OpenBazaar being decentralized, we are specifically referring to the architecture of the network itself. There is no central point of control in OpenBazaar, unlike Amazon or eBay. All participants in the network have equal power and can’t be forced by anyone else to do anything. This is radically different from the standard centralized model of ecommerce, and it has both costs and benefits.

Making trade free is the purpose of OpenBazaar. Decentralization is the method OpenBazaar uses to make trade free.

Beyond just being able to use cryptocurrencies easily, decentralization is what allows for all of the other benefits of the marketplace, such as:

  • There are no fees to use the platform
  • There is no central authority collecting data
  • There is no central authority able to take down a store or force a user to follow their terms and conditions
  • Users have total control of all of their trade

Centralized marketplaces can’t offer these guarantees because their revenue models require that they do things to impose on users in one or all of these areas.

  • If they didn’t charge fees, they’d need to monetize with user data
  • If they didn’t want to monetize user data, they’d need to charge fees
  • If they didn’t censor transactions and take down stores, they’d be forced to do so by governments (or be shut down themselves)

There’s really no possible way to run a permissionless marketplace unless it’s based on decentralized architecture.

On the internet, everything you see is based on files that “live” on a server somewhere. A server is just a name for another computer. Most servers are owned (or rented) by the central authority than runs the website you’re visiting, usually a company. When you use Amazon for shopping, you are connecting to Amazon’s servers, just like everyone else using Amazon. This is a centralized system.

Centralized computer to server diagram

Centralized computer to server network diagram


The decentralized system – like OpenBazaar – means computers aren’t connecting to a central location. They connect directly to each other. Basically, each user becomes their own server.


Decentralized computer to computer, or peer-to-peer, diagram

Decentralized computer to computer, or peer-to-peer, network diagram


This is one of the costs of using a decentralized system. Each participant in a decentralized system takes on some of the power that the centralized authority would normally have, which leads to the benefits mentioned above. It also means that they will have to take extra steps they wouldn’t need to take in a centralized system. In a decentralized political or business structure, this might mean people are forced to direct themselves instead of just taking orders. Their success or failure is then dependent on their own actions instead of the decisions of the central authority.

In a decentralized network, it means the participants need to be running the program themselves on their computer instead of relying on the central authority to do that for them. In OpenBazaar version 1.0, this meant users would need to run the software 24/7 in order to engage in trade with other people on the network. In the upcoming version 2.0, we have built on IPFS, allowing stores to go offline and still be available to other users if their store has been seeded. Even though this reduces the costs for users to access OpenBazaar, it’s still not as convenient as using the centralized ecommerce options.

Every user must weigh the costs and benefits of the different systems and determine which they prefer.

Centralized systems are abundant and widely used for ecommerce today. A usable decentralized ecommerce system didn’t exist until OpenBazaar, and for those that prefer it, we welcome them.


Are you ready to check it out?

Download OpenBazaar
Join us on Slack, Twitter or Facebook



Read More

Why OpenBazaar Token Doesn’t Exist

Why OpenBazaar Token Doesn't Exist


If you’re even remotely interested in the world of cryptocurrencies, then you’re aware of a relatively recent phenomenon called ICOs (also called token sales). These ICOs happen when developers of a project announce their intention to create a new coin / token and then allow the public to purchase it. Recent ICOs have been making headlines for raising tens of millions of dollars in only hours or even minutes.

Many projects that focus on building the infrastructure for a decentralized internet have launched, or are launching, their own tokens. IPFS will use Filecoin. Blockstack announced they will use a token. Storj recently had an ICO. All these projects claim to need a new token in order for their products to function properly.

OpenBazaar is also focused on building a decentralized application, so why is there no OpenBazaar Token?

There are multiple reasons why we haven’t issued a token and this post is meant to explain them. These reasons aren’t necessarily set in stone; we are continually re-evaluating whether or not a token makes sense given the rapidly changing cryptocurrency landscape.

1. OpenBazaar Doesn’t Need a Token to Work

The first reason is the most compelling: We don’t need a token in order for OpenBazaar to work as intended in its current design.

OpenBazaar is a protocol and network for decentralized trade. People download software to their own computer or mobile phone and directly connect with other people running the same software, and they then engage in trade without any middleman involved. The OpenBazaar network has existed since April 2016 with hundreds of thousands of downloads and users in countries all over the world engaging in trade with each other using Bitcoin.

It’s not immediately clear how an OpenBazaar Token improves on this process.

It’s true that Bitcoin fees are very high right now, which causes problems for a marketplace built on Bitcoin. We hope that fees will return to a reasonable level in the near future, but if not then the solution is to allow users to pay in other widely-used cryptocurrencies, not create a new one.

It’s possible that there might be a unique way a token could provide utility to OpenBazaar users even though it’s not necessary for the core functionality of the application. We welcome such ideas, but haven’t yet heard any compelling ones.

2. Tokens are a New and Unproven Model

With ICOs and token sales quickly garnering huge attention – and investment – it’s easy to forget that they are a relatively new phenomenon. This is particularly true for token sales on Ethereum.

It’s clear that they are able to gain interest from investors, but that’s where the clarity ends. There are many areas of uncertainty about how these projects will manage and utilize these tokens moving forward, and how the token holders will behave as well.

I’m sure that some – perhaps many – investors in these tokens are true believers in the underlying projects themselves. However, it’s obvious that a substantial proportion of investors are speculating on the tokens. During a period of “good times” the speculation on the tokens benefits the token creators, and right now it seems hard to argue against the massive raises these projects have accumulated.

Anyone who has been involved in the cryptocurrency market – or any financial market – knows that the “good times” don’t last forever.

When speculators choose to take their gains from a token and cash out, there needs to be a buyer available. If there is genuine demand for the underlying project and people want the token in order to use the network, then there’s no problem. However, if most of the demand has come from speculators instead, then at some point there will be no further speculators available, and there is the risk of token holders attempting to exit en masse, rapidly driving the price of the token down.

The ever-present threat of people selling their tokens could be considered a positive pressure on the project developers to deliver on their promises. Unfortunately it’s not always clear that the incentives of the project leaders and those of the token speculators are always aligned. Speculators may act similarly to public shareholders in companies, pressuring the executives in the company to make decisions based on short-term profits instead of what is best for the company long-term.

Since OpenBazaar started in 2014, we’ve had an engaged community of people all over the world who believe in decentralization and free trade. We’re certain that issuing an OpenBazaar Token would increase the size of those interested in the project, but we fear that it would also change the composition of the community from people who agree with our core ideals to a group of people who want to see a return on their investment. We don’t want to make decisions based on what would be best for the price of our token, but instead focus on how we can make trade free for the world.

3. A Token could Increase the Barriers to Entry

OpenBazaar is all about lowering the barriers to trade for everyone. All you need is an internet connection, a computer, and Bitcoin to engage in trade with anyone else in the world, at no cost.

Introducing a token could increase the barriers to entry into the OpenBazaar ecosystem.

We want permissionless, frictionless trade to always be possible on our network. OpenBazaar currently relies on the most widely used cryptocurrency in existence – Bitcoin – and we are building the 2.0 version of the software so users can choose to use other popular cryptocurrencies as well.

The on-ramps into Bitcoin are well-established, as are the wallets to store and spend them. This isn’t true for new coins and tokens. Only knowledgeable cryptocurrency users are able to purchase these tokens and use them. Forcing users into a new token ecosystem reduces the possible number of people the platform can reach.

As mentioned in #1, it’s possible to issue a token that isn’t necessary to use the network, but thus far we haven’t heard any compelling ideas.

4. Tokens Sales are a Regulatory Unknown

There is still significant uncertainty how governments will regulate ICOs / token sales.

If they choose to take a lax approach, the token creators may have little to fear. But if they choose to apply strict regulations instead, the regulatory compliance costs could soon become unbearable, especially if the technology itself needed to change in order to fully comply.

Also, scrutiny from agencies doesn’t only apply to token sales moving forward, but can apply to sales that have already occurred. This creates a situation where there is a “Sword of Damocles” hanging over these projects until regulatory guidance is issued.

Not all token creators are just crossing their fingers and hoping for the best. The Protocol Labs team joined with AngelList to launch CoinList, a platform to launch tokens which attempts to comply with know-your-customer (KYC) regulations and generally assure the tokens are issued in a manner compliant with relevant rules. This may work well for some tokens, but compliance comes at the cost of exclusivity. Only accredited investors have access to the initial sale, creating huge barriers to entry. Accredited investors are more likely to be interested in speculation than using the tokens, emphasizing the potential problems raised in #2 above.

Conditions for Token Issuance

It’s possible that an OpenBazaar Token may be issued at some point, but it would only happen if the following conditions were met:

  1. A new token is needed to provide utility to OpenBazaar users that cannot be provided by Bitcoin or any existing token.
  2. The token sale would be an opportunity to distribute tokens to users of OpenBazaar who believe in decentralization and free trade and are not solely focused on speculation.
  3. The token would not increase the barriers to entry into the OpenBazaar network.
  4. If government agencies issued strict regulatory guidelines it wouldn’t significantly disrupt the OpenBazaar ecosystem due to a reliance on the token.

These conditions may or may not be able to ever be satisfied but OpenBazaar is open-source and we love to hear feedback on our ideas. If you believe an OpenBazaar Token is good idea (or not), please let us know why. Join our Slack or message us on Twitter.


Ready to shop?
Download OpenBazaar and check it out!



Read More

10 Great Father’s Day Gifts on OpenBazaar

10 Great Father's Day Gifts You Can Buy with Bitcoin on OpenBazaar


OpenBazaar has what you need for the crypto-loving dad in your life–AND/OR to put your favorite coin into action as the crypto-evangelist that you are!

Check out these items & note a quick pro tip: before you make a purchase make sure you choose a good moderator and if shipping is needed, read the shipping details to see if you can get your items shipped in time from the seller’s location.

10 Great Father’s Day Gifts on OpenBazaar


Wooden Fidget Spinner on OpenBazaarFor the fidgeter
Wooden fidget spinner: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.002 BTC




Swiss Army Knife on OpenBazaarFor the multitasker
Swiss army knife: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.017 BTC




Apartment for Rent BnB in Barcelona Spain on OpenBazaarFor the world traveler
Apartment for rent in Barcelona, Spain: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.040 BTC




All natural handmade beard oil on OpenBazaarFor the beardly man
All-natural, handmade beard oil: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.010 BTC




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




Deadpool Merc with a Mouth 12 Marvel Comics on OpenBazaarFor the comic collector
Pretty much anything from CryptoCollectibles: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
BTC varies




The Internet of Money by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on OpenBazaarFor the crypto-newbie
The Internet of Money book: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.006 BTC




Hand Crafted Wooden Ring - with Lepidolite Inlay on OpenBazaarFor the artful accessorizer
Hand Crafted Wooden Ring:  View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.041 BTC




Handcrafted leather money clip with two pockets for cards on OpenBazaarFor the tasteful organizer
Handmade leather wallet: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.034 BTC




5.5mm 6 LED Endoscope Waterproof Borescope Inspection Camera For Android Phone and Tablets on OpenBazaarFor the guy who has it all:
LED Endoscope Waterproof Borescope Inspection Camera: View // Buy on OpenBazaar
0.005 BTC




Ready to shop?
Download OpenBazaar and check it out!

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


Read More

OpenBazaar’s Bigger Picture in The Bitcoin Debates

OpenBazaar's Bigger Picture in the Bitcoin Debates


You could get whiplash trying to track the what’s-what and the who’s-who of Bitcoin. Just as the value is regularly breaking records now the debates are hotter than ever over the future of this blockchain that spawned a thousand blockchains.

No doubt Bitcoin is an important development in technology–some would say as important as the internet itself. Many also liken the energy around it to the time when the internet was developing for users and forward-thinkers knew it would be big, but not yet what all it could actually do. Now we can see the tools it birthed such as email and mobile and today we can see the impact those things have had.

We know enough about it now to know that it’s a pretty big deal but the questions of why, how and for whom still hang in our digital air.

How is a company who wants to build applications that use Bitcoin supposed to keep up?

Bitcoin is still king in this space but it is just the beginning of a huge new way of connecting, creating and sharing value online. It represents, we believe, the advent of a new internet. And that vision sparks technology which, in turn, sparks more vision.

Or as, allegedly, Marshall McLuhan stated in 1967:

“We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.”

The initial vision for Bitcoin was simply a peer-to-peer digital currency that would allow people to exchange payments without middlemen. Now it’s spawned many offshoots that are basically ideological playgrounds for what this sort of public ledger technology can really do. Each of these now are like puzzle pieces, microorganisms that are co-evolving in technology much like they do in nature.

We have experienced this personally with OpenBazaar where a new file storage protocol that didn’t materially exist just 3 years ago emerged with incredible implications for the protocol that we had built around that time. The choice to build version 2.0 on IPFS was pretty easy as it was an exact piece that was missing from our own puzzle. But it wasn’t shoved in the couch cushions, it simply didn’t exist yet. And that is awesome. It resulted in a lot of new work but we didn’t begrudge it. We transitioned with excitement and anticipation because we know why we’re doing what we’re doing.

We keep up by focusing on the bigger picture.

OpenBazaar is a marketplace that makes it easy for users to exchange goods and services for a cryptocurrency. And as the name itself implies, we believe in cryptocurrencies that can be used as a currency, a medium of everyday types of purchases.

We believe this because we want to live in a world with fewer barriers. We want to see a world where people can build what they want and where beautiful things happen when their work and tools overlap and complement one another. We believe in people making choices for themselves and taking ownership and control of what they do.

From code to lifestyle, we want to create tools that provide access, tools that allow everyone to figure out the kind of life they’d like to build, from wherever they are in the world.

Right now the path we need is paved with Bitcoin, which we love continue to champion, but it’s really about the vision of what Bitcoin represents–not the specific technology. Bitcoin may fail, but decentralization is guiding the ship for us.

We believe in faster, cheaper, better technology that connects more people with fewer barriers.

The only way through is through. That means boots-on-the-ground, roll-up-the-sleeves through. If you’re curious what the future looks like, then build it with us.


A free marketplace. No fees. No restrictions. Earn bitcoin.
Download OpenBazaar



Read More

Consensus 2017 — The Immediate Future of Bitcoin & ICO Madness

Times Square


Wow, what a wild week it has been! Between attending the blockchain industry’s biggest event and the skyrocketing prices of just about every cryptocurrency — especially Bitcoin — capped with a holiday weekend, we are still reeling. We are all back at our desks though and finally had a chance to unpack some of our thoughts about CoinDesk’s annual event, Consensus, in beautiful New York City!


10,000 Foot View

First, the event was huge. Tickets were sold out and almost 3,000 people were in attendance across 4-5 floors. Speakers & panels were often down to standing room only and some great topics were covered like Can Bitcoin Scale? and Chasing Privacy in Blockchains among many other discussions & presentations on the business & technical applications of blockchain.

Second, you couldn’t help but realize that cryptocurrencies besides Bitcoin are gaining fast in their validity and tokens/Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) may still be controversial, but they are big business at the moment with a lot of money to show for it. Everyone was interested in learning about ICO case studies and their future as a serious business model beneath the looming cloud of regulation.

Third, it seems that Bitcoin still has some battles ahead of it still as miners, developers and users continue to wrestle with the best way to scale it. Fundamentally it will come down to the question of defining what BTC really is—a currency or a security — either by declaration or action.
We have our own thoughts about this and were also excited to soft launch a new campaign we are working on as the OB1 team to share them. Check out Crypto Is Currency Day coming up this September and join us if you believe in the mission of digital currencies we can actually acquire & spend easily & efficiently.

Getting Personal

To conclude, we also wanted to share few other exciting thing that were shared by some of our excellent partners at the event!


Prism is a new service from Shapeshift that uses Ethereum to allow users to invest in a basket of cryptocurrencies of their choosing. In their words, “Prism is a platform upon which humans and machines can acquire exposure to portfolios of digital assets without trusting a counterparty.” We think non-custodian exchanges like this is a big step in the right direction to protect users and provide more privacy and security to traders. More details here

Protocol Labs

Protocol Labs, the company behind IPFS, teamed up with AngelList to create a new platform for token sales, called CoinList. We’re interested to see more of their work here which is aiming to legitimize crowdfunding crypto projects through ICOs within the United States and providing opportunities for them to stay here instead of moving offshore. More details here

Next, we are proud to announce our newest partnership with Digital Currency Group (DCG) as a strategic investor! This is very exciting for us as DCG is the most active investor and business incubator in the bitcoin and blockchain industry and they share a vision for the future of commerce where digital currencies are more accessible and usable for everyone. See our press release for more information.

Finally, for more of our thoughts on the event, check out this brief YouTube Live video we recorded this week with another partner of ours, Jeremy, CEO of Never Stop Marketing.

We are really energized by the members of our community who are working hard to build the financial future they want to see and we are privileged to be working with them. It’s really a gift to be surrounded by smart, driven people who are building excellent products and companies and we can’t wait to tell you more about the irons we have in the fire with them soon!

Are you a developer who wants to get involved in this early stage of Version 2.0 development?
Get the details here!

Want to start RIGHT NOW buying and selling with Bitcoin or other altcoins using Version 1.0?
Download OpenBazaar

Read More

Milestone 2 Developer Release for OpenBazaar v2.0

Development of the OpenBazaar 2.0 software continues according to our roadmap, and today we publish the Milestone 2 developer release. Please note that this release is not yet feature complete, and cannot be used for real transactions yet.

Milestone 2 focuses on discoverability of listings / stores, as well as communication. Third party search is now accessible within the client. Chat is also fully functional. Channels were planned for Milestone 2, but have been moved to later in development. Full release notes below.


Search in v2 client

Release notes

Server changes:

  • Added wallet tests. Made profile caching smarter. Various bug fixes.

Client changes:


  • The transactions screen is now viewable with partial functionality.


  • The purchasing screen is now viewable with partial functionality.

Context Menu

  • The context menu will now appear on a right click.
  • The context menu has commands for zooming the screen in and out.
  • The screen can also be zoomed in and out using the keyboard (command or control plus – or =).


  • The message button in the moderator details screen is now functional.

Default User Name

  • The default user name is now a shorter random string of characters.


  • Transactions are shown as confirmed on the 6th confirmation now, instead of the 7th.


  • The profile now uses a local url instead of a ipns url.

Cached Profiles

  • A new functionality was added to use cached profile data in situations were it is not critical that the data be fresh. This has been implemented in the chat sidebar.

Bug Fixes

  • A bug where radio buttons were not always sized the same was fixed. #434
  • A bug that caused the QR code in about/donate to be horizontally compressed was fixed. #433
  • The contentBox style was set to break and wrap very long words so they would not extend past their container. #396
  • A bug was fixed where old profiles were identified as moderators, but did not have moderation data.
  • The handling of emojis was made more flexible and consistent.
  • The QR code in the wallet is now correct.
  • The sort by drop down in search now works correctly.
  • Layout bugs with the filter labels and emojis in the search screen were fixed.
  • A bug where the categories parameter in a store page can be null was fixed.
  • A bug with routing to a listing address was fixed.
  • The server name is now shown correctly in the page navigation menu. #454


Are you a developer who wants to get involved in this early stage of Version 2.0 development?
Get the details here!

Want to start RIGHT NOW buying and selling with Bitcoin or other altcoins using Version 1.0?
Download OpenBazaar

Read More

OpenBazaar 2.0 – New Developer Release – 2.0.3


This is the third release according to our new schedule of publishing releases on a two week sprint cycle. As a reminder, these releases are for developers and those looking to test only; the product is not ready for real transactions yet!

Yesterday we released a new developer release – version 2.0.3 – of OpenBazaar. Here is a brief overview of the new features available:

Back End:

  • We’ve done some housecleaning, making the code more consistent and robust.
  • The ability to use images for variants was added. This is not yet supported in the reference client.
  • An API was added to get an estimate of the fee for a transaction.
  • An API was added to get the estimated total for a transaction.
  • Accepted currency was added to the moderator information.
  • The listing format was updated to return an object instead of an array.
  • Endpoints were added to get the avatar and header of a user via their peerID.

Wallet in Version 2.0.3 of OpenBazaar

Front End:

  • Search has been added to the reference client. It defaults to use the OB1 search service (this can be changed in the user’s settings).
  • The wallet can now send and receive funds. Make sure to set your node to use the testnet if you use the wallet.
  • The wallet will show a list of your transactions now.
  • Various bugs were fixed.


Are you a developer who wants to get involved in this early stage of Version 2.0 development?
Get the details here!

Want to start RIGHT NOW buying and selling with Bitcoin or other altcoins using Version 1.0?
Download OpenBazaar

Read More