It was the worst of times, it was the best of times (for the Golem Network)

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It was the worst of times, it was the best of times (for the Golem Network)

(for those unfamiliar with the quote, it's from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - and I felt it was really fitting to TLDR 2020)

This is my third time writing a year in review for the Golem Network. I look forward to this tradition each year, and ‘unpacking’ the various drivers behind our many accomplishments. I think we can all agree that this past year was pretty rough. However, the same inconveniences that disrupted everyone’s livelihood also drove public adoption of the decentralized web and cryptocurrencies. There are many factors at play here: we could be experiencing a technological paradigm shift, or perhaps people are finally waking up and taking ownership of their digital lives.

A look back on 2020

At the start of the year - blissfully unaware of the trials to come - we knew we were at the doorstep of the biggest year to date for Golem. And I'm not being hyperbollic here - we have had some very eventful years, but this one was the one where we knew we would be evolving all aspects of our project. A "go big or go home" sort of year.

On March 12th, now called Black Thursday, news of the pandemic spread across the world and cryptocurrencies crashed - the most eventful year of our lives was just getting started.

It was the worst of times, it was the best of times (for the Golem Network)
Took this photo the day I left the office to go full remote - and the crypto market plunged (March 9th 2020)

Meanwhile, we symbolically closed the doors of our Warsaw office to go remote for the first time in the history of the project. Before that, relocation had been one of the requirements for joining the developer team at the Golem Network. Within just one month, the team had already learned to adapt to this ...

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