In December of 2018 Kosinus and I decided to fork 21 Century Motor Company after the developer decided to go to BSV, and create Fountainhead.cash. Our goal was to ensure that apps built for BCH would not be broken due to the abandonment, and that we could continue maintaining the software and providing free open access to development tooling for Bitcoin Cash developers everywhere.
From this we've grown from initially just supporting BitDB and Bitsocket to now running a wide range of free developer tooling for the entire community:
These software and services are utilized by many of the applications on BCH today, including read.cash :) and hopefully many more in the future.
We currently run 3 different servers and the monthly cost is $300. After seeing a recent video by Roger Ver recommending a Patreon account, we decided to start one. We will continue providing free developer services for the community regardless of the amount of funding we receive, but with more funding we can increase the reliability and likely the performance of our infrastructure and make Bitcoin Cash a a more enjoyable platform to develop on. With more funding we could also expand to be able to provide top notch developer documentation on a wide range of essential Bitcoin Cash tooling, which right now we cannot afford the time to provide.
How popular is fountainhead.cash? We serve tens of millions of requests every month. Many applications use the tools from fountainhead.cash because we try even on a shoestring budget to provide a reliable service and are easily approachable for questions online. It saves a lot of time for developers to not have to set up this services themselves, or worry about the maintaining and hosting all of this infrastructure themselves.
Bitcoin.com also provides many great developer services, including BitDB and SLPDB and also REST. Bitcoin.com is a great asset to the community, and their development tools they provide are awesome for growing Bitcoin Cash. At same time, it is important to have multiple organizations providing developer tooling for multiple reasons - any outage or issues affect every service, and it is more efficient to have multiple groups working towards a similar shared goal and going about it in different ways with different offerings. In short, the developer services team at Bitcoin.com is great and we love collaborating with them.
Since the initial tweet where I announced the Patreon 3 people in the community have already decided to start funding fountainhead.cash:
How great of a community is it where a tweet already brings you over 1/3rd of the way to your breakeven goal? One is using Mecenas by Karol Trzeszczkowski, another is using Scheduled Payments Plugin by Calin Culianu and Robert Taylor, and Chris Troutner is our first Patreon supporter!
If you like our mission and want to help support this project - the Patreon link is here and there is also a Bitcoin Cash address on the website. We will be updating the website soon with a new design that better shows our services, documentation, and sponsors.
Thanks for reading
Spanish translation: https://read.cash/@Spanish-translator-community/fountainheadcash-infraestructura-financiacion-by-at-blockparty-sh-2cfd26b5
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