Handshake community

Handshake is a community-run movement

Handshake is an entirely community-run movement. As a Handshake community member, you too can immediately get involved and call yourself a Director of Handshake.

Namer Stories

Namer Stories is a podcast series created by Namer @wallace/, in which he interviews various members of the Handshake community to help give a better understanding of who we are and why we care. If you'd like to be a guest on his podcast, message him in the Namer Community!

Mark Smith

"Mark is from the Greater Madison area of Wisconsin, has a background in insurance, government, and financial sales and services, and is now the founder of Namesake Domains. He discovered Handshake during a vacation with his family when he stumbled upon an article from blockchain.com about Handshake, which helped him realize 'there would now be an unlimited number of top-level domains, which would explode the level of creativity that’s possible with how we use URLs and how we interact with the internet'."

Jothan Frakes

"Jothan brings a wealth of knowledge of the legacy Domain Naming System to Handshake. He uncovers some of the mystery behind Top Level Domains and some thoughts about where Handshake protocol is heading. I learned a lot and it was a pleasure talking with such a knowledgeable and outgoing fellow."

Scott Ostby

"Scott is from the Portland, Oregon area and shares some of his story with a great amount of enthusiasm. His background is diverse and valuable to a project such as Handshake. His story starts with military service, software development, financial services, and marketing. That is only a small part of his story. I particularly appreciated his "why", and his ideas for furthering Handshake."

Handshake project sponsors and pledges

The Handshake project recognizes the work of the Free and Open Source Software community that’s helped get the internet to where it is today. To thank them for their efforts, the Handshake project raised $10.2MM USD from project sponsors and distributed it in its entirely to the FOSS community.

  • Pledge recipients include Apache Software Foundation, Internet Archive, OpenSSL project, FSF, GNOME, and many others

  • Project sponsors include a16z, Sequoia Capital, Greylock, IDEO Colab, Founders Fund, SV Angel, and dozens of others

For Handshake to be successful, it will take a global community effort that recognizes the work of the past and builds upon it into the future.

Help drive Handshake adoption

Handshake won't work everywhere until DNS providers resolve its domains and browsers trust it as a root certificate. Handshake is controlled by no one but can be enhanced by anyone — everyone is a Director of Handshake — and a strong engaged community of open-internet citizens is necessary to build momentum for wide adoption of Handshake.

Handshake is controlled by no one but can be enhanced by anyone

Your Handshake name

Get your name on Handshake and help convince browsers and search engines to resolve Handshake domains by using your Handshake name, today!

Spread the word

Share Handshake with the communities and brands you’re involved in so they can claim their names too, or win your friends' names and gift it to them!

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