A great start of the year
In the past weeks, our team has been busy cleaning code, extending the API and scheduler, crushing bugs and revising the security features in our node to node protocol. We are very happy to welcome several talented new programmers to our team. Also joining us are marketing experts, to help us improve our online and offline presence.
Availability of the HYBRID tokens
The most frequent questions we receive these days are about where our crowdfund participants can see their tokens, or when they will receive and be able to use them.
In line with our milestones roadmap published on our website, the Internet of Coins beta wallet will be released in Q1 (end of March 2018). After release, the HYBRID tokens will be distributed on this wallet.
Then why are some XHY tokens already traded on exchanges? Right after the crowdfund in 2017 there was a limited window of time (until August 1st 2017) in which highly experienced crypto experts could send in a request to claim their tokens if they wanted to maintain them in 7 manually created wallets. Because of these experts, you can see some tokens are already being traded, for instance on EtherDelta.
The final release of the tokens for all our supporters (not just the crypto experts) will take place after Q1, in a safe way, when our IoC beta wallet has been released. By that time all participants will be contacted via the e-mail address that was used to participate in the crowdfund. Make sure you still have control of this email address! From that moment on all participants will be able to receive their tokens.
Mining HYBRID tokens
Another question we often get is whether it is possible to mine Internet of Coins tokens. The short answer is no. We don't have that option since we did not choose for a 'mining' release model. You can however participate actively in the network and serve as an allocation node, which will earn you fees for swapping cryptocurrencies for others. See our roadmap for an indication of when these features will become available.
Thank you for reading our newsletter, and for your interest in our project. A special thanks to all who participated in our crowdfund. You are receiving this e-mail because you have either signed up for the Internet of Coins e-mail updates, participated in the crowdfund or have previously been in touch with one of our team members. This newsletter will be sent out once every two weeks to keep our supporters updated about our developments.
How can we help you?
If you want to ask the team any questions, regarding the project or in general, please use one of these ways to do so:
If you haven't received a mailing from us earlier and are new to the project, you can read up on previously published articles on our blog, join the Bitcointalk forum thread, check out our project website or watch one of the presentations we have held at various conferences.
Ways to support
Thank you for taking the time to read our updates!
We'll be in touch again with our next newsletter around two weeks from now.
Amadeus, Antonio, Emil, George, Jelle, Joachim, Kirsten, Luca, Marco, Maria, Marjon, Pim, Robert, Rouke, Sander, Sergey and Steffen
Crowdfund finished: over 900,000 HYBRIDs registered
Last week, we were happy to see the fundraiser counter jump to over 900,000 HYBRIDs registered. Conservatively, we posted '700,000+' when the crowdfund ended, as we still had to verify a lot of transactions in the last days. Most of the donations have been sent in Ethereum and Bitcoin (statistics), but we saw the NEM, WAVES, NXT, Counterparty and Bitshares community participating as well. Some people donated anonymously without registering, as they simply wish to support the software project that we're building.
The release of the tokens
We were asked questions about when donators will receive their HYBRID tokens. There will be two distribution phases.
Phase 1: Starting next week, we will start distributing the tokens to all those who would like to trade them before our environment is live. Be aware that this is not for the faint-of-heart or the non-technical. Please keep in mind that this technology is experimental and under construction, like Bitcoin in its early days, and we have NO way of knowing how the decentralized markets will react to HYBRID tokens! It may take some time for liquidity to pick up, since HYBRID will be tradable on multiple decentralized exchanges. We could see erratic and/or disparate price movements on individual chains, until we fully interlink HYBRID tokens via the Internet of Coins in 2018 (see our roadmap). If you do not want to face these risks, or are not expert enough in cryptocurrency technology to set up multiple chains by yourself, we would advise you to wait until phase 2.
Knowing these risks, if you are technically skilled and wish to receive your tokens to trade at this time, please do the following (see early holders for some pointers).
Replace PUBLIC KEY with your public key for that particular cryptocurrency. Be aware that if you make a mistake here, your tokens will be sent to the wrong account and you will lose them!
We will send you your tokens on all chains (1/7th per chain). This mode of distribution ensures the equal balance of HYBRID tokens across all chains at the start of trading. Note that we cannot offer technical support at this time, due to the small size of our team.
Phase 2: On the other hand, if you are not a technical expert, you will want to wait until the first version of our wallet supporting hybrid assets goes live in 2018. From the Internet of Coins app that we are developing, handling HYBRID tokens will be much easier in a unified interface. If you choose to wait, we will make sure your tokens are safely delivered to you in a user-friendly way.
444K HYBRIDs registered
This week, we were happy to see the fundraiser counter jump to lucky number 444,000 HYBRIDs registered. Most of the donations have been sent in Ethereum and Bitcoin, but we see the NEM, WAVES, NXT, Counterparty and Bitshares community participating as well. As we are entering the last week of the crowdfunding campaign, we thank all who already decided to be part of our journey.
Just seven more days to go
The fundraising period will close on the 21st of june, the beginning of summer. Only seven more days to register for HYBRID initial tokens and get your donation settled. After that, development will start according to our roadmap (see our terms page for more details). We will keep you informed about procedures and the development of our infrastructure through our newsletters and on twitter.
First transaction sent using IoC alpha wallet
As we mentioned in a previous newsletter, we have done our utmost to get a 'live' version of our wallet out there for testing by you, our supporters. We are proud to announce that today at 11:40 the first transfer of value from an IoC wallet to an IoC wallet was made, an amount of 1 LSK. The public alpha is available for testing at http://kth3qittpclsdrk6.onion so you will need to use TOR to access it. It supports just Bitcoin and Lisk for now, so we can test the basic functionality of the transaction mechanisms. Please do not store large amounts of value on this wallet yet, it is to be considered experimental until after more extensive testing and there may be bugs. This is a milestone for Internet of Coins and 'proof of work', to release public alpha software ahead of time, before the fundraiser is even over!
Celebrate with us!
To celebrate the release of the alpha wallet and give a last boost to our fundraiser, we ask for your help. You can show your support for our project by tweeting or posting the following message on your twitter or facebook account:
IoC launches #alpha #wallet! Join the storm! #internetofcoins https://coinstorm.net
404K HYBRIDs registered
At the Internet of Coins Dutch headquarters we were happy to see the fundraiser counter jump to 404,000 HYBRIDs registered yesterday. Most of the donations have been sent in Ethereum and Bitcoin, but we see the NEM, WAVES, NXT, Counterparty and Bitshares community participating as well. As we are entering the last two weeks of the crowdfunding campaign, we thank all who already decided to be part of our journey.
ICO Alert report
Thanks to the hard work of key members in our team, we have received a positive review from ICO Alert. From the report (p.4): "[...] the scalability and broad scope of vision to link stores of value even beyond mere cryptocurrency pairs makes Internet of Coins a very exciting project.". We are happy they share our vision and congratulate our team members for their great work in the further accreditation of the project.
Over the weekend our signup form was subjected to a hacking spree and received free penetration testing. Around nine hundred attempts were made to compromise the signup form, by injecting scripting commands and URL-crafting. However, ultimately it did not appear to have impacted our systems at all, thanks to best practices in handling user input. As always with the Internet of Coins project, we strive for a robust infrastructure that precludes the possibility to take advantage of it in mischievous ways.
Developments under way
Since passing the minimum viable goal for our project last week, code development has been starting up. Momentarily several of our developers are busy documenting standards and sorting out the various connectivity options for network transports, as well as making sense of the convoluted bitcoin and altcoin protocols, in order to implement deterministic transactions. As you may know, threats continue to arise for the fragile cryptocurrency sector. In all our developments, we strive to create future-proof architecture that will safeguard and respect the fundamental liberties of our supporters.
The release of the tokens
There have been questions regarding where the HYBRID tokens are 'visible' and how donators can know where their tokens are stored. Since Internet of Coins represents a completely novel kind of cryptocurrency development, although we will build on earlier achievements, the infrastructure to carry our tokens will be developed using the (crypto)currency that our supporters donate. At the present moment, this means your registration information is your ticket for our Fundraiser. This means your PIN, the TXID of your donation, screenshots of transactions and confirmation, or the confirmation email. When enough of the network infrastructure is ready, each donor will then be given an account on the newly developed system, that will hold the amount of HYBRID tokens reserved according to the USD value of the donation at the time of participating. In the course of development, the network will be connected to different coins and token systems, starting with those included in the fundraiser.
Transparency of our fundraiser
You can check any of the blockchains listed on our terms page, to verify that the donated cryptocurrency will only be spent on project development, starting after the fundraiser period. We are proud to be part of an alliance with the Commons Conservancy under the reputable NLnet foundation, an official charity under Dutch rule of law, which guarantees that we cannot use these funds except for the purpose of developing the Internet of Coins.
HYBRID pricing schedule
The next price per unit increase for HYBRID is scheduled to happen on the 19th of May. Until that time the PPU value will be 1.45 USD, and after that it will increase to 1.65 USD when issued. Check our terms page for the authoritative schedule.
We've reached our first project viability milestone!
Thanks to YOU, our dear community, we passed the 300,000 HYBRIDs issued this week! This means development can start and the project will be supported for the coming years, allowing us to deliver the basic infrastructure and innovation that we have planned in our roadmap. Of course, we hope that donations will keep on going until the close of our crowdfund period, so we can deliver with more speed and set out additional bounties for other talented people to help out.
Campaign & Code development
After a more quiet period on the PR front, in the past week, we have been involved in intense negotiations with various firms in the field of fintech publicity and marketing, to increase the reach of our campaign in its second half. Some of our developers have started cleaning and reviewing the current code base and formalising protocols to extend the functionality of the system in the decentralised direction.
The next price per unit increase for HYBRID is scheduled to happen on the 9th of May. Until that time the PPU value will be 1.25, and after that it will increase to 1.45
Internet of Coins Announces the Launch of Hybrid Asset on Multiple Blockchains
Internet of Coins has announced the launch of “Hybrid Asset”, an inter-systemic, cross blockchain token. The crowdfund for the project goes live on March 21, 2017.
Internet of Coins is a not for profit initiative created to maintain decentralization of cryptocurrency infrastructure by allowing cross-compatibility of digital assets between blockchains. The organization aims to enable the free and unlimited exchange of value among blockchain-based systems and other financial systems.
The asset, which is currently under development, enables transfer of value between ledger systems without needing any update or adaptation of the existing cryptocurrency source code.
Since the launch of their whitepaper in 2014, the development team has been consistently at work on the project code. Coinstorm, the project’s launch campaign was recently announced by the team. Through Coinstorm, Internet of Coins is encouraging a revolutionary collaboration among cryptocurrency enthusiasts to further decentralize the alternative economy scene.
Internet of Coins has also announced an upcoming Internet of Coins crowdfund round on March 21, 2017. The platform has early bird options in place for donators stepping in early during the crowdfund. More details about it can be availed by contacting the organization via the website.
Joachim de Koning, the founder of Internet of Coins said about the project’s aim, “Our goal is to create a coherent whole out of the decentralized economy initiatives we see today. There are more than a few decentralized exchange initiatives out there that we are bonding together to form a decentralized financial web.”
The hybrid asset functions as a dynamic portfolio, spreading the risk from holding value on a single blockchain to storing it on multiple chains. Designed with a strong meta-level approach, the hybrid asset offers safety from cryptocurrency volatility and blockchain failures by providing a new vehicle for value storage.
The founders of Internet of Coins expect the hybrid asset distribution to lead to an increase in liquidity on decentralized exchanges while ensuring interconnectivity between different cryptocurrency systems with their own values and beliefs about what decentralized value is and how it should work.
Regarding the aim of Internet of Coins, the co-founder Robert de Groot adds, “With this system, we aim to make everyone an exchange, to take away the risks of trusting a centralized third party and to connect alternative economies across geographical borders. Exchanging value should become as easy as swapping files; we aim for Internet of Coins to become the Bittorrent of cryptocurrencies and asset systems.”