Internet of Coins: Project Update #3: Freedom

23 Feb 2017 / Dotrego

Aside from our email updates, from time to time we will place an update on the weblog here as well. Not on our mailinglist yet? Be sure to leave your contact details and be the first to know about our development and campaign updates.


 Welcome!

If this is your first e-mail update, you can always read the previous ones at our weblog. And remember: the fundraiser starts March 21st. We send these updates once per week.


 Topic of this week: foundation goals

Someone recently asked us why we were actually pursuing an initiative in fintech, as the market is booming and new startups with global ideas arise every week. Here´s actually the thing: we don´t consider Internet of Coins a financial venture.
Granted, with building a connection between different value systems for asset management we are facilitating the use of financial networks. But it is the technological advancement in personal freedom we are aiming for. The freedom to use any cryptocurrency or asset you like, the freedom to issue your own assets, and the freedom of not having to worry about a centralized third party holding your valuables. We call this social tech. Which is why we are working with a Greenpeace hackathon winner, a Free Press Unlimited developer, a public administrator, open-source hardliners and a development worker on the team. We want to keep our eyes fixed on our goal, which is in the line of ethics and not profits.


 Development evolution

This afternoon we had a session with Hans Schaaij, coordinator of a Dutch initiative to build self-sustainable ecovillages. The residents of these ecovillages are the first group of users to test the routing and allocation of our network. After these tests, we will scale up testing by inviting community developers for a public alpha. One of the first lessons Hans gave us: provide big icons in the mobile UI for the elderly. Making things easier is very much about being inclusive. That's what we won't forget Hans :-)


 Campaign growth

Our site is now available in Dutch and German!
Next week, we are presenting the project at the Dutch event Bitcoin Wednesday. If you are around, we welcome you to have a chat with us. At Bitcointalk we also held a banner contest, the results of which you may find among different news outlets. We thank all participants for their creativity.


 Latest publications

Joachim recently touched upon the inner workings of the hybrid token system in a recent article picked up by NewsBTC. Currently we write multiple articles every week to showcase all the aspects of the system before the crowdfund starts. Still, if anything about the project is unclear, just ask. We aim for transparency.


 Ways to support

Like the project? You can help out by giving it a *Star* through your Twitter account on Cyber Fund. If you have a suggestion for a blockchain event where we really should be, drop us an email and we´ll try to come by.


Thank you for taking the time to read our updates,
we´ll be in touch again next week!


Yours sincerely,

The team behind Internet of Coins - Amadeus, George, Jelle, Joachim, Marjon, Matthias, Pim, Robert, Sergey and Steffen

 

Internet of Coins: Project Update #2: Trust, languages and wallets

16 Feb 2017 / Dotrego

 Welcome!

If this is your first e-mail update, you can always read the previous ones at our weblog. And remember: the fundraiser starts March 21st. We send these updates once per week.


 Topic of this week: trust

With Internet of Coins (IoC) we aim to create a trustless environment in which the security of your value transfer is not dependent on the assumption that you are to trust the person on the other side of the network willing to trade. However, the fundraiser, which we are organizing to scale this project, does require trust. And for that, you sometimes may like a third party to review your options. Which is why we are currently under assessment by rating agencies Smith & Crown and ICOrating. Internet of Coins is are already listed at Cyber Fund. Through our cooperation with established escrow partner NLnet, we aim to provide a solid basis for long-term continuity. Their 20-year experience as an organisation supporting open-source initiatives has been a great help. But of course don´t believe just us; perform your own critical assessment. Especially before participating in any crowdfund.


 Development evolution

Our alphatest is almost ready for deployment. Amadeus has worked hard to build the interface for the hardware wallets we are providing to the testers; mainstream users who have asked for a pilot to use cryptocurrencies as a replacement for fiat currency within their community. We have had some requests for a Slack channel, and will set up one to keep in touch with the development community. We usually steer clear of proprietary software, but in this case we´ll make an exception ;-)


 Campaign growth

We are multilingual! A team of community translators joined us from Bitcointalk.org who are now translating all our announcements to Chinese, Dutch, German, French, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Including these e-mail updates, so you can always find one in a language of your choice on the boards. Site translations are in the works, expect to see new language options next week. We will also start recruiting some social media ambassadors.


 Latest publications

Tatiana Moroz from CryptoMediaHub interviewed Joachim on her show about Internet of Coins. It is a very good introduction to what the network has to offer and what technologies we are using. You can view the interview here.

Currently we are also working on the Funding Terms, to make sure they are available for everyone before the fundraiser starts.


 Ways to support

Love the project? You can help out by giving it a *Star* through your Twitter account on Cyber Fund. If you have a suggestion for a blockchain event where we really should be, drop us an email and we´ll try to come by.


Thank you for taking the time to read our updates,
we´ll be in touch again next week!


Yours sincerely,

The team behind Internet of Coins - Amadeus, George, Jelle, Joachim, Marjon, Matthias, Pim, Robert, Sergey and Steffen

 

Internet of Coins: Project Update #1

07 Feb 2017 / Dotrego

 Welcome!

To our first e-mail update for the Internet of Coins project. In light of our upcoming fundraiser, we would like explain to you what to expect. Because we aim to be transparent in our communication: if you already frequently visit our Bitcointalk forum thread, read our weblog, watch our vlogs, read our opinion pieces and comb through our tweets, you won't miss out on a thing. If you don't, these e-mails will provide a nice packaged bundle of information regarding the progress of the Internet of Coins project and the latest updates regarding the upcoming fundraiser, starting March 21st. We will update you once per week.


 Quick recap: what IS Internet of Coins?

Internet of Coins (IoC) is a platform which allows you to trade digital assets and currencies peer to peer, with an easy to use interface and the opportunity to earn fees from each other by participating in the network. Under the hood, we have been building the client to support the different currency systems for the past two years. The first deliverable is the wallet to control them, arriving this summer. It supports Bitcoin, Ethereum, NXT, Counterparty and LISK out of the box. 


 Development evolution

Next week, we are starting developer vlogs to keep everyone update on the parts under the hood. The biggest update right now is that the LISK chain has been stabilized and interacts properly with the wallet API. Many thanks to LISKs Max Kordek for his support on this. We are in the process of finishing up the alpha to ship it to our test group in the Netherlands. You can find our published code here.


 Campaign growth

Last week we were featured as keynote speakers at the Blockchain Expo London. We'll be uploading the video to our youtube channel. In the meantime, several additional crowdfunding listing sites have contacted us for interviews. Currently, we are listed at Cyber Fund, and expect to be popping up on more places across the web soon. Translations are being set up, so people can view the site and the client in their local language. We welcome Marjon, our new Translation Coordinator for this.


 Latest publications

Joachim recently wrote an article about our foundations philosophy, which gives an impression of our line of thought with the foundation. Fun fact: the guys at Matthias Klees' Federated Blockchain Initiative already made a nice shoutout in their latest animation about EuropeCoin, one of many tokens that will connect to the Internet of Coins.


 Ways to support

Love the project? You can help out by giving it a *Star* through your Twitter account on Cyber Fund. We are setting up bounties for our social media ambassadors as well. More on those next time. 


Thank you for taking the time to read our updates,
we´ll be in touch again next week!


Yours sincerely,

The team behind Internet of Coins - Amadeus, George, Jelle, Joachim, Marjon, Matthias, Pim, Robert, Sergey and Steffen

 



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