In our last newsletter, we spoke about the opportunity for crypto experts to become 'early holders'. Of all the applications, we had to ask more than two thirds to reapply, as they did not send the seven addresses necessary for successful distribution of tokens. We hope these pioneers will have patience as we work out the details in cooperation with them. We recommend everyone to wait for our wallet app, in order to provide an easy and secure solution for you. (See our milestones for a roadmap of our development.) Becoming an early holder is only an option if you manually want to set up seven blockchains and are able to manage the tokens in a secure way. You must be prepared to face the risks in this first distribution phase. We advise all early token holders to excercise caution in trading and recommend to wait with trading until system development is more defined. Remember to bring your own umbrella.
First token emissions successful
On Wednesday, we successfully distributed tokens on 6 out of 7 blockchains for several of our early holders. For the NXT chain, we encountered a minor problem in automating the transfers, but nothing that we do not expect to solve in a couple of days. We expect to release these tokens somewhere next week. Those who receive their tokens in this early phase are pioneers in the literal sense of the word. They are now responsible for the tokens that underpin the very first distributed cross-blockchain solution, the HYBRID. For now they must work without the 'umbrella' of an integrated application, such as Internet of Coins is developing, thanks to our crowdfund supporters. We are committed to developing the Internet of Coins 'personal financial operating system' so everyone will be able to handle their tokens in a user-friendly way.
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.
New research grant secured
We have received word from the Dutch SIDN Fund that the Internet of Coins project has been awarded a grant of $70,000 (USD) for further development of our wallet with the decentralized exchange. The foundation stated:
“Internet or Coins creates a system where the exchange of cryptocurrency is democratised and open to everyone worldwide. This is in line with the objective of SIDN Fund to strengthen the Internet. An open and free Internet, which is accessible to all, trusted by the public and seen as a foundation on which to build.”
Over 500,000 HYBRIDs registered
This week, we were happy to see the fundraiser counter jump to 543,000 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 two more days to go!
The fundraising period will close on the 21st of June, 10:00 CEST, the beginning of summer. Only two more days are left to register your donation. 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.
More transactions 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. Since the alpha is available we have seen the node push several transactions into the network. People are already trying it out, and thus far without any issues. 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.
Combining Technologies the Hybrid Way
Internet of Coins is geared to being such an environment, and its development has been underway for some time now.
The blockchain and cryptocurrency scene is hot right now. It looks like everyone wants a piece of it, and there are a plethora of new experiments and technologies popping up all over the scene.
Some people have only just discovered Bitcoin, its possibilities and potential applications. Other people have gone further to explore technologies like Bitshares, CounterParty or Waves and have been playing with the various token systems and smart contracts that are available on these platforms.
There are initiatives to make blockchain technology easier to use. These take the form of online wallets and block explorers, while going deeper one finds entire contract compilation systems implemented into easy-to-use websites. Enthousiastic users of cryptocurrency are also trying out decentralized exchanges like EtherDelta, the NXT Asset Exchange, or playing around with Mosaics on the New Economy Movement platform.
However, in all the activity and clamour, users are still pining for an environment that brings all these initiatives together in an understandable and secure way. Internet of Coins (IoC) wants to create this place without a for-profit motive, guaranteeing objectivity, equality and freedom of development and use of all the novel peer-to-peer financial technologies. They also want it to be an environment that people with no technological experience can use, and feel comfortable with.
Internet of Coins is geared to being such an environment, and its development has been underway for some time now. The foundations for a decentralized financial web have been set down at its core, and its mission and objective is to make sure all the different platforms, ecosystems and technologies that are out there become accessible to anyone and everyone.
To boost development of its easy-to-use hybrid asset technology, and make it available sooner, Internet of Coins is organizing a crowdfund to ensure further integration of blockchain finance technologies. As a perk to invite people to start using the environment they are giving out hybrid tokens that run on multiple blockchains simultaneously, merging their innovations and technological power.
Hybrid is a unique token, as it functions as a diversification portfolio of multiple blockchain technologies, and spreads risk of failure of any one of these systems. At the same time it facilitates decentralized trade on all the underlying platforms and has a focus on creating liquidity. This kind of experiment has not been done before in the blockchain arena, and is sure to bring about new cross-blockchain ideas and experiments.
So where is this all going? They are sailing for a new horizon, where anyone can use blockchain technology, crypto tokens and deterministic transactions, without having to explicitly think about how to do it. Using advanced distributed ledger technology should be available for everyone, whether it’s you, me, your parents or grandparents. It should be as easy as sending an e-mail. And seeing the developments at Internet of Coins, that’s where it looks to be going.