Internet of Coins Update #21: Where do we go from here?

07 Jul 2017 / CodaSiren

Dear cryptocurrency enthusiast,

We thank you for your interest in our project, and 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.

Early holders

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.

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:

Twitter: ask your question and mention @InternetOfCoins
Log on to the chatpage on our website: https://internetofcoins.org/chat
Via email: info@internetofcoins.org

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

We can use help integrating different blockchain systems into the Internet of Coins wallet. If you can program in JavaScript (NodeJS), and would like to help out, please let us know. You can also follow and retweet us at @internetofcoins to spread the word. Want to be added to our Slack channel? Just reply to this mail with your request and we'll send you an invite. Once added, you can invite others as well.

Thank you for taking the time to read our updates, we'll be in touch again soon with our next newsletter!

Yours sincerely, Amadeus, George, Jelle, Joachim, Kirsten, Maria, Marjon, Matthias, Pim, Robert, Sergey and Steffen

Internet of Coins Update #20: Crowdfund a resounding success!

30 Jun 2017 / CodaSiren

Dear cryptocurrency enthusiast,

We thank you for your interest in our project, and all who already 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.

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).

  1. Create wallets for receiving your tokens on Omni, Ethereum, NEM, Bitshares, Counterparty, NXT, and Waves.
  2. Send an e-mail to distribution@internetofcoins.org, from the same address you used to register your donation, containing ONLY the following information:
    TXID: transaction ID you used for your donation
    Omni: PUBLIC KEY
    Ethereum: PUBLIC KEY
    NEM: PUBLIC KEY
    Bitshares: PUBLIC KEY
    Counterparty: PUBLIC KEY
    NXT: PUBLIC KEY
    Waves: PUBLIC KEY

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.

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:

Twitter: ask your question and mention @InternetOfCoins
Log on to the chatpage on our website: https://internetofcoins.org/chat
Via email: info@internetofcoins.org

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

We can use help integrating different blockchain systems into the Internet of Coins wallet. If you can program in JavaScript (NodeJS), and would like to help out, please let us know. You can also follow and retweet us at @internetofcoins to spread the word. Want to be added to our Slack channel? Just reply to this mail with your request and we'll send you an invite. Once added, you can invite others as well.

Thank you for taking the time to read our updates, we'll be in touch again soon with our next newsletter!

Yours sincerely, Amadeus, George, Jelle, Joachim, Kirsten, Maria, Marjon, Matthias, Pim, Robert, Sergey and Steffen

Internet of Coins Update #17: A 404 is cause for celebration

09 Jun 2017 / CodaSiren

Dear cryptocurrency enthusiast,

We thank you for your interest in our project, and all who already 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.

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 are 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.

The case of the missing PIN

We understand from people with Gmail accounts that our PIN emails, and in some cases our confirmation emails, are not arriving at Gmail customers. This is because Gmail uses excessively strict greylist filtering. In some cases, it may help to send a little test email to info@internetofcoins.org and keep this email in your outbox, before you start the donation procedure. Then Gmail sees the address as 'whitelisted' because you have corresponded with it before. However, if you do not receive a PIN email, even after checking your spam box, please use 77777 as your emergency PIN in combination with Gmail addresses only. These donations will then receive extra inspection and verification.

In that case, be absolutely sure to paste the correct transaction ID, which is a 64 character long hexadecimal string that identifies your transaction. You can find your 'TXID' by viewing the transactions coming in to the blockchain address that you are donating to, which are listed on our terms page using a block explorer. For Bitcoin donations, for example, you can use: https://www.blocktrail.com/BTC/address/14aV8dULoL67i6xQncfmFsbFaEtpRKskC2/transactions and for Ethereum donations: https://etherchain.org/account/0x197a920123dda17040a065457ef0c01b28a54045#txreceived

In case of not receiving a confirmation email, we also recommend to make screenshots of your transaction, in case these may be needed in later correspondence. You can always contact us about your donation in case of problems. Please understand that we cannot give you a simple refund of any donation, since only the overseeing foundation can decide on individual cases, when serious error is involved.

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. We build on earlier achievements, and hence 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. Make sure to keep a copy of your PIN, the TXID of your donation, screenshots of transactions and confirmation, or the confirmation email. When the network infrastructure is functional, each donator will be able to create their own account on the newly developed system. This account will receive 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, as well as 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 18th June. So now the PPU value is 1.925 USD, and after that date it will increase to 2 USD when issued. Check our terms page for the authoritative schedule.

How to participate?

If you want to ask the team any questions, regarding the project, in general or about our fundraiser, please use one of these ways to do so:

Twitter: ask your question and mention @InternetOfCoins
Log on to the chatpage on our website: https://internetofcoins.org/chat
Via email: info@internetofcoins.org

Or check out our Crowdfund Tutorial if you want to know how to participate with cryptocurrencies.

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 threads or our project website, especially the terms page for our roadmap and legal information. Or watch one of the presentations we have held at various conferences.

Ways to support

Like the project? You can help us out by giving it a Star with your Twitter account on Cyber Fund. You can also follow and retweet us at @internetofcoins to spread the word further. Want to be added to our Slack channel? Just reply to this mail with your request and we'll send you an invite. Once added, you can invite others as well.

Thank you for taking the time to read our updates, we'll be in touch again soon with our next newsletter!

Yours sincerely, Amadeus, George, Jelle, Joachim, Kirsten, Maria, Marjon, Matthias, Pim, Robert, Sergey and Steffen

Internet of Coins Update #12: First funding goal achieved 300000 hybrids issued

04 May 2017 / CodaSiren

Dear cryptocurrency enthusiast,

We thank you for your interest in our project, and all who already 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. For a quick introduction or reminder, take a look at the project presentations on our YouTube channel.
 

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.
 

Price increase

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.
 

How to participate?

If you want to ask the team any questions, regarding the project, in general or about our fundraiser, please use one of these ways to do so:

Twitter: ask your question and mention @InternetOfCoins
Via email: info@internetofcoins.org

Or check out our Crowdfund Tutorial if you want to know how to participate with cryptocurrencies.

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 threads or our project website, especially the terms page for our roadmap and legal information. Or watch one of the presentations we have held at various conferences.


Ways to support

Like the project? You can help us out by giving it a Star with your Twitter account on Cyber Fund. You can also follow and retweet us at @internetofcoins to spread the word further. Want to be added to our Slack channel? Just reply to this mail with your request and we'll add you.

Thank you for taking the time to read our updates, we'll be in touch again soon with our next newsletter!

Yours sincerely, Amadeus, George, Jelle, Joachim, Maria, Marjon, Matthias, Pim, Robert, Sergey and Steffen



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