Internet of Coins Update #15 - Geek Pride Day edition

31 May 2017 / admin
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.

Alpha wallet for betas

Happy geek pride day! In the past weeks, we geeks have been laying the groundwork for our software stack. To prove to our backers our serious intentions, we are striving to make an alpha wallet available for public testing, even before the end of our fundraiser campaign on the 21st of June. Of course, we don't know if we will succeed in this ambitious goal, but we will certainly attempt to make it happen. This way, our backers can already take a peek at the software we are developing.

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 29th of May. Until that time the PPU value will be 1.65 USD, and after that it will increase to 1.85 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, Maria, Marjon, Matthias, Pim, Robert, Sergey and Steffen

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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