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Announcement: DecentraNet Founders to Mentor Blockchain Startups through Techstars Partnership

DecentraNet is honored to announce our mentoring partnership with Techstars, a legendary organization within the startup community.

AUSTIN, TEXAS — February 8, 2019 — DecentraNet is honored to announce our mentoring partnership with Techstars, a legendary organization within the startup community. DecentraNet’s Co-Founders, Matt McKibbin, and Ted Moskovitz, have been selected to mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders in Techstars’ Alchemist Blockchain Accelerator. The featured companies are focused on integrating blockchain technology into various fields, specifically healthcare, IoT, gaming, software, and finance.

 Each year, Techstars chooses over 300 companies to join their three-month mentorship-driven accelerator, investing $120K and providing hands-on mentorship and access to the Techstars Network for life. DecentraNet is proud to contribute our network power and startup expertise to this phenomenal organization. Those that join the Techstars community gain access to over 1,500,000 founders, investors, mentors, and industry leaders, including Matt and Ted.

Through its mentorship program, Techstars has the demonstrated the means to guide startups, early stage companies and genuine innovators into excellence and prosperity. DecentraNet aims to do the same in the blockchain community while also casting a wider net throughout the transformative tech ecosystem. We are grateful to be aligned with such an impactful organization and can’t wait to be a catalyst for our mentees’ success,” says Matt McKibbin, Founder at DecentraNet

Matt and I are thrilled to let you know that we are participating in the Techstars accelerator. We are excited to be meeting the next crop of innovators changing the world. We are equally thrilled to meet fellow mentors and make meaningful connections to serve our fellow clients. — Ted Moskovitz, Co-Founder and Partner at DecentraNet.


ABOUT DECENTRANET
DecentraNet is purpose-driven full-service blockchain advisory and investment firm serving entrepreneurs with a suite of expert advice, deep industry partnerships, access to capital, community events, and a network of done-for-you service providers. We specialize in blockchain projects with a global impact as well as companies building the infrastructure to support them. We also produce events, content, and programming, and are evangelists for the potential of blockchain technology.

Learn more: http://www.decentranet.com

ABOUT TECHSTARS
Techstars helps entrepreneurs succeed. Through the Techstars Worldwide Entrepreneur Network, founders and their teams connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporate partners who will help their companies grow. Techstars operates four divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships, and the Techstars Venture Capital Fund.

Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Program supercharges success and Techstars Startup Programs inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurs. Techstars Venture Capital Fund invests in the most innovative and disruptive Techstars companies to fuel their success. Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships helps brands create world-changing products and services. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,000 companies with a market cap of $8.1 billion.

Learn more: http://www.techstars.com

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Hardware Wallets: “If You Don’t Own Your Keys, You Don’t Own Your Crypto”

2018 showed cryptocurrency investors that there are many risks to mitigate, including security, so what should they do better in 2019? Let’s talk hardware wallets, what they are, why you should use one, and other security best practices for the New Year.

Security is often one of the top concerns in the crypto community, and especially at Team Decentranet. We want to know what different blockchain projects are doing to combat attacks on the network, we want to see extra security precautions taken by exchanges with things like 2-factor authentication (2FA), and the list goes on. However, sometimes we get so caught up in what other people or companies are doing to enhance security that we neglect what we are doing to ensure our crypto assets are secure.

Recent Cases of Crypto Theft

As the cryptocurrency industry is still nascent, it’s not surprising that we’ve had so many encounters with sub-par security in the past resulting in hacks and theft. Of the most recent attacks, hackers reportedly stole nearly $60 million worth of cryptocurrencies (6.7 billion yen) from the Japanese exchange Zaif, and that’s only the most recent.

At the beginning of 2018, another Japanese exchange, Coincheck, made history as the victim of the largest cryptocurrency exchange theft to date, losing an estimated $400 million worth of cryptocurrencies. In fact, 2018 was a record-breaking year for exchange hacks and funds lost.

So if we know 2018 exposed investors to so much risk, what does that mean we should do in 2019 to reduce our own risk? Let’s talk hardware wallets, what they are, why you should be using one, and other security best practices for the new year.

Hardware Wallets: “If You Don’t Own Your Keys, You Don’t Own Your Crypto”

There’s an old saying in the crypto community that if you don’t own your keys, you don’t own your cryptocurrencies. In essence, that single statement summarizes the issues with cryptocurrency exchanges.

Exchanges are centralized platforms that are designed to facilitate transactions; they’re not banks. While large exchanges like Binance, Coinbase and others have come a long way in terms of their security measures, you’re effectively outsourcing security to a third party rather than ensuring your funds are secure on your own. That’s where hardware wallets come in.

What is a Hardware Wallet?

A hardware wallet is a physical device that’s used for storing your private key securely away from anyone who’s not the primary user. These physical devices store your private key(s) in an encrypted offline environment, meaning your wallet won’t be vulnerable to the types of attacks carried out against exchanges and even individual investors using software wallets (a wallet on your computer or phone connected to the internet, also known as a “hot wallet”).

Why Should I Use One?

The answer is pretty clear here: security. Storing cryptocurrencies — especially for long term investments — with a hardware wallet ensures that you actually own the asset, and have additional protection.

You can think of keeping your crypto on an exchange as effectively having an “IOU,” not the crypto itself. If something happens to the exchange, your crypto is gone, whether that be due to a hack, scam, or unforeseen problem with the team managing the exchange.

How Do I Get One?

Investors have a variety of options for offline storage, including an air-gapped computer or paper wallet, but those have their own limitations. Fortunately, with the advancement of the cryptocurrency industry came many companies specializing in creating dedicated hardware for storing cryptocurrencies securely.

There’s a good chance you may have already heard some of the bigger names like Trezor, Ledger Nano S, and KeepKey. All three are great wallet options and are designed to be user-friendly. Additionally, all three of the big names (along with other manufacturers) support multiple cryptocurrencies so you’ll be able to store your bitcoin, ether, and numerous tokens all in one place.

Security Tips

Of course, a hardware wallet is nothing more than a tool (albeit an effective one). With that in mind, it’s important to remember that ultimately it will only be as secure as you are. So here are some security best practices to use with your wallet.

  • Always purchase a hardware wallet directly from the manufacturer: Avoid discounted used ones from Craigslist, eBay, and especially a free wallet being handed out at an event.
  • Always backup your wallet seed and recovery phrase: This is the mnemonic passphrase you’ll need to recover your wallet should it ever be lost or stolen.
  • Always store your wallet, wallet seed, and recovery phrase separately and securely: If someone comes across your physical wallet and it’s stored in a safe, closet, etc. right next to everything you need to recover a wallet, then all you’re doing is helping the thief. Ideally, these three pieces should all be stored securely and in different locations (safe, safety deposit boxes, etc.)

The Takeaway

Now that we’ve talked hardware wallets and why they matter, you should have a better idea about why you ought to be using one. Hardware wallets are far more secure than storing crypto on your phone or personal computer and are leaps and bounds ahead of storing funds on an exchange. But remember, they’re not the ultimate be-all-end-all for crypto security — you are.

Best,

Team Decentranet

Want More?

  1. Click HERE for instant access to our 2019 Market Report. Explore what 30 thought-leaders from dozens of industry verticals had to say.
  2. We are advisors and consultants that work with blockchain companies and other transformational technology projects. If you’d like to connect with us on how we can help your company, please click HERE or send us an email at hello@decentranet.com.
  3. You can also reach out to inquire about any of our current clients or portfolio companies at hello@decentranet.com.

News: New Video Interview Series Exploring the Hottest Blockchain Topics Launches February 2018

Fresh from the success of our 2019 Market Report, our team is excited to announce an upcoming video content series exploring the hottest trends in blockchain technology.

Click HERE for instant access to our 2019 Market Report. Explore what 30 thought-leaders from dozens of industry verticals had to say.


Two months of research, 30 contributing thought-leaders, eight hot topics, and 28 pages of thorough analysis — our 2019 Market Report explored what this year could portend for the blockchain industry. The Report was distributed to our network of more than 10,000 founders, investors, advisors, journalists, conference attendees and others in the blockchain space.

Since its publication, the Report has been downloaded or viewed by thousands in our industry. We are so thrilled that the Report was well-received. So starting February 2019, our team will connect with the industry’s pre-eminent thought-leaders to delve deeper into the most important issues facing the blockchain ecosystem.

Some topics that will be covered in the more in-depth, video interview series:

  1. The long-term value of security tokens vs utility tokens.
  2. Growing use cases for alternative tokens, including stablecoins and non-fungible tokens.
  3. Enterprise adoption, real-world use cases and the next killer app.
  4. Whether public vs private blockchains will dominate and the future of other distributed ledger technologies.
  5. How will regulatory bodies, like the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) impact the industry?
  6. The need for self-imposed industry ethics standards.
  7. The influx of institutional capital and its potential impact on the industry.
  8. The future of governance.

“Our team is so excited to continue educating our industry. As you know, last week we dropped our 2019 Market Report which covered some of the most compelling and interesting content from the community. I am looking forward to sitting down with some of the top thought-leaders that are shaping the development and application of blockchain technology. We look forward to sharing with you all.” — Ted Moskovitz, Co-Founder and Partner at Decentranet

We hope this series expands on key insights and promising projects, as well as highlights the most important analyses on various trends we are watching this year.

Looking forward to sharing with you, Team Decentranet

Next Steps:

  1. Want to contribute to our content series? We would love to hear from you at hello@decentranet.com.
  2. Click HERE for instant access to our 2019 Market Report. Explore what 30 thought-leaders from dozens of industry verticals had to say.
  3. We are advisors and consultants that work with blockchain companies and other transformational technology projects. If you’d like to connect with us on how we can help your company, please click HERE or send us an email at hello@decentranet.com.
  4. You can also reach out to inquire about any of our current clients or portfolio companies at hello@decentranet.com.

Will the CryptoWinter Last? 30 Thought-Leaders Predict the Next 8 Blockchain Trends

Click HERE for instant access to our 2019 Market Report. Explore what 30 thought-leaders from dozens of industry verticals had to say about the future of blockchain.


Welcome to the DecentraNet’s 2019 Market Report. 2018 was quite the ride for the blockchain community. Those of us investing our time and capital in the promising future of blockchain technology should be assured that interesting times most definitely lie ahead. So what’s in store for 2019?

To answer that question, Team Decentranet invited our extensive network of pioneers and innovators to explore this question. Together, we established the 8 most important issues facing the blockchain industry this year.

We covered the following hot topics facing the industry in 2019:

  1. The long-term value of security tokens vs utility tokens.
  2. Growing use cases for alternative tokens, including stablecoins and non-fungible tokens.
  3. Enterprise adoption, real-world use cases and the next killer app.
  4. Whether public vs private blockchains will dominate and the future of other distributed ledger technologies.
  5. How will regulatory bodies, like the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) impact the industry?
  6. The need for self-imposed industry ethics standards.
  7. The influx of institutional capital and its potential impact on the industry.
  8. The future of governance.

Our Market Report will be distributed to our network of over 10,000 founders, investors, advisors, journalists, conference attendees and others in the blockchain space. As challenging as these market declines have been, our report covers the many promising signs coming from all corners of the blockchain space. We hope this report gives our readers key insights into the prior year in review, and thoughts on key trends and projects to lookout for in the coming year.

Best wishes for a prosperous and fulfilling 2019,
Team Decentranet

Next Steps:

  1. Click HERE for instant access to our 2019 Market Report. Explore what 30 thought-leaders from dozens of industry verticals had to say.
  2. We are advisors and consultants that work with blockchain companies and other transformational technology projects. If you’d like to connect with us on how we can help your company, please click HERE or send us an email at hello@decentranet.com.
  3. You can also reach out to inquire about any of our current clients or portfolio companies at hello@decentranet.com.
  4. Want to be featured in our next report? We would love to hear from you at hello@decentranet.com.

Where will blockchain industry be in 2019? You tell us.

 

What are the killer apps utilizing blockchain technology which have yet to be invented? What are your favorite new protocols and why? Great questions.

Our 2018-2019 Market Report will ask our friends and fellow experts these questions and more. We need your help. Our market report goes out to thousands of founders, investors, advisors, journalists, conference attendees and others in the blockchain space. We want to ask the best questions about 2019 blockchain trends.

Here are some of the topics we’re already looking to cover. What are we missing?

  • The rise of security tokens (or fall of utility tokens).
  • Where blockchain is actually being incorporated in the real world; what industries do you think will adopt at a quick pace in 2019?
  • Industry standards and ethics—do we need an industry group to help set these?

What questions do you want answered? Also, if you think you would be a good fit to contribute, or know someone else who might be, say hello to us hello@decentranet.com. We are stoked to share the insights we discover.

Have you heard of Snips? It’s the game-changing decentralized Alexa.

Here at DecentraNet, we’re proud to announce our support of another upcoming blockchain based initiative we’re excited about, Snips. We believe in the fundamental tenets of blockchain technology including privacy and decentralization, and Snips is working to offer users smart technology inclusive of both of those values.

At a time when the world continues to be inundated with big data and centralized service providers, Snips stands out as a viable alternative. By creating a private-by-design, open source, decentralized voice assistant, Snips has the potential to redefine how users think about smart devices and create an industry of privacy-focused home ecosystems. Their assistant can guarantee privacy without any data being processed in the cloud, all while performing as well as Alexa and other cloud-based assistants.

The Backstory

Snips was created in 2013 and has raised over €22M in funding to date, growing its team to 75 people between Paris and New York. They have over 17,000 developers using their technology today. Impressively, Snips also has a number of strategic partnerships with semiconductor companies that will distribute their technology to be integrated into a large range of devices, from smart speakers to TVs, cars or smart appliances.

Snips is now working on a consumer voice assistant, Snips AIR, for which they are creating a decentralized, token-curated app store.

What’s the Problem?

In the constantly evolving world of artificial intelligence (AI), smart hardware, voice assistants and the internet of things (IoT), the focus on privacy has gone to the wayside. Popular voice assistants today like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana all offer increased benefits to consumers like easy hands-free access and smart home connectivity, but with a major downside: lack of privacy.

Most popular voice assistants today represent everything wrong with the internet that Web 3.0 is working towards improving. Current voice assistants are closed source, offer the consumer little to no privacy, centralize all the data collected on users and even run a business model that relies on exploiting the data collected by the centralized platform.

Privacy-by-Design: The Future of AI Voice Assistance

Snips has created a unique technology for running voice assistants directly inside devices, without any data going to the cloud. This enables Snips to offer Privacy by Design, in stark opposition with other voice assistants like Alexa.

Snips has spent over 2 years building its technology, which now performs equivalently or better than cloud-based voice assistant on a range of use cases such as playing music, getting recommendations or home automation.

Snips’ existing business is to sell its technology to device manufacturers, charging a license fee per device. This means they don’t have to monetize the user data or the applications developers create, aligning their growth with the community.

The Keecker Robot integrates Snips as the voice assistant

Building on top of their robust developer community, Snips is now creating Snips AIR: a consumer-grade voice assistant that can run on a number of third-party devices, such as smart speakers, computers, smartphones, or cars.

Although the assistant comes packed with useful apps, the value really comes from the developers creating new apps and publishing them on the Snips app store for consumers to use. This upcoming app store is where Snips will use blockchain: rather than run the app store and review apps themselves, they will let the community curate the content, using a token and staking mechanisms to guarantee quality.

Snips registered developer growth

A Decentralized, Token-Curated App Store

Decentralization is a powerful way to solve problems inherent to existing app stores. Indeed, traditional app stores always suffered from a quality vs openness problem: companies either put very strict rules on what can be published to ensure quality or let anyone publish their app, leading to a host of malware and low-quality applications. Centralizing the reviewing also means they end up taking a large cut on the app monetization, giving developers little room to grow their business.

Using a token is a solution to all of the above. To publish an app, a developer needs to stake tokens as a collateral. If the community considers the app to be bad or to be malware, they can penalize the developer by voting to kick the app out and slash the stake. This means developers are incentivized to only publish high-quality apps, or risk losing tokens.

This token-curated registry approach to building an app store has multiple advantages:

  • No commission taken on apps, meaning developers have higher margins
  • There is no central authority deciding who can publish what, as only the community decides
  • The app store is not owned by anyone and will thus exist regardless of what happens to Snips as a company

To go one step further, we are also introducing a “stake to advertise” model, where the more a developer stakes for an app, the more that app is promoted in search results. This is a similar system as AdWords in Google search results, but instead of paying to advertise, developers stake to advertise. This also means that the more competition happens between developers, the more staking occurs, and thus the circulating supply of tokens becomes inversely proportional to the growth of users of Snips. This is great for token holders.

Concept: The Snips Decentralized App Store

Token Allocation and Timeline

In an effort to achieve a more equitable outcome for all parties interested in the token sale, Snips has opted for a different kind of sale for their utility token, AIR. The total initial supply is 5,000,000,000, not including future inflation, and will be rolled out through multiple releases over 10 months. Here is the token distribution:

TOKEN SALE:

2,400,000,000 (48%)

SNIPS TEAM:

1,250,000,000 (25%)

ONBOARDING:

750,000,000 (15%)

PARTNERS:

350,000,000 (7%)

BOUNTY:

250,000,000 (5%)

CIRCULATING SUPPLY:

Taking into account the inflation used to reward the network, and considering the release schedules of each token sale pool, as well as a an expected growth in active users of the system, we expect the total circulating supply to grow from 2.1B tokens in 2018, to 5.6B tokens in 2023. With a price of €0.026 in 2018, this yields an initial market cap of €55M.

“The Snips AIR Token Sale,” Medium

Main sale dates: Ongoing

Minimum send amount: €100, payable in Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), EOS (EOS), or Euros (EUR), though other cryptocurrencies may be accepted later in the process.

Maximum send amount: None

Soft Cap: 1 billion AIR tokens (€13 million), if not reached by February 1st, 2019, funds will be returned.

Token Type: ERC-20 until mainnet launch, with a 1:1 native token equivalence

Our Final Thoughts

Snips is bringing the power of voice assistance and AI to the market at a time when users are increasingly wary of their data being collected and exploited by large centralized companies.

By creating an open source, community-driven initiative that values privacy, openness, and trust, Snips has uniquely positioned itself in a way that offers users the benefits of voice assistance that many already enjoy without the dread associated with it.

In addition, users also get access to unlimited potential in the future of their voice assistant as they can train their assistant, utilize more applications, and still protect their information — a value that hasn’t yet been brought to the market.

Learn More About Snips! Prefer a visual introduction to the project? WATCH their introduction video here.

Interested in the technicals on how the platform functions? You can READ the whitepaper here and the official GitHub page here.

If you’re interested in the utility token sale, visit the Snips AIR token sale site to request access to the sale and purchase tokens.

DecentraNet to Make its Mark at Summit LA18 Festival

Summit 18 Takes Over Downtown Los Angeles for its 10th Anniversary Event (Nov. 2-5, 2018)

AUSTIN, TX – November 2, 2018 – This November, DecentraNet’s Ted Moskovitz and Matt McKibbin will be attending Summit LA18. Summit’s 12th event, Summit LA18, celebrates its tenth year of combining their pillars, ranging from art, talks, culinary experiences, music, and wellness. Since its founding, Summit has prided themselves on designing experiences that connect and inspire a community of today’s brightest leaders.

“Summit’s annual flagship event, LA18, will bring together a diverse group of leaders across all disciplines to participate in experiences designed to foster relationships and inspire new perspectives. We are thrilled to participate alongside luminaries like Jeff Bezos, Bill Clinton, Malcolm Gladwell, Jessica Alba, Eric Schmidt and Brené Brown,” said Ted Moskovitz, Co-Founder of Decentranet.

The three-day event will take over the heart of downtown LA’s historic Broadway Theatre District, a treasured backdrop for being an entertainment epicenter. Its centuries-old hotels, restaurants, theaters, parking lots and alleyways provide an incredible infrastructure able to host a diverse and uniquely energizing experience like Summit LA18.

The summit is a conference in which a privileged and exclusive community can engage in a discourse that has the extraordinary potential to better the lives of others and the world around us.

Ted and Matt will focus their energies on participating in the blockchain and impact investing tracks. They are also especially thrilled to participate in the Pre-Day Blockchain and Cryptocurrency programming. If you are attending, please reach out and schedule some time to chat with our team at matt@decentranet.com and ted@decentranet.com.

NEWS: BuildCoin and PetaWatt Team to Deliver More Renewable Energy Sources to Market Using Blockchain Technology

Congratulations to both teams on a promising partnership! Read more below:

Working with renewable energy providers, PetaWatt aligns renewable and distressed power generation sources with medium to large-scale energy consumers that require significant, constant power at low cost. PetaWatt is combining three relevant existing businesses that will serve to provide a complete, vertically integrated energy, infrastructure and service provider to high energy demand users, including crypto miners, hydroponics operators and data centers.

Petawatt will leverage BuildCoin’s security token to provide an innovative financing option for its power plants and facilities. The BuildCoin security token will transform financing for infrastructure projects by broadening the investor base through global exposure, speed transaction execution, and lower fees through the reduction of financial middlemen. Petawatt will also you utilize the BuildCoin blockchain platform to track payments and performance for the buildout and renovation of its facilities.

“PetaWatt’s innovative business model pairs crypto miners with struggling renewable energy producers to help them stay financially viable as they look to grow demand for their energy,” said John Cronin, president, BuildCoin Foundation. “There has been much negative press around crypto mining because of the massive energy consumption, but in the PetaWatt model crypto mining becomes a catalyst to help renewable energy grow and prosper. Petawatt intends to use the BuildCoin security token to finance their larger projects and our blockchain platform to execute their projects. This partnership helps achieve the mission and vision of both organizations.”

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About the BuildCoin Foundation:

The BuildCoin Foundation is a non-profit provider of a blockchain ecosystem for public infrastructure and construction projects based in Zug, Switzerland. Our BuildCoin Ecosystem modernizes infrastructure project origination and execution. Our blockchain platform offers transparency and immutability, process integrity and disintermediation, lower costs and faster transactions, and access to high-quality data to participants. Visit http://www.buildcoinfoundation.org.

About PetaWatt:

PetaWatt is a vertically integrated energy, facilities & service provider to high demand energy consumers, such as blockchain crypto miners, hydroponic operators, and data centers. Visit http://www.petawattgroup.com.

DecentraNet & Public Market unite to expand open, fair, and competitive eCommerce markets

AUSTIN, TEXAS – October, 19 2018 – DecentraNet is proud to announce their advisory partnership with Public Market, the world’s first zero-fee, reward-driven, blockchain-based marketplace. The two firms intend to bring the cost savings and efficiency of blockchain to the world of eCommerce in a seamless experience that benefits both sellers and consumers. Public Market was voted number #1 eCommerce app on Product Hunt and, this month, launched their flagship storefront at public.market.

“Public Market is a radically efficient commerce model as it eliminates transaction fees, commission-free. Their potential is unlimited and we’re proud to collaborate as they forge a new path for e-Commerce. We hope to create value in a variety of ways.” says Matt McKibbin, DecentraNet’s Founder and Chief Decentralization Officer.

“At Public Market, our goal is leverage new open technology stacks to transform the eCommerce experience not just for a small group of early adopters but for everyone. To achieve that vision at scale, we need mission-aligned partners like DecentraNet to continually expand our network of passionate collaborators,” says KJ Erickson, Chief Executive Officer of Public Market.

Public Market’s mission is to break the growing monopoly of eCommerce marketplaces, which brings with it deteriorating control and profit for sellers and higher prices and less choice for consumers. To learn more about Public Market, check out their recent Medium post or sign up for early access to their beta.


About Public Market
Public Market is a commission-free eCommerce protocol that pools inventory from third party marketplace merchants and allows anyone with an audience (affiliate marketers, drop shippers, influencers) to syndicate that inventory on their own channels. With 9M unique SKUs in their flagship storefront, Public Market gives budget-conscious shoppers radically lower prices on items they already buy. Its unique token incentives on purchases and referrals are designed to drive rapid growth. 

Public Market is backed by leading investors including Coinbase Ventures, Crunchfund, and Hustle Fund. The company’s founders are successful marketplace and eCommerce entrepreneurs, having founded Simbi (world’s largest alternative currency marketplace), Monsoon Commerce (multi-channel eCommerce SaaS, facilitated $12 billion in sales), and Better World Books (Amazon’s largest book seller, $500m+ in sales).

About DecentraNet
DecentraNet is purpose-driven full-service blockchain advisory and investment firm serving entrepreneurs with a suite of expert advice, deep industry partnerships, access to capital, community events, and a network of done-for-you service providers. We specialize in blockchain projects with a global impact as well as companies building the infrastructure to support them. We also produce events, content, and programming, and are evangelists for the potential of blockchain technology.

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ICYMI: A Quarterly Dose of Awesome from Team DecentraNet (Q3 2018)

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OCTOBER 10, 2018

DecentraNet’s quarterly dose of news, events, and culture from the blockchain and crypto world.

As with any new technology or movement, even just a week can seem like a year. New projects, announcements, conferences, regulations — it can be hard to keep up. Everyday we get dozens of questions on how to be more involved in crypto and what to pay attention to, where we are going, and what teams we’re working with. This is our quarterly answer.

From our block to yours,

The DecentraNet Team


DecentraNet’s first anniversary and we’ve added a new team member!

Fall has arrived and Team DecentraNet is fresh-off of celebrating our first birthday! Our company is officially one year old (as is Tiffany’s daughter Charlotte, who celebrated her first birthday this past weekend — happy birthday Charlie!). We celebrated with a retreat in Austin, Texas (our future headquarters) by zeroing in on our goals for our clients and team in Q4. We also ate a lot (repeat, lot) of delicious BBQ.

 

We are also thrilled that our team is growing, and we are bringing on new hires. Our most recent addition is Alex Handrick, who will be supporting our operations and business development objectives.Alex Handrick is an 8-year U.S. Army combat veteran who became interested in Blockchain technology in 2014 while attending the University of Cincinnati, and quickly began researching, investing, and becoming a leader within his local blockchain community. Upon exiting the military Alex began working in the security and protection sector, eventually becoming head of executive protection for John Mcafee.

During this time Alex came into direct contact with the blockchain industry’s leading teams and projects. Realizing his talents were better served working directly on these projects, Alex left the executive protection industry and threw himself into the blockchain industry full-time. Next time you’re in town, drop him a line at alex@decentranet.com.

Four new clients: The download on Decentric Media, Snips, Mom.life, and Native

While from an outsider’s perspective these last few months have been tough for the crypto-markets, our team and projects are thriving. There is no shortage of forward momentum and capital for fantastic products and the innovative teams behind them.

Decentric: Next Gen 24H News

Decentric Media is a financial news, cultural and entertainment media company supporting Blockchain & Crypto market professionals. Decentric will deliver seminal industry information through a live 24/7 broadcast and on-demand video network, distinctive digital publications and premier industry events. Decentric is raising a STO in seed round. Their media materials provide an interesting snapshot. In addition to advising Decentric, our team is jazzed to be among the first content producers for their network. Stay tuned for more on that.

As our Chief Decentralization Officer put it, “Integrating and promoting the culture of decentralization within the mainstream has been my passion ever since I co-founded d10e. Decentric Media’s goal is to help bring one billion wallet holders in the crypto industry by 2022. I am honored to be joining the Decentric Media team to help achieve this goal.”

If you’re interested in contributing or investing into the decentralized content shown on Decentric Media feel free to email us and fill out this form or email hello@decentranet.com with your interest and ideas.

Mom.life: Empowering #MomLife Content

Mom.life is building a shared economy for mothers that will finally make them stakeholders in the economic value they generated by their on- and off-line attention, data and spend. Powered by a native token, the digital currency serves as the exclusive medium of exchange and value storage within the global mom economy and should drive inclusion — to lift families out of poverty. Moms will be earning and redeeming tokens in existing and developing marketplaces of advertising, personal data and content, P2P trade, freelance services, virtual goods and collectibles, charity, third party goods, services and content.

“Unlike centralized social media networks Mom.life gives the power of the attention economy back to the moms who are creating the content within their network. Empowering mothers around the world has the potential to create targeted impact and financial inclusion,” says Matt McKibbin.

Mom.Life has already had some incredible successes having signed LOIs with six of the largest international CPG advertising clients, including Nestle, on co-creation of pilot tokenized market places where users will earn tokens for advertising products and selling their data — and redeem them for branded goods and services. Mom.life is also raising capital. Check out their sales deck and teaser.

Native: Incubating Tomorrow’s Communities

Native provides the fundamental structure for valuing and operating communities through their own local currencies and a set of governance tools. In addition, Native provides templates which suit various types of communities’ needs to ensure that even those with limited economic and technical knowledge can participate in these emerging financial ecosystems.

Native-based community currencies have several functions — including membership, transacting, and voting rights. The governance features enable collective decision making. Votes can be used for guiding important community decisions, choosing and funding community projects, and determining policy. Each community currency on Native is integrated with a decentralized liquidity network. This ensures instant convertibility between any two community currencies in the network at fair market value, as well as convertibility to digital currencies external to the Native ecosystem. The combination of these tools empowers communities to more effectively realize their inherent value in a global economy. Native investor materials can be found here.

“Decentralized communities have the power to align incentives and scale governance structures for entire global communities like never before seen. The easy to use tools like Native take the technical out of creating a DAO community and put it into the hands of anybody much like WordPress allowed anyone to create their own website,” says Matt McKibbin.

The app is live. If you have a project or know of a project interested in building on the app, email us and we can connect you directly to the native team!

Snips: Creating the Decentralized Alexa

We are stoked to announce our new partnership with Snips.ai, a private-by-design, open-source, decentralized voice assistant. It is fully decentralized: inference is done on-device without any data being sent to the cloud. Training is achieved on the blockchain using federated learning. The appstore runs as a token-curated registry.

Snips was founded in 2013 as a research lab in AI by three PhDs. The team has been selling its technology as a white label voice assistant for device manufacturers, in partnership with chip makers such as NXP. It is now the leading voice startup in Europe. 22M in VC funding, 60+ person team and over 14,000 developers use the platform. Snips is one of the most active projects currently in the blockchain space. To learn more, check out their deckwhitepaper or learn more about their private token sale.

“Snips.ai puts privacy and data ownership at the forefront of its design enabling anyone to bring voice assistants into their home without putting a microphone to someone else’s server,” says Matt McKibbin.

If you’re interested in investing in making voice assistants private and decentralized or have an interesting project idea let us know.


Where We’ve Been

Burning Man @ Camp Decentral (July-August 2018)

Our team partnered with the folks at Giveth.io to represent the blockchain ecosystem at Burning Man this year. For those that aren’t familiar, Burning Man is a social experiment with radical sharing, a fascinating playground for impromptu economies (here’s a great postfrom a fellow Decentralite, Danielle, attempting to answer the question “What is Burning Man?” ). Our mutual mission was to bring the blockchain to the burn and vice versa. We succeeded. On the Playa, Camp Decentral hosted 100 hours of epic talks and featured original thinkers exploring the transformation of modern society to a post-industrialist plan-B type situation.

Stay tuned for the top videos from the event series with speakers like Jamie Wheal, Brock Pierce, Vinay Gupta, Oleskii Matiiasevych, Bear Kittay, Liraz Siri, and Dr. Rand Hindi.

FreedomFest (July 11–14)

Tiffany Madison represented DecentraNet at the FreedomFest event in Las Vegas, July “Where Is the Voice of Reason?” Tiffany helped craft the panel, “Women from the Blockchain: How Blockchain and Cryptocurrency are Upending Traditional Power Structures with angel investor and blockchain mastermind Elizabeth Hunker, the always talented Shannon Ewing of Presearch, and the emcee of all emcees, Naomi Brockwell (also known as Bitcoin Girl).

Working from Greece! (July 2018) 
In July, Matt and Ted spent a week co-working from the tiny fishing village of Piso Lavadi on the island of Paros, in Greece. With their crazy travel schedules it can be hard getting enough facetime outside of our quarterly planning retreats and conferences, so this was a great opportunity for them to do in-depth client work side-by-side (and eat a lot of gyros).

Block Seoul (September 16–19)

Block Seoul brought together investors, entrepreneurs, high-level government officials, academics, and believers from around the world. Our founder and Chief Decentralization Officer, Matt McKibbin, spoke alongside Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia, General Michael Hayden, Former Director of CIA and the NSA, and Lt. General James Clapper, Former Director of U.S. National Intelligence.

Also in attendance are DecentraNet clients, including Dan Bates of ImpactPPA, John Cronin of Buildcoin Foundation, Marc Scarpa of Decentric Media, and Jake Vartanian of Native.

What’s Next?: Inaugural Vortex Ignite Retreat @ L’amandier (October 13–17)

Matt and Ted will attend the Inaugural Vortex Ignite Retreat @ L’amandier, outside of Marrakech, will be bringing 9 experienced teachers and facilitators–including Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy–to guide 24 extraordinary men and women through the program for the very first time. They’ve crafted a very special rich, profound, emotional, and yet highly lifting and stimulating journey for attendees. A select group of world’s most productive leaders will go through a range of powerful experiences, individually and as a group. Find out more at www.vortexglobal.net.

Restart Week Puerto Rico (October 25–30 & December 11–15)

We are collaborating with the Restart Foundation for Restart South (Ponce — Oct 25–30) and Restart East (Fajardo/El Yunke Dec 11–15). We are honored and inspired to be a part of this community and to work alongside the talented, passionate and dedicated team and partners as we move into this next phase of the the project’s development. We are dedicated to bringing blockchain impact-focused technologies to restart and rebuild Puerto Rico’s thriving economy.

Summit Series (November 2018)

This November Ted & Matt will be attending Summit LA. Summit designs experiences that connect and inspire a community of today’s brightest leaders. Ted and Matt are excited to participate alongside luminaries like Jeff Bezos, Bill Clinton, Malcolm Gladwell, Jessica Alba, Eric Schmidt, and Brene Brown. Ted and Matt’s energies will be focused on participating in the blockchain and impact investing tracks. If you are attending, please reach out and schedule some time to chat with our team.

Do you have a project that might be a fit for our Investment/Advisory portfolio? Drop us a line and tell us about it.