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November 16, 2016, 02:11:37 pm
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November 17, 2016, 06:42:03 pm
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November 19, 2016, 10:29:05 pm
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November 21, 2016, 04:40:32 pm
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November 27, 2016, 04:27:03 pm
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Waves Founder Sasha Ivanov on Blockchain’s Omnitude and Recipe for Successful ICO


In an exclusive interview, CEO and founder of Waves Sasha Ivanov told ForkLog about his vision of development of cryptocurrencies and blockchain; new emerging trends in fundraising; and gave a few valuable pieces of advice to anyone considering an ICO.
We talked with Sasha during the recent Blockchain Hack hackathon in Moscow, which, by the way, had visibly way more attendants than last year.

More info - http://forklog.net/waves-founder-sasha-ivanov-on-blockchains-omnitude-and-recipe-for-successful-ico/

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November 27, 2016, 07:12:55 pm
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November 29, 2016, 11:50:32 am
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December 03, 2016, 10:46:03 am
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Waves - the evolution of bitcoin

A new cryptocurrency platform is gaining ground, thanks to fulfilling many of the promises made about bitcoin when it first appeared.
Bitcoin made a big splash in its early years, as the world's first peer-to-peer online currency. It had never before been possible to transfer value directly from one person to another over the web; because digital information can be copied so easily, you needed a middleman to keep accounts for you.
Bitcoin became famous for several reasons, not all of them good. The ability to cut out third parties like banks and payment processors made transfers fast and low cost, but it also made them more anonymous – so bitcoin became a favorite way to buy drugs on the dark web. But many people were messianic about bitcoin, believing it would solve some of the worst injustices of our broken financial system.
It didn't quite work out that way, although there has been huge interest in the blockchain, the technology that underpins bitcoin. Now Waves, a blockchain platform that allows anyone to create their own tokens – which could represent currencies, shares, bonds, loyalty points, music or software downloads and much more – has launched, and is gaining traction fast.

Read more - https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/02/waves-the-evolution-of-bitcoin/
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December 06, 2016, 07:54:05 am
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December 13, 2016, 08:30:20 am
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A little while ago, R3 was like Mel Gibson’s Nick Marshall in What Women Want. It was the alpha male of the blockchain world, Wall Street’s gift to distributed ledger technology. The company exuded confidence, capable of seducing techies and finance types in equal measure. The sky was the limit and the world its oyster. Then came an unexpected wake-up call and the reality that it wasn’t quite pushing all the buttons it thought it was.

The decision by several major banks to leave R3 is by no means the death knell for the consortium, but it does raise that age-old mystery: what do businesses really want from their blockchain providers?

Bank run

R3, which consists of around 70 major players from the banking world, is a big deal. There is a huge amount of talent and influence embodied in the organization. Blockchain has a lot to offer the financial world, and R3’s mission was to deliver on the promises.

At the end of November four major banks – Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, the National Australian Bank and Banco Santander – took their leave in a move that prompted experts to suggest that the company was struggling to deliver anything of value. A total of seven banks are rumored to be leaving R3.

R3’s flagship projects — Corda, ‘a distributed ledger platform designed from the ground up to record, manage and synchronize financial agreements between regulated financial institutions,’ and a proof-of-concept KYC registry — have apparently failed to wave their partners’ flags. BTCManager’s Christoph Bergmann concludes, “Both Corda and the KYC-blockchain can be solutions to problems of the banking industry. But as the recent bank drain indicates, neither of R3’s projects seems to be the big thing everybody has waited for. Maybe the three banks just realized, that real innovation rarely blossoms in the gated community of a consortium of established institutions.”

Whilst we don’t know what went on behind closed doors, there’s a war brewing for the soul of blockchain, and if R3 isn’t at its epicenter then it,s symptomatic of its values.

The consortium was a magnet for funding and talent, attracting the likes of bitcoin royalty Ian Grigg, and former bitcoin developer Mike Hearn, who vocally bailed on bitcoin early this year, pronouncing it a failure before starting his new job.

Now it seems a rethink may be on the cards. The banks that have walked out on R3 are all pursuing their own blockchain projects, demonstrating that blockchain isn’t going out of fashion. It’s just that R3 wasn’t able to deliver quite what they wanted — whether in technical or business terms — or it may merely be banks seeing that they may become irrelevant and the banks are trying to keep their piece of the blockchain pie.

Read more: https://due.com/blog/big-business-blockchain-linux-vs-windows/
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December 13, 2016, 10:44:56 pm
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December 20, 2016, 07:08:05 pm
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The dawning of the age of the ICOs



Crowdfunding is big, and it’s getting bigger. That’s true in the real world, where a series of high-profile projects have given the idea a boost, but it’s now the default way of funding new crypto projects. Despite having some remarkable tech at our disposal, the crypto community doesn’t always do it very well. It’s time we applied some crypto rules to crypto crowdfunding.

Read more - https://medium.com/p/the-dawning-of-the-age-of-the-icos-9303312a805d

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December 21, 2016, 11:55:25 am
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December 21, 2016, 12:01:18 pm
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« Last Edit: December 22, 2016, 07:18:34 pm by Twiggy Smile »
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December 26, 2016, 04:26:53 pm
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December 28, 2016, 08:18:10 pm
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Waves community token



Waves platform is all about custom application tokens and community based projects. Now, once we have basic token functionality, we start building crowdintelligence-based mechanisms for projects approval and screening. It should engage the community to monitor and vet the upcoming projects, and provide more exposure to valid projects. You might consider it to be some sort of DAO with enhanced security through a certain degree of centralization.
The Waves Community Token (WCT) is intended to provide a tool for community assessment of crowdfunding campaigns launched on the Waves platform and incentivize long-term holding by providing an additional income stream for WAVES token holders in the form of regular asset distributions. WCT will be a virtual community organization. It will be launched in several stages based on the technical maturity of the Waves platform.
Projects launching tokens on the Waves platform can request different services, exchanging these for a certain share of their overall token issue, which will be distributed to WCT asset holders as rewards.

Services include:

- Business side verification
- Proof of Concept verification
- Token specs advice
- Help with testing
- Help with product and services integration
- An introduction to community

Based on current functionality the first stage of asset implementation will be as follows:
WCT will be distributed in stages over a period of 9 months to all Waves holders excluding exchanges. Distribution will take place on the 15th of each month based on a snapshot of WAVES balances. 20% of all WCT assets will be distributed in the first month, with 10% distributed each subsequent month. In this way WCT will constantly add value to all active holders.
The next phase of WCT operation will involve using the upcoming voting functionality. WCT holders will be able to vote for different projects. This will provide some level of community-based KYC and screening.Thus WCT aims to reward long-term holders, incentivise community engagement and provide added value to new projects hosted on the Waves platform.
The first distribution of 20% of all WCT tokens will take place on January, 15 2017. It will be distributed to all waves addresses excluding exchanges proportional to their balance.

https://blog.wavesplatform.com/waves-community-tokens-e9e8b5db0b49#.tntto4bcd
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December 29, 2016, 01:49:16 pm
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Waves Platform and Higher School of Economics Partner for Pro FinTech Startup Program

MOSCOW, Dec. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Business Incubator of Higher School of Economics in Moscow has announced the second year of FinTech startup program HSE{Pro}Fintech. Official partners of the FinTech section are Waves, the decentralized platform for crowdfunding and community management and National Settlement Depository.

FinTech applications

The Incubator recently launched the second round of its {pro} fintech programme. The program aims to develop projects in the field of financial and blockchain technologies, in particular services for banks and their customers, personal finance management systems, peer-to-peer services, investment systems, payments, transfers and other FinTech products.

Whilst Bitcoin has pioneered peer-to-peer online money transfer for almost 8 years now, Blockchain 2.0 technology is still in its relative infancy. A number of decentralised asset exchanges have already been created, including on the Nxt, BitShares, and Counterparty platforms. However, none of these have achieved significant traction, for a number of reasons. Firstly, they were small ecosystems. The assets traded generally had low liquidity and high spreads, and being decentralised platforms there was little accountability and a large proportion of low-quality and fraudulent assets. Regulations were practically non-existent. Additionally, trading was slow due to inherent block-time limitations of the blockchain. This made it almost impossible to attract legitimate new businesses and for these early decentralised exchanges to achieve critical mass.

New solutions

Waves platform is aiming to bring solutions to all of these problems with its Waves' DEX (decentralised exchange), which has just been released on testnet. It allows any token to be traded directly against any other token – rather than trading two tokens separately against a reference currency, as most other platforms require. Moreover, it features an innovative new system that enables trades to be executed in near real-time via a "Matcher", enabling high-frequency trading but still be settled on the blockchain for security.

Additionally, fiat gateways are in the process of being created to allow the use of blockchain-based EUR, USD, CNY and other major currency tokens. Gateways, which act as on- and off-ramps between the traditional financial sector and the blockchain, are responsible for remaining compliant in their regulatory jurisdictions. Thus, the Waves DEX allows for speed, security, and compliance.

Learn more about Waves at – https://wavesplatform.com

Media Contact

Contact Name: Evelina Lavrova
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: +79165775866
Location: Moscow, Russia

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/waves-platform-and-higher-school-of-economics-partner-for-pro-fintech-startup-program-2016-12-28

https://www.thestreet.com/story/13938357/1/waves-platform-and-higher-school-of-economics-partner-for-pro-fintech-startup-program.html

https://twitter.com/coremedia_info/status/814252360000217088
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January 02, 2017, 12:54:06 am
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Happy new year to all the Waves community! We’re looking forward to a great year ahead.

Waves Community Token

Now that token functionality has been launched on Waves network, we are going to start using it to benefit the Waves ecosystem. The Waves Community Token (WCT) will be distributed over the course of the following nine months. The first tranche of 20% will be distributed after 15 January, based on an average of the WAVES balance held in each address from 1-15 January. Eight tranches of 10% will be distributed after 15th of each subsequent month, based on the average balance over that month. Only balances held in local wallets are eligible – WAVES held on exchanges will not receive WCT.

WCT is a community asset designed to serve a number of purposes. Amongst other things, it will act as a kind of DAO that will operate in conjunction with the forthcoming voting system. Asset issuers will be able to distribute a proportion of their crowdfunded tokens in return for some services. WCT holders will be able to vote on whether a project appears worthwhile, based on their research and opinion. WCT holders will therefore receive a constant stream of assets in time. As a CAT, WCT can of course be transferred and traded freely. In summary WCT aims to:

Reward long-term holders of WAVES

Encourage holders to keep funds off exchanges

Foster community engagement in the wider Waves ecosystem

Create a framework for providing community-based KYC/screening of new assets

You can find out more about WCT on the Waves blog.

Byteball Windfall

One of the first rewards to be distributed to WCT holders will be the Byteball windfall gained by registering some of the BTC held in Waves’ ICO funds. (Byteball is being distributed to BTC holders; no investment or loss of control of bitcoins is required, only signing a message with a BTC address.) Sasha managed to make 35 BTC with Byteball, and this will be distributed as a BTC token to WCT holders after the first tranche of WCT distribution. At this point, the token will take the form of an IOU, which will be redeemable for bitcoin once the first BTC gateway is operational.

Development Update

The first version of Waves mobile app has been completed and is currently in testing. We hope to release it to the community soon.
We have a new Waves block explorer! The preview is available at www.wavesgo.com. You can use this to check Waves addresses, blocks or transactions. If you have feedback for Abuelau and Hawky, who created it, please submit it at http://feedback.wavesgo.com/.
Meanwhile, DEX is still in development on testnet. You can download the new update here and help with testing. Please join the #fullnode channel on our Slack. There are bounties for identifying replicable bugs.

Waves Challenge

Do you want to win 1,000 WAVES or a Waves t-shirt and laptop sticker? Then head over to https://xakep.ru/2016/12/29/coding-challenges-waves-platform/ (click for English translation) and solve the puzzles you’ll find there. Send your answers to [email protected]. The first set of correct answers received will win 1,000 WAVES, with two runners-up receiving a t-shirt and sticker.

Business Development Update

Sasha has recently been featured on FinTech Profile. You can read his Q&A here. He recently held a separate AMA also, answering a number of common questions about Waves, which you can listen to or read the full transcript.

Anyone who would like to work with Waves is invited to join our Slack to discuss it further, and for technical assistance. Please email [email protected] for an invitation.

ChronoBank and the Tokes Platform continue to hold their ICOs, both planning to release tokens on Waves network when they finish. In the new year, further projects will be crowdfunding with a view to distributing CATs for their projects, bringing support, visibility and transaction volumes to the Waves network.
Waves Nodes and Lite Client Reminders

If you would like to run a full node, please download the latest releases at https://github.com/wavesplatform/Waves/releases/. Anyone can run a node, but you will need at least 10,000 WAVES to generate blocks. You can read the installation guide here.

For regular users the Lite client can be downloaded from https://wavesplatform.com. Do not download the client from other sources for security reasons. (Please be aware that there have been issues with fake github repositories, as well as fake Twitter accounts and Slack identities.) Alternatively, the standalone Chrome app will automatically update as new versions are released.
 
Waves Weekly Crypto Roundup

WWCR will be back next week, after the holiday. Our festive episode #13 features ChronoBank. There will be plenty of news, market analysis and updates in episode #14!

Press and Articles

Waves Platform Teams With Moscow Incubator for Fintech Startup Program
Waves Community Token (Waves blog)
The Dawning of the Age of the ICOs
Big Business and Blockchain: Linux vs Windows
WAVES Releases Full Nodes and Assets: A Novel Approach for Public Blockchains
How to Mine Waves?

Papers

Enhancing Scalability with Improved Authenticated Dynamic Dictionaries

Tools

Waves Block Explorer
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January 05, 2017, 12:19:50 pm
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We’re aiming for dozens or hundreds of businesses, with thousands of customers each

A note about ‘marketing’

We want to make Waves one of the pre-eminent blockchain platforms over the coming year. Achieving that will require not only robust and powerful technology but judicious marketing. Thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of our community, Waves has a large but not unlimited budget for this — and certainly nothing like the budgets of major tech companies.
Ask any domestic feline and you’ll find there’s more than one way to skin a cat. So here’s one viable strategy for marketing. There’s plenty of room for nuance and refinement, but this is a starting point to let the community know one broad direction we’re working in.

Read more: https://medium.com/@cassiuscrypto/a-note-about-marketing-f7d41a24402#.ibxfaq9mr

https://twitter.com/cassiuscrypto/status/816936557106069504

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