This Expanse Newsletter focuses on all of the technology in the Expanse ecosystem. Over the past few weeks, we have completed and delivered awesome enhancements and solidified plans touching all of our products. None of this would be possible without assistance from our amazing community members. Whether its participating in beta-testing or offering suggestions in Discord discussions, our community keeps us on our toes!

I would also attribute much of our progress to all of our team members, whether they live in Pakistan, India, Guatemala, China or the US. Special thanks to @Farwah, @Maryum, and @Hamza who work day and night to make it all happen. You guys rock!



As promised, Expanse is moving forward with a plan to launch a decentralized exchange, EXPEX.

The date for launching EXPEX, Expanse’s much anticipated decentralized exchange (DEX), is within sight. The team is projecting that trading will begin third quarter 2019, while a campaign to sign up coins to list on the exchange will begin as early as next week.

“Powered by Expanse.Tech™ and inspired by our commitment to freedom, security and anonymity, we are determined to bring you the trading platform you’ve been waiting for,” said Christopher Franko, Expanse Founder and CEO. “EXPEX will set the standard for the decentralized crypto movement.”

EXPEX will be embedded in and operate within the Expanse wallet, Luna. This creates an infrastructure where Expanse provides the tools and trading environment.  EXPEX does not rely on a third party service to hold customers’ funds, but instead traders are in control of their assets and trade peer-to-peer. Recent FINCen guidance clarified that this approach eliminates the need to qualify as a money transmitter. https://www.systems.cs.cornell.edu/docs/fincen-cvc-guidance-final.pdf

It is not too early for users to create their Luna wallets. The Luna Wallet enhancements to accommodate EXPEX will occur over the next few weeks―well before trading begins. Go to https://expanse.tech/downloads/ to get started.

Expanse’s PEX token, airdropped to LAB and EXP holders last August, serves as  the EXPEX native token asset on the Expanse blockchain.

EXPEX acts independently within the Expanse Luna Wallet at the discretion of the user. There is no charge to use it and there are no trading fees.

The Expanse blockchain, a standard for security and stability, introduced the EXPEX prototype last year, anticipating that regulations would soon clarify a path forward. Here are samples of the feedback posted about the trial version tested in December:

“This is genius. Tokenlab mints the coins, but don’t stop there. List your newly-minted coin on EXPEX, usually a start-up project’s biggest challenge.”

“Embedding EXPEX in the Luna wallet is an elegant approach and easy access for trading. Its appeal will be off the charts.”

When Can We Expect EXPEX? The nuts and bolts are in place and tested. The website, EXPEX.io, will soon have a countdown to trading day and provide other pertinent information. Check back often. In the meantime, the team is blazing through tasks like solidifying the branding and identifying enhancements that result in presenting a top notch entry into the decentralized crypto-to-crypto trading space.



The rumors are true. Tokenlab v2.0 is here. After rigorous testing, the upgraded system launched today.

Description of New Features

We’ve worked hard to build competitive advantage and ease-of-use into the Tokenlab functionality. We strive to offer a system that anyone can use fluidly. With the edition of many new capabilities and UI enhancements, we are closer than ever before.

Here are just a few of the new and improved 2.0 features, many of which evolved from community suggestions:

  • New Pricing. We have moved away from the two-coin payment requirement, landing on payment of only 1000 LAB to mint a coin. (There is still a 1 EXP requirement for gas―this we cannot control.) Using the system now helps to enhance the utility of LAB and incent more developers to choose the platform for their projects.
  • Platform Choices. Tokenlab users now have the option of choosing between two platforms: Expanse or Ethereum. After defining the token characteristics, users can choose to launch on either platform. We hope users choose Expanse each time, but having two options is a plus for our customer base.
  • Token Wizard Protocols. Tokenlab now supports four network protocols: ERC20, ERC223, ERC644, and ERC621.
  • Token Deployment Methods. Token Wizard now supports three methods of token deployment, including deployment through Metamask, Automated deployment and Manual deployment. Instructions for each method appear when you make your selection.
  • Manage Token Screen. A new module provides functionality that enables  you to manage your token once deployed onto the Expanse platform. You now have the ability to transfer your token to anyone, view the balance or supply, and generate Coupon Codes.
  • Coupon Code. The system provides the ability to generate a promo code to offer discounts (or free) use of Tokenlab features. This function is accessible on the Manage Token screen.
  • Tool Tips. Tool Tips appear when you move your cursor into a data entry field. Tips define the field requirements.
  • FAQs. Frequently asked questions and answers now appear on most screens to help you navigate and to explain complex concepts.
  • UI Enhancements. Many minor system enhancements are now in place to improve the overall user experience. For example, when the token is deployed, a user can now copy the ABI and token address directly from the manage or view screens.

If you haven’t minted a token for your project, now is the time. We think we’ve achieved a best-in-class status for token creation and management. We hope you agree. Give it a whirl, then tell us what you think when you visit our Tokenlab Discord channel.



As we reported last month, Expanse Founder and CEO, Christopher Franko, defined the specifications for Gander v3. The specs include a slew of enhancements and new features. As this newsletter reports, we’ve had a few other things on our plates. Plus, we did not want to take Gander offline for any length of time. As a result, we’ve taken the approach of adding enhancements as we can. Asim outlined the following Gander additions since the last newsletter article:

  • LAB and PEX balances are now displayed.
  • Users can view miner distribution.
  • Many other performance improvements are in place.


We introduced one of the latest brainstorms from our leader, Chris, in a recent newsletter. It is a  new, never-before-used mining algorithm that will be completely unique to Expanse. We’ve made development progress. I know this because this week Chris tweeted:

“My devs just delivered Frankomoto V1 to me earlier today. @ExpanseOfficial development coming along great!”

Read detailed Frankomoto specifications here: https://github.com/expanse-org/XIPs/issues/4



Jitendra Rathod, newsletter contributing editor, interviewed Alex Zhao, Expanse Ambassador and Business Development Director in China, on doing business in China, in regard to crypto and blockchain.

China, the most populous country in the world, is fast becoming an economic behemoth that by its sheer population can sustain awe-inspiring growth numbers. There is no sector in global economy that hasn’t been touched by the Chinese and the crypto market is no different. I spoke to Alex Zhao, our Business Development Manager in China.

JR – Every culture regards money a bit differently. The traditional values of what money means and the principles governing the earning of money are different for different people around the world. What’s the general culture regarding money in China and how do Chinese regard money?

AZ – China has had an ancient civilization that dates back centuries. Chinese people have a very strong traditional culture revolving around money, like most other civilizations. They are unabashed in their pursuit of earning money. They live by the adage “Like money, like to earn money, like to save money.” The pursuit of wealth is an integral part of Chinese life. And this has percolated quite strongly in today’s generation. Doing business and making a lot of money have become prime aspirations of many young people. We realize that money is what makes the world go round and we love to earn enough money to help realize our dreams. This culture hasn’t changed much. In fact, with the continuous enrichment of material life, people pursue money more strongly.

JR – What does a young Chinese aspire today? What has been the impact of an open, connected  world on the youth?

AZ – Young people today pursue economic independence through the Internet. Today, information is power and it is playing a vital role in shaping public perception to everything around us. The youth of today is, contrary to popular perception, very interested in what’s going around the world. Because those events will eventually shape their future by influencing their surroundings. Young people today have a very open mind, unlike any previous generations. At present, the attention spectrum of the youth, especially the teenagers, is very wide, and the traditional media can no longer meet so many interest points. The large capacity of network information satisfies the needs of teenagers to the greatest extent, and provides the most abundant information resources for teenagers. But there is also a bitter side to this. The Internet, which empowers, also makes many teenagers indulge in the virtual world and makes them lose touch with reality, and also makes many teenagers neglect their studies. Different from real social life, teenagers are confronted with a virtual world on the Internet, which not only meets their needs of possessing all kinds of information as soon as possible, but also produces dissatisfaction with reality. But that, I guess, is true for every technology that has ever appeared on the face of this planet.

JR – Let’s talk about crypto. When and how did interest in crypto began in China? How has it expanded? What is the current scenario among general people?

AZ – Bitcoin entered China around 2012. The  initial reaction of most people – the community was very small back then – was that it was a fraud, a pyramid scheme. Not a lot people accepted it. But in 2013, HUOBI and OKEX launched their services and this brought greater attention to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In 2015, I believe, after the launch of Ethereum, interest in crypto really took off. Then came the ICO craze of 2017 and many people literally made millions during that time. This was like fuel to the fire and more people started buying crypto assets. Now, I believe, the crypto market in China is more mature.

JR – With stringent governmental regulations, how do crypto enthusiasts in China find a way to be associated with this industry?

AZ – While there is a ban on ICOs in China, people still trade on exchanges like HUOBI and OKEX. These exchanges moved to other, crypto-friendly nations after the Chinese governmental crackdowns. The crypto community is pretty proactive here in China. They have a keen eye on the global markets and watch the prices and track news.

JR – What future do you see/wish to see for crypto in China? If you were to advise your government on crypto, what would it be?

AZ – The Chinese government has accepted the limitless capabilities of the blockchain technology now. There have been much news about governmental initiatives and support for blockchain technology. In November 2017, the Ministry of Public Security filed a patent application for a system based on blockchain that timestamps and stores data submitted to the cloud space to provide a more transparent and tamper-proof data preservation process. On April 9, 2018, China’s first ten-billion-scale blockchain industrial park was officially opened in Hangzhou, and the Xiongan Global Blockchain Innovation Fund was led and funded by Hangzhou Municipal Government. The credit asset securitization project of the central government Bond Registration and Clearing Co. Ltd., based on blockchain technology is seen an important innovation in the exploration of blockchain technology in the field of asset securitization. I believe the Chinese government needs to review cryptocurrencies seriously and create a clear regulatory landscape governing its trading, taxation and the legalities surrounding crypto-based ventures. So although a blockchain-based venture has a better chance of being welcomed in China, cryptocurrencies are still a no-no. But you never know!