New Project Management Office

In an effort to achieve more efficiency and tighter monitoring of projects, Expanse has opened a project management offices (PMO). Farwah Aizaz will run the PMO, reporting to Chris Franko. .

In this new role, Farwah is responsible for setting, maintaining and ensuring standards are in place for project management across the organization. Under Chris’ direction, she will establish and monitor best practices, project statuses and direction. Key to the role is facilitating effective communication between teams about projects across the organization.

“Now that Expanse has staff in six countries, keeping up with everything going on across time zones and in several languages has been a significant challenge,” said Christopher Franko, Expanse Founder. “We have high hopes that the PMO will help us be more efficient and transparent across projects.”

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 18 – 10/01/2018

Welcome to the eighteenth edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Here are a few highlights in this edition:  

  • Coming Back Soon: Streamcoins!
  • Behind the Tech — Christopher Franko
  • Bet with Expanse on CryptoSportsBet.World
  • Developer Update
  • Compelling Quotes

Coming Back Soon: Streamcoins!

As  some of you may know, Expanse launched a Streamcoins initiative some time ago that was extremely popular. Unfortunately, there was at least one bad actor who plotted to cheat the system and collected coins dishonestly. As a result, we had to stop the program.  

Now that the Know Your Customer (KYC) module of Tokenlab is complete, we can launch Streamcoins again. Participants will be forced to complete KYC before receiving their winnings, eliminating the possibility of fraud.

Chris and Asim are busy setting up the process flow, and Chris has challenged us to bring ideas for rich content we can add as it’s developed. Stay tuned for updates!


Behind the Tech with Christopher Franko

Hey guys! This time around we are featuring our CEO and the brains behind Expanse, Christopher Franko, in our Behind the Tech series.

Chris has an A.S. in Computer Science from Beaufort County Community College, Washington, NC. He went on to pursue a higher degree from East Carolina University, but dropped out midway to start his own company.

While in college, Chris was creating mobile apps, freelancing for various companies and writing automation software for affiliate marketing companies. He also used to record rap music under the name JEDISWIFT. Check out one of Chris’ creation here.

Chris is a true-blue millennial who was practically raised on a healthy dose of technology, especially the Internet. He grew up sort of enamored with technology. The family got their first computer when Chris was 10, and by 13 he was learning the Perl programming language. He always felt that technology, especially the Internet, was empowering.

As a millennial programmer, Internet money was a no brainer. One day when Chris was surfing through 4chan, an image-based bulletin board, he saw a thread about Bitcoin. His curiosity piqued, he researched it further, read the whitepaper and was simply blown away by the whole concept.

Talking about his experience starting Expanse, Chris says that at the time he was the lead developer for a cryptocurrency called Franko, and some of the ideas he was coming up with were just too cumbersome to create with the Bitcoin scripting language. He followed Ethereum pretty closely since its inception and felt like it was a better conduit for his ideas. However, he didn’t want to be tied directly to another platform. This led him to co-found Expanse along with James Clayton and Dan Conway.

Chris believes that it’s been an incredibly rewarding journey so far. Early on, the team saw a lot of success. “Now-a-days things are a little tougher, but not just for Expanse. The entire industry is fighting an uphill battle. I think one of the toughest things we have to accept is good things take time. This is especially hard in an unforgiving industry that wants everything now! An industry that only thinks something is good if it pumps the price and disregards all else.”

Christopher has come to realize that it is much better to focus on an exceptional user experience. “For much of Expanse’s life, we have been very good. But people lose interest in, and don’t talk about, something that is ‘very good.’ They want it to be exceptional, and that’s where we are focusing our attention now — on making exceptional software!”

The one thing that excites Chris about Expanse is its incredible community. “Nothing makes me happier than seeing our community grow.” The team has been working on a project called “We are Expanse!” a community outreach program focused on reaching people in their native languages. Our first instance of this is SomosExpanse, and work is on for a similar project for China.

Chris is also pretty excited by the software that we are working on. “We are focused on delivering liberating software products that can truly change the lives of people who use them.”

When asked about his biggest challenges he faces at Expanse, Chris is quick to point to time management. “We are a modestly sized development team competing with platforms with hundreds and sometimes even thousands of developers. So there are constantly new priorities that we have to face.”

He says that there are so many amazing ideas that keep popping on a daily basis and sometimes ranking them by urgency is a task in itself. But he says he is happy sorting ideas on priority and losing some than not having them at all.

Chris is  extremely confident about the future of Expanse. “Ten years from now, Expanse will be a household brand. Millions of people will be using Expanse products and sometimes it will be unbeknownst to them.” He is also profoundly positive about the future of crypto and blockchain. “I predict nation-state cryptocurrencies, and supply chain apps, and governance services — all on the blockchain.”

While being positive about the future, Chris says that the current times worry him a bit. He believes that what we are seeing in the crypto space is an upheaval of sorts. With the ever-changing crypto landscape powered by regulations, legal intricacies, government policies and public perception, he feels that the churning will finally uncover businesses that provide real value to solve global problems. “Times are tough now, but it will turn around,” says Chris, as he signs off.


Get 25% Bonus When You Bet with Expanse on CryptoSportsBet.World

Are you a sports fanatic looking to place a few bets on your favorite teams?  Look no further. CryptoSportsBet.World provides the ultimate Internet sports betting experience — and it accepts over 45 cryptocurrencies, including Expanse. And, players using EXP will receive a 25% deposit bonus, from now through October, 19 2018.

Sense the atmosphere, hear the roar of the crowd, feel the occasion – all from the comfort of your own home. CryptoSportsBet.World brings you the most competitive odds around, so not only will you be having a good time you also stand a great chance of winning some money in the process.

Here’s how the 25% bonus for using Expanse works:

  • All deposits are to be in EXP to receive bonus.
  • All deposits in EXP will receive a 25% deposit bonus,  which will be available untill the 19th of October, 2018.
  • Players create account and deposit funds (EXP). Once funds are received and confirmed, a voucher code will be generated and emailed to email account attached to users account within 24 hrs.
  • There will be a 100% play through on funds including bonus. i.e., if you deposit $20 worth of EXP you will receive a voucher code for $5. For you to withdraw funds from your account, it will require bets = or > than $25. So you will have to make bets up to that value and the event has to conclude. Then you will be able to withdraw your balance if you wish as long as it is over the minimum withdraw amount ($15) in the currency you desire that we accept.
  • The Play through will start from time of confirmation of original deposit.
    Play through is cumulative, i.e., this is for each deposit made. They are added together and you are able to receive another bonus for depositing more EXP.

Offering a unique collection of different sports, leagues and hyper competitive live betting, along with the best betting strategies anywhere, CryptoSportsBet.World is unbeatable.


Developer Update

Asim and his team provided the following update:

  • Gander – focus on performance and tweaking the code for maximum efficiency.
  • Luna – New version to be released next week.
  • Streamcoins – Developing new program and processes.
  • Tokenlab – Finalizing KYC module to be used in Streamcoins. Tokenlab sign-up, log-in, dashboard, create token, and manage token functionality to be posted for beta testing by October 15.

Compelling Quotes  

On VoteLock

“Votelock is a killer app waiting to be unleashed. Getting this mainstream would be a huge accomplishment. With the uncertainty and fraudulent activities that went on with the last election, this could be the cure. Getting the Borderless identity Dapp to work in sync with Votelock  is key. The need for a secure voting system is of the utmost importance right now and states especially are looking for a new uniform way of making voting as streamlined and accurate as possible. I’d be interested in seeing how personal identity information on the block chain would be verifiable without being visible to the public.”

Ethereum  Vs. Expanse

“What about Ethereum and Expanse? The code is the same. You’re going to program the same way, but with Expanse you’ll have a cheaper, faster network and no possibility of high traffic clogging the entire network. Using the most widely-used network doesn’t have benefits other than being easy to code and the market, because in terms of the tech, it’s worst if it’s not scaled enough. it’s not like … ‘i’m going to sell my product on Ebay because it has more traffic and more people will see it’.  You won’t get more visibility for using ethereum.”


Join our Discord

Expanse Discord is live and kicking! Discord is a great communication platform, better than Slack. Join our growing community on Discord and you can also speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community. Sign up for Discord today!. Thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse


The Expanse Ambassador Program is designed to provide support and guidance for those of you who would like to help us spread the word about Expanse by hosting local meet-ups—wherever you are in the world.

Getting involved is easy. Simply download and complete the Ambassador Program application at this link: https://expanse.tech/join-the-ambassador-program/

The Expanse team are available to answer your questions and will also assist you by:

  • Providing Expanse-branded apparel for the meet-up host (the ambassador).
  • Guiding you through the process of selecting a location.
  • Supplying Expanse giveaways for drawings or contests.
  • Assisting with presentation materials.
  • Providing a small allowance for food and libations for your meet-up guests.

Expanse is thrilled to have you in the Expanse Army. Be sure to join Discord if you are not already part of it at this link: https://Discord.me/expanse – and grateful to all who would like to join the Ambassador Program!

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 17 – 09/15/2018

Welcome to the seventeenth edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Here are a few highlights in this edition:  

  • The PEX Airdrop Happened. What now?
  • New Expanse Luna Wallet Now Public
  • New Chinese Expanse Website
  • Gameboard – We Believe in a World Where People Want to Play
  • Slips Partnership – A Winning Proposition for EXP-holders
  • Call for Tokenlab Beta-Testers
  • SomosExpanse our Digital Magazine in Spanish
  • Community News – Current Crypto Market Conditions – What’s Happening?

The PEX Airdrop Happened. What now?


As you know, the EXP team just airdropped a new token, PEX,  to the Expanse and Tokenlab community. Airdrops are a straightforward way to bootstrap a user base for a new product, in this case, the Expanse Decentralized Exchange, EXPEX.

The airdrop piloted the Tokenlab Airdrop module, one of the applications that comprise the Tokenlab self-service suite of products designed for ICO management. It went off without a hitch. (If you have not found your PEX, email [email protected])

Expanse secured the services of an external development team to create EXPEX, and the final code has been delivered. We are in the process of branding the UI and will publish a launch date soon.  So, hang onto your PEX!


Read more detail here about how it all works:  https://expanse.tech/understanding-pex-token-utility/


New Expanse Luna Wallet Now Public

The new Expanse wallet, Luna, is now public and ready for download. The download links are on the Expanse.tech website or you can use this link:  https://expanse.tech/downloads/

The existing Expanse Mist wallet is a fork of the Ethereum Mist wallet. However, Luna is a wallet we developed with our own original code, and promises to be one of the most feature-rich wallets out there once all of the development is complete. For now, feel free to use either Mist or Luna. We will give you plenty of notice when or if we discontinue support of the Mist wallet version.

Many thanks to all of the Expanse Army 1st Lieutenants who participated in the beta-test. Please continue to report any bugs that may have not shook out during testing.


New Chinese Expanse Website to Launch October 1

Our Chinese marketing team, led by Community Manager Alex Zhao, is putting the final touches on the Chinese version of the Expanse website. They project a 10/1 launch date.

Some of their other accomplishments include:

  • WeChat membership increased to 350.
  • QQ group increased to 500 members.
  • Submitted applications to two exchanges in China.
  • Participate as active beta-tester for Luna wallet.

Gameboard – We Believe in a World Where People Want to Play!

Gameboard is an EXP.Grants partner. We asked their team to help us understand the gamification principles behind the Gameboard dApp. We learned that there are indeed scientific theories behind all of this play.

When talking about Gamification you automatically think about adding points to a platform to make it “fun.” However, there are many more factors that affect the degree of fun or interest in a game on the part of the players.

Many applications that have come onto the market use the basic principles of gamification as part of the design. We have covered them in other Expanse articles: Frameworks as Octalysis or 6D approach of gamification. It is important to establish that there are two important parts in the application of Gamification to a platform or system: Dynamics and Mechanics.

Dynamics consist of all the activities added to the game based on the actions of the players:

  1. Discovery phase: Listening, reading, observing and navigating to generate interest.
  2. Onboarding phase: In this phase, the user feels that he/she is advancing in a simple and orderly manner; he gets hooked.
  3. Scaffolding phase: After the user is already immersed in the game, he/she then seeks to improve and win. During this phase, users develop the greatest amount of challenges and require constant feedback.
  4. Endgame phase: Finally, we must give a closure to each activity. This is the end of the game, which is an important action—a huge challenge—that allows the user to feel that he/she has conquered the game. This phase is called Endgame. Just when the user is about to feel that he/she is finishing, we invite him/her to a new challenge, to a new objective—phase 2 or the next level.

In the design stage of a game (pertaining to the dynamics) the User persona is also established to model potential users. The needs, the objectives, the emotions and the feelings are also established during this phase of design.

I have the Dynamics, now what?

This is the part where Gameboard comes into play and where the mechanics are necessary. The mechanics allow for establishing the points, levels, badges, challenges and other forms of measurement. The activities within the gamified process are recorded in this part. Without this, we would not have analysis of the information.

Gameboard saves and stores the information generated by the dynamics so that it can be analyzed and collaborate in the decision making. Even more important, it allows for recordkeeping and control of the actions of each player.

The fact that users can receive rewards is one of the most important features, especially because it is the way of measuring performance in terms of

  • Budget
  • How much the company has improved in performance (assuming that this was the goal)
  • Each award in time
  • Objects that have direct involvement with money

The Gamification Playground on the Blockchain

By integrating Expanse blockchain technology, Gameboard safely stores each record of points earned by the player, these being value transactions that rely on the security and permanence of the blockchain to store and redeem points for the players.

There are two current lines of business for Gameboard:

  • Custom – The customized approach is based on integrations into existing platforms created by other companies or ventures. If they already have a system, Gameboard is integrated into this system and keeps track of points earned.
  • Standard – Add-ons, plugins or components in platforms that already exist in the market. We create these integrations to enter those markets. This will increase the number of transactions on the platform and users that interact in it.

For both options, Gameboard provides information analysis, progress, behavior and motivation across any of the different platforms. Gameboard respects the anonymity of the players, so it does not store sensitive information about its users.

Currently, we have finished the Gameboard base engine, the API that allows integration, and the user and administration platforms. Each section of the system is customizable so that it has the look and feel of your company or platform.

We are very close to launching the new functionalities including the integration with Expanse’s technology. So, stayed tuned!

We believe in a world where people want to play!!


Slips Partnership – A Winning Proposition for EXP-holders

We continue to be excited about the potential of the Slips project, which was one of the first batch of projects to receive grant funding from Expanse.

Did you know that straight out of the gate, EXP (Expanse) is the only payment option for the Slips platform? When the platform launches, people will only be able to make real money bets with the EXP token. Now would be a very good time load up on Expanse in advance of their launch!

As one community member surmised, “This is a great example of what makes the Slips partnership so awesome—Slips gamers will have to settle bets in EXP. People who have never had any interest in crypto won’t have a choice but to buy EXP if they want to use the platform for something that has already been demonstrated as a need in the online gaming community.”


A quick reminder to those who aren’t up to speed on what Slips is hoping to achieve. The team are working on a project which will allow gaming fans to use the Expanse network to challenge each other to bets whilst watching their favorite streamers on platforms like Twitch.

In the last newsletter, we mentioned that it was possible for users to create channels and explore what was available on the Slips platform. Now you can even create your own profile. We decided to give the functionality a quick spin earlier and were amazed by how nice it looked!

As well as being able to make our profile look the way we wanted, we were able to post status updates, link our existing social media accounts, manage the official Expanse channel on Slips and even follow other users.

Take a look at the Expanse profile on Slips here https://slips.network/profile/EXP/home:

If you are feeling adventurous (or curious!) why not register and make your own profile? The Slips team mentioned in an announcement in their Discord channel (https://discord.gg/mJHJ88U) that they are looking for help from users to iron out any bugs.

Meanwhile after successfully launching the profile feature, they are continuing to work hard to get the proof of concept released. They’ve spent the last week finalizing specifications and requirements for the next milestone in the project. The UI work has already begun and coding will also resume next week. We have a few sneak previews that we obtained below:

 



We look forward to the launch of their dApp on the Expanse network.


Call for Tokenlab Beta-Testers

Per the dev team, we are close to releasing some of the applications that comprise the Tokenlab self-service suite of products designed for ICO management. Recently we put out a call for testers to try out the beta versions of the Luna wallet. The response was overwhelming, and we qualified nearly 40 testers. These same testers have access to the private channels for Tokenlab beta testing. If you did not apply and want to test Tokenlab, complete the application form here

Beta-testers receive a promotion to 1st Lieutenant in the Expanse Army.

SomosExpanse. Our Digital Magazine in Spanish

Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world. The market continues to grow—especially for the Expanse community. To that end, we have created SomosExpanse (We are Expanse).

SomosExpanse is a digital magazine whose purpose is to inform and educate about blockchain technology. The project is born from a motivated community, integrated and growing. To accomplish this, we have added a dedicated Spanish-speaking communications team to the Expanse infrastructure.

All of the Expanse project content routinely created in English (news, blogs, newsletters, social media posts) is translated and placed on the SomosExpanse platform. We also integrate articles  from reliable sources, such as Criptonoticas and CoinCrispy, in order to offer more robust content.

We are focused on creating an interactive media strategy with valuable content, as well as constant updates about Expanse and the world of the blockchain. We developed a progressive APP for you to have it directly on your phone with notifications and amazing content.

This strategy is complemented by postings to social networks, including Diiscord, Instagram, Twitter and Steemit. We invite you to follow (and like) us on these social networks:

We have plans to replicate this communication strategy in many other languages, including Chinese and Japanese. We invite you to participate by suggesting other languages for the concept or by serving as an ambassador to help provide content. If you are interested or have any suggestions, please write to [email protected]

We are Expanse.


Community News

Usually, we provide a list of compelling quotes gathered from community discussions. This time, we decided to feed back a narration of an important discussion that took place last week regarding the current crypto market conditions. In case you missed it, I’m sure you’ll agree that we have one of the most insightful, clever communities around.

Current Crypto Market Conditions – What’s Happening?

“What’s happening to crypto?” “What’s causing the prices to tank?” These are obvious questions on everybody’s minds these days as prices begin to tumble. Bitcoin lost close to $1000 in the last 10 days and Ether has lost almost 25% of its value in the last month. The situation is even grimmer for other altcoins. So what is really happening?

The Expanse Discord channel, if you know, is one of the most vociferous and active crypto communities out there and most of its members are astute students and passionate followers of the crypto phenomenon It was only fair that similar questions arose during an avid round of discussions and there were some interesting points of view from across the aisle regarding what was happening.

It started with a member saying that he thought that the end of crypto is near. He was worried that too many scams had taken their toll on a fascinating and promising phenomenon that has the ability to change our lives forever. However many projects gave false hopes and people lost a lot of money and in turn, their faith. The negativity that is being experienced in the market was a result of this disappointment and people trying to cash out their crypto assets as fast as possible. This would probably signal the collapse of a lot of altcoins. The member went on to predict that most coins will stop all development or activity before the year is over because cryptocurrencies just won’t be able to hold their value and people are seeing this more clearly with each passing day, fuelling the circle of fear and mass dumping.

To this, another member had an interesting observation. He said that what was currently happening to crypto is similar to what happened to dotcom in 2000. After the “dotcom bubble” burst, what was left were companies with real value, like Google that came out with  a few bruises but emerged winners. Many companies followed what Google had done – build real value, rather than hype – and made a fortune for themselves, while transforming the industry.

A member observed that nobody is buying anything and he was surprised people are still selling at these prices. He thought it was kinda late in the game to think people are going to save what they have left.

The EXP token has also bore the brunt of this haphazard volatility. Market and volume patterns suggest that someone is buying EXP from the sell side just to sell into the buy side to strip the market of its BTC. Unfortunately, this strategy seems to be working pretty successfully.

A member, however, dismissed that people were specifically targeting EXP and said that while he agreed that there was a repeating pattern, it was market-wide. Most of the top coins have already lost around 88-95%of their January high values and many coins, especially the lower value ones, are hitting their introductory prices or even less.

He went on to further say that some people were dumping not just Exp, but everything from the lowest coin on the list all the way up to Ethereum. He called this action as a “purge” because it is likely that some of the projects will fail economically or just fail completely. To understand the severity of the situation, consider this. A project that raised $10M worth of Ethereum in an ICO in January 2018, now only had around $1.2M if they didn’t liquidate immediately. Most projects held their Ethereum reserves and have seen a severe erosion of their funds. Likewise, the value of the projects coins themselves are becoming worthless.

If you look at wallet balances on most projects, the top 100 wallets hold well over 90% of the total coins in any given project. Keeping in mind that some of these wallets are exchange wallets, that is still a little disheartening. The bitcoin whales are alive and are absorbing this tirade pretty well. They have so much BTC, they can’t cash it out so for them it is more of a game.

A member had an interesting take on the scenario. In his opinion, manipulators periodically use BTC to harvest altcoins from weak hands. Blockchain IS the future and some of them will become zillionaires sooner or later. Since blockchain is the future, there probably are governments, 3-letter agencies, armies, secret societies, hackers and criminals involved. In his opinion, anyone mining EXP currently and selling it is obviously a moron!

To this a member added a personal experience that he stopped mining EXP in April, because at the current price, with 1.1GH/s, he made 90¢ per day, after paying for electricity costs. This is obviously unviable. So the question he had is that if everybody bought EXP at a higher rate, who’s selling them at these rates? It is quite likely that they are selling at a huge loss.

There, apparently, are people who sold recently at 8¢ on the dollar to exit the market completely. They are done. They think the crypto market is dead. This was what is known in financial terms as “market capitulation.”

By definition, capitulation means to surrender or give up. In financial circles (from Investopedia), this term is used to indicate the point in time when investors have decided to give up on trying to recapture lost gains as a result of falling stock prices. Suppose a stock you own has dropped by 10%. There are two options that can be taken: you can wait it out and hope the stock begins to appreciate, or you can realize the loss by selling the stock. If the majority of investors decides to wait it out, then stock price will likely remain relatively stable. However, if the majority of investors decides to capitulate and give up on the stock, then there will be a sharp decline in its price. When this occurrence is significant across the entire market, it is known as market capitulation.

The longer a market stays in a state of capitulation, the longer it takes for investors to regain enough trust in that market to jump back in. This is what causes recessions. Once a recession has run for an extended period and market confidence is still low, it becomes a depression. This is when people like Warren Buffet would swoop in and buy anything and everything people were selling. His now famous adage says, “Be fearful when people are greedy and be greedy when people are fearful.” While it is difficult to agree with his brand of investing, but when it comes to financial advice, this one line reigns supreme. And this is exactly what’s going on right now.

One member found it funny when BTC purists say that BTC was created to replace the “corrupt” fiat system. They then look down at altcoins but at same time practically beg investors like Goldman Sachs or Buffet to invest in crypto. BTC forums are full of people like that, and you even get 50 merit points for simply saying “BTC rocks, all alts are shitcoins!”

At the end of the discussion, there was some sage and positive advice from a veteran – “Just gotta keep developing. Eventually crypto will have utility, it’s just taking forever because it’s so new. Right now people are buying on promises. We need promises to be kept in this space so that people have to buy out of necessity.”

Another member ended the discussion saying that while the crypto markets certainly look grim right now, everybody needs to understand that all markets move in cycles. What goes up will come down and judging from previous cycles, the crypto markets will certainly go back up again. Of course, not everything will go back up, but projects like Expanse, that have active development and goals they are working toward, will. The question is how long are you willing to wait?

 


Join our Discord

Expanse Discord is live and kicking! Discord is a great communication platform, better than Slack. Join our growing community on Discord and you can also speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community. Sign up for Discord today!. Thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse


The Expanse Ambassador Program is designed to provide support and guidance for those of you who would like to help us spread the word about Expanse by hosting local meet-ups—wherever you are in the world.

Getting involved is easy. Simply download and complete the Ambassador Program application at this link: https://expanse.tech/join-the-ambassador-program/

The Expanse team are available to answer your questions and will also assist you by:

  • Providing Expanse-branded apparel for the meet-up host (the ambassador).
  • Guiding you through the process of selecting a location.
  • Supplying Expanse giveaways for drawings or contests.
  • Assisting with presentation materials.
  • Providing a small allowance for food and libations for your meet-up guests.

Expanse is thrilled to have you in the Expanse Army. Be sure to join Discord if you are not already part of it at this link: https://Discord.me/expanse – and grateful to all who would like to join the Ambassador Program!


 

EXPANSE GRANTS – OPENING NEW VISTAS FOR BLOCKCHAIN ENTREPRENEURS

In 2015, Christopher Franko, a full-stack software engineer and one of the earliest adopters of blockchain technology decided, that the world needed a better, faster and flexible blockchain that anyone can use to create apps on. He envisaged a platform that adhered to the original Satoshian vision of freedom and zero regulation. Christopher teamed up with like-minded individuals and Expanse was born.

Expanse allows anyone to build, as well as use, decentralized applications, or dApps. Built by many people, Expanse is a platform that allows flexibility and adapts to multiple variations. Expanse is decentralized, open-source, fast, scalable and has a dedicated team of forward-thinking veterans of the industry who, over a period of three short years, have forged important and extensive industry partnerships.

Expanse has seen consistent growth and stability since its inception. It has also garnered the support of a fast-growing loyal community who continue to help Expanse achieve its vision. Everyday, new projects are born on the Expanse platform and in the words of Mr. Franko, “What you can do on Expanse is only limited by your imagination and talent.”

In keeping with its philosophy of making blockchain based projects more efficient and within everyone’s reach, Expanse.tech has set up a dedicated fund of $1,000,000 exclusively for innovative projects that are built on and around Expanse. Financial grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 are awarded to ideas that offer some unique solution or service while making use of the Expanse platform in some manner.

There are no other conditions to be met: Expanse has no interference in the ownership of IP, publishing of data or usage of the grants funds. It is very simple for entrepreneurs to use the Expanse platform, since they can use Expanse’s EXP token for their ventures instead of creating their own. Expanse also offers the benefit of a huge existing network and immense scalability. It is also beneficial for Expanse to have projects with real and relevant uses of blockchain on its network.

The process of grants begins with creation of a funding opportunity, goes on to applying for the grant, and then to deciding about the award and then successful awarding of the grant. The entire process is divided into 3 distinct phases:

  • Pre award phase- funding opportunities are created and applications reviewed
  • Award phase- deciding awards and notification of the same
  • Post award phase- implementation of the grant and reporting of the same

During the pre award phase, invitations for applications (with specifications like last date for submission of proposal etc) are posted, and then the awarding team reviews applications submitted for the grant. The grants review board reviews scores of applications from entrepreneurs who aspire to build projects to launch on the Expanse platform.

They screen the applications, conduct programmatic reviewing followed by financial review and then decide who the recipient of the grant should be. Each proposal is scrutinized, the whitepaper checked and the attached budget analyzed by the team. Expanse also plans to make the review process more democratic and allow public voting in the future. The team also carries out cost analysis and ensures that all statutory and financial regulations are met.

After the application review, the Expands Grants team decides about the recipients of the grants. Their decision is based on the financial and programmatic reviews done by the review members of the team. In order to ensure fair and prejudice-free decisions, the recommendations of the awards team are reviewed stringently. This is the awards phase. The awarding agency then sends a Notice of Award, which is officially and legally binding. Once the grant is accepted, the receivers must carry out all the terms and conditions the grant comprises of.

The post award phase comprises of implementation of the grant, regular reporting about the progress of the project and closeout. The Expanse team not only gives the award, but also assists the awardees comply with all regulations, while they carry out the project which they have been awarded the grant for. They have specific performance metrics to monitor the progress and expenditure. Such reporting, which varies for each grant, is done by designated grants management officer and program officer to ensure transparency and to avoid any chance of fraud.

Finally the award recipients are required to carry out closeout by submitting financial, performance and programmatic reports when the grant expires or is terminated. All reports are reviewed b Expanse Grants staff to ensure that all the funds have been utilized in the right manner. The Grants team then also confirms that the recipient of the grant has completed all tasks related to the grant. The recipient must retain the records for 3 years from the date of the final closeout report.

The Expanse Grants program has become immensely popular within a very short span of time, and there have been multiple recipients of this award since its inception a couple of months ago.

Case in point is a project called SLIPS. Sponsored by Marcia Lewis Danzeisen, Expanse CAO, Slips was co-founded by Husain Fazel, CEO, and Kyle O’Neill, Creative Director. It is a blockchain-based social betting platform for gamers. The SLIPS team has announced its project roadmap, too. SLIPS aims to make betting free of restrictions, and let eSports gaming fans bet against each other, while also watching the streams they regularly follow, since SLIPS overlays existing platforms. It also adds to the revenue sources for stream owners. Moreover, since Expanse already has EXP tokens, they can readily make them available to their users to make bets.

We feel we’ve come up with an extremely interesting concept, and we have a huge target audience,” said Kyle. “We’ve been working diligently on building our proof of concept, (as opposed to throwing up a smart contract to raise funds), and connecting with our audience. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel and create our own blockchain. We plan to look to Expanse for that. We have entirely different problems to solve like user experience and adoption.

Husain is a full stack developer while Kyle is a communication designer. Apart from expanding the team, they are also using the funds for developing the proof of concept. The development of the project is in full swing. The grant has helped the team garner the necessary funds to complete aspects of the project that were being hampered by the bottleneck of lack of funds. Now with the funds as well as the might of the Expanse team’s expertise, they are track to complete the project that will hugely benefit both their target audience as well Expanse.

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vo. 3, No.6 – 4/1/2018 EXPANSE BRAND REFRESH WEBSITE LAUNCHED, STREAM MINING EXP, NEW ROADMAP PUBLISHED, EXPANSE AMBASSADORS

Welcome to the sixth edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Keep in mind that breaking news can come at any time, but the Expanse Newsletter is a great overview of progress, news, and our current focus.


EXPANSE BRAND REFRESH WEBSITE LAUNCHED

Our long awaited brand refresh and new website has launched! We are thrilled to report that the response has been overwhelmingly positive. The past websites were functional and worked, but we really felt we had to take the time to make this the best we could. As we were making it, more features just kept creeping in and being added, to make it even better. The Expanse community now has a vastly superior website that is clean, simple, informative, and most importantly, engaging and unique rather than ‘blockchain-boring.

Another advantage of this refresh is that we can now quickly modify and improve it when needed, which can be often. Updating it is highly efficient and allows changes without wasting too much time or precious resources. Without a doubt, this is a night and day improvement to the site, which is the very first place most people will start checking out Expanse. Our website is essentially like an open home that we show to the world and then invite inside, so it makes complete sense to build it up the curb appeal and make it the best house on the block. That is what we are doing.

Please check it out for yourself if you have not already, and if you hold Expanse, remember that the community, that is all of us, is truly what will make Expanse grow or remain a hidden gem. Every like, share, tweet, even a simple emoji smile builds our community and project stronger, happier, more productive. More likely to actually make a real difference in our lives and the world. So please make sure and check out the new site and share with others if you really want Expanse to grow.

https://expanse.tech/

STREAM MINING EXP

The Expanse team is proud to announce we have created ‘the world’s first’ stream mining system powered by the tech of tokenlab. This is a unique system for “mining” Expanse by watching our live Twitch streams. Disclaimer: This does not secure the blockchain. That is done with traditional proof of work mining, but this is a way to earn rewards akin to mining without needing all the hardware. Easy as it can be, you can use any computer or mobile device that can watch a Twitch stream to stream mine EXP. Here is a quick summary of how simple and easy this all is to earn your free rewards:

  1. Sign up for twitch.
  2. Go to www.twitch.tv/expanseofficial.
  3. Just have the stream open,

You earn 1 EXPB (Expanse Bits) per 10 min just for being in there lurking.
If you have twitch prime, you can subscribe and earn even more EXPB.

EXPB can be used at the streamelements.com/expanseofficial/store to buy expanse and a T-shirt.

If there is any of this you do not understand, the amazing Expanse community would love to help with any questions. Simply join the Expanse Discord to chat with one of the friendliest and more helpful communities out there, link below:

https://Discord.me/expanse

 

NEW 2018 AND BEYOND ROADMAP PUBLISHED

Our Expanse Roadmap outlines our goals and strategic initiatives. There is no lack of mojo among the Expanse team members, who are brimming with creative and imaginative ideas for projects that just make life better. Subject to change as priorities evolve, our talented development team has plotted out about 18 months forward on the new roadmap.

EXPANSE LIVE STREAM

Earn EXP through participation in discussions with Expanse team members.

DISCORD TIP BOT

Earn EXP through community participation.

WEBSITE REFRESH

Visit our new site at www.expanse.tech.

EXPANSE WHITE PAPER 2.0

Read our newly updated whitepaper.

TOKENLAB™ MVP

Leverage our fully automated token-creation and management dApp for your ICO.

MIST WALLET REDESIGN

Store your tokens in our upgraded Mist wallet with a myriad of new features.

GANDER MVP 2

Use the Expanse Blockchain Explorer platform with a sophisticated new design.

EXPLIST.ME

Download the dApp to learn everything you need to know about your destination.

CONTENT CREATION STRATEGY

Benefit from rich content delivery across a variety of platforms.

STREAMCOINS

Mine EXP on Twitch.

EXP.LIFE MVP

Earn rewards for experiencing your life goals and aspirations.

EXR 2.0

Earn and manage your rewards generated through holding EXP.

VOTELOCK 2.0

Use our second generation, Blockchain-based voting system

POOL REDESIGN

Join our Expanse mining pool redesigned for higher profits,

STATS REDESIGN

Track your EXP mining results using our enhanced statistics mechanisms.

EXP.GOV (DAO)

Participate in decision-making for Expanse priorities through our Decentralized Autonomous Organization.

BORDERLESS IDENTITY MANAGEMENT

Protect your identity securely and immutably on the blockchain.

EXP.ATM

Exchange EXP for USD from one of our multi-location branded terminals.

EXP.PAY

Transact instantly and seamlessly across the street or across the globe.

EXP.GRANTS

Apply for grants for your favorite cause or for your own betterment.

STREAMCOINS MVP

Use our enhanced approach to mine EXP on Twitch.

FORUM REDESIGN

Join our newly enhanced mining forum for networking and collaboration.

HYBRID POW/POS

Implement a combination of Proof of Work and Proof of Stake processes.

EVMD

Create your own Private Smart Contracts using EVMD.

DENDRITE

Implement Atomic Swappable smart contracts on the Expanse Blockchain.

GET INVOLVED BY BECOMING AN EXPANSE AMBASSADOR

The Expanse Ambassador Program is designed to provide support and guidance for those of you who would like to help us spread the word about Expanse by hosting local meet-ups—wherever you are in the world.

Getting involved is easy. Simply download and complete the Ambassador Program application at this link: https://expanse.tech/join-the-ambassador-program/ Then email it to Scott Williams, [email protected]

Scott and his team are available to answer your questions and will also assist you by:

  • Providing Expanse-branded apparel for the meet-up host (the ambassador).
  • Guiding you through the process of selecting a location.
  • Supplying Expanse giveaways for drawings or contests.
  • Assisting with presentation materials.
  • Providing a small allowance for food and libations for your meet-up guests.

Expanse is thrilled to have you in the Expanse Army.  Be sure to join Discord if you are not already part of it at this link:  https://Discord.me/expanse  – and grateful to all who would like to join the Ambassador Program!

COINMONKEY ADS EXPANSE

Coinmonkey scans all exchanges to give you the best rates. This helps with finding the absolute best prices for arbitrage trading, and is simply a very useful tool for traders. Check it out if you like at the following link:

https://coinmonkey.io/en/exchange/btc/exp#exchange:amount=0.1&give=BTC&get=EXP

AIO MINER NOW SUPPORTS EXPANSE

AIOMiner v.8.0 is now available for download on the AIOMiner Website. If you’re not familiar, check it out, AIOMiner is a /r/gpumining redditor-made mining tool aimed at making mining accessible to everyone, easy to set up, and easy to manage.

To read more about this new support please go to the following link:

https://www.reddit.com/r/ExpanseOfficial/comments/88gdgt/aiominer_v80_is_now_available_expanse_support/

EXPANSE MEET-UP SOUTH AFRICA

New Meet-ups are starting in South Africa, If you live in the area, make sure to stop in and meet other locals interested in Expanse!

Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, and every Week on Saturday

https://www.meetup.com/Expanse-The-First-Stable-Fork-Of-Ethereum/events/248809958/?_cookie-check=b5THLpZNeqzNBslq

RECENT ARTICLES AND VIDEOS ABOUT EXPANSE

Elections on a Blockchain? – Expanse

https://expanse.tech/elections-on-a-blockchain/

Posted March 28, 2018

Expanse (EXP): A Two Year Long Correction Coming to an End?

https://steemit.com/expanse/@haejin/expanse-exp-a-two-year-long-correction-coming-to-an-end

Posted March 26, 2018

The New and Improved Expanse Website is Here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3vupNQewcQ

Posted March 26, 2018

 

How to Mine Expanse: Complete Beginner’s Guide

https://blockonomi.com/how-to-mine-expanse/

Posted March 25, 2018

 

Expanse Live Developer Update 1 – EXPLIST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfRRlB8dTow

 

Posted March 11, 2018

 

The 6D Approach to Gamification

https://medium.com/@Borderless/the-6d-approach-to-gamification-281391f51968

Posted March 5, 2018

 

New Expanse Mining Pool South America

https://exp.reidocoin.com.br/

Posted March 4, 2018

 

New Exchange Supports Expanse

https://ldvbank.com/en-us/trading/exp/ron/

Posted March 4, 2018

 

Expanse Live Stream

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1mnGeXZNBrPKX

Posted March 3, 2018

 

Papa Johns Supports Borderless Charity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=A7mwgqRdgzE

Posted March 1, 2018

PRESS RELEASES

Borderless Corp., Inc. to Launch Expanse DAO

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/borderless-corp-inc-to-launch-expanse-dao-300551075.html?tc=eml_cleartime

Posted Nov 7, 2017

Borderless Corp. Inks Deal with Compound Films for Multimedia Creation Services for Tokenlab and its ICO Clients

http://www.einpresswire.com/article/409575287/borderless-corp-inks-deal-with-compound-films-for-multimedia-creation-services-for-tokenlab-and-its-ico-clients

Posted Oct 13, 2017

 

EXR (EXPANSE REWARDS) INSTRUCTIONS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Np7gQHJiKQ

http://forum.expanse.tech/topic/150/how-to-buy-bonds-and-redeem-your-coupon-using-the-expanse-bond-dapp-version-1-0-ebs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dzhbDCXyQM

DOWNLOAD THE EXPANSE REWARD SYSTEM (EXR)

https://github.com/expanse-org/bond-dapp/releases

LIST OF CURRENT PARTNERS, CLIENTS AND WORKING RELATIONS

AXIA PUBLIC RELATIONS

http://www.axiapr.com/

COMPOUND FILMS

https://www.facebook.com/compoundfilms

JAXX

https://jaxx.io/

GAMEBOARD

Home

HONGICO

http://www.hongico.com/portal.php

CENTURYLINK

http://www.centurylink.com/

MICROSOFT AZURE

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-blockchain-update-7/

MICROSOFT BIZSPARK PLUS

https://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/startup/profile.aspx?startup=693057

CHANGELLY

https://changelly.com/exchange/BTC/EXP/1?ref_id=expanse

CHANKURA

http://chankura.com/

COINOMI

https://coinomi.com

EXPANSE DISCORD

We recently launched Expanse Discord, Discord is a communication system much like Slack, but Discord has much better security and is safer for users, so due to greater security we have switched from Slack to Discord for the community. To speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community we suggest signing up for Discord, thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse

LINKEDIN

Be sure to follow Expanse on Linkedin. Additionally, our lead marketing director, Marcia, is now taking lead at expanding and improving our LInkedin presence, as she is the most experienced with fortune 500 companies and Linkedin standards.

https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/16212682/

EXPANSE TELEGRAM

If you prefer the Telegram platform you can follow and chat about Expanse here.

https://t.me/ExpanseTech

TOKENLAB TELEGRAM

This is the channel for Tokenlab on Telegram

https://t.me/tokenlab

TOKENLAB FACEBOOK PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/pg/TokenLabIO

INTERLEDGER PROTOCOL OF RIPPLE XRP

Expanse is one of the first Alternative Blockchain projects to join ILP, Interledger protocol of Ripple. There are a few “Internet of Blockchain” projects out there, but this is perhaps the most promising of them all. Expanse is staying ahead of the curve and ready, just in case this works out and is a success. It is an open source project and anyone can join, but the Expanse team was one of the first to sign up to be a part of it back in September 2016.

SHOPPING WITH EXPANSE MADE EASY BY COINPAYMENTS

You can shop at many merchants right now using the Coinpayments Platform. We are one of the Alternative Tokens listed on Coinpayments, and they are a reliable trustworthy payment provider that works much like Bitpay does for Bitcoin.

https://www.coinpayments.net/

DOWNLOAD BORDERLESS TECH ALPHA PREVIEW

Current features include Marriages, Status updates, Web Of Trust, Notary, Citizenship, and many more features on the way soon!

https://github.com/borderlesstech/borderless-dapp/releases/

TOKENLAB WHITE PAPER

http://www.borderlesscorp.com/docs/tokenlab-whitepaper.pdf

EXPANSE WHITE PAPER

http://www.expanse.tech/docs/whitepaper.pdf

BORDERLESS WHITE PAPER

http://www.borderless.tech/docs/BorderlessWhitepaper.pdf

ADDITIONAL EXPANSE LINKS

VIDEOS

 

POOLS

Elections on a Blockchain?

Casting of votes is an important aspect of democracy. The whole idea of democracy is based on every person getting a say in the decision making process or of electing their representatives to collectively govern them all. Voting means giving your approval to a person, decision or opinion of your choice. It may be in the form of oral voting, paper voting, electronic voting, or a combination of any of these.

Voting is integral to ensuring that anyone and everyone can exercise their right to choose what they think is best for themselves. Almost all the governments in the world have been elected by the casting of votes by the citizens of the respective country.

We all have, at some point of time in our lives, cast votes. Be it for the selection of a group leader to electing our presidents and ruling parties. Traditionally, votes have been cast using paper ballots wherein people have been given sheets of paper to write down, or stamp on, the name of the person they wish to elect. These sheets are then put into ballot boxes and on the completion of the voting process, these boxes are emptied and the votes are counted. Another way of casting votes is through an Electronic Voting Machine or EVM. The names of the people who are contesting in the election are listed on the EVM. Against their names are buttons which, when pressed, is registered as a vote for them. Each vote is stored in the machine itself and once the voting process is done, all the EVMs are collected and the votes are tallied by uploading the data on a computer. Nowadays, companies and other institutions are also using the internet to conduct elections and accept votes. A registered voter can log in and select the option that they want and submit their vote.

Unfortunately, even though the motive behind voting is to be democratic, fair, and transparent, it is marred by the unethical and illegal practices that have plagued the system of voting for ages now. People in power have always tried to influence the results of voting. They use their influence to employ certain people involved in the election process to cast fake votes or threaten the voters to vote for them. There were a lot of videos circulating around the internet which showed clips of polling booths in Russia supposedly during its recent Presidential elections. These clips showed the officials in the booths putting in extra ballots into the box. These videos cannot be verified. However, the point being that it is easy to manipulate the results when votes are cast through paper ballots.

EVMs themselves are not free from being tamper proof. Some countries such as Germany, England, France and the Netherlands have banned the use of EVMs because they lack transparency and the legitimacy of the votes cannot be established. Also, there have been cases of EVMs being hacked and the votes being directed to the desired candidate. And as far as the internet goes, it is safe to say that nothing is impervious to being hacked on the internet. The major underlying concern is that there is no way to know the tally of votes until the results are out. And the declared result too is subject to being influenced, because there is no way to verify the actual count.

Under such circumstances, it becomes difficult to trust any mechanism which will ensure complete fairness and transparency of votes and elections. But technology has always enabled us to find solutions and better way of doing things. And coincidentally, technology has the answer for this problem as well.

The blockchain technology is revolutionary. It has ushered in an entirely new way of data recording and management. The technology is, at its core, democratic in nature. This means that the blockchain is beyond the control of any single person or entity. It achieves this by decentralizing the storage of data and information on a number of computers on a network. The data once recorded on a blockchain becomes permanent and it is almost impossible to hack in and mess with the data.

The blockchain technology is the reason behind the immense success of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Payments made through cryptocurrencies are extremely safe and there is no way that the transaction can be misappropriated or the currency stolen from the holder’s account. This technology can be very effectively used for casting and recording of votes without the typical concerns of traditional voting methods hindering the voting process ever again.

Votelock

Votelock has therefore been created to harness the benefits of the blockchain technology for making the voting system secure and provide transparent tools for anyone to audit the results. Votelock enables anyone to cast their votes from anywhere, with complete secrecy and security. The convenience of voting from anywhere in the world as long as you are a registered voter is unmatched and desirable in today’s scenario. Imagine the time and costs that can be saved by avoiding the use of polling booths and the manpower required in managing them. The voters need not take time out of their lives and go to a specific place to cast their votes. Votelock also enables the creation of customized ballots rapidly which will ensure control and secrecy. The control refers to the control over who will be given the permission to vote and not on the result.

Votelock will also promote utmost transparency by publishing each vote anonymously. This will ensure protection of the privacy of the voter and allow anyone to validate the elections.Votelock will also facilitate quick and verifiable results. These results will be accurate as well as confidence inspiring.Votelock therefore promises a better future for the voting system. All the persistent problems with the existing methods of voting will be eliminated by the application of the blockchain technology throughVotelock.

Elections may soon see an increased and enthusiastic participation from the voters owing to the convenience and transparency of Votelock and the confidence inspired by the blockchain technology.

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vo. 3, No.1 – 1/15/2018 CRYPTOBRIDGE DECENTRALIZED EXCHANGE SIGNED, LOCOPIXEL PARTNERSHIP, DROPD ICO, QUIKNODE

Welcome to the first edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Keep in mind that breaking news can come at any time, but the Expanse Newsletter is a great overview of progress, news, and our current focus.

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LAB TO LIST ON CRYPTOBRIDGE DECENTRALIZED EXCHANGE

The main announcement for this Newsletter is that CryptoBridge DEX has agreed to list Tokenlab™ (LAB) on their exchange in February. This is huge news for those of us who have been waiting. The agreement also specifies that they will list Expanse (EXP), as well as future tokens launched on the Tokenlab ICO platform. In return, we will help them gain more attention and popularity with our large community of traders and investors that follow Expanse.

As soon as we have the exact date in February from CryptoBridge, we will share it with you all, but it is officially on the way. We will also continue reaching out to centralized exchanges to add Tokenlab, but currently, most are just overwhelmed with demand. That is another reason a scalable decentralized exchange like CryptoBridge has real potential. There is growing demand for a solution like this. Fact is, scalable decentralized exchanges are the future, and this new partnership is a big step in that direction for Expanse and Tokenlab.


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In other news, we have also signed a deal with Locopixel to have them assist with some development work. Locopixel is a company of approximately 50 developers. Chris and the Expanse dev team occasionally need help with various work that takes a great deal of time, so Locopixel is being brought on board to assist. We have already run a test project with them to see how they would perform, and they excelled, delivering the test project as needed, on time, and correctly. So we are expanding the relationship beyond just testing and trials to actually bringing them on board to help with various work that we can outsource to them.

This is simply to streamline and speed up the development of the Expanse project in a very time-efficient and cost-effective manner. So this is great news that will help Expanse scale and grow with demand, as development needs naturally become greater over time as Expanse grows.


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DROPD UPDATE

We are proud to announce that Dropd will be our first Tokenlab client ICO launched in February. You can read the whitepaper here: https://www.dropd.co/

Dropd will be a music platform unlike any other in existence today—a place where people of all ages and countries go to listen to their favorite artists, discover new artists and connect with each other.  The platform is the place where good music, whether from a famous artist or a complete unknown, can rise to the top and be monetized instantly. All users will be able to participate in the success of artists with the market determining who is popular, not huge corporations. By the time this project is complete, the music industry will be changed forever.

Vin Foresta, founder and CEO of IJI, Inc. and Dropd architect/developer, describes that his vision “will include all these things and much more. Dropd will be orders of magnitude greater than an ordinary music app; it will be revolutionary. By the time this project is complete, the music industry will be changed forever,” he said.

Dropd’s patent-pending technology uses the blockchain to decentralize an antiquated business model. The music industry is perhaps one of the best examples of an industry that stands to be drastically altered by blockchain technology. The decentralization and socialization of the music industry have the potential to create the opportunity of a lifetime for many, as well as massive disruption to the status quo. Dropd is positioning itself as the driving force that will lead music into the blockchain age.

Given the evolving regulatory environment in the U.S., Dropd’s ICO will exclude U.S. citizens’ participation. The technology for the Dropd ICO site will have IP blocking in place for US residents and a secondary check that forces users to declare they are not a resident of the U.S. The ICO countdown will begin soon. Watch for a definitive timeline to be published later this week.

Dropd is a platform that is well into the development cycle. It is not just a concept; it is a viable technology with public launch projected in the third quarter of 2018. Watch for the promotional buildup and ICO site listings to begin over the next few weeks. The Expanse and Tokenlab teams could not be more excited about the Dropd project!


 

QUIKNODE DEPLOYING NODES FOR EXPANSE

QuikNode is in the process for setting up easy to set up and scale Expanse Nodes. This will make it much easier to deploy Expanse nodes. The more nodes, the more of a decentralized Expanse. So a big thanks to QuikNode for helping out Expanse.

“QuikNode is a project to help blockchain ecosystems scale by providing accessible core infrastructure. Our latest endeavor, still under wraps, takes aim at applications which require unlimited scale and globally high performance. We are excited to have the support of Expanse; together we will help advance blockchain technology, adoption, and drive innovation.”


 

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EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vo. 2, No.24 – 12/15/2017 EXCHANGE NEWS, EXPANSE MEETUPS, WEBSITE REVAMP, AXIA PUBLIC RELATIONS UPDATE

Welcome to the twenty-fourth edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2017. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Keep in mind that breaking news can come at any time, but the Expanse Newsletter is a great overview of progress, news, and our current focus.


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EXCHANGE NEWS

Right now we are setting up a partnership with the decentralized exchange, Cryptobridge, https://crypto-bridge.org/ This partnership will not only be for Expanse and Tokenlab™, but for future projects launched on Tokenlab. We will help the exchange gain attention and bring in liquidity, while having the freedom to add Tokenlab (LAB) and other projects launched on the platform, in return. This is close to a done deal, and we are working out the final details.  (Cryptobridge management has granted us permission to share this news.) This is looking like it will be a great, mutually-beneficial relationship: Helping Tokenlab and our clients by having a guaranteed exchange, and in turn, helping Cryptobridge, a very well-designed, decentralized exchange, gain the attention, volume, and liquidity they seek.

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We are also in negotiations to purchase a Chinese Exchange. We have been marketing and working over the last year with our Chinese ambassador from this exchange. Both teams are now weighing this option. As we have continued to deepen this relationship, this is a real possibility and not just hype. Buying some Chinese exchange does not mean buying some exchange in China that opens up and tries to take on Chinese regulators. Instead,  we are on track to buy the very valuable, closed source code and then relaunching and rebranding the centralized exchange elsewhere outside of China’s control. If this happens, it would be done with the Expanse team and with a team from China working together. This is a very exciting option but will take time and is still in process. In short, we should have the decentralized exchange coming soon, and the possibility of a traditional centralized exchange for Expanse, Tokenlab, and many other cryptos, launching later.


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EXPANSE MEETUPS AROUND THE WORLD

We have plans for Expanse meetups and an exciting new ambassador program. Meeting people in person directly and speaking to them with presentations, is a very powerful way to get people interested in the project. The timing for launching these new initiatives will be after the new Expanse website is complete, as we need a dynamic site that can quickly be updated and adapt to all the new information that is always coming in. So the upcoming website revamp is closely connected to the plan to have meetups around the world.

We have seen some interest from Africa recently, and some Expanse community members who are setting up a Meetup in Africa shared this flyer with us. Additionally, we have a very strong presence in South America due to partnerships, and we plan on lots of marketing and meetups with presentations in South America. Omar Alvarez, CEO of our Guatemala-based partner Gameboard, is already planning presentations and speaking events about Expanse down there, so we anticipate growth in South America with some related key events to come in the future.


 

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EXPANSE TEAM MEMBERS AND ADVISORS MEET WITH THE PRAETORIAN GROUP (PAX) TEAM IN NEW YORK.

Pictured left to right: Ahmad Sidiqqi, Expanse Advisor; Joshua Lutz, Praetorian Group Creative; Gerard Marrone, Praetorian Group Co-founder/CEO; Timothy Suggs, Expanse Business Development Executive; Louis Adimando, Praetorian Group Co-founder/CSO; Terry Nirmaier, Expanse Advisor.


 

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EXPANSE WEBSITE REVAMP

Although the current Expanse.tech™ website has served us well, the design is not dynamic making updating less efficient. We also believe it is important to stand out and not be like all the other boring crypto websites that blend together. People tend to lose attention if they are all alike after you have seen enough of them. As Expanse has unique selling points, we plan to build a much more creative and dynamic website—one that will have a powerful impact for visitors, with a design that is easy to update given the new and constantly changing information generated by the Expanse.tech™ project.

We know this is a concern for the community. We hear you, and this is a key focus for the team. We understand how vital this is, and since there is so much information and news happening now, the current site is really not designed well enough to handle modifications as it should. Once the new site is launched, the revamped website will also have a much more powerful impact when people first try to learn about Expanse, rather than just a nice website that appears like many others that people might just browse and forget. This new website, in contrast, will be designed to be unforgettable, so we can stand out from the crowd and be noticed.


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AXIA PUBLIC RELATIONS NEWS UPDATE

Axia has helped set up some big interviews with major press, so now we are just waiting to see when they run those stories, and of course, this is ongoing and more interviews are in the process of being negotiated and pitched to the press. So far, six interviews have taken place. When these articles are published they will be in major news publications and give instant mainstream attention to Expanse. So stay tuned, as articles could come out at any moment now.

Now that crypto is going more mainstream, Christopher Franko is being pitched and sought out as an industry expert to provide opinions and to educate consumers by major publications, including Forbes, The New York Times and Fortune Magazine. This obviously is a time-consuming process, but building a brand to get global attention is not a trivial undertaking. Besides, we just need one major story to take off, and as six of the interviews are already done, any one of them could be published at any moment.

If or when they are, we will inform the community and share at once. We are also keeping a close eye on the metrics and evaluating how this is going, but in general, we are very excited about the potential and just waiting for our moment to shine.


 

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EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vo. 2, No.23 – 12/1/2017 TOKENLAB LAST CHANCE, DAVID DRAKE, DROPD SALE STARTS, AXIA PUBLIC RELATIONS NEWS

Welcome to the twenty-third edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2017. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Keep in mind that breaking news can come at any time, but the Expanse Newsletter is a great overview of progress, news, and our current focus.


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TOKENLAB LAST CHANCE

This is the last chance to pick up Tokenlab (LAB) before the sale ends on December 3rd. The final days for participation are happening right now, so make sure to check out Tokenlab while there is still time. Tokenlab is not just some idea, but a working product with clients, original code and new ideas, along with powerful features that help clients to launch ICOs in a simple and easy to manage way.

Tokenlab Website:

http://www.tokenlab.io/

Tokenlab White Paper:

http://www.borderlesscorp.com/docs/tokenlab-whitepaper.pdf


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EXPERT ON BLOCKCHAIN-BACKED CRYPTOCURRENCY FIRMS, DAVID DRAKE, JOINS EXPANSE ADVISORY BOARD

Borderless Corp., Inc., creator of Tokenlab, welcomes the entrepreneur and investor, whose previous successes include Alibaba and Lyft

December 1, 2017

Key Facts:

  • Tokenlab™ is a token-creation and ICO management services platform that runs on the Expanse.Tech™ blockchain.
  • David Drake, Chairman at LDJ Capital, brings a wealth of industry experience to the Tokenlab/Expanse team.
  • As Tokenlab wraps up its ICO, and commences several ICOs for its prestigious group of crowdsale clients on its managed services platform, Drake will provide counsel on critical issues and access to his network of international business investors.

David Drake Bio

David Drake is a well-known entrepreneur, investor, and speaker. Through his family office, LDJ Capital, and his partners, David’s investments currently have over fifty global directors that maintain relations with institutions and family offices with $1.5 trillion in assets. He has represented the US Commerce Department at the Transatlantic Forum with the EU Commission in Brussels and Rome, as well as in the UK Parliament as a speaker.

“David Drake, through his family office LDJ Capital, has acted as GP & LP investors with his partners in fund-of-funds, realty funds, venture capital funds & hedge funds. Mr. Drake’s investments currently have 50+ global directors that maintain relations with institutions & family offices with $1.5 trillion in assets.

Mr. Drake’s family office manages & co-invests in alternative assets with the top 30 family offices out of his 5000 family office & institutional investor reach. These top 30 are 40% from Asia, 20% from Europe, 20% from the Americas, & 30% from the Middle East.

Mr. Drake’s access with 100,000 investors is maintained through his media asset, The Soho Loft Media Group, which has produced & sponsored over 1100+ finance conferences since 2002 like the events with institutional media leader Thomson Reuters & sponsors from Nasdaq, NYSE, KKR, & the Carlyle Group.”

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ldjcapital/


 

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DROPD EARLY SALE BEGINS

DropD, one of the clients for Tokenlab, has started their private sale. Initially, they will only be accepting Ethereum but will add other Tokens and cryptocurrencies at a later date. To participate, access their white paper or find out more about the DropD crowd sale, please check out the link below:

https://dropd.tokenlab.io/


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BINANCE COIN ADDED TO TOKENLAB

Binance is a new exchange that has quickly grown in popularity. Binance Coin is a token the exchange uses to offer trading discounts for users. Adding BNB to Tokenlab does not mean Tokenlab or Expanse will be on Binance, but we are working on getting Expanse added to the list for voting in the future (and we will later for Tokenlab).

For Expanse or Tokenlab to be added to Binance itself, the team and community will need to work together. However, adding BNB to Tokenlab is an important step that can help us move in that direction. So we are now offering (BNB) as one of the options for Tokenlab, and this should increase attention from the Binance exchange and community as it creates another use case for the BNB Token.


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AXIA PUBLIC RELATIONS NEWS

As announced previously we have hired Axia Public Relations to help increase the popularity of the Expanse brand to the general public. All good things take time, but there has been a great deal of progress with Axia. The first press release we issued with Axia, “Borderless Corp., Inc. to Launch Expanse DAO” was viewed by far more people than our previous press releases, so that was a good start. We have also had meetings with Axia discussing the situation and how we can gain mainstream attention.

After those meetings, they later came back with three different concepts for pitching Expanse and Tokenlab and how to get lots of attention from the press. These are very clever ideas for getting attention, so we have green-lighted the proposals and they are being shared out to the press now. If all goes well, Expanse and Tokenlab could end up in major publications and with lots of attention. So we will continue to work with Axia and monitor how the brand grows over the coming months, as we believe they have the talent and connections to help Expanse grow and get the attention we deserve.