EXPEX Release Plan Solidifies

Expanse to Present Plan June 1

As you may remember, on  August 31, 2018, the Expanse team airdropped a new token, PEX,  to the Expanse and Tokenlab communities. 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 token creation and 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. Our development  team under Asim (@asimashfaq) tweaked it, then readied it for beta-testing. Community volunteers conducted the testing, leaving comments like, “Very intuitive and easy to use,” and “Awesome.”

As with anything newish introduced in the cryptosphere, governing regulations and guidance are not far behind. We know a lot more now than we knew in August about DEXs, and new insights have guided where we now plan to take EXPEX. The FinCEN guidance just released is favorable. You can read it here: https://www.systems.cs.cornell.edu/docs/fincen-cvc-guidance-final.pdf

Taking this updated information into account, here are some highlights about where we are headed:

  • EXPEX will be developed directly within the Luna wallet.
  • Users pay $0 (zero) trade fees. (Gas fees are paid by the user and the network implicitly.)
  • Projects will pay a reasonable annual listing fee — somewhere in the $1000 USD range. The exact amount is yet to be determined.
  • Tokens minted using Tokenlab receive EXPEX listing priority. The cost is 1000 LAB to mint the token and one EXP for gas.
  • Projects interested in listing on EXPEX can apply here

Next Steps
We will make a more formal announcement, including a timeline and other concrete information, on June 1. We plan to have an operating committee in place comprised of community volunteers, specifically EXPEX beta-testers who want to participate. Hang on to your PEX! EXPEX will be here before you know it.

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 15 – 08/15/2018

Welcome to the fifteenth 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:  

  • PEX Airdrop update
  • New Chinese Community Manager
  • Tokenlab Update
  • New Exchanges: Beaxy.com, Bitexbay.com
  • Luna Wallet Beta-testers Wanted
  • Exchange Dev Update
  • Borderless Bedlam
  • Compelling Quotes

PEX Airdrop Update

 

The PEX airdrop is right around the corner. Be sure to move your EXP and LAB into a wallet where you hold the keys by August 31. (PEX will be airdropped to exchanges, but we cannot guarantee that the exchanges will distribute them to you.) The blockchain snapshot will take place at 9 a.m. UTC on August 31. The PEX will arrive into your wallets within 24 hours. For more information, visit the PEX website at www.expex.io

If you participated in the final token sale for Tokenlab and do not know how to view your LAB, please send an email to [email protected] for assistance. You can also submit a help ticket at https://expanse.freshdesk.com/. Visit out PEX discord channel to network with the community.


New Chinese Community Manager

We are thrilled to introduce Alex Zhao as our new Community Manager for the Chinese community. Alex is an experienced technical project manager with a history of working in the media production industry. He is skilled in cross-functional team leadership, troubleshooting, product management, integration, and electronics.

Alex holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in Technology Management from the University of Bridgeport, CT, and he is fluent in English and Chinese.

“It is my goal to make Expanse and LAB very successful in China,” said Alex. “My goal will be to build a China community of between 10,000 and 100,000 participants and to increase the number of miners. I also plan to get Expanse and Tokenlab on large  Chinese exchanges.”

Alex will bring on two bilingual colleagues over the next few week to assist him in meeting his ambitious goals. You can learn more about Alex here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mr-zhao-a47b3099/


Tokenlab Update

In addition to securing listing commitments for two new exchanges, (see below), the Tokenlab project is meeting many development goals, including:.

  • EXR and Lab had been integrated into the dev environment.
  • Tokenlab modules for KYC are complete.
  • Tokenlab modules for Token Creation are complete.
  • The Tokenlab,Airdrop Module is complete and will be used for the PEX airdrop.

Take a look below at the sample screens Asim has provided to demonstrate our Tokenlab progress.

Tokenlab KYC

Dashboard

Airdrop Integration

 


New Exchanges for Expanse and Tokenlab

We are pleased to announce two new exchanges for EXP and LAB:

  • Bitexbay.com – Bitexbay is a fairly new exchange, with roots in China and offices in Los Angeles, CA. The listings will activate within a few days. The fees have been paid and the development is complete, with just final touches needed on the mobile version. Watch for an announcement as soon as we get the word!
  • Beaxy.com – Beaxy aims to create the ultimate all-in-one cryptocurrency exchange, with more tools at your disposal than ever before, and a user experience that is unmatched. Among the features are:
    • Lifetime referral rewards
    • Coin staking
    • Loyalty program
    • Instant FIAT deposits
    • 24/7 customer support
    • Robust charting tools on exchange
    • Mobile app functionality with custom alerts
    • Unique trading pairs
    • 4 layers of security architecture
    • Enhanced transaction throughput

We reached agreement with Beaxy last week, with an active listing scheduled within a few weeks for EXP and soon thereafter for LAB.


Wanted: Luna Wallet Beta-testers

The Luna wallet apha-testing is complete. We are now setting up for beta-testing. We are inviting our community members to participate.

Here’s how it works:

  • Complete the participation form available on this link: Beta Testers Form
  • Receive and complete a non disclosure agreement (NDA) via email.
  • Receive an invitation to the private Luna Beta-testing channel in the Expanse  Discord.
  • Receive a promotion in rank in the Expanse Army.
  • Asim and his team will deliver the latest builds to the software.

Although the initial assignment is beta-testing the Luna Wallet, in the future it will be the PEX and Expanse exchanges and Tokenlab—anything we need people to test.


Exchange Developer Update


As we reported in the last newsletter, we have secured the services of an outside development team to build our exchanges. There will be two:

  • The decentralized exchange, EXPEX (PEX).
  • A centralized exchange, Expanse Exchange,

The development team is adhering to a strict development schedule, and today they provided the screen sample above.


Slips Project Update

The design work for the Slips project is almost all done (desktop and mobile). Take a look below at some of great design work already completed.  


Borderless Bedlam

A while back, Christopher Franko had an idea for a book set in a Blockchain world. The book is complete, and is called Borderless Bedlam. It can be downloaded for free for a limited time here: https://www.batwhaledragon.com/giveaway

The book answers the question, “What would a world dominated by blockchain technology look like?” It explores the question in the most campy way possible, featuring technobabble, a feud between friends and factions, a very mysterious mystery, the antics of Gubrick, and more…

Proceeds for the book go to Borderless Charity, http://www.borderlesscharity.org/


Compelling Quotes from Our Discord Community

Here is a collection of compelling quotes posted over the last two weeks in our various Discord channels:

I imagine Slips to be a platform offering new ways to gamble, specifically on streams. The large focus of sports gambling will most likely focus on large sporting and e-sporting events.. but with the rise of gaming streams.. I see so many ways of creating new and fun ways to challenge the streamer, their viewers, and the larger video game community.. not only that, but the frequency of gaming streams offer a greater volume of events than say a season of NBA Basketball or Football. And the audience of gaming streams is growing at a steady rate.”  Posted by a Slips team member..

OK guys, so the crypto market is getting totally rekt, but don’t worry short term chart-gazing. It’s no big news, just scammy ICOs dumping their ETH and tokens from their treasury to extend their runways. Real projects are busy building exciting, cool stuff.” Posted by a community member.

In regard to the Twitter war between Expanse and Binance, a community member posted this: “Good job, Franko, on the Binance listing fee issue, This will definitely bring Expanse to the limelight and show the Expanse team’s integrity and transparency. It’s a plus for Expanse.”

“I’ve seen projects hold 48-hour hackathons building apps/dapps with prizes in crypto.Is this something Expanse would consider, which would help with awareness?You could give PEX as the prize for best apps/dapps for each category.” This great suggestion was posted by a very active (and much appreciated) community member.


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. 13 – 07/15/2018

Welcome to the thirteenth 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:

  • Key Developer Updates
  • New Gander Release
  • Tokenlab Updates
  • Meet Luna, the Next Generation Expanse Wallet
  • Behind the Tech – Asim Ashfaq, Chief Architect
  • Compelling Quotes from our Discord Community

Key Developer Updates

Chief Developer Christopher Franko and Chief Architect Asim Ashfaq have provided the following updates for various initiatives now underway. Read on to learn details about other major Expanse and Tokenlab projects in development.

PEX Airdrop Timeline

A timeline for the PEX airdrop is now set. As you know, EXPEX (PEX) is a fork of the decentralized exchange standard (DEX), Ox. The contracts for PEX have been launched and the Expanse decentralized exchange is in development. The new exchange will launch on the Expanse blockchain. We are finalizing the software for PEX airdrops to our Expanse and LAB token-holders, now set to commence on August 31, 2018. Watch for the promotion and build-up to the airdrop over the next six weeks.

We are still looking for Ox developers. To that end, we have added 500M PEX to the EXP.Grant fund that we will use to reward the Ox developers who come on board to work on relays. Send a direct message (DM) to Christopher Franko to apply.

EXP Upgrade

EXP has been upgraded to the latest version of eth. According to Christopher Franko, this upgrade includes a LONG list of updates. Everything from 1.8.12 to 1.7.2 was implemented into EXP. Use this link to learn more:

https://github.com/ethereum/go-ethereum/releases

Expanse Faucet

Our Islamabad team is developing the faucet version of Expanse. This will provide the ability for our community to easily test dApps on the Expanse network. This feature, we believe, will be an excellent addition to the Expanse repertoire and a huge step forward in enhancing the usability of the network .


New Gander Release

Thanks to all who provided feedback on the new Gander Explorer during the beta test. The information submitted was very helpful, and we were able to release Gander Explorer V. 1 on July 8. You can access it at  https://gander.tech.

Of note, we are happy to announce that we have established the Expanse node with the DEBUG feature enabled. Through this feature, DEBUG API of the Expanse network is now accessible. This provides the ability to help DEBUG any transaction on the network. This feature is vital in helping dApp developers debug their transactions on the Expanse network and to assist them in rectifying errors or bugs in their code.

We will, of course, show how this feature can be used and accessed so that developers know the status of how their transactions happening on the network. Available in the coming week, statuses shown include:

  • Succeeded
  • Deleted
  • Out of Gas
  • Reverted
  • Pending

The Gander is indeed the backbone of the Expanse.Tech™ network. It shows all of the transaction counts and history for a user’s account, as well as details about the miners’ activities on the Expanse network.

Later on, in V. 2, we will display more great information regarding dApps and smart contracts running on the network. The development of the API documentation for Gander.tech is also underway. It will help developers integrate Expanse into their websites, mobile apps and other applications.


Tokenlab (LAB) Update

Exchange Listings

As we announced last week, Tokenlab™ (LAB) is now listed on the BOA Exchange: HTTPS://BOAEXCHANGE.COM/MARKET/LAB_BTC. The BOA exchange has just launched, and they were anxious to have Expanse, a token with a three-year history of stability, added to their listings. With LAB, they get a utility token with unlimited growth potential and a well-established, committed team and community behind it.

“BOA is a new exchange, but I’m very familiar with their dev team and trust them. It’s a good opportunity for us to grow together,” said Christopher Franko, Expanse Founder.

As we reported earlier, we have an agreement with the Cryptobridge Exchange to list EXP and LAB this month. We are currently waiting for their listing manager to report back with a firm date. We will announce the date as soon as we know it.

In case you missed it, you can read more about our exchange listing journey in our recent blog, https://expanse.tech/overcoming-the-exchange-listing-challenge-what-we-learned-along-the-way/

Tokenlab Developer Update

As you know, Tokenlab is about to release a series of self-service solutions to support every aspect of the ICO process. A large milestone was recently achieved when the user interface designs were approved. Developers have now started creating the html and css versions of these pages.

From the backend perspective, developers have already developed APIs that will make it all extremely easy and quick to integrate, followed by a beta release. We will provide ongoing updates about the impending beta release in both this newsletter and our Discord channel. Announcements will also appear on the Tokenlab website, https://Tokenlab.io. Watch for the dedicated Tokenlab newsletter coming soon.


Meet Luna, the Next Generation Expanse Wallet

After having successfully developed version 1.0 of our Mist wallet, we are now in the process of completely revamping it. Our new wallet is called “Luna.”

Luna provides users the ability to:

  • Generate a wallet
  • Import the wallet via private key /JSON keystore file
  • Generate and import BIP39 mnemonic codes to create the HD Wallets

We have successfully completed testing on MAC OSX. Currently, we are in the final stages of testing on Windows and Ubuntu. The Luna wallet beta release is set for Wednesday, July 18. Watch for it.


Behind the Tech – Asim Ashfaq

Hello guys! This time around, we are featuring Lead Architect Asim Ashfaq in our Behind the Tech series.

Asim holds a Bachelors Degree in Software Engineering from Riphah International University, a 4-year Bachelors Program. Right from his school days, Asim has always been fascinated with technology and decided to learn it more so than trying to make a career out of it. Not content with simply pursuing his education, he decided to test his knowledge and skills by taking up a part time job during his 3rd semester.

After getting his degree and armed with the rich working experience he got out of more than two years working part time job for an IT company, he went on to become a Full Stack Developer and mastered the craft of working both on the backend and frontend of any technology.

Asim entered the crypto sphere in early 2011. He had read about blockchain technology and its truly transformative capabilities. Amazed by the limitless possibilities this technology can afford to any sector and industry, he decided to learn more about it. Over the last seven years, he has directed his veritable skills and deep technological insights to using blockchain technology to create meaningful applications to solve real world problems.

Asim is lost for words when trying to explain his initial experiences with Expanse. He started working for Expanse as a dApp developer. But Christopher saw the potential in him and offered him the huge responsibility of being the lead architect at Expanse. Asim says that Expanse is the best thing that ever happened to him professionally and this experience is getting better with every passing day. He has immense respect and gratitude for Christopher Franko for having faith in him and allowing him to establish a dedicated team for Expanse. “Christopher gave me, and continues to give me, great growth opportunities as a person and as a professional,” says Asim.

Asim currently works as a lead developer and architect at Expanse and works closely with Chris as the domain expert on the various projects on the Expanse platform. He manages a team of 20 people from his office in Islamabad, Pakistan. From UI to the production release, Asim is responsible for all the tech.

Asim is enthusiastic about the research department that they are in the process of establishing. This department will be tasked with exploring new avenues of applications and infrastructure that can be developed on and for Expanse.

On being asked what excites him about Expanse, Asim can barely curb his excitement. “The dream Christopher and Marcia have for Expanse is difficult to put into words. I share with them the vision and mission of Expanse and I am happy that they have allowed me to be part of this wonderful journey. I see Expanse more as an extended family and a place where the opportunities are boundless. All work here is play and I enjoy every moment of it.”  

Asim is very optimistic about the future of blockchain technology in general and Expanse in particular. “From where I stand, I see great potential in Expanse in the coming years as we are working on some great projects which will increase the usability of Expanse among the community and by making Expanse as the most sought after dApp platform in the crypto sphere.”

Asim is still in awe of the decentralized technologies and the infinite possibilities they hold to change the way we live. He says he has a lot to learn and much more to achieve in terms of fully appreciating what could be truly done with this technology. “Every single day is as challenging as it is exhilarating. My hunger to learn more about disruptive technologies is insatiable and this is what drives me to achieve greater things for myself and for Expanse,” says Asim, signing off.


Compelling Quotes from Our Discord Community

Here is a collection of compelling quotes posted over the last two weeks in our various Discord channels:

“The interesting thing about crypto is it can exist in many states at once. It can be a currency, property, a store of value, a remittance vehicle, a network.” From Christopher Franko..

“It is difficult for people to not look at the token dollar price because of the years of brainwashing that governments, banks and media have done to us. Most people who have invested in crypto hope to make some profit and then convert back to fiat so the dollar amount is important. It may take decades to fully live in a digital world, if ever….” From a very active community member.

“BTC and all cryptos are so volatile that it’s impossible to use it as a daily currency. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to see cryptos taking over, but it’s a bit of a utopia to think about using crypto as a currency right now.” From another devoted community member.

“Hyperledger is where I’m putting most of my energy and research currently. There’s no substitute for the speed. No data limit either, but you have to come to a happy medium on that since it is coming from a database.” From a community member.


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!