Celo is a mobile-first solution that’s composed of three main elements: lightweight identity and an ultralight client, a stability mechanism for stable-value currencies, and a governance system with incentives to ensure platform stability. In Part 1 of our Early Look at Celo series we explored what lightweight identity means for Celo and how it works. For Part 2, Justin Gregorius from CoinList recently spoke with Markus Franke, a Partner at cLabs, about their stability mechanism and token economics.

Justin Gregorius: Thanks for speaking with us, Markus. To start, Celo has two digital assets that are native to the protocol: Celo…


The founders of Celo — Rene Reinsberg, Sep Kamvar, and Marek Olszewski — have a vision for a truly global and inclusive financial system. To execute on their vision, they aren’t just building an impressive technical stack, they’re also focused on building world-class, usable products. Their platform is centered on a mobile experience that allows people to send payments using only a phone number. Celo’s token model introduces the solution to the second problem with a native stablecoin, Celo Dollar, which is pegged to the U.S. dollar.

CoinList’s Justin Gregorius sat down with Anna Kazlauskas from Celo’s engineering team, to…


Origin aims to empower a new generation of sharing economy entrepreneurs.

In 2018, Origin partnered with CoinList to sell Origin Tokens (OGN) to a broad distribution of users and purchasers, successfully raising $6.6M USD from more than 500 users in just a few minutes.

After the successful sale on CoinList, the Origin team has been hard at work preparing for its 1.0 platform launch. In conjunction with the official launch of the network, Origin Tokens (OGN) recently listed on Binance.

I sat down with Josh Fraser from Origin to explore the project in more detail.

Justin Gregorius: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, Josh. …


One of the most exciting developments in crypto over the past year was the growth of decentralized finance. DeFi has gained traction because it actually improves the user experience when compared to traditional financial products; DeFi applications make it very easy to engage in lending, borrowing, bundling, trading, and more. Not only is DeFi important for the growth of crypto, but DeFi projects provide useful tools to investors and token holders seeking yield on their investments.

We did our first deep dive into DeFi a few months ago with our profile of Set Protocol. Today, we’re excited to provide insight…


Kadena aims to provide secure, scalable, and fast layer-1 blockchain infrastructure for production applications. Kadena employs a unique design with a parallel Proof of Work architecture called “Chainweb.” They created their own smart contract language called “Pact,” which is human readable. Kadena is delivering important features such as Formal Verification, interoperability, scalability, and more.

Justin Gregorius: Thanks for speaking with us, Will. To start, what is Kadena and what motivated you to start working on it?

Will Martino: So before JP Morgan, I worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in their cryptocurrency working group researching blockchain technology. …


Set facilitates the creation, issuance, redemption, and rebalancing of fungible, collateralized baskets of tokenized assets (“Set tokens” or “Sets”). The protocol utilizes liquidity from decentralized exchanges for Set issuance and redemption. Users who desire to track an index or have their portfolios automatically updated based on a trading strategy can subscribe to a Rebalancing Set.

I spoke with Felix Feng, Co-Founder and CEO of Set Protocol, to get a deeper look into Set Protocol, TokenSets, and potential use cases going forward.

Justin Gregorius: Felix, thanks for taking the time to speak with us. To start, what is Set Protocol?

Felix…


In November, we launched an online hackathon for Numerai’s protocol, Erasure. Erasure is designed to facilitate data marketplaces with staking mechanisms to minimize trust between parties. The hackathon was focused on building tools to help developers build great applications on Erasure with a specific focus on three areas:

  • Speed up in App Development
  • Seamless Integrations
  • New Frontiers

The hackathon ran for five weeks.orkshops were held with great teams like 3Box, Enigma, and NuCypher. We are excited to announce that we received high-quality submissions to build out a solid infrastructure for the Erasure protocol. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Here are…


We’re excited to open our next hackathon, which is focused on the Erasure Protocol. Erasure is a smart contract protocol that can power things like decentralized data marketplaces. It allows anyone on earth to upload predictions, stake them with cryptocurrency (providing skin in the game), build a verifiable track record, and earn money.

Erasure brings simple Web3 primitives to any website on the internet. The initial primitives available on Erasure are Recourse, Track-Record, and Payments. …


On August 5th, we announced the IDEO+CoinList hackathon aimed at Making Blockchains Useful and Usable. We’ve really enjoyed collaborating with some great partners like Ethereum Foundation, Tezos, Oasis Labs, Near Protocol and Stellar Development Foundation to expand the applications of blockchain technology

We had three broad categories for the hackathon:

  1. Things that Radically Simplify the User Experiences
  2. Things that Bring People into Crypto
  3. Things that Bring Crypto to People

We received over 200+ registrations and over 30 project submissions. You can see a full list of submissions here: https://coinlist.co/build/ideo/votes

We also had an amazing panel of industry leaders judging the submissions from Ethereum Foundation, Tezos, Oasis Labs, Near…


After wrapping up two successful hacakthons with Cheeze Wizards and IDEO, we’re excited to announce our next hackathon: The Chainlink+CoinList hackathon.

Chainlink is a decentralized oracle network that gives smart contracts secure and reliable access to data providers, web APIs, enterprise systems, other blockchains and much more. Whether its receiving off-chain data to trigger your smart contract or connecting to an external payment system to settle it, ChainLink opens up a huge number of possible applications to developers. We’re stoked to work with the ChainList team to help bridge the connection between real-world data and smart contracts.

Building Smart Contracts Using Off-Chain Resources

The Chainlink+CoinList hackathon…

Justin Gregorius

Business Operations @CoinList. Founder of the Cryptocurrency Club at Boston College

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