Geolancer, one of our biggest projects of the year, is the cornerstone of our long-term strategy both in our core business — location data — and in crypto. We’ve launched Geolancer a little over a month ago, and it is time to look at the results.

Between May 10 — June 10, we’ve run a beta launch campaign for Geolancer in seven countries across the Asia Pacific: Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. We recruited users mainly through Twitter ads, targeting a younger, crypto-savvy audience. Geolancers who added at least 25 POIs in a day shared…

As our Geolancer project is inching towards public release, we are excited to present our end-of-April community update.

Geolancer launch

Geolancer, our platform gamifying the collection and verification of Point-of-Interest (POI) data, is now in the final stages of testing. In the last three weeks, a selected group of users has been mapping multiple cities in West Java, Indonesia. They are professional surveyors who collected POIs for years for one of the most prominent navigation companies in the world. They provided us with valuable insights on usability, accuracy, and processes, and their feedback is currently being incorporated into the app.

Quadrant, a leading mobile location data and location intelligence company, is partnering with Polygon (previously Matic) to launch its new project, Geolancer.

Geolancer is a platform for gamifying the collection of Point-of-Interest (POI) data. Participating freelancers — Geolancers — can earn Quadrant’s cryptocurrency, eQUAD, by simply mapping POIs (shops, convenience stores, restaurants, and others) in their neighborhood using a dedicated smartphone application.

While eQUAD was originally issued as an ERC-20 token, considering the high gas prices and the scalability issues of the main Ethereum network. Polygon’s commit chain is 100% EVM-compatible, secured by a permissionless set of PoS validators and…

Enterprise-focused tokens have often struggled to gain significant traction. There are two main reasons behind this.

First, many projects were unable to develop compelling products with the funds raised during their ICO. In this sense, the blockchain industry is not different from the traditional startup world, where 90 percent of new ventures fail.

Second, the economics of these enterprise-focused tokens are often not very well-designed, lacking connection to the products and, therefore, actual utility.

In the last two and a half years, Quadrant Protocol focused on the first issue. We’ve built several new product suites advancing the Big Data industry…

We are thrilled to announce that we have expanded our marketing team in the last few weeks, hiring a new Director of Marketing and a Content Marketing Manager.

Strengthening the marketing team is not merely the next logical step in Quadrant’s growth story; we are also introducing structural changes. Historically, the marketing activities of and Quadrant Protocol — our core data business and our blockchain arm — were somewhat siloed. With the new hires, the marketing strategy of the two sister companies will be perfectly aligned to advance the ecosystem.

Our updated roadmap has four ambitious new projects, focusing…

I’ve always been fascinated with Ethereum, and especially with smart contracts. The idea of self-executing, immutable and trustless contracts is a game-changer. After watching from the sidelines for years, I’ve finally decided to get my hands dirty.

Now, I am not a software developer. I am a senior marketer, and I’ve never had any formal CS education. I’ve always been working at the crossroads of marketing and technology, and I have some experience writing code as a hobbyist, but learning a whole new language is far from trivial for me.

Luckily, Solidity is simple. Its syntax is so clear it…

What is Polkadot? Why blockchain interoperability is crucial for mainstream adoption? What is Substrate, and why it is important? How can we make building blockchains as easy as deploying Wordpress?

These are the questions I’ve tried to answer on the back of a napkin. Enjoy!

Scalability, or rather lack of it, is one of the main roadblocks to the business adoption of blockchain technology. Why is it so hard to solve?

Bitcoin, in its current form, can handle around 7 transactions per second (TPS). Ethereum, which businesses are often more interested in as it can run smart contracts, can manage about 20. These are unacceptably low throughputs for most business applications. If you’ve just started researching blockchain, you’ll immediately see there is a “TPS war” going on between competing projects, and many of them claim to be much faster. …

“Blockchain is just a glorified database” is something you hear from self-appointed pundits like Nouriel Roubini. “Blockchain is the future, the solution to all our problems, and possibly the cure for cancer,” says the other side. The truth is, neither of these opinions is correct.

What is a blockchain, anyway?

A blockchain is not a database. It stores data, but the similarities end here. In fact, blockchain mostly fails as a database. Searching it or running queries on it is hugely painful, ruling out many applications. …

Investing and speculation are as old as humanity, or at least as old as capitalism. Investing used to be, and still is, the privilege of a few. But not for long.

The prehistory of asset tokens

1200%. This is how much money you made if you invested in the world’s first IPO in 1602, and you were smart enough to sell at the top. It’s a respectable return even by crypto standards. But not many could participate in the initial public offering of the Dutch East India Company (the VOC). …

Torsten | Quadrant Protocol

Marketing executive turned crypto geek.

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