Current Media — Weekly Update #6 🗞🌏

To say it has been a big week is an understatement. As of last night, we notified all of our private sale backers, and the process towards token distribution has begun. We’ll be working with all of them on an individual basis, and once everyone has completed their steps, we’ll be sharing KYC instructions with the rest of the process with airdrop, referral and bounty participants.

It has been a long road since we closed the sale, improving the iOS product, growing the user base to nearly 1,000,000 users, getting our Android product and network protocol release ready way ahead of schedule, hiring the best individuals we can find, developing partnerships, and working ensuring a compliant and successful token distribution.

We can’t thank our advisors, top-tier crypto funds, and many others who have helped us along the way and continue to help us navigate through token distribution. 😍

Now, lets get down to it. Here are the updates from the last few weeks of progress!

Marketing & Growth 🗞😃📈

Since May, we’ve added over approximately 600,000 new users to the Current App on iOS alone!! All from non-incentive based traffic.

Once Current App for Android is live, we’ll start running similar strategies specifically for that segment. We’re incredibly excited to expand our footprint and serve more users around the globe.

At this rate, Current is positioned to be one of the top blockchain-enabled products in the market — one with widespread adoption. For a lot of individuals, Current might be their first point of entry into the blockchain space. A critical narrative to share, more so than ever, given the sheer number of products in the industry with little traction and little adoption. It’s products like those that indeed pave the way for innovation and awareness.

Apple App Ranking: Ongoing Update 🍎

There haven’t been many changes since our last update; however, Current has been search trending off and on as the rankings update every few hours over the previous weeks.

Here’s a recap of our top ranking achievements so far in Q2:

Current hit the #1 ranked app overall in the following countries:

  • Canada 🇨🇦, United Kingdom 🇬🇧, Australia 🇦🇺, New Zealand 🇳🇿, South Korea 🇰🇷, Hong Kong 🇭🇰, South Africa 🇿🇦

Current hit the # 2 ranked app overall in the following countries:

  • Indonesia 🇮🇩

Current hit the # 3 ranked app overall in the following countries:

  • Brazil 🇧🇷, India 🇮🇳

Current hit the # 5 ranked app overall in the following countries:

  • Mexico 🇲🇽

Current hit the Top #40 ranked app overall in the following countries:

  • USA 🇺🇸

As we continue with our campaigns we’ll update everyone with the most recent results.

Product 👨🏻‍💻📲

CRNC Portal 🚀💯

Development and final testing on the CRNC Portal are now complete. As far as we’re aware, it’s the first of it’s kind. Created in collaboration with our legal counsel, it gives us the ability to securely and compliantly allow our private sale backers and airdrop recipients (after meeting the KYC eligibility requirements) to receive and transfer tokens in a more compliant manner. It’s ready for prime time!

Current App for Android: In Beta! 👾

The Android app is in its final stages of testing and is planned to be submitted for Google Play Store over the weekend. We’ll make an announcement as soon as it goes live. We already have some Beta testers in there squashing bugs 🐛. In the coming days, we plan to invite more users.

Here’s a video walk-through of the most recent build:

Current Protocol V1 & Wallet Waitlist: In Beta!📱

A new version of the Current App on iOS, that includes the ability to earn rewards from streaming media, is being submitted to the Apple App Store for review over the weekend. We’ll make another announcement as soon as it goes live. With nearly 160,000 users already signed up, we’ll slowly begin to release this feature next week to the individuals on the waitlist. Once proved completely stable, we’ll roll out to the rest of the user base. We’re planning on adding a variety of new premium features that you’ll be able to redeem for in the near future.

Wallet Waitlist, Wallet, Transaction History, Wallet Profile & Settings

Celebrity Partnerships 🤴

We have been working with a variety of top influencers in the music and media space who love what Current is doing and will be announcing some massive collaborations and related marketing campaigns in the coming weeks. Stay Tuned! A lot more to follow!

Community 🌏

We’re announcing Stage 3 of our already over $6M+ in CRNC token giveaway. Stage 3 of our community Airdrop and Referral campaigns are planned to be announced next week. Our new Sticker and GIF contest starts now!

Telegram Community Airdrop + Referral: Stage 3: Start Date Announced Next Week!

How will you participate?

  • First, if you’re new to Current, join our Telegram channel. You’ll see a link to a signup form in our pinned message or it will also be posted regularly in the channel. Fill it out entirely and we’ll notify you when you’ll be able to access the distribution portal to get your tokens.
  • If you’re already a member of our Telegram channel, thank you for being a part of the community! You can still participate and sign up in the same way.
  • You will receive your new referral link via email.

Rewards:

  • Level 1 Reward — Signup = 10 CRNC
  • Level 2 Reward — Refer 5 Friends = 20 CRNC
  • Level 3 Reward — Refer 10 Friends = 50 CRNC
  • Level 4 Reward — Refer 20 Friends = 100 CRNC
  • Level 5 Reward — Refer 60 Friends = 300 CRNC
  • Level 6 Reward — Refer 80 Friends = 400 CRNC

Android Only Referral: Stage 3: Start Date Announced Next Week!

How will you participate?

This one will only be available to Android users who sign up through a new referral website through an Android device. Each additional Android user you refer to Current, and they also sign up using an Android device, gives you an opportunity to earn more CRNC. To be eligible, There are three steps.

  • First, if you’re new to Current, join our Telegram channel! If not, thank you for being a part of the community!
  • Second, in our pinned message, click the link to the referral page and sign up using your Android device to get your unique referral link. You’ll only get credit for those on Android devices that sign up using your referral link.
  • When the Current Android app goes live, we’ll send out an email to everyone on the Android referral list to download the app for an opportunity to earn bonus CRNC.

To check the number of referrals you’ve referred, go back to the dashboard and click “I’ve already signed up.” Your total referrals represent an approximation, and your final number will be dependent on the referral coming from an Android device.

Rewards:

  • Level 1 Reward — Refer 5 Friends = 20 CRNC
  • Level 2 Reward — Refer 10 Friends = 50 CRNC
  • Level 3 Reward — Refer 20 Friends = 100 CRNC
  • Level 4 Reward — Refer 60 Friends = 300 CRNC
  • Level 5 Reward — Refer 80 Friends = 400 CRNC
A reminder to everyone participating in either of these campaigns, SPAM will not be tolerated! Final recipients will be checked to see if their referrals came from bots or fake emails. If flagged for either of these reasons, participants will not be eligible to receive their reward. Anyone receiving CRNC must go through a KYC process to collect their tokens. If you do not qualify for whatever reason, we plan on giving all backers some Current swag for supporting us.

Weekly 10,000 CRNC Sticker & GIF Contest: Announcing Round 2! 😳

We had so much fun laughing at all of the stickers and GIFs submitted in the last contest that we wanted to launch a new one just around stickers and GIFs. Every week on Friday (Starting 7/13), we’ll choose our top 5 favorite stickers, sticker packs, or GIFs. Each winner will have their stickers added to the Official Current sticker pack and win 2,000 CRNC each!

How do you participate?

The same thing as last time, submit your stickers in a message to the Telegram channel, and you’ll be entered to win. Please ensure that you name your sticker pack in this format: “Current / CRNC — @ telegram_username.” So we can keep track of everyone.

Great Sticker Examples!

Round 1 Token Logo, Sticker & GIF Contest: Winners Announced! 🙌

Our first Token Logo & Sticker Contest closed up on Monday, June 25th, 2018. The team has had a great time going through all of the submissions; you didn’t make our selection process easy! Do not be discouraged! If you already created some stickers or GIFs, please make a new submission to enter our next round!

As for the winners? Drumroll please...

  • 1st place: @mangiafica: 5,000 CRNC + Trezor + Swag Pack
  • 2nd place: @endeuxmo: 3,000 CRNC + Trezor + Swag Pack
  • 3rd place: @CryptoBeaver: 1,000 CRNC + Trezor + Swag Pack
  • 4th place: @Eddycurrents: 500 CRNC + Swag Pack
  • 5th place: @jonasolo: 500 CRNC + Swag Pack
Great work everyone!

We’ve been in touch with all of the winners to congratulate them and let them know we’ll be collecting their details next week.

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Recap 🆕 📢

On Friday, June 22, 2018, our CEO, Dan Novaes, held our second AMA via Telegram. As always the community came out in force and asked a lot of great questions, most of which were around the Android and Protocol releases, and of course Token Distribution. You can read the full recap here. We’ll be holding another one sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Where We’ll Be Next 🎉 📅

Glappitnova: Chicago, IL — July 18, 2018

This event is all about unlocking human potential getting different types of people and perspectives into the same space sharing what matters most. This highly curated event, held in a hidden warehouse in Chicago, brings a diverse mix of storytelling, panels, performances, art installations and more. Our very own Head of Product, Nick McEvily will be sitting on one of these panels to discuss Current and innovation in the blockchain space.

Voice of Blockchain: Chicago, IL — August 24–25, 2018

Join Current, along with 300 exhibitors, top-speakers and 5,000 attendees for a multi-track blockchain conference held at Navy Pier. With a focus on innovation, social good, fin-tech, and markets there’s something for everyone! More details are coming soon.

Future Music Forum: Barcelona, Spain — September 12–14, 2018

At the intersection of Blockchain and Music Tech? …and love Barcelona? This one is for you. The real bonus is going to see our CEO, Dan Novaes speak about this intersection and how Current is striving to be a significant player in the industry’s evolution.

The conference, in their words,

“…is an annual international music conference based in Barcelona that gathers the leading minds in the world of music to exchange views on how music is being shared in today’s digital age and discuss new developments taking place in music technology.
Our aim to provide a professional yet relaxed platform to explore, engage and discuss these topics with over 300 selected groups of music futurists, label owners, managers, music and mobile technology entrepreneurs and digital music consumption analysts.”

We’re always looking for great events to attend. If you’re an event organizer or think we should have a presence at a particular event, please reach out to Seamus Doheny at seamus@current.us.


Current’s Curated Content 📚 🎥 🎶

What We Are Reading, Watching, and Listening To This Week?

Article: New Data Shows No Evidence of Bitcoin Price Manipulation as Whale’s ‘HODL’ by Wilma Woo

Article: The New York Times has created a special section dedicated for blockchain and cryptocurrency news. by the New York Times

Article: A Plan to Send Millions in Bitcoin to Venezuela Is Moving Ahead by Alyssa Hertig

Article: Here’s Why Bank of America Has Filed Nearly 50 Blockchain-Related Patents by Lucinda Shen

Video: How the blockchain is changing money and business | Don Tapscott

Video: Why People Are Buying Cartoon Cats on the Blockchain 🙄

Video: Talks at GS — Naval Ravikant: The Capital Play Behind Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Current Video Pick of the Week: SAD! by XXXtentacion

X blesses his fans and supporters this morning with new visuals for his hit song “SAD!”. The video, which depicts X visiting his casket, was released by X’s mother this week. With the artist’s passing occurring almost two weeks ago, it feels as if X was foreshadowing the events to come. Later on, the visual X is shown having existential conversations with his demons. Check out the thought-provoking video and dive into the mind of this controversial figure to gain a better perspective of his inner thoughts and feelings.

Current Song Pick of the Week: Peach Fuzz by Tyler, The Creator

After recently releasing several surprise new tracks, Tyler is back with yet another jam. “Peach Fuzz,” remixes Prophet’s track “Wanna be your man,” taking the listener on a warm summer journey filled with twinkling sounds and longing lyrics. Post up by the lake and check out Tyler’s wavy new track this weekend.

Current Artist Spotlight: Icy Narco

If you like Lil Pump, then Icy Narco is your guy. With neon blue dreads and tattoos from head to toe, this 19-year-old South Florida rapper is the epitome of SoundCloud rap. With banging 808’s, catchy repetitive hooks, and powerful bass Icy’s music is perfect to turn up to this summer.

A Note From Dan 👨🏻

Let the fun begin! 😊

See you all next week! ✌️

Dan Novaes — CEO, Current Media