Current Media — Weekly Update #7 🗞🌏

There has been a lot going on here at Current these last two weeks. In our previous update, we had just started the distribution process with our private backers, and at this point, we’re happy to announce that we’re just about through everyone. That said, legally, all backers have until the end of July to fully wrap things up and register in the CRNC token portal.

What’s that mean for token distribution?

Simple. After July 30th, we will be evaluating the date of when to unlock tokens. We are actively working with our advisors to establish favorable conditions that are most likely to benefit all backers and supporters of Current. We intend to have many MAJOR announcements and press coming out in August.

For all of our airdrop, referral, and bounty participants, we are pleased to officially announce that we will be working with CoinList to facilitate KYC for all participants receiving the airdrop of CRNC.

With the legal stuff out of the way, stay tuned for another announcement in the coming weeks on when this portal will be ready to start the process.

Until then, please stay patient. We know it’s been a long wait, but we’re working through all of the right channels to ensure the airdrop happens in a smooth and compliant way. Everyone that passed our screening for spam and bot manipulation has tokens reserved and will receive access as soon as it becomes available.

Finally, the product. The Current iOS app has finally surpassed 1M users, which means, by distribution time, Current will be one of the most widely adopted blockchain-enabled consumer media products in the world. Woot!

We’re all very excited to get through distribution and continue pushing boundaries and building the product our team has dreamed.

Now…for the updates!

Marketing, Partnerships and & Growth 🗞😃📈

Our marketing efforts have stayed pretty consistent for the last two months while we get through everything leading up to distribution. While we’ve seen phenomenal results, our primary focus has been purely on driving new users to the Current App on iOS. In the next few weeks and onward, we’ll still be including this as part of our arsenal and expanding into marketing for Android. However, we’ll also be resuming a lot more blockchain and crypto related marketing efforts. Our goal between these strategies and our public relations with major media outlets is that you will see a lot more of Current Media everywhere you look!

Public Relations & Media Tour: Update

Right now, we’re heavily involved with our Public Relations team, SparkPR, preparing a variety of announcements to hit all of the top business, tech and crypto publications around distribution. Our CEO, Dan Novaes, will be on a major media tour at the end of this month through August. We will keep you in the loop of all notable press mentions at they hit.

If you represent any publication and would like to cover Current’s story in the next couple of weeks, please reach out to press@current.us for more information.

Celebrity Partnerships Updates

Early last week, we verbally agreed with partners who represent and manage over 100M followers across dozens of significant artist and celebrity pages. This partnership will be used to evangelize Current through their pages, and individual artists will be appearing as cast members on our upcoming Facebook Watch Series. This series will be rolled out across the next couple of months.

New Website & Team Videos: Coming Soon

A new version of Current’s website will be coming this quarter in Q3 and will include a full refresh. As part of this, we’ll be including an update to the white paper, product roadmap, addition of the Android product and improvements to our team page that will include all of the roles we’re actively hiring.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of our videos that we’ll be adding to showcase our employees and what it’s like to work at Current.

Product 👨🏻‍💻📲

Current App for Android: Updates 👾

The Current App for Android was submitted to the Google Play Store almost two weeks ago. Unfortunately, there was another fake Current app in the store during this time, and it’s a lengthy process to have an app removed from the store — even the second time around. While going through the process, we decided to keep it in private BETA and continue making further updates. Google has been made fully aware of tightening up the review process and preventing this from happening again before our final release.

The BETA will be available until our release in another couple of weeks while we wrap up these last few remaining changes. Once released, we’ll make an announcement. The rollout of features will follow a very similar path as our iOS app where shortly after being released, we’ll begin waitlisting the wallet and protocol feature, and within a couple of weeks after that open it up to everyone.

If you’re interested in being a part of our BETA, please sign up here! We’re inviting a handful of individuals off the list each week until release.

Current Protocol V1 & Wallet Waitlist: Updates📱

A new version of the Current App for iOS was approved by Apple late last week that includes the ability to earn while streaming. This week, we’ll begin releasing this feature to the first 1,000 people on the waitlist. As it’s deemed stable, we’ll be releasing the feature to more and more people over the coming weeks, and eventually to everyone. So far, we have surpassed well over 200,000 users on iOS alone who have signed up for the protocol and wallet waitlist.

CRNC Portal: Updates 🚀💯

Also in our last update, we announced the release of the CRNC Portal. A first of it’s kind, this website gives us the ability to securely and compliantly distribute CRNC tokens, first, to our private sale backers and shortly after, our airdrop, referral, and bounty recipients. As of today, more than 90% of our private backers have received invitations and confirmed their allocations. By, July 30th, we expect to have 100% approved.

The airdrop, referral, and bounty participants will receive access to this portal after completing KYC through the CoinList powered KYC portal. Links will be provided to begin this process in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to our Telegram channel for further updates.

New Additions To The Team! 👋

Shawn Glasper — Operations Manager

With a diverse background in Product Management, Business Analytics, and Finance, Shawn assists in establishing KPIs, and best practices for each department at Current. Previously, he led the development of complex products as Product Manager with other prominent Chicago startups and assisted in the closing of $2B securitization deal with GE Capital. Shawn holds Bachelor degrees in both Finance and Mandarin from Michigan State University.

Patrick McSteen, VP — Programmatic, Ad Ops

Patrick is a versatile, data-driven marketer with a deep agency, sales and app publishing experience. Patrick joins the Current team from US Cellular’s Innovation Group, where he designed, build and managed an advertising & app analytics technology stack for several apps, and served as Head of Content. Patrick’s previous roles include direct ad sales, sourcing strategic partnerships in the programmatic space, and agency work as an associate media & account director.

Andrei Danielyan—Senior iOS Developer

Andrei has been an iOS developer since it was called iPhone OS and has seen it come a long way. He is very passionate iOS and always stays up to date and delivers quality products without compromise. For the last three years, Andrei has primarily developed in Swift. Andrei has a Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.

We’re actively hiring for a variety of roles. If you’re interested in working at Current, check out our team page for all the most up to date career opportunities.

Community 🌏

Stage 3 of our already over $6M+ in CRNC token giveaway. The Telegram Community airdrop and referral, and weekly sticker and GIF contest are now live. Early this week, we’ll be opening our Android only referral program!

Telegram Community Airdrop + Referral: Stage 3 Live

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 a 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: This 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: Now Live!

Ongoing until we decide to close it! The team has a lot of fun going through them all. Each week we plan to select 5 people to win 2,000 CRNC each for posting their unique Stickers and GIFs. If you’ve already won before, you still have an opportunity to win with new submissions. We’ll make the announcement at the end of the day each Friday, starting July 13th.

July 13th Sticker & GIF Contest: Winners Announced! 🙌

Last week, we only had 3 winners! Each winner listed below will be rewarded 2,000 CRNC! Someone from our team will be in contact with them by early next week to collect their email for further communications. The contest is still on so keep up the good work! Winners for next week will be announced this coming Friday, July 20th.

As for the winners? Drumroll please…

  • @traplordmoses: 2,000 CRNC
  • @xcyanide: 2,000 CRNC
  • @endeuxmo: 2,000 CRNC
@endeuxmo

Remember, while users may submit multiple entries to win, any attempts at trying to game the system will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to the same user submitting entries under different usernames, or modifying another users submitted work. All submissions must be original and uniquely their own. Anyone suspected of trying to game the system will be banned from the group and their entry forfeited.

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.

“…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: Coinbase is Exploring Cardano, Basic Attention Token, Stellar Lumens, Zcash, and 0x. by Coinbase

Article: Ethereum’s Joe Lubin: ‘We’re Moving Towards a World of Decentralized Governance’ by Marie Huillet

Article: Unknown Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto Might Be Writing a Book by Bloomberg

Video: Can I survive on bitcoin for a day? by Northeastern University

Video: WeChat’s 1 Billion Users Adopt Bitcoin Cash? & Andreas Antonopoulos Discussion by Roger Verg | Bitcoin News

Video: Decentralizing Everything with Ethereum's Vitalik Buterin | Disrupt SF 2017 by TechCrunch

Video: ‘We let price take care of itself,’ says Ethereum co-founder by CNBC Life

Current’s Video Pick of the Week: Million Miles by Bakar

This weeks video comes from the rising artist Bakar; releasing a very fitting music video for his track “Million Miles,” reflecting his love for soccer and the World Cup. An unorthodox video, different front the schemes of his past music videos, which showcased an older lofi aesthetic utilizing hi-8 and mini DV cameras to create a slightly raw aesthetic. This video may stray from the artistic vision which Bakar had previously cemented; it introduces a high quality and comical approach to projecting his sound.

Current’s Song Pick of the Week: Feel The Love by Kids See Ghost (Kanye West & Kid Cudi) ft. Pusha T

This weeks song comes from the Gods Kanye, and Kid Cudi under their new band name Kids See Ghosts. The first time you listen to the song, don’t be surprised if the album goes over your head. While you may want to be discouraged, listen to it a second time and you will honestly feel the love. This album is solid and “Feel the Love” really gets the vibrations across. Be prepared and enter into a cosmic burst of sound and bliss on this iconic new album.

Current’s Artist Spotlight: Sheck Wes on Current

This Harlem based rapper has been making a splash in the rap scene, emerging as a heavy hitter, having already worked with the likes of Kanye West and Travis Scott. With bangers like “Mo Bamba” and “Do It” the young east coast rapper is beginning to cement a name for himself. Signed to Travis Scott’s label “Cactus Jack” is only calling for growth. Check out Sheck before he entirely takes over the hip-hop scene!

Here’s a great interview that tells his whole, unconventional story.

A Note From Dan 👨🏻

Be on the lookout for some major announcements and updates in the coming month. Excited to share the next part of our strategy and vision for the remainder of 2018 and beyond.

Dan Novaes — CEO, Current Media