PressCoin Update: Building the world’s first decentralised media ecosystem

Dear PressCoin Supporters,

Thank you for your support of PressCoin. Thanks to you we closed the PressCoin ICO in the third week of January, having raised $24.8m.

We are now moving ahead, armed with a mandate from people all over the world who want to see a truly independent media ecosystem.

While our initial success is inspiring, we are conscious of the responsibility now before us. We will now be able to accelerate the adoption of our decentralised media platform ecosystem.

PressCoin will support groundbreaking investigative journalism, track political candidates and encourage participation in elections; create engaging multimedia news; and foster local and citizen-powered journalism.

We will focus for the next few months on initiatives which utilise NEWS tokens to mobilise positive action in the world. Our goal is to help move news publishing from simply commenting on the world’s challenges, towards revealing concrete pathways to real solutions, led by communities for communities.

This will not be easy. We’re the first to attempt to establish a decentralised, networked, global media ecosystem.

We are proud and humbled by this start. PressCoin is the largest ever crowd-sale funded attempt to address the news crisis. We will keep you all posted on our progress in coming weeks and months.

Before we go into our plans a little further below, some important housekeeping announcements for those of you who purchased NEWS tokens.

CHECK YOUR TOKENS – DO YOU HAVE THEM?

Some token buyers are yet to receive tokens. This could be because you still need to set up your cryptocurrency wallet (to hold your tokens), or because you have not completed KYC (a requirement for bank transfer/paypal payments only). If you are unsure about next steps, and/or haven’t yet received tokens, please make sure you get in touch with us via  support@presscoin.com.

TOKEN TRADING –EMBARGOED FOR 28 DAYS

The NEWS token has been listed on the CointypeX exchange, our partner platform. We have however restricted trading for 28 days, starting from the date of closure of the ICO. We have done this to avoid unnecessary volatility, to give the token a chance to settle in the market. After 28 days the restriction will be lifted, and you will be free to trade your NEWS tokens. Trading will begin on the 16th February 2018.

WHAT’S NEXT

It’s exciting that we’ve got this far, but our work is just beginning. The PressCoin team is busy tightening up operational and governance structures, shifting gears from ICO mode, to building mode.

In coming month we will continue the build of underlying utility infrastructure, the systems to enable partner platforms and publishers to join the PressCoin universe. PressCoin will enable all-comers to make use of NEWS tokens to fuel good journalism and community empowerment initiatives.

We have two initial focuses:

  1. core infrastructure to power the PressCoin crypto-economy, for readers, for creators, for platforms and publishers;
  2. two of our flagship platforms – INSURGE, a global intelligence platform and social action network, and NextElection, a new town hall that brings together politicians, journalists, and citizens.

Both initial platforms recognise the media’s role as watchdog in the public interest – not just speaking truth to power, but enabling and empowering the people to do so.

We will also complete our evaluation process for partnerships with other businesses. Our infrastructure will be open to any organisation that wishes to support the production of independent, high quality media, so long as they adhere to PressCoin’s protocols.

Once again, thank you so much for your interest in the PressCoin ICO, and for making this endeavor such a success. Now, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

The PressCoin Team

NEWS Token Sale and Listing Update

Token Sale Update

PressCoin Plc. is delighted to report on it’s NEWS token sale which concluded 18th January. Over the 39 days of the sale USD$24.89 Million was raised through the sale of NEWS tokens.

A total of 51.46 million tokens have been issued, including bonuses. All other tokens will be burned. 7 million of these tokens are reserved for employee and management incentives, to be granted with a vesting period of 4 years.

Exchange Listing Update

NEWS tokens will be listing today on the CointypeX exchange. NEWS will be tradeable in the following currencies:  ETH, BTC, LTC, DASH, USDT and USD.

ICO participants will be able to trade their tokens 28 days after the close of sale.

Important Information For ICO Participants

ICO participants who purchased via PayPal or Bank Transfer are required to complete Know Your Customer (KYC) identification before they receive their tokens. Also, many crypto participants are missing transaction details which need to be updated.

By the end of this week a personal PressCoin profile page will be set up for everybody who registered for the ICO.

NEWS Is A Utility Token

As a reminder, the NEWS token became a pure utility token during the sale. See details here about why we made this change.

Watch out for further updates on PressCoin.

PressCoin token sale has ended

As many of you may already know, the PressCoin token sale has ended. In the 39 days of the sale more than 1 million users visited the ICO website from all over the globe. Thank you to everybody who has shown interest in the sale. Preparations are now underway for listing NEWS tokens on the CointypeX exchange next week. We will issue an advisory via our mailing list and on our blog when details of the listing have been finalized. Participants in the ICO will be cleared to trade their tokens 28 days after the end of the sale.

 

Instructions to purchasers

We are in the process of setting up a system to complete fulfillment. For PayPal and Bank Transfer purchasers this will involve completing Know Your Customer (KYC) identification procedures. Emails will instruct purchasers on next steps to claim your tokens if you have not already received them.The PressCoin team would like to thank all those who have taken part in the ICO.
 
And now the journey continues… and in this time of change and turmoil, we look forward to creating a more connected, more understanding world, one that is able to create collaborative and constructive change for our world. Onward!

A $100 Billion Crypto Economy To Help Save Democracy And Freedom – Part 3 of 3

[Editor’s Note: This is the third email of three sent to PressCoin’s thousands of subscribers over this, the penultimate weekend of the PressCoin ICO. The series of three emails updated prospective purchasers in the NEWS token sale on the big picture for PressCoin as we enter 2018, the year that cryptocurrencies are expected to mature.]


Dear PressCoin Subscriber,

Good morning and happy Martin Luther King Day!

Here in the U.S.A. today we are having a holiday to celebrate the birthday of the legendary civil rights campaigner. Its a good day to reflect on the importance of functional democracy, and the role of freedom of speech in defending freedom.

In this, the third and final part of this email series I discuss how PressCoin Plc. – as a technology company – will build value for NEWS tokens. ( See previous parts here >> Email One >> Email Two )

For PressCoin, the goal of restoring a free news media to prosperity is fully aligned with the goal of strengthening democratic institutions.

“A crypto-economy for a new independent news media,” is one of the key phrases we have used over the past five weeks to help communicate the full scope of the PressCoin project.

What makes PressCoin different from most technology ICOs is that PressCoin’s business solution is this new economy for a decentralised global news industry. An economy which will  transact internally using the NEWS currency.

And it’s for this reason that in the coming few months – as soon as the ICO ends – you will see our NEWS crypto-economy get rapidly underway.


[Skip This Bit If You Are A Crypto Expert – Background #1: NEWS is a “utility token”, an expression which is often misunderstood. BTC, BCH, DASH and ETH are also utility tokens – and what this means is that they can be used as a means of exchange, to buy and sell goods and services, or to transfer money.  That being said, right now most of the trades across all cryptocurrencies are not for goods and services, the vast bulk involves buying and selling different cryptocurrencies – and over the past six months – the volumes of trading have been driven in part by the explosion of the ICO market.  Scroll to the end to see another note explaining how capped cryptocurrencies are different from regular currencies – and why they can grow rapidly in value.]


Disruptive $100 Bln Crypto Ecosystem For Global News, Using Blockchain to Compete With Titans – Coin Telegraph – 28 Dec. 2017

A Transactional Economy From Day One

PressCoin’s NEWS token is the native currency of the PressCoin crypto-economy:

  • From February PressCoin will begin selling products and services in NEWS tokens.
  • PressCoin’s SAAS software products will be priced and sold in NEWS.
  • Participants in PressCoin’s planned content, traffic, advertising, subscriptions and services markets will transact in NEWS.
  • Readers who engage with publishers using PressCoin’s blockchain engagement technologies will be rewarded for their contributions in NEWS.
  • Readers and supporters who wish to support PressCoin projects will be encouraged to do so using NEWS.
  • And NEWS will also be used to pay PressCoin’s staff including writers, photographers, developers and designers.

All this is possible because of PressCoin’s association with a new Fiat/Crypto Exchange – CointypeX – which will be listing NEWS shortly after this ICO ends on 22nd January. We are finalising the date now and will let you know as soon as it is locked in. We are also in discussions  with several other exchanges for additional listings.

Continue reading A $100 Billion Crypto Economy To Help Save Democracy And Freedom – Part 3 of 3

PressCoin’s Exciting Crypto-Economy To Safeguard A Free World – Part 1 of 3

[Editor’s Note: This is the first email of three sent to PressCoin’s thousands of subscribers over this, the penultimate weekend of the PressCoin ICO. The series of three emails updated prospective investors in the NEWS token sale on the big picture for PressCoin as we enter 2018, the year that cryptocurrencies are expected to mature.]


Dear PressCoin Subscriber,

PressCoin is a cryptocurrency project to address a wicked problem: the two decade long failure of the news industry to transition into a workable digital business model.

PressCoin is building new global markets, which trade in the NEWS currency, to service a crypto-powered news industry retrofitted with a raft of new revenue models. To accelerate this transformation, we will provide news companies with fit-for-purpose, omni-channel, state-of-the-art cloud based publishing solutions.

This forms the first version of what we call the PressCoin Operating System, and once assembled it will provide a boost of technological and financial infrastructure to an industry which is experiencing acute digital disruption. Along the way we hope to begin to heal the damage the failure of the fourth estate is doing to democratic institutions.

NEWS tokens is an opportunity to purchase a new global currency in its earliest stages, whilst supporting solutions for a critically important part of the world’s constitutional system. You can read more on PressCoin‘s plans to fix the news business in this new Coin Telegraph article, published today.

– Coin Telegraph, 12 Jan. 2018
 

Continue reading PressCoin’s Exciting Crypto-Economy To Safeguard A Free World – Part 1 of 3

Insurge Is Coming!

We are extremely proud and excited to announce the public beta of our new platform for Insurge Intelligence.

Powered by PressCoin – Insurge is a new platform for Understanding News, and moving from Understanding to Action.

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It uses a new Euclidean information model to create a unique way to represent knowledge. It allows and encourages users to See that complexity comes from interconnected and interdependent nature of systems and issues, and that no issue can truly be considered in isolation and “by itself”, for no trivial issue is unidimensional.

So dive in, start exploring, join the conversation! And support the PressCoin ICO here.

 

PressCoin is the Cryptocurrency Foundation for a Decentralized Federated News Media

To say that the news media industry has been bleeding heavily these past few years is an understatement. Journalism as a profession is simply dying out … the economics of the old model have become obsolete in a spectacularly short amount of time, leaving not just newsrooms reeling, but our world itself.

Many attempts have been made to address this crisis… PressCoin is different. For the first time, this is a truly holistic, end-to-end response to the problem faced by our planet. Bold, ambitious, but the world needs it. So how would it all work?

Blue Ocean vs Red Ocean

Here’s how Wikipedia defines Red Ocean Strategy:

Red oceans represent all the industries in existence today – the known market space. In the red oceans, industry boundaries are defined and accepted, and the competitive rules of the game are known. Here companies try to outperform their rivals to grab a greater share of product or service demand. As the market space gets crowded, prospects for profits and growth are reduced. Products become commodities or niche, and cutthroat competition turns the ocean bloody; hence, the term “red oceans”.

Making your competition irrelevant with blue ocean strategy

And here’s the Blue Ocean Strategy:

Companies can succeed by creating “blue oceans” of uncontested market space, as opposed to “red oceans” where competitors fight for dominance, the analogy being that an ocean full of vicious competition turns red with blood  … these strategic moves create a leap in value for the company, its buyers, and its employees while unlocking new demand and making the competition irrelevant.

PressCoin is very much a Blue Ocean strategy. PressCoin is not interested in fixing the whole Internet at once. No one can solve “fake news” – it has existed for time immemorial. Misinformation and disinformation have been around since the beginning of politics. Therefore in order to solve for “real news” – we must simply side-step the issue of “fake news” altogether, an simply create new worlds that bring together people around specific topics and actions. For instance, NextElection is a platform, a new digital town hall for politicians, journalists, and citizens. It creates an end-to-end experience for people to participate actively in the democratic process – bringing together relevant news, issues, people, and ratings – all around specific elections around the world – local, state, and national.

In order to create these new purposeful platforms, and in order to have them succeed, one needs to understand the state of the Internet today.

Continue reading PressCoin is the Cryptocurrency Foundation for a Decentralized Federated News Media

Spread holiday cheer, buy PressCoin cryptocurrency T-Shirts!

With all this change-the-world thing going on, we thought we’d also throw in a little bit of fun! Here are some PressCoin T-Shirts you can buy, and gift, and take pictures in!

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Buy one, buy several actually, right away! And also remember, NEWS tokens make excellent gifts too, especially for those friends and relatives that don’t stop talking about the state of our country, and the news, and politics, and … they’ll love you forever, it’s the truth. Happy holidays!

Time, NextElection, and Merry Christmas

I trust everyone is having a slower than usual set of days… the end of the year is always a good time to slow things down a little, take the time to smell the roses, so to speak 🙂

It is often a good time to reflect on the Time that’s slipped us by (yet again!) and to spare some thought on where we want it to go next. Some people say one should reflect on the how we got here, and to really analyze the causes, the effects, and to get to the Bottom of Things, and to really understand before one does anything… Perhaps, that is certainly a way to approach things. IMHO the past doesn’t matter all that much. The moment that we’re in, the present, it already encompasses everything that has happened. Here we are, in the now, always intensely now.

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And from here we look towards the future, and we only see where we want to be, where we want to go. And how we got here only matters because it got us here. And now, a common goal, a common and more real future calls to us. We must unite as people, past our minor differences, and unite in our commonness. We must stop arguing about who said what to who and on what media channel and how many tweets were generated from all of it… We must pause, and take a step back. We must breathe.

Continue reading Time, NextElection, and Merry Christmas

ICO Days

This is team PressCoin with a quick note, reminding everyone to slow down a little bit over the holidays! We are extending the ICO by 2 weeks, so you have until 1/22 to buy your PressCoin tokens! Help us spread the word, so we can gather more strength and support to take on this ambitious vision at PressCoin.

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Remember, NEWS tokens make excellent gifts too, especially for those friends and relatives that don’t stop talking about the state of our country, and the news, and politics, and … they’ll love you forever, it’s the truth. Happy holidays!