The idea behind Topl is simple: by building an open capital infrastructure tailor-made for developing markets, investment returns and their economic impact can be greatly improved. Topl's investment protocol is designed to help investors overcome the numerous barriers that suppress the flow of capital into developing regions, thereby raising investment to levels appropriate to the vast potential of these economies.
We believe that responsible investment in young, innovative, and locally-based companies is among the most effective drivers of economic growth and long-term social impact. This is exactly what Topl seeks to enable.
Topl is committed to providing a secure, accessible, and powerful method to invest anywhere in the world. Guided by this aim, we’ve focused on developing these key features.
Topl’s investment platform connects companies and investors through profit or revenue sharing agreements, better aligning the interests of businesses and investors. Then to reduce friction and maximize returns, contracts can be settled in Polys, Topl's native currency, or with tokenized assets.
History alone can’t provide the complete risk profile of an investment. So Topl employs prediction markets to incorporate additional information into our reputation scores, rewarding experts and local partners for their contributions to the system.
Polys, Topl's native currency, are backed by an array of commodities and utilities, ensuring value-stability. Because the Poly derives its value in this way, there’s no need to rely on one nation’s monetary policy, making it ideal for cross-border investment.
Polys as well as Arbits, the Topl staking token, will both be available as ERC20 tokens on Ethereum and other blockchains. The ability to move tokens between these different markets and Topl will be handled through off-chain cryptographic transactions.
This is intended to be a forward-looking perspective on the expected milestones for development of the Topl network. These are subject to minor changes as implementation moves forward.
The first draft of our whitepaper, discussing the economic details and technical overview of the project, is made publicly viewable.
First testnet client is released for early evaluation of networking, security, and functionality.
Updated testnet client made available, and bootstrapping nodes will always be up. Transfer, initial consensus protocol, and basic investment flow can be evaluated.
We completed evaluation of Topl's key needs and deliverables and subequently expanding our core team to meet these requirements.
As of today, Topl is officially working with Iconiq Lab to ensure a transparent, fair, and successful ICO.
Information regarding the future sale of Arbits — such as schedule, preliminary terms, and process — is disseminated.
The second version of Topl's whitepaper is released to better guide potential presale participants and partners regarding Topl's economic and technical designs.
The members of Topl’s advisory board, consisting of academics, development experts, and specialists in private investment, are officially introduced to the world.
Arbits are initially sold to those participating in Topl's presale as organized by Iconiq Labs.
Network testers and those who discover network vulnerabilities or flaws will begin being rewarded with Arbits that will be distributed in the genesis block.
Development of additional functionality halts. Focus shifts to further security testing, code review, and client platform support.
Public ICO is held, leading immediately to the release of the Topl genesis block and launch of the Mainnet.
Meet the group behind the technical and logistical development of the Topl blockchain and platform.
As Founder and Chief Architect, Chris leads the design of Topl's protocol and directs its business and legal operations. A graduate of Rice University, he obtained degrees in Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy. During his time in college, Chris performed multidisciplinary research focused on emergent phenomena in complex systems and developed the core ideas that inspired Topl's development. He has a deep interest in the application of new technologies to economic and financial problems and is motivated by the potential for new economic systems to improve standards of living around the world.
As a senior graduate student in the Killian Research Group, Jim manages the quantum degenerate atomic strontium apparatus; one of only three such experiments in the world. Jim's work focuses on the ultracold regime dominated by quantum mechanics where the search for new phenomena and novel states of matter can be explored. As a physicist, Jim has a unique, and ever growing, toolbox of skills that allows him to shrewdly approach problems while maintaining perspective of the overall goal. This holistic approach makes Jim as comfortable debugging code or analyzing a statistical model as he is developing a plan to study the underlying quantum physics of magnetism and superconductivity.
After solidifying a love for programming in his high school robotics team, Nicholas went on to graduate from the University of Houston with a degree in computer science. His former projects range from computer vision and virtual reality to neural nets and distributed computing. After reading the seminal Bitcoin whitepaper shortly after it was released in 2008, he has kept an eye on the burgeoning cryptocurrency market. Nick now leads technical development for the Topl protocol working with the rest of the technical team to continue pushing the potential of blockchain technology.
Kim came to the United States as a Div. I Track and Field Student-Athlete and has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics. She is currently the first student at Rice University to simultaneously pursue a M.A. in Economics and a PhD in Statistics. Growing up in South Africa during the 1990’s, Kim witnessed much inequality and poverty. While working for various NGO’s by rebuilding and developing communities around the world she was frequently made aware of the financial burdens, lack of adequate resources, and need for access to low-cost capital throughout the developing world. As part of the Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems and as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, she conducts interdisciplinary research allowing her to contribute to the larger economic issues that impact the availability of and the accessibility to basic needs.
Originally from Kolkata, India, Yamir is currently pursuing a major in Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania. After failing to make his millions by simply hodl'ing cryptocurrency, Yamir decided that if he couldn’t beat ‘em, he would join ‘em; thus began his nosedive into the blockchain space. With his specific interest and experience in Machine Learning, Yamir is helping Topl to implement the Divine Information Markets and is a key part of the team's efforts to create the first ever market-based risk analysis platform.
Alex Bruns is currently attending the University of Minnesota. He is pursuing a Computer Science and Product Design double major. He's been involved with blockchain technology since 2016 and is passionate about distributed exchange technology and its ability to allow cryptocurrencies to fully recognize their potential. Alex is currently a part-time blockchain engineering intern for Topl, but plans to come onboard full time in the coming months.
Paige Is in her fourth year at Texas A&M, pursuing an Economics Major. Although new to the blockchain space, she’s excited to see how the technology will continue to change the way things have traditionally been done, especially how it will promote a positive social impact worldwide. When Paige isn’t working, she can most typically be found at a coffee shop, crying her way through calculus homework.
Self-taught in C programming from a young age, Matt combined his coding interests with his love of mathematics to earn a degree in Computational & Applied Mathematics at Rice University. He has extensive experience with research and development of distributed systems and cryptographic protocols. Among his various projects, he developed and refined NIZK proofs for the JVM-based reference implementation of the STAR-Vote electronic voting system and designed a series of Solidity smart contracts used for a retail payments. Today, he is guiding Topl's implementation of the Ouroboros Praos proof-of-stake consensus protocol and is passionate about bringing secure development practices to Topl's growing team.
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