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.
An updated version of the Whitepaper, version 1.1, released to coincide with the release of the testnet client.
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.
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 & 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 and published interdisciplinary 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.
Jim is the Chief Technical Officer and a co-founder of Topl. Concurrently, he is completing a PhD in experimental atomic physics at Rice University where he manages the quantum degenerate neutral strontium apparatus, one of only three in the world. At Rice, Jim's research focuses on the ultracold atomic regime and the search for new phenomena using novel states of matter. Before joining Topl, Jim served as CTO with Corporate Partners in Education; an education focused startup which worked to build a continuous fundraising mechanism for K-12 schools. Jim became involved in the blockchain space in 2015 after encountering Ethereum and the realization that blockchains represent a fundamental paradigm shift in the democratization of data and the interaction between users and organizations.
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 Ph.D. 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 full-time blockchain engineer for Topl, working locally in Austin Texas.
Oskar is currently working as a technology lead at Consense Data Exchange, a startup that revolutionizes the consent process to accelerate medical research. He joined Topl's ranks to integrate a digital self-sovereign identity solution. He has a background in applied mathematics and data science, which made him fit right in with visionary geeks at Topl.
Kamanzi is currently completing his master's degree in International Business with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and SME Management at Maastricht University. He was born and raised in Switzerland but has his roots in Rwanda. Over the course of many trips to visit his family in Rwanda, he realized how creative and dynamic the people were but also how challenging it was to obtain financing for even the best businesses. When he heard about Topl, he understood that blockchain technology can significantly disrupt the usual way of seeking and providing finance in developing countries. By joining the Topl team, he wants to contribute to this revolution.
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.
Anna is in her third year at American University, pursuing a degree in communications with a minor in applied physics. While new to all things blockchain, she has a passion for startups and learning about developing areas of technology. She is excited to be on the inside of a movement and to watch it evolve and effect the world.
Thomas Bocek is a professor for distributed systems and ledgers at the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil. He is a blockchain researcher and CTO of ScienceMatters. He is also involved in modum.io AG - a blockchain start-up that combines IoT sensor devices with blockchains, VALID - a blockchain-based solution for user-controlled digital identities, and he is a mentor at Iconiq Lab.
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.
Kathy is Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and founding director of the Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES) at Rice University. Established in 2002, CoFES supports education and research in quantitative finance at the graduate and undergraduate level. Kathy is an expert in statistics for dependent data, financial modeling, and financial risk. She is currently Vice President for the American Statistical Association and serves on the National Academies Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics. Kathy has been recognized for her leadership, scholarship and mentoring and is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
John is a Professor in the Practice in Statistics at Rice University, researching quantitative finance opportunities for profit and risk management. Additionally, he is associate director of Rice's Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES). He has extensive experience in trading and financial engineering. John worked previously as a pricing scientist at PROS Holdings and has a love for improved communication and societally useful technology applications. He likes the idea of helping to nudge the momentum of the P2P application space. John also also serves on the Board of Directors of Houston Achievement Place.
Max is a venture developer and blockchain enthusiast with years of experience in Consulting, Company Building, Venture Capital, FinTech, and Private Equity. He holds a BA in controlling along with an MBA from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. Max is Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Sourcing Director of Iconiq Lab, an ICO accelerator program for blockchain and crypto startups.
Mitchell Loureiro has built communities of hundreds of thousands and raised capital as one of the ICO pioneers. In the process, he designed many of the frameworks that govern how ICOs are run today. Today he serves as CMO of SingularityNET, the leading decentralized AI project lead by the creators of Sophia the robot. His deep commitment to pushing decentralization forward led him to back Topl.
Dr. Gary Milante is the Director of SIPRI's Peace and Development Programme. His research focuses on the intersection of security and socio-economic development. Throughout his career as a researcher and policy advisor, Dr. Milante has concentrated on the complex problems associated with sequencing of institutional reforms, with a special focus on the needs of fragile and conflict-affected states.
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