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One Block Capital asked us some questions here: http://oneblockcapital.com/2017/08/01/one-blocks-questions-for-filecoin/ -- i really liked this format, so figured I would answer them in a post as well. Thanks for the patience waiting for answers -- as you can imagine, we are mired with lots of preparations for the sale. :)
Be sure to check out https://coinlist.co/currencies/filecoin for more info as it gets released.
About $52 million.
It is not meant to incentivize fastest clickers, and you will see that the CoinList UX makes efforts to reduce the importance of "fastest clicks". We (cannot promise but) will try to open the investment page ahead of time so people can familiarize themselves, read and acknowledge all the risks and disclosures, make their decisions, and even fill out part of the form some time before the sale starts. This way users can take their time and get ready to go before the sale officially starts.
Instead, what this increasing-price structure is trying to capture is the following:
Our token sale IS NOT uncapped. It is capped in terms of the amount of Filecoin sold: 200M FIL.
Over the last few years, Protocol Labs has proved to the world that we know how to deploy capital to create valuable projects, valuable technology, and valuable software. To date, all of the work you see -- IPFS, libp2p, IPLD, Multiformats, Filecoin, CoinList, and all our research -- all our work has been funded by under $3.5M. We know how to deploy capital effectively. We have great plans for the Filecoin network and its surrounding ecosystem, at many levels of funding. We plan to deploy 100s of millions of dollars over the next few years to make Filecoin the world's best storage network, not just the best decentralized storage network.
We are prepared to carry out this fight already; even if we raise zero money in this token sale, we will do everything in our power to decentralize and optimize the world's storage. But let me be very clear here: it will dramatically increase our odds of success to have significant amounts of capital backing us. We need to recruit excellent teams of people; we need to fund the development of dozens of software tools, products, and services; and we need to invest deeply in forming a strong ecosystem, so that we get strong allies making Filecoin great.
I want to remind everyone reading this that Filecoin's competition is not the other decentralized storage networks. Our (collective) competition is the massive, centralized cloud storage companies. We are talking about the tech titans -- AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure -- the three biggest companies in the world have cloud businesses with BILLIONS of dollars in revenues, not just funding. In order to put up this fight, we will need significant resources. Yes, resources in the hundreds of millions will empower us to develop Filecoin as fast as we can, as well as the dozens of other tools and services required to make Filecoin a service and ecosystem remotely close to competitive with the centralized counterparts.
The advisor sale involved an amazing group of technologists, researchers, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, industry leaders, and investors. All of these people and organizations (a) have been working hard with us for years to make IPFS and Filecoin successful, (b) have fully committed themselves to work hard with us and for the Filecoin Network for many years to come, and/or (c) offer tremendously valuable advice, hands-on help, knowledge, skills, resources, connections, and more. We will put all our advisors to work for the Network. And I am not kidding when I say that the group we assembled in our advisor sale is likely to be one of the most capable and powerful group of investors that have ever funded a project. And all of them are committed -- vested -- to work closely with us to make the Filecoin Network as valuable as they can, for years to come. Hence the discounted price.
We know our advisors will help more than almost any other groups. But I want to be clear that we expect value-add and help from all our investors, not just those from the advisor sale. We hope to and expect to engage with lots of amazing, valuable people and organizations through this sale. Everyone will be brought together and incented by the Filecoin Network and all our shared goals.
We're preparing a number of "Sale Goals" that we hope to release -- this includes descriptions of software we need to make, integrations we need to make, projects we need to fund, and so on. We may still be able to ship this info, but time is short for us and we have dozens of things to do before monday.
We also, naturally, will not give away everything we're doing, because we have many ruthless competitors who actively read everything we post.
Good question. We should have addressed this in the FAQ in the "Sale Economics" doc.
We will split all remaining tokens as follows:
These collections ARE NOT AT ALL connected with us, and they HAVE NOT gotten any permission from us to do what they are doing (reselling). Some of them say they have negotiated a deal with us to be proxies (resellers); this is completely false! Investors should invest directly through CoinList and note that anyone who claims to have permission from us to be a Filecoin reseller or "proxy purchaser" is lying.
We do not like giving such estimates since most software timing estimates tend to be wrong. That said, we are targeting 6-12 months, but it could be more.
Thanks for the questions!