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巨额ICO过后,Bancor区块链交易协议发展迈出第一步

Bancor 是一家区块链创业公司。上个月刚刚通过ICO(一种用加密货币投资早期项目的方式)募集了1.47亿美元。上周,该公司宣布旗下货币流通体系迎来第一名新成员——Invest.com。Invest.com是一家在线财务咨询服务提供商,它将会推出一款名为“Stox”的预测市场服务。服务会通过它的加密货币来实现,并使用Bancor的“智能令牌协议”。

Bancor联合创始人Eyal Hertzog表示,Bancor最终希望让成千上万的加密货币使用它的以太坊区块链协议。正如同YouTube允许任何人都能创建自己的广播频道并把视频传播到任何角落,Bancor也允许任何人来创造自己的加密货币并且无需借助第三方交易平台来运作。

第一位会员的到来或许只是一件微不足道的新闻,但是这标志着Bancor为商业运作做好了准备。

Bancor希望为加密货币市场注入高流动性。使用Bancor协议的货币用户能够将货币瞬时转变为以太坊中的本地以太币或是其他Bancor支持的货币。在过去的一个月里,不少人见证了加密货币价格的起伏,因而这些人都了解这些货币的价值具有高度的波动性。换句话说,Bancor希望通过确保交易的稳定性(e.g.货币以一个确切的价格,这个价格不会受到投资者竞标的影响。

Hetzog表示,“这样可以降低货币上涨下跌的波动性,因为货币的价格只受到人们买卖数量的影响”而不会受到外部因素的影响。

Keynes在二战期间针对国际贸易提出了跨国界货币的构想,并把这种货币命名为“bancor”。为了建立“一个全球化网络”来实现货币交易,并且使得交易过程稳定无摩擦,同时又能向所有交易人员开放,这家公司在不断尝试,希望能够实现经济学家John Maynard Keynes的愿景。

谈到Bancor的长久愿景Hetzog表示,Bancor的进展将会取决于用户。“就像是YouTube 或 blogs——没有人知道他们什么时候发迹,将来又会变成什么。我们期望能向我们的用户学习,而不是告诉他们如何使用这个平台。”

区块链技术在过去的一年里不断登上新闻热搜榜。由于这个领域仍然非常年轻且充斥着不确定性,因而我们一定会看到很多有前景的公司和技术落伍。Bancor对于货币的看法具有很大的吸引力,但是最近的这份公告并不能说明这个平台将会变得十分流行,并且巨额的筹款也不能保证成功。对于这家创业公司能走多远我们拭目以待。

Bancor, the blockchain startup that raised $147 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) last month, announced today that it has added the first member to its currency-liquidity network. That new member is Invest.com, an online financial advisory, which will be launching a prediction market called Stox, with its own cryptocurrency, STX, using Bancor’s “smart token protocol.”

Bancor eventually hopes to have thousands, even millions, of cryptocurrencies using its protocol, which runs on the Ethereum blockchain. Just as YouTube has allowed anyone in the world to create their own broadcasting channel and embed their video anywhere, Bancor allows anyone to create their own cryptocurrency token and operate it independently of a third-party exchange, Bancor cofounder Eyal Hertzog told VentureBeat.

The announcement of this first member, while perhaps small news, signals that Bancor is operational and ready for business — not something many newly funded blockchain startups can claim.

The real promise of Bancor is that it hopes to inject a high level of liquidity into the cryptocurrency market. Users of currencies running the Bancor protocol can liquidate those currencies into Ethereum’s native Ether tokens or any other Bancor-based currency instantly. As anyone who has been watching cryptocurrency prices crest and fall over the past month knows, the value of these tokens is highly volatile. Bancor’s promise is that it will add a good deal of stability to any currency on its network by ensuring tokens are bought and sold at a specific price (a price that’s not set by investor bidding). “This eases the rise and fall [of a currency] because the price is only affected by the volume someone is buying and selling” as opposed to external forces, Hetzog said.

In attempting to create “one global network” for currency exchange that is stable and frictionless and open to any player, the company hopes to fulfill the vision of economist John Maynard Keynes, who proposed a supernational currency during World War II for international trade. Keynes called his proposed currency “bancor.”

When we asked Hertzog about his longer-term vision for what the Bancor network could accomplish, he said much of how it evolves will be determined by users. “Like YouTube or blogs — no one knew when they started what they would become. We are looking forward to learning from our users and don’t want to tell them how to use the platform.”

Blockchain technology has been making a lot of headlines over the past year. With the sector still young and tumultuous, we’re bound to see a lot of promising companies and technologies fall by the wayside. Bancor’s vision for currencies is certainly intriguing, but today’s announcement doesn’t give much idea of how popular the platform could become, and a mammoth fundraise doesn’t guarantee success. It will be interesting to see how far this startup goes.


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