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。”
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.