Origin Is Rolling Out a Decentralized Messaging App Built on Ethereum

Origin Protocol, a blockchain project building a decentralized marketplace, has rolled out a peer-to-peer messaging application built on top of ethereum. The project wrote in a blog post on Wednesday that the open-sourced messaging function is now up and running on its marketplace demo, creating an encrypted communication channel between buyers and sellers. The technology works by utilizing users’ ethereum addresses as a public ID for sending and receiving text messages, while the content itself is encrypted via users’ private keys. However, the post adds, since the data will not…

Origin Token to Raise $6 Million in CoinList Investor ICO

Decentralized marketplace startup Origin Protocol is looking to expand its audience, as well as raise more capital, through a compliant token sale. Announced Monday in a press release, Origin has set a target of $6.6 million for the offering, with SEC-registered CoinList Capital acting as the issuing platform and advisor to investors. Origin co-founder Josh Fraser said that, more important than the money, will be the opportunity to grow its network with endorsement from CoinList, an AngelList spin-off. The startup wants “as many people to participate as possible,” he told…

Pantera Invests $3 Million in Sharing Economy Token Origin

It can be said the sharing economy brought the internet into the real world, helping it move real items rather than just information. On today’s web, though, if you want to rent out your camera or desk, you need a specific site for each one (think Airbnb, 99 Designs or DogVacay), and each site takes a hefty cut from every sale. The founders at Origin, however, envision a world where entrepreneurs would build specific interfaces for each business area, all of which would share one giant pool of customers to…