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Conceptual Model

Kik Interactive Inc. is creating a cryptocurrency as a first step to launching a decentralized ecosystem of digital services. The Kin cryptocurrency will first power a digital economy inside of Kik, and then will serve as the basis of interoperability with other digital services in the Kin Ecosystem.

Project Description

Kin is a decentralized ecosystem composed of a group of digital services launched by Kik. The Kin token is an Ethereum-based cryptocurrency that is to be used for daily online activites such as instant messaging, social media, tipping and payments within the Kin Ecosystem . The Kin token will will also serve as the basis of interchangeability with other digital services.Team:Ted Livingston: CEO, Founder.Peter Heinke: CFO & COO.Eran Ben-Ari: CPO.Erin Clift: CMO.Dave Simons: SVP Engineering.Kin will be holding its ICO on September 12, 2017. The ICO token supply represents 10% of the total token supply, so there will be a total of 100000000000 tokens available at the offering. The ICO is expected to end on September 26, 2017.Token Reserve Split (90%):30% Preallocated to Kik as the founding member of the Kin Foundation and subject to a long-term vesting schedule;60% Under the purview of the Kin Foundation, locked under the Kin Rewards Engine schema, and used strategically to grow the Kin Ecosystem and fund the operations of the foundation;

Founders and Associates

Ted Livingston -Founder & CEO, Kik

Peter Heinke -CFO & COO, Kik

Eran Ben-Ari -CPO, Kik

Dany Fishel -President, Kik Israel

Eileen Lyon -General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Erin Clift -CMO, Kik

Dave Simons -SVP Engineering, Kik

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KIN Latest Updates
September 17, 2018

Kin Developer Program: Use Cases for Crypto in Health and Fitness

Last month, we announced the 40 teams participating in the Kin Developer Program. These teams are currently building Kin-powered experiences in new and existing apps that span nine categories. You’ve already read about how Kin can benefit apps in the gaming category, but what about those that...

From: Caroline Edwards

September 13, 2018

On Kin Security and Partner Apps

We read the The Next Web article and want to provide an official response to the issues it raised. The app in question, BlastChat, was recently accepted into the Kin Developer Program. They are actively developing their app. When security issues became apparent, they removed their app from the...

From: Natasha Shine-Zirkel

September 12, 2018

Kin Q&A: Takeaways from Ted’s September 2018 AMA

https://medium.com/media/9eb2c8d09b2182e6f1cfd94fe53c7014/hrefAs he does every month, Ted sat down to answer thoughtful questions from our community members and provide progress updates on some of our big wins since the last AMA. This month, Ted opened by sharing his perspective on the industry...

From: Alec Booker

September 06, 2018

Kin Developer Program: Use Cases for Crypto in Gaming

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From: Alec Booker

September 05, 2018

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From: Nitzan Tomer

August 31, 2018

Product Manager Q&A: Initial Learnings From Integrating Kin Into Kik

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From: Alec Booker

August 30, 2018

The Stellar Blockchain and The Story of the Federated Consensus — Blockchain Academy

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From: Natasha Shine-Zirkel

August 29, 2018

Kin Developer Program: Timeline

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From: Natasha Shine-Zirkel

August 22, 2018

Kinit App Now Live in iOS App Store

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From: Caroline Edwards

August 16, 2018

Kin Q&A: Takeaways from Ted’s August 2018 AMA

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From: Caroline Edwards

August 15, 2018

Kin Developer Program Accepts 40 Developers to Grow Kin Ecosystem

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From: Natasha Shine-Zirkel

August 06, 2018

Vote for the Kin Team to SXSW 2019!

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From: Caroline Edwards

Vote the Kin Team to SXSW 2019!

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From: Caroline Edwards

More Ways to Earn Kin: Swelly and true[X] in Kinit

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From: Alec Booker

July 30, 2018

A Response to Vitalik’s Hard Questions

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From: Bryan Lahartinger

July 24, 2018

Doubling Down on the Kin Blockchain

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From: Ted Livingston

July 23, 2018

A New Way of Being in the Digital World

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From: David Sherman

July 17, 2018

Kinit Beta App Now Live in Google Play

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From: Rod McLeod

July 12, 2018

Kin Q&A: Takeaways from Ted’s July 2018 AMA

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From: Caroline Edwards

July 11, 2018

Kin Developer Program Launches Today

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From: Natasha Shine-Zirkel

July 06, 2018

2018 Q2 Kin Highlights

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From: Rod McLeod

July 05, 2018

The Power of Intrinsic Motivators

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From: Tanner Philp

June 27, 2018

Unlocking Product Opportunities for Kik

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From: Laura Newton

June 25, 2018

How Cryptocurrency Will Gain Mainstream Adoption

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From: Alec Booker

June 15, 2018

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From: Alex Frenkel

June 13, 2018

Kin Q&A: Takeaways from Ted’s June 2018 AMA

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From: Caroline Edwards

June 12, 2018

Kin and Kik — Working Together

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From: Mara Pritchard

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From: Alex Frenkel

June 08, 2018

IMVU to Deliver Native Crypto Experiences in 3D Social Networks

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From: Sergio Silva

IMVU and Kin Partner to Deliver Native Crypto Experiences in 3D Social Networks

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From: Sergio Silva

May 18, 2018

Crypto, Kin, and Consensus 2018 — Now, Every Week is Blockchain Week

“The internet is going to have a native currency so let’s not wait for it to happen, let’s help it happen.”–Jack DorseyOur thoughts exactly, Jack. At Consensus 2018, Dorsey — CEO of Square and Twitter — spoke about why cryptocurrency should reach widespread acceptance of as...

From: Madelyn Young

May 15, 2018

Kin Grows Developer Engagement with First Blockchain Hackathon in Tel Aviv

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From: Natasha Shine-Zirkel

May 09, 2018

Kin Q&A: Takeaways From Ted’s May 2018 AMA

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From: Caroline Edwards

May 08, 2018

Kin Blockchain — Taking Fate Into Our Own Hands

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From: Netanel Lev

May 07, 2018

Kin Ambassadors Event 2018: Kik’s Product Team On Integrating Kin (Recap #3)

https://medium.com/media/516ae5dbda27aac75acc28a77e1e52f3/href“We have a really creative, diverse set of users in Kik, and what we want to do is build tools to empower them. We want to create a platform where they can drive value for each other, and then we can reward them based on that value....

From: Caroline Edwards

May 04, 2018

Kin & Unity: Gaming SDK Collaboration Kicks Off at Largest Developer Conference in Korea

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From: Sergio Silva

May 02, 2018

Kin Ambassadors Event 2018: Alex Frenkel On Product Philosophy (Recap #2)

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From: Caroline Edwards

May 01, 2018

Kik Points: Key Learnings from a Centralized Economy

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From: Tanner Philp

April 26, 2018

Kin Ambassadors Event 2018: Ted Livingston Chats With Brady Dale on Building a New Economy (Recap…

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From: Madelyn Young

April 24, 2018

Cryptocurrencies and Exchange Rate Volatility: Recommended Reading

A lot of people ask us about exchange rate stability and how it would affect the usability of Kin. In fact, Ted was asked that question (in different forms) three separate times in his most recent Q&A session.Note: Click here to see the AMA, then check out questions and answers at 5:33,...

From: Oded Noam

April 23, 2018

Kin Hits The Conference Circuit: Upcoming Speaking Events

Kin is ready for its main-stage moment. Our leaders are speaking at two top conferences this Spring to educate tech audiences on what sets Kin apart.Our sessions at Collision and Consensus will explore Kin’s impact at the product level and the industry level. Read on for more details, and let...

From: Madelyn Young

April 20, 2018

Why Kin Isn’t Just Another Marketplace

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From: Tanner Philp

April 19, 2018

Blackhawk Network Joins the Kin Ecosystem to Provide ‘Spend’ Offers to Users in the Digital Sharing…

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From: Matthew Hibberd

A Blueprint For ‘Crypto’ Mass Adoption: The Token-as-a-Service

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From: Dillon King

April 13, 2018

Kin Ambassadors Event 2018: Making Our Community (Even) Stronger

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From: Madelyn Young

April 12, 2018

Kin Q&A with Ted: Takeaways From Our Fourth AMA (4/10/2018)

https://medium.com/media/cf5d3854d53a0239bf2b460c0d36b0b9/hrefFor Ted’s fourth AMA the community raised some excellent questions about exchanges, partnership announcements, and how transaction volume will impact the price of Kin.A few of Ted’s answers are summarized below. We look forward...

From: Caroline Edwards

April 06, 2018

2018 Q1 Highlights for the Kin Ecosystem Foundation

Kin’s reach, community, and team grew significantly in Q1 as we sharpened our vision and seeded our ecosystem. Moving into the second quarter, we’re feeling stronger than ever about building a digital-services economy where everyone is fairly compensated for their contributions.Our own...

From: Madelyn Young

March 29, 2018

The Kin Gaming SDK on Unity

It was a week after Thanksgiving when I met the Unity team (makers of the biggest game development platform in the world) at New York’s Freemans, where we talked about user acquisition challenges and rising marketing costs facing game developers today.Kin and Unity shared the same...

From: Sergio Silva

March 28, 2018

Seeding the Ecosystem: Kin’s Partner Strategy

Today’s best community-driven applications facilitate positive, productive forms of digital conversation, content creation, and commerce among their users.That’s exactly the behavior we intend to incentivize with Kin. To help Kin become the ideal compensation tool for a digital sharing...

From: Dany Fishel

March 21, 2018

Kin, Stellar & Ethereum: New Info on Our Blockchain Infrastructure

Using a high-speed, high-scale blockchain is key to making Kin the ideal cryptocurrency for everyday use. Welcoming Stellar into Kin’s infrastructure is a huge step forward in Kin’s functionality and accessibility for digital services.Up to now, all Kin transactions have taken place on...

From: Gadi Srebnik

Our Multi-Year Blockchain Strategy for Kin

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From: Tal Kol

March 17, 2018

Who Run the World!? Kin

We’ve known it from the start, but we needed a stronger way to tap into it…The immense talent, passion, and creativity…it’s beaming from our community from every continent.The Community Team is in a constant state of brainstorming, ideation, and fruition. It’s what we do best. And one...

From: Kin Contributors

March 14, 2018

Kin Q&A with Ted: Takeaways From Our Third AMA (3/14/18)

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From: Caroline Edwards

March 12, 2018

How Kin Turns the Tables on the ‘Attention Economy’

“Attention is a resource; a person has only so much of it…. Lately, our self-appointed disruptors have opened up a new frontier of capitalism, complete with its own frontier ethic: To boldly dig up and monetize every bit of private head space by appropriating our collective...

From: Madelyn Young

March 05, 2018

Cryptocurrency News — March 5

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From: Caroline Edwards

February 28, 2018

What’s in a Name? Kin Edition

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From: Kin Contributors

February 26, 2018

Introducing: Blockchain Team

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From: Kin Contributors

Cryptocurrency News — February 26

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From: Caroline Edwards

The World Changing Idea Behind Bitcoin Isn’t What You Think

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From: Ted Livingston

February 21, 2018

Kin Q&A with Ted: Takeaways from Our Second AMA (2/20/18)

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From: Madelyn Young

February 20, 2018

Cryptocurrency News- February 20

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From: Alec Booker

February 18, 2018

Kin: Connecting the Masses Through Content

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From: Kin Contributors

February 12, 2018

Cryptocurrency News — February 12

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From: Caroline Edwards

February 10, 2018

Introducing: Community Team

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From: Kin Contributors

February 09, 2018

Community Team Vision For 2018

A couple of months back we declared that transparency is what we’re all about. We decided to share everything about the progress we’re making at Kin in all fronts — product plans, technology, even ongoing tasks that keep us busy on a daily basis.Not only that, but we decided we’ll...

From: yoel rivelis

February 07, 2018

Cryptocurrency News — February 7, 2018

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From: Caroline Edwards

February 04, 2018

Our Community: Going Above and Beyond

“I knew right away that Kin was something I had to be a part of because it was the first time a major league company was going all-in on cryptocurrency.”It’s obvious, our community is the driving force of Kin. Without their voices, conversations would never be sparked, ideas would not come...

From: Kin Contributors

February 02, 2018

Introducing: Kin Ecosystem Team

We are back at it as we introduce the next team in our Kin stratosphere: The Kin Ecosystem. After we revealed to you the faces of our Standalone App team, we dove right in and asked our next group to get creative and pull out all the stops. We even have a few different languages floating around...

From: Kin Contributors

January 31, 2018

Ted Livingston on Blockchain Innovation Podcast

https://medium.com/media/1709fbac68177de90f3a49d3b9852a1c/hrefTed joins Frederick Munawa on the Blockchain Innovation Podcast, a podcast focused on discussing the present and future applications of blockchain technology. The two discuss the story of Kik and how it led to the creation of Kin, the...

From: Rod McLeod

January 26, 2018

Introducing: Kin Standalone App Team

We, at Kin, believe that the only way to succeed is by doing things together. As we’ve put it in the past — “win together by working together.”Obviously, our motto tells a lot about the way we work internally, but it also says a thing or two about our entire culture and the way we...

From: Kin Contributors

January 23, 2018

TEDxUW: How Blockchain Powers Global Collaboration and Repairs a Broken Trust System

https://medium.com/media/200d3c355dac46aaa6c8388305931e46/hrefWhat do 2 Pac, goats, hyperinflation, and Bitcoin have in common? They were all part of Kik director of strategy and corporate development Tanner Philp’s TEDxUW talk in October 2017. Watch the full 14-minute talk below.TEDxUW: How...

From: Rod McLeod

January 21, 2018

Kinner shoutout : Kinners in the Spotlight

“I wanted to do the Wiki mainly because I figured many people would google Kin, and a wiki article would be a good place for them to get a summary of the project”Returning to us after a phenomenal co-written guest post, we have Alex, a Kinner who believes in the vision of Kin and has a...

From: Kin Contributors

January 19, 2018

Stages of Ecosystem Development

This is the second in a series of four posts on design principles for economic architecture in the context of Kin. If you haven’t read the first post (Defining a Healthy Kin Economy), I would recommend starting there as it provides the foundational context that we’ll build on here.In the...

From: Tanner Philp

January 16, 2018

Defining a Healthy Economy

Ted recently wrote a great piece that very succinctly articulates the vision for the Kin Ecosystem and why Kin exists.Kin is a digital sharing economy of equal opportunity where everyone is fairly compensated for the talent they provide through their phones; where creators are fairly...

From: Tanner Philp

January 10, 2018

Insights from Kin Initial Product Launch

We believe in transparency. Not just in sharing our vision, roadmap and product updates. It’s on everyone’s mind across our team. It has been an important guideline that we have set since the beginning of IPLv2, and today we are happy to continue being transparent with figures and...

From: Oded Betav

January 05, 2018

Building IPLv2 in Kik

Recently we launched the first Kin earn and spend opportunities in Kik, which we have been calling IPLv2.The goal of IPLv2 as discussed in a previous post was to introduce crypto to Kik users, minimize time to production and experiment with a two-sided economy. Today, we’ll review the high...

From: Shums Kassam

January 04, 2018

Product AMA — Jan 18

On Wednesday we had a live AMA on our subreddit with Alex Frenkel— VP Product at Kik and head of all Kin related products. This post follows the previous post, summarising the tech AMA we had on December. Over 50 people submitted their questions in the AMA.We’re using this opportunity to...

From: Kin Contributors

January 02, 2018

Kin — Product Vision For 2018

As you well know, Kin is a digital sharing economy of equal opportunities. An ideal world where millions of people are compensated for the talent they provide through their phones, and a world where developers get compensated for creating amazing places for consumers to provide value to each...

From: Alex Frenkel

Kin and Orbs

The other week, I talked about needing a faster, cheaper, and more robust blockchain than what is available today, and my thoughts regarding the Stellar network. Today, I want to continue that conversation and tell you about our work with Orbs, an independent next generation blockchain project...

From: Ted Livingston

December 18, 2017

First Kin Earn and Spend Experiences Live in Kik

Today, we launched the first Kin earn and spend experiences inside of Kik (what we’ve been calling IPLv2). A few things to note:This experience is limited to 10,000 Kik power users. Because of scalability challenges with Ethereum — CryptoKitties actually impacted this launch — we...

From: Rod McLeod

December 15, 2017

The Vision for Kin

I was recently asked to write a succinct piece on Kin’s vision. This is what I wrote.I imagine millions of people sitting down with their phones each morning, providing value to the world and getting compensated. The value they provide would come in many forms, such as offering advice,...

From: Ted Livingston

December 14, 2017

Live Q&A with Ted Recap

https://medium.com/media/39583f03428aa39a4c3b55a6ac99752c/hrefIn case you missed it, here’s a short recap of Ted’s Q&A yesterday:Exchanges: “It’s a confidential process. We are fully aware that for this ecosystem to work, there needs to be liquidity for these tokens on major...

From: Rod McLeod

New and Improved Kin Website

We’re proud to announce that we’ve launched a new website for Kin. This new and improved website will be the ultimate resource for all things Kin related.We will continue to build out the website and pages in 2018 as more information becomes available. Check it out and let us know what you...

From: Rod McLeod

December 12, 2017

Launching the Kin Ecosystem

This post lays out how the Kin partnerships team is operating as we prepare to launch the Kin Ecosystem: where we are focusing our efforts, why we are focusing our efforts there, the value propositions we are considering, the uses cases we are considering, and the tools and content we want to...

From: Amos Shinkle

December 11, 2017

Livestream Q&A with Ted Livingston — Dec. 13, 11:00 a.m. ET

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, 11:00 a.m. ET, Ted Livingston, founder and CEO of Kik, will do a livestreamed Q&A on YouTube. During this 30-minute livestream, Ted will be interviewed by Kin community manager Yoel Rivelis.Today and tomorrow, we will be compiling a list of questions from the...

From: Rod McLeod

December 08, 2017

Designing the Kin Wallet User Interface

Project RequirementsOur design process starts by determining product requirements. In this case, our product needs to introduce Kik users to the process of earning and spending Kin. This means we’ll be onboarding users to a completely new experience inside Kik.During the previous iteration of...

From: Kin Design

December 07, 2017

Making Sense of Ethereum Nonce(sense)

We expect users to send multiple Kin transactions in a row. We’re not expecting users to understand blockchain and monitor their transactions manually. When testing our Kin wallet SDK (Android and iOS), we witnessed a problem sending multiple transactions one after the other. In a specific...

From: Yossi Rizgan

December 05, 2017

The New ERC223 Token Standard

In this article, we will compare Ethereum Request for Comments #223 (the new ERC223 token standard) to the popular ERC20 token standard and discuss its motivation and advantages (Kin is an ERC20 token).TLDR: ERC20 should be retired, and it’s better to use the new ERC223 token standard when...

From: Leonid Beder

December 04, 2017

Kin Wallet Face Authentication — Identifying the Correct User

Kin Face authentication algorithm in action (development stage) — Given a set of face images, can we authenticate and cluster them based on unique users? Top row from left to right: Patrick Ewing Jr., Gene Hackman, George H.W. Bush; bottom row: George W. Bush, Eddie Murphy and Patrick...

From: Ofir Engolz

December 01, 2017

Kin: An Investor’s Perspective

This is a guest post by Kin community member Will Gikandi.Kin’s token distribution event ended this summer, raising a whopping $100 million.Two months later, Kin is trading at half its ICO price on EtherDelta. What happened? We will get to that in a minute, but first, let me explain why Kin...

From: Will Gikandi

November 30, 2017

Aligning Incentives in a Deflationary Economy

No one wants to be the one who bought pizza for 10,000 bitcoin (~$100M at today’s spot rate), but it’s safe to say that most wouldn’t mind being the person selling the pizza. The next thought that often comes to mind is: “imagine if they had just held onto it instead.” This is much...

From: Tanner Philp

November 29, 2017

IPLv2 Product Overview

As discussed in this previous blog post, some of the teams at Kik have transitioned to working on projects integrating Kin into Kik. I’ve been fortunate to work on one of these projects, called the IPLv2. This project will get Kik users to experiment with Kin inside of Kik.So what are the...

From: Christine Thayer

November 28, 2017

IPLv2 Project Status and Considerations

A lot of teams across Kik are working on IPLv2, a project that will let a group of Kik power users experiment with real Kin tokens inside of Kik. The goal of IPLv2 is to go fully on-chain with an Ethereum based solution for all transactions, where we will provide three ways to earn and one way...

From: Andrea Ahrens

November 27, 2017

Go-Ethereum Pending (Wait for It…) Balance

Our vision for Kin is to create a decentralized ecosystem of digital services for daily life.“For daily life” means that one of our greatest challenges is making blockchain technology accessible to the masses. These days blockchain (mainly crypto-currencies) is known widely, but its use is...

From: Yossi Rizgan

November 23, 2017

Kin Wallet Authentication — User Experience Exploration

As part of our ongoing efforts to create the perfect Kin wallet for our users on Kik (as well as on other applications and services), we have been exploring different user authentication methods and experiences.When facing with this challenge, we had to take a few very important questions and...

From: Ilan Leibovich

November 22, 2017

The First Kin Client SDKs Are Live

We are very happy to publish our first open source Kin SDKs (kin-sdk-core-android and kin-sdk-core-ios).The purpose of these projects is to significantly lower the barrier for Kin integration in mobile apps. The goal of these SDKs is for developers and digital services to easily add Kin wallet...

From: Yohay Barsky

November 21, 2017

Pantera Capital CEO Joins Kik’s Company-Wide Meeting

https://medium.com/media/04849deb0f2b62c0056b9d9b8f7a7e0d/hrefLast week, Dan Morehead, CEO of Pantera Capital, joined us at Sit Down, Kik’s company-wide meeting. Pantera participated in Kin’s presale over the summer and remains to be a strong partner for the project. Tanner Philp, director...

From: Rod McLeod

November 20, 2017

An Engineer’s Point of View: Transitioning Towards a More Transparent Culture

I’m one of several engineering team leaders at Kik, and over the past six years, I’ve been working with my team to build and provide great mobile products. Many of these years were actually at Rounds, a social communications platform, that Kik acquired earlier this year, which operated...

From: Yohay Barsky