First Posted : Jan 2018
Last Updated : 22nd April 2018
An easter egg is a feature that is commonly found in online role-playing games that I enjoy. Wikipedia defines an easter egg as “an intentional inside joke, hidden message or image, or secret feature of a work”. Congratulations – you have just found an easter egg!
This blog is primarily an index investing blog, which is why I’m not comfortable writing this topic in my main blog because the RSS feed would be re-posted in blog aggregators. Hence, the presence of this page.
Either I’m going to be the Biggest Idiot or the greatest I-Told-You-So-Guy.
Anyway, this page is a collection of my thoughts as well as online resources regarding OmiseGO. Content will change as and when more resources become available. See the date at the top of the page for a rough guide.
What is OmiseGO?
OmiseGO is a public Ethereum-based financial technology for use in mainstream digital wallets, that enables real-time, peer-to-peer value exchange and payment services agnostically across jurisdictions and organizational silos, and across both fiat money and decentralized currencies. Designed to enable financial inclusion and disrupt existing institutions, access will be made available to everyone via the OmiseGO network and digital wallet framework.
Quite a mouthful huh? Understand that at the end of the day, OmiseGO is primarily an infrastructure play – neither an application nor a service. Other entities (e.g. Pesabase, Electrify Asia) are going to build on top of OmiseGO.
Another interesting perspective on what OmiseGO is ..
2018, February : It is the lightning network for everything | Source
Indeed it is. Background story: It’s what the guy (Joseph Poon) who invented Lightning Network actually wanted to create in the first place, going back to 2014, but Bitcoin had too many limitations so he compromised and produced Lightning instead. Then he started working in Ethereum, wrote Plasma, wrote OMG network as the showcase use-case, and the rest will be history.
It’s information that was shared privately (and demonstrated/proven with PGP signed emails going back to 2014). No news articles (yet). Though you could show up to talks or conferences and ask about it in person, if you think the historicity of this is important to establish (as more than just interesting trivia).
Blockchains and crypto-currencies are here to stay whether we like it or not. Some projects would end up being so important and influential that it is impossible to know their impact on the world that we live in.
OmiseGO Official Blog
Read the OmiseGO Official Guide first.
Other items of interest can be found below.
- OmiseGO Official Website
- OmiseGO Roadmap v.1
- Fuseki Milestone and Cash In / Cash Out Details
- OMG Network Validation
- OmiseGO eWallet SDK
Start here. You don’t need to run around too many places reading crappy information.
These three are more than enough to give you a good primer.
- OmiseGO (OMG): Real Problems, Real Solutions — EVERYTHING You Need To Know (2017)
- The Near-Complete OmiseGO Reference (2017)
- The Definitive OmiseGO Beginner’s Guide (2017)
Once again, you don’t need to go around too many places viewing useless videos by YouTubers.
Most of them aren’t helpful at all.
- devcon one : DEVgrants (2015, Dec)
- The Internet of Blockchain : Cosmos & Polkadot (2017, Feb)
- Tokyo Bitcoin Meetup (Aug, 2017) 0011:1111
- Golem & Friends : Our Berlin Meetup (2017, Sep)
- Seoul Ethereum Meetup (2017, Sep)
- BeyondBlock Taipei (2017, Nov)
- Inclusive Blockchain Conference, Singapore (2017, Nov)
- Asia Pacific Ethereum Community Meetup, Shenzhen (2017, Dec)
- What Happens After an ICO (2017, Dec)
- Token Summit II (2017, Dec)
- Asia Pacific Ethereum Community Meetup, Bangkok (Feb, 2018)
- Ethereum Community Fund (Founders Panel), Japan (Apr, 2018) 0010:0101:1100
- Deconomy – Distributed Economy (Apr, 2018)
Rare interview with Special Advisor of OmiseGO, Thomas Greco, recorded in 2016.
To be honest, I can’t remember where I got it from. More parts to follow, by the way.
- Thomas Greco – The DAO Hack (2016) // Part One
- Thomas Greco – Getting Philosophical (2016) // Part Two
- Thomas Greco – Speechless (2016) // Part Three (End)
Etherscan Block Explorer
The wonderful thing about blockchain is that everything is so transparent. Wallets are simply public addresses. Without the private keys, you can’t access and withdraw tokens from them. Check out Etherscan and we can easily know which wallets are holding how many tokens.
Reddit is one of the best source/aggregation of legit information on OmiseGO. Lots of noise – filter through those.
Official information right from the source itself. Once criticized for too much hyping, they have toned down their engagement on social media considerably.
- OmiseGO – https://twitter.com/omise_go/with_replies
- Jun Hasegawa – https://twitter.com/JUN_Omise/with_replies
Projects Building On Top Of OmiseGO Infrastructure
- Pesabase – Low cost remittance, payments and banking for Africa
// Advisor : Vansa Chatikavanij
- Electrify Asia – Building an intelligent energy ecosystem for Asia
// Advisor : Jun Hasegawa
Friends Of OmiseGO
- Ethereum Foundation
// Ex-Advisor : Thomas Greco
- Web3 Foundation (Polkadot)
// Advisor : Thomas Greco
- Interchain Foundation (Cosmos)
// Advisor : Thomas Greco
- Hoard Exchange – Facilitating true ownership of virtual gaming assets
// Team : Wendell Davis
// Advisor : Vansa Chatikavanij
- imapp (Golem) – Polish software development and consulting company and is the main contractor developing Golem. Since late 2015, imapp has worked as a contractor for Omise (and later OmiseGO). This is a long term relationship and is about much more than just a contractual obligation. Working with OmiseGO gives imapp an opportunity to work on exciting technology directly related to the Ethereum ecosystem. The OmiseGo team at imapp is responsible for the development and implementation of OmiseGO’s blockchain infrastructure. More history here.
2015, Late : Omise Blockchain Lab | Source
Prior to 2017 Omise was operating the Blockchain Lab in stealth because apparently we didn’t want to alert potential industry competitors. Little did we know that no one else even cared at the time!
* See imapp above
2015, December : DevGrant Funding for Ethereum | Source
As one of the very first corporate supporter of the Ethereum DevGrant, OmiseGO provided a $100,000 DevGrant funding for Ethereum.
2016, March : Omise Becomes Special Advisor To Ethereum Foundation | Source
Omise is now official Special Advisor for Ethereum.
2017, May : Omise Relinquished Role As Special Advisor To Ethereum Foundation
Via Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
2017, June : OmiseGO Founded + ICO | Source
Omise Blockchain Lab reached the point of commercialization and has been pushed it out of “lab” status and into the business world under OmiseGO Pte. Ltd.
2017, September : OmiseGO Airdrop | Source
The OMG airdrop is the first airdrop of a token to the Ethereum network, but we hope it will not be the last. It is our hope that our action will set an example for future token projects to do their part by doing airdrops to the Ethereum network, thereby tightly aligning all the interests seeking to use the Ethereum network for token sales with the interests of the Ethereum community.
2018, January : Electrify Asia COO Gobsmacked By OmiseGO | Video
.. the preliminary results so far that we’ve seen from Omisego has been wow… pretty incredible… really incredible. So lets just put it this way. We can’t steal any thunder away from their announcements in the next few months. I dare say this. I think everyone are going to be seriously surprised at what OMG is going to be capable of… we were gobsmacked… seriously gobsmacked…the numbers were… it gives credit card companies a run for their money I dare say.
2018, February : OmiseGO Launches Ethereum Community Fund With Other Projects | Source
OmiseGO will be joining other leading Ethereum-supporting projects Cosmos, Golem, Maker, Global Brain Blockchain Labs, and Raiden in announcing the creation of the “Ethereum Community Fund” (ECF), a unique, highly networked vehicle dedicated to the acceleration of infrastructure and decentralized application development.
2018, February : OmiseGO eWallet SDK Launched | Source
.. the repositories for the OmiseGO eWallet, as well as our first server and mobile SDKs, are now publicly available for the purpose of onboarding eWallet providers.
2018, April : Quantstamp Working With OmiseGO To Secure Implementation Of Plasma | Source
Don confirmed a relationship with OmiseGO to secure and formally verify the root-chain smart contract of OMG implementation of Plasma Protocol.
2018, April : OmiseGO Announces Hard Spoon With Cosmos | Source
Essentially, a hard spoon takes the balances of a given token on an existing chain and duplicates it onto another chain. In this case, OMG token balances will be replicated onto a Tendermint chain that gets connected to Cosmos.
2018, April : Omise To Launch Subsidiary To Develop User-facing Crypto Exchange Network | Source
.. we are working to acquire small to mid size exchanges that will ultimately transact via OMG Network. OmiseGO’s mandate is to build the back-end infrastructure to support the exchange of value across blockchains, and the wallet SDK to provide the means for users and service providers to easily take advantage of all of the OMG Network’s capabilities; it will not produce a consumer-facing exchange platform. However, our new (yet to be named) subsidiary will be tasked with building that functionality.
Easter Egg Within An Easter Egg
I like puzzles. There is something very intriguing about the OmiseGO project, and I have spoken to very few people about this. If you look hard enough, you will find it.