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Zenotta raises $10.7M in 10-Day Seed Funding Round · 07. April 2021

Smart data and P2P electronic trade system closes first seed funding round with early backers and private investors

Zug, Switzerland - 07 April, 2021 - Zenotta, the peer-to-peer electronic trade system and Smart Data Platform, today announces a raise of 10 million Swiss Francs ($10.7M USD) through token sales, in its first seed funding round. Reaching its target and investment slot for a pre-ICO within just 10 days, this marks Zenotta’s first funding round amongst its network of investors with plans for an additional funding round to follow for general investors in the coming months.

Roelou Barry, CEO and Co-founder of Zenotta, said: “The overwhelmingly positive reaction amongst our network of private investors and early-stage backers is a testament to our unprecedented vision of creating a digital system in which files are the medium of exchange. For five years, Zenotta has operated on a self-funded basis giving us the freedom to develop and refine extremely solid foundations for the Zenotta Digital System. We are now well-positioned to develop partnerships and advance our mission to create an entirely new payments network for the internet of value.”

Zenotta’s vision is to create a Digital Society 2.0 - a more decentralized, democratic and fairer society in which users are empowered as sole owners of their personal data. It is realizing this future through the Zenotta Digital System (ZDS) - transforming files into programmable assets known as Smart Data, that can be truly owned, with identity, rights, intelligence and privacy embedded at the data level. In doing so, Zenotta is turning digital content into a means of exchange and a way to participate in a data democracy.

The funding round follows Zenotta’s recent mining of its genesis block - marking the introduction of the first dual double-entry blockchain ledger which combines a peer-to-peer electronic cash system with a notarized receipt of the asset that is paid for. This combination creates the first peer-to-peer electronic trade system to allow for the seamless exchange of Smart Data.

Andrew Kessler, CTO and Co-founder of Zenotta, said: “The Zenotta project is the culmination of many years of research in reimaging how to bring about a true data democracy, and with it Digital Society 2.0. Mining the genesis block of the Zenotta Digital System was a significant step on our path to ascribing data with both intrinsic and extrinsic value. As Zenotta moves forward backed by those who share our vision, the revolutionary potential of our blockchain in eliminating uncertainty in transactions combined with our creation of smart data, will become increasingly impactful in the world.”

As Zenotta continues to scale up its operations, the project will focus on the further development and testing of its technology in parallel with the fostering of its burgeoning mining community. Additionally, Zenotta will finalise and solidify its advisory board, strategic partnerships and plans for future funding rounds.

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Andrew Kessler, CTO at Zenotta, is available for interview

About Zenotta
Headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, Zenotta AG is at the forefront of blockchain and data innovation. Built and backed by a team of pioneering entrepreneurs, engineers, and scientists, Zenotta builds on the shoulders of giants in the worlds of philosophy and science in order to create an entirely new approach to the digital universe. Developing the technical foundation for the Smart Data economy alongside a dedicated body of law for digital systems governance and execution, Zenotta is redefining the way we use and value data in an interconnected world.


 
Zenotta Launches the First Peer-to-Peer Electronic Trade System · Press Release # 01-2021 · 03 February 2021

Smart Data, as a new, decentralized and programmable file format, combined with a re-imagined peer-to-peer payment network, provides all data handlers with agency and sovereignty over any data or digital content that they own or create. The dawn of a new asset class for a decentralized world.

Zug, Switzerland - 03 February, 2021 - Today marks the launch of the Zenotta Digital System (ZDS), and with it, a step into a future where data is re-invented. The problems of data privacy, digital content ownership, creative freedom and trust through efficiency are solved with the development of the first Peer-to-Peer Electronic Trade System. With the ZDS, digital content becomes a means of exchange, and files become programmable assets that can be truly owned, with identity, rights, intelligence and privacy embedded at the data level.

Data is the cornerstone of digital systems. In an increasingly digital world, data has become the lifeblood of our technical, social, legal, and economic structures. However, while data can convey information effectively, it cannot be used to reliably ascribe value. This is termed The Data Problem, and it has its roots in the problem of scarcity. If you can simply copy, edit or duplicate a file for essentially zero cost, its value as a commodity remains limited. Up until now, the solution tried by purveyors or custodians of digital goods is to prevent them from being copied, in order to give them scarcity and therefore value. However, this requires huge technical & legal efforts at a human level and is largely doomed to failure.

With the ZDS, scarcity can be achieved through ascribing a rival character to data. Allowing data to be treated as assets, with provable uniqueness, imparts true scarcity, and thus true value. Through a new type of blockchain network that allows for trade of digital assets instead of just merely payments, this value can be unlocked; economically, legally and socially. In a functioning, just democracy, value can be found in forms such as the benefit of being able to truly own your digital content; the legal power of an autonomous file with a unique identity; the freedom to create, and to decide what happens to your creation. Imagine trillions of connected, programmable files, with rights, intelligence and privacy assigned within the data itself. The possibilities for content creators, businesses dealing in digital products, or indeed any individual, company, institution, or government, are immeasurable. The Internet of Value could therefore be realised as the Internet of Files.

The ZDS comprises the twin pillars of the Zenotta Data Protocol (ZDP) and the Zenotta Network Protocol (ZNP), together functioning as a redesigned & reimagined Smart Data empowered Peer-to-Peer Electronic Trade System. Both protocols are underpinned by a community-focused, compliant-by-design governance philosophy, and supported by a world-first stable framework of law capable of governing the entire digital system at the file level, and of executing legal judgements at machine level while representing free will and remaining under human control.

The ZDP turns digital content into a digital asset. Any file type, be it static (such as a signed contract in PDF format or a photo in JPEG format), or dynamic (such as a data streaming service in MP3 or AVI format), can now be converted into a Smart Data file with its own, unique DNA. This new invention, a decentralized file format, combines the power of encryption with the utility and security of blockchain technology to enable ownership that is identity-based, a more secure and an egalitarian alternative to the current restrictive access-based possession and handling of digital content. For the first time, files offer a form of non-fungibility and tangible value creation, capable of being bought & sold, transferred, contracted with and used as collateral, all within a legal framework. This gives birth to an entirely new asset class; one that can be tokenized and traded, empowering everyone with the long-awaited agency and data sovereignty that they deserve.

The ZDP integrates with the ZNP, a next-generation blockchain network that takes the Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus approach behind the first and the most successful blockchain to date, and re-designs it for use in an inclusive and environmentally-responsible society. This long established, tried & tested consensus mechanism is coupled with an innovative protocol designed to balance mining power and reduce inequality, inspired by the fundamental laws of thermodynamics. A blockchain that functions in a truly decentralized and energy-efficient fashion, where runaway mining greed and re-centralization cannot take hold.

The way that the ZDP and ZNP combine is revolutionary. Up until now, blockchain ledgers have dealt with payments but not the goods that were paid for. This is the recipe for a one-sided economy. Zenotta introduces a dual, double-entry ledger which enables bi-directional movement of both the payment and the notarised Smart Data asset, creating a real digital economy through the invention of decentralized trade. The Zenotta token – the Zeno – is therefore the first blockchain token to represent real value. Smart Data goods & services are bought and sold with the Zeno, making the total market value of the crypto currency equivalent to the GDP of the new Smart Data economy.

Zenotta’s Peer-to-Peer Electronic Trade System unlocks all of the economic, social, and legal value in data and releases it to the world. Such value even goes beyond the human layer and impacts processes & systems of all kinds – processes involving, e.g., logistics, data handling, compliance, and standardization of data which are immeasurably improved and enhanced by a form of data that is (i) provably unique (ii) programmable at file level (iii) compliant-by design (iv) cold-stored by state (as a decentralized file format) rather than by location and (v) executable at machine level.

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Roelou Barry, CEO and Co-Founder at Zenotta, said, “If a token is the medium of exchange in an economic system, files are the medium of exchange in a digital system. Revealing the true value of a file is the cardinal purpose of Zenotta. Rethinking the very premise of what it means to attribute value to a file, Zenotta is provoking a shift in perspective in how we value our JPGs, PDFs, and PNGs. To date, the technological gentry has unfairly profited from data in possession, as the person in the street, corporations and governments unable to assign ownership and rights to their data. Giving data intrinsic as well as extrinsic value, we are moving beyond primitive utility by the unique ability to assign identity and rights to all files. A result of over seven years of considered development by our team, the Zenotta Digital System preserves privacy, compliance, and governance.” by design and default at a file level and executable at machine level.

Andrew Kessler, CTO and Co-Founder at Zenotta, said, “At Zenotta, we are building on the genius of blockchain’s founding fathers and going beyond Ethereum-like smart contracts, which provide a limited execution functionality, to integrate legally binding and viable digital contract deployment. Furthermore, users can store Smart Data in a hot or cold state, eradicating the risk of loss of control and share ownership experienced in traditional data storage systems.”

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Andrew Kessler, CTO at Zenotta, is available for interview

About Zenotta

Zenotta, the world’s first Smart Data network, uses ownable data to allow users to control, enforce, and protect their digital rights to economic, legal and social recourse. Built on the Zenotta Data Protocol (ZDP), a file formatting technology that transposes data files to the equivalent of a notarized document, Zenotta creates an entirely new asset class and unlocks the Internet of Files, a value network of trillions of self-sovereign files, all connected intelligently while preserving privacy, compliance and governance.

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The ZDS allows for a blockchain-based token payment in exchange for a blockchain-based notarized digital file, executed in a secure, scalable, and compliant manner as a single transaction. Once the Genesis Block configuration has been finalized and released, a blockchain-based Zeno Token will be issued, mined and distributed. The Zeno Token will serve as a native token to the Zenotta Network Protocol and the overall Zenotta Digital System. The Zeno Tokens will be used as a means of payment, in order to facilitate the execution of Smart Data Contracts and as gas for the payment of the infrastructure, and for Smart Data goods & services to be bought and sold.

Designed as a dual-double entry ledger, the Zenotta Blockchain Ledger enables bi-directional movement of both the payment and the asset, securing Zeno Tokens for data transactions and vice versa in a single transaction. Using dual-double transactions, the trade is executed simultaneously.

Zenotta’s blockchain, an integral part of the Zenotta Network Protocol, employs an energy-efficient form of the PoW consensus mechanism that disincentivizes mining centralization. This combined with the introduction of mining governance allows for a fast, exponentially scalable, democratic protocol whilst alleviating environmental impact through algorithmic balancing of mining power that utilises the laws of thermodynamics.