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It has been a bit over 1 year since Augur has finished with their crowdsale of Reputation Tokens (REP) for their decentralized prediction markets platform. Augur has already sent the Reputation Tokens (REP) to everyone that participated in the crowdsale sometime today, even though their platform is not yet live (still in beta). The prediction markets platform is expected to be ready and launched probably by the end of the year, though exact date is not yet set.
The total supply of Augur Reputation Tokens (REP) is 11,000,000 REP (eleven million). The total number of token holders at the time of distribution is apparently 2516 based on unique addresses. If you have participated in the Augur crowdsale you can check if you have received your tokens successfully already.
How to check if you received your REP tokens:
1. Open https://etherscan.io/token/REP
2. In the field “Filter By Address” enter your Ethereum Wallet Address
3. You need to use the ETH Wallet address that you set in the Augur crowdsale
4. There should be a transaction and you need to check if the Value (REP) is the right one
5. Do note that if you have not participated in the crowdsale last year no REP tokens will be shown
The Augur REP tokens however will be available for trading on exchanges even before the official launch of the platform and there are already announcements from exchanges that they will be supporting REP token trading. The first exchange to announce Augur REP token support is apparently Kraken. The exchange is introducing the following trading pairs for Augur Reputation Tokens (REP): REP/XBT, REP/ETH, REP/EUR, REP/USD, REP/CAD and REP/JPY, though we are probably also going to soon see more exchanges. If you have missed the crowdsale of REP tokens last year now could be your chance to get some by trading them on exchanges. The expectations from the Augur platform are pretty high already, and the amount of money that users invested in the project during the crowdsale phase was tremendous…
You can say that the Reputation crowdsale that is now over for what is being called the world’s first decentralized, prediction market – Augur, has been quite successful with over 5 million USD equivalent in Ethereum and Bitcoin collected from 4550 users. The “distributed oracle” application uses Ethereum’s network and is just one of the many Decentralized Applications (DAPPs) that are currently being developed. This is just demonstrating the interest and potential for development of decentralized applications powered by a blockchain and is supposed to realize the full potential of the Ethereum by design. At the same time lately we have been seeing a drop in the price of the Ether coins that are the currency of Ethereum currently being mined by users for a little over 2 months now. Since Ethereum is actually relatively new crypto currency, especially if you consider when was the official launch of the network, even though it has been under development for quite some time we should just now start seeing its potential actually being shown with decentralized applications such as Augur. Do note that Augur has not been officially launched, just their crowdsale of Reputation has finished even though they have a working Alpha version available to get an idea what the platform will offer.
Do you wonder how big is the number of Ethereum users roughly about one month after the official start of the alternative crypto currency? There is an interesting chart over at Etherscan (Ethereum block explorer website) that shows the growth of the number of unique Ethereum addresses (wallets) in the blockchain. Up until now the number of unique addresses are a little over 18 thousand, though the number of actual users is probably higher. This simply means that Ethereum needs to get more user friendly in order to increase its community of users as at the moment it is still quite hard for the average crypto currency user to get started with Ethereum. We have already prepared multiple Ethereum guides to help new people to get started, but there is still need for more work done for an Ethereum client with easy to use GUI, better miners and so on.
And even though that Ethereum is still very new and the actual user base is small and slowly growing, it is already showing a lot of interest and huge potential. Let us take for example just one of the decentralized applications that will be using EThereum’s network – Augur, their crowdsale currently running has already passed the 4 million USD mark in BTC and ETH collected from users. There are already tens of decentralized applications that will be using Ethereum’s network that are currently being developed, so there is a big potential for Ethereum to grow and be widely used. And we are not talking just about the underlying crypto currency called Ether, but about the whole idea of the Ethereum that you can say takes crypto currencies to the next level. But in order for that potential to realize as we have mentioned Ethereum needs to get more user friendly and not stay focused only on programmers or advanced users that are currently a big part of the people using it.