Startup Tracker launched at TechCrunch Disrupt London—wins Evernote Prize.
The venture that would eventually lead to the inception of the DX Network started as a browser extension to access CrunchBase information while browsing. In its simplest form, Startup Tracker already attracted attention in the Tech community, from Product Hunt
, all the way up to the BBC
Startup Tracker's first year was dedicated to iterating over the product with early-users which ranged from solo founders to investors though innovation departments at multinational companies. It was during this key year that the business landscape, challenges and opportunities surrounding the Tech Industry’s data were uncovered.
Startup Tracker 2.0 released adding new data sources and crowdsourcing.
The next major version of Startup Tracker broadened the amount of data available through the browser extension by integrating public APIs, forming partnerships with niche startup platforms, public resource crawling and integrating on-demand crowdsourcing in the product.
Top tier organizations including Thomson Reuters, TechStars, ACM, Gartner, Allianz, Accel Partners, Stanford University, Ogilvy and Amazon started using Startup Tracker as product development continued.
Dawn of the DX Network: Startup Tracker joins the Y Combinator Startup School.
Startup Tracker was accepted into the Y Combinator Startup School out of 13,321 applicants which resulted in the launch of the Startup Tracker search engine
web app alpha in June 2017.
Concurrently, a nine-month research mission was started to investigate the technical feasibility and commercial viability of open markets for structured data to streamline transaction between data sellers and buyers and unlock unutilized/underutilized data scattered across public and private platforms.
Startup Tracker search engine (3.0) released.
The DX Network development starts, project joins the Imperial College VCC accelerator.
After 9 months of preparation work, development of the DX Network starts as the team joins one of the premier accelerators for Science and Technology ventures in the UK at Imperial College London (8th best university in the world, QS World University Rankings 2018).
Token sale details announced.
Funds for the development of the DX Network raised through the sale of DX Tokens, the native cryptocurrency used for data transaction on the network.
Specifically, raised funds will be used to:
- Develop, test and maintain the DX Network and core SDKs
- Business development and distribution of the DX Network and associated technologies in commercial and research environments with an aim at network self-sustainability within 4 years of network launch
- Development of a modular implementation of the DX Network (DX for X) to allow onsite private and public exchanges to be deployed in any field of application
- Research and development of the DX Trustless Audit protocol (DXTA) for use in data exchanges with big-ticket datapoints or sensitive environments
- Build, grow and promote the DX App Store which lists all public applications making use of the DX Network including key applications such as fiat payment gateways, visual data explorers (GUIs) and productivity software extensions/plugins
- Covering all the legal, security and operational costs for the first 4 years of the network
Private sale for strategic investors, publication of the network's financial model.
The private portion of the DX Token (apply here) opens for key stakeholders, Tech Industry data collectors and consumers, institutional (crypto) funds, syndicates and prospective heavy DX Network users.
Before the private sale starts, the DX Network's financial model detailing network economics and cost/returns for data buying/selling nodes will be made available to the public.
DX Token public sale.
The DX Token public sale (get whitelisted here) opens with full KYC/AML checks and individual caps for participant to ensure a smooth and fair token sale.
Research and development of the DX Trustless Audit (DXTA) protocol starts at Imperial College supervised by TBA.
DX Network alpha release on Ethereum testnet, launch of DX Dev Grants.
Developer preview of the DX Network launches on an Ethereum testnet with placeholder data together with the first SDK for partners and prospective users to prepare for integration.
Key pilot programs launched with select prospective data sellers and buyers which marks the launch of the DX alliance, regrouping organizations and individuals developing new applications on top of the DX Network.
The first DX Dev Grants are awarded from the DX Network’s Growth Fund to encourage development of new ventures leveraging the DX Network and to help developers get their applications to market.
DX Network release candidate deployed on Ethereum mainnet.
A fully functional beta version of the DX Network is deployed on the Ethereum mainnet, together with NodeJS, Python and Java SDKs. Network nodes—including Startup Tracker—start buying and selling real data using DX Tokens.
DX Network stable release deployed on Ethereum mainnet, further round of DX Dev Grants.
The first stable version of the DX Network deploys on the Ethereum mainnet. A second round of DX Dev Grants are awarded to developers building commercial and research applications leveraging the DX Network to drive industry adoption and pre-populate the upcoming DX App Store.
Pilot programs, promotional efforts and developer outreach continue.
DX App Store launch including fiat payment gateways, Excel plugin, GUI and 3rd party applications.
The DX App Store launches to help applications build on top of the DX Network reach their target market and bind the ecosystem of DX Network powered applications together.
Featured applications include applications developed by 3rd party developers and the DX Network team e.g. fiat payment gateways to enable the use of the network without requiring the purchase of DX Tokens, extensions/plugins to allow direct DX Network data access in productivity software and a graphical user interface to allow for visual data exploration on the network.
Moving towards DX for X: new data type support and ontology abstraction.
To enable the creation of data exchanges in arbitrary fields of application, the DX Network's infrastructure implements support for the sale of assets beyond structured data such as time series data and documents. The DX Network's ontology component—which sets which datapoints can be exchanged on the network—is abstracted to support custom ontologies.
This significantly increases the DX Network’s underlying dataset size by allowing for new types of datapoints to be bought and sold for current entities and enabling the trade of data for entities beyond the Tech Industry such as public companies, hedge funds and retail investment funds.
DX for X: onsite private and public data exchanges in any field of application.
The full potential of the data exchange paradigm is reached, enabling organizations to launch their own private or public data exchange powered by the DX Network’s technology in the field of application of their choice.
Initial release of the DXTA protocol.
The add-on DXTA protocol is launched to support data exchanges with big-ticket datapoints or operating in sensitive environments.
DXTA adds a trustless audit mechanism to data exchange transactions, making DX for X and DX for X + DXTA cornerstone technologies of the data economy.