Every month, the Origin team publishes a monthly update to our token holders and broader community. Welcome to the February 2021 edition. We are eager to hear feedback and suggestions from our community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for support requests and email@example.com for general inquiries/comments.
February has been an incredibly exciting and busy month for Origin. We hosted the most valuable non-fungible token (NFT) auction of all time with acclaimed musician and crypto influencer 3LAU, selling nearly $11.7 million in NFTs. This was hailed as a seminal event for the music industry and received extensive coverage in globally renowned publications like the New York Times.
The macro backdrop for the cryptocurrency markets has been evolving since January. Treasury bond yields spiking have shifted a rotation away from high growth equities and spooked many investors. Crypto markets have been correlated with high growth equities this cycle and saw a significant pull back as a result. The crypto narrative has remained heavily influenced by DeFi. NFTs have eclipsed DeFi to become the dominant topic of conversation in crypto and has even breached mainstream consciousness for the first time.
Origin is incredibly well-positioned to take advantage of both of these market narratives. We have been making rapid progress with our product development and continue to get strong positive feedback from our users. OGN has outperformed almost any other digital asset in the last week or so and we expect increasing public awareness of our products and progress to drive continued growth.
Dshop hosted two landmark NFT sales in February. We partnered with CoinTelegraph Top 100 member and world-acclaimed musician and producer 3LAU to launch his exclusive Ultraviolet Vinyl NFT Collection auction on a custom implementation of Dshop. This was the very first time in history that a full musical album has been tokenized on the blockchain. 3LAU chose Origin as his technology provider for his most sophisticated drop because we provided him with a fully customized, direct-to-fan platform where he controls the brand experience and pricing mechanics.
The unique auction format and pricing mechanics led to the most significant NFT sale in history, with 33 winning bidders bringing in $11,684,101 in sales. In the final 3 minutes of the auction, any new bid that made it onto the leader board extended the bidding for another 3 minutes. This mechanic led to the auction extending several hours past the original deadline and created a significant multiplier on the total sales.
We have received an incredible amount of inbound interest from music labels, talent agents, athletes, celebrities, and other creatives since before the auction even concluded. The success of this auction has created an incredible number of high quality potential partnerships for us and we predict increased media attention on all things Origin as a result.
Dshop also hosted Brave’s first ever NFT drop. A total of 40 collectible digital memes were sold as a direct offering on Brave’s swag store, which is hosted on Dshop. The collection sold out within minutes. Brave is one of our most important partners. Brave browser is an open-source, privacy-preserving browser with 25 million monthly active users and 8 million daily active users. The company boasts a network of over 1 million content partners and over 465 advertisers, including The New York Times, PayPal/Honey, Amazon, and CBS, to name a few.
Earlier this month we announced a major partnership with Amazon for Dshop. Dshop is now available on the AWS and Google Cloud marketplace, making it easy for developers and merchants to spin up their own decentralized e-commerce storefronts and exposing Origin to a wider audience.
On the OUSD side, increasing gas costs and Ethereum network congestion has had a significant negative effect on our supply growth and yields. Our trailing 7-day APY remains close to 20% but onboarding new users has become incredibly difficult. This is not a problem isolated to Origin and many Ethereum-based DeFi projects are struggling while low-cost chains see increased activity. In response, we released a beta swap product called OUSD swap to reduce gas costs for new users wishing to buy or sell OUSD.
In OGN news, we partnered with C.R.E.A.M. to have OGN listed as a supported asset on their lending platform. We will continue to aggressively pursue OGN and OUSD integrations on DeFi platforms and centralized platforms. We also announced a major update that creates stronger incentives and economic tie-ins between OUSD and OGN. Origin will now take 10% of the yield earned by OUSD strategies as a performance fee and use that to buyback OGN on the open market.
This month we saw a modest uptick in OGN staking participation. A significant amount of OGN has been locked up in our different staking programs. Nearly 80M total OGN has been effectively removed from circulation.
Circulating supply is currently at 241M compared to a projected 288M tokens. The circulating supply number includes the 38M that is currently staked in our staking program, reducing the actual float further.
Co-founders Matt and Josh, have been active speakers on Clubhouse for the past month. They’ve participated in panels about DeFi and NFTs with some of the biggest names in the crypto space with audiences in the thousands. You can follow them at @matthewliu and @joshfraser. They are also active on Twitter at @matthewliu and @joshfraser as well.
Origin was recently ranked the top project in terms of social engagement on LunarCRUSH and we also participated in a webinar with Binance for their Russian community. The Origin community continues to rapidly grow in size and diversity.
We’re still looking for an experienced Senior Growth / Marketing Engineer and a Senior Solidity Engineer. Check out our job postings, and come join us or refer your friends!
Learn more about Origin:
- Get Origin Dollars (OUSD): ousd.com/mint
- Stake your OGN to earn: ousd.com/stake
- Launch your decentralized store: originprotocol.com/dshop
- Buy Origin Tokens (OGN): Binance, Huobi, Upbit, Bittrex Global
- Track OGN token metrics: originprotocol.com/dashboard
- Learn more on our company website: originprotocol.com