Dear KuCoin Users,
Please take note of the following schedule:
- Deposits Effective Immediately
- Trading: 18:00 May 16, 2019 (UTC+8)
- Withdrawal: 18:00 May 18, 2019 (UTC+8)
NIX Company Summary
NIX is a multi-layered privacy currency which utilizes an interoperable platform model to fuel privacy-focused decentralized applications (dApps). NIX utilizes its custom-tailored Ghost Protocol which is a unique, complex and fluid arrangement of sub-protocols including Commitment Key Packs, Zero Knowledge Proofs, Sigma, Tor, and Dandelion. As a second layered development, NIX platform will enable the first privacy-based decentralized exchange manager. This system will allow for privacy trading among non-privacy focused DEX’s. Simply said, NIX plans to integrate various DEXs into one platform, while adding privacy layers to atomic swaps.
The platform also utilizes master nodes, called “Ghost nodes”, in order to facilitate transactions via the NIX privacy protocol. Ghost node holders will receive rewards, both as a percentage of every block created and also for every NIX transaction they process. Additionally, the NIX wallet includes the ‘Ghost Vault’ feature. Sending NIX tokens to the vault effectively ‘ghosts’ them – making them private to everyone except the owner, until they choose to send them anonymously to someone else or ‘unghost’ them to make them public again. As the project states, in the future, The NIX Platform will serve as a platform on which third-party developers would be able to build their own decentralized applications that utilize NIX’s privacy protocol.
NIX presents a relatively detailed and quite technologically oriented, 23-page long whitepaper that describes NIX's main purpose – to become the best-in-class privacy layer to any blockchain.
NIX intends to be and is introduced both as a next generation privacy currency and multi-layered interoperability platform. It is designed to fuel anonymity-focused decentralized applications and smart contracts. The document begins with an introduction of the current blockchain cryptocurrency state and issues, followed by the objectives and the purposes behind the concept of NIX. It reveals the details and features for the NIX Ghost Protocol and the NIX Multi-Layered Scheme and goes into comprehensive descriptions of the four main layers: the Protocol, Utilization, Communication and DApps layers. The whitepaper concludes with brief statements about the Core Beliefs of the NIX project, its block specifications and NIX's vision for the future.
NIX's whitepaper describes, in detail, the specifics for every technological aspect. It reveals the team's plan to establish an ecosystem of asset distribution with the added power of privacy. The project is proposing the use of a series of strong intra-chain privacy elements like the NIX Ghost Vault, the 2-Way Ghosting, and the LPoS (leasing proof of stake) consensus algorithm. To deliver those features, NIX introduces the NIX Ghost Protocol, designed to use the mechanisms of Sigma’s privacy proofs, paired with one-time integrated Sigma addresses, and combined with a Tor network that offers OBFS4 bridging and communication. Additionally, NIX would provide an atomic swap infrastructure to allow private transactions between different chains. The document gives details for its Privacy Features and a further description of the Multi-Layered Scheme of NIX. The project has also prepared a separate document for the Commitment Key Packs based on Pedersen Anonymous Deposits, as well as a document revealing the governance of the NIX platform.
Legal & Disclaimers Description
Team and Advisors Description
No team or advisors information can be found in the whitepaper, but they are presented on the official website, divided into five categories, with their full names and job titles. Most of them do not have photos or social media links. Only the two advisors are presented with short descriptions of their previous experience, one of the advisors is the well-known, by the crypto community, Charlie Shrem.
Roadmap & Milestones
No roadmap is presented in the whitepaper. Still, the website shows a relatively detailed roadmap with a one and a half year span. It begins with the release of NIX's mainnet in June 2018 and concludes in Q2/Q3 2019, when the project will release the Dex Manager v1.0 and enable the development of sidechain tools and resources on the NIX mainnet.
Team and Advisors
The Lead Blockchain Developer and founder of NIX Platform, Matthew Tawil, presents himself as a blockchain product engineer also involved in Chainworks LLC and previous developer to several other cryptocurrency projects. Matthew holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has been involved with crypto since 2016.
Another developer for the NIX Platform, Pieter Hamels, is the former owner and consultant of Gconnect.be and a manager of The Cable Company and webXtend, both Belgium companies. He has not specified his degree or field of study but provided only the name of the university – Miniemen Institute.
Part of the Research & Development team of NIX, Mario Torres, claims to have four years of experience in logging and to be always looking for new opportunities to improve. He has past experience from Baker Hughes and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Team Skills, Experience, and Structure
The team behind NIX consists of 18 enthusiasts in blockchain and cryptocurrencies, PR & community management, design & marketing. There are no executives positions appointed to any of the team members. Also, there are no team members with experience in business development. Some of them have not provided their full names, photos or profile links.
Advisors Background, Experience and Community Feedback
NIX is advised by two respected professionals: Dr Sriram Vishwanath is a professor involved in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at The University of Texas at Austin.
Charlie Shrem is a Bitcoin advocate, successful entrepreneur, and early founder of the Bitcoin Foundation.
Venture Capitals, Hedge Funds, and Other Investors
No information for any venture capitals or other institutional investors involved in the funding of the project.
NIX announced that they have partnered with Blocknet, Chainzilla, CryptoWOO, Whooper, and SwirlPay.io.
No indications for active market makers involved in the influencing of NIX's trading volume.
No information for token lock-up procedures.
Speed of Selling Out the ICO
The project did not organize a public sale.
NIX organized an airdrop event in May 2018.
Hard Cap Amount
The project did not organize a public sale event.
Type of Blockchain Technology
The NIX Platform’s first use case will be a privacy-based, decentralized exchange manager. This system would solve privacy layers among DEX trading, creating a security layer for any protocol and tradeable asset through a multi-tiered private trading structure. Every integrated DEX would act as a node in order to perform cross-chain private transactions thanks to NIX's DEX Manager. The combination of multiple DEXs with the Ghost Protocol is expected to guarantee complete decentralization and privacy placed into one user-friendly application.
Besides that, NIX claims to be a multi-layered privacy currency, which utilizes an interoperable platform model, in order to fuel privacy-focused decentralized applications. By definition, it covers 4 main layers: Protocol Layer (containing the consensus mechanisms and privacy protocol design), Utilization Layer (includes tools and features like the Ghost Vault and 2-Way Ghosting), the Communication Layer (accounting for interoperability between chains), and the dApp Layer (extends to dApp development and use cases such as the DEX Manager).
Tokens Sold on Public Sale
NIX announced that 87.55% of the total supply was claimed.
The overall talk on the project under most YouTube reviews, other forums, and Telegram can be classified as neutral. Many people are expressing their optimism and hopes for the price going up, but many are disappointed because of the low trading volume and current price. No negative/scam accusations were found.
Technology & Development
Product Development Progress
According to the roadmap, the project has already launched its mainnet (June 2018). The team is currently developing off-chain governance and integrating sigma, a new scalable zero-knowledge protocol, which is expected to go live in Q2 2019. Along with these additions, the first version of the DEX manager is planned to be released in Q2 2019 as well.
Blockchain Technology Usage and Innovation
NIX is designed to serve as a privacy currency and cross-chain privacy platform, with the aim to deliver anonymous and decentralized blockchain transactions.
NIX unveiled its address-less Sigma transactions (aka ‘2-way ghosting’). This extends Sigma technology so that completely private and anonymous transfers could be made using NIX with neither sender or receiver public addresses.
Dependencies to Third Party Platform or Service
NIX platform has its own blockchain, and it is not dependent on any third-party platforms or services. In order to establish an ecosystem of asset distribution with the added power of privacy, the NIX Platform uses the NIX Ghost Protocol. This protocol is a personal privacy library, using the mechanisms from the Sigma privacy proofs, paired with one-time integrated addresses. This is also combined with a Tor network that offers OBFS4 bridging and communication.
Blockchain Advantage, Effects on the Market
The NIX Platform has the potential to be disruptive to its market segment because it offers integration of various decentralized exchanges into one platform while adding privacy layers to atomic swaps. That way, the users would be able to send, escrow, trade or hold their assets in a private manner without involving third parties. However, there is competition on the face of Komodo Platform, Zcash, Monero, Verge and other similar platforms.
Decentralization of the System
Currently, the NIX Platform is being developed and maintained entirely by its management and development teams. However, NIX states that, in the future, it would become a completely decentralized project, with no main teams nor development funding needed. Instead, there would be several teams working on different areas to update the core code, while offering various tool kits for other developers to create their own dApps using NIX’s privacy utilities. NIX’s development of off-chain governance already moves towards this goal.
System Security Measures
The project introduces the NIX Ghost Protocol. It consists of several privacy elements (to be built on top of). NIX platform is the first PoS coin that has enabled Sigma, coupled with Tor networking. Sigma helps scramble user data by creating a system that makes it impossible to guess the correct original location of assets. Integrated with a layering of Tor networking, users would have both blockchain and networking privacy. Also, the project introduces the NIX Ghost Vault, which provides full one-way privacy to the sender and receiver, and allows users to completely hide coins from the chain. Furthermore, NIX has crafted a “history privacy-in-one-transaction development” solution, called NIX 2-Way Ghosting. It would enable users to transfer their private coins from one vault to someone else’s vault.
To enable the 2 Way Ghosting, NIX designed and implemented a key scheme called Commitment Key Packs, in order to allow packing of Pedersen Commitments to act as one-time key formats for Sigma Deposits. Through this, a user can conduct full blockchain privacy payment without the need of using any groupable addresses on-chain, and instead, conducting transactions only using zero-knowledge commitment schemes.
We sincerely appreciate your support and understanding, we hope this information proves useful to all users and potential investors.
The KuCoin Team.