SALT Adds DASH as Collateral and Offers a Way to Maintain Your Masternode

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We’re proud to announce that we now accept DASH as collateral.

Better yet, if you own DASH that’s being used for a masternode, we’ve also developed a way for you to maintain your masternode status, voting rights and payouts and still use it as loan collateral. To do so, follow these instructions before you deposit your DASH into your SALT collateral wallet.

Like other cryptocurrencies, Dash enables anyone, anywhere in the world to make quick, easy and cheap payments at any time without going through a central authority.

Given its long-term viability, its numerous use cases, and its level of adoption, Dash is an appealing collateral form for our platform. Aside from that, we chose Dash as our next collateral type for two primary reasons:

  1. We support the Dash community and its mission
  2. We respect Dash’s two-tier network and use of masternodes to maintain the health of their blockchain

The Dash Mission

In his interview with Cointelegraph, CEO of Dash Core Group Ryan Taylor notes that Dash offers “tremendous value to society,” particularly for people that live in areas with minimal financial freedom and poor quality financial systems: “I would love to see Dash first adopted in some of the poorest and most financially oppressed markets in the world, so that as Dash grows, we bring those people up with us.”

By providing increased financial freedom, secure technology, and irreversible, speedy transactions, Dash is increasing access for people to participate in the global economy regardless of where they’re based. We support this mission and recognize it as one of the most significant ways blockchain technology can change people’s lives — and the world — for the better.

The Dash Network and Masternode System

In a separate, more recent interview with Anthony Pompliano, Taylor explains the concept of masternodes and how unlike the Bitcoin protocol, which allocates 100% of the network’s revenue toward mining, the Dash protocol is designed such that the block reward is split into three parts: 45% of the revenue goes to miners and 45% goes to masternode operators who service the network. The remaining 10% goes to a proposal system where the proposals are voted on by the masternode operators and the highest ranking proposals pay out as part of a monthly budget. This two-tier infrastructure ensures that network participants are incentivized to “keep the network happy.” Masternode operators in particular have a vested interest in doing what’s best for the network to maintain its health.

In explaining the masternode system further, Taylor notes that you have to prove ownership of 1,000 DASH in order to obtain masternode status, though he makes it clear that “as soon as that money is moved, your node downgrades immediately.” While that’s true in most cases, we’ve developed a way for you to maintain your masternode status even after you move your Dash to the SALT platform.* With these step-by-step instructions, you can custody your Dash with us and still run your masternode.

For questions about taking out a Dash-backed loan or to custody your Dash with us, visit us at https://saltlending.com/ or call us at +1 720–897–3710.

  • Dash used as collateral for a loan with SALT may be liquidated, in whole or in part, according to the terms of your Loan Agreement. SALT is not responsible for maintenance of a masternode or any disruption to or downgrade of any masternode for any reason, which may result from a liquidation of loan collateral or any other applicable term or terms of your loan agreement.

Safety through multi-signatures

Our community has voiced an interest in better understanding how we use multi-sig for our transactions and we wanted to pull back the curtain a bit to share how SALT prioritizes the security of crypto assets. So how does SALT execute on best-in-class security when it comes to crypto transactions? By building and leveraging a team with expertise in cyber security, accounting, and IT architecture.

To start with, what is multi-sig? Multi-signature (multi-sig) refers to the requirement that more than one key is present to authorize an action. The concept applies to physical or digital keys and has been around far longer than crypto.

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While the Bitcoin protocol inherently has built-in multi-sig capabilities that can be easily seen on the chain, Ethereum does not expressly define how multi-sig should be implemented. Ethereum implements multi-sig through smart contracts designed by individual parties. In SALT’s opinion, these remain largely untested and need to accumulate a history of safety, prior to adoption. Our Ethereum transactions are not based on a multi-sig contract, but on a multi-sig process and technology internally.

How does this happen?

When the ETH key is created it is sharded into M of N parts, using a mathematical process that allows it to be rebuilt, and the original key is thrown away. This results in functional multi-signature, even though it is not a multi-sig address like Bitcoin.

Then when a transaction is requested, it goes through several rounds of digital and physical security checkpoints.

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First the transaction must be initiated by a member on the SALT platform, or by our team internally. The transaction is then verified, reviewed, and ultimately approved by our accounting team. After the verification, a team of rotating signers place their keys (or key parts in the case of Ethereum) into a “digital safe” while a facilitator oversees the transaction. This group of signers changes with each transaction for added security. Given the key is broken up into an M of N series of sharded keys-parts, each separately encrypted, none of the participants will ever be able to see even a portion of a full key. Cryptocurrency kept within the SALT platform can never be moved by any one individual.

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Think of the process as a house with a physical safe inside. That safe requires several physical keys to open, and for the homeowner to be present for any access to the money to be permitted. Similarly, our process requires a number of key-holders, the digital safe itself, and then a facilitator (homeowner), all to execute the move.

At SALT, we ensure security through process and technology to provide security in all of our transactions.

STABILIZE IT

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Today we’re proud to announce a partnership with CENTRE Consortium to accept USD Coin (USDC) as collateral.

A product of a collaborative effort between, Coinbase, Circle, and the CENTRE Consortium, USDC is a new stablecoin backed by the US dollar. According to Coinbase, “One USDC is a 1:1 representation of a US dollar on the Ethereum blockchain” and “each USDC is 100% collateralized by a corresponding USD held in accounts subject to regular public reporting of reserves.” From a credibility standpoint, Circle has partnered with accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP to conduct monthly audits of US dollar reserves backing the number of USDC tokens in circulation.

Why add USDC?

We’re constantly evaluating and analyzing new collateral options to determine how a given collateral will benefit our customers. Typically, we base our decision to add a new collateral type on a number of factors including the voting feature on our borrower portal. In this case however, we deliberately chose to add USDC in direct response to the market volatility we’ve recently experienced.

When there’s volatility in the market, it directly impacts your LTV, which can result in an undesired loss of collateral. We’ve heard your feedback regarding the need for transfer options that can be implemented on nights, weekends, and holidays. We’re adding USDC to the mix because we want you to keep your crypto, markets don’t.

By adding USDC we’re providing a quick, easy way for you to stabilize your LTV when there’s a rapid drop in the market. Given it’s backed by the US dollar but isn’t wholly tied to the U.S. banking system, you can transfer USDC as collateral at any point in time to bring your LTV back down. Now, rather than waiting for the bank to open to lower your LTV with a wire transfer, you can take immediate action when you notice your collateral is declining in value due to market volatility.

With the addition of USDC, SALT now offers loans backed by Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, DOGE, and USDC — you can secure a loan backed 100 percent by a single collateral type or combine them in a way that works for you.

Interested in applying for a loan? Sign up here. Or visit saltlending.com to learn more about SALT’s offerings.

Read more about the USDC Ecosystem.

To the SALT Community

A Message From SALT

When we first announced SALT and what we were building, it was a new idea. The concept is as simple now as when we began: leveraging blockchain assets as collateral for loans.

We knew from the beginning there would be challenges and obstacles in the path to executing this model. We knew that we would have to build the bridges required to connect this new asset class to the traditional institutions and systems that have been historically resistant to change. This is always the case when you are disrupting the status quo. We knew other companies would follow our business model, walking down the same paths we cleared and over the same bridges we built.

Today, only a year after our official launch, our expectations have become a reality. The trail is blazed, there is loan demand, there is competition and new ways of doing business with traditional markets is unfolding. At SALT we welcome this evolution and recognize the value it brings to our collective vision. What was once a big dream is now a thriving competitive landscape.

For this I am grateful.

I am grateful for our community, because SALT would not exist without you. I am grateful for our critics, because they help us identify opportunities for improvement. I am grateful for competition, because it validates our industry and drives maturity. We have created a market that is revolutionizing the world — a call to arms that is getting louder every day.

When we started SALT, we were motivated by a deeply held belief that blockchain technology was going to bring about a world with more liberty, fairness, and prosperity. The total market cap of all cryptocurrencies was less than $6bn. Most of the world was unaware of what Bitcoin was, let alone its potential. Since those early days, I’ve watched the impact of both crypto and SALT grow tremendously. What was once a single beacon of light in a dark, centralized world of money is now a robust and evolving ecosystem full of incredible innovation. As for SALT, what was once a couple of people brainstorming in a coffee shop has become a growing company with of talented team, over $50MM in loans issued, expanding jurisdictions, evolving products and services and a community of members 70,000+ strong. We have been hard at work collaborating, building, testing and compiling a team all for the purpose of serving our global market.

Like Bitcoin, SALT has had some missteps along the way. But also like Bitcoin, SALT has become more dedicated through every experience, more antifragile through every challenge, and stronger through every success. I’ll be the first to admit that we could have been more communicative with our community. We’ve been building a solid team focused on addressing this pain point and I am confident that you will be hearing from SALT more regularly going forward.

As the 1st mover in this industry, SALT has the responsibility and privilege to lead without a map. It is a responsibility we do not take lightly and we will continue to work hard to build and operate our business with integrity and dedication. I applaud the tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit of every company that sees the same vision and potential that has motivated SALT since its genesis and has joined us in transforming this space.

SALT remains strong, dedicated to our community, and confident in the future.

All the best,

Caleb Slade

Co-founder and Chief Knowledge Officer

How Blockchain Can Improve Democratic Elections

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If you can “vote” for Bitcoin on the blockchain, why not vote for leaders, worldwide?

Blockchain technology is reshaping the world before our eyes at an exhilarating pace. Many people are familiar with blockchain through Bitcoin, the world’s first cryptocurrency. However, the power of Bitcoin comes from the underlying technologies of advanced cryptography and decentralized data storage. The combination of decentralization and cryptography enables data to be securely stored, transparent, and permanent. The combination of these features is seemingly perfect for many industries to the extent that governments and corporations around the world are investing billions of dollars with projections of $2.1 Billion in 2018 alone.

One of the earliest brass rings to be identified was to establish a system of fair voting. Given the virtues of the right to vote, it is essential that every measure is taken to ensure that votes are cast without coercion, are recorded accurately, and counted fairly. Many people remember the disaster of the “hanging chad” that marred the 2000 US presidential election and resulted in litigation before the Florida Supreme Court. Paper voting systems are being phased out to be replaced with electronic voting systems. Many of which present a variety of new hurdles.

With new technology comes new problems. Independent studies have revealed serious vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers to manipulate voting data. In fact at DefCon, a hacking conference, a revelation demonstrated that with hackers can invade practically every machine with alarming ease.

Enter Agora, a Swiss foundation focused on digital solutions for voting. In March, Agora was permitted to be an independent observer by Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) to test their blockchain technology. While Agora didn’t provide the capability for each vote to be recorded initially on a blockchain, voting results were handed off from the NEC to Agora to be displayed publicly. A statement by Agora mentioned that the goal was to demonstrate their capabilities and serve as a foundation for future cooperation with the NEC.

Today the blockchains of Bitcoin and Ethereum record votes relating to each transaction in real-time. This fact enables a future voting system where the electoral process is transparent and void of disputes. This goal of making a better world through increased empowerment and lessened corruption is in alignment with many leaders in the blockchain world. It’s just this one guy’s opinion that since the world is moving to smart phones where you can easily purchase Bitcoin, being able to vote on your phone is a natural progression. With increased access and ease of voting, more voices will be heard which is how things “should be”.

It’s been fascinating to learn about this. To read more from some of the (unaffiliated to SALT) sources I’ve been reading lately, please visit: https://goo.gl/Nmnasyhttps://goo.gl/jkQw6B, and https://goo.gl/zsoaUh

Written by Sten Wie, PhD — SALT Customer Experience

SALT is Now Natively Supported on KeepKey Hardware Wallets

 

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SALT is a big fan of the KeepKey hardware wallet, and when we released our SALT-branded versions a couple of months ago, they sold out in minutes. 

With a recent firmware update and the updated production client available on the Chrome store, KeepKey now natively supports SALT ERC-20 digital assets, which means that it’s now even easier to send SALT onto your account, receive it from your account or exchange up to 30 other tokens or supported cryptocurrencies to purchase memberships with our blockchain-backed loan platform.

This integration should prove to be simpler for users, who may be using digital wallets that are less intuitive, this integration simplifies things for users of one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency hardware wallets.

Ken Hodler, CTO of KeepKey said about this integration — “We couldn’t be more excited about natively supporting thirty ERC-20 digital assets, including SALT, our first-ever white-label partner. Users can securely send and receive SALT Memberships directly on their SALT branded KeepKey. Any user not holding SALT can easily use our ShapeShift integration to convert their current digital assets into SALT. We are elated to have this partnership with SALT, an innovative and industry leading lending company.”

We will be releasing additional information on Medium over the coming weeks, and if you want to stay up to date with all things SALT, our website offers the ability to contact the SALT Team directly for any questions or concerns. Also, you can engage with us via social media by following us on Twitter @SaltLending, visit our SALT Lending Facebook page, or subscribe to our YouTube channel. You can also join our decentralized community partners by participating in SALT’s Telegram and Discord channels, as well as our main subreddit.

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