Let’s start with a brief overview of 2019 by the numbers:
- Over 430 bakers securing the Tezos network
- Over 1,300 Tezos developers trained
- 3 new Tezos smart contract languages introducing 6 new syntax varieties
- At least 5 new regional community organizations – India, Africa, Brazil, Ukraine, China
- 39 Meetup groups around the world
- 2 upgrades approved by stakeholders via the Tezos governance process
- 3 international TQuorum events with over 300 participants at each one
2019 was also the year that Tezos became the first blockchain to automatically upgrade itself without requiring a hard fork. Here is an overview of Tezos governance in 2019:
- The first amendment proposal, Athens, was injected into the protocol on 28 February
- On 29 May, the Tezos protocol successfully amended itself, activating Athens
- Babylon, the second proposed amendment to Tezos, was injected by Nomadic Labs
- Tezos Agora, a governance explorer and discourse forum, was launched
- The Tezos protocol successfully self-amended for the second time, activating Babylon, on 18 October
Additionally, 2019 was a landmark year for the Foundation’s strategic partnerships. All of our partnerships are aimed at creating real-world use cases on Tezos. Below is an overview of some of the key strategic partnerships that we have entered into over the past year.
Elevated Returns, a financial group focused on digitizing traditional financial assets, announced that it will tokenize a pipeline of real assets in excess of 1B USD on Tezos.
BTG Pactual, a leading LATAM investment bank announced that it will launch Security Token Offerings (STOs) on Tezos, including an ongoing one for its REITBZ STO. BTG will tokenize a pipeline of assets in excess of 1B USD on Tezos. The first issuance should go live in early 2020.
Berlin-based Fundament Group will launch the first STO in Germany, regulated by the financial market authority BaFin. Fundament provides end-to-end infrastructure for digital securities and will build on Tezos as their default blockchain going forward.
The Foundation entered into a strategic partnership with Globacap, a London-based primary issuance platform for digital securities regulated by the FCA.
The Foundation partnered with Securitize, a leading platform to deliver trusted global solutions for creating compliant digital securities, including funds, equity, fixed income and real estate.
Property Alliance Group
Alliance is a leading property developer in Manchester, UK, who announced that it will tokenize £500m of UK real estate assets on Tezos. It partnered with the Foundation, tZero, and STO advisory boutique, Megalodon, for a first STO project, the River Plaza in central Manchester (volume £43m).
French National Gendarmerie’s cybercrime division (C3N)
C3N records judicial expenses on Tezos, which it started back in September— this marks a historic first time that a government entity has developed an operational smart contract and deployed it on a blockchain.