It feels really good to be able to let everyone know that we’ve successfully launched Symbol today - the culmination of a 4 year journey for NEM. I’m very proud that we’ve been able to work alongside Jaguar, Gimre and Bloody Rookie to help make their Catapult vision into a Symbol reality. I know how hard they’ve worked, as have so many in the community. A big thank you one and all.
It has been a hard, complicated and sometimes frustrating journey for everyone, but now, with Symbol launched, a very worthwhile one. Getting it right has been paramount. A public chain must be, above all else, secure and that has been at the heart of our approach in getting to this point.
For me personally it has been fascinating - not just learning about the finer points of blockchain and the cryptocurrency markets - but also about the importance of decentralisation and what that represents for us and our ecosystem. I firmly believe that this global shift towards Decentralisation, combined with Tokensation and Digitisation, together will be the defining characteristics of a new economic model.
NEM has the power to underpin this new economy; a new economy that ultimately improves trust, transparency and efficiency for individuals, organisations and society as a whole. Blockchain and the ecosystem around it, brings with it an opportunity to create this entirely new economic system - one that is more open and accessible to everyone.
Going forward, NEM is committed to being a two chain ecosystem and Symbol will sit alongside NEM NIS1. Both have exciting futures and roles to play in underpinning the new economy and continuing to build out the NEM ecosystem.
However, today is about Symbol and we should take the moment to reflect and celebrate our collective achievement in launching the next generation of blockchain.
Congratulations to us all at NEM.