Minds.com, an open-source crypto social network has announced a $6 million Series A investment from Medici Ventures, the wholly-owned blockchain subsidiary of Overstock.com. Founder and CEO of Overstock.com Patrick M. Byrne, a vocal advocate for blockchain, user rights, and free speech, will be joining the Minds board of directors.
“There has been increasing excitement in recent years over the power of blockchain technology to liberate individuals and organizations,” said Patrick M. Byrne. “Minds’ work employing blockchain technology as a social media application is the next great innovation toward mainstream use of this world-changing technology.”
Minds recently launched the MINDS crypto token on the Ethereum mainnet, jumping to the #1 new DApp on the platform within hours of its release, as a way for users to boost their content, subscribe to media subscriptions and access exclusive content. Minds tokens can also be earned for engagement received on the platform.
Medici Ventures believes that by advancing blockchain technology the world may be brought closer together to connect and transact freely, eliminating the need for transactional middlemen and ushering in an era of trust through technology. Minds adopted the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Manila Principles to serve as the platform’s Digital Bill of Rights, ensuring freedom of speech and expression for its million-plus members.
“It makes perfect sense for Patrick Byrne to join Minds’ board of directors. He understands the critical nature of using blockchain technology to help real people as it pertains to the increasingly urgent issues of user rights, privacy, and Internet freedom. He shares our strategic vision, and we welcome his voice on the board.”