Consensus 2017: Decentralized Exchange 0x Wins Proof-of-Work Startup Competition

0x took the top prize today in the second annual Proof of Work pitch competition at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2017 conference in New York.

May 23, 2017 at 10:08 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 1:23 p.m. UTC

0x (pronounced “zero-ex”) took the top prize today during the second annual Proof of Work pitch competition at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2017 conference in New York.

The startup is building a protocol to be used as a standard for the decentralized exchange of ERC20 tokens in the ethereum network. ERC20 tokens are a class of tokens that adhere to a set of standards dictating their implementation in ethereum-based smart contracts. As it stands today, virtually all tokens on the ethereum network now qualify as ERC20.

Will Warren, 0x's co-founder and CEO, made his pitch earlier this afternoon to Rumi Morales, the executive director CME Ventures; Dan Morehead, the CEO of Pantera; Brad Stephens, co-founder of Blockchain Capital; Matthew Roszak, co-founder of Bloq; and Lisa Cheng, a founder at Vanbex Group.

Decentralized token exchanges already exist on ethereum, but they are all incompatible with one another, Warren said during his pitch. The 0x protocol, he argued, is a building block that envisions a greater degree of interoperability between multiple applications.

0x's victory comes with a $10,000 check – along with the blessing of the panel of judges. The startup was one of six finalists to take part.

Image by Morgen Peck for CoinDesk

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