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August 30, 2018
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5 min read

The History of STORE

I started out with a plan to create a chat network for franchise and chain stores. It has grown into an ambitious project to create a fee-free, decentralized, high-throughput p2p payments infrastructure for the internet.

By STORE Creator Chris McCoy

I started out with a plan to create a chat network for franchise and chain stores. It has grown into an ambitious project to create a fee-free, decentralized, high-throughput p2p payments infrastructure for the internet.

Here’s how it evolved:

Skeptical about how you could “print new money” on top of new, speculative money, I was a contrarian on the issue. Most of my SV “platform” friends loved it.

Instead of building on Ethereum, I took a bet and put some BTC into the pre-sale, then left the crypto space (out of frustration with Bitcoin). But I jumped back in when I realized zero-fee, in-app, API-based, and censorship-resistant payments still was a problem needing a solution.

At the time, was building a new company: headquarter-to-location chat for franchise and chain stores. I saw two things:

  1. Stores hated the 2.5%-3.5% transaction fee from traditional payment rails
  2. The 4% fee that locations pay HQ as part of the franchise agreement could be a smart contract (that’s 4% of every single transaction at the cash register)

I studied the Ethereum dApp ecosystem, but realized that “gas” was an economic primitive for gamified banks — not a world computer. Bitcoin was on its way to becoming joule-backed digital gold.

As I went deeper into research, it was clear “the smart contract wars” were about to start. I still didn’t buy into new money being created on top of new, speculative money. And there were no plausible zero-fee models for the merchant (or app developer).

After coming out of a 3-month research cave, I realized that inflationary rewards could incentivize a p2p consensus to not only validate transactions but to secure, govern, and scale them as well. Along the way, we spun out @store_labs as a new blockchain for franchise and chain stores.

But as our research evolved, my business partner Rag Bhagavatha and I realized that we were solving a much larger problem than zero-fee payments for the franchise and chain store vertical. We were building zero-fee, p2p, highly programmable payments infrastructure for the centralized internet (apps not dApps).

We’re making progress 24/7 with a team spread around the world. It’s still early but we’re shipping on the technology, security, community, treasury management, legal, and ecosystem fronts daily.

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