Tokenizing Trust

At UTU we believe in a more human-friendly internet. We are pioneering digital models of trust built around human beings and how we naturally trust. UTU’s vision is to become the trust infrastructure of the entire internet, replacing anonymous star ratings, reviews, and scores as the de facto trust mechanisms of digital commerce. We do this in service of our mission to protect data and privacy as we help make the internet a safer, more trusted place to gather, share, work, and trade.

WHY BACK UTU

  • A new paradigm of digital trust infrastructure – Personalized, contextualized, and designed to reward trustworthy actors 
  • Eliminate trust fraud. End manipulation and abuse of reviews, ratings, and scores
  • Built in distribution and user base – UTU’s trust infrastructure already supports mobility and financial inclusion use cases across Africa, giving us direct distribution to a large scale user base. 
  • Hybrid business model drives users from centralized to decentralized – With partners across multiple sectors on-board with UTU around the world, we are seeding the foundations of a decentralized trust economy.
  • Global impact  – Better trust means less transactional friction, happier customers, happier sellers, happier platforms.

Tokenizing Trust

Watch our CEO, talk about tokenizing trust at Æternity Ventures Starfleet Demo Day in 2018.

Modeling Trust through AI/ML

Watch our CTO Dr. Bastian present UTU’s AI/ML architectures at the World AI Show in Nairobi, 2019. 

A home for AI & Blockchain in Nairobi

UTU House, a shared space for the AI and Blockchain communities in Nairobi. #NairobiAI

UTU First Principles

FLIP THE ECONOMICS OF TRUST

This is to reward the trust-building behaviors rather than manipulation or abuse

A person is more than a number

We strive to give meaningful human-friendly personalized narrative and data points, not just opaque scores and aggregated ratings & reviews

Human Centered

We focus on the foundation of human trust, relationships, as our foundation as well.

Context is king

Our protocol considers real world, real-time context factors connected through oracles to give our trust services situational awareness

Data privacy/control/commercialization as a feature not a setting

Rather than bury privacy controls in settings, we are building UIs to empower users’ control of privacy as a core product feature and facilitate their ability to preserve privacy while earning from their data

Why Us?

ROADMAP

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Q3 2019

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Q4 2019

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Q1 2020

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Q2 2020

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Q3 2020

  • 1st implementation of smart contracts for simulation and testing

  • Prototype and implement feedback mechanisms

  • 1st implementations of web apps for testing

  • Initialise research projects on trust and tokenomics with R&D Partners
  • Prototype and implement auction/conversion mechanisms

  • Release Trust for Mobility Smart contract MVP versions 

  • Complete implementation of MVPs of applications

  • Gather feedback from early testers

  • First research projects with R&D Partners started

  • Evaluation and adaptation of tokenomic parameters based on simulations and tests
  • Release all app and smart contract MVPs on testnet, call for public testing participation

  • First results from research projects with R&D Partners 

  • Evaluation and adaptation of tokenomic parameters based on research and more tests

  • Integrations with more 3rd party services in more sectors

  • Continuous improvements of smart contracts and applications based on learnings
  • Completion of first  production versions of all apps and smart contracts

  • More results from research projects with R&D Partners

  • Initialising follow-up research projects with R&D Partners

  • Evaluation and adaptation of tokenomic parameters based on research and more tests

  • Integrations with more 3rd party services in more sectors
  • Completion of first round of research  projects with R&D Partners, preparing publications

  • Evaluation and adaptation of tokenomic parameters based on research and more tests

  • Finishing touches and release of all major components for production

  • Integrations with more 3rd party services in more sectors

  • Continuous improvements of smart contracts and applications based on learnings

  • Starting follow-up research projects with R&D Partners

Team

Jason Eisen

Founder & CEO

Obsessed with trust. Led strategy, design, and development of large-scale donor projects across multiple sectors in more than 40 countries, helping secure more than $3B in funding opportunities.

RONALD MAHONDO

Director of Mobility

12 years in the African private sector, including senior leadership roles in the technology, banking, and oil & gas sectors. Before joining UTU, he led two major mobility brands from 0 to profitability in Africa and managed annual budgets of up to $10M CAPEX and $100M OPEX.

DR. BASTIAN BLANKENBURG

Founder & CTO

PhD on distributed AI utilizing multi-agent systems. He previously built and deployed large-scale transportation systems throughout Europe and the Middle East for a leading German transportation software company.

DR. ALEX MWAI

Head of Data Science

PhD in High Energy Nuclear Physics, Stony Brook. 10+ years’ experience applying AI/ML techniques, including on the largest particle collision datasets in the world.

Brian Muhia

Lead AI Engineer

Brings his expertise as a Linux guru and software engineer with strong mathematical and machine learning skills, in the fields of natural language processing and image recognition.

Axel Stelk

CFO

CPA, CFA level 2, and brings experience from PWC and Morgan Stanley in London and previously served as CFO of a Nairobi-based Fintech.

Investors/Advisors

SHERMAN LEE

Investor / Advisor

John Kamara

Advisor

DR. SARVAPALI (GOPAL) RAMCHURN

Research Lead

MATT PAPAKIPOS

Investor / Advisor

DR. JIE ZHANG

Research Affiliate

RUS NEWTON

Investor / Advisor

ARTEM SHUSTER

Advisor

TAK LO

Investor / Advisor

Spencer Yang

Advisor

PARTNERS & INVESTORS