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2⃣ Tokenomics: Part 2

Distribution explained

Tokenomics are typically documented and distributed via a dedicated whitepaper. However, since a large proportion of the tokenomics for cheqd directly relate to governance and our tokenomics will be a constant iteration, we incorporated them into the cheqd network’s Governance Framework, which will also be continuously updated. We can then continue using blogs to explain the initial and updated tokenomics in an easier to digest format.

Summary

Firstly, let’s start with a brief summary for those with little time to spare. The main groups are broken into:
  • Community and grants: Token rewards for our incredible community, especially those who have been with us since the start and who are key to the adoption of self-sovereign identity (SSI). This also includes grants for the SSI community so they can immediately use and vote on the network.
  • Foundation: The treasury will be used to support cheqd’s mission as well as vote on the direction of the protocol.
  • Contributors: The core team and those who have supported us in executing, including our exceptional advisors.
  • Shareholders: Our investors, as mentioned in our announcement here, who supported us when our mission was simply to establish the payment rails and commercial models for self-sovereign identity without us knowing where this would take us. Again, a huge thank you!
Image of cheqd token distribution at launch
Sub-group
%
#
Immediate liquidity %
Years vesting
Community & grants
5.5%
55,000,000
10.0%
1
Foundation
29.3%
293,000,000
3.4%
5
Contributors - Team
10.2%
102,000,000
0.0%
4
Contributors - Advisors
5.0%
50,000,000
0.0%
2
Shareholders - Tranche 0
45.4%
454,345,960
9%
2
Shareholders - Tranche 1
1.3%
12,921,477
10%
1
Shareholders - Tranche 2
3.3%
32,732,563
10%
1
Total
100%
1,000,000,000
6.29%

Notes

Vesting: Based on our analysis, it is possible to both stake unvested tokens and receive staking rewards for those unvested tokens, helping secure the network. Circulating supply at Token Generation Event: Our distributions and calculations put the maximum circulating supply at 5.42% including treasury provided liquidity.

Community and grants

The token and identity communities are both absolutely critical for us and the adoption of SSI and trusted data. We have the opportunity to not just achieve success for cheqd but the paradigm as a whole — data control back to individuals.
cheqd distribution for community, marketing and grants
Sub-group
%
#
Immediate liquidity %
Years vesting
Tranche 0
45.4%
454,345,960
9%
2
Tranche 1
1.3%
12,921,477
10%
1
Tranche 2
3.3%
32,732,563
10%
1
Total
50.0%
500,000,000
29%
2

Community

cheqd is committed to launching the network in a regulatory compliant fashion, so any offerings will target to fit within the laws set out within each geography. The current paradigm of identity is a problem globally, and we can only work at that scale if we are not excluded from certain countries or geographies. That being said, we fully intend to reward our community for their support, both until now and in the future, as we wouldn’t be where we are without our earliest members. We hope the cheqd community will spread the paradigm far and wide, demanding companies to adopt the technology, educating friends and family, introducing the concept into their workplaces so that everyone can get back their privacy. We would remind everyone to join our Telegram and Twitter to keep an eye out for our news and surprises.

SSI & validator grants

To make adoption as easy as possible for the SSI community, we provide token grants to the companies developing in this space. These grants will smooth the transition to using a token-based network and provide them with stakes, which can generate token rewards, helping to offset the cost of using the network. We are already seeing the impact of these grants on the SSI community’s ability and willingness to adopt the network, which I look forward to Tobias Halloran (Head of Partnerships) sharing in the coming weeks and months. It will also provide us with a window to establish the necessary partnerships with custodians, exchanges and OTC desks such that their end clients do not need to worry about handling tokens at all.

Foundation

As with most other projects, the focus of the foundation, managing the cheqd treasury, is to maintain and accelerate the adoption of the network primarily through: further feature development, business & partnership development, and marketing. In addition to this, we will likely establish further grants and further advisor agreements where necessary. As per our governance framework, we will only be one vote of many on the network but want to be a major contributor guided by the community. Beyond the initial distribution, we expect proportionate staking rewards to flow back to the treasury to maintain a constant supply to maintain the team. Our priority here is ensuring we have sufficient treasury to support the project’s development and its team for an extended period.
cheqd distribution for the cheqd foundation

Circulating supply

As you have spotted, we have a variety of vesting periods over the groups, which naturally impact the circulating supply of tokens. In addition to vesting, block rewards will also increase that circulating supply. Naturally, it’s up to each token holder how much comes into circulation but the graph below outlines the maximum circulating supply at each stage.
cheqd image of circulating supply

Now and next

As always, we would love to know your thoughts or feedback on our decisions and direction as comments on the article or via any of our other channels, take your pick! Have we missed something? If so, let us know!
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