Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 8th, 2023, Chainwire
The company previously known as First Stage Labs is rebranding as The Open Platform (TOP) today. This strategic move aligns the name and mission of the company with those of its blockchain partner, TON Foundation. The business will be restructured as part of the rebrand. This will include merging with the team behind Wallet, the crypto application seamlessly integrated into Telegram Messenger.
TOP is committed to putting Web3 into the pockets of people worldwide, fostering genuine ownership, and creating new economies through the massive distribution and radical simplification of blockchain services. Wallet will lay the foundation to make this vision a reality. Initially introduced as a bot within Telegram, Wallet has evolved into a comprehensive app and platform enabling people to manage their digital assets as easily as sending a message. The development of Wallet has been accelerating over recent months as the team prepared to launch exciting new products. A service for merchants in Telegram was launched in July, and an invite-only developer beta was launched in August for its upcoming self-custodial wallet product, TON Space. Since it was announced, over 1000 developers have joined the beta, with a public release anticipated later this month.
“Today, with a clear vision, a strong team, established partnerships, and secured resources, we are ready to bring Wallet and the entire TON ecosystem to the world. We anticipate that Wallet will propel global crypto adoption to an unprecedented level,” says Andrew Rogozov, CEO of TOP and Wallet. “The Open Platform is well funded, with First Stage Labs having secured significant investment upon its creation from our partners. Together, we share the conviction that the synergy of The Open Network’s blockchain and the Telegram Messenger will serve as an unparalleled catalyst for the next phase of the Web3 ecosystem’s growth”.
TOP Labs, the venture-building division of The Open Platform, will continue the strategy of its predecessor, First Stage Labs. TOP Labs’s existing portfolio includes several TON-based startups, such as the non-custodial wallet Tonkeeper, Open Builders community management tools, and the NFT marketplace Getgems amongst others. “The rebranding also vividly illustrates our growth approach – fostering…