Matter of Fact Q2 2019 Company Update

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-MARKETING

--Matter of Fact will establish itself as a respected media collective that furthers the Factom protocol by aggregating and creating content while assisting Authority Set Members with their online presence

--Site content
  • Matter of Facts focus is to provide quality news content from a variety of sources on everything related to Factom
  • We will endeavor to engage in a variety of crypto events - meetups, conferences, hackathons
  • Use Cases - We strive to aid in the discovery of new applications and actively explore questions
  • Announce partnerships - interviews, research documents, functioning use case studies, and other content
  • Collaborate with and assist Authority Set members and the Factom community as a whole
  • Create and maintain a Factom Wiki page accessible to the global community
  • Our proposed podcast will cover weekly chatter from this team and other important members of the Factom community. All topics considered
--Principal goal of amplifying the discussion surrounding Factom’s groundbreaking technology

--Inform global communities about Factom’s mission and capabilities

--Offer our copy-editing resources to other members of the Authority Set

--Share content and perspective on the protocol’s technical applications

--Feature thought-leadership content on a spectrum of data integrity issues

--Factomize content overtime, exemplifying one potential use case

-TESTNET

--Contribute resources catered to the needs of the testnet administration where applicable

-PLEDGED EFFICIENCY

--What will your efficiency be with only one node?
Given the ambition of our project and its financial requirements, we feel 25% deferment to the Factom protocol is achievable with today’s current Factoid value

--What will your efficiency be with two nodes?
As we have a large team and are focused on content creation, distribution, and marketing; a larger budget will enable us to engage more fully in these arenas. In saying that, we will contribute as much as we can and believe 50% is an attainable goal within current market conditions.

Application was submitted in April of 2018. The average current market conditions at this time valued one factoid at $25.61

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Updates on initial pledges are in blue:

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-MARKETING

--Matter of Fact will establish itself as a respected media collective that furthers the Factom protocol by aggregating and creating content while assisting Authority Set Members with their online presence

Established Factombeat.com with largest monthly compound traffic of 300%, with weekly content and frequent updates/upgrades.

--Site content
  • Matter of Facts focus is to provide quality news content from a variety of sources on everything related to Factom
    MOF has been publishing weekly or twice weekly Factom related content on Factombeat.com.
  • We will endeavor to engage in a variety of crypto events - meetups, conferences, hackathons
    Currently the representation has been at blockchain events and crypto meetups in Sydney, Australia by MOF CMO Brooke Glew. With FCT value since company inception, we've been limited with budget in terms of further event attendance.
  • Use Cases - We strive to aid in the discovery of new applications and actively explore questions
    MOF has begun this process, being discussed in the upcoming podcast launch.
  • Announce partnerships - interviews, research documents, functioning use case studies, and other content
    Currently MOF has provided a press release service on Factombeat, profiles ANOs and broader Factom content.
  • Collaborate with and assist Authority Set members and the Factom community as a whole
    Three members of MOF are part of the Factom Marketing Committee. We've engaged content contributors from the Factom community as well as involved members in the first Factombeat Meme contest.
  • Create and maintain a Factom Wiki page accessible to the global community
    Factom Wiki is pubished on Factombeat.com, with open submissions from the Factom community.
  • Our proposed podcast will cover weekly chatter from this team and other important members of the Factom community. All topics considered
    MOF has recorded the first three podcasts that are currently post-production.
--Principal goal of amplifying the discussion surrounding Factom’s groundbreaking technology

--Inform global communities about Factom’s mission and capabilities

--Offer our copy-editing resources to other members of the Authority Set
MOF has provided copy-editing services to ANOs for press releases and working

--Share content and perspective on the protocol’s technical applications
This has been included in content on Factombeat.com

--Feature thought-leadership content on a spectrum of data integrity issues

--Factomize content overtime, exemplifying one potential use case



-TESTNET

--Contribute resources catered to the needs of the testnet administration where applicable
MOF continues to contribute one server to the testnet that is kept up to date

-PLEDGED EFFICIENCY

--What will your efficiency be with only one node?
Given the ambition of our project and its financial requirements, we feel 25% deferment to the Factom protocol is achievable with today’s current Factoid value

--What will your efficiency be with two nodes?
As we have a large team and are focused on content creation, distribution, and marketing; a larger budget will enable us to engage more fully in these arenas. In saying that, we will contribute as much as we can and believe 50% is an attainable goal within current market conditions.

MOF has run at 50% efficiency.

Application was submitted in April of 2018. The average current market conditions at this time valued one factoid at $25.61


PLEASE NOTE - most of MOFs pledges are ongoing and amplify with time, budget and market. With the current FCT value, we've achieved as much as possible with limited budget and time.


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Public announcement that was made on Factomize on Oct 25th. The link to the thread is here: https://factomize.com/forums/threads/matter-of-fact-efficiency-change.1033/

Factom Community:


This is a notice to the ANO and Factom community that Factombeat.com will dissolve once the new neutral Factom Community protocol site is launched. Around this time, Matter of Fact will raise its efficiency and become a high efficiency infrastructure node with our team members offering our marketing and networking services by continuing to develop and focus on the success and endeavors of the Factom Marketing Committee.

Aspects of our achievements such as: a comprehensive ANO contact list and company description, archive of ANO, and hackathon interviews, General Factom related news and information articles, Factom Wiki, Press Release system, anonymous suggestion box (where responses will be handled neutrally by the marketing committee and reported to the general community at ANO meetings), and anything else that could serve the community in a positive manner; will be transitioned over to the neutral protocol website under the discretion of the marketing committee and other neutral moderators of the protocol website.

This decision has not been taken lightly by our team. In our opinion, having a one-stop-shop for everything Factom related is in the best interest of the protocol and community. Collaboration is an essential element of our application to the Authority Set and we feel that we can fully expose and offer our collective skills through selfless communal efforts within the marketing committee. We fully support the decision for Factomize moving over to the neutral protocol website and feel it would be best for our efforts to be realized on this platform as well. We are strongest as a community with our efforts combined and not divided. Since the rollout of M3 and with the recent resignation of BlockParty, we have witnessed numerous requests for more high efficiency infrastructure ANOs. These results can be equally realized with Matter of Fact becoming a high efficiency infrastructure node.

Our primary goal is to collaborate with the community and serve the community in a manner that creates an optimal and unified message for a global audience. We believe this is the correct path on that journey. Thank you for your time.
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Tuesday Nov 20, 2018 was the first marketing meeting since our announcement to raise efficiency. Prior to meeting a conversation was had with myself and Spencer from DBGrow on elements of Factombeat that may or may not be incorporated into the protocol website. At this time it seems as quite a few elements will be used on the protocol website and during the next two weeks. Spencer and I are going to be working intimately to decide what those elements are and than make a proposal to the general marketing committee.
Currently our graphic artist is taking information from two different pages on Factombeat (Factom Authority Node Operators and Factom Authority Node Contact List - Both can be found on this link https://factombeat.com/category/authority-node/ ). For a single ANO, the information found on these seperate pages will be combined into a single PDF document that outlines a single ANO company information and contact information. Once the template is created it will be shared with the marketing committee for review.
Meanwhile, Maxlambda, Brooke, and myself continue to be instrumental in the workings of the marketing committee. Assisting in general protocol marketing and the development of the protocol website.
Matter of Fact recently arranged for Paul Snow to be on a panel in DC that received some coverage from Forbes and other large media outlets.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauren...s-of-mid-term-election-recounts/#7f4fd38131fa
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauren...tions-for-the-cryptoblock-arena/#498199b4727c
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Matter of Fact Q4 2018 Company Update

MARKETING

  • Attendance and organization of all marketing committee meetings
  • Participated in the second Factom ANO AMA
  • Assisted with the Factom® marketing committee grant process
  • Facilitated the Factom® protocol list of articles with Matthias
  • Led and compiled the Factom® protocol brand guide that will be completed the first week of January 2019
  • Began work on the Factom® protocol media pack
  • Strong twitter presence, frequently tweeting and retweeting and supporting other ANO’s
  • Compiled information from ANO’s that are involved with enterprise clients to further develop the “enterprise solutions” tab on factomprotocol.org
  • Facilitated sponsor opportunity for Factom Inc for a panel on rewind of the mid-term elections and a fast-forward look around security issues for blockchain voting and crypto fundraising for elections at Microsoft’s K Street offices in DC on November 8th. The opportunity was sponsor including a panel spot and Forbes coverage. Factom Inc funded and attended the event. There was also follow-up coverage in this Forbes article.
  • MOF provided the content and sponsored a Factom® specific article on investinblockchain.com, an expanding cryptocurrency specific website that generates over 500,000 views/month and growing.

GOVERNANCE

  • Participated in the Factomize forums
    • MOF has participated in all votes and kept up to speed on all major and minor discussion threads
    • Have utilized the ANO contributions subforum to update the community periodically. Which will be updated minimally every quarter as our quarterly reports come out.
  • Attendance at all Guide meetings
  • Attendance at all ANO meetings

SERVERS

  • Continued to maintain a strong presence in infrastructure both in terms of solid up times, solid hosting and being fluid with the Factom® Protocol as it matures.
  • Responded promptly to any emergent or non-emergent protocol upgrades as needed.
  • As well as running the TFA bot. MOF has an internal monitoring system that alerts several members of the team around the clock, which equals a response time within minutes.
  • Logs have been submitted effectively and efficiently when any abnormalities arise.
  • All emergency contact information is up to date and functioning appropriately at times of need.
  • Overall MOF is running four servers within the Factom® ecosystem. One for the testnet, one federated, one audit and another backup for the mainnet servers.


HIGH-EFFICIENCY INFRASTRUCTURE ANO

MOF changed its efficiency to 60% on Dec 31 2018, and changed its direction to a high-efficiency infrastructure ANO. Members of DBGrow that are/have built the neutral protocol website have a list of all of our articles published on Factombeat.com and features, with full authority to use them in the best interest of the Factom® Protocol.

MOVING FORWARD

-----Amended Pledges-----

As Matter of Fact has transitioned to a high efficiency infrastructure ANO, we need our pledges to reflect that. Our focus is on maintaining a highly secure mainnet node/nodes with unparalleled response time. Meanwhile, utilizing our marketing, design and networking skills through the marketing committee and broader global audience.

Marketing
  • Continue to function as members of the Marketing committee and fulfill our roles as discord admin, onboarding secretary, and Chair of working group 4.

Mainnet Servers
  • Continue to maintain a strong presence in infrastructure both in terms of solid up times, solid hosting and being fluid with the Factom® Protocol as it matures.
  • Respond promptly to any emergent or non-emergent protocol upgrades as needed.
  • As well as running the TFA bot. MOF has an internal monitoring system that alerts several members of the team around the clock, which equals a response time within minutes.
  • Submit incident management logs effectively and efficiently when any abnormalities arise.
  • Keep all emergency contact information up to date


Testnet Servers
  • Contribute resources catered to the needs of the testnet administration and ecosystem where applicable

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In reference to this Factomize thread: https://factomize.com/forums/threads/crowd-support.2037

We dropped our efficiency to 55% (June 2, 2019) on 1 server and that 5% will be fully contributed to Maxcallob and their efforts. We will reevaluate our efficiency change at the next grant round and if need be will make changes at this time. Regardless, there will be a hard stop on this 5% reduction on one server by the end of the next ANO voting round.

Thanks!
Current Update: Matter of Fact Q2 2019 Company Update
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Matter of Fact ANO update Q2 2019

Introduction

Matter of Fact is one of the original founding members of the M3 Launch authority set. Now over a year old, we’re even more excited about the future of Factom and what the community will be releasing this year!
Matter of Fact is a high-efficiency ANO. Serving the community at 60% efficiency rating, (except we have temporarily lowered our efficiency 5% on one server to support the crowd funding efforts for MaxCollab). We currently primarily focus our effort towards the marketing of Factom which we feel is currently the area which is most in need of help at the moment.

MARKETING
  • Wrote and distributed a press release for TFA on TFA Labs that brings a blockchain solution for securing data in billions of IoT devices.
  • Created social post for the Factom protocol social channels in regards to Odyssey event & TFA labs news
  • Provided DBGrow with the marketing summaries to be integrated into the protocol website
  • Supported Henry and event organisers in the marketing of his talk at the London Blockchain event
  • Provided MC Chair with the marketing summaries to be used on social channels for consistent messaging
  • Provided resources to ANO's on explainer videos and general PR outlets.
  • Compiled all the work that was performed for the Paid Marketing grant and ensured all milestones were met. Worked with MC Chair on final report to the broader community
  • Worked with Greg Forst on the BiTA Press Release
  • Worked with Greg Forst on the press release RFP for the GI marketing grant
  • Worked with MikeB (Cube3) and Greg Forst for the press release around new ANOs on U.today
  • Factom banners print design for Amsterdam Blockchain event on May 19th
  • Compiled and composed Marketing Committee Report May, June and July presented in Google Slides
  • Research on Newsletter system, design, and setup
  • Continuous work on ANO One Pager PDFs, Adding new ANOs
  • Facilitated communications with Flipside crypto and members of the factom community (Kevin, Alex, Maxlambda, and myself) to improve FCAS score on coinmarketcap.com. Dan and Maxlamba had a follow-up call with Flipside Cryptos CEO and team on May 29th, 2019. Was told that Factoms final review got a little clogged in their UDM (Universal Data Model) system. Update from flipside crypto on July 8, 2019
    “You guys will move up to a B rank when FCAS hits 650. As your ecosystem continues to gain traction with customers and your development cranks, you will likely move towards that next rank. From a technical perspective, you have done all that is needed to ensure your rating is as fully informed as possible.”
  • Created the Factom® Protocol Merchandise Store
  • Developed 80´s graphics style concept and copy for Merch store.
  • Worked on the press agency RFPs with Greg, rated and submitted questions back to the top rated
  • Updated and resubmitted media pack to website committee for integration on to FactomProtocol.org
  • Collaborated with David Chapman to set up a detailed welcome message for all new registrations on the Factomize forums
  • Wrote a report for marketing & legal committees to outline GDPR issues which need to be overcome.

GOVERNANCE
  • 100% Attendance at Guide meetings
  • 100% Attendance at Marketing Committee meetings
SERVERS
  • Alerted Factom Inc of TLS certificate issue
  • Continued to maintain a strong presence in infrastructure both in terms of solid up times, solid hosting and being fluid with the Factom® Protocol as it matures.
  • Responded promptly to any emergent or non-emergent protocol upgrades as needed.
  • As well as running the TFA bot. MOF has an internal monitoring system that alerts several members of the team around the clock, which equals a response time within minutes.
  • Logs have been submitted effectively and efficiently when any abnormalities arise.
  • All emergency contact information is up to date and functioning appropriately at times of need.
  • Overall MOF is running four servers within the Factom® ecosystem. One for the testnet, Three for the mainet: two audit servers and one back up.

HIGH-EFFICIENCY INFRASTRUCTURE ANO

Matter of Fact has run at 60% efficiency for Q2 2019, Until June 2nd, 2019 where MOF temporarily reduced its efficiency on one server 5%, to join the crowd support efforts for MaxCollab.