Upstream surpasses 5k+ users!

Upstream
5 min readMar 10, 2023

Celebrating Upstream’s rapid growth in user acquisition since November and the significance of more than 5k unique Upstream wallets

By Fernanda De La Torre

Upstream has recently reached a significant milestone of 5,000 users and counting that have joined our trading community!

This achievement comes at an exciting time for Upstream, a MERJ Exchange market, which has made great progress in recent months. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve welcomed three dual listing issuers — Nutriband (Upstream: NTRB), Jupiter Wellness (Upstream: JUPW), and Creatd (Upstream: CRTD) — to our blockchain-powered market. This is only the beginning. Upstream is maintaining a strong pipeline of dual listing applicants from Nasdaq, NYSE, CSE, and other markets from around the world which supports our mission to bring global access to public securities.

As a Web3 market, Upstream issuers are also taking advantage of our digital coupon NFT strategy to turn shareholders into customers and customers into shareholders. Issuers may launch digital coupons to their shareholders to reward them, drive buzz towards initiatives, and bring new potential customers in.

As the only regulated market for creating and selling NFTs to a global community, Upstream’s NFT market has also played a role in building our trading hub. We’ve worked with musicians, athletes, universities and our issuers to successfully launch more than 55 NFT campaigns, with 301,635 live NFTs on Upstream’s NFT market as of March. These NFT campaigns showed off Upstream’s unique methodology to make NFTs accessible, utility-focused, and low cost for the masses. We powered campaigns launching ticket NFTs, NFTs that enabled fans to redeem for physical merchandise and experiences and are actively working on larger NFT/Web3 strategies to continue ushering in the new wave of digital collectibles.

Significance of 5k unique Upstream wallets (a blockchain-perspective)

The level of transparency provided by Upstream’s blockchain-powered markets is a key benefit. Upstream is proud that our 5,000 users represent 5,000 unique Upstream wallets.

In addition to enforcing transparency with direct access to Upstream’s market, real-time trading using on-chain orderbooks, another prevented predatory market practice enforced by blockchain technology is wash trading.

Wash trading is an illegal practice where investors buy and sell the same financial instruments at the same time in order to manipulate the market.

Dune Analytics research suggested that over $30B on the NFT trading volume on Ethereum in 2022 was wash trading¹, meaning a wallet address selling an NFT was the same wallet address buying the NFT, or same wallet owner.

Upstream and the 4M lines of code backing it has sophisticated back-office wash trading protection.

When users download Upstream and enter a password, an Upstream wallet with a unique keystore is created for traders to hold and protect their digital assets on their smart device. When a user wishes to withdraw funds from their Upstream account, a user must complete a short KYC check to verify their identity. Funds are also only ever able to go to the bank account a user has entered during KYC, which protects both the user and the community from bad actors attempting to transact with multiple wallets.

Conclusion

We’re thrilled with the progress we’ve made in recent months; with the addition of three dual listing issuers and successful NFT campaigns, we’ve reached our 5k user milestone. We’re excited to continue our goal of welcoming the future of trading.

Upstream is actively accepting dual-listing applications from NASDAQ, NYSE, OTC Markets & international issuers that are seeking to offer their shares to a modern-day investor pool that accepts USDC cryptocurrency and traditional payments. Learn more at: https://upstream.exchange/GetListed or reach the team at hello@upstream.exchange.

For our growing investor community, we are just getting started on introducing unique issuers to the platform to browse. Download today at https://upstream.exchange.

Sources:

1 Coindesk

Disclaimers:

U.S. persons may not deposit, buy, or sell securities on Upstream.

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell securities or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in any jurisdiction where such offer or solicitation is not permitted. NFTs have no royalties, equity ownership, or dividends. NFTs are for utility, collection, redemption, or display purposes only. Anyone may buy and sell NFTs on Upstream. All orders for sale are non-solicited by Upstream and a user’s decision to trade securities must be based on their own investment judgment.

Upstream is a MERJ Exchange market. MERJ Exchange is a licensed Securities Exchange, an affiliate of the World Federation of Exchanges, a National Numbering Agency, and a member of ANNA. MERJ is regulated in the Seychelles by the Financial Services Authority, https://fsaseychelles.sc/, an associate member of the International Association of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). MERJ supports global issuers of traditional and digital securities through the entire asset life cycle from issuance to trading, clearing, settlement, and registry. It operates a fair and transparent marketplace in line with international best practices and principles of operations of financial markets. Upstream does not endorse or recommend any public or private securities bought or sold on its app. Upstream does not offer investment advice or recommendations of any kind. All services offered by Upstream are intended for self-directed clients who make their own investment decisions without aid or assistance from Upstream. All customers are subject to the rules and regulations of their jurisdiction. By accessing the site or app, you agree to be bound by its terms of use and privacy policy. Company and security listings on Upstream are only suitable for investors who are familiar with and willing to accept the high risk associated with speculative investments, often in early and development-stage companies. U.S. persons may not deposit, buy, or sell securities on Upstream. There can be no assurance the valuation of any particular company’s securities is accurate or in agreement with the market or industry comparative valuations. Investors must be able to afford market volatility and afford the loss of their investment. Companies listed on Upstream are subject to significant ongoing corporate obligations including, but not limited to disclosure, filings, and notification requirements, as well as compliance with applicable quantitative and qualitative listing standards.

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