September 8, 2023 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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 Web 3.0 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 2023 for its upcoming self-custodial wallet product, TON Space.
Since it was announced, over 1,000 developers have joined the beta, with a public release anticipated later this month.
Andrew Rogozov, CEO of TOP and Wallet, said,
“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.
“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 Web 3.0 ecosystem’s growth.”
TOP Labsthe 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 among others.
Andrey Klebanov, managing partner of TOP Labs, said,
“The rebranding also vividly illustrates our growth approach, fostering an open platform paradigm that creates a flywheel for everyone building on top of our products and utilizing Toncoin as a native asset.”
About Andrew Rogozov, CEO of TOP and Wallet companies
Andrew Rogozov is the ex-CEO of VK.com, the largest social network in Eastern Europe. Rogozov led the company for seven years, from 2014 to 2021, and scaled it from 50 employees to a team of almost 1,200.
The company’s revenue increased by eight times during his tenure, keeping the leadership in user engagement in a very competitive market.
In January 2022, Rogozov resigned from VK, joined the TON Foundation as a founding member and founded First Stage Labs.
In 2023, FS Labs merged with Wallet inside Telegram and rebranded and restructured, creating the newly formed company The Open Platform in the process.
About Andrey Klebanov, managing partner of TOP Laps
Andrey Klebanov has over a decade of experience in investing and venture building. He is a Techstars alumnus and an OnDeck fellow who is passionate about developing the next generation of Web 3.0 projects.
Previously managing partner of First Stage Labs, Klebanov has been responsible for securing multi-million dollar deals for numerous businesses across multiple sectors, helping to scale the brightest ideas and bring the best products to market.
Eager to involve himself in projects’ beginnings and their culmination, Klebanov has a demonstrable background in delivering success for Web 3.0 startups.
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