2019 Zcash Go-to-Market

This article is the third in a three-part series about Zcash Marketing perspectives and activities. I invite you to look back at the previously published posts: 2018 Zcash Marketing: Year in Review and Quarterly Update: Perspective on the Market Evolution.


Zcash go-to-market (GTM) activities have been moving beyond the technical and scientific cypherpunk community toward early adopters and the early majority with a need or desire for an alternative store of value (SoV). Geographically, the US and Asia are primary targets for our research, marketing and business development efforts for this use case. In Asia, we are specifically focused on Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong for a number of strategic reasons that tie into the vectors discussed in the previous post. We also intend to lightly engage in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. We have a great deal of interest in India, but the current regulatory climate is unfavorable.

Secondly, we will research product market fit for using Zcash as a medium of exchange (MoE), with the US and Latin America being primary targets. The emphasis is on full life-cycle use cases (see the customer decision journey below) at global and local levels. Though too early in most cases, the MoE use cases have the greatest potential to spur growth at scale. The near-term goal is not broad MoE adoption, but rather, product research and proofs-of-concept that will lay the seeds for a later groundswell.

Customer decision journey

The GTM emphasis is on full life-cycle (customer decision journey) use cases, focusing first on SoV use cases for near-term full adoption and then exploring MoE use cases in an effort to find product market fit.


In a decision journey and subsequent loyalty loop, both the stages and vectors have importance with a representative set of GTM deliverables and activities. Both are action oriented. The stages are fairly intuitive. The vectors are necessary for getting the user to the next stage, and this is often where we have opportunities to remove friction.

For example, fiat on-ramps, like exchanges, are a source of friction. A strong MoE full life-cycle use case might require that someone receives Zcash without a fiat on-ramp, like the ability to receive income in Zcash.

The outer loop includes the initial set of activities to introduce someone to Zcash. The inner loop is a flywheel. If the user experience is good between stages, the user will continue to use Zcash and pull others into the loop (network effect).

Our plans

The following plans are organized by the Zcash Company’s stated strategic priorities from the first post in this series. Specific plans for each follow a decision journey in an effort to get someone into the loyalty loop and reduce friction points along the way.

Drive adoption while maintaining quality

Driving adoption of shielded addresses by third parties: The Sapling activation in October changed the market and is opening new doors. Before Sapling, it was too resource-intensive for most exchanges and wallets to support Zcash shielded addresses. Significant marketing and business development efforts will be focused on the third-party adoption of shielded addresses. This will include partnerships in providing user awareness and education, regulatory guidance (to clear up misunderstandings and confusion), documentation and support, a reference wallet and libraries, and lessons learned.

Driving adoption of Zcash as an SoV: We intend to market and support features that will appeal to users desiring to invest in Zcash as a SoV, predominantly in the US and Asia. Our activities will include compelling content; event participation (speaking and attending); user research; content localization (specifically targeting Korean and Japanese); and the recruitment of custodians, exchanges and funds catering to institutional investors and family offices. We intend to invest more time and talent in Asia than we have previously. We also intend to engage an Asia-based PR firm focused on traditional financial media and regulatory engagement.

Driving adoption of Zcash as an MoE: Our work early in the year will be largely exploratory and focused in the US and Latin America. We will begin market research and explore proof-of-concepts that uniquely align to Zcash and can be fully realized across the decision journey. Research on a number of concepts are, or soon will be, underway. These include education funding, a retail scenario with unique requirements for user and business security, and online marketplaces catering to freelancers.

Invest in our team

We hope to add the following members to the team in the next calendar year. (While we aren’t in a bad position, we also aren’t immune to the recent correction in the cryptocurrency market and will take a more conservative approach than originally planned. Hiring is on hold until we can re-assess market conditions in Q1.)

  • Asia regional head: This person will be responsible for executing our GTM strategy across Asia with a specific emphasis on Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong.
  • Latin America community leader: Our community leader will explore opportunities and drive adoption in the region — including MoE use cases, community engagement and third-party relationships — and provide regulatory education as appropriate.
  • Market analyst: The person responsible for market research will help us identify use cases and personas that tie to and validate (or invalidate) our market thesis, help us prioritize product features that will have the greatest impact, and tailor communications to specific contexts.
  • Contract-to-hire paralegal: The paralegal will help reduce our monthly legal fees related to the trademark and other legal matters.
  • Event coordinator: This person will coordinate and manage event details, including speaking engagements, sponsorships, staffing and participation.

Increase openness and collaboration

We believe we’ve been incredibly open and collaborative to date. We think we can do even better. Here are a few of the things we have on tap for the GTM team:

  • Don’t let up: We will continue to write, update and inform as we have been doing this year;
  • New name: We’re going to change our name from the Zcash Company (which is really a d/b/a for Zerocoin Electric Coin Company Ltd.) to something else to help avoid industry confusion. The name Zcash isn’t changing. That’s the digital currency. And as far as we know, the Zcash Foundation’s name isn’t changing;
  • Trademark: We’re going to publish all the trademark details. And we’re also working with the Zcash Foundation on an arrangement that allows for shared governance of the trademark. We are planning to have it all completed in the first quarter of 2019;
  • Quarterly updates via livestream: We’ve started working on a plan to give our community updates on a quarterly basis via a live video stream. Our goal is to introduce this by the end of the first quarter of 2019. Stay tuned;
  • Quarterly newsletter: In conjunction with the livestream, we’re going to restart the quarterly newsletter so you can keep up with all the latest happenings.
  • Events and Zcon1: We’ll be there and available to engage openly, transparently and with integrity.

We are incredibly grateful for all your support. If you haven’t already, please join us. Check out our blog. Share your ideas. Challenge our approach. Wear the shirts and distribute the stickers. Help us create the story, frame the narrative, deliver the goods. Us, you, them, we … are on a mission to empower everyone with economic freedom and opportunity.

One step. Then the next.

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