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PO8: Bringing marine archaeology to blockchain

Blockchain ecosystem tokenizing the recovery and ownership of underwater artifacts and treasures

stage Ended crowdsale


  • Employees15


man Matthew Arnett

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew is a Bahamian serial entrepreneur and former co-founder of sendmetickets.com, the first English language online ticketing platform in China, acquired by a private equity group in 2012. Subsequently, he turned his interest to cryptocurrencies and became an early adopter by investing in Bitcoin mining. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Matthew has served in various China market-entry advisory roles for the likes of Uber and Wework, as well as advising trade missions from The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Panama and Chile in his role as Council General for Sino-Latam in Beijing. Matthew is an avid public speaker and has lectured on China business culture at leading universities in China and the U.S. He is a graduate of the Tsinghua-MIT Global MBA program.

man Anh Nguyen

Chief Technology Officer

Anh Nguyen is a softtware engineer with a solid track record in launching startups companies in Vietnam. Prior to joining PO8, Anh served as CEO for Tesse, an AI-based knowledge platform connecting the world’s knowledge into one system and making it accessible to all by searching, connecting and interacting with human beings and artificial intelligence. Anh also serves as Chairman of the Know Foundation, which is developing a two-layered blockchain platform that powers decentralized applications and real world transactions through smart contracts and additional on-chain information.

man Raul Vasquez

Chief Marketing Officer

Raul is a seasoned marketer and entrepreneur with over 20 years work experience in the U.S. and China across various industries such as advertising, technology, journalism and start-ups. He has worked for leading brands such as DDB, Petsmart.com, Knight Ridder Tribune (now McClatchy) and has successfully launched the China division of Weddings Beautiful Worldwide, making it the most trusted learning institution for wedding industry professionals in the country and the most profitable division worldwide. Raul is graduate of Boston College and an avid cryptocurrency investor.

man Claudio Bonifacio

Chief Artifacts Officer

Claudio Bonifacio is a famed historian and author of the book Galleons and Sunken Treasure. With over 30 years experience in archival and historical researcher inside the The Archive of the Indies in Seville, Spain; Claudio brings a wealth of sea research and recovery operations experience, and real life stories about the lost treasures and cultural heritage of Spain and the New World. Claudio has discovered historical documentation detailing the loss of over 3,000 shipwrecks, with close to half of them carrying extensive treasure and precious cargos. Through his years of research Claudio has also discovered extensive documents disclosing untold fortunes buried by the Spanish, Jesuits, Knights Templar, and many other dynasties throughout the world.

man David Gallo

Vice President for Exploration

David Gallo is an American oceanographer. His PhD thesis focused on the subject of seafloor mapping with a wide-range of scientific tools. For nearly 30 years he was employed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in various position most recently Director of Special Projects. He was one of the first oceanographers to use a combination of manned submersibles and robots to map the ocean world with unprecedented clarity and detail. He was a co-expedition leader during an expedition to create the first detailed and comprehensive map of the RMS Titanic and he co-led the successful international effort to locate the wreck site of Air France flight 447. He remains very active in undersea exploration and is an acclaimed international speaker.


man Don Cornish


Don G. Cornish brings over 20 years of governmental and business experience. Most recently Don serves as a senior official in the Office of the Prime Minister, Freeport, Grand Bahama, where he oversees civil service and all government revenue (over $200 million annually). Prior to that he was tasked with spearheading Product Development for the Ministry of Tourism and was appointed Director of Tourism in Beijing, China from 2014-2017 to coordinate the Bahamas’ efforts to attract business from Asia, with special emphasis on China. Don has also spent a considerable amount of time in the community, leading several sports and community organizations as President; including the Bahamas Volleyball Federation and serving as Vice President of The Bahamas Olympic Committee.

man Frederick Arnett


Frederick is leading Marine Conservationists in The Bahamas with over 10-years experience in Ocean Governance - Policy, Law and Management. Fredrick brings a diverse background in conservancy in previous roles as former Bahamas Department of Marine Resources National Project Coordinator, The United Nations Environment Programme Liaison and Lead Project Manager of special conservation projects in The Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean. Frederick has been instrumental in the structuring and implementation of the Bahamas Protected - a government initiative to effectively manage and expand Marine Protected Areas by 2020. Throughout Frederick’s career he has been involved in significant research on Marine species conservation, and has participated in international organizations and symposia focused on these subjects. He Graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Rhode Island.

man Jin Jiahao


Jin Jiahao is among China’s leading venture capital investors, currently serving as a key strategic partner for Sequoia Capital China. Some of Jin’s early investments where in the casino gaming space, where he was responsible for a number of successful casino ventures in Macau and Australia. A key influencer in cypto policymaking with Chinese regulators, Jin is now fully engaged in the value of blockchain and the opportunities it brings to the world's unbanked.

man Dingmi Gong


Dingmi Gong is a seasoned risk management professional currently overseeing over $20 billion in assets and preventing over a $1B in high risk projects for HangTang Wealth, one of China’s leading independent financial advisors. Previously Dingmi held senior auditing roles at Pricewaterhousecoopers and Deloitte representing Fortune 500 clients and overseeing IPO audits for private and state owned companies listing on major exchanges in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

man Theo Burrows


Theo Burrows, an attorney called to the Bars of England and Wales and The Bahamas, has many years of experience in private client & wealth management, specializing in issues relating to company law and international commercial contracts, wills, estate planning, foundations and private trust companies. He also has experience in advising clients on regulatory compliance and gives advice to trust companies on the development of new services and issues arising in trust administration.

Theo is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He lived in The People’s Republic of China for two years studying Mandarin at Tsinghua University, Beijing.


Crowdsale details

Distribution of tokens
  • Crowdsale (60%)
  • Team (10%)
  • Reserve (20%)
  • Bounty (10%)
Budget allocation
  • Administrative (15%)
  • R&D/Exploratory (65%)
  • Marketing (10%)
  • Legal (5%)
  • Inventory (5%)
Details Indicators
Token Symbol PO8
Full Token Name PO8 Token
Pre-crowdsale Start June 15th, 00:00 GMT+03:00
Pre-crowdsale End July 15th, 00:00 GMT+03:00
Crowdsale Start August 1st, 00:00 GMT+03:00
Crowdsale End Hard cap is reached or September 30th, 00:00 GMT+03:00
Crowdsale Hard Cap Fixed, $30000000
Crowdsale Soft Cap Yes, $10000000
Token type utility token
Domain owner Individual

Cost of the token

1 token for 0.012 $

Price without discounts


Bonus Dates Minimum purchase amount
25% June 15 — July 15, 2018

Accepted currency

  • Ethereum

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What is PO8?

PO8 is a blockchain ecosystem making marine archaeology and treasure hunting more inclusive and decentralized. For the first time ever, people from around the world can participate in treasure hunting expeditions through the tokenization of search and recovery efforts. And, through our decentralized applications (DApps), PO8 provides secure, transparent and cost effective blockchain solutions for registering, authenticating, and transferring high valued assets.

What problems does PO8 solve?

The main problems we solve are eliminating barriers to entry for people who want to participate in marine archaeology projects, and the decentralizing the distribution of recovered treasures.

Does PO8 have competitors?

Currently PO8 is the first-to-market blockchain ecosystem bringing value to the marine archaeology industry. Our only indirect competitors would be traditional commercial salvage companies.

What makes you unique from other marine salvage companies?

For starters, we want to provide an opportunity for anyone from around the world to be a part of recovering history. But what makes us even more unique is our collaboration approach to work with governments. PO8 has been working closely with the Maritime Affairs and Labour Department from the Ministry of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and has recently acquired an Abandoned Shipwreck salvage license. The acquisition of this license is a major milestone, considering licenses have not been issued for the last 18 years. The procurement of the license illustrates the dedication of the PO8 team to preserving the past and the Bahamas’ vote of confidence in PO8’s mission.

What is the difference between a PO8 and SILVER token?

PO8 is a utility token that can be used to participate in our various decentralized applications, such as MADS, HOAP, GAAS and PHARS. The SILVER token in a sub token awarded to PO8 holders who take part and complete bounty tasks on our MADS application.

What if you do not recover any treasure, what happens then?

In the event we do not recover any treasures, we will have built a blockchain ecosystem available for many other archaeological endeavors worldwide. The same technologies powering search and rescue for shipwrecks and buried treasures can be used for finding other lost objects and perhaps solving some of our longest unsolved mysteries.Our open source decentralized apps will also provide individuals and enterprises with more cost effective and secure ways of distributing valuable assets.

Can you mine PO8 or SILVER tokens?

PO8 tokens cannot be mined. SILVER tokens can be earned by completing bounty tasks on our MADS application.

How can I buy some of the artifacts found?

As a PO8 token holder you will be able to bid on recovered artifacts that are sold on our HOAP application.

Do I have to do registration and KYC?

Yes, it is mandatory. Please make sure you register and provide all required KYC documentation.

Can I send ETH from an exchange address to buy my tokens?

No. DO NOT use a cryptocurrency exchanges like Coinbase, Binance, Huobi or others. You MUST send from an ERC 20 compatible wallet such as MyEtherWallet, ImToken, etc.

What is the minimum investment?

Private sale $250K USD, Pre-sale $50K USD and Crowd sale 0.1 ETH

How can I be part of the private sale?

A minimum 250 ETH investment is required for the private sale. Please contact us directly at [email protected] for more information.

Are all investors welcome to participate in token generation event?

For the most part yes. For residents of the United States, we can only accept institutional investors. OFAC sanctioned countries are NOT permitted to participate in our token sale. For more information on OFAC listed countries please visit, https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/Programs.aspx

Which exchanges will PO8 be listed in?

While we have no control of any decentralized exchanges listing the PO8 token, we will be talking with major centralized exchanges to list the PO8 token. For regulatory issues, we cannot comment on exact details of the exchange.

Do I need a special wallet for PO8 tokens?

Any wallet supporting ERC 20 tokens such as MyEtherWallet, ImToken, etc.

What is your relation with the Bahamas Government?

We are officially the first company to launch a token sale from The Bahamas and as a result of our vision to bring blockchain technologies to the country, we have been endorsed by senior members of government. Additionally, we are the first marine salvage company to receive an Abandoned Shipwreck salvage license from the Maritime Affairs and Labour Department from the Ministry of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in over 18 years.

How will you peg a portion of the findings to PO8 and what is the reason for doing so?

Upon our first successful expedition a portion of the recovered treasures such as gold or silver will be placed in a reserve in order to bring stability to our token and liquidity for future expeditions and development of new blockchain technologies.