Finder makes money from featured partners, but editorial opinions are our own.

Unpaid KODAKCoin developers reportedly holding code ransom

shutterstock kodak doors 450x250

Also, KODAKOne is now hiring.

The troubled KODAKCoin project has hit another snag, with allegations that it's over $100,000 in the hole to contractors, Hard Fork reports.

The contractors were found and placed in the project by the iFindTech talent firm, which seems to have hired the London Law Practice law firm to pummel KODAKOne until the money comes out.

"Unfortunately apologies and unfulfilled promises of a payment proposal are not enabling my client to pay the people that did the work," it reportedly wrote to KODAKOne in an email. "Time is short and in the absence of any meaningful payment proposal, court proceedings will be commencing in [seven] days."

KODAKCoin's head blockchain engineer, Armel Nene, has also quit over unpaid wages and labelled the project a scam in a blog post.

"October 2018, the full blockchain team had now resigned, the big data team left and the partner agencies had stop working with them. No one in the company was answering emails or calls" he wrote. "There are rumours of multiple lawsuits against Ryde / Wenn Digital / KODAKOne, I have received confirmation of at least 3 of them. The lawsuits all have the same goal, to get their invoices paid."

Anyway, KODAKOne is hiring!

Behind the scenes

Nene also gave some details on how things were going behind the scenes, including saying that the ICO was an absolute flop, which squares with previously leaked documents.

"It seemed that Ryde / Wenn / KODAKOne had a very unsuccessful ICO. Investors were not interested in the platform," Nene writes.

"Volker kept giving me guarantees that I would be paid every single penny that they owed me. He also confirmed that the ICO was a shamble and no one subscribed to it. Therefore, they would try to open to all investors across the globe," Nene writes.

The Volker that Nene is referring to is Volker Brendel, the KODAKOne CTO who was previously barred from being a managing director in German public companies. Not to be confused with KODAKCoin lead advisor Cameron Chell who was banned from the Alberta Stock Exchange.

Nene also says that at one point KODAKOne offered to pay him with KODAKCoins, but notes that as the architect of the coins, he knew full well that they had yet to be released.

"They offered me to go permanent on a reduced salary with bonuses and KODAK coins. I am the architect of the KODAK coins and I know they are yet to be released so, what exactly am I getting?" he wrote.

#rewardcreativity... with Kodak Coins

According to Nene, KODAKCoin won't be able to launch because the remaining architect(s) are keeping the code as ransom over unpaid wages.

"November 2018, still no payment from Ryde to any of the invoices. Instead the company is publishing fake information on the internet that they are launching their platform in beta mode. This is a lie as the person working on it confirmed that he's keeping the code as a ransom to the money they owe him," Nene writes.

Where it all went wrong

The entire project might have gone wrong before it even began.

juicy crypto words

"They are looking for a fast way to get rich and then bin the whole project," Nene wrote of the KODAKCoin masterminds.

But it's not as though there weren't any warning signs.

"In January 2018, KODAK made an announcement at CES that it would be venturing into the field of Blockchain and cryptocurrencies... At the time of the announcement, no one really understood the partnership arrangement between all the parties involved... Like most people interested in blockchain, I was aware of KODAK's ambitions and was excited to be part of it," Nene said.

This might not be entirely correct. Even at the time, the nature of the partnership between the parties was well known, and it was public knowledge that the ICO was a re-branded reboot of an already-failed ICO whose only real connection to Kodak was that it had paid to use the name.

Disclosure: At the time of writing, the author holds ETH, IOTA, ICX, XLM and BTC.

Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade. Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before relying on this information. You should also verify the nature of any product or service (including its legal status and relevant regulatory requirements) and consult the relevant Regulators' websites before making any decision. Finder, or the author, may have holdings in the cryptocurrencies discussed.

Latest cryptocurrency news

Picture: Shutterstock

Ask a Question

You are about to post a question on

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our 1. Terms Of Service and 6. Finder Group Privacy & Cookies Policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Go to site