Blockchain technology has introduced the world to the benefits of decentralization and
is providing the infrastructure to quickly build the new economies of tomorrow. More and more
industries are being rebuilt with a decentralized based ecosystem model, and the pet care industry is
no different. We expect a future where every pet is identifiable on a blockchain and where owners are
able to access the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ from the data points available across the broader pet care
Pawtocol LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Pawtocol”, “we”, “our”, “us”) aims
to take the pet care industry into the blockchain age by developing a platform with a pet-focused
economy and ecosystem. This paper outlines our vision and philosophy behind Pawtocol and why we are
taking this project to market, as well as our progress to date and why we are the right team to
Pawtocol was inspired by a shared vision to build a global community of pet parents,
service providers, and manufacturers who are unified towards improving pet care. We have a mission to
help pets around the world live longer and healthier lives by empowering pet caretakers with cutting
edge technology and data.
Pawtocol is building a multi-functional platform that can seamlessly integrate into
the average pet parent’s daily life, to make crucial pet care decisions easier, reduce the lifetime
cost of pet ownership, and ultimately improve the lives of pets everywhere.
The Pawtocol vision is to introduce the new era of decentralization and
transparency to the pet industry.
Network participants will be incentivized to collect and feed data to Pawtocol’s AI
- which in turn will make AI-enhanced diet and care recommendations for crowd-verified food products,
toys, and service providers. Pawtocol will naturally reward quality businesses by allowing their
products and services to appear in targeted in-app recommendations and open doors to a vast audience
of new potential customers.
The market for electronic pet wearable devices is on the rise and in need of a
unified ecosystem for a pet owner to connect their devices and stay updated on their pet’s well-being
through a single interface. Pet technology will be given an interconnected platform where various pet
tech wearables and IoT devices can connect, share their data, and interact via the Pawtocol API.
Across many industries, the platform business model has become a crucial building
block for waves of technological innovations. The most advanced digital products and services that
come to market today are based on platform business models; a model that most business owners have
begun to explore and intend to make core to their growth strategies. Pawtocol uses a platform business
model--and is the first pet technology platform to incorporate AI learning along with a
blockchain-based incentivization structure. 
Pets can't tell us when something is wrong, causing a wide range of preventable
diseases that often stem from poor diet and lack of exercise that could be easily preventable if
pet owners had the right information.
Pawtocol's pet wellness-focused AI works to identify the causes of poor pet
health and suggest alternative routes of care and nutrition before the problem becomes out of
CORPORATE GIANTS MONOPOLIZING
Mars and Nestle Purina account for 93% of mid-priced dog and cat food sales in
North America. The massive marketing budget of these corporate giants makes it difficult for
trustworthy small businesses to reach their target customers as the marketing channels are flooded
by the giants.
Pawtocol will level the playing field for small, pet health-focused businesses
by giving the community the power to prove quality through crowd-verification. Crowd-verified
businesses will enjoy an elevated status in the eyes of consumers on the platform.
MISSING / UNSAFE PETS
Pets go missing all the time, and there is still no perfect solution. The
current best answer to missing dogs are implanted chips or analog dog tags, but these are either
expensive, ineffective or both. As a result, many pet owners struggle to find their pets if they
run away or are lost.
The Digital Dog Tag helps lost puppies find their way home. Not only will it
update information in real-time, but it will also post bounties and rewards for lost pets.
Additionally, the use of the Digital Dog Tag will qualify pets for other futuristic aspects of the
Pawtocol network that would use IDs to organize information.
DECEPTIVE MARKETING / LABELLING
Deceptive marketing and labeling in the pet food industry have led to numerous
legal battles including class action lawsuits and false advertising claims (See Footnote 4).
Pawtocol will force companies to market and label their products truthfully by
placing powerful analytic tools in the hands of consumers. The platform will also inform pet
owners if the company they purchase from is mislabeled or misrepresented.
FRAGMENTED PET DATA
The vast amount of data and information generated throughout the pet industry
is not used effectively by companies to make business decisions. There is no common data layer or
platform that connects industry participants.
Pawtocol will create a normalized pet data language, making all collected data
compatible with existing data sets. This will allow pet data to be interpreted more accurately by
both our AI and researchers.
2.2 Value Proposition
Pawtocol provides value to platform participants in a variety of different ways,
using a wide range of tools.
THE PERFECT MATCH
Pawtocol connects responsible pet parents with trusted
service and product providers through unbiased in-app product and service suggestions, which
reduces the cost of goods sold for the vendor while increasing the value and trust for the
A TRUSTY COMPANION
The preventative care AI and interconnected pet tech devices
work together to optimize a pet’s diet and daily exercise, preventing the need for unexpected
vet visits and reducing the overall cost of pet parenting.
FOR THE UNDERDOGS
Crowd verification increases the reach of smaller,
high-quality businesses that cannot compete with corporate marketing budgets, disrupting the pet
marketing sector. This means a smaller brand can correlate consumption with verified health
outcomes and increase their revenue and brand awareness.
WORTH ITS WEIGHT
The UPI (Universal Pet Income) Token establishes a currency
with tradable value to power the pet care ecosystem. UPI will be used in exchange for
pet-related products, services, and discounts throughout the pet industry. The token may be
earned through participation and is usable for transactions being executed within the
application. These mechanics make for a smoother onboarding process that shields the end-user
from blockchain complexity.
Pawtocol offers an all-inclusive platform that emphasizes transparency,
traceability, and crowdsourced verification to produce unbiased health-related recommendations for pet
parents/owners. The aim in building this platform is to create a system that can seamlessly integrate
into the average pet parent’s life, and simplify informed decision-making.
The platform is enhanced by IoT connected devices, an advanced AI, and a digital
currency, which serves as the basis for a micro-economy rich with trusted pet products and services.
Pawtocol’s data collection and normalization will create a standard language for
the pet industry and will serve as the basis for multiple focused API’s and pet health-related
studies. The data collected on the platform will benefit every player in the industry and pet
One of Pawtocol's central themes is putting power in the hands of the consumer. The
proprietary crowdsourced verification system does just that.
Through repeated ‘reviews’ sourced from various IoT and diagnostic tools connected
to the Pawtocol platform, pet food and products will be proven safe. Once a food product, toy, or
grooming product has been vetted by enough users and proven healthy, the product (not the business
itself) will gain crowd verification and be considered crowd verified.
Local vets and service providers will have a more traditional path to accruing
reputation. As results (pet wellness outcomes) accumulate via crowd-sourced data collection,
veterinarians will have unbiased information to back their performance record. Additionally,
businesses will gain exposure from positive reviews made by users who transacted with the business
through the Pawtocol platform.
This is not a checkmark that verifies membership, but a badge that represents
statistically proven quality.
Pawtocol will create a first-of-its-kind data marketplace, facilitating the
exchange of pet data.
Data is a valuable modern-day commodity. With the influx of pet wearable devices,
pet owners are collecting more detailed data than ever before. Collected in isolation, this data has
little value. However, when detailed data is aggregated and given insight with analytics, its value
Pawtocol will provide researchers, marketers, manufacturers, and veterinarians with
an opensource platform to request, purchase, organize, and analyze the detailed pet data captured
across the platform. Pet parents/owners on the platform will decide who their data is shared with and
will always retain ownership of the data. This means parents/owners will be able to monetize their own
data, bringing balance to the data economy in the pet industry.
Pawtocol will create a hybrid e-commerce marketplace where pet parents, vendors and
service providers can freely buy and sell pet products and services through the app. All goods and
services sold will be in a constant state of quality assurance conducted by users on the platform.
The underlying currency facilitating trade between all parties for both the product
and data marketplaces will be UPI Tokens. UPI tokens will smooth out the onboarding process and enable
participants to transact instantly, safely, easily, and securely.
2.4 Key Components &
Blockchain and Smart Contracts
Pawtocol will use blockchain technology to empower its users to own and
monetize their pet's data while protecting the privacy and the best interests of all
participants on the platform.
Pawtocol's digital currency will incentivize users to upload their pet's
data without any adverse impact to the platform's margins or liabilities.
Pawtocol's goal is to create a self-governing distributed autonomous
economy capable of running on its own.
Pawtocol's AI will make data-driven pet care recommendations by
performing a personalized assessment drawing from personal data, existing databases, and
community supplied correlations. Unlike a monolithic centralized AI where the user’s data is
part of a massive dataset, each user has their own personal AI that serves them while
retaining their personal information.
Many third-party devices will feed data into Pawtocol's AI, data owners
will receive UPI tokens in compensation just like any other data source. There are hundreds
of pet-specific IoT devices available already from GPS collars that measure heart rate, to
weight-sensing food bowls. These devices will encourage non-technical people to join the
Pawtocol platform making it simple to monetize their data.
ZKP will enable Pawtocol's users to keep custody of their growing
repository of data points and to maintain ultimate control over the information they wish to
Distributed Encrypted Storage
DES spreads user data across a series of nodes in the network while
ensuring that only the file’s owner can access and see their data.
2.5 Key Components &
Centralized databases have proven to be far too easily hacked, abused, or tampered with.
As a result, consumers have become increasingly sensitive about their data. Pawtocol decentralizes and
distributes user data, adding multiple layers of cryptography to make sure that user data can only be
viewed by the users themselves.
The business model of traditional free platforms such as Facebook and Google relies
almost entirely on the monetization of user data. This model erodes user privacy, often leads to
advertising forced upon the users and fails to compensate users for their role in the construction of
Pawtocol inverts tradition. It protects privacy, provides fine-grained control of
information exchanges and facilitates monetization of data sharing.
With Pawtocol, users decide when and with whom their data is shared and most
importantly, they reap the benefits of sharing it. Advertisers, researchers, and other third parties
can offer tokens in exchange for limited insight into user data points.
Pawtocol humbly recognizes that scaling to become a successful digital platform and
achieve their vision will require additional sets of expertise and personnel. Naturally, successful
companies in the digital space do not limit themselves to one strategy. They use a combination of
building in-house, acquiring or partnering to make rapid progress, adapting to the situations they
Pawtocol has taken a balanced approach to grow a team while building alliances.
Pawtocol possesses a strong, evolving, multi-disciplinary team with breadth of experience.
Pawtocol is a layered solution to a number of challenges in the pet care industry. Core
components of Pawtocol’s architecture are the pet identification system, the generalized document
storage system and the data marketplace. Pawtocol uses a combination of blockchain smart contracts,
distributed storage and peer-to-peer communications to organize and normalize collected information
and facilitate personalized AI and data monetization.
3.1 The Bottom Layer
The tech world faces many challenges regarding how to handle general data
protection regulation (GDPR), the “right to be forgotten”, and the possession/retention of data.
Pawtocol aims to attack these problems at the source. In our view, most of these challenges are
resolved with a new approach to data architecture that doesn’t presume that all data must first be
centrally stored and then carefully managed. The Pawtocol approach rests on user custody of their own
data and information sharing on a need-to-know basis. Users are given control and insight into sharing
proposals, tools to anonymize shared information, and currency in exchange for cooperation.
Pawtocol’s Solution: The bottom layer of Pawtocol’s
architecture is about addressing these concerns with a censorship-resistant, privacy-focused solution.
Users must be able to reap the benefits of the system without surrendering data to the system.
Pawtocol’s bottom layer is a platform-agnostic, privacy-first, general-purpose data storage layer that
uses Ethereum and distributed storage. This layer provides sovereign ownership of data, suitable for a
period of increasing concern about data privacy.
The next challenge is that authentication in all forms is at cross purposes with
user privacy. Distinguishing between users is important for practical reasons but this does not imply
that the persons behind the IDs necessarily need to be revealed. Similarly, confirming the
authenticity of data reports is vital if the data is to be trusted. But, identifying an accountable
individual is not the way to do so. Rather, it is one way to do it, and not the best we can do.
Pawtocol reframes data authentication by proving that data was collected by
specified methods (e.g. type of device), by members with certain properties (e.g. must be a verified
veterinarian), and is about pets with certain properties (e.g. must be a poodle of a certain age). The
Pawtocol proving grammar expresses such requirements. Pawtocol proofs establish those facts without
revealing which user, which device or which pet.
A third challenge relates to well-known edge cases. With so much data under the
users’ control, it’s important that the users themselves are protected from data loss that could
result if the files were in their physical possession. And, with everything relying on their digital
identities it’s important to have solutions for key recovery and probate. Pawtocol solves for data
persistence using reliable distributed storage, and for key recovery in a way that greatly simplifies
Ethereum user onboarding and using the system with multiple devices such as a smartphone and a laptop.
The benefit to users is custody of their own information and fine-grained control
of information disclosure to others even while they enjoy the features and conveniences of
applications. Pawtocol’s solution addresses the rising demand for strong data privacy in applications
of all kinds.
3.2 Records Keeping
With medical records, lab results and life data in Pawtocol, improved pet care will
be possible at any veterinarian’s office. This will create an opportunity for veterinarians and animal
hospitals to gain a competitive advantage.
3.3 Data Marketplace
It is proper for each pet parent to maintain their own records of all information
gathered about the life of their pet. Pawtocol is a repository for this information. It is a
decentralized, organized repository of records with provenance. Pawtocol inverts the idea of
monolithic centralized databases and creates a network composed of millions of smaller databases.
Zero-knowledge proofs and selective disclosure enable communication (trading information) while
safeguarding privacy. The economic ramifications are massive.
It is well-known that data is valuable, in the aggregate. Pawtocol proposes that
individual data must, therefore, have economic value. Centralized data collection systems generally
fail to recognize and account for the value of individual data points. The result is the formation of
massive companies built on processes that harvest vast amounts of data, without paying for it fairly,
then trading it for considerable value. The distortion of efficient market pricing leads to concerns
about user privacy as aggregators effectively resell information without the informed consent of the
There are legitimate reasons to create large datasets with informed consent.
Scientific studies and marketing studies need data. Such studies are costly and rely on information
provenance. Generally, things that are worth doing have economic value. Pawtocol organizes verifiable
data under user control and enables trad. Pawtocol creates a new market of facts.
Pawtocol is a price-discovery marketplace for high-quality and provable
information. Users will be offered UPI to provide specific information, not the whole picture. For
example, consider a study related to a certain breed of pet eating a certain type of food. The buyer
would specify qualifying pets, qualifying products, the well-being data requested (and qualifying
methods of collection), and the bid for qualified responses. The user would take the offer by
providing proof-of-purchase of qualifying products, proof of the pet’s breed, and well-being metrics
that meet the criteria for the study. All of this would be anonymous, transparent, and done with the
pet owner’s consent.
3.4 Phased Build-Out
At this point, Pawtocol has solved the biggest problems with data protection and
identification and has proven it to be a worthwhile project. The smart contracts for most basic
functions are in place, and issues with storage and zero-knowledge proofs have been resolved. This
means applications can be plugged in on top of the Pawtocol architecture that has been created.
The next step is developing the user experience (UX) that would enable any user to
be comfortable using the platform. Once Pawtocol is launched, the development of the UX will begin,
likely taking 4-6 months.
By having better onboarding than any other system in operation and knowing our
customers better, the Pawtocol offering has the potential to become the leader in the pet industry.
Pawtocol eventually intends to become a decentralized app store for anything
pet-related. This will encourage others to come and build on top of their layers. The existing
architecture will attract other developers because it will quickly help people get to the market.
The first step in the build-out is achieving network effects and a non-trivial user
base so Pawtocol can attract vendors, developers, and other participants to the network.
3.5 Technology Stack
Pawtocol’s technology stack will consist of the Ethereum blockchain, IPFS, and
variety of mobile front end applications.
The platform is being built out on the Ethereum blockchain because it is considered
to be the most decentralized, established, and successful smart contract platform. Launched in 2015,
Ethereum introduced the concept of a smart contract to the blockchain world and opened up the
capability to created Decentralized Applications (DAPPs). Ethereum has gained popularity as an ICO
platform due to the simplicity of ERC20 token generations.
The Pawtocol design team has devoted considerable effort to resolving transaction
volume scaling and the user experience. The system is designed to minimize the load on the Ethereum
network and to minimize the cognitive load on end-users. We use Ethereum to prove, minimalistically,
the authenticity of claims exchanged between peers. We use UPI to abstract away implementation details
such as paying for gas.
IPFS, or InterPlanetary File System, is a protocol and network that delivers a
content-addressable, peer-to-peer method of storing and sharing hypermedia in a distributed file
Similar to a torrent, this system allows users to not only receive but also host
content. IPFS is built around a decentralized system of user-operators who hold a portion of the
overall data, creating a resilient system of file storage and sharing.
Pets are elevated to the level of full participants in the system, with parents (or
guardians) who can act on behalf of them. Pets themselves are users, identifiable by traits such as
the Blockchain Digital Dog Tag. Each pet identity is a logical container for data about themselves,
while the pet owners are signing authorities for the pets. Certain public information is disclosed
publicly on the dog tag, however, most data is private. The public identifiers on the tag help others
to identify the pet. This is similar to medic alerts bracelets for humans and is an improvement on the
RFID implants currently used on pets.
The Blockchain Digital Dog Tag will familiarize users with the different treatment
of public and private information in the system. The process is intuitive but contrary to traditional
privacy controls, largely because it is clear and serves the users first.
In the future, Pawtocol expects to use batteryless Bluetooth dog tags. These obtain
enough electricity from the ambient RF spectrum and operate without requiring batteries or recharging.
The economic system that defines the use of a token forms the tokenomics of a
platform. At its core, a UPI (Universal Pet Income) token is about defining a unit of measure for
price signals in the marketplace.
4.2 Token Ecosystem
The Pawtocol platform will target and cater to four different types of users, as
Owners of pets who form the core of the user base, collect
and hold the majority of the data in the system and both create and consume the utility of the
Parties selling goods and services to pet parents.
Supply Chain Participants
People & businesses selling goods and services to other
Data Economy Participants
People who want to access/use data and information from
4.3 Token Offering Details
Target Amount Offered
BTC, ETH, USDT
USD 27 million
Initial Exchange Offering (IEO)
Until now, Pawtocol has been funded by its founding team. In order to assure future
growth and facilitate a successful launch, Pawtocol has engaged a respected international IEO
Marketing and financial group to launch and market an IEO. The intention is to raise sufficient funds
to take the platform through launch and to financial stability.
The plan is to list on a top exchange to widely distribute tokens, obtain
liquidity, drive awareness. We intend to also list on other exchanges following the initial exchange
listing in order to be able to have global trading volume, which additionally catalyzes exposure to
IEO proceeds will be used primarily for Research & Development and Operating
Capital (discussed in 4.7).
Collecting capital through the two traditional financing methods – debt and equity
– can be expensive and time-consuming. By using an Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) as an alternative
instrument for financing, we intend to gather funds faster and in a way that allows our earliest
supporters to share in our growth. The purpose of the IEO is to bring in developers, marketing
personnel, a legal team, designers and many other talented people on board. This will require
additional funds. Offering an Initial Token Sale instead of a traditional venture capital rounds
enables the community to participate in the success story, rather than limiting it to a small,
selected number of traditional venture capital funds.
We will be working diligently to price, market, and structure the IEO. We will work
with market makers seeking to ensure narrow spreads and with exchanges to ensure liquidity.
Pawtocol’s token supply will consist of 1 billion tokens, with 580,000,000
tokens allocated for private and public sale.
Allocation by Round
Private round 1
Private round 2
Reserve (see 4.6)
Private Rounds : 20% of the UPI tokens in circulation will be
available to private investors.
IEO Stages: A further 38% of the total UPI tokens in
circulation will become available through as series of Initial Exchange Offerings (IEO).
42% of the tokens will be allocated to the Pawtocol Reserve and used to develop the
project and community as follows:
Use of Reserved Tokens
Funding Rounds (see 4.5)
Marketing & Community Development: 3% of the tokens will be
reserved for marketing and community development efforts such as hosting tournaments, experiential
marketing campaigns, and VIP experiences. This is an important marketing reserve to host campaigns
that are large enough in scale with significant enough rewards to create viral events that onboard
millions of users.
Partnerships: 5% of the tokens will be awarded to partners who
are important to the long term success of Pawtocol. It will be our partners who become our
distribution channels and who will onboard a large number of users to the ecosystem. Partners are
essential to the growth of Pawtocol so partners who add the most value to growing the Pawtocol
network, need to be properly incentivized to advocate for Pawtocol within their communities.
Bounties: 5% of the tokens will be given to community members
who participate in bounties and who join the Pawtocol ambassador program to grow the network in their
region. We will be creating a granular bounty model that considers and rewards all positive behavior
in the Pawtocol ecosystem including hosting events, translating materials, sharing content, posting
research, making bets, inviting friends, among others.
Team & Advisors: 10% of the tokens will be released to founders
and early team members and advisers over a 4-year period to ensure that the founders and team stay
aligned with the long term success of the project and that selling pressure is mitigated.
Operations Reserve: The remaining 19% of the total token
allocation will be kept in an operating reserve that will act as the Pawtocol treasury and will be
deployed in a way that will most effectively scale the Pawtocol ecosystem and ensure wide distribution
of the UPI token. We will release our treasury management plans following the public launch of the UPI
4.7 Use of Proceeds
The majority of the capital raised and token allocation will go to developing,
marketing, operating, administration and growing the Pawtocol network and ecosystem as the value of
the UPI token will be directly tied to the growth of the Pawtocol ecosystem.
The proceeds will go to sales & marketing efforts, personnel, management and admin,
exchange listings, services/supplies, experiential marketing, and regulatory fees.
Research and Development expenses will include the below items:
Launching of the mobile app
Legal and corporate work
International market expansion
Marketing and advertising campaigns
4.8 Token Utility
UPI (universal Pet Income) is the token used for pricing goods, services, rewards,
and trades within the system. We intend to use UPI to create a more intuitive user experience than is
the norm for Ethereum-based applications. In particular, UPI will be used to pay for transactions that
require someone to pay for gas, Ethereum’s pricing unit for computations.
The improved user experience is intended to abstract away implementation complexity
so users can focus on enjoying the application. A transaction fee will be subtracted from the value of
each transaction. A portion of that transaction fee will accrue to Pawtocol to support R&D and
community development. A portion of the transaction fee will be burned, reducing the circulating
supply of UPI over time.
The current plan is based on:
1.5% transaction fee
25% of the transaction fee burned
75% of the transaction accrues to Pawtocol
Burn stops when 50% of the initial supply (500 million tokens) is destroyed
Our ability to create an interactive platform, develop a product and services
marketplace as well as a pet data marketplace depends on significant user engagement from a diverse
To drive early platform adoption, Pawtocol will focus its efforts on attracting two
cohorts: (1) Tech-savvy millennials, comfortable with integrating technology into their
everyday lives (2) Premium pet caretakers, or those deeply passionate, who go the extra mile in
caring for their pets diet and exercise (e.g. those who purchase raw food).
Gain access to crowd-verified pet products, information, and trustworthy services
Ensure they are making the right decisions based on proven facts
Lower long term cost of pet ownership
Targeted product suggestions free from bias, focused on their pet’s health
Vendors, Manufacturers, and Retailers
Access a new global customer base
Reduce customer acquisition cost, passing the savings to customers
Verify product benefits, statistically relevant, and provable
Increase brand awareness
Acquire a new channel of customer acquisition
Add value via a normalized, high-quality, organized recordkeeping platform
Improve customer retention
Build crowd-verified reputation
Prove pets have been properly cared for with IoT and normalized information exchange
Affordable local advertising compared to major social platforms
Obtain trustworthy, unique, and unbiased facts for research studies
Call on Pawtocol network participants for information
Specify actions pet owners need to take to qualify
5.2 Market Assessment
The pet industry is experiencing tremendous growth, with the pet technology sector
attracting the most attention from investors. Between 2012 and 2016, venture capitalists invested
nearly $500 million in pet technology alone.Well
over half of the households in the US (~85M) own a pet.Americans
spend approximately $86 billion on pets every year.Grand
View Research estimates the global pet care market will be worth $202.6 billion by 2025 with a CAGR of
Many parties (pet parents, vets, etc.) are demanding trustworthy food and care
providers are brought to the forefront.The
industry is heading towards a more truthful and transparent future - one where pet owners are more
aware, informed and invested in their pet’s lives.
Humanization/Premiumization of Pets
More health-conscious pet owners have sparked growth in the premium food and
products category often referred to as premiumization.
Pet owners are seeking out higher-quality organic and natural foods, high-end
accessories, and better care, all in the best interest of their pets.As
the demand for healthy pet products rises, so too will the demand for transparency around those
of Pet Owners on the Block
Tech-savvy millennials make up more than half of small animal ownership and drive
pet industry sales. Millennials use technology to optimize their lives, including pet ownership.
The Pet Owner Paths research study, sponsored by Merck, found that millennials
chose 24/7 chat or texting availability as one of their top options when asked what they most valued
as a veterinary service offering.
& The Internet of Pets
Nearly half of all dog owners have an electronic tracking device for their pet, up
from last year’s results of 36%.These
devices track pet health activity, GPS location, and other health metrics.
Grandview Research estimated the global pet wearable market size was at USD 1.4
billion in 2018.The
market for the medical diagnosis & treatment application devices is on the rise as well, expected to
grow at a CAGR of 16.7% from 2014-2025.
In March 2007, the largest recall in the pet food industry occurred but not before
it caused the deaths of hundreds of cats and dogs.Today
is no different; globally in 2016, more than 80% of new pet food products had a health claim.
Most groundbreaking digital products and services that come to the market today are
based on platform business models. Pawtocol plans to bring this trend to the pet industry, having seen
similar interconnected platforms emerge in various industries. All the required technologies exist
today, Pawtocol will apply existing technologies and create a platform to allow all users to
communicate and trade both data and product.
5.3 Competitive Analysis
To date, there is no platform focused on building something similar to Pawtocol.
There are a handful of centralized and platform-based projects targeting specific needs in the pet
ecosystem, e.g. medical records, animal recovery, GPS wearables, etc.
Pawtocol is building an ecosystem, the first truly multi-faceted protocol for pets.
Rather than looking at niche-specific platforms as competitors, Pawtocol considers them to be
potential partners who will provide key insights to users on the platform. The Blockchain Digital Dog
Tag will put pet owners at the forefront of Pawtocol’s ecosystem but we will encourage participants to
connect additional IoT devices, to supplement data collection efforts.
As with any new market, the first entrant generally holds the advantage. Pawtocol
will leverage this favorable position by building tech, improving existing assets, and growing its
already talented multi-disciplinary team to create a barrier preventing would-be competitors from
entering the market with similar goals.
As noted Pawtocol does not seek to compete with tech and pet health platforms in
the space, but rather to become the key connective tissue within the space (something that is yet to
emerge) and allow these various other companies to integrate directly with the Pawtocol platform.
Pawtocol will target companies, tech, and services that are a good fit for the platform such as EZ Vet
Clinics, WAG Walking, and subscription services such as Bark Box, but will keep the door open for new
and existing entities looking to access the Pawtocol user base, and add to the depth of data collected
on the platform.
5.4 Opportunity Size &
A TECH TREND
Many exciting opportunities exist for Pawtocol both in pet tech and connecting the
currently fragmented pet industry and its data. With proper timing and marketing Pawtocol seeks to
carve out a meaningful share of the ‘growing pet industry pie’.
According to Grand View Research, 69% of millennials are likely to use technology
to keep track of their pets.Mobile
device apps such as Wag Walking, who raised $300 million in funding,DogVacay
who raised $50 million,and Rover who
raised $155 million,continue
to flood into the market to fill the demand.What is more impressive is that these applications
continue to create new markets, for example, 95% of the users of Wag Walking have never hired a dog
services industry will experience continued innovation as pet ownership particularly by millennials
(now the largest segment of pet owners) continues to grow.
The initial pet owners to adopt the Pawtocol platform will likely be a combination
of Millenials and pet health-focused owners - those who purchase raw food, for example.Millennials are
the primary pet-owning demographic (35 percent of pets are owned by Millennials) and according to
will be worth $24 Trillion by the year 2027. This generation is a major focus of Pawtocol.
Initially, Pawtocol will focus on dog and cat parents and capturing participants
from the larger pet markets (USA, China, Russia, Brazil, Japan, and Canada).
Grand View Research projects the global pet care market will reach USD 202.6
billion by 2025 at a growth rate of 4.9% CAGR. Additionally, there are: 
90 million dogs and 94 million cats in the US
62 million dogs and 53 million cats in China
15 million dogs and 13 million cats in Russia
6 million dogs and 13 million cats in Brazil
2 million dogs and 7 million cats in Japan
8 million dogs and 9 million cats in Canada
Reducing the initial target market (412 M) to account for: 
7.9% to account for the global population of those 65 years of age and older
19% to account for those under the age of 10 who may not be technologically adept
15% of those aged 10-65 to account for those who do not own a smartphone
These adjustments bring Pawtocol's addressable market down to a conservative size
of 256 million dogs and cats. Given a functional platform in year 3 Pawtocol anticipates the ability
to capture 1% of this addressable market and 3.5% of the addressable market in year 5.
Pawtocol will have diverse income streams composed of traditional advertising
services, hardware sales, and revolutionary platform-specific revenues.
A fee to help service providers and manufacturing companies adapt their
business to the Pawtocol network with benefits such as decreased costs and increased brand
Data Transaction Fee
Pawtocol will charge a transaction fee (Y) on the price paid by 3rd
parties (X) to the data collector for a data set. For example, a research study is looking
to collect information on dog or cat ownership practices such as: what breed or type of dog
people have, how their dog behaves, reasons for getting a dog and what influences an owner's
decision. For example, if a study is willing to pay $ X dollars per response. In exchange,
data collectors receive $ (X-Y) dollars per data set provided, while Pawtocol retains $ Y.
A modest transaction fee charged on all value exchanged across the
Pawtocol will only advertise for crowd verified companies - companies
that are providing quality products to market to our customers. The method of advertising is
that of a trusted advisor recommending products based on need, rather than interruptive
advertising of dubious relevance.
Pawtocol intends to sell branded connected devices starting with the
Blockchain Digital Dog Tag. Additional data collection opportunities include diverse tools
for collecting monetizable data such as wearables, consumables, and toys. Revenue from these
sources will help the Pawtocol project team support an expanding project team and continuous
improvement of the platform.
5.5 Go To Market Strategy
The Pawtocol team’s first priority is building out the platform itself. It would be
a waste of resources to invest in attracting members to a platform that is yet to be built. The 4
proposed steps of the strategy are outlined below.
During development, the marketing team will focus entirely on brand awareness.
Pre-app marketing efforts will be mainly guerrilla marketing and word of mouth, establishing
Pawtocol’s affinity to pet tech and developing a trustworthy image in multiple niche pet communities.
Once the user base has reached a considerable size, the marketing team will pursue
product and service providers. Early business adopters will benefit from being among the first to
access our users and potentially claim new lifetime customers with their quality products.
Once the platform is built to an MVP level, the team will begin paid marketing to
pet owners in order to rapidly build an active user base and will utilize the existing partnership
with Global Digital Assets to attract the blockchain community. During this initial phase, Pawtocol
will build the user base by offering the Blockchain Digital Dog Tag with a free + shipping and
onboarding fees plan.
With a user base and an active business community in place, the development of the
technological ecosystem will begin. Continued development and improvement to the platform, AI, and API
will follow ensuring that user expectations are being not only met, but exceeded.
DIGITAL DOG TAG
Every company requires a core go-to-market plan and a good scalability plan.
Pawtocol’s go-to-market strategy leverages existing relationships and customer lists within the space.
Karim’s past in the pet space, especially at AnimalBacker.com, has given him a deep
understanding of the differences in marketing towards the owners of different pet breeds.
As a CPA marketer with a specialty in bringing down acquisition costs for
customers, the plan for the go-to-market strategy is based on building a viral following using
pre-existing “fans” from past products.
The core of Pawtocol’s go-to-market strategy is around giving away a Blockchain
Digital Dog Tag to customers for free and charging for one-time onboarding. This free product strategy
would be revenue and cost neutral and cost the customer under $9. The goal of this campaign isn’t to
make a profit but to instead create a network effect at breakeven. Pawtocol intends to develop and
execute this campaign in the short-term as an initial means of building a user base.
The Pawtocol team has identified 8 key steps necessary to completing an MVP of the
working platform. We do not want to set any concrete timelines yet, but given the event of successful
funding we're confident we can complete the steps laid out below within or around 24 months from the
date of funding. The following steps will be done in tandem at many phases, a more detailed roadmap
will be provided in future versions of the whitepaper.
Expand the team, complete the smart contracts,
develop the off-chain servers, ship dog tags
Launch the dog tag digital profile app user
interface and air drop claim system
Release upgraded NFC or/and battery-less Bluetooth
Release a free/cheap vet visit interface and
Release a supplier-side app for product tracking,
bring in major suppliers
Release Our own Pawtocol-branded wearable and
interface for connecting new data collection devices
Release the health and wellness recommendation
Open the world's first member-owned pet data
This Whitepaper contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of
securities, consumer protection and other laws in various countries, states, provinces, and
jurisdictions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that relate to, among
other things, Pawtocol’s: Market and business strategies; plans to develop and commercialize its
products and services; plans to expand its customer base; ability to establish and maintain necessary
strategic relationships; ability to maintain its competitive advantage; ability to comply with
applicable regulations and laws; ability to establish and effectively operate the business; ability to
attract and retain necessary employees and personnel; ability to protect its intellectual property;
position in its markets; and, the future growth of pet and other relevant industries.
Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements containing
words such as “may,” “could,” “will,” “should,” “assume,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,”
“believe,” “predict,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “outlook,” “potential,” or “continue,” or the negative
of these terms, and other comparable terminology. Actual results could differ materially from those
anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risks and other factors,
including those described in the “Risk Factors” section elsewhere in this Whitepaper and in the other
disclosures Pawtocol may make from time to time.
Pawtocol makes no warranties, guarantees or representations with regard to the
accuracy, completeness or suitability of the information presented and recipients and readers hereof
waive any warranties implied by law or otherwise.
All forward-looking statements contained in this Whitepaper are made only as of the
date hereof. Pawtocol is under no obligation—and Pawtocol expressly disclaims any such obligation—to
update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events
or otherwise. No one should place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
2 General Suitability
The acquisition of Tokens is only suitable for financially sophisticated persons
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been professionally advised with regard to token acquisition and who have sufficient financial
resources to be able to bear any losses that may arise therefrom (which may be equal to the whole
amount spent in connection with the token acquisition). Such an acquisition should not be seen as an
investment or a financial asset.
3 No Offering
This Whitepaper does not constitute a prospectus or offering document and is not a
solicitation for investment and does not constitute an offer of financial instruments, securities to
the public or a collective investment scheme.
4 Developmental Stage
This Whitepaper describes current and anticipated future developments of Pawtocol.
Unless expressly specified otherwise, the products and innovations set out in this Whitepaper are
currently under development and are not currently deployed. Pawtocol makes no warranties or
representations as to the successful development or implementation of such technologies and
innovations or to the achievement of any other activities noted in this Whitepaper.
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connecting factor, or incorporated, registered or effectively managed, and Pawtocol shall not in any
way be liable for any non-conformity of the above by token purchasers.
Pawtocol expressly disclaims any and all responsibility, and recipients and viewers
of this Whitepaper expressly waive any claim, for any direct or consequential loss or damages of any
kind whatsoever (whether foreseeable or not) arising directly or indirectly from: (i) reliance on any
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action resulting therefrom or (iv) usage or acquisition of products. This disclaimer applies
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rights, obligations, terms, performance, covenants, representations or warranties on behalf of
Pawtocol or create any relationship between Pawtocol and any other party.
Any decision to purchase UPI tokens shall be based on consideration of this
Whitepaper as a whole. Pawtocol reserves the right to (i) make changes to this white paper and any
documents linked to the UPI token and/or holding and use of UPI token to ensure compliance with the
applicable regulatory requirements, and (ii) do all that is necessary to be in compliance with any
regulatory requirements, including but not limited to, interrupting, suspending or ceasing the
operations or trading of the UPI token if deemed necessary at Pawtocol’s sole discretion.
7 Risk Factors
Pawtocol faces a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results
or events to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Factors that
could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the following risk
The possibility that Pawtocol will not fully realize the anticipated benefits of its business
plan, objectives, acquisitions, and other business investments Business plans are based upon
assumptions as to current and future conditions in markets and strategies to take advantage of
them. Pawtocol believes the assumptions are reasonably accurate. However, those assumptions may
not be sufficiently accurate or the conditions underlying them may change in ways which were not
foreseen by Pawtocol.
Pawtocol’s ability to execute its business strategy Pawtocol believes its management and
management plan are suited to execute its business strategy. However, actual management
performance may vary from expectations and management may not be optimally suited for any changes
that may be made to Pawtocol’s business strategy.
Pawtocol’s reliance on one or more suppliers Pawtocol relies on certain technology and
technology hosting providers. Pawtocol cannot guaranty the continued operations of those providers
or the absence of service interruptions from those providers due to their operations or a
transition from those providers if necessary.
The growth of pet markets Pawtocol’s business plan assumes continuing growth of pet
markets. If the pet markets cease growth or if their growth slows, that could adversely impact
Pawtocol’s performance and its ability to execute its business plan.
Changes in general economic and business conditions Changes in general economic or
business conditions could adversely impact demand for Pawtocol’s Products and as a result it could
adversely impact Pawtocol’s performance and its ability to execute its business plan.
Pawtocol’s financial condition and liquidity, as well as its future cash flows and
earnings Should Pawtocol’s financial condition, liquidity, cash flows and earnings not meet
expectations, it could adversely impact Pawtocol’s ability to fund its operations and as a result
it could adversely impact Pawtocol’s performance and its ability to execute its business plan.
Pawtocol’s level of operating expenses Pawtocol’s business plan assumes certain levels of
operating and expenses and costs. Should the actual level of those expenses or costs significantly
increase, it could adversely impact Pawtocol’s performance and its ability to execute its business
The effect, interpretation or application of new or existing laws, regulations, and court
decisions Changes to, or the addition of new, laws or regulations, or court decisions have
similar effect, could increase Pawtocol’s operating costs or make its operations unsustainable in
The availability of funding Pawtocol’s business plan requires outside funding at various
intervals and funding from operations. Should such funding not materialize in significant part, it
could adversely impact Pawtocol’s performance and its ability to execute its business plan.
Catastrophic events and natural disasters
Acts of war or terrorist activities
Other economic and political risks and uncertainties
An expanded complete UPI
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