The Foundation is at approximately ~89% at the moment (counting manual claim donations that has not yet been sent over to the Foundation addresses). Since there are still tens of people that are lined up in que for manual claims which have said they will donate, as well as several people who is awaiting to donate manually after resorting their sync issues/finding nodes, we have decided to take 2 actions.
We extend the IOTA Foundation claim period to the 25th of July ( next Monday ), which also means exchange adding is pushed forward also, this is the absolute latest and final date.
Since there may be people which for whatever reason still have not been able to donate by then, which intend to, we are giving everyone the opportunity to a binding-pledge. So if you have not yet received your iota tokens/unable to conduct donation at the moment, fill in your name and amount here. This will automatically be deducted and is irreversible. Link here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uyPZ15irSXiwWZt7w8O1FUWGkg8yrsa1OjAwBHX2Ts4/edit?usp=sharing
The ‘Big Deal’ initiative is still on and need to be decided on by the 25th of July also. I still cannot provide much additional information here for the exact same reasons as always, in IOTA we keep things under the hood until they are a reality, we do not want fake hype or speculators taking advantage of misleading information. It’s not only because we don’t care for speculators, but also because it artificially inflates values which in the long term can be very detrimental due to lack of growth. What I can say is that currently we have narrowed the ‘Big Deal’ to what we consider to be 2 key players, which we’ve been in touch with for months now, they will play a significant role in IOTA adoption. Big Deal link is: http://bigdeal.iotatoken.com
Regarding the exchanges. There has been several exchanges paying attention to IOTA ever since we announced it in October of 2015, and we’re in active dialogue with 4 of them. I will not disclose which yet, because just like all other things we know from years experience in the space that such information is used by speculators. We are adamant that IOTA’s growth be natural and genuine, not based on false hopes and promises. What I can say is that soon (the date is not yet set, except it will be post-25th of July) most major currencies will have access to IOTA on the open market.
Finally while it is really great to see the community coming together and pushing hard for these initiatives, I want to encourage everyone to spend more energy on projects on top and around IOTA. We commonly see people who express frustration that they are unable to code and therefore don’t know what they can do to support IOTA beside Foundation/Big Deal, the answer is very simple and really effective: learn to code it is really easy to learn enough to be useful or put up bounties for what you want (like Tangle Explorer) or fund a project with your iotas, there are literally infinite developers out there that would gladly join your project. The worst thing you can do is to just idle and believe you can’t do anything, it's literally a self-fulfilling prophecy.