It has been reported that some had even criticized the project for its name, which played on a homophobic slur in Spanish. But according to key people in the project, they have simply misunderstood.
Francisco Alvarez, the CEO of MariCoin, said that the project’s name is about “turning an insult into a fortress,” referring to the peculiarities of tackling homophobic language as the very word “gay” is still being used as an insult in some communities.
“In Spain, it is very common for members of the gay community to call themselves "Maricón," so Juan, an active member of the community, thought MariCoin was a fantastic name for a cryptocurrency that would unite the whole community.”
However, the CEO noted that the MariCoin project has “found a generalized acceptance” of over 90% in other Spanish-speaking countries like Argentina, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, Ecuador, and others.
“Although we must work on that other 10% that does not share our vision.”
Juan Belmonte, the co-founder and president of MariCoin, said that the project expects to list its Algorand-based token on crypto exchanges that support the Algorand blockchain on January 31.
“We have been in talks since September 2021, as we have announced, to list on Binance. Our chief technology officer (CTO) is working on the white paper and we will have the first version ready next week.”
The report said that he also noted that MariCoin has closed their waiting list at 10,000 “Maricoiners,” as committed in their roadmap.
He further said:
“Due to the avalanche of mails, we have had to open a second list to reserve the coin at the starting price of $0.025, starting next January 31.”
Some people in the community were previously skeptical about MariCoin’s waiting list for investing via Google Forms. Belmonte also mentioned that MariCoin was selected for the Algorand Foundation accelerator program in Miami last year, with support from blockchain investment firm Borderless Capital.
Thus, apart from MariCoin, the accelerator also selected nine other startups including Latin American digital bank NeoMoon, blockchain game Alchemon, nonfungible token platform Dartroom and others.