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5 Essential #Blockchain Predictions That Will Define 2018 $ #Blockstation $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:42 AM on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
  • Potential for blockchain technology to bring about widespread change has been predicted since 2011 and the emergence of Bitcoin
  • But it was this year when the concept really started to capture people’s attention
  • Blockchain-focused financial services startups raised $240 million in venture funding during the first half of the year
Bernard Mar , Contributor

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

The potential for blockchain technology to bring about widespread change has been predicted since 2011 and the emergence of Bitcoin. But it was this year when the concept really started to capture people’s attention.

Perhaps spurred on by the meteoric rise in price of Bitcoin – the first tangible example of a blockchain technology – hype grew around encrypted, distributed ledgers in the financial sector.


Blockchain-focused financial services startups raised $240 million in venture funding during the first half of the year. However, its potential was beginning to be recognized across other sectors and industries.

2018 is likely to see a continuation of this trend of innovation and disruption. Here are the five key ways this is likely to happen.

  1. More use outside of finance

While it’s implications for the financial sector might seem most apparent, any industry or organization in which recording and oversight of transactions is necessary could benefit. In healthcare, IDC Health Insights predicts that 20% of organizations will have moved beyond pilot projects and will have operationalized blockchain by 2020, so 2018 should see significant progress in that direction.

In recruitment and HR, blockchain CVs have been developed which will streamline the selection process by verifying candidates’ qualifications and relevant experience.

Legal work which involves tracking transfer of ownership – for example intellectual property law, or rea estate deeds – will also be made more efficient through implementation of distributed ledgers. Next year we should expect to see inroads by innovators in the legal field making this a reality.

Meanwhile in manufacturing and industry, the Blockchain Research Institute, the founders of which include IBM, Pepsi Co and FedEx, say it expects blockchain to become the “second generation” of the digital revolution following the development of the internet. It has highlighted work by electronics manufacturer Foxconn to use blockchain to track transactions in its supply chain.

  1. Blockchain meets the Internet of Things

Though this sounds like a clash of the buzzwords, serious thinking is going into how these technologies could be made to work together to improve business processes, and day-to-day life.

Security is one reason they are a good fit – blockchain’s encrypted and trustless nature makes it a viable option when it comes to keeping the ever-growing number of connected devices in our homes and offices safe. Research envisages that blockchain compute power that is used to “mine” Bitcoin could be put to use safeguarding our smart homes from a new generation of cyber-burglars looking to break in and steal our data.

Another proposed use is that the cryptocurrencies built on blockchains would prove ideal for automated micro-transactions made between machines. As well as recording machine activity on the ledger for record-keeping and analytical purposes, machines could effectively “pay” each other when smart machines operated by one organization interact and transact with those owned by others. This is likely to be further down the road, but it is likely we will see research and breakthroughs in this area in 2018.


ThreeD Capital $ Appoints #Cryptocurrency Evangelist and Trader to Advisory Board #Bitcoin #Ethereum $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:27 AM on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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  • Mr. David Schirmer is a cryptocurrency enthusiast who spends most of his free time researching various topics in the blockchain/cryptocurrency space
  • Sheldon Inwentash, CEO of ThreeD comments, “David brings a vast knowledge of the blockchain/cryptocurrrency space through his research and enthusiasm for the sector.”

TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2017 — ThreeD Capital Inc. (“ThreeD” or the “Company”) (CSE:IDK) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Schirmer to its Advisory Board.

Mr. David Schirmer is a cryptocurrency enthusiast who spends most of his free time researching various topics in the blockchain/cryptocurrency space. He started his career in Tax Consulting at Deloitte before moving into the manufacturing industry with Saint Gobain (SGC) as a financial analyst and financial services manager. While at Saint Gobain, Mr. Schirmer was introduced to lean methodology. These principles help to methodically determine the value of various processes and outputs.

After a decade at SGC and lean manufacturing, Mr. Schirmer founded Nabu Consulting to apply those principles to startups using the lean methodology.  He began working with a blockchain-related project, which led him to analyzing every cryptocurrency that launched over the past two years. When it comes to analyzing the various cryptocurrency options available, Mr. Schirmer focuses on the fundamentals of the currency, rather than putting greater weight in the technical analysis. As such, Mr. Schirmer brings a detailed and analytical mindset to ThreeD’s blockchain/cryptocurrency advisory board.

Sheldon Inwentash, CEO of ThreeD comments, “David brings a vast knowledge of the blockchain/cryptocurrrency space through his research and enthusiasm for the sector.”

“It is a pleasure to join ThreeD Capital as an Advisor. I look forward in working with Sheldon and his Advisory Board in the amazing projects we can accomplish together,” stated David Schirmer.

About ThreeD Capital Inc.

ThreeD is a publicly-traded Canadian-based venture capital firm focused on opportunistic investments in companies in the junior resources, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain sectors.

ThreeD seeks to invest in early stage, promising companies where it may be the lead investor and can additionally provide investees with advisory services, mentoring and access to the Company’s network in order to earn increases to the Company’s equity stake.

For further information:
Gerry Feldman, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Phone: 416-606-7655

#Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: ‘We Know the Thing Works Now’ $ #Blockstation $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:27 AM on Monday, November 20th, 2017

By: Matthew Leising

November 20, 2017, 5:00 AM EST
  • Test of tracking equity swaps with blockchain deemed a success
  • Firms including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan did a six-month trial

The program, managed by blockchain startup Axoni, kept track of the swaps contracts after they were executed, recording things like amendments or termination of the deals, stock splits and dividends, and achieved a “100 percent success rate,” Axoni said in a statement Monday. Other participants include the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Citigroup Inc., BNP Paribas SA and Credit Suisse Group AG.

“We’re on a path to take this forward,” Axoni Chief Executive Officer Greg Schvey said in an interview. “We know the thing works now.”

Blockchain software has captivated Wall Street because it could vastly reduce the cost of back-office operations and speed up trade clearing and settlement times. Banks have to set aside capital while they wait for transactions to be settled, so billions of dollars could be freed up for other uses if trade times go down to minutes from days or even weeks.

Axoni is far from alone in offering banks the ability to experiment with blockchain. Its competitors include Digital Asset Holdings, Symbiont, R3 and Chain.

Read More: All About Bitcoin, Blockchain and Their Crypto World

A blockchain system for equity swaps works to speed transaction times because the banks and asset managers all become members of a network that shares a so-called distributed ledger. Each member has an up-to-date copy of the ledger, so when payments need to go from one participant to another they can be processed almost in real time.

“Fewer valuation disputes, less reconciliation and real-time access to data would benefit all of the industry,” Adam Herrmann, global head of prime finance at Citigroup, said in the statement.

Smart Contracts

The program was all done in a test environment with no real trades being processed by Axoni’s AxCore blockchain software. No money changed hands either; the plan is that current systems like Fedwire or Swift will be used if the program goes live, Schvey said. He declined to say when blockchain for the equity swaps market will be done for real.

A similar test to move parts of the credit-default swap market onto a blockchain for post-trade processing uses the same system as in the equity-swaps model, Schvey said. AxCore uses smart contracts, the heart of the ethereum blockchain network, with a few tweaks.

“It looks and feels a lot like ethereum, but with a lot of differences,” such as changes to enhance scalability, privacy and security, Schvey said.


American Express $AXP Is Getting Into #Blockchain – Based Payments With #Ripple #Blockstation #ThreeD $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 3:34 PM on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

By Reuters

8:09 AM EST

American Express has introduced instant blockchain-based payments using Ripple, a fintech startup, for U.S. corporate customers sending funds to U.K.-based businesses that bank with Santander U.K., the companies said on Thursday.

American Express said its FX International Payments (FXIP) business had partnered with Ripple to provide real-time, trackable non-card payments from the United States to Britain. Customers are already using the service, the companies said, and it would be extended in the future.

This marks one of the first major uses of blockchain, a shared database of transactions maintained by a network of computers on the Internet that is best known as the system underpinning bitcoin.

Financial firms hope the nascent technology can reduce the cost and complexity of burdensome processes such as securities settlement and international payments, but many say widespread use of the technology is still several years away.

“American Express has a long history of integrating new technologies,” said American Express’s chief information officer Marc Gordon, in a statement. “This collaboration with Ripple and Santander represents the next step forward on our blockchain journey, evolving the way we move money around the world.”

San Francisco-based Ripple, whose main focus is blockchain-based cross-border payments, works with many big banks and is backed by firms including Standard Chartered, Accenture, and SBI Holdings.


ThreeD Capital Inc. $ Announces Completion of Private Placement to Raise $1,605,000 And Exercise of Warrants $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:08 PM on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

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  • Completed a non-brokered private placement
  • Pursuant to which it has issued 8,025,000 units at a price of $0.20 per Unit to raise aggregate gross proceeds of $1,605,000

TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2017 — ThreeD Capital Inc. (the “Company”) (CSE:IDK) is pleased to announce that it has completed a non-brokered private placement (the “Offering”), pursuant to which it has issued 8,025,000 units (“Units) at a price of $0.20 per Unit to raise aggregate gross proceeds of $1,605,000.  Each Unit consists of one common share of the Company and one common share purchase warrant (a “Warrant”).  Each Warrant entitles the holder thereof to acquire one additional common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.25 until November 14, 2020.

All securities issued and issuable in connection with the Offering are subject to a statutory hold period expiring on March 15, 2018.  Proceeds of the Offering will be used for investment purposes and general working capital.

The Company is also pleased to announce that a total of 6,650,000 common shares have been issued  as a result of the exercise of common share purchase warrants since October 25, 2017 at a weighted average price of $0.11 per common share. This results in $717,500 of aggregate proceeds to the Company.  The exercise of these warrants represent a strong vote of confidence by our shareholders and proceeds from the exercised warrants will be used for investment purposes.

About ThreeD Capital Inc.

ThreeD Capital Inc. is a publicly-traded Canadian-based venture capital firm focused on opportunistic investments in companies in the junior resources, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain sectors.

ThreeD seeks to invest in early stage, promising companies where it may be the lead investor and can additionally provide investees with advisory services, mentoring and access to the Company’s network in order to earn increases to the Company’s equity stake.

For further information:
Gerry Feldman, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Phone: 416-606-7655

FEATURE: Legendary Financier, Sheldon Inwentash, Sets His Focus On #Blockchain Themed Technologies and Tells Investors “Stay Tuned” #ThreeD $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:29 PM on Monday, November 13th, 2017

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ThreeD Capital (IDK:CSE) recently issued a Press Release Announcing It Had Revised It’s Investment Verticals, With A Hard Focus On Blockchain Themed Technologies.  Many of you don’t know ThreeD Capital – Just Yet – but you do know it’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Sheldon Inwentash.  If you don’t, then you’re about to make your discovery of the year.


In short, when Sheldon Inwentash speaks, listeners stand to make a lot of money.  A lot.  He spoke today about why he’s set his sights on the Blockchain.  His most powerful words were his final two … “Stay Tuned”.

UltraPlay introduces #Esports betting currency eGold $GMBL #Blockchain #Blockstation

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:28 PM on Thursday, November 9th, 2017
  • UltraPlay has become the latest to introduce its own cryptocurrency to the esports space
  • This one, named eGold,
  • Focused on the esports betting market

Buff88, another UltraPlay creation in the form of a decentralized betting website, will be the first to integrate eGold. Built on the Ethereum blockchain, the hard cap for eGold will be 25,000 ETH. The current Ethereum value is fairly volatile, and as per the time of writing one ETH is worth around £248.00. The token sale for eGold is set to start on December 18th, 2017. Once the hard cap is reached or on February 28th, 2018, whichever comes first, the token sale will end.

Curious as to why the company decided to launch their own, and in what way it differs from the now numerous others out there, Mario Ovcharov, Chief Commercial Officer at UltraPlay told Esports Insider: “Over the years we have developed a wide range of betting solutions that help online gaming brands step into the iGaming world. Now, we want to offer another cutting-edge technology solution to the eSports community and the leading eSports gaming brands that are using our services.

“We are also strengthening our years of experience on the Blockchain technology starting two projects – eGold and Buff88. We are aiming to make eGold the first-choice cryptocurrency for eSports punters worldwide and Buff88 – a decentralized eSports betting platform. Those two disruptive solutions are going to contribute to the eSports ecosystem in general and advance the stage of online betting as we are used to experiencing it now.

“Blockchain technology has the potential to resolve many aspects of the gaming industry – enhance the player’s experience and advance the payment transactions. Besides technological aspect of things, we aim to unify the eSports community by offering an easy, quick and secure betting on the most favorite game titles. As a market leader on eSports betting with the widest coverage of competitive games right now, we are giving the diversity players love and expect from a gaming brand.”

We also asked whether the lack of regulation around esports betting and cryptocurrencies more widely is a cause for concern. We’ve seen a number emerge in recent times including UnikoinGold,, Esports Gold, Skrilla and more. UltraPlay’s Ovcharov responded: “With the advanced technology Blockchain is offering, many traditional organizations from different industries have already started integrating Blockchain in their operations. The gambling industry is no different. Providers, operators, players have already started experiencing the positive changes Blockchain is bringing to the gaming world. Many new projects that are popping up have the ambition to bring something outstanding to the traditional online gambling.

“We actually were the first online gaming provider to adopt Bitcoin in the iGaming sector a few years ago and see that there is a great interest from players and operators. Regulations, in this case, follow the path on which the industry is built and proceed to grow. The blockchain is the synonym of decentralization. That doesn’t mean it has to be related with bad practices, on the contrary. It aims to offer better opportunities and environment for the users. On the other hand, gambling is a subject of regulations so that we have integrity and prevention of unregulated practices in the sector.”

Esports Insider says: We’re currently in the midst of a huge number of esports focused ICOs being announced. We’ll withhold our judgement until we know a little more, and rest assured we’ve plans to make a far fuller and more rigorous assessment of all of the main cryptocurrencies currently targeted at the esports space.  


FEATURE: Meet The World’s First Electronic Communication Network For Digital Currencies, Annual Gross Trades: $943 BILLION #Blockstation $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:41 AM on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Why Blockstation

You need a stock exchange to trade stocks, but how do you trade cryptocurrencies?

  • Meet the first MARKET DELIVERY SYSTEM For BlockChain Tokens
  • Annual Gross Trades: $943 BILLION
  • Yearly Transactions Up 437%
  • Yearly volume Up 1485%

World’s First Electronic Communication Network For Digital Currencies

  • At the forefront of research, development and commercialization of an enterprise grade, direct market access platform for Blockchain Tokens like Bitcoin.
  • Technology facilitates on-line electronic trading and delivery of live streaming auditable reference quotes, allowing Blockchain Tokens to be accessed by traditional financial institutions and on-line retail trading platforms.
  • Electronic Communications Network  has been built using the methods and design principals of BATS, BRUT, Archipelago and Island

Creating a familiar gateway to the traditional financial industry we not only have enabled the inclusion of millions of participants who might not otherwise have had the ability to access modern Digital Currency markets, we have also provided incredibly new instruments and revenue streams for Clients.


#Cryptocurrency Companies See Dramatic Spikes in Share Price #ThreeD $ #Blockstation

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 2:39 PM on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
  • Numerous companies involved in the cryptocurrency industries have seen dramatic increases in share price following the spectacular performances of bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies during 2017
  • Bitcoin Group’s Has Seen Its Share Price Increase by Approximately 1060% Since January This Year

Bitcoin Group was founded in 2014 and began as a mining company, however, expanded its operations after rebranding to Blockchain Global Limited in 2016. In addition to mining, the company now provides consulting and startup incubation services to companies in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors.

In July, Blockchain Global made a $4.35 million AUD investment into blockchain firm Digital X, including a payment of $300,000 AUD worth of bitcoin. The remaining $4.05 million AUD comprised $550,00 AUD in convertible notes and $3.8 million AUD in shares – seeing Blockchain Global own a 40 percent stake in the company. After the announcement, Digital X’s price moved by 74% at the close of trading. In 2014, DigitalX became Australia’s first listed bitcoin company following the reverse takeover of Macro Energy, however, in 2016, the original founder of Macro Energy was indicted for fraud, resulting in a significant loss in share price at the time.

Many Companies Involved in the Cryptocurrency Industries Have Seen Recent Booms in Share Price

Hive Blockchain Technologies Ltd, a Canadian company that mines Ethereum, has seen year to date gains of 4089% as of this writing. At the end of October, Hive announced a “strategic partnership” with Genesis Mining Ltd., through which Hive “will finance the construction of… mining rigs… at [a] data centre in Sweden.” The deal was expected to double “the company’s cryptocurrency mining capacity… in Sweden.” When completed, will see “approximately 78%” of “Hive’s hashpower capacity is expected to be based… in Sweden,” with the remaining 22% being located in Iceland.

In late October, an Essex-based company saw a 394% spike in its share price after announcing that it would change its name from On-line Plc to Blockchain Plc. The jump in price comprised the “biggest one-day gain for the small-cap company since its December 1996 listing,” and was fuelled by “trading volume that… [was] equal to more than 16 times the entire year’s trading before the last two days.” The dramatic rally appeared to be driven by little more than hype associated with the word ‘blockchain’, as the company “caution[ed] investors that the development of its blockchain product is still at an early stage.”


How #Cryptocurrencies And #Blockchain Are Taking #Esports $GMBL To The Next Level #Blockstation #ThreeD $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:40 AM on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Alexander Kokhanovskyy

Alex is the CEO/ Founder of DreamTeam, an Esports and gaming recruitment platform using blockchain to help gamers monetize their teams.

Team Method: Triforce compete with Team Grmbl at World of WarCraft at BlizzCon 2017. BlizzCon is the site of the Overwatch World Cup 2017 eSports tournament. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Revenue from eSports — or competitive video gaming — will grow to $700m in 2017, a 41.3% increase from 2016 , according to Newzoo research. The industry is forecast to reach $1.5 billion by 2020. Major investors, high-profile celebrities, big-brand sponsors and major tech companies are banking on eSports’ profitable trajectory.


Study shows the Esports market has tremendous untapped potential

Blockchain-powered solutions are the latest trend to shake up transactions and data for the entire sector. To gamers, blockchains and digital currencies are nothing new, and this attitude enables the industry to adopt new technologies faster than other industries like banking or logistics. Part of that has to do with age. According to Newzoo‘s 2017 Global Esports Market Report, electronic gaming entertains a young and marketable demographic: Millennials. More than half of eSports enthusiasts globally are aged between 21 and 35, and they are often early adopters of technology, including blockchain.


Blockchain applications across eSports

Startups are leveraging the benefits of blockchain to deploy smart contracts, fuel betting, host tournaments, and ease the purchase virtual assets, all of which help grow the eSports ecosystem. Much has been written about blockchain startups tackling eSports betting and the purchasing or trading of skins (cosmetic items), but another important application is how this technology can help amateur gamers on their pathway to going pro though both tournament and team building platforms.

Guests demo the new World of WarCraft game at BlizzCon 2017 at Anaheim California Convention Center (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Tournaments are a way of life for avid eSports gamers and online gaming platforms that have embraced blockchain are seeing the pay-off. FirstBlood, an eSports platform created on the Ethereum blockchain, decentralizes tournament setup and winnings distribution. It allows players to test their skills and to bet on games without being dependent on traditional money transfers, financial regulations and middleman corruption. With FirstBlood, players can game solo or with a team in order to improve their skill through games in a competitive environment. Other blockchain companies including and EloPlay have entered the tournament space as well.

From amateur gamers to going pro 

While fostering a tournament environment can help players sharpen their skills, we believe there is an opportunity to take this one step further, by lessening the barrier of entry when it comes to building and managing teams.


Majority of top competitive game titles are team-based

There are 1.4 billion registered gamers, and most of those players are concentrated around the most competitive eSports titles that include LoL, CS:GO, Dota2 and Overwatch.  One of the most loved esports titles, League of Legends, has 250 million players players who want to build, grow and manage their teams, but there are only 100 League of Legends clubs worldwide. Let’s compare that to football, a traditional sport, with more than 300 million players globally, with around 300,000 clubs. This discrepancy of players to clubs was the catalyst for our company, DreamTeam, to develop a dynamic platform to solve this problem.

Building teams to advance 

DreamTeam takes blockchain-powered tournaments one step further by creating a recruitment and management platform for amateur, novice, and pro teams. Blockchain-based smart contracts ensure contractual financial relations for all users without participation of third parties. One function of DreamTeam is to aid the development of small tournaments and secure payments. On the DreamTeam platform, when a team that participates in a tournament gets a winning place, the prize money automatically transfers to their account according to predefined rules (the data is taken from game API’s — application program interface and oracles, or a service that verifies the data independently). All players receive their share of the prize money without issues or delay. This is just one aspect; we envision the platform developing into a multi-billion dollar ecosystem built upon media right sales, sponsorships, players salaries, and prize money.

People watch the World Championships Final of League of Legends at the National Stadium ‘Bird’s Nest’ in Beijing, the national stadium built for the 2008 Olympic Games. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize a wide variety of industries, but with eSports’ audience made up of younger, tech savvy individuals, blockchain is more easily embraced. Every corner of eSports is ripe for rethinking. Aiding amateur gamers through team building and tournaments is only the beginning.