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ThreeD Capital $IDK.ca Updates Strategic Plans $HIVE.ca $BLOC.ca $CODE.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:17 AM on Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Threed capital

  • Announced the creation of a special purpose division within its wholly owned subsidiary Blockamoto.io Corp
  • Specifically invest in a number of strategic tokens and Initial Coin Offerings (“ICO”) especially those which are protocol based
  • cryptocurrency portfolio is primarily a simplified vehicle for investing in the complex emerging cryptocurrency market, while taking advantage of the expertise of Blockamoto.io’s team of advisors

TORONTO, Jan. 04, 2018 — ThreeD Capital Inc. (the “Company”) (CSE:IDK), a Canadian-based venture capital firm focused on investments in promising, early stage companies with disruptive capabilities, is pleased to announce the creation of a special purpose division within its wholly owned subsidiary Blockamoto.io Corp. (see previous announcements October 26, 2017 and December 19, 2017) to specifically invest in a number of strategic tokens and Initial Coin Offerings (“ICO”) especially those which are protocol based.

Total cryptocurrency capitalization in the world now exceeds $650 billion US, and the best-known currency of this type being the Bitcoin. Blockamoto.io cryptocurrency investment portfolio will initially invest primarily in the leading cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.  It may also invest in various emerging altcoins, based on strong fundamentals, and could invest into ICOs.

The cryptocurrency portfolio is primarily a simplified vehicle for investing in the complex emerging cryptocurrency market, while taking advantage of the expertise of Blockamoto.io’s team of advisors. Cryptocurrencies may be the opportunity of a generation, as the Internet boom was in the 1990s. The implementation and adoption of this revolutionary technology is still in its infancy.

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
Feldman@threedcap.com
Phone: 416-606-7655

ThreeD Capital $IDK.ca Adds Frank Dumas To Advisory Board $SX.ca $SXOOF $HIVE.ca $BLOC.ca $CODE.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:33 PM on Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Threed capital

  • Announced the addition of Frank Dumas, President and CEO of St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp (SX:CSE) to its Advisory Board
  • Mr. Dumas has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry, including consulting for foreign governments on international administration and strategic governance

Toronto – December 31, 2017 – ThreeD Capital Inc. (the “Company”) (CSE:IDK) a Canadian-based venture capital firm focused on investments in promising, early stage companies with disruptive capabilities, today announced the addition of Frank Dumas, President and CEO of St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp (SX:CSE) to its Advisory Board.

Mr. Dumas has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry, including consulting for foreign governments on international administration and strategic governance. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He was the Founder and President of 701 Mining, which exited to Argex Titanium in 2008.

Over the past couple of years at St-Georges Eco-Mining, Mr. Dumas has secured significant mineral rights in Iceland that control, directly or indirectly, through rights of first refusal, all of the active mineral tenures in Iceland. In addition, St-Georges is developing disruptive eco-mining processing solutions and is also developing mining & commodities industry related technology.

Sheldon Inwentash, Chairman and CEO of ThreeD Capital stated “Frank brings significant experience in multiple areas of interest relevant to ThreeD Capital. His development of disruptive technologies and solutions at St. Georges demonstrates abilities that will add great value to our Advisory Board”.

Mr. Dumas stated “It is a great honour to join ThreeD Capital as an Advisor. The Company’s focus on disruptive technologies in the junior resources, artificial intelligence and blockchain sectors is consistent with my strengths and I look forward to helping the Company develop its investments.”

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’s investment strategy is to invest in multiple private and public companies across a variety of sectors primarily in North America.

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

Feldman@threedcap.com

Phone: 416-606-7655

 

 

 

#Bitcoin or #Blockchain ? Bet That Both Will Thrive in 2018 $IDK.ca #Entherium #Blockstation $HIVE.ca $CODE.ca $BLOC.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:24 AM on Friday, December 29th, 2017
  • Bitcoin and blockchain are often pitted against each other, but I come from both worlds and believe that both are game-changers in their own right
  • Cryptocurrencies will continue to attract users as more folks learn about distortions in mainstream financial markets that just don’t make sense

Caitlin Long is the chairman and president of Symbiont, an enterprise blockchain platform. 

The following article, an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review, outlines Long’s personal views and is not intended to provide investment advice.

Bitcoin and blockchain are often pitted against each other, but I come from both worlds and believe that both are game-changers in their own right.

I first learned about bitcoin in 2012 through liberty-oriented channels, which I’d discovered during a search for answers about the financial crisis in 2008. But I also took a deep dive into enterprise blockchain in 2014 while at Morgan Stanley, as a side interest to my day job of running its pension solutions business. In August 2016, I joined Symbiont full-time.

When I look ahead, I see 2018 as a year of maturity for both the bitcoin and enterprise blockchain parts of the space. Bitcoin will yet again prove its anti-fragility, more corporates will embrace it for payments, and the community will successfully resist its financialization. Enterprise blockchain will gain wider acceptance in production applications.

Bitcoin goes corporate

Bitcoin will increasingly be used for B2B foreign-exchange payments by multinational companies in 2018, as bid-offer spreads continue to tighten, daily liquidity consistently exceeds $5 billion and corporate new entrants gain comfort with liquidity providers (which enable corporates to use bitcoin for “cross-currency” transactions without touching the bitcoin itself–in other words, as an intermediary currency for foreign exchange in illiquid currencies).

Corporate bitcoin use will remain predominantly for payments in markets where banking systems are not well-developed. A tell-tale sign that corporate demand is sustainable would be this: when foreign exchange (FX) trading desks start making markets in bitcoin non-deliverable forwards (NDFs).

When that starts – possibly within the next 2 years – Jamie Dimon will admit his mistake and encourage corporate clients to route payments through JPMorgan’s foreign exchange desk, which will become one of the most active market-makers for cross-currency FX involving bitcoin.

Cryptocurrencies will continue to attract users as more folks learn about distortions in mainstream financial markets that just don’t make sense, such as this:  household net worth in the U.S. was $96.9 trillion, up $7.2 trillion in the year ending September 30, 2017 (according to the Fed’s latest Z.1 report).

This means the U.S. economy supposedly generated wealth at a rate equal to roughly 40% of its annual income (GDP), despite Americans consuming virtually all of their income and saving very little. Wow, that’s a miracle!

Remember this: all prices are fractions. Prices can go up either because numerators go up or because denominators go down (such as when central banks dilute fiat currencies). So…are financial markets climbing because we’re truly getting richer, or because of central bank-induced asset price inflation? Are quantity-constrained cryptocurrencies a safe-haven alternative? Time will tell, but I predict cryptocurrencies will broadly benefit as more folks come to understand what’s driving distortions in financial markets.

One of the “big 3” cross-currency central banks will announce in 2018 that it is preparing to issue its currency on a blockchain. The “big 3” are the “super-regional” central banks through which most “cross-currency” foreign exchange transactions settle, including the Fed, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan. The Fed is behind the curve, but in 2018 either the BoE or the BoJ will step forward to allow tokenization of its currency to be executed by institutions in regulatory sandboxes. Corporate treasurers around the world will cheer at the prospect of same-day FX settlement through one (or two) of these “big-3” currencies because it will free up hundreds of billions of capital currently trapped on corporate balance sheets, due to payment system latency.

Yet for all bitcoin’s strengths, I believe advances in the enterprise blockchain will outpace those of bitcoin in 2018.

Let’s face it – enterprises are slower to move than the cryptoasset sector, which moves-fast-and-sometimes-breaks-things.

I believe 2018 will be the year in which a watershed event happens: an enterprise blockchain platform passes a CISO (chief information security officer) audit and is deployed inside the firewall of major financial institutions.

Enterprise goes live

Consensus 2018 will be “back to the suits.” Let’s face it: attire at industry’s biggest conference has been a pretty good barometer of what’s hot in the space. At the inaugural Consensus conference in 2015, bitcoin t-shirts dominated the audience. In 2016, business suits dominated as bankers discovered the space. In 2017, the dominant attire swung back to t-shirts, but this time for ethereum and ICOs. In 2018, I predict it will be “back to the suits” as enterprise blockchain accomplishments will again dominate the sector’s headlines, late-followers will scramble to catch up, and corporate treasurers will attend en masse.

The first institutional bond offering will be issued on a blockchain in the U.S. in 2018. Bond markets, not stock markets, will see the first U.S. institutional-level securities issued on a blockchain. Because the regulatory requirement to issue securities in “depository-eligible” (indirect) form does not apply to bond markets, the first institutional securities issued on a blockchain will be bonds – something I’ve predicted for years. In 2018, I believe it will finally happen. Yet, the coming clash between the federal securities laws that govern equities (which contemplate indirect ownership via the DTCC’s Cede & Co.) and state corporate laws (which contemplate that shares are owned directly by shareholders) will not happen yet in 2018.

No new blockchain consortiums will be formed in 2018. If 2017 were the year of forming new consortiums, 2018 will be the year of bilateral projects. Blockchains are networks and therefore suffer from the proverbial chicken and egg problem – consortium first and then project, or project first and then consortium? Consortiums now exist across a wide variety of industries, but – at least for now – more action is happening outside of consortiums than inside them.

Enterprise blockchain adoption will advance beyond incremental-type uses in production, such as sharing of data, to include transformational uses, such as custody of institutional financial assets that only ever exist on a blockchain. This will shine light on quality differences between platforms — and separate those that are decentralized and offer transformational benefits from those that don’t quite. A big gap will open in 2018 between the “haves” and “have-nots” in enterprise blockchain.

2018 will be a consolidation year as the sector matures. The sector came of age in 2017, as adoption broadened in both bitcoin and blockchain. In 2018, both will strengthen and deepen further. And property owners the world round will rejoice.

Disclosure: Caitlin owns cryptocurrency (bitcoin, almost exclusively) and has equity investments in Symbiont, Overstock.com and Payward, the parent company of Kraken.

Source: https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-blockchain-bet-will-thrive-2018/

betterU $BTRU to Launch an Education #Blockchain Ecosystem Project as Part of the Corporation’s 2018 Growth Strategies $HIVE.ca $BLOC.ca $CODE.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:27 AM on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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  • Developed a strategy that will pioneer the advancement of an education blockchain ecosystem starting early 2018, linking to the Corporation’s global education marketplace for emerging markets
  • betterU’s vision has been to equalize education for emerging markets such as India by providing access to the top global educators and institutions, supporting opportunities from education to employment

OTTAWA, Ontario, Dec. 27, 2017- betterU Education Corp. (TSX-V:BTRU) (FRANKFURT:5OGA), (the “Corporation” or “betterU”), is pleased to announce that it has developed a strategy that will pioneer the advancement of an education blockchain ecosystem starting early 2018, linking to the Corporation’s global education marketplace for emerging markets.

The development of the strategy comes after months of research and the further understanding of the advancement that blockchain technology can provide to the education industry. betterU’s vision has been to equalize education for emerging markets such as India by providing access to the top global educators and institutions, supporting opportunities from education to employment. The following article, written by the CEO of betterU provides insights into the potential that blockchain can provide for the advancement of global opportunities. These insights form the thinking around betterU’s strategies for the advancements of their education blockchain ecosystem.

Article: Thinking Through an Education Blockchain Ecosystem
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/thinking-through-education-blockchain-ecosystem-brad-loiselle/

The equalization of education isn’t just about being able to provide access to the same education to everyone everywhere, it’s also about being able to rationalize that everyone should have the same opportunities despite where they received their education or where they reside. The acceptance and validation of their credentials on a global scale is a requirement for equalization. “Blockchain enables transparency and with the involvement of globally trusted partners, we will be able to help advance the credibility and validation for all individuals, taking us that much closer to achieving our vision,” said Brad Loiselle, President and CEO of betterU.

About betterU

betterU, a global education marketplace, aims to provide access to quality education from around the world to foster growth and opportunity to those who want to better their lives. The company’s vision is to help foster the equalization of education for all by bridging the prevailing gap in the education and job industry and enhance the lives of its learners by developing an integrated education-to-employment ecosystem. betterU’s offerings can be categorized into several broad functions: to compliment school programs with flexible KG-12 programs preparing children for next stage of education, to provide access to global educational opportunities from leading educators, to foster an exceptional educational environment by providing befitting skills that lead to a better career, to bridge the gap between one’s existing education and prospective job requirement by training them and lastly, to connect the end user to various job opportunities.

www.betterU.ca and www.betterU.in

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which include completion of the proposed Investment, the anticipated use of the proceeds of the Investment, the development and expansion of betterU’s operations, and other matters. There can be no assurance that the Investment will be completed as proposed or at all. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such information can generally be identified by the use of forwarding-looking wording such as “may”, “expect”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “believe” and “continue” or the negative thereof or similar variations. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, which contribute to the possibility that the predictions, estimates, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur. These assumptions, risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the state of the economy in general and capital markets in particular, the development of competitive technologies, the marketplace acceptance of betterU’s products, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of betterU. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, betterU disclaims any intention and assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additionally, betterU undertakes no obligation to comment on the expectations of, or statements made by, third parties in respect of the matters discussed above. Further information on betterU’s public filings, including their most recent audited consolidated financial statements, are available at www.sedar.com.

For further information, please visit  http://www.betteru.ca/investor-overview/

Brad Loiselle
President and CEO
1-613-695-4100 Ext. 233
Email: ir@betteru.ca

Investor contact:

Gurinder Sandhu
Investor Relations
1-613-695-4100 Ext. 233
Email: ir@betteru.ca

Why Aren’t Companies Like #Facebook, #Amazon, And #Google Doing More With Blockchain Technology? $FB $AMZN $GOOG $IDK.ca #Blockstation

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:57 AM on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
Quora , Contributor Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
  • “Yes, I could absolutely imagine a decentralized Amazon,” Lubin replied. “We’ve seen the pieces. They’re not all connected to one another. They’re not all but out or remotely mature, but I could imagine an open platform of many different actors with different roles.”

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

If blockchain was truly revolutionary, why wouldn’t top tech firms like Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple be doing more with it? originally appeared on Quorathe place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Gaurav Mokhasi, Tech Product Management at Visa, on Quora:

This is a quasi-acid test that blockchain fails, at least so far.

At the NASSCOM Product Conclave in Bangalore recently, Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani was asked what the one thing is that keeps him up at night. He responded that it was “the fear of missing a trend.” I suspect the leadership at great technology companies are similarly vigilant; the last thing they want is some new kid on the block disrupting their business models.

In the last 20 years, it’s hard to think of a single revolutionary technology that Amazon, Google, Apple, or Facebook did not experiment with. Cloud technology, artificial intelligence, big data, voice assistants, augmented reality, self driving cars, machine/deep learning … all of these have been embraced (even pioneered) by these companies. But when it comes to blockchain, these firms don’t seem fazed by (or bothered with) it.

I don’t buy the argument that blockchain is just not relevant to these firms, because it’s not difficult to imagine scenarios where it could affect these companies. This article cites a few examples.

“Yes, I could absolutely imagine a decentralized Amazon,” Lubin replied. “We’ve seen the pieces. They’re not all connected to one another. They’re not all but out or remotely mature, but I could imagine an open platform of many different actors with different roles.”

The same could be done with Facebook, said Lubin, who is also founder of ConsenSys, a Brooklyn-based studio that develops Ethereum-based projects. “We could stand up a decentralized platform that offers same services.”

The silence of these companies with respect to blockchain is therefore conspicuous for sure.

The esoteric nature of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology makes it difficult for regular people to separate the wheat from the chaff. However, Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook have consistently attracted the best engineering talent and researchers from the top universities in the world. These folks understand Computer Science better than most, and if blockchain did in fact have the technical merits that people claim it does, it’s unlikely that the technologists at these companies would seemingly care so little about it.

If you look back at the last five years, you can classify most people promulgating the values of blockchain technology into two buckets:

  1. People with vested interests — those who are running or are invested in related startups, offering ICOs, etc… This group is typically experimenting with public blockchains.
  2. Big financial institutions — theirs was an understandable reactionary measure to check whether their business was under threat, and to ensure that they don’t look like luddites. This group championed something called private or federated blockchains.

If you look closely at what private blockchains are, it’s not apparent what’s technically novel about them. Princeton University’s Professor Arvind Narayanan, who offers what is perhaps the only reliable MOOC in this space, published a blog post that goes as far as saying that “Private blockchain” is just a confusing name for a shared database.

Even the decentralization promised by public blockchains, while utopian in theory, is not without its fair share of problems. Firstly, there’s the issue of performance. Bitcoin, which uses blockchain in its pure form, has an abysmal throughput of 3–7 transactions per second. Compare this to a traditional system like Visa which can easily process over 25000 transactions per second [1]. Secondly, blockchain is still a solution in search of a problem. It doesn’t have a single application so far that’s either gone past the proof-of-concept phase or where it’s been definitively proven that the proposed blockchain-based solution performs better than the incumbent technology.

Therefore, given that companies like Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple are not doing much with blockchain, even in the face of ever-increasing frenzy surrounding this technology, one could not be blamed for doubting blockchain’s potential as a game-changing paradigm.

Disclaimer: I make the statements above in a personal capacity. They should not be seen as a reflection of my employer’s view on the topic.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/12/20/why-arent-companies-like-facebook-amazon-and-google-doing-more-with-blockchain-technology/#60370dce3d91

Apple $AAPL Patent Filing Hints at #Blockchain Use #Bitcoin #Blockstation #ThreeD $HIVE.ca $BLOC.ca $CODE.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:03 AM on Friday, December 8th, 2017
 
  • A new patent application from U.S. electronics giant Apple points to the potential use of blockchain within a prospective system for creating and verifying timestamps
  • Apple details a program able to certify timestamps by combining aspects of blockchain technology with Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) tools.
Dec 7, 2017 at 17:35 UTC

A new patent application from U.S. electronics giant Apple points to the potential use of blockchain within a prospective system for creating and verifying timestamps.

In an application released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple details a program able to certify timestamps by combining aspects of blockchain technology with Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) tools.

The use case in question involves tying a piece of information to a particular transaction on a blockchain, establishing the state of that data at a particular point in time. Should that information be changed, additional transactions can be created that detail changes to the data.

Apple’s application describes three possible methods for establishing timestamps, with one of these scenarios centering around a blockchain platform.

The program would generate a block containing a timestamp, with every subsequent block being added as miners verify each transaction conducted on the chain. This system is part of what Apple is calling a “multi-check architecture,” meaning that another system would confirm the timestamp after the block is generated but before it is added to the chain.

According to the application, Apple would consider using a blockchain due to the decentralized security features it offers.

As the document notes:

“If any party attempts to alter a node some time earlier in the blockchain, each hash puzzle solution for block subsequent to the altered block becomes broken or incorrect. Each participant can see that such a broken blockchain does not agree with their own copy of the blockchain. The broken blockchain is thus not recognized by the nodes.”

The benefit of using a decentralized ledger to store timestamps is two-fold, according to the application. Not only can the proper time be maintained permanently, it states, but the network is also protected from corruption if a single node is compromised by malicious actors.

Image Credit: View Apart / Shutterstock.com

Source: https://www.coindesk.com/apple-patent-filing-hints-blockchain-timestamp-use/

 

#Blockchain stock listings set to explode in Canada: GMP Capital #Blockstation #ThreeD #Bitcoin $HIVE.ca $CODE.ca $BLOC.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:11 PM on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

  • A least 50 firms tied to blockchain and cryptocurrencies are set to list on Canadian stock exchanges in the next year, thanks in part to a junior market that’s more comfortable with risk than other parts of the world, the head of securities firm GMP Capital Inc. said.

“The level of activity in this market of quality plays, quality teams is as high as I’ve seen since the internet age,” Harris Fricker, chief executive officer of the Toronto-based firm said in an interview at Bloomberg’s offices. “Canada’s place in this is dramatically more important than what it was in the first phase of the internet.”

Canada is emerging as a hub for bitcoin and cryptocurrency stocks amid “a virtuous circle” of expertise and business, backed by a capital markets ecosystem that supports small companies, particularly on the TSX Venture Exchange, Fricker said. While that system has been geared toward miners and oil and gas companies in the past, the marijuana industry has surged to a market value of more than $17 billion ahead of recreational legalization in July, and at least eight cryptocurrency-related stocks are now trading in Canada.

The University of Waterloo and University of Toronto are “hotbeds” for the crypto industry, Fricker said. Russian-Canadian Vitalik Buterin introduced the world to his ethereum blockchain in 2013, not long after dropping out of the University of Waterloo, near Toronto. It all makes Canada “nicely positioned” to be a leading hub for these technology companies, said Fricker.

Bitcoin surged above US$15,000 on Thursday, extending its advance this month to more than 50 per cent, sparking worries over a bubble in the digital currency. Fricker said that while there’s bound to be volatility in the market he’s not concerned about its long-term viability. “I believe that bitcoin is a rapidly emerging new asset class,” he said. “All bitcoin does is it makes mathematics the central bank governor.”

Closely held firms will likely go public by acquiring existing listed companies rather than initial public offerings, Fricker said. The so-called reverse takeover structure has been used for years in Canada’s resource sector as it allows a public listing without having to file a prospectus with regulators or to woo investors through a stock sale.

All bitcoin does is it makes mathematics the central bank governor

“You have a viable system for listing and getting capital for companies, you are involving accredited investors — there’s no pitching of this to the retired people of Canada — and there’s a proper weighting of risk and opportunity,” said Fricker, a Rhodes scholar who counts Alan Turing, the English mathematician who broke the enigma code during World War II, as one of his heroes.

A reverse takeover was how crypto miner Hive Blockchain Technologies Inc. listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Vancouver-based firm, which is backed by Canadian mining maverick Frank Giustra and counts GMP as one of its investment banks, has soared more than 200 per cent since it began trading Sept. 18. Hive has a market value of about $824 million, making it the nation’s largest blockchain company.

“The reverse takeover structure will prevail for now, until the regulators provide full instruction on where they live on clearing of prospectuses,” Fricker said.

GMP is also helping Hut 8 Mining Corp., a Toronto-based bitcoin miner to join the public markets in January through an RTO. Hut 8, named after the facility where Turing worked to break the enigma code and help defeat the Nazis, has an exclusive partnership with Bitfury Group to acquire and operate bitcoin mining data centers in North America.

GMP Capital has refocused its firm to capitalize on the emerging industry. In September it created a dedicated blockchain team, which comprises eight investment bankers — about a quarter of its current contingent — and two research analysts. The group is led by Fricker, who became attracted to blockchain through his interest in cryptography and Turing. GMP is hosting a blockchain conference in Toronto Thursday.

Fricker said he “easily” sees the industry becoming more than 25 per cent of its investment- banking revenue, though he doesn’t see it eclipsing mining and energy. He draws parallels to the medical pot industry, which started in 2014 with its first public listing of a licensed producer, now known as Canopy Growth.

“The junior exchange, typically, and the independent broker dealers have funded the marijuana space and we now have 10 world-class companies in that space,” he said. “I think Blockchain will be 10 times the size of the medical marijuana space.”

Bloomberg News

Source: http://business.financialpost.com/technology/blockchain-stock-listings-set-to-explode-in-canada-gmp-capital

#Blockamoto.io signs strategic partnership with #RaiStone Agency for #blockchain and #tokenization $IDK.ca $HIVE.ca $CODE.ca $BLOC.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:38 AM on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

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  • Blockamoto.io Corp, has signed a strategic partnership with Rai Stone Agency (www.raistone.me) for blockchain and tokenization
  • Agency is a blockchain launchpad focused on preparing companies looking to create a Token Generation Event with expertise on business development, legal governance, and sales/marketing
  • Rai Stone Agency is a Partnership formed in Ontario where by one of the partners is a company controlled by Sheldon Inwentash, the CEO of ThreeD Capital

TORONTO, Dec. 05, 2017 – ThreeD Capital Inc. (“ThreeD” or the “Company”) (CSE:IDK) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Blockamoto.io Corp, has signed a strategic partnership with Rai Stone Agency (www.raistone.me) for blockchain and tokenization.

Rai Stone Agency is a blockchain launchpad focused on preparing companies looking to create a Token Generation Event with expertise on business development, legal governance, and sales/marketing. Rai Stone Agency is a Partnership formed in Ontario where by one of the partners is a company controlled by Sheldon Inwentash, the CEO of ThreeD Capital.

The collaboration between Blockamoto.io and Rai Stone Agency will ensure the acceleration of early stage funding to blockchain solutions to reach to a Minimally Viable Product as well as a successful token generation event prior to the distribution of tokens.

The partnership will add a much needed institutional level due diligence to companies using blockchain.

About Blockamoto.io

The name Blockamoto.io pays homage to the name behind the person who designed bitcoin and the first blockchain database, Satoshi Nakamoto. Blockamoto.io is an early stage investor platform that supports companies who use blockchain to enhance the value of new and existing ventures. We look at disintermediate blockchain paradigms for deployment and distribution of relevant tokenization across a full spectrum of verticals.

About Rai Stone Agency

Rai stone aims to be a leader in funding innovators and their ideas, through the widespread adoption of blockchain technology. The team at Rai Stone is comprised of experienced entrepreneurs with a collective history of successful launches and innovations between them. Rai Stone provides practical knowledge, experience, and end-to end consultation when it comes to helping businesses raise funds through the development of cryptocurrency-based crowdfunding applications.

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
Feldman@threedcap.com
Phone: 416-606-7655

Sony $SNE Details #Blockchain Use for Education Data #Blockstation $IDK.ca $HIVE.ca $CODE.ca $BLOC.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:22 AM on Monday, December 4th, 2017
Dec 4, 2017 at 07:30 UTC
  • New patent filing from Sony highlights how the Japanese tech conglomerate may be using blockchain as part of an education platform.
  • In August, Sony announced that it was working with IBM to build a suite of educational services, which would use the tech in part to secure student records and form part of a system for sharing that data between agreed-upon parties.

The application from Sony, published last week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), points to how that might work in practice.

For example, “nodes” on the education network could be run by teachers, students or other parties that might need access to those records. It refers to how “educational experiences” would be cemented on the chain after being signed by the relevant users.

As the application explains:

“In this example, the [blockchain], which is a trust chain, may be used to store information such as education experiences, certificates and so on of a user. The information contains, for example, studying which courses and possessing which certificates. In addition, based on concepts of a smart contract and a smart property, knowledge may also be exchanged, transacted and transferred via the block chain as a property.”

The filing, entitled “Electronic Apparatus, Method for Electronic Apparatus and Information Processing System,” hints at other possible uses for the tech as well, including for connecting vehicles across a common network.

That “Internet of Vehicle” network would, as envisioned, enable cars to report road conditions to one another, according to the application’s authors.

“By applying the electronic apparatus of the present disclosure to a vehicle (i.e., a node), trust can be transferred between uncorrelated entities using the [blockchain] technology, and real and valid real-time road conditions information is obtained in real-time according to the consensus,” they wrote. “In this way, decentralized real-time road conditions observation and further a navigation system may be realized.”

Sony image via Vytautas Kielaitis / Shutterstock

Source: https://www.coindesk.com/sony-patent-filing-details-blockchain-use-managing-education-data/

5 reasons why you should learn more about #Blockchain #Blockstation $IDK.ca $HIVE.ca $BLOC.ca $CODE.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:35 PM on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
  • Universal infrastructure once and for all
  • Futuristic Know-How
  • Complete Disruption in Chain
  • Blockchanization of Industries

Amirsan Roberto

28 November 2017

If you are one of those who, like myself, are working their way into the #blockchain industry for the first time, or are uncertain about whether to believe in the phenomenon or not, trust me: you aren`t alone. However, the reasons to be motivated about it are all about us. If we think back to the birth of Bitcoin in 2009, we might even compare it to the inception of the World Wide Web, developed with the help of Tim Berners-Lee around 1990.

Presently we are only in about year eight of adoption of blockchain technology, which is roughly equivalent to the web in 1998. We recall those hectic times in the DotCom era, during which rapid growth led to a bubble and wiped out a swathe of companies while making way for the success of companies like Amazon, Yahoo and Google, all of which have changed our global (digital) economy and society in previously unimaginable ways.

Can we think of blockchain and the multiplying variety of cryptocurrencies in the same way? Do cryptocurrency tokens have any potential? I would argue yes, knowing the fact that we have before us.

The more I learn, the more fascination I havefor this idea of blockchain computing. Based on my recent findings I would like to share some of thoughts. First of these reflections should be an expression of gratitude for those who are doing the stuff that is disrupting such powerful industries and pushing the human race forward.

Blockchain was developed as the nerve system of Bitcoin in the wake of the financial cataclysm of 2008. At its heart is a rebellious disdain for central authoritative control, offering instead a decentralized network of self-compliance and regulation. But the servant has become the master, offering business benefits not envisaged during its conception. In fact, it’s nothing short of a game changer for those who can master it.

But wait: What the hell is blockchain?

There are two major blockchains that we can say without hesitation are of global importance: the Bitcoin Blockchain and the Etherium Blockchain.

  1. A) Bitcoin is digital money. The Bitcoin blockchain stores and processes all past transactions since the start of its network. This ensures easy accounting and transfer of value (i.e. money).
  2. B) The Ethereum blockchain, apart from handling accounts and transactions, also stores programming logic.

Ethereum is different from Bitcoin because with Ethereum you can not only transfer money (i.e. Ether), you can execute smart contracts.

There are a lot of real-world scenarios where we trust third parties or escrow agents to enforce a transaction. In this way, they all earn their cut. With Ethereum, such parties will become useless as the technology matures and permits more activity to be processed in its revolutionary way.

So what are the five best reasons that indicate one should invest time in learning about the blockchain with a view to becoming a user, investor or developer? Here are my picks:

  1. Universal infrastructure once and for all

More than a single solution/ technology/infrastructure, blockchain and DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) technologies essentially connect together to form a new type of market infrastructure that sits on top of – and integrates into – existing systems and processes. And in doing so, they are quickly and quietly changing the way firms, regulators, investors, and managers communicate and share data.

  1. Futuristic Know-How

Blockchain investments may not be paying massive returns yet, but they are allowing some firms to create the right platform for future growth. The adoption of Blockchain and DLT is unlocking unprecedented business flexibility, improved efficiency and new capabilities that could be leveraged to rapidly respond to changing market dynamics and competition in the future. For example: Venture capital firm Mangrove Capital Partners has recently stated that if you had blindly invested into all ICOs, including all those that failed, you’d have a 1320% return.

  1. Complete Disruption in Chain

Blockchain will add significant value – improving confidence between parties, reducing friction in the value chain and speeding up complicated inter-party processes. But it will also mean the disintermediation (or, more likely a refocusing) of certain players in the value chain. Players should be sizing up their future position and managers should be reassessing their value chains.

  1. Blockchanization of Industries

Clearly, it will take many years – maybe decades – for Blockchain and DLT to become the dominant technology in the asset management space. But we expect to see many players (particularly in the mid- to large-sized funds) start to shift processes and transactions towards Blockchain and DLT platforms over the coming year, thereby creating the scale to drive ubiquity.

  1. November 29-30th Blockshow Asia, Singapore

Two hundred million dollars were raised by startups from BlockShow Europe 2017. Guess how much can be raised in Singapore given the weight advantage of Asia over the EU?

The show will feature over 1000+ attendees, 50+ handpicked speakers (making it a heaven for networking and learning), 40+ exhibitors and media will all be there for you to make the best use of your time and immerse yourself in the blockchain.

BlockShow Asia 2017, powered by CoinTelegraph, is a unique opportunity to meet those who are altering the financial and technological fabric of our world. In this most appropriate of contexts Genaro will be proud to present its revolutionary plans for #Decentralized Storage.

For those that are interested in understanding how blockchain is disrupting over 30+ industries, here are great pieces for you to look at: part-1, Part-2Part-3

There is one more thing-I was really excited to learn that there’s a documentary movie coming that ought to help all us newbies dive deeper into the blockchain space and discover the ideas behind the paradigm shift.

Crypto Rush is a documentary by author and director Liliana Pertenava which will tell the story of the rise of cryptocurrencies such as #Bitcoin and #Etherium while also looking into some of the more intricate parts of the blockchain and the community around it.

The documentary has the potential to be a hit on two fronts when it comes to audience appeal – those who have an interest in the world of cryptocurrency but have a hard time understanding it, and those who have an interest in meeting some of the big players that are getting rich by investing in the new tech. Filming will take place all over the world including countries like Switzerland, USA, Germany and will end in Singapore, which has become one of the leading blockchain hubs.

Those in blockchain welcome to reach out to director, indeed, exciting project…

(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of YourStory.)

Source: https://yourstory.com/2017/11/5-reasons-learn-blockchain/