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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

 

 

 

St-Georges $SX.ca $SXOOF Adds Legendary Financier Sheldon Inwentash to Advisory Board $IDK.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:30 PM on Sunday, December 31st, 2017

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  • Announced the appointment of Sheldon Inwentash, President and CEO of ThreeD Capital Inc. (IDK:CSE) to its Advisory Board
  • Mr. Inwentash has more than 30 years of investing experience and success, financing hundreds of private and public start-up companies

Montreal, Quebec, December 31, 2017 St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE: SX) (OTC: SXOOF) (FSE: 85G1) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sheldon Inwentash, President and CEO of ThreeD Capital Inc. (IDK:CSE) to its Advisory Board.

Mr. Inwentash has more than 30 years of investing experience and success, financing hundreds of private and public start-up companies. The Financial Post called him a “A World Leader in financing junior resource firms”.  In 1994, he co-founded Visible Genetics, the first commercial pharmacogenomics company and exited in 2001 to Bayer. Through two decades leading Pinetree Capital, Mr. Inwentash created significant shareholder value through early investments and subsequent exits in companies such as Queenston Mining (acquired by Osisko Mining Corp. for $550-million), Aurelian Resources (acquired by Kinross for $1.2-billion) and Gold Eagle Mines (acquired by Goldcorp for $1.5-billion), with the firm’s market capitalization exceeding $1 Billion at its peak.

As the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ThreeD Capital, Mr. Inwentash has set his firm’s focus on companies in the junior resources, artificial intelligence and blockchain sectors, with meaningful investments and partnerships in each. ThreeD Capital recently launched Blockamoto.io, an early stage investor platform that supports companies who use blockchain to enhance the value of new and existing ventures.

Frank Dumas, CEO of St-Georges stated “Sheldon brings unparalleled knowledge, experience and success to St-Georges at a critical juncture of our development. I welcome him to our team and look forward to working closely with him in 2018 and beyond.”

“It is a pleasure to join St-Georges as an Advisor. I look forward to working with Frank and his team on the Company’s interests in Iceland, green technology initiatives and mining & commodities industry related technology.”

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MARK BILLINGS, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

About St-Georges

St-Georges is developing new technologies to solve the some of the most common environmental problems in the mining industry.

The Company controls directly or indirectly, through rights of first refusal, all of the active mineral tenures in Iceland. It also explores for nickel on the Julie Nickel Project & for industrial minerals on Quebec’s North Shore and for lithium and rare metals in Northern Quebec and in the Abitibi region. Headquartered in Montreal, St-Georges’ stock is listed on the CSE under the symbol SX, on the US OTC under the Symbol SXOOF and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol 85G1. For additional information, please visit our website at www.stgeorgesplatinum.com

The Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or the accuracy of the contents of this release.

#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/

#Artificialintelligence isn’t just going to transform your business — it’s going to change technology itself $IDK.ca #ThreeD $YEXT $MU

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:03 AM on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

  • The fact is: AI will not only transform your entire business — whether you are in healthcare, finance, retail, or manufacturing — but it will also transform technology itself
  • Essential task of information technology (IT) — and how we measure its value — has reached an inflection point

Bob Picciano, senior vice president, IBM Cognitive Systems

Open any business publication or digital journal today, and you will read about the promise of AI, known as artificial or augmented intelligence, and how it will transform your business. The fact is: AI will not only transform your entire business — whether you are in healthcare, finance, retail, or manufacturing — but it will also transform technology itself.

The essential task of information technology (IT) — and how we measure its value — has reached an inflection point.

It’s no longer just about process automation and codifying business logic. Instead, insight is the new currency. The speed with which we can scale that insight and the knowledge it brings is the basis for value creation and the key to competitive advantage.

This trend is fueling a surging interest in deep learning and AI, or, as IBM calls it, cognitive computing. According to IDC, global spending on AI-related hardware and software is expected to exceed $57.6 billion in 2021, almost a five-fold increase over the $12 billion that will be spent this year.

The real promise of AI is to unleash actionable insights that would otherwise be trapped in massive amounts of data. Much of that data is unstructured data — or the data generated by such things as written reports and journals, videos, social media posts, or even spoken words.

Since we introduced IBM Watson, and our powerful AI cloud platform, we’ve continued on our journey to reinvent computing for this new era. And we’ve learned that to meet the new demands of cognitive workloads, we need to change everything: from the algorithms and mathematics that are the foundations of the software, to the hardware that drives it, and to the cloud that deploys it.

Organizations that apply deep learning and AI, which are the superchargers for extracting insight, need the right architecture to ingest and analyze very large data sets. And you need to be able to do it at lightning-fast speeds, or faster than your competitors.

IBM is unveiling new systems built from the ground up to meet the unique demands of the AI era. They are POWER9, the first processor designed specifically for AI, as well as the next-generation POWER9-based IBM Power System AC922. These new Power Systems are powerful in their own right, but also are designed to exploit specialized silicon, such as graphical processing units (GPUs), which accelerate the type of math and information processing to power new cognitive algorithms.

The result is an AI superhighway for insights that can drive transformational outcomes for clients in every industry.

A case in point: the US Department of Energy (DOE) Summit and Sierra supercomputers which are soon to be among the most powerful supercomputers in the world and are equipped with POWER9 processors and our partner NVIDIA’s newest Volta-based Tesla GPUs. The DOE’s goal is to create the world’s fastest supercomputer at 200 Petaflops — giving it the ability to do 2 billion calculations, 1 million times, every second. That’s an enormous amount of computing power directed at solving the world’s most complex problems.

Google also is tapping into the latest POWER technology to allow for further opportunities for innovation in its datacenters.

IBM continues to pioneer new advances in silicon, hardware, and software as well as an open ecosystem, which we view as “innovation protection” to ensure that innovations are quickly brought to market to meet clients’ dynamic infrastructure needs.

We also believe in taking an integrated approach to cognitive infrastructure — with both software and hardware that are optimized to work together, while tapping into IBM research innovations such as distributed deep learning on PowerAI.

The real promise of AI is to fundamentally transform industries and professions. The goal is to enable a new understanding of customers and markets, risks and opportunities, and opening new frontiers in innovation for organizations and society.

This post is sponsor content from IBM and was created by IBM and BI Studios.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/sc/ibm-watson-artificial-intelligence-business-2017-12

ThreeD Capital Inc. $IDK.ca Initiates Discussions with #Cryptomining Companies $HIVE.ca $BLOC.ca $CODE.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:18 AM on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Threed capital

  • As previously announced on October 26, 2017, the Company incorporated a wholly-owned subsidiary Blockamoto.io Corp., to build a diverse portfolio of global Blockchain assets
  • Company will provide further updates as these partnerships and investments crystalize

TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2017 – ThreeD Capital Inc. (“ThreeD” or the “Company”) (CSE:IDK) is a Canadian-based venture capital firm focused on opportunistic investments in companies in the junior resources, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain sectors.

As previously announced on October 26, 2017, the Company incorporated a wholly-owned subsidiary Blockamoto.io Corp., to build a diverse portfolio of global Blockchain assets.  Blockamoto.io Corp wishes to disclose that it is in the midst of negotiating partnerships and investments in cryptomining companies in both North America and Europe.

The Company will provide further updates as these partnerships and investments crystalize.

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 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

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/

 

#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

Threed capital

  • 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

In Israel, a #blockchain and #crypto #hyper-cluster is just getting started $IDK.ca #Blockstation

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 1:30 PM on Friday, November 24th, 2017

  • Moshe Hogeg announced he would invest in every Israeli blockchain that approached him. That investor group, called Alignment,
  • Consisted of the Singulariteam Technology Group, together with CoinTree Capital, and BlockchainIL

In recent times, it’s Eastern Europe and Russia which have become a hot-bed of crytpocurrency development. But on a recent trip to Tel Aviv, Israel, I took part in what might well turn out to be a historic lunch.

The lunch took place just after well-known tech investor Moshe Hogeg announced he would invest in every Israeli blockchain that approached him. That investor group, called Alignment, consisted of the Singulariteam Technology Group, together with CoinTree Capital, and BlockchainIL.

Held at Alignment’s new blockchain Hub in Tel Aviv, we got to hear from an array of new companies.

Dubbed by many as “Startup Nation”, Tel Aviv has begun to produce a new breed of tech giants, but it’s now turning its hand to blockchain and crypto companies. In recent months, my mailbox has become inundated with pitches from companies claiming to be the next blockchain phenomenon, with plans to revolutionize the finance world, healthcare landscape, travel industry, you name it. The problem is, which one, if any, can deliver? However, after getting deep into the subject with the companies I met, I realized many were at least ‘on to something’. Whether they would survive or not…

Here’s a run-down of who I met with:

Erachain

The idea of a blockchain network that works for the average person still seems far off. But Erachain wants to address that. Russian programmer Dmitrii Ermolaev, co-founder and CEO has grown it from a small operation to a distributed organization. Erachain is a decentralized blockchain platform that has incorporated European and World-Wide AML laws, potentially eliminating the need for traditional banks. It ties all coins with physical assets, reduces the cost of normal crypto transactions, and claims to eliminate anonymous transactions by verifying all users upon registration.

It’s been 4 years in development and is all about creating a Proof of Stake system where verified accounts are used as nodes. The use cases are enterprise and government, where using these technologies is often a huge barrier to entry. Right now it’s about document management and digital signatures.

In the future, most applications of large-scale are going to require some kind of verification platform.

Zen Protocol

This team has been involved in the Bitcoin space since 2011. After the DAO hack, founder Adam Perlow wanted to focus on making Bitcoin better, more usable and useful. He has spent the last year creating Zen Protocol, leveraging the blockchain technology and the popularity of Bitcoin to try to decentralize the financial system by building a new protocol purpose-built for finance. Zen’s pitch is that it allows anyone to create financial transactions, at any time, anywhere in the world using Bitcoin. Zen is designed to be open, frictionless, transparent, and completely decentralized across a Proof-of-Work Blockchain. Zen Core is implemented in the .Net stack and uses the F* functional programming language, built by Microsoft Research, to power contracts.

Perlow says: “Today it’s very hard to enforce agreements. You put funds with the exchange and enter an agreement with a broker. But on the blockchain you don’t need a trusted 3rd party. Banks have huge control and too much control over our lives.”

Zen wants to bring the entire financial world onto the blockchain, connecting digital and crypto assets with fiat stocks and commodities. “If we had a mechanism by which to enforce contractual obligations you wouldn’t need this trusted third-party,” he says.

COTI

Its global world and commerce is global but it doesn’t tap into the full potential because of trust. Trust is centralized and held by banks, Visa etc. These are centralized, high on fees and the approval rate is not good for rest of the world outside of the G10. Meanwhile, Ethereurm and ripple not designed for payments. So the solution is a system built from the ground up to be payment mechanism which is instant, zero fees, reversible, and has anti-fraud mechanisms.

Founder Nir Gazit says: “Bitcoin is not good for stuff, it’s not reversible, there’s no mediation.” So they are building a full stack, an exchange, a wallet, a credit card.

COTI aims to make the global economy truly global by providing instant, scalable, and secure transactions using the COTIcoin. COTI, which appropriately stands for Currency of the Internet, is aimed at incentivizing honest conduct between sellers and buyers by creating a ‘unique behavior scoring’ feature on the Bitcoin sidechain. Users who achieve an “honest” score, meaning those vendors who ship products on time, or buyers who pay when they’re supposed to, are rewarded. The system lets both buyers and sellers see the score of another user before he or she chooses to interact with them. COTI aims to reduce high checkout abandonment rates and eliminate uncertainty while shopping online.

There are currently over 1,000 digital currencies operating on a decentralized basis, however, none can provide the services leading centralized payment providers can. By combining a centralized mediation process and a decentralized payment process, COTI says it has created a technological solution for the consumer payments sector.

Jelurida

Jelurida is the development company behind Nxt and Ardor blockchain platforms. It creates customized commercial versions of these platforms while continuously supporting and maintaining the decentralized public Nxt blockchain. With the upcoming Ardor platform, Jelurida will be creating custom child chains for its clients and partners as well.

Whereas many blockchain companies are still in the fundraising stage, Nxt is fully operational and trading with a market cap of over a hundred million dollars. The company, which has in the past offered functions specifically designed for crypto developers, is turning its focus to use cases which have to do with everyday life, from introducing new voting mechanisms to offering transparent international bank transfers that consumers can enjoy. Ardor is the newest blockchain platform Jelurida has been working on, and functions as sort of a Nxt 2.0. Ardor features a unique parent-child chain structure, which helps combat blockchain bloat.

  • Investor Moshe Hogeg has created the Alignment investment vehicle to invested purely in Israeli blockchain and crypto startups.

CrowdWiz

CrowdWiz, which is a fully decentralized crypto investment platform that lets users ditch third-party fund managers, recently began its ICO on November 20th. The company has already raised over $5 million in a public pre-sale, and plans to use the money to develop their investment platform. CrowdWiz relies on the so-called ‘wisdom of the crowd’ to make funding decisions. The CEO Slavena Savcheva claims that a collective entity makes a better decision as a whole than the most intelligent person in the group alone.

CrowdWiz allows the crowd, not fund managers, banks or middlemen, to decide on how the general fund is spent. Users of CrowdWiz will use the company’s cryptocurrency, the OPX token, to vote on which asset they want funds to go to. The platform then distributes based on the majority opinion of the crowd. CrowdWiz solves some of the issues associated with traditional funds today, such as high entrance costs and large fees. Savcheva wants to make the trading process fun, easy, and completely transparent using the wisdom of the crowd to decide where the money goes.

Prior to founding CrowdWiz, Savcheva was the Business Development Manager for TRADOLOGIC, one of the world’s leading FinTech software providers, where she operated and steered the firm’s business in Asian markets.

Orbs

Orbs sits under Cointree and is based on the “Spector” paper written by Hebrew university researchers. It takes the blockchain and turns it into a DAG, another database structure, so it can then process many more blocks in a second. The idea is that it puts the bottleneck at the communication layer not the not the consensus layer. Since the more forks in a blockchain the less secure and slower it become, Orbs claims to be able to process a transaction at whatever speed the network is.

Alignment

Alignment came about because the VC firm Singulariteam partnered with two local Israeli firms, Blockchain IL and CoinTree Capital, to form a sort of blockchain and ICO consultancy which they dubbed “Alignment.” The company aims to groom and support the next blockchain unicorn coming out of Israel. The company consults, develops and funds Blockchain early-stage projects and existing companies, from inception through ICO, and later.

Startups will need to pay for the privilege, of course. Its listed clients to date include Bancor, messaging app Kik, and Stox. Of those, Bancor conducted a $153 million ICO, while Kik raised $98 million in its token sale earlier this year.

Since many people are skeptical of ICOs at the moment (especially in light of the Tezos controversy), Alignment supports blockchain companies, in a climate that’s at best lukewarm towards ICOs. Moshe Hogeg, VC, Founder & Chairman of the Singulariteam, pledged Alignment would “invest, without exception, in every Israeli blockchain company in 2017.”

Bancor

If you’ve been following the blockchain revolution, you’ve probably heard about Bancor. This company made history when it held one of the most successful ICO’s (at the time it was a world record), raising over $153 million from over 10,000 participants in less than three hours. Bancor has created a market maker application that aims to facilitate trading with other digital coins. The Bancor protocol enables built-in price-discovery and a liquidity mechanism for tokens on smart contract blockchains. Bancor’s claims it allows anyone to create their own cryptocurrency and operate it independent of a third-party exchange. The Bancor Protocol allows for the creation of thousands of cryptocurrencies on the Ethereum blockchain, creating a interconnected asset exchange ecosystem which unlocks the long tail of user-generated tokens. Smart tokens are designed with additional functionality such as “delegated account recovery” and “vaults” to address security issues. The aim of these features is to make cryptocurrencies more accessible and to encourage mass adoption.

Stox

You may have heard the news about Stox’s ethereum based prediction market platform when Floyd Mayweather boasted he would “make a $hit t$n of money … on the Stox.com ICO.”

Following Mayweather’s bullish words, Stox raised $33 million in an ICO last August. Stox claims users can predict and trade the outcome of events in almost any imaginable category: Finance, sports, politics and even the weather, as they might in a traditional stock market.

Unlike a lot of crypto companies which tailor their services to blockchain experts, the Stox platform is designed to accommodate, and be intuitive for mainstream audiences.

As you can see, Israel, and specifically Tel Aviv, is creating a huge force in this new world. If they play their cards right, they could well start to rival the co-called ‘Crypto Valley’ in Switzerland.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/23/in-israel-a-blockchain-and-crypto-hyper-cluster-is-just-getting-started/

5 Essential #Blockchain Predictions That Will Define 2018 $IDK.ca #Blockstation $HIVE.ca $BLOC.ca $CODE.ca

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.

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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.

READ MORE: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2017/11/22/5-essential-blockchain-predictions-that-will-define-2018/#17b415a37c93

ThreeD Capital $IDK.ca Appoints #Cryptocurrency Evangelist and Trader to Advisory Board #Bitcoin #Ethereum $HIVE.ca $BLOC.ca $CODE.ca

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