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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

American Express $AXP Is Getting Into #Blockchain – Based Payments With #Ripple #Blockstation #ThreeD $IDK.ca $CODE.ca $HIVE.ca

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

http://s3.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20171116&t=2&i=1210086109&r=LYNXMPEDAF0YJ&w=1280

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.

Source: http://fortune.com/2017/11/16/amex-payments-ripple-blockchain/

ThreeD Capital Inc. $IDK.ca Acquires Securities of Global Cannabis Applications Corp. $APP.ca $PNP.ca $ZC.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:13 AM on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

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  • Acquired ownership and control of an aggregate of 2,000,000 common shares and 2,000,000 common share purchase warrants of Global Cannabis Applications Corp. 
  • Represented approximately 3.7% of all issued and outstanding common shares of Global Cannabis

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2017 – ThreeD Capital Inc. ( “ThreeD”) (CSE:IDK) is pleased to announce that it has acquired ownership and control of an aggregate of 2,000,000 common shares (the “Subject Shares”) and 2,000,000 common share purchase warrants (the “Subject Warrants” and together with the Subject Shares, the “Subject Units”) of Global Cannabis Applications Corp. (“Global Cannabis”) on November 15, 2017.  The Subject Units represented approximately 3.7% of all issued and outstanding common shares of Global Cannabis as of November 15, 2017 immediately following the transaction described above (or approximately 7.2% on a partially diluted basis, assuming exercise of the Subject Warrants only), resulting in a corresponding increase in the percentage of shares held by ThreeD and its Joint Actor as a result of the transaction.

Immediately before the transaction described above, ThreeD and the Joint Actor held an aggregate of 2,850,000 common shares of the Company (the “Pre-Closing Shares”), representing approximately 5.5% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company.  Of this total, ThreeD held an aggregate of 1,000,000 of the Pre-Closing Shares (representing approximately 1.9% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company), and the Joint Actor held an aggregate of 1,850,000 of the Pre-Closing Shares (representing approximately 3.6% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company).

Immediately following the transaction described above, ThreeD and the Joint Actor held an aggregate of 4,850,000 common shares (the “Post-Closing Shares”) and convertible securities entitling ThreeD and the Joint Actor to acquire an additional 2,000,000 common shares of the Company (the “Post-Closing Convertible Securities”), representing approximately 9.0% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company (or approximately 12.3% assuming exercise of such Post-Closing Convertible Securities only).  Of this total, ThreeD held an aggregate of 3,000,000 of the Post-Closing Shares and 2,000,000 of the Post-Closing Convertible Securities (representing approximately 5.6% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company, or approximately 9.0% assuming exercise of such Post-Closing Convertible Securities only), and the Joint Actor held an aggregate of 1,850,000 of the Post-Closing Shares and nil of the Post-Closing Convertible Securities (representing approximately 3.4% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company).

The Subject Units were acquired in a private placement and not through the facilities of any stock exchange.  The holdings of securities of Global Cannabis by ThreeD and the Joint Actor are managed for investment purposes, and ThreeD and the Joint Actor could increase or decrease their investments in Global Cannabis at any time, or continue to maintain their current investment position, depending on market conditions or any other relevant factor. The aggregate consideration payable for the Subject Units was $200,000, or $0.10 per Subject Unit.

The trade was effected in reliance upon the exemption contained in Section 2.3 of National Instrument 45-106 on the basis that each of ThreeD and the Joint Actor is an “accredited investor” as defined herein.

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

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

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

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

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”.

#Cryptocurrency Companies See Dramatic Spikes in Share Price #ThreeD $IDK.ca #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.”

Source: https://news.bitcoin.com/cryptocurrency-companies-see-dramatic-spikes-share-price/?utm_source=OneSignal%20Push&utm_medium=notification&utm_campaign=Push%20Notifications

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

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.

DreamTeam

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 Gilgam.es 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.

DreamTeam

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.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/outofasia/2017/11/07/how-cryptocurrencies-and-blockchain-are-taking-esports-to-the-next-level/#4b962f364391

#BP, #Shell $RDS lead plan for #blockchain – based platform for energy trading #ThreeD $IDK.ca #Blockstation

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:10 PM on Monday, November 6th, 2017

  • Consortium including energy companies BP and Royal Dutch Shell will develop a blockchain-based digital platform for energy commodities trading
  • Expected to start by end-2018

(Reuters) – A consortium including energy companies BP and Royal Dutch Shell will develop a blockchain-based digital platform for energy commodities trading expected to start by end-2018, the group said on Monday.

Other members of the consortium include Norwegian oil firm Statoil, trading houses Gunvor, Koch Supply & Trading, and Mercuria, and banks ABN Amro, ING and Societe Generale.

Blockchain technology, which first emerged as the architecture underpinning cryptocurrency bitcoin, uses a shared database that updates itself in real-time and can process and settle transactions in minutes using computer algorithms, with no need for third-party verification.

Mercuria has been a vocal advocate of implementing blockchain technology to significantly cut costs in oil trading.

“Ideally, it would help to eliminate any confusion over ownership of a cargo and potentially help to make managing risk more exact if there are accurate timestamps to each part of the trade,” said Edward Bell, commodities analyst at Dubai-based lender Emirates NBD PJSC.

Similar efforts for an energy trading platform have failed to take off, Bell said, but added this latest bid with backing from BP and Shell and the banks, “may have more success than if it were an independent party trying to convince oil and gas companies to make use of it.”

The new venture is seeking regulatory approvals and would be run as an independent entity, the consortium said in a statement.

“The platform aims to reduce administrative operational risks and costs of physical energy trading, and improve the reliability and efficiency of back-end trading operations…,” the statement said.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-energy-blockchain/bp-shell-lead-plan-for-blockchain-based-platform-for-energy-trading-idUSKBN1D612I