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Fastest and easiest way without a minimum purchase or high fees for customers to obtain NANO? (USA)

Hello Nano community,
Some of you may know me from /nanotrade or elsewhere, I generally am bullish on NANO and try to do my part to help spread adoption and awareness. I also run several e-commerce websites utilizing the open source Zen-Cart as my back end. Lately, and not so lately but in general, I have encountered issues with various payment processors (which actually led me to Nano in the first place, as well as a general interest in Cryptocurrency).
While there are solutions to dealing with the more stringent regulations enforced by payment processing companies, many of these require my customers to download third party apps or sign up for third party services. Not too dissimilar to how Paypal requests a user to be logged in before sending a payment in fact. Anyways, so while setting up my websites again today after losing another payment processor over the weekend, I have come to the decision, why not try and introduce my customer base to Nano and present it less so as a cryptocurrency, but more so as a digital decentralized payment solution? I have tried accepting cryptocurrencies before, however many of my customers, at least for my main e-commerce website are older and not so tech oriented. Just seeing that I accepted "Cryptocurrency" and "Bitcoin" as an option was enough to scare some of these people away. Ironically, I noticed more sales when I completely removed this payment option and all mentions of it from my website. Funny how that works.
Anyways, since I am in the middle of setting up additional payment methods, I figured now would be a good time to attempt the above with Nano, and offer a link on the "Pay with Nano" page during the check-out process for my customers to decide if they would like to try it out. My only concern, many of these people being older and technophobic, is that the process for obtaining the Nano they want to spend may be too much work and not something they would be interested in. Especially if it involves things like scanning IDs or providing more information than a simple credit or debit card number and a name. Ideally, this would be the only information they need to provide, with the ability to purchase any amount (most orders placed are between $25-$100), without paying an outrageous fee (which I will offer an incentive to cover for anyways I think). An instant transfer would also be a prerequisite. Something as fast as it takes to sign up for Cash App for example.
So, am I asking too much? Do such services exist yet in the US?
Quick rundown:
-Low fees
-No minimum or low minimum
-Non-invasive signup process
-No wait
Another thing worth mentioning, and hopefully this can provide the right people with an idea which I think could really help improve Nano adoption if implemented, was that I noticed some competitors of mine are accepting something called "PMC Coin", which is claimed to be a gold backed cryptocurrency. The gold bit is not important I do not think. What is impressive however, is that these vendors are able to provide this crypto as an option during the checkout process, and upon hitting submit, the customer is brought to the PMC Coin website, where they are presented with a form for purchasing this crypto. I have not tried going further than this, but the form contains all the required fields for a credit and debit purchase, as well as the price for the purchase being exactly what the price was for the requested items during the check-out on the forwarding website. It appears that upon purchase, the credit/debit card payment is sent to the PMC Coin sellers, and the PMC Coin in an equivalent amount is sent to the vendor. I assume the fees are offloaded onto the vendor at this point. While I have no interest in this asset in the slightest, I have to commend them on this solution, and I really hope we can see something like this emerge from the Nano community. It could be the killer app we have all been waiting for to spur adoption perhaps.
I will essentially be manually doing something like this for my customers, albeit with links and instructions, however as mentioned, the more streamlined the process is, the better. I am sure they will have an easy enough time with Natrium, and I am excited to introduce some new people into the space. But most of all I just want a simple ability to be able to keep my shop online without having to bow down to the banks and their petty requests as to what products should or should not be sold. None of us should have to deal with the Soup Nazi, be us merchants or consumers.
Thank you for your time and interest, and remember, stay bullish!
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Spreads I have found so-far:
CoinGate: 100 Nano = $114.76 vs. $97.44 USDT (Binance) [$17.32 fee] [$50 minimum] (Simplex)
Atomic Wallet: 100 Nano = $115 vs. $98.40 USDT (Binance) [$16.60 fee] [$50 minimum] (Simplex)
Crypto.com: Claims 3.5% fee, requires government photo ID, 2-3 day confirmation
Coinswitch.io: 100 Nano = $117 vs. $99.28 USDT (Binance) [$17.72 fee] [$63 minimum] (Simplex)
Coinify.com: 100 Nano = $119 vs. $114 USDT (Binance) [$5 fee] [$63 minimum] KYC is intensive but not too crazy. 2 Minute verification too. Definitely the best option so far. Only problem is the minimum purchase.
Going to try Binance.us next and the Brave browser, which I think uses Binance as a backend anyways.
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Crypto Banking Wars: Can Non-Custodial Crypto Wallets Ever Replace Banks?

Crypto Banking Wars: Can Non-Custodial Crypto Wallets Ever Replace Banks?
Can they overcome the product limitations of blockchain and deliver the world-class experience that consumers expect?
https://reddit.com/link/i8ewbx/video/ojkc6c9a1lg51/player
This is the second part of Crypto Banking Wars — a new series that examines what crypto-native company is most likely to become the bank of the future. Who is best positioned to reach mainstream adoption in consumer finance?
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While crypto allows the world to get rid of banks, a bank will still very much be necessary for this very powerful technology to reach the masses. As we laid out in our previous series, Crypto-Powered, we believe companies that build with blockchain at their core will have the best shot at winning the broader consumer finance market. We hope it will be us at Genesis Block, but we aren’t the only game in town.
So this series explores the entire crypto landscape and tries to answer the question, which crypto company is most likely to become the bank of the future?
In our last episode, we offered an in-depth analysis of big crypto exchanges like Coinbase & Binance. Today we’re analyzing non-custodial crypto wallets. These are products where only the user can touch or move funds. Not even the company or developer who built the application can access, control, or stop funds from being moved. These apps allow users to truly become their own bank.
We’ve talked a little about this before. This group of companies is nowhere near the same level of threat as the biggest crypto exchanges. However, this group really understands DeFi and the magic it can bring. This class of products is heavily engineer-driven and at the bleeding-edge of DeFi innovation. These products are certainly worth discussing. Okay, let’s dive in.

Users & Audience

These non-custodial crypto wallets are especially popular among the most hardcore blockchain nerds and crypto cypherpunks.
“Not your keys, not your coins.”
This meme is endlessly repeated among longtime crypto hodlers. If you’re not in complete control of your crypto (i.e. using non-custodial wallets), then it’s not really your crypto. There has always been a close connection between libertarianism & cryptocurrency. This type of user wants to be in absolute control of their money and become their own bank.
In addition to the experienced crypto geeks, for some people, these products will mean the difference between life and death. Imagine a refugee family that wants to safely protect their years of hard work — their life savings — as they travel across borders. Carrying cash could put their safety or money at risk. A few years ago I spent time in Greece at refugee camps — I know first-hand this is a real use-case.

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Or imagine a family living under an authoritarian regime — afraid that their corrupt or oppressive government will seize their assets (or devalue their savings via hyperinflation). Citizens in these countries cannot risk putting their money in centralized banks or under their mattresses. They must become their own bank.
These are the common use-cases and users for non-custodial wallets.

Products in Market

Let’s do a quick round-up of some of the more popular products already in the market.
Web/Desktop The most popular web wallet is MetaMask. Though it doesn’t have any specific integration with DeFi protocols yet, it has more than a million users (which is a lot in crypto land!). Web wallets that are more deeply integrated with DeFi include InstaDapp, Zerion, DeFi Saver, Zapper, and MyCrypto (disclosure: I’m an investor and a big fan of Taylor). For the mass market, mobile will be a much more important form-factor. I don’t view these web products as much of a threat to Genesis Block.
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Mobile The more serious threats to Genesis Block are the mobile products that (A) are leveraging some of the powerful DeFi protocols and (B) abstracting away a lot of the blockchain/DeFi UX complexity. While none get close to us on (B), the products attempting this are Argent and Dharma. To the extent they can, both are trying to make interacting with blockchain technology as simple as possible.
A few of the bigger exchanges have also entered this mobile non-custodial market. Coinbase has Wallet (via Cipher Browser acquisition). Binance has Trust Wallet (also via acquisition). And speaking of acquisitions, MyCrypto acquired Ambo, which is a solid product and has brought MyCrypto into the mobile space. Others worth mentioning include Rainbow — well-designed and built by a small indy-team with strong DeFi experience (former Balance team). And ZenGo which has a cool feature around keyless security (their CEO is a friend).
There are dozens of other mobile crypto wallets that do very little beyond showing your balances. They are not serious threats.
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Hardware Wallets Holding crypto on your own hardware wallet is widely considered to be “best practice” from a security standpoint. The most popular hardware wallets are Ledger, Trezor, and KeepKey (by our friends at ShapeShift). Ledger Nano X is the only product that has Bluetooth — thus, the only one that can connect to a mobile app. While exciting and innovative, these hardware wallets are not yet integrated with any DeFi protocols.
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Strengths

Let’s take a look at some of the strengths with non-custodial products.
  1. Regulatory arbitrage Because these products are “non-custodial”, they are able to avoid the regulatory burdens that centralized, custodial products must deal with (KYC/AML/MTL/etc). This is a strong practical benefit for a bootstrapped startup/buildedeveloper. Though it’s unclear how long this advantage lasts as products reach wider audiences and increased scrutiny.
  2. User Privacy Because of the regulatory arbitrage mentioned above, users do not need to complete onerous KYC requirements. For example, there’s no friction around selfies, government-issued IDs, SSNs, etc. Users can preserve much of their privacy and they don’t need to worry about their sensitive information being hacked, compromised, or leaked.
  3. Absolute control & custody This is really one of the great promises of crypto — users can become their own bank. Users can be in full control of their money. And they don’t need to bury it underground or hide it under a mattress. No dependence, reliance or trust in any third parties. Only the user herself can access and unlock the money.

Weaknesses

Now let’s examine some of the weaknesses.
  1. Knowledge & Education Most non-custodial products do not abstract away any of the blockchain complexity. In fact, they often expose more of it because the most loyal users are crypto geeks. Imagine how an average, non-crypto user feels when she starts seeing words like seed phrases, public & private keys, gas limits, transaction fees, blockchain explorers, hex addresses, and confirmation times. There is a lot for a user to learn and become educated on. That’s friction. The learning curve is very high and will always be a major blocker for adoption. We’ve talked about this in our Spreading Crypto series — to reach the masses, the crypto stuff needs to be in the background.
  2. User Experience It is currently impossible to create a smooth and performant user experience in non-custodial wallets or decentralized applications. Any interaction that requires a blockchain transaction will feel sluggish and slow. We built a messaging app on Ethereum and presented it at DevCon3 in Cancun. The technical constraints of blockchain technology were crushing to the user experience. We simply couldn’t create the real-time, modern messaging experience that users have come to expect from similar apps like Slack or WhatsApp. Until blockchains are closer in speed to web servers (which will be difficult given their decentralized nature), dApps will never be able to create the smooth user experience that the masses expect.
  3. Product Limitations Most non-custodial wallets today are based on Ethereum smart contracts. That means they are severely limited with the assets that they can support (only erc-20 tokens). Unless through synthetic assets (similar to Abra), these wallets cannot support massively popular assets like Bitcoin, XRP, Cardano, Litecoin, EOS, Tezos, Stellar, Cosmos, or countless others. There are exciting projects like tBTC trying to bring Bitcoin to Ethereum — but these experiments are still very, very early. Ethereum-based smart contract wallets are missing a huge part of the crypto-asset universe.
  4. Technical Complexity While developers are able to avoid a lot of regulatory complexity (see Strengths above), they are replacing it with increased technical complexity. Most non-custodial wallets are entirely dependent on smart contract technology which is still very experimental and early in development (see Insurance section of this DeFi use-cases post). Major bugs and major hacks do happen. Even recently, it was discovered that Argent had a “high severity vulnerability.” Fortunately, Argent fixed it and their users didn’t lose funds. The tools, frameworks, and best practices around smart contract technology are all still being established. Things can still easily go wrong, and they do.
  5. Loss of Funds Risk Beyond the technical risks mentioned above, with non-custodial wallets, it’s very easy for users to make mistakes. There is no “Forgot Password.” There is no customer support agent you can ping. There is no company behind it that can make you whole if you make a mistake and lose your money. You are on your own, just as CZ suggests. One wrong move and your money is all gone. If you lose your private key, there is no way to recover your funds. There are some new developments around social recovery, but that’s all still very experimental. This just isn’t the type of customer support experience people are used to. And it’s not a risk that most are willing to take.
  6. Integration with Fiat & Traditional Finance In today’s world, it’s still very hard to use crypto for daily spending (see Payments in our DeFi use-cases post). Hopefully, that will all change someday. In the meantime, if any of these non-custodial products hope to win in the broader consumer finance market, they will undoubtedly need to integrate with the legacy financial world — they need onramps (fiat-to-crypto deposit methods) and offramps (crypto-to-fiat withdraw/spend methods). As much as crypto-fanatics hate hearing it, you can’t expect people to jump headfirst into the new world unless there is a smooth transition, unless there are bridge technologies that help them arrive. This is why these fiat integrations are so important. Examples might be allowing ACH/Wire deposits (eg. via Plaid) or launching a debit card program for spend/withdraw. These fiat integrations are essential if the aim is to become the bank of the future. Doing any of this compliantly will require strong KYC/AML. So to achieve this use-case — integrating with traditional finance —all of the Strengths we mentioned above are nullified. There are no longer regulatory benefits. There are no longer privacy benefits (users need to upload KYC documents, etc). And users are no longer in complete control of their money.

Wrap Up

One of the great powers of crypto is that we no longer depend on banks. Anyone can store their wealth and have absolute control of their money. That’s made possible with these non-custodial wallets. It’s a wonderful thing.
I believe that the most knowledgeable and experienced crypto people (including myself) will always be active users of these applications. And as mentioned in this post, there will certainly be circumstances where these apps will be essential & even life-saving.
However, I do not believe this category of product is a major threat to Genesis Block to becoming the bank of the future.
They won’t win in the broader consumer finance market — mostly because I don’t believe that’s their target audience. These applications simply cannot produce the type of product experience that the masses require, want, or expect. The Weaknesses I’ve outlined above are just too overwhelming. The friction for mass-market consumers is just too much.

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The winning bank will be focused on solving real user problems and meeting user needs. Not slowed down by rigid idealism like censorship-resistance and absolute decentralization, as it is with most non-custodial wallets. The winning bank will be a world-class product that’s smooth, performant, and accessible. Not sluggish and slow, as it is with most non-custodial wallets. The winning bank will be one where blockchain & crypto is mostly invisible to end-users. Not front-and-center as it is with non-custodial wallets. The winning bank will be one managed and run by professionals who know exactly what they’re doing. Not DIY (Do It Yourself), as it is with non-custodial wallets.
So are these non-custodial wallets a threat to Genesis Block in winning the broader consumer finance market, and becoming the bank of the future?
No. They are designed for a very different audience.
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Stellar Lumens HODL alert: 2017 Round up, Partnerships, Lumens vs. Other Cryptos

Welcome everyone! The future of Stellar Lumens is bright! Today we will look at the accomplishments of Stellar.org in 2017.
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2017 Round Up
IBM / Stellar Partnership
• Kik Messenger’s KIN coin to move from Ethereum to Stellar in 2018
• Stellar ATM introduced in Singapore
• Jed McCaleb confirms IBM/Stellar has 30 banks on board (Youtube Video)
Lightyear.io enables forward thinking financial entities to easily join the Stellar ecosystem.
• IBM adds 8 new validators from 8 different countries onto the Stellar network (article)
Forbes calls Stellar “venmo, but on a global scale - and for larger bodies like banks and corporations.”
• Stellar Lumens Is Up 6,300% Since March and Is Aiming for Big Blockchain Partners (article)
• Many new partnerships (listed below) that will be using the Stellar network in 2018.
Binance and GoPax Exchanges Adds Stellar
Ledger Nano S support is now available for Lumens (XLM)
• The next coin to break into the top 10 cryptos (article)
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2017 Partnerships & Financial Institutions
IBM - is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States, with operations in over 170 countries. IBM partnered with Stellar to help financial institutions address the processes of universal cross-border payments, designed to reduce the settlement time and lower the cost of completing global payments for businesses and consumers.
SatoshiPay - a web payment system that helps online publishers monetize digital assets like news articles, videos, or PDFs in tiny increments without friction.
EXCH.ONE - is a FinTech software company based in Switzerland currently working to integrate its platform and its first technology adopter Euro Exchange Securities UK Ltd. into the Stellar network. This addition to the Stellar network will bring access to currency markets of South and Central America,UK and a number of EU countries.
Novati (ASX:NOV) - is an Australian-based software technology and payment services provider. Novatti is currently working to integrate it’s platform into the Stellar network with the ultimate aim to build a global money transfer solution to provide cross border, cross currency and cross asset payments.
Pundi X - is an Indonesia based fintech company that provides POS device, debit card, multi-currency wallet that empowers individuals to buy and sell cryptocurrency at any physical store in the world. They say "buying cryptocurrency should be as easy as buying a bottled water."
MoneyMatch - is a Malaysia based fintech startup that provides a fully-digital peer-to-peer currency exchange platform for customers to transfer and exchange foreign currencies with complete ease and at great value. The company plans to integrate with the Stellar network and enable pay in and pay out from Malaysia.
Streami - is a Korea based fintech company that offers blockchain enabled cross-border remittance service and recently launched a cryptocurrency exchange. The partnership extends both on the exchange side and remittance operations.
Neoframe - is developing and marketing trading solutions for big brokerage firms in Korea and extends its business to blockchain based applications. Neoframe developed high performance centralized cryptocurrency exchange as well as secure wallet solutions and is working with big financial players. The company is planning to launch a remittance business for ASEAN countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos, Brunei) using Stellar.
SureRemit($RMT) - is a Nigeria based global non-cash remittances company. SureRemit leverages the Stellar blockchain platform to connect immigrants abroad directly with merchants that provide the services needed by their loved ones back home. With Remit tokens, immigrants all over the world can access digital shopping vouchers that can be spent on goods and services at accepting merchants wherever they are.
Cowrie Integrated Systems - is a Nigerian based Value Added Service Provider. Cowrie provides services at the intersection between telecoms and finance. Cowrie recently joined the Stellar network to bring novel fintech services to the African market.
Smartlands - is a Stellar-based platform designed to create a new class of low-risk tokens, secured by real, profitable assets in the real-world economy. Smartlands is designed to promote investments in the agricultural sector by allowing investment in individual projects, agricultural companies or indexes of groups of projects. These investments will be fully collateralized by agricultural real estate, other productive assets such as fruit or nut trees or, in some cases, the actual crop.
Klick-Ex - is an award winning regional cross-border payments system delivering financial infrastructure for emerging markets. It has been responsible for dramatic uptake in digital financial services in unbanked regions of the world, and lowering costs for banks, central banks and consumers in low liquidity currencies. Its key presence is in the Pacific and Europe, and it is a founding member of www.APFII.org processing more than 775,000 transactions per second, per billion of population (source).
Mobius - Mobius connects any app, device, and data stream to the blockchain ecosystem. Our simple and easy to use bidirectional API allows non-blockchain developers to easily connect resources to smart contracts and more. The Mobius MVP acts like Stripe for Blockchain by introducing innovative standards for cross-blockchain login, payment, smart contract management, and oracles. The Mobius Team includes David Gobaud, Jed McCaleb (Stellar.org founder), Jackson Palmer (creator of Dogecoin), and Chandler Guo (notorious Bitcoin & blockchain investor).
Chaineum - Chaineum, the first French ICO Boutique, will use the Stellar network for upcoming ICOs. “Chaineum is positioned as the first “ICO Boutique” in France, providing a range of end-to-end services to companies and international start-ups wishing to develop with this new funding mechanism. Chaineum is preparing 8 ICOs by the end of 2017, for European, North American and Asian companies, of which cumulative amount could reach € 200 million." (source)
Poseidon Foundation - Poseidon will simplify the carbon credit market with the creation of an ecosystem built on Stellar.org’s blockchain technology. This technology will prevent double counting of carbon and will be consistent across jurisdictions, making it easier for companies to deliver and measure progress towards their climate targets or other goals such as deforestation-free commitments.
Remitr - Remitr is a global platform for cross border payments, licensed in Canada. Remitr uses the Stellar network for international settlements for businesses as well as other payment partners. Remitr’s own payout network of 63 countries, comprising several currencies, is extended onto the Stellar network.
MSewa Software Solution (MSS) - MSewa Software Solution (MSS) Payments provides a one-stop digital payment service available across the Globe. MSS Payments aims at serving the consumers (Banked, Unbanked and Underbanked) with mobile banking facilities on the move from anywhere by transferring funds in their mobile phone.
PesaChoice - PesaChoice is a leader in international bill payment services for the African diaspora. PesaChoice aims at making international bill payment process easy, seamless, secure, with reasonable and competitive service fees, and up to date technological advances.
SendX - Singapore based SendX, in partnership with Stellar, is the better way to move money worldwide. The SendX team believes that the future of transactions is decentralized and distributed, bringing true equity to everyone across the value chain.
VoguePay - VoguePay, with offices in the United Kingdom and Nigeria, is partnering with Stellar to become the cheapest and most efficient way to send money between the United Kingdom and Nigeria. In the coming months, they expect to expand this service to other selected African countries.
HashCash - Hashcash consultants build financial solutions for banks and financial institutions over blockchain. We leverage the Stellar platform to build products that vastly improve the remittance and payments experience for banks and their customers. Transfers happen lightning fast at a fraction of current rates and operational cost is significantly reduced. HashCash is headquartered in India, with operations across South Asia and the Gulf.
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Stellar Lumens vs Other Cryptocurrencies
Lumens vs. Bitcoin: Jed McCaleb spoke at Distributed Markets in 2017 about the advantages, but more importantly, the disadvantages of Bitcoin. Listen to the talk here. Jed said, “Bitcoin is this awesome innovation. The first thing it does is converts a real world resource, electricity, into a digital asset. So it takes something from the real world and puts it into the digital realm. The second thing it does is provides immutable public record. It’s basically a database that everyone can see but no one change arbitrarily… That’s great, Bitcoin solves the double spin problem [ of proving possession and transmitting volume]… [However, to fix the problems of bitcoin] you might think well maybe we’ll just kind of keep adding [software] to Bitcoin until we get there, but that’s not really the way software works. You want to have the design from the beginning and solve these simple issues. Bitcoin was designed to be a new currency, it wasn’t really designed to be this unifying universal payment network. So that’s what Stellar does. It solves these three remaining issues.”
Lumens vs. Bitcoin #2: According to wired.com, "Bitcoin mining guzzles energy - and it's carbon footprint just keeps growing." Wired says "Today, each bitcoin transaction requires the same amount of energy used to power nine homes in the US for one day... The total energy use of this web of hardware is huge—an estimated 31 terawatt-hours per year. More than 150 individual countries in the world consume less energy annually. And that power-hungry network is currently increasing its energy use every day by about 450 gigawatt-hours, roughly the same amount of electricity the entire country of Haiti uses in a year." Because Stellar is based on a consensus algorithm rather than mining, it takes much less energy to run the Stellar network. The Poseidon Foundation decided to build their platform on Stellar rather than Ethereum or Bitcoin because of this (twitter source).
Lumens ICO tokens vs. Ethereum ICO tokens: According to Stellar.org, "traditionally, ICO tokens have been issued on the Ethereum network in the form of ERC20 tokens. ERC20 tokens are easy to issue and are infinitely customizable using Ethereum’s smart contracting language. However, recent events have highlighted and exacerbated some weaknesses of the network, including slow transaction processing times for the network during ICOs and increasingly expensive gas prices (by fiat standards) for transactions and smart contract execution. Moreover, many organizations require only basic tokens; they adopt the risk of Ethereum’s Turing complete programming language without taking advantage of many of its benefits."
"While Ethereum has the most expressive programming capabilities, we believe Stellar is the best choice for ICOs that do not require complex smart contracts. Stellar’s primary goal is to facilitate issuing and trading tokens, especially those tied to legal commitments by known organizations, such as claims on real-world assets or fiat currency."
Stellar vs. Ethereum #2: The median transaction time on Stellar is 5 seconds, compared to approximately 3.5 minutes on Ethereum (source). Stellar has a negligible transaction fee (.00001 XLM ~= $0.0000002) with no gas fee for computation, while depending on the complexity of the computation, the median cost for a transfer on the Ethereum network is $0.094. Security: While both Stellar and Ethereum run on a decentralized network, the Stellar network has fewer security pitfalls. Stellar uses atomic transactions comprised of simple, declarative operations while Ethereum uses turing complete programming capabilities which produces less auditable code and greater risk of exploitable vulnerabilities (source). Recently, a security flaw in the Ethereum network froze millions of dollars. According to Mobius ariticle written by David Gobaud, "On November 6, 2017, Github user deveps199 'accidentally' triggered a bug in Parity, a popular Ethereum mult-sig wallet, that froze more than $152 million in Ether across 151 addresses. The bug impacted several token sales including Polkadot, which has had ~$98 million out of its recent $145 million sale frozen."
"Mobius had none of its ongoing pre-sale Ether frozen because we do not trust Ethereum’s Smart Contract based multi-sig wallets given the vast Turing complete attack surface and did not use one. Security broadly is one of the main reasons the MOBI token that powers the DApp Store is a Stellar Protocol token and not an Ethereum token."
Lumens vs. Ripple: According to Wall Street Bitcoin Exchange, "Many investors like to compare the company [Stellar] to Ripple, and there are a lot of similarities, being that some of the founders worked on the Ripple team. In what can now be looked at as another blockchain development drama that plays out on chat boards and in interviews all across the globe. Stellar declared they fixed Ripple’s problems with their hard fork, however, Ripple has failed to admit to any of the flaws in its design that the Stellar team has pointed out." The article concludes by saying, "We Choose XLM Over XRP For 2018. That is why we are going with Stellar Lumens over Ripple in our portfolio for the rest of 2017 and 2018. After holding Ripple for a long time this year, it just never seems to make the big break like other names with bigger market caps like Bitcoin Cash, Dash, and Litecoin have. While we are holding on most all our larger market caps, we feel that Stellar Lumens will be one of the break out coins for 2018."
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Conclusion
The stellar.org team is doing an amazing job making partnerships and pioneering the use of blockchain technology for various types of transactions. What we are seeing is a new technology that can actually be used to solve real-world problems. As a community, we need to continue supporting Stellar and we will quickly see it power transactions across the world. What are your thoughts about Stellar? What do you see in the future of Stellar? Any important news you want to share? Comment below.
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ECOMI Ecosystem- Digital Collectibles and Hardware Wallet

ECOMI

Token Symbol: OMI
Crowdsale Token Price: $0.05
Hard Cap: $22,125,000
Total Tokens for Sale: 500,000,000 (50% of Total Supply)
Crowdsale Date: June 30, 2018
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What is ECOMI?
ECOMI is a security, economy and digital ecosystem supported by ORBIS Blockchain Technologies Ltd. ECOMI aims to bring blockchain technology to the mainstream by offering a user-friendly all-in-one platform. The company is actively working on tackling the issues of security and data protection (namely private keys) in the crypto sphere. They also want to make cryptocurrencies more user-friendly and increase their efficiency when being used by different entities. In order to do this the company is creating a digital assets ecosystem on the blockchain, delivering the benefits of decentralization, ownership, privacy and control. ECOMI’s products offer the following:
The Secure Wallet– A cryptocurrency and private key hardware device that ensures the protection of digital assets via a convenient credit card sized device. Designed to be completely impenetrable by malicious attacks, the Secure Wallet’s infrastructure ensures that it is never connected directly to the Internet, or insecurely connected to an online device, thus maintaining the most secure asset protection. The Secure Wallet is paired with a host device (an Apple or Android smartphone) via an encrypted wireless / Bluetooth connection. Another feature that makes the wallet stand out is that it’s waterproof and has a bend capability of 15 degrees. The Secure Wallet will launch with the capacity to securely store five cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash and very soon it will offer ERC20 support. By the end of 2018 the Secure Wallet will support over 30 currencies.
ECOMI One– Built on top of the Secure Wallet technology, ECOMI One will securely hold your cryptocurrencies, fiat currencies (e.g. USD, GBP, EUR), as well as your NFC-enabled debit, credit, and loyalty cards. ECOMI One addresses the utility problem of cryptocurrencies and their day to day usability by offering a consolidated all-in-one wallet with the capability to hold all the aforementioned assets in ‘One’ place. With the integrated debit card – accepted where all major debit cards are accepted – ECOMI One card holders can spend fiat and cryptocurrencies, using technologies such as NFC and EMV. The in-wallet exchange allows cryptocurrencies to be exchanged for fiat currencies, either directly within the app or automatically at the point of sale.
ECOMI Collect– ECOMI Collect will offer a new type of collectible in the form of a ‘Non Fungible Token’ (NFT) – essentially a digital asset that has a verified owner. These NFT’s represent unique collectible items (such as rare cards or characters) that exist in the digital space and can be traced to a verified owner. In an easy to use and well-designed app users can browse a wide range of licensed digital high-quality products. Once they are purchased, collectible owners can view, trade, or visualise these digital collectibles using the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technologies, which now are standard in Apple and Samsung phones. ECOMI has secured the first crypto-collectible license – the internationally renowned brand tokidoki.
ECOMI Vault– ECOMI Vault protects your data. This can include, but is not limited to, all forms of intellectual property, for example a piece of music, literature, or specifications of revolutionary new technology, as well as personal data such as usernames, passwords and also credit cards. Using a combination of distributed ledger technology and offline private key storage (Secure Wallet or ECOMI One), ECOMI Vault offers a maximum level of protection for personal and commercial data. ECOMI Vault is a software-as-a-service (SAAS) solution. Users can upload files to their Vault, create folders, and organise their data. To keep data organised, there are specific sections for different types of data such as passwords, credit cards, files etc. within the Vault. When data is added to ECOMI Vault, each file gets a verified, timestamped record of all activity that takes place within said file. This include times when the file was added, viewed, updated, accessed, shared and more.
ECOMI App– At the heart of the ECOMI ecosystem there is the ECOMI app. Through this app users will be able to access all ECOMI services and features from one central location. ECOMI apps will be developed by ORBIS Blockchain Technologies Ltd. During this initial development period ORBIS will create guidelines for development within the ECOMI Ecosystem.
Soon after, the ECOMI Ecosystem will be open as a platform for any developer who wishes to either build an app the community has voted for, or create an app of their own. Users can access the products and services within the ECOMI ecosystem by using the ECOMI desktop and mobile apps, as well as browser extensions for certain features.
Product Readiness
ECOMI aims to offer five different products, all bringing value to users through different ways. The company has finalized one of the products so far (The Secure Wallet). The other four are still in development and are planned to be finalized in the following time periods:
Ecomi One: Release in Q2 2019
Ecomi App: V1 release in Q3 2018
Ecomi Collect: Public release in Q1 2019
Ecomi Vault: Public release in Q2 2019
Sometime in 2018, before the set due dates, the test versions of the products will be released.
Competitive Advantage
What stands out is ECOMI’s fairly wide scope. In regard to the four products that the company plans to develop, it has to be said that each has competitors. They might lose to those more focused competitors who are putting all their resources towards solving one problem.
ECOMI does have a unique solution with the Secure Wallet, and that product is finished and ready to be purchased. What makes it better than competitors like Ledger Nano S is that they never connect to the internet directly. It remains to be seen if the benefits are significant enough to move people to this solution rather than the hardware wallets. Furthermore, ECOMI One and ECOMI Vault are both unique in their ways compared to the current competition. In regard to Ecomi Collect, it is the only cyrpto-collectible app with licensed brands, such as Tokidoki. However, both of these projects are not yet fully developed, hence we will need to wait and see whether their features will still be unique at the time of their release.
Size of Potential Market
ECOMI is aiming to target a mass market with their products, as they are covering all of the following spaces:
-Decentralized application marketplace
-Exchange (providing liquidity)
-Protection and storage of personal data, including basic identification, usernames, passwords, credit card information, passports, licenses and more
-Recording, protecting and sharing of intellectual property
-A broad variety of P2P asset exchange platforms including cryptocurrencies, messaging platforms, social media, encrypted file and data storage
-The team’s aim is to build a global ecosystem, however for the time being it seems that their main focus is on the American and Asian markets. These two markets are promising in regard to in-game collectibles and also have the largest amount of cryptocurrency users and owners.
Competition
The Secure Wallet has strong competitors in Trezor, Nano, and KeepKey. ECOMI’s wallet does have several features that set it apart from the competition such as allowing the user to access the wallet without an Internet connection, but it comes with a substantially higher price than all three competitors.
ECOMI One in our opinion is the product that stands out most, considering it has NFC Technology incorporated, and a debit + credit + loyalty point card. In our opinion this will be very attractive for many, because it’s basically a three-in-one card which can be used in the real world. Monaco and Advcash can be considered the closest competitors to ECOMI One.
Lastly, ECOMI Collect and ECOMI Vault both have competitors, such as PokemonGo, CryptoKitties, Steam VR, and Google Drive, Dropbox respectively. ECOMI Vault will contain many more features than the current competition, as can be seen below, therefore it might gain a hefty customer base if development will be quick. On the flip side, intellectual property and document protection is already being tackled by several blockchain-based startups.
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Innovation & Intellectual Property
ECOMI’s parent company, ORBIS, owns a shareholding stake in the manufacturing production facility, for the Secure Wallet and the ECOMI One. This production facility has high-level technical manufacturing production and owns 19 patents related to hardware wallets and debit technology.
Update on 8 May, 2018: One of the team’s main focuses will be acquiring licensed and recognized collectibles for ECOMI Collect. The nature of licensed collectibles will bring some unique marketing collaborations, and should drive people from outside of crypto into ECOMI. So far the team has secured the license for tokidoki, and mentioned that more announcements are to be coming soon. This is a key point of difference in comparison to competitors, as collectible offering- and second hand market- will be recognizable characters and pieces, as opposed to tickets, coupons and shopping rewards.
Use of Blockchain = 73\%
Blockchain Advantage
The use of Blockchain allows ECOMI to bring customers a much safer debit, credit, and cryptocurrency cold wallet. All five ECOMI products focus on lowering the entry barrier for cryptocurrency non-natives and offer better solutions to already existent products and services.
Need for Custom Token
The native token’s main usage is staking. It allows users to have access to advanced features offered by the products and unlocks features which would not be accessible without having an active stake. Access to products and services within the ECOMI ecosystem will incentivise token holders to support the network by staking OMI Tokens, rather than spending them. This is a perfect example of aiming to tokenize an economy. ECOMI’s ecosystem could run almost the same by using fiat, however, by tokenizing the network, transactions become faster, users are “hooked” to the platform quicker and in-game spending becomes easier.
Decentralization
team will offer an exchange function built into the ECOMI One Card/App, so that you can exchange the currencies you own. In the initial phase it will operate similarly to Shapeshift and be tailored to the specific needs of our community. It is unclear whether the exchange is decentralized or not. The rest of the products are, we believe, decentralized enough, so that power is not monopolized within the network.
Storage and Mining
Do not include in rating ECOMI mentions that they are currently in talks with several data storage solutions such as Sia Coin. These solutions will be used for large-file storage hosted through the ECOMI Vault.
Contribution for the Blockchain Economy
ECOMI has competition from all angles, however, the offerings they are working on should be better than what’s currently available on the market. We are particularly excited about the Secure Wallet and the ECOMI One. We believe that an improved hardware wallet and an all-in-one debit/credit card can attract a large customer base and allow ECOMI to build a sizeable revenue stream, especially since alternatives to the current hardware wallets are needed due to unmet demand and security flaws. ECOMI has the potential to bring great contribution to the blockchain economy simply by offering your average Joe an easy way to enter the space, either through the use of a secure debit card, the ECOMI Collect game, or the ECOMI Vault with its stellar security propositions. ECOMI Collect’s advantage is the licensed brands that the company have onboard. In addition, these famous licensed brands, will expose blockchain / crypto to many people outside this space from the $621 billion collectibles market.
Development Roadmap
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Concreteness
The development plan presented is very clear, and there are many milestones that the team aims to achieve within the upcoming two years. Each quarter brings either a product launch or a new updated version of the already existing product(s). We believe that the roadmap is slightly ambitious for the team’s current size, and that there might be delays in releases, especially in the ECOMI One wholesale distribution. Hopefully, the team can prove us wrong in the long-term and stick to the presented deadlines.
Vision
ECOMI’s roadmap runs until the end of 2019 and has several releases / milestones planned for each quarter. We believe this is important from the product development and the investor’s viewpoints. Frequent milestones put pressure on the team and should act as motivation in the long-run. If all of the planned milestones will be achieved in time, ECOMI will gain great traction and profit from positive exposure in news and cryptocurrency outlets.
Current Position
The Secure Wallet was planned to be developed by the end of Q1 2018. The wallet is complete, and the team is currently working on some updates of the app which will be released before the crowdsale. It is mentioned that the team also has plans for scaling contributions considering they build on Ethereum. So far they have achieved a sufficient amount of planned milestones and are well on track.
Recent Developments
In recent weeks, ECOMI has had a number of successes thanks to strategic partnerships and investments, as well as the business acumen provided by CEO David Yu. These include an acquisition of a larger stake of the hardward manufacturing facility, favorable price negotiations for licenses on ECOMI Collect, and an ORBIS series A round of investment.
These developments bode very well for ECOMI and current and future investors as the leadership team has decided to reassess the token sale hard-cap and cut the token in price in half while simultaneously issuing twice as many tokens to current holders.
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DIMCOIN.NEM.FUTURE.TOMORROW.TODAY

The digital currency market has been developed since the introduction of Bitcoin. It was the first time that blockchain “shares” were traded. Recently another currency was created:DIM (Data Interchange Module).
There are two versions of DIM: DIMCOIN and DIM Currency. DIMCOIN is a speculative coin that can be traded with other digital currencies.DIM Currency is a digital currency which is linked to a particular equivalent of fiat money. Furthermore only DIM Currency is valid as a means of payment in the realm of the DIM ecosystem.
The DIM ecosystem offers many services: digitisation of capital, trade with digital shares and property asset, digital exchange of currency, exchange of digital currency for fiat money, e-commerce, purchases with debit cards, commercial business and trade of commodities. All services are available for mobile and desktop. DIM and the DIM ecosystem are organised by the DIM Foundation and are based on on the NEM-blockchain-technology. This technology offers an unique two-sided interpretation with junction-reputation, spam-protection and time synchronisation by dint of so-called "super-junction" - to guarantee a safe online trade and safe online transaction.
The access to the DIM ecosystem is provided by a personal DEPOTWALLET also from the DIMCOIN Foundation. As meeting inside the DIM Ecosystem for DIM (DIMCOIN and DIM Currencies) is WISE Consulting. The Hybrid Stock Exchange (HYBSE) is an online platform for global companies and investors that offers a rash of digital property assets like shares, ETCs(Exchange-Traded Commodities), ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds), ETNs (Exchange-Traded Notes), Crypto-Forex Exchange, Index, Startups-IPO, Startup-ICO and Pirate Market.
Why Dimcoin? Here are the advantages: You can buy and sell stocks without a broker. By this you save on commissions and bank fees when buying and selling digital assets. Furthermore you will get total control over your property. You hold your own property and can resist against garnishment. Only you can access your assets and no third party is involved.. Your "buy" and "sell" orders get executed in real-time on the blockchain. It’s a decentralised network that is always accessible 24/7 ). Service is included.
The exemplary board of directors and advisors provide their vast knowledge of finance, policy and regulation to managing and advising DIMCOIN. The experienced team lend their understanding and ability in technology, financial services and compliance to developing and maintaining DIMCOIN. The investors include globally recognised venture capital firms and strategic investors.
After investing with some of the most common cryptocurrencies you will receive an email within 10 days with instructions on how to receive your DIMCOIN / DIM TOKEN. You will need to download NEMs NanoWallet or DIMCOINs Depotwallet. Depotwallet is a blockchain wallet that permits users to buy, sell, manage and hold DIM cryptocurrencies and cryptonised assets. The wallet is free to download on the DIMCOIN, HYBSE and Depotwallet websites.
The DIM Foundation is responsible for the management, creation and distribution of both the DIMCOIN and DIM Currencies. The price of DIMCOIN is determined by market forces and also influenced by developments within the DIM ecosystem. You can trade and convert DIMCOIN to DIM Currencies, then you will be able to buy cryptonised assets in the DIM ecosystem. Through Depotwallet debit cards users can perform online and walk-in merchant shopping. Anyone with a Depotwallet account can send and accept DIMCOIN. You can find all the crypto-equities on HYBSE.com, and you can purchase them through the Depotwallet (currently in beta phase).
How To Register a Depotwallet:
Visit: https://depotwallet.com/ Open Account Wallet name and Password and Create an account Save the “.wlt” file in a secure location Open text document Copy and paste the raw wallet file and private keys on a text document Check the boxes andagree!
Difference between DIMCOIN and DIM TOKEN: The DIM TOKEN is something that is only available during the Pre-ICO and ICO period. Buying 50+ DIM TOKEN qualifies the user to receive a share of total 30% of the net transfer fees from the DIM Ecosystem. DIMCOIN is a speculative coin which is used for investing and within the DIM Ecosystem.
How do you invest?
You need to have a cryptocurrency wallet in order to purchase DIMCOIN, and you need to create a Depotwallet / NanoWallet in order to receive DIMCOIN. You can invest from the DIMCOIN website by following the instructions provided there. Invest with XEM and receive an additional 10% Bonus (depending on the time of your investment - check the website to get the last rate).
Why should you invest?
The current global stock markets are electronic in nature. In general, all electronic matching systems are quicker than the open outcry system of the past. However, it is still not quick enough for our ever-changing world. After orders are matched, it can take days for them to be executed. It is burdensome and expensive to buy assets such as shares from foreign markets using traditional methods such as banks and stock markets. Transferring shares between issuers and investors using current banking systems is archaic and lethargic at best. It can take from two days to six months before both parties are in possession of their assets.
What does this token represent?
1 DIM Token will be equivalent to 100 DIMCOIN, each DIMCOIN is worth $0.01. The tokens represent a form of ownership of the DIM Ecosystem. Payout structure: Investors with +50 DIM Tokens will receive a share from 30% of the net fees earned on the DIM cryptocurrency transfers within the DIM ecosystem according to the percentage of tokens owned. Bonuses: Grid is constructed with regards to amount raised.
Be clever - invest in DIM and use cryptocurrency! The DIM is a digital cryptocurrency which comes in two versions, the DIMCOIN and DIM Currencies. DIM Currencies are a digital currency for the DIM-ecosystem e-commerce and merchant purchasing.
ICO started – the way to success:
This year DIMCOIN will enlist in 3 major exchanges, reprogram HYBSE into a blockchain platform and launch an application on Android. Have 50 companies listed on HYBSE.
In 2018 is the implementation of HYBSE on blockchain, launch mobile phone trading for Android and have DIM Currencies accepted for commercial purposes. Expand operations into Asia.
2019: Have 1% share of the global trading done on DIM ecosystem, list ecosystem on global stock markets and implement DIM ATMs. Expand operations to South America.
2020: List the DIM ecosystem on global stock markets. Expand operations into Africa.
DIMCOINS - the best kind of digital currency!
Forum/Thread:
Original Thread https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1986414.0
Bounty Thread https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2049950.msg20424953#msg20424953
ICO Invest Site: https://www.dimcoin.io/
Wallet https://www.depotwallet.com
Hardware/Wallet https://trezor.io/
German Telegram Group:
https://t.me/joinchat/E1huKURK_AxFvzpiWpCW2A
Englisch Telegram Group: https://t.me/dimcoinICO
Social Media:
https://twitter.com/DIMCOIN_ICO https://www.facebook.com/DIMCOINICO/ https://www.instagram.com/dimcoinico_/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYe1NDNT6oo
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Best of the best Q&A Stephens and Shingos. Universall Wallet, Fiat Gateway, BQX Token, Security, Predictions, Supply

Product
Shingo, [28.10.17 20:27] We have our ideas about how we think businesses could use blockchain, but as we all know, we have seen people come up for use cases of blockchain in areas and industries that we could never have imagined. What is important for us is to make sure that we build our platform as generically as possible since we really do want to build up an ecosystem on top of these open protocols. This is much akin to what RedHat does (which is package up and support the open source Linux software). Another way to look at it is where we sit on the tech stack for blockchain. For those of you who are familiar with the OSI model, we sit in the blockchain equivalent of layer 5 or 6. Ethereum is an incredibly powerful layer 4 tool that facilitates an ecosystem that we are trying to build. People who built on top of Bedrock would be layer 7. Our consumer facing products would also sit at layer 7. I think a lot of people are taking the wrong approach to blockchain with regard to businesses/enterprise. To my knowledge - I haven't seen anything that a private blockchain does better than a well organized database and data schema - and I don't think blockchains were ever designed to be data storage mechanisms since there are no inherent advantages that the structure gives. What blockchain does afford is the infrastructure to rethink public structures and to distrupt current trust models. In other words - two participants in the NASDAQ markets can't trust each other the same way that two employees at Microsoft can. What we are trying to do is package up open protocols for real business use cases. Instead of building Ethereum clones on Azure, build a financial structure on Ethereum Mainnet
Shingo, [16.11.17 17:19] [In reply to Josh: I’m wondering how much BQX would I need to spend to use the platform? Is it gonna be a subscription thing or pay per use?] We are making a rate card - it really depends on what features you want. We want to make it free and painless to a newbie user. A lot of the tokens will likely be consumed in our Enterprise services and API services since we want to be charging more to companies than individual consumers. We will release more information once it is ready!
stephen corliss, [26.10.17 23:20] [In reply to Long Ton: Will there be uses for the BQX token not previously mentioned? Tricks up the sleeve?] Interesting proposition though isn’t it?.... I’m not sure about all-purpose but it surely has many. During the early stages of any company, you can only analyze what you know and then adjust for future events using 2 or 3 risk variables. As we cannot reveal the entire picture just yet, what you should be sure to do is at a minimum analyze BQX based off of the Whitepaper. As long as you have this, as new information comes out all you will need to do is amend your model. Much easier this way.
stephen corliss, [15.11.17 14:51] [In reply to Aamir: Sorry if this question has been asked before. As you were the COO for blackrock a few years ago, could there be a potential partnership in the future?] I would answer this broadly. Considering my long history with our traditional side brethren, I would say that it would be silly, if not irresponsible, of me not to leverage relationships and networks. So, because we are building a Multi-Sided Hybrid Financial Platform that solves real problems for BOTH consumers and businesses, both financial and many others, I would fully expect that we will leverage all of these relationships pre and post my time in global finserv to bring them into our eco-system.
Shingo, [02.09.17 01:24] [In reply to Zev Rector: how do the baskets get made?] Wallets will be entirely user directed and owned. Universal wallet is like a keychain and one-click diversification is like automated shapeshift with order bulking
stephen corliss, [22.08.17 23:54] [In reply to Andrew: stephen how does bqx manages the liquidity component? Is there an authorised participant in the picture similiar to a traditional etf? I also assume there will be fee savings from investing into various baskets? And will there be fees from switching the allocations of the underlying basket trades?] Hi Andrew, Our liquidity network solution acts as an aggregator to keep costs down, a bit similar to an AP for etf's but not the same. Switching Fees exist but again they are minimal because of how we dynamically manage liquidity.
Andrew: also, who will manage the asset allocation on each of the baskets? And how is each basket priced?
Users will through our UI which also provides rich information to help guide you. It is so slick & powerful but extremely intuitive. Pricing is realtime from api's.
Universall wallet
stephen corliss, [14.11.17 04:24] [In reply to JiMMy Choo: Can i ask what a UW is stephen] Our UW is an intuitive, self-custodied universal wallet that allows users to safely store, manage, leverage and “further monetize” their crypto assets in one place while maintaining complete control of their private keys.
stephen corliss, [13.10.17 13:09] [In reply to lilee: Any option for Bqx wallet user to further leverage their cold storage asset ?] Ah, I’ve been waiting for this question for a while. Maximizing the value of users assets is a major game changer. So, yes we will have some exciting things happening here. Keeping the details confidential for now so as to keep the copycats at bay...
stephen corliss, [29.09.17 13:04] [In reply to Inigo: Bitquence wallet would be compatible with all criptocoins? Yes, some coins, like POS, will be added in later phases due to their complexities and may be offered as a premium service]
stephen corliss, [19.09.17 15:29] [In reply to George: Maybe I don't fully understand the concept, but I think it's essentially going to be like a wallet where u can keep any currency and also exchange currencies?] The Universal Wallet delivers "Single point coin storage and security", which can be connected and disconnected to the Bitquence Platform when managing coins whether acquiring more, reshaping or liquidating. To enhance the self portfolio management features, users can acquire intelligence (Prediction, user performance, etc) from others on the platform enriched with custom market research data to better manage and diversify all with only a simple click. The UW will also enable payments to anyone/anywhere. This is only the tip of the iceberg as we have several additional unique and powerful features planned that will transform consumer self financial management in a way where we swing the pendulum of control and leverage back to consumers and away from dominant large conglomerates.
stephen corliss, [08.10.17 19:52] [In reply to Donkey Emporium: Have you looked into integrating your wallet with the 0x protocol? - Yes everyone has myetherwallet but would be cutting edge if you could integrate somehow with your universal wallet] This is such an important point so I hope I can be really clear. As we believe price-discovery is the difference maker when acquiring or liquidating anything of value, model optimization isn’t by yourself trying to deliver another exchange but rather by connecting to as many providers of liquidity as possible. So, with this in mind, our business development and strategic partner initiatives will include all essential sources of liquidity both new and established players. Donkey Emporium: Ok, so most likely you'll be acting as a gateway to those exchanges (paradex, melonport, ethfinex etc) - sticking to your core USP even with your liquidity layer.] It is much more dynamic than just that but at one level yes. Again, this is a new model so let me keep some things under wraps but if there is one thing I’ve seen quite a bit of over my years is trading systems, alternative trading systems, exchanges, RFQ platforms, crossing, dark pools and many more, and the best execution venues are never ones that are based off a single premise but rather those that are the most flexible and dynamic.
stephen corliss, [18.10.17 15:41] [In reply to Tamer Khalayleh: BQXStephen there may be answers to this which ive missed but ill ask anyway as it can benefit others also;
  1. Are user interactions possible? Send message to user or chat?
  2. Is it possible to store what ive invested into a portfolio to see how it develops over time (like blockfolio)? If yes, will you have access to look into other ppls portfolio? Say user has enabled setting letting other users see my port (user should have 1k bqx to be able for this feuture)
  3. Are correct predictions rewarded? Say reward x if over 90 % right, x if > 80 % right
  4. Any "wall of fame" for top 10 users with most correct predictions?
  5. Ability to follow a users activity? User x has invested in this/that or any of this kind?] Awesome questions. I’m hesitant to answer as I usually do because I think it is time to protect our competitive advantages. Competitors love our forum because of our transparency but we know their prying 👀 are there. Let me think about how best to answer as these are all important questions. Give me a minute.
Okay, my top secret evasive answers to all your 5 questions are, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, Or said my way, Damn straight! Our plans to continuously build out Release 1 (Amber) are powerful. No messing about here.
stephen corliss, [23.10.17 00:09] [In reply to Harshad Thakar: What is your plan for security auditing of all the cool ecosystem n features implementation Shingo and eng team have been and will be working on?] I will defer the more intelligent answer to @Shingolavine but I would remind everyone the we are an upper layer in the stack that is a connector of sorts, looking and working across multiple chains. This means that we will have on and off chain activities and processes that involve both crypto specific and non-specific technology. We will employ highly detailed auditing of all essential components especially those involving smart contracts. As our structure will involve numerous highly scrutinized businesses / industries I can assure everyone that this platform will be put under a microscope for many reasons.
Shingo: Smart contracts we have done security audits. APIs are mostly unit testing and making sure they do what they are supposed to do. Front end mostly selenium. Pretty standard stuff. Testing/Security is all about following best practices and being paranoid
stephen corliss, [23.10.17 04:12] [In reply to Emmanuel Bergeron: hello i have question, suppose i am holding omisego tokens and i am getting a dividend from holding the token , if i were to use the bitquence wallet to keep my OMG coins, will i still get my dividend ?] Yes. However, as the complexity associated with solving for certain POS coins is variable, certain coins “may” be made available and considered premium, thus requiring users to pay a premium based fee to add complex coin structures to their UW. (example - POS coins who restrict users to using a coins unique wallet.) stephen corliss, [15.11.17 00:33] [In reply to Sean Considine: Will the Universal Wallet support ALL coins (all 1200+) or just the top 100 as shown on the Predictions page?] If you didn’t get a straight answer that is not good. So, at launch, it will be a subset of the total and will grow as we grow where the top 100 are good candidates for launch. As we grow, expanding the pool quickly will be essential as the UW must strive to support all assets as quickly as possible, even those more trickier ones like POS coins.
stephen corliss, [16.11.17 13:09] [In reply to Josh: I’m wondering how much BQX would I need to spend to use the platform? Is it gonna be a subscription thing or pay per use?] Its will be pay per use. We will have other premium options payable in one time fees or subscriptions depending on the product or service but entry is made quite simple.
Fiat Gateway
stephen corliss, [10.10.17 19:04] [In reply to momo: Will the application support crypto to fiat , if so how it will work and what type of methods (bank transfer, credit card withdrawal,etc )?] Our fiat model will be dynamic and multi-faceted to ensure simplicity for the consumer. The total # of options and flexibility will grow as we move along our roadmap and across national boundaries. We are keeping this close to the vest at the moment as our strategy and model is powerful and will allow us to maintain a significant competitive advantage.
stephen corliss, [20.10.17 14:24] [In reply to Sookee Yong: "Fiat integration " this is what will make bqx sky is the limit] Yes!! but there is such thing as a bad, better and best fiat strategy so the trick is to find the one that delivers the most flexibility and simplicity...! This is where one can deliver product differentiation if they get it right and don’t rush out a bad solution.
stephen corliss, [02.10.17 13:06] [In reply to Zh: It seems like fiat integration is almost a certainty and just a short matter of time before it is indeed integrated. Am I right to say this?] The solution is the heavy load so we have that in hand. So, yes we can now choose when to add it rather than be forced add it at a much later date because we didn't hv the solution. Its all about dev now so that is much easier to deal with. Zh: Sorry, what do you mean by the solution is heavy load?]
Stephen: Solving for FIAT is significant both on the dev side and the legal side. The legal side is the furthest thing from easy or short so we tackled that side first. Its basically done.
stephen corliss, [21.09.17 15:17] [In reply to Suppoman: Incredible! So re hardware wallet, you anticipate BQX support using another, or bringing out a Bitquence hardware wallet that competes with Ledger?] We haven't quite decided that one yet as we do enjoy the Ledger Nano S. We are also contemplating a Card 💳 for the UW as well!
stephen corliss, [08.10.17 19:09] [In reply to Greg: For me it's also quite long with fiat integration but Universal wallet will be soon next year so it's big advantage. Fiat i think is for a reason so late and i'd rather to be surprised if it will be sooner then later] Remember, I revealed this before. The most challenging part of fiat is finding and securing the model necessary to do this legally. We have this in hand and, in fact, it is the most viable universal solution possible. Don’t know anyone else out there who can say this. Now, solving for this allows us to focus on design and structure and deliver the functionality earlier than originally planned by at least 18 months. With our fiat solution now in hand, we can deliver fiat functionality basically anytime along our roadmap. Timing Precision is key here for numerous reasons so the great thing is having the flexibility to move it forward if necessary, which is what we now have.
stephen corliss, [15.10.17 22:13] [In reply to Johnson Berce: Can someone explain to me this issue I am thinking about . These debit cards. If in my bank I have 1$ I have $1 to use in my bank account . With a crypto debit card if bitquence is $1 and I go to McDonald’s and the price drops to .60 cents . This is my problem how can this be resolved] When we design the model for the longterm there are some things we can do but as folks have said, if you are holding anything but the currency needed and accepted by the receiving party, price conversion is inevitable. marking-to-market. I don’t want to say too much publicly ( 👀) but hedging and other basket strategies that involve uncorrelated assets can limit price volatility.
stephen corliss, [23.10.17 00:57] [In reply to Tertius De Bruin: Will u guys be implementing an instant buy funcition and if yes how will the feed be in comparison to using exchanges?] Fantastic Question!! I hate the current model employed by most of those in the industry. I don’t see any way to validate the premium one has to pay just for the sake of simplicity. Every fee paid, every basis point spread between the best bid/offer that a consumer pays means less in your pocket. We will not treat customers this way and we will always be 100% transparent UPFRONT.
stephen corliss, [23.10.17 15:10] [In reply to Tamer Khalayleh: You're planning for your fiat integration as we all know - do you have any plans to include more than USD, EU currency?] As you know, the answer to this is entirely dependent on the chosen strategy. If one chooses a payment gateway provider, for instance, the breadth of coverage is entirely driven by a partners market coverage. Personally, I believe in this space, where customer residency is so widespread, any solution that overlooks this fact pattern is a big mistake. So, our intention is to not make this mistake. We have yet to complete the full analysis but our desired outcome is clear and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure the best results for our users. The model we are leveraging is quite powerful as I believe it opens up all avenues so this does afford us some creative license in our final design.
stephen corliss, [29.10.17 22:55] [In reply to Les: Will I be able to have direct deposit from my employeer to Bqx wallet?] Ha! Another question I’ve been waiting on so thank you for asking. If you begin to piece together our big vision (and we know we haven’t revealed everything yet) I believe you should begin to see a theme. So, I’m going to answer this very honestly, YES we see this as a very viable option as we validate our model and secure the confidence that is necessary for big business to embrace.
BQX Token
stephen corliss, [28.10.17 22:34] [In reply to Ezz: Can i know what will be the use of BQX token itself] The token will power all of the transactional activity that will be made possible by the Bitquence Platform including fiat integration, basket creation, unique data and research generation, risk mitigation, fund creation , distribution and management, and so much more. Ezz: How will power all of this I mean from where it will gain value Stephen: Each one of he mentioned services, and a lot of others to be revealed soon, will require BQX. Thus all stakeholders in the eco-system will have to acquire, hold and use the BQX utility token in order to benefit from a wide array of dynamic products and services.
Shingo, [14.10.17 06:39] [In reply to ChunLin Wu: If the platform need BQX to access, how to attract lots of investors to use the platform if the token price is high?] Fees can be dynamically adjusted based on demand for services and token price. If this is our biggest problem, I'm sure we will have the money to solve it :) Stephen: We can manage any price variables dynamically to ensure BQX fees are commensurate with the product and service to keep entry open to everyone.
stephen corliss, [14.09.17 11:40] BQX are essential for users to access services on the Platform to pay transactional gas related to Basket Creation and the Universal Wallet. Although not necessary, users can also seed their baskets with BQX, hold BQX in a Basket and also in their Wallet. At some later stage, we may offer customized baskets that we manage for customers but that typically involves a specific financial license that we don't wang to entertain as of yet. Stability is not necessarily essential for "gas" as if the value of a token becomes too high or too low there are steps we can take to self adjust to ensure customers can afford to pay gas, like managing token inventory.
stephen corliss, [19.09.17 15:20] [In reply to George: Will people be able to use the nutrients platform without actually purchasing bqx coins??] Only certain features are accessible without BQX. At present they are the social and prediction features. The basket and universal wallet features will require BQX to access.
stephen corliss, [20.09.17 16:20] [In reply to JiveTalkinRobot: Many in here expect BQX to "moon" in the secondary market, isn't that counter productive?] Our objectives are to ensure the token price represents the value of the service. If its too high, we risk pricing out customers. If its too low, we potentially operate at a loss or have to increase fees, which may also upset customer dynamics. This is something we must manage carefully so we will use all the tools in our toolbox to ensure a proper balance.
Shingo, [20.09.17 20:47] Also for questions about what BQX does - it is a functional token with a variety of uses on the platform. Most notably, we have been talking a lot about having it be an API access token as well allowing people to build applications on top of the Bitquence ecosystem. This could potentially be very powerful in the same way that Stripe created a standard API to create payment networks.
stephen corliss, [23.10.17 22:14] Another way of saying this is those acquiring tokens need to understand all of the functional use cases for any coin. When deriving value for anything, one must understand all of its inputs and outputs. To keep this simple, Inputs are fees / revenues and Outputs are Costs. Why Outputs? Well, if we want to forecast price / fee levels one will need to understand where break even is before moving on to volumes, customer growth, inflation, etc etc. This is somewhat of a typical fundamental analysis. I think we agree just say it slightly differently. There are other variables in this space but I think this captures the gist.
Predictions
stephen corliss, [28.10.17 22:58] [In reply to Nico: actually i just want to know if the process of evaluation of the predictions, will be completly done by humans or partly by humans and automated?] Predictions itself will initially involve human interaction. Once the unique data is created it will then be enriched with other data including social and a broad array of conventional and unconventional data. So, it is a bit of both. Harshad Thakar: So the way I understand it is as follows [a] Combination of predictions + Intelligence Hub & UW build foundation for an extremely powerful platform that wll be used to addresse the obstacles around mass adoption. [b] moreover the intelligence hub (with various types of data) can be monetized by Bitquence by offering various service models for the partners/builders and they will need to use BQX token as gas; resulting in demand for the tokens n hence the increase in its value over long-term. Stephen: Yes, with the many numerous other products and services that we are keeping under lock and seal to protect our first mover advantage. Each one of these will significantly increase demand for BQX as it will also be needed for gas, access, etc
stephen corliss, [08.10.17 22:24] [In reply to Donkey Emporium: With your predictions would you essentially be able to buy futures contracts on cryptocurrencies? - like via the CME?] Not initially as this would clearly trigger derivative registrations across all major markets, which is not ideal at this stage both from a capital consumption and strategic plan perspective. However, because of the legal model we will build everything on we can hook into other CFD providers quite easily and still comply with rules across multiple juridictions
stephen corliss, [09.10.17 14:16] [In reply to Greg: Number of predictions will be limited somehow? Otherwise if there is no risk to bet, people can make many predictions and just hope for lucky shot. Or there will be some points and reward only for top points user?] Only one prediction per user per coin per contest
Circulating Supply
stephen corliss, [03.11.17 15:17] As you know, BQX has a Total Supply of 222,295,208. Of This Total Supply, 40% was reserved “exclusively” for the liquidity pool, which means 88,918,083 BQX will never become part of the Circulating Supply. The Liquidity Pool should be thought of as simply a source of collateral, not to be bought or sold in the marketplace. This leaves a MAX Circulating Supply of 133,377,125 where 71,883,993 are currently in the marketplace. The remaining 61,493,132 tokens are for Operating Purposes and will be added “only gradually” to circulating supply as/when the company uses them for technology, operational, and other related costs on a monthly or reoccurring basis. I hope this helps.
stephen corliss, [03.10.17 13:06] [In reply to Max: Where do these coins come from ? If the supply is limited and people can't lose coins with bad predictions, won't you run out of coins and be unable to pay rewards at some point ?] BQX is used by users to pay transaction fees so this is important to not overlook. Second, in the immediate phase, additional BQX pools were created from mining during the token sale, which we can draw from for these marketing related costs. Thus, we will not run out of tokens as there will be fees coming in.
stephen corliss, [03.10.17 14:14] [In reply to Yoyo: So how would new bqx enter the market] The pools are something to not overlook as they are drawn from for various corporate expenditures including marketing and outsourced activities such as content and data generation as just one example. Other potential programs we will offer (think of them like you would POS but it is not a direct correlation) to reward users can involve common elements such as rewarding users who develop a "following" on the platform, rewarding users for inviting and bringing new validated users to the platform, creating investment strategies that are desired by other users, I will stop there as the rest are highly confidential at the moment... Don't want to tip our hands to all of our competitors but I assure you that these other programs are transformational and extremely powerful that benefit users in 2 ways, first with a powerful user experience and secondarily as additional ways to generate rewards.
Adding to another Exchanges
Shingo, [28.10.17 20:27] We have our ideas about how we think businesses could use blockchain, but as we all know, we have seen people come up for use cases of blockchain in areas and industries that we could never have imagined. What is important for us is to make sure that we build our platform as generically as possible since we really do want to build up an ecosystem on top of these open protocols. This is much akin to what RedHat does (which is package up and support the open source Linux software). Another way to look at it is where we sit on the tech stack for blockchain. For those of you who are familiar with the OSI model, we sit in the blockchain equivalent of layer 5 or 6. Ethereum is an incredibly powerful layer 4 tool that facilitates an ecosystem that we are trying to build. People who built on top of Bedrock would be layer 7. Our consumer facing products would also sit at layer 7. I think a lot of people are taking the wrong approach to blockchain with regard to businesses/enterprise. To my knowledge - I haven't seen anything that a private blockchain does better than a well organized database and data schema - and I don't think blockchains were ever designed to be data storage mechanisms since there are no inherent advantages that the structure gives. What blockchain does afford is the infrastructure to rethink public structures and to distrupt current trust models. In other words - two participants in the NASDAQ markets can't trust each other the same way that two employees at Microsoft can. What we are trying to do is package up open protocols for real business use cases. Instead of building Ethereum clones on Azure, build a financial structure on Ethereum Mainnet Listing on exchanges is part of our customer acquisition strategy. We want to get more people involved in Bitquence and excited for when we begin our product releases. As much as we can, we want to utilize the infrastructure of the crypto community to spread our message of mass adoption. We are looking long-term to make the vision a reality. Getting exposure on a major platform is always positive
stephen corliss, [13.10.17 17:00] [In reply to CryptoHodl: Does Bitquence have any plans to get on Bittrex?] They are on the radar, of course. Bittrex is a different animal versus others as we have absolutely no bearing on the process or timing. It appears they have changed their token onboarding process (as they should have) and it seems they have also walled themselves off from all direct communications with potential tokens. Not sure if that is by design or not. They have everything they need from us for any “future” listing but it may just come down to user demand where the popularity of BQX warrants them to act sooner.
Shingo, [23.10.17 05:04] The only reason we would want to get listed on more exchanges is if we were excluding customers due to the current set of exchanges or for the publicity
Security
stephen corliss, [12.09.17 15:22] [In reply to Inigo] The security issue is first very important so the advice given by your peers is right. With regards to the correlation you are drawing, I would say the BQX users will hold their own keys and store them in their cold storage of choice. Nothing of yours moves onto the platform unless you are building a basket then it is temporary. Once the transaction is done, everything moves off the platform and back to your cold storage. Nothing is ever left on the Platform. Whereas with Exchanges you have to decide to move it off or not.
Shingo, [15.09.17 23:11] [In reply to Ke: Is it correct to assume that in 1 year or 2, if bitquence delivers the ultimate universal wallet as we believe then there would be no need for nano S or Trezor or at least the price of these items will be severely reduced because of lesser demand? Stephen especially if it's cold storage right?]
The way that our "cold storage" works is sort of like a "nano ledger in the sky". Again sort of. The private key never hits the internet just like a normal hardware wallets, but you have to trust the transaction signing mechanism. If this sounds dangerous, this is exactly the same level of trust that you have with a nano ledger. You trust that the nano ledger is signing the transactions in a trustworthy way in the same way you will be trusting that Bitquence will sign the transactions in a trustworthy way. Your private keys will always be under your control. Bitquence will hold only encrypted keys for your convenience (hence the "managed universal wallet"), but you will hold the only unencrypted copy. That means if you close down your account or just decide to leave Bitquence, you can still go use the same keys somewhere else and your funds will be secure. Hope this is helpful
stephen corliss, [03.10.17 12:42] [In reply to Jochen: Stephen, how safe can the storage of coins be of Bitquence in comparison with a hardware wallet like Ledger Nano S? Pro's and contra's] I don't want to reveal too many details yet so as to protect our intellectual property and solution but we see it as at least compatible if not improved as we are also trying to tackle the issue with lost keys equal lost assets for consumers. For mass adoption to be achievable, this problem has to be fixed.
stephen corliss, [14.10.17 15:40] We see cold-storage as a game changer for consumers as it gives you the ability to maximize your influence over others who may want to use your idle tokens. This means we can deliver new products and services that allow you to generate additional yield (returns) on your assets other than price gains or interest paid by your POS coins. Think of similar traditional products such as those involving securitized and structured products.
Shingo, [23.10.17 19:30] [In reply to Daniel Power: Is Bitquence going to be open source when it releases?] Some pieces will be. Some others will not. We want to preserve competitive advantage as much as we can
Shingo, [29.10.17 22:34] [In reply to Aleksander Lien: about your wallet and cold storage! Are They safe as normal bank account!? Like if i store all my values in There , and as long as i dont throw my key/passwords around , The storage can not be hacked, at all?] I would say safer than a bank account since you own it. The private keys are always under your control and we actually don't even store your private keys. What do provide, however, is encrypted version of your private keys so that you can easily access them whenever you want. Important to note that these encrypted private keys are completely useless to us and only useable by the user.
stephen corliss, [06.11.17 04:26] [In reply to lilee: How Bitquence ensure the platform users is protected from financial risk management point of view ? As some user will be common people less savy in financial investment,we don't want situation like ICOs where there is a lot of scams.] Every company, project or developer must have a reputation, be fully kyc’d and staked by purchasing BQX which will be utilized as gas. Anything presented on the platform by these groups that involve consumer facing products and services, will have to also meet an extensive compliance review as well.
stephen corliss, [11.11.17 20:49] [In reply to Burghardt: Lets asume I am using Bitquence and bought Stratis, Bitcoin and some Ethereumtokens. The USGoverment shuts down BQX from one second to another. The website is gone. Am I able to get my coins? Second scenario .. lets asume hackers are hacking Bitquence. They have all your data, which is online. Are my coins save?] Thanks for the question. First, your coins will be hidden away under your mattress (cold-storage) so in your example, our site being shutdown will not impact your assets. Second, the same is true with hackers, as we don’t have your assets like exchanges do so there is nothing to steal. Clearly 2fa and encryption is key from the users perspective so we are also helping here to ensure the assets under your bed are as safe as possible.
Taxes
Shingo, [16.09.17 03:17] Regarding taxes, we already have plans to allow you to export transaction history in csv so that you can do your taxes. Agree with Dean that it would be impossible to calculate each individual's tax without sophisticated software but we can give the tools to make it easier
Shingo, [16.11.17 18:00] [In reply to Bodhisattwa: since bqx plans to be a one stop shop for an individual. When in the future regulation comes in with respect to taxation of crytpo will the platform have paid features where an individual can get personalized information on his tax liability on the basis of assets and investments made on the platform. Maybe it can start with countries with largest user base first and then other countries... If that is done I feel bqx will definitely will be the place people go for crypto investments. Your thoughts would be appreciated ..:)] Yes! Although I anticipate it will be something more like an API connection into another crypto tax calculator (of which there are many), but we will allow exporting transactions to help calculate tax liability *Stephen: * Yes! Think of tax-loss harvesting and all of the strategic ways consumers can manage tax liabilities. This will be part of the design!
BQX Token Price
Shingo, [03.11.17 19:19] Guys. We are not interested in simplying pumping the price with news. We are about more than that. We are about building a movement that can change the way the financial system operates. News will come when we are ready to release it and we are hard at work building something awesome. I'm not going to talk about anything we aren't ready to reveal.
stephen corliss, [28.10.17 15:18] In my view, prices are driven by demand that stems from existing and potential use-cases, which is also clearly exaggerated by speculative demand. This also applies to BQX. What are the use-cases for BQX and thus, what will be demand? As you know, I believe we sit higher in the stack where we look across a multi-chain universe that will only grow in number. This is important as I believe diverse options will continue to grow, which will increase complexity exponentially only making mass adoption all the more difficult, if not impossible. As such, we need a communication layer of sorts that can interpret and interact with all of the diverse options to ensure the value of each can be recognized. In the financial space, the ability to interpret all of this complexity is absolutely essential as all of this new functionality and value is also represented by coins. So, okay, sure an interpretive layer seems necessary. But what the heck does this mean? This means solutions are necessary for all stakeholders (existing and future) in this space in order to extract all of this potential. We will extract all of this potential by developing an eco-system that removes complexities and creates an environment that allows stakeholders to participate in this new economy across a dynamic platform with simplicity and ease. Okay, how will this create demand for BQX? First, because BQX is what represents the interpretation of all of the underlying events. If i want a coin or cryptoccy, all I need is BQX as Bitquence will do all the rest. No need to go here, there or everywhere. Just one single place that simplifies the entry point and without sacrificing the benefits associated with each chain, coin or ccy. Okay, sounds okay. Now what? Well, now that we have simplified the entry, and exit, points we can now create new and dynamic products that all leverage the interpretation layer. By doing so, we solve problems for all stakeholders up, down and across the entire foodchain who are looking to interact with crypto consumers. Lets step back for a second and think about what is happening with traditional industries. If it is not obvious to everyone, I believe industries are moving towards models that will most likely embrace either Private or Semi-Private Consortium blockchain models. What does this mean for those big firms who can afford to do this? What does this mean for those firms who cannot? This means they will need to leverage other platforms that can remove complexities, simplify and open up access to a whole new world. What will power and be necessary to access all of these solutions to each of these diverse stakeholders? Which platform, what products or services? I think I know the answer to these questions. That is all I can say at the moment, actually maybe a bit too much really...
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ECOMI TOKEN. - [ LICENSED CRYPTO Collectables, Wireless Wallet ]

ECOMI is a security, economy and digital ecosystem supported by ORBIS Blockchain Technologies Ltd. ECOMI aims to bring blockchain technology to the mainstream by offering a user-friendly all-in-one platform.
The company is actively working on tackling the issues of security and data protection (namely private keys) in the crypto sphere. They also want to make cryptocurrencies more user-friendly and increase their efficiency when being used by different entities. In order to do this the company is creating a digital assets ecosystem on the blockchain, delivering the benefits of decentralization, ownership, privacy and control. ECOMI’s products offer the following: The Secure Wallet – A cryptocurrency and private key hardware device that ensures the protection of digital assets via a convenient credit card sized device. Designed to be completely impenetrable by malicious attacks, the Secure Wallet’s infrastructure ensures that it is never connected directly to the Internet, or insecurely connected to an online device, thus maintaining the most secure asset protection.
The Secure Wallet is paired with a host device (an Apple or Android smartphone) via an encrypted wireless / Bluetooth connection. Another feature that makes the wallet stand out is that it’s waterproof and has a bend capability of 15 degrees. The Secure Wallet will launch with the capacity to securely store five cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash and very soon it will offer ERC20 support. By the end of 2018 the Secure Wallet will support over 30 currencies.
ECOMI One – Built on top of the Secure Wallet technology, ECOMI One will securely hold your cryptocurrencies, fiat currencies (e.g. USD, GBP, EUR), as well as your NFC-enabled debit, credit, and loyalty cards.
ECOMI One addresses the utility problem of cryptocurrencies and their day to day usability by offering a consolidated all-in-one wallet with the capability to hold all the aforementioned assets in ‘One’ place. With the integrated debit card – accepted where all major debit cards are accepted – ECOMI One card holders can spend fiat and cryptocurrencies, using technologies such as NFC and EMV. The in-wallet exchange allows cryptocurrencies to be exchanged for fiat currencies, either directly within the app or automatically at the point of sale.
ECOMI Collect – ECOMI Collect will offer a new type of collectable in the form of a ‘Non Fungible Token’ (NFT) – essentially a digital asset that has a verified owner. These NFT’s represent unique collectable items (such as rare cards or characters) that exist in the digital space and can be traced to a verified owner. In an easy to use and well-designed app users can browse a wide range of licensed digital high-quality products.
Once they are purchased, collectable owners can view, trade, or visualise these digital collectables using the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technologies, which now are standard in Apple and Samsung phones. ECOMI has secured the first crypto-collectable license – the internationally renowned brand tokidoki.
ECOMI Vault – ECOMI Vault protects your data. This can include, but is not limited to, all forms of intellectual property, for example a piece of music, literature, or specifications of revolutionary new technology, as well as personal data such as usernames, passwords and also credit cards.
Using a combination of distributed ledger technology and offline private key storage (Secure Wallet or ECOMI One), ECOMI Vault offers a maximum level of protection for personal and commercial data. ECOMI Vault is a software-as-a-service (SAAS) solution. Users can upload files to their Vault, create folders, and organise their data. To keep data organised, there are specific sections for different types of data such as passwords, credit cards, files etc. within the Vault. When data is added to ECOMI Vault, each file gets a verified, timestamped record of all activity that takes place within said file.
This include times when the file was added, viewed, updated, accessed, shared and more.
ECOMI App – At the heart of the ECOMI ecosystem there is the ECOMI app. Through this app users will be able to access all ECOMI services and features from one central location. ECOMI apps will be developed by ORBIS Blockchain Technologies Ltd. During this initial development period ORBIS will create guidelines for development within the ECOMI Ecosystem. Soon after, the ECOMI Ecosystem will be open as a platform for any developer who wishes to either build an app the community has voted for, or create an app of their own. Users can access the products and services within the ECOMI ecosystem by using the ECOMI desktop and mobile apps, as well as browser extensions for certain features.
Product Readiness.
ECOMI aims to offer five different products, all bringing value to users through different ways. The company has finalized one of the products so far (The Secure Wallet). The other four are still in development and are planned to be finalized in the following time periods:
Sometime in 2018, before the set due dates, the test versions of the products will be released.
Competitive Advantage
What stands out is ECOMI’s fairly wide scope. In regard to the four products that the company plans to develop, it has to be said that each has competitors. They might lose to those more focused competitors who are putting all their resources towards solving one problem.
ECOMI does have a unique solution with the Secure Wallet, and that product is finished and ready to be purchased. What makes it better than competitors like Ledger Nano S is that they never connect to the internet directly. It remains to be seen if the benefits are significant enough to move people to this solution rather than the hardware wallets.
Furthermore, ECOMI One and ECOMI Vault are both unique in their ways compared to the current competition. In regard to Ecomi Collect, it is the only cyrpto-collectable app with licensed brands, such as Tokidoki. However, both of these projects are not yet fully developed, hence we will need to wait and see whether their features will still be unique at the time of their release.
Size of Potential Market
ECOMI is aiming to target a mass market with their products, as they are covering all of the following spaces:
The team’s aim is to build a global ecosystem, however for the time being it seems that their main focus is on the American and Asian markets. These two markets are promising in regard to in-game collectibles and also have the largest amount of cryptocurrency users and owners.Competition.
The Secure Wallet has strong competitors in Trezor, Nano, and KeepKey. ECOMI’s wallet does have several features that set it apart from the competition such as allowing the user to access the wallet without an Internet connection, but it comes with a substantially higher price than all three competitors. ECOMI One in our opinion is the product that stands out most, considering it has NFC Technology incorporated, and a debit + credit + loyalty point card. In our opinion this will be very attractive for many, because it’s basically a three-in-one card which can be used in the real world. Monaco and Advcash can be considered the closest competitors to ECOMI One. Lastly, ECOMI Collect and ECOMI Vault both have competitors, such as PokemonGo, CryptoKitties, Steam VR, and Google Drive, Dropbox respectively. ECOMI Vault will contain many more features than the current competition, as can be seen below, therefore it might gain a hefty customer base if development will be quick. On the flip side, intellectual property and document protection is already being tackled by several blockchain-based startups.
Innovation & Intellectual Property
ECOMI’s parent company, ORBIS, owns a shareholding stake in the manufacturing production facility, for the Secure Wallet and the ECOMI One. This production facility has high-level technical manufacturing production and owns 19 patents related to hardware wallets and debit technology. One of the team’s main focuses will be acquiring licensed and recognized collectibles for ECOMI Collect. The nature of licensed collectibles will bring some unique marketing collaborations, and should drive people from outside of crypto into ECOMI. So far the team has secured the license for TokiDoki, and mentioned that more announcements are to be coming soon. This is a key point of difference in comparison to competitors, as collectible offering- and second hand market- will be recognisable characters and pieces, as opposed to tickets, coupons and shopping rewards.
ECOMI’s roadmap runs until the end of 2019 and has several releases / milestones planned for each quarter. We believe this is important from the product development and the investor’s viewpoints. Frequent milestones put pressure on the team and should act as motivation in the long-run. If all of the planned milestones will be achieved in time, ECOMI will gain great traction and profit from positive exposure in news and cryptocurrency outlets.
Current Position
The Secure Wallet was planned to be developed by the end of Q1 2018. The wallet is complete, and the team is currently working on some updates of the app which will be released before the crowdsale. It is mentioned that the team also has plans for scaling contributions considering they build on Ethereum. So far they have achieved a sufficient amount of planned milestones and are well on track.
Maximum Amount to Raise
The hard cap of $45,000,000 is higher than what we believe a project like ECOMI would require. However, considering ECOMI has such a broad scope and is aiming to offer at least five different products, there is also a high chance that in the longer run this amount of capital will be required for marketing, development, partnerships and production.
Furthermore ECOMI Collect requires significant capital for licensing purchasing, content creation, marketing, and advertising. To give a point of reference well known license can cost upwards of $5 million. Currently, ECOMI’s hard cap is slightly higher than what we would like it to be, but we do believe the capital is needed in order to allow the company to develop.
Minimum Amount to Raise
Based on the Whitepaper, ECOMI’s development will continue even if they manage to raise $5,750,000. But the scope of the project would then be greatly reduced, and the company’s focus would solely be on the Secure Wallet for the time being. Development on the other planned products would be halted. We believe this leaves ECOMI in the open as of now since their development goals are based on the total funds they manage to raise during the ICO.
Fund Allocation.
In the case the hard cap is reached the funds collected will be distributed in the following way:
Although the allocation of the collected funds is clear, we believe that some more details about the 65% allocated to product, platform, and business development should be presented.
Token Sold-Kept-Ratio
50% of the total amount of tokens are being offered to the token sale participants. We believe at least half of the total number of tokens should be distributed to investors, because having the tokens distributed to a large number of people means that the network will remain decentralized for the time being.
ICO Details
Token Symbol: OMI Crowdsale Token Price: $0.10 Hard Cap: $44,625,000 Total Tokens for Sale: 500,000,000 (50% of Total Supply) Crowdsale Date: June 30, 2018.
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New Currency Accounts almost here

Imagine…
A hybrid personal finance platform that bridges old world banking and new world crypto.
A solution that actually works in favour of Cryptocurrency mass adoption while many of us still depend in various ways on traditional FIAT money…
Yes, it includes Multi Currency Accounts... with REAL debit cards (not prepaid cards)... AND multi-currency crypto wallets
— unified on one platform, manageable via desktop or mobile.
But why?
When the principle of Satoshi’s original post was against the credit bubbles and control of centralised banking: https://imgur.com/a/udm3a
Centralised vs Decentralised:
Andreas Antonopoulos recently described a necessary return to centralised banking services using cross-chain payment rails to ensure crypto payments are kept low, while bitcoin itself serves as a storage of value. Making each individual their own ‘central bank’ in control of their own financial wellbeing and mastery, while tapping in to various global services as desired.
Giving people the ability to choose the level of privacy, autonomy, and access they want based on their own unique situation, and the current stage of global blockchain adoption.
(One example of Andreas discussing off-chain banking is at at 18:20 on https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=AecPrwqjbGw)
And Wirex is working hard to deliver on that vision of hybrid crypto-friendly banking services that position each individual as their own ‘central bank’.
*Just a fantasy? *
No, just a matter of time as blockchain projects develop over the next few years.
We believe crypto-friendly banking serves the 2018 market to encourage mass adoption.
Today, we’re excited to announce early details of an entirely new fully-integrated crypto finance solution that will be available in Q1:
The old approach used by crypto-card providers until today required a complex web of suppliers and integration partners:
https://imgur.com/a/XMXQf
Wirex has now simplified the ecosystem by building on top of the W-PAY blockchain platform developed for our business partners and liquidity providers:
https://imgur.com/a/Q3dsi
We fully understand that this solution is not built for everyone here as many of you are very well versed in the world of cryptos and know how to store and spend your crypto like a pro.
However, many others in the community share our belief in achieving mass adoption of cryptos.
In our minds, the best way to help implement mass adoption is to make navigating through the crypto space as user friendly as possible and we believe the best way to do this is to become the first global hybrid banking solution in support of cryptos.
Is this another ICO?
Thankfully no. Debit card and crypto banking ICOs have been done way too much recently.
As the very first bitcoin debit card and mobile app provider, building the systems and infrastructure for regulatory compliance and scalability has not been easy. Then our main card issuer had to restrict card accounts only to EU countries. Thousands of our customers around the world left without the convenience of our bitcoin-fundable debit card.
We had only just re-issued tens of thousands of cards at our expense due to a required change from MasterCard to VISA when new restrictions of EU-only were given to us. With new licensing agreements still in process we could no longer serve the majority of our cherished customers around the world — many who’ve been with us since the beginning!
Including noteable influencers in their own areas like Jeff Berwick (The Dollar Vigilante), Tijo (Arcane Bear), and more. Others who would prefer to remain anonymous. Due to new compliance, we can’t even call our old product a ‘bitcoin debit card’ as technically the card does not hold bitcoin, it holds fiat.
These same challenges are also being faced by our competitors, both the new ICO startups and the older copycat projects.
Today we believe we have achieved another industry first and important contribution to the community with the launch of a new Wirex crypto currency finance platform, including Virtual Cards, and contactless plastic cards coming soon. Old style prepaid payment cards funded by bitcoin exchange is old technology.
We believe mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies begins in a big way by mid-2018. And we appreciate all of the support as well as the pushback and challenge from the super-intelligent and committed crypto community. As investors, consumers, service providers and enthusiasts, we are witness to the paradigm shift from old fiat banking systems to a new world of blockchain tech.
Zero-Fee Bitcoin Transfers:
Off-chain transfers between customer accounts allows us to drop blockchain fees to zero for you and any friends, family or contacts who use a Wirex account. Our off-chain Segwit bitcoin addresses give the best of both worlds.
Private Keys:
Of course, we recommend holding your own private keys for your main store of crypto. We recommend running your own node and keeping all 150 gigs of the blockchain stored on a hard drive, or using something like a Nano Ledger hardware wallet. Only keep crypto on an exchange or 3rd party wallet account because you are either trading it, spending it, or sending it (as noted above: Wirex off-chain SegWit enabled wallet allows customer to customer transfers at zero blockchain fee).
Practical Crypto-Friendly Banking For Today’s Market:
Wirex is focused on providing the most practical crypto-friendly finance platform for everyday life. This means our products can be understood and used by people who are new to cryptocurrency. The passion at the Wirex office is all about bringing bitcoin to the mainstream. We want blockchain innovation to thrive. And hopefully you’ll enjoy the new bank account facilities too.
The new Wirex Account combines the familiarity of real banking services with the extra solutions and opportunities of multiple cryptocurrency wallets.
Multi-Crypto Wallets:
New wallets will be integrated. Dash and Litecoin first. Then others. As fast as we can.
Combined on one single seamless platform, you can now open a crypto friendly bank account and benefit from our real debit cards with no top up fees.
Support from the crypto community helps us reach the masses who are brand new to bitcoin with new educational programs and practical crypto financial management.
But we're not here to make a quick $30 million from ICO. We’re here to build a comprehensive blockchain finance platform for all. We're here for the 1,000,000 customer registrations who have used our old bitcoin wallet and debit card services over the past few years. Many who were put off due to compliance issues beyond our control, but issues that we take to heart and feel a lot of empathy for. Remember, we are crypto enthusiasts too and want to enjoy the same products that you do!
Mainstream adoption means higher cryptocurrency prices (BTD and HODL), greater innovations, lower cost services, better digital asset management, and who knows… we may find opportunity to do a worthwhile ICO in the future for something bigger and better than just crypto cards.
Join the Currency Account waitlist today and you’ll be front-of-line when we get final approval to open accounts from the compliance and developer departments.
https://wirexapp.com/wirex-bank-accounts-almost/
Team Wirex
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New Wirex Currency Accounts Almost Here

Imagine…
A hybrid personal finance platform that bridges old world banking and new world crypto.
A solution that actually works in favour of Cryptocurrency mass adoption while many of us still depend in various ways on traditional FIAT money…
Yes, it includes Multi Currency Accounts... with REAL debit cards (not prepaid cards)... AND multi-currency crypto wallets
— unified on one platform, manageable via desktop or mobile.
But why?
When the principle of Satoshi’s original post was against the credit bubbles and control of centralised banking: https://imgur.com/a/udm3a
Centralised vs Decentralised:
Andreas Antonopoulos recently described a necessary return to centralised banking services using cross-chain payment rails to ensure crypto payments are kept low, while bitcoin itself serves as a storage of value. Making each individual their own ‘central bank’ in control of their own financial wellbeing and mastery, while tapping in to various global services as desired.
Giving people the ability to choose the level of privacy, autonomy, and access they want based on their own unique situation, and the current stage of global blockchain adoption.
(One example of Andreas discussing off-chain banking is at at 18:20 on https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=AecPrwqjbGw)
And Wirex is working hard to deliver on that vision of hybrid crypto-friendly banking services that position each individual as their own ‘central bank’.
*Just a fantasy? *
No, just a matter of time as blockchain projects develop over the next few years.
We believe crypto-friendly banking serves the 2018 market to encourage mass adoption.
Today, we’re excited to announce early details of an entirely new fully-integrated crypto finance solution that will be available in Q1:
The old approach used by crypto-card providers until today required a complex web of suppliers and integration partners:
https://imgur.com/a/XMXQf
Wirex has now simplified the ecosystem by building on top of the W-PAY blockchain platform developed for our business partners and liquidity providers:
https://imgur.com/a/Q3dsi
We fully understand that this solution is not built for everyone here as many of you are very well versed in the world of cryptos and know how to store and spend your crypto like a pro.
However, many others in the community share our belief in achieving mass adoption of cryptos.
In our minds, the best way to help implement mass adoption is to make navigating through the crypto space as user friendly as possible and we believe the best way to do this is to become the first global hybrid banking solution in support of cryptos.
Is this another ICO?
Thankfully no. Debit card and crypto banking ICOs have been done way too much recently.
As the very first bitcoin debit card and mobile app provider, building the systems and infrastructure for regulatory compliance and scalability has not been easy. Then our main card issuer had to restrict card accounts only to EU countries. Thousands of our customers around the world left without the convenience of our bitcoin-fundable debit card.
We had only just re-issued tens of thousands of cards at our expense due to a required change from MasterCard to VISA when new restrictions of EU-only were given to us. With new licensing agreements still in process we could no longer serve the majority of our cherished customers around the world — many who’ve been with us since the beginning!
Including noteable influencers in their own areas like Jeff Berwick (The Dollar Vigilante), Tijo (Arcane Bear), and more. Others who would prefer to remain anonymous. Due to new compliance, we can’t even call our old product a ‘bitcoin debit card’ as technically the card does not hold bitcoin, it holds fiat.
These same challenges are also being faced by our competitors, both the new ICO startups and the older copycat projects.
Today we believe we have achieved another industry first and important contribution to the community with the launch of a new Wirex crypto currency finance platform, including Virtual Cards, and contactless plastic cards coming soon. Old style prepaid payment cards funded by bitcoin exchange is old technology.
We believe mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies begins in a big way by mid-2018. And we appreciate all of the support as well as the pushback and challenge from the super-intelligent and committed crypto community. As investors, consumers, service providers and enthusiasts, we are witness to the paradigm shift from old fiat banking systems to a new world of blockchain tech.
Zero-Fee Bitcoin Transfers:
Off-chain transfers between customer accounts allows us to drop blockchain fees to zero for you and any friends, family or contacts who use a Wirex account. Our off-chain Segwit bitcoin addresses give the best of both worlds.
Private Keys:
Of course, we recommend holding your own private keys for your main store of crypto. We recommend running your own node and keeping all 150 gigs of the blockchain stored on a hard drive, or using something like a Nano Ledger hardware wallet. Only keep crypto on an exchange or 3rd party wallet account because you are either trading it, spending it, or sending it (as noted above: Wirex off-chain SegWit enabled wallet allows customer to customer transfers at zero blockchain fee).
Practical Crypto-Friendly Banking For Today’s Market:
Wirex is focused on providing the most practical crypto-friendly finance platform for everyday life. This means our products can be understood and used by people who are new to cryptocurrency. The passion at the Wirex office is all about bringing bitcoin to the mainstream. We want blockchain innovation to thrive. And hopefully you’ll enjoy the new bank account facilities too.
The new Wirex Account combines the familiarity of real banking services with the extra solutions and opportunities of multiple cryptocurrency wallets.
Multi-Crypto Wallets:
New wallets will be integrated. Dash and Litecoin first. Then others. As fast as we can.
Combined on one single seamless platform, you can now open a crypto friendly bank account and benefit from our real debit cards with no top up fees.
Support from the crypto community helps us reach the masses who are brand new to bitcoin with new educational programs and practical crypto financial management.
But we're not here to make a quick $30 million from ICO. We’re here to build a comprehensive blockchain finance platform for all. We're here for the 1,000,000 customer registrations who have used our old bitcoin wallet and debit card services over the past few years. Many who were put off due to compliance issues beyond our control, but issues that we take to heart and feel a lot of empathy for. Remember, we are crypto enthusiasts too and want to enjoy the same products that you do!
Mainstream adoption means higher cryptocurrency prices (BTD and HODL), greater innovations, lower cost services, better digital asset management, and who knows… we may find opportunity to do a worthwhile ICO in the future for something bigger and better than just crypto cards.
Join the Currency Account waitlist today and you’ll be front-of-line when we get final approval to open accounts from the compliance and developer departments.
https://wirexapp.com/wirex-bank-accounts-almost/
Team Wirex
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Stellar Lumens HODL alert: 2017 Round up, Partnerships, 2018 Road Map

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Stellar Lumens HODL alert: 2017 Round up, Partnerships, Lumens vs. Other Cryptos
Welcome everyone! The future of Stellar Lumens is bright! Today we will look at the accomplishments of Stellar.org in 2017.
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2017 Round Up
IBM / Stellar Partnership
• Kik Messenger’s KIN coin to move from Ethereum to Stellar in 2018
• Stellar ATM introduced in Singapore
• Jed McCaleb confirms IBM/Stellar has 30 banks on board (Youtube Video)
Lightyear.io enables forward thinking financial entities to easily join the Stellar ecosystem.
• IBM adds 8 new validators from 8 different countries onto the Stellar network (article)
Forbes calls Stellar “venmo, but on a global scale - and for larger bodies like banks and corporations.”
• Stellar Lumens Is Up 6,300% Since March and Is Aiming for Big Blockchain Partners (article)
• Many new partnerships (listed below) that will be using the Stellar network in 2018.
Binance and GoPax Exchanges Adds Stellar
Ledger Nano S support is now available for Lumens (XLM)
• The next coin to break into the top 10 cryptos (article)
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2017 Partnerships & Financial Institutions
IBM - is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States, with operations in over 170 countries. IBM partnered with Stellar to help financial institutions address the processes of universal cross-border payments, designed to reduce the settlement time and lower the cost of completing global payments for businesses and consumers.
SatoshiPay - a web payment system that helps online publishers monetize digital assets like news articles, videos, or PDFs in tiny increments without friction.
EXCH.ONE - is a FinTech software company based in Switzerland currently working to integrate its platform and its first technology adopter Euro Exchange Securities UK Ltd. into the Stellar network. This addition to the Stellar network will bring access to currency markets of South and Central America,UK and a number of EU countries.
Novati (ASX:NOV) - is an Australian-based software technology and payment services provider. Novatti is currently working to integrate it’s platform into the Stellar network with the ultimate aim to build a global money transfer solution to provide cross border, cross currency and cross asset payments.
Pundi X - is an Indonesia based fintech company that provides POS device, debit card, multi-currency wallet that empowers individuals to buy and sell cryptocurrency at any physical store in the world. They say "buying cryptocurrency should be as easy as buying a bottled water."
MoneyMatch - is a Malaysia based fintech startup that provides a fully-digital peer-to-peer currency exchange platform for customers to transfer and exchange foreign currencies with complete ease and at great value. The company plans to integrate with the Stellar network and enable pay in and pay out from Malaysia.
Streami - is a Korea based fintech company that offers blockchain enabled cross-border remittance service and recently launched a cryptocurrency exchange. The partnership extends both on the exchange side and remittance operations.
Neoframe - is developing and marketing trading solutions for big brokerage firms in Korea and extends its business to blockchain based applications. Neoframe developed high performance centralized cryptocurrency exchange as well as secure wallet solutions and is working with big financial players. The company is planning to launch a remittance business for ASEAN countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos, Brunei) using Stellar.
SureRemit($RMT) - is a Nigeria based global non-cash remittances company. SureRemit leverages the Stellar blockchain platform to connect immigrants abroad directly with merchants that provide the services needed by their loved ones back home. With Remit tokens, immigrants all over the world can access digital shopping vouchers that can be spent on goods and services at accepting merchants wherever they are.
Cowrie Integrated Systems - is a Nigerian based Value Added Service Provider. Cowrie provides services at the intersection between telecoms and finance. Cowrie recently joined the Stellar network to bring novel fintech services to the African market.
Smartlands - is a Stellar-based platform designed to create a new class of low-risk tokens, secured by real, profitable assets in the real-world economy. Smartlands is designed to promote investments in the agricultural sector by allowing investment in individual projects, agricultural companies or indexes of groups of projects. These investments will be fully collateralized by agricultural real estate, other productive assets such as fruit or nut trees or, in some cases, the actual crop.
Klick-Ex - is an award winning regional cross-border payments system delivering financial infrastructure for emerging markets. It has been responsible for dramatic uptake in digital financial services in unbanked regions of the world, and lowering costs for banks, central banks and consumers in low liquidity currencies. Its key presence is in the Pacific and Europe, and it is a founding member of www.APFII.org processing more than 775,000 transactions per second, per billion of population (source).
Mobius - Mobius connects any app, device, and data stream to the blockchain ecosystem. Our simple and easy to use bidirectional API allows non-blockchain developers to easily connect resources to smart contracts and more. The Mobius MVP acts like Stripe for Blockchain by introducing innovative standards for cross-blockchain login, payment, smart contract management, and oracles. The Mobius Team includes David Gobaud, Jed McCaleb (Stellar.org founder), Jackson Palmer (creator of Dogecoin), and Chandler Guo (notorious Bitcoin & blockchain investor).
Chaineum - Chaineum, the first French ICO Boutique, will use the Stellar network for upcoming ICOs. “Chaineum is positioned as the first “ICO Boutique” in France, providing a range of end-to-end services to companies and international start-ups wishing to develop with this new funding mechanism. Chaineum is preparing 8 ICOs by the end of 2017, for European, North American and Asian companies, of which cumulative amount could reach € 200 million." (source)
Poseidon Foundation - Poseidon will simplify the carbon credit market with the creation of an ecosystem built on Stellar.org’s blockchain technology. This technology will prevent double counting of carbon and will be consistent across jurisdictions, making it easier for companies to deliver and measure progress towards their climate targets or other goals such as deforestation-free commitments.
Remitr - Remitr is a global platform for cross border payments, licensed in Canada. Remitr uses the Stellar network for international settlements for businesses as well as other payment partners. Remitr’s own payout network of 63 countries, comprising several currencies, is extended onto the Stellar network.
MSewa Software Solution (MSS) - MSewa Software Solution (MSS) Payments provides a one-stop digital payment service available across the Globe. MSS Payments aims at serving the consumers (Banked, Unbanked and Underbanked) with mobile banking facilities on the move from anywhere by transferring funds in their mobile phone.
PesaChoice - PesaChoice is a leader in international bill payment services for the African diaspora. PesaChoice aims at making international bill payment process easy, seamless, secure, with reasonable and competitive service fees, and up to date technological advances.
SendX - Singapore based SendX, in partnership with Stellar, is the better way to move money worldwide. The SendX team believes that the future of transactions is decentralized and distributed, bringing true equity to everyone across the value chain.
VoguePay - VoguePay, with offices in the United Kingdom and Nigeria, is partnering with Stellar to become the cheapest and most efficient way to send money between the United Kingdom and Nigeria. In the coming months, they expect to expand this service to other selected African countries.
HashCash - Hashcash consultants build financial solutions for banks and financial institutions over blockchain. We leverage the Stellar platform to build products that vastly improve the remittance and payments experience for banks and their customers. Transfers happen lightning fast at a fraction of current rates and operational cost is significantly reduced. HashCash is headquartered in India, with operations across South Asia and the Gulf.
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Stellar Lumens vs Other Cryptocurrencies
Lumens vs. Bitcoin: Jed McCaleb spoke at Distributed Markets in 2017 about the advantages, but more importantly, the disadvantages of Bitcoin. Listen to the talk here. Jed said, “Bitcoin is this awesome innovation. The first thing it does is converts a real world resource, electricity, into a digital asset. So it takes something from the real world and puts it into the digital realm. The second thing it does is provides immutable public record. It’s basically a database that everyone can see but no one change arbitrarily… That’s great, Bitcoin solves the double spin problem [ of proving possession and transmitting volume]… [However, to fix the problems of bitcoin] you might think well maybe we’ll just kind of keep adding [software] to Bitcoin until we get there, but that’s not really the way software works. You want to have the design from the beginning and solve these simple issues. Bitcoin was designed to be a new currency, it wasn’t really designed to be this unifying universal payment network. So that’s what Stellar does. It solves these three remaining issues.”
Lumens vs. Bitcoin #2: According to wired.com, "Bitcoin mining guzzles energy - and it's carbon footprint just keeps growing." Wired says "Today, each bitcoin transaction requires the same amount of energy used to power nine homes in the US for one day... The total energy use of this web of hardware is huge—an estimated 31 terawatt-hours per year. More than 150 individual countries in the world consume less energy annually. And that power-hungry network is currently increasing its energy use every day by about 450 gigawatt-hours, roughly the same amount of electricity the entire country of Haiti uses in a year." Because Stellar is based on a consensus algorithm rather than mining, it takes much less energy to run the Stellar network. The Poseidon Foundation decided to build their platform on Stellar rather than Ethereum or Bitcoin because of this (twitter source).
Lumens ICO tokens vs. Ethereum ICO tokens: According to Stellar.org, "traditionally, ICO tokens have been issued on the Ethereum network in the form of ERC20 tokens. ERC20 tokens are easy to issue and are infinitely customizable using Ethereum’s smart contracting language. However, recent events have highlighted and exacerbated some weaknesses of the network, including slow transaction processing times for the network during ICOs and increasingly expensive gas prices (by fiat standards) for transactions and smart contract execution. Moreover, many organizations require only basic tokens; they adopt the risk of Ethereum’s Turing complete programming language without taking advantage of many of its benefits."
"While Ethereum has the most expressive programming capabilities, we believe Stellar is the best choice for ICOs that do not require complex smart contracts. Stellar’s primary goal is to facilitate issuing and trading tokens, especially those tied to legal commitments by known organizations, such as claims on real-world assets or fiat currency."
Stellar vs. Ethereum #2: The median transaction time on Stellar is 5 seconds, compared to approximately 3.5 minutes on Ethereum (source). Stellar has a negligible transaction fee (.00001 XLM ~= $0.0000002) with no gas fee for computation, while depending on the complexity of the computation, the median cost for a transfer on the Ethereum network is $0.094. Security: While both Stellar and Ethereum run on a decentralized network, the Stellar network has fewer security pitfalls. Stellar uses atomic transactions comprised of simple, declarative operations while Ethereum uses turing complete programming capabilities which produces less auditable code and greater risk of exploitable vulnerabilities (source). Recently, a security flaw in the Ethereum network froze millions of dollars. According to Mobius ariticle written by David Gobaud, "On November 6, 2017, Github user deveps199 'accidentally' triggered a bug in Parity, a popular Ethereum mult-sig wallet, that froze more than $152 million in Ether across 151 addresses. The bug impacted several token sales including Polkadot, which has had ~$98 million out of its recent $145 million sale frozen."
"Mobius had none of its ongoing pre-sale Ether frozen because we do not trust Ethereum’s Smart Contract based multi-sig wallets given the vast Turing complete attack surface and did not use one. Security broadly is one of the main reasons the MOBI token that powers the DApp Store is a Stellar Protocol token and not an Ethereum token."
Lumens vs. Ripple: According to Wall Street Bitcoin Exchange, "Many investors like to compare the company [Stellar] to Ripple, and there are a lot of similarities, being that some of the founders worked on the Ripple team. In what can now be looked at as another blockchain development drama that plays out on chat boards and in interviews all across the globe. Stellar declared they fixed Ripple’s problems with their hard fork, however, Ripple has failed to admit to any of the flaws in its design that the Stellar team has pointed out." The article concludes by saying, "We Choose XLM Over XRP For 2018. That is why we are going with Stellar Lumens over Ripple in our portfolio for the rest of 2017 and 2018. After holding Ripple for a long time this year, it just never seems to make the big break like other names with bigger market caps like Bitcoin Cash, Dash, and Litecoin have. While we are holding on most all our larger market caps, we feel that Stellar Lumens will be one of the break out coins for 2018."
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Conclusion
The stellar.org team is doing an amazing job making partnerships and pioneering the use of blockchain technology for various types of transactions. What we are seeing is a new technology that can actually be used to solve real-world problems. As a community, we need to continue supporting Stellar and we will quickly see it power transactions across the world. What are your thoughts about Stellar? What do you see in the future of Stellar? Any important news you want to share? Comment below.
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