OnPlace Tokenized Corporate Assets: Pre-sale Starts from February 1, 2018

Investing in private IT organizations is one of the most lucrative and reliable ways to earn higher ROI in a relatively shorter time frame. Developing an idea of tokenization protocol of PATS (Private Asset Tokenization Systems), the team at OnPlace lays the foundation for such investments over blockchain. The platform, to make its vision a reality has embarked on the ICO route. It systemizes all the cumulating experience in the investment sphere, focusing attention and efforts to develop financial markets mainly via ICO mechanisms – investing in the businesses of closed, private companies.

The Background

Attracting investments into spheres like education, e-commerce, fintech, etc. has changed a great deal. It has shifted from the conventional method of drafting business plans, sending them to banks and/or pitching them in front of various angel and venture capital investors to a more democratized, crowd-enabled process. The ease of raising capital and getting early customer buy-in has encouraged the use of cryptocurrency technology and tokens to raise investments through ICOs and crowdsales.

In simple words, investing is becoming fully tokenized, and the upcoming model can potentially make the entire fundraising process easier for both investors as well as companies. Given the fact that a significant percentage of startups failed due to financial constraints, lack of required skills and expertise in the team and sometimes irrelevance of the offerings in the market, OnPlace could fill in the gaps to address the shortcomings of these businesses.

How Does OnPlace Overcome These Challenges?

Based on the PATS tokenization protocol, OnPlace builds the foundation for the partial realization of goals to transition ICO to the new level. Companies adopting the platform can tokenize various aspects of their business to raise the required capital, giving a range of options to the investors to put their money to good use. Some of the tokens on OnPlace includes:

  • Token offers of active, profitable technology companies
  • Tokens of best employers and development teams around the world
  • Tokens representing new-age technologies and innovative solutions addressing the real-world needs.
  • Tokens representing monetization and financial models, which are used for value transfer/exchange by a significant number of users
  • Tokens invested into by VCs and investment firms around the world.

PATS Protocol & Tokenization of OTC Assets

The market puts forward limited offers to invest in private companies in a secure and potentially profitable fashion. Investing in these is made easier through tokenization, as per the PATS protocol, which is devised to

  • Create marketplace opportunity
  • Select investments for tokenization, as per the pre-established criteria and consultation with crypto-investors
  • Tokenization of chosen projects using PATS
  • Formation and initial input of PATS tokens into liquid circulation
  • Fully decentralized control to support tokens

The PATS protocol introduces the contracts to the investors and the decentralized token market. The token holders based on PATS protocol influence the movement of assets and exchange tokens through a smart contract. The tokenized private assets are then added to classic exchanges, where investors can buy them and be a member of this decentralized investor community.

About Pre-Sale & Main ICO:

The token pre-sale of OnPlace is starting from February 1, 2018, issuing 110,000,000 tokens for sale. Later, the main ICO will be announced. To know more about the platform and participate in its upcoming token pre-sale, please visit https://onplace.io/.

 

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Local World Forwarders (LWF) aims to create an efficient and innovative platform based on blockchain as well as DPoS (Delegated Proof of Stake) Technology for a democratic and decentralized disruption of the Global Logistics Market, expected to be worth $15.5 Trillion by 2023.

With more and more shipments to residential addresses due to the booming e-commerce industry, the major impediments of the logistics industry have become more prominent than ever before. Custom duties make imported goods tacks on unnecessary fees and increases prices, or shutting companies out of entire markets entirely. This is seen with India’s recent tax increases on cell phones affecting major companies such as Apple, Samsung, and LG.

Furthermore, there is no singular company that handles logistics globally, further causing complications when it comes to global shipments, especially when a package is transferred from one jurisdiction to another. Integrating different companies together would be difficult due to the lack of a standardized system, making developing new API’s or combining data structures unfeasible.

LWF looks to change all this with their multi-service logistics platform, with a DPoS-based blockchain as the backbone. The platform will be capable of decentralizing the entire logistics supply chain to get rid of central points of failure, as well as making management immutable, ensuring records are authentic and can be validated by anyone.

For the first time ever, anyone that is part of the platform can generate an income using LWF’s P2P platform. Users can receive or ship parcels across the globe, providing secure and decentralized logistics on a international scale.

The Services Offered

LWF’s platform will allow for peer-to-peer freight forwarding. This is essentially a service where a customer will be able to procure a private forwarder to send the item of their choice once they have already purchased it. The customer will buy his or her item and have it sent to the private forwarders address at which point the item is shipped to the customer by the forwarder.

Customers will be able to find a suitable shipper, based on certain parameters such as location, on the easy-to-use platform. Once the forwarder has shipped the item, a fee is calculated which is held in escrow until the user confirms receipt of his items.

The fee is to be paid in the LWF token. To maximize customer contentment, all items shipped through LWF’s platform will be covered by insurance to mitigate any losses.

Moreover, LWF will offer private collecting points where users are able to pick up their items at their convenience without having to worry about issues such as distance or opening and closing times. These collection points will be run privately and the platforms’ users will be able to pick which points best suit their needs.

Due to the decentralized nature of this service, the platform will create opportunities for extra income for those who sign up to be forwarders as well as private collection points. Additionally, LWF will develop a mobile app that will function somewhat similarly to Uber, allowing for express deliveries for people in the same area.

This on-demand system will be made possible by data on the blockchain, which will, in turn, ensure safety and security. The platform will also offer traditional direct logistics, with the relevant operating facilities currently already in place.

Interested users looking to become a part of the platform have an opportunity to secure tokens in the TEC sale in order to access the platform when it is ready.

LWF will hold a Token Equity Convertible (TEC) sale from January 23 to February 23, 2018. There will be bonuses given to participators, depending on their time of entry into the sale. This follows its pre-sale as well as early supporters program, which it ran late last year.

For more information regarding token distribution, more in-depth information about LWF and the platform, visit the whitepaper.

 

 

Zach Piester, a co-founder of Intrepid Ventures, works in Central Asia and refers this part of the world to a center of the universe for him and his colleagues. During the interview with the media office of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, he described the region in terms of the growth of blockchain companies there and revealed why investments in cryptocurrencies and blockchain would be a prerogative of major investors soon.

Interviewer: Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines (BCP)
Speaker: Zach Piester (Z.P)

BCP: Mr. Piester, as a leading venture investor, what do you think about cryptocurrency investments? How risky and profitable is this asset? 

Z.P: Firstly, all that I share is just my personal experiences. I am not offering investment advice in any way. It is for information purposes only and is easily searchable on Google.

Need to separate “retail” investors, sophisticated investors and institutional investors (not that some retail investors are not sophisticated).

For the retail investor there is Extreme risk, volatility and the likelihood you’ll lose all of your investments. Although I won’t provide any investment advice, I would caution everyone considering investing in an ICO or other crypto project to fully understand what they’re investing in. The same fundamental/traditional research and diligence rules apply e.g. good team, good tech, results, accountabilities, growth history/patterns etc… Cryptos and ICO are not for the beginners and you’ll likely get scammed and/or lose money.

Sophisticated and institutional investors should proceed with due diligence relative to the new crypto economics. This includes team, tech, plan, history, backers etc…

BCP: What minimal sum should investors enter the market with?

Z.P: Retail – the amount they can afford to lose because most likely they will lose it all.

Institutional – depends, we are seeing more and more institutional capital come into the ecosystem. The amounts are very small relative to their overall portfolios. This is beginning to change as the tech matures and the economics (in chain) become better suited to institutional investors. Many family offices, PE funds, Hedge funds and Venture funds are committing millions to tens of millions on specific projects. Overall, a very small amount, yet some are gaining huge returns. There are definitely new “investment” models starting to emerge that provide institutional investors some downside risk protection and strong upside potential.

 BCP: Investors frequently say that they don’t want to interact with cryptocurrency because of having no clue about its origin and operation concept. Do you think it’s important for investors to have vast knowledge about cryptocurrencies and blockchain? What self-education sources would you recommend?   

Z.P: Their loss. It’s a bit lazy, to be honest. If you’re not willing to invest the intellectual capital to understand new concepts and crypto economic models you are not suited for this space. The question I would ask is are you doing your LP’s a disservice by not being informed. Yes, the space may not be right for their portfolio but at least educate yourself.

BCP: Blockchain mass media includes opinions that 90% of projects launching ICOs are scams. Based on your experience, do you think this figure is true?  

Z.P: Through our ICO platform TokenDeck.io we receive on average 10-15 projects a day. More than half aren’t yet at a stage we believe they are ready to launch and raise capital. We like to see a serious commitment from the team which includes well-thought-out concepts (at minimum, would prefer a working prototype of the tech), strong understanding of the tech, the team is realistic and rational in how much they want/need to raise and most importantly have at least consulted with an attorney.

How many of these are ‘scams” or just bad projects…Most are just bad projects with an improper use of the blockchain, underdeveloped business and crypto economics, limited to no tech development and /or just money grabs…are these scams maybe… There is a definite % of projects that are in fact scams…Several cryptocurrencies that are in the top 50 (by market cap) are widely viewed as scams yet their values increase. I believe this is the result of “newbies” coming into space… the greater fools game is clearly evident in these projects.

However, there are some phenomenal projects coming through with world-class developers and teams that have or are developing major breakthrough protocol layer innovations. There are some very smart people in the space doing amazing things that will undoubtedly change the world. We’re super fortunate to be able to attract these types of visionaries and entrepreneurs to work with us.

BCP: Your company, Intrepid Ventures, cooperates with hundreds of startups in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Philippines etc.). Could you please describe the development of blockchain technologies in your region? Is it worse or better than in other regions?   

Z.P: We’re a global small enterprise based out of Hong Kong. We have offices, team members, resources and projects across South East Asia, Europe and the Americas including Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Ukraine, New York, USA and South America. We see a ton of deal flow through our TokenDeck platform along with our 36 blockchain communities through BlockchainStartups.Global.

SE Asia is the center of the universe for us. There are many very talented, hungry and motivated entrepreneurs in the region that are doing amazing things.

I wouldn’t say one area or region is better than another. Each region has its own flavor of entrepreneurs and developers. We do see some trends including very strong technologists coming from Eastern Europe and our Lviv Ukraine office.  We see a lot of hustle and grit from some of the emerging markets in SE Asia especially in Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. We’re finding some great social enterprises coming through in the Middle East and especially Africa.

Singapore has become a hub for ICOs and there are some great companies in SG.

BCP: Could you tell us how saturated is the Asian market of blockchain solutions? Is it difficult for a young company to succeed on it? 

Z.P: We’ve barely gotten started and there’s enormous growth potential. We are seeing the copycats and clones starting to bubble up. A trend we’re definitely seeing around the world is that current startups that haven’t scaled or developed a product-market fit and now adding “blockchain” to their offering in the hopes of achieving success. Please stop adding blockchain to your food delivery app or other broken model…

No, it’s not difficult for a young company to succeed if you’re solving a problem worth solving, utilizing the technology in new and unique ways, building a product, application or solution that people must have… it’s all very simple in the end.

BCP: At Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, you will discuss investments in ICO tokens. Are you going to reveal other ways of investing in blockchain? If you are, what will you talk about? 

Z.P: I will not be providing investment advice. I will inform, educate and entertain the audience on the blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and ICOs.

Blockchain technology is changing the way photographers protect their creative endeavors online. Realizing the potential of blockchain technology, Kodak — the imaging products company has recently announced KodakOne. Through the platform, the company provides an option for people to buy and sell photographs using cryptocurrency. The reward: a huge stock spike of over 300%.

But what’s the reasoning behind Kodak’s planned move to seize the blockchain moment? Is the product worthy of the victory over skeptics? How does KodakOne compare to Copytrack, an already established blockchain based image search and copyright enforcement service provider?

Copyrights and Copytrack

About 85% of images online are used without a valid license from the copyright owner. Rapid digitization is quickly turning digital image theft into a norm. In the current system, copyright infringement is difficult to pursue and are often considered a trivial offense.  In contrast, Copytrack is creating a system called the Global Decentralized Copyright Registry which links digital intellectual property to their respective copyright owners. This process happens under a unique ecosystem which creates a new system which efficiently authenticates digital licenses for right holders to protect their work and benefit from their creations. Copytrack is currently holding its token sale which is expected to run through to 9th February 2018.

KodakOne: An Entirely Different Use case

On the other hand, KodakOne’s image rights management platform will be designed such that it creates an encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers to register both new and archived work that they can then license within the platform. KodakCoins, the platform’s own token, will be available for purchase beginning 31st January in an initial Coin Offering. This will allow participating photographers to receive payments on the use of their work and sell their work confidently on a blockchain network. KodakOne is the product of a licensing agreement between Kodak and Wenn Digital inc., a Delaware based company that was founded in November 2017.

It Is Not Just About Images on Blockchain

Different from Copytrack, Kodak has now embraced the digital ledger technology with its flagship KodakOne program which will be rolled out soon. This is different from Copytrack which already has a proven track record earned over a number of years and in the process of developing a technology in conjunction with other enforcement services in around 140 countries. In addition to this comparison, the KodakOne’s plan outlines the provision to solely register images on the blockchain while its counterpart, the Copytrack’s Global Copyright Registry is an open blockchain designed for any type of digital content, including music, and videos among others.

Just Another Crowdsale?

KodakOne’s ICO is set to be a closed sale which will only be accessible to accredited investors while the Copytrack token sale is open to all who wish to invest on the blockchain as well as become part of the cryptocurrency platform. Technical details on the KodakOne are yet to be released, however, judging by the early entry of Copytrack, KodakOne has a lot to catching up to do. At the moment, Copytrack is the undisputed champion in blockchain based copyright infringement. The Global Copyright Registry helps creators, in general, to protect, track and monetize their work under an existing platform.

More information about Copytrack is available at – https://www.copytrack.com/

 

2017 was undoubtedly the year of cryptocurrencies. First and foremost, we experienced sharp price increases. Bitcoin rose by 1370% but impressive as this rate is, it is still quite modest in comparison with other popular coins such as Litecoin (5308%), Ethereum (9073%) or Ripple (35466%).

Secondly, and perhaps even more importantly, cryptocurrencies have been noticed by people outside the fintech community. It seems that we have reached a tipping point, after which they can no longer be ignored by public or private institutions. They are bound to enter the mainstream but how they are going to do that depends to a large extent on the governments and regulatory bodies. Cryptocurrencies run parallel to the traditional banking system, thus making it this much more difficult to track – or tax them. Quite understandably, the reactions from governments have been mixed. On one hand, we have China who has banned cryptocurrency exchanges as well as ICOs. On the other, we have Japan who has allowed companies to accept payments in Bitcoin, which resulted in a spike in the trading volume in JPY.

What will the coming year hold for cryptocurrencies? As we have seen myriads of new ones cropping up, a selection will likely occur with some of them dropping in value and then disappearing completely.

As for the big players, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Dash or Ripple, they are definitely here to stay. When it comes to prices, these will likely fluctuate. Fortunately, seasoned traders will know how to make a profit regardless if an instrument goes up or down.

We are also likely to observe the continuation of diversified approaches of the governments: the more strict ones are going to drive the crypto businesses away, whereas the more lenient ones will benefit from welcoming them and tapping into this opportunity.

Another distinctive feature of cryptocurrencies, which will likely drive their adoption, and also the reason why we at SimpleFX enjoy them so much, is how well-suited they are for moving money among individuals and institutions on all continents. Contrary to traditional bank transfers, they allow for speed and efficiency, at a low cost and eliminating unnecessary intermediaries.

What will the coming year hold for SimpleFX and our customers? We will definitely keep on developing our offer, all the while keeping it simple. The next thing on our agenda will be to launch a completely new trading platform for desktops. This is bound to be an eventful year for cryptocurrencies. Regardless of how the situation is going to unfold, we’ll be there to help you capitalize on the trading opportunities that will definitely appear.

Giving a boost to the utilization of cryptocurrencies will untie established use of crypto investments and potentially provide a lot of freedom to token holders. A new investment world for crypto holders where smart contracts can help us “sleep better at night” can change the game of old traditional asset management. French-based team created an algorithmic crypto-asset manager with algorithmic trading strategies to help determine best trading options and be in full control of our investments taking good advantage of technology behind.

Giving a boost to the utilization of tokens by making crypto means of investment into tangible assets will untie established use of crypto investments and provide a lot of freedom to its holders. A new investment world for crypto holders is developed where smart contracts can help us “sleep better at night”– the digitalized and trustworthy free market crypto-economy.

Crypto-asset manager that is specialized in algorithmic trading strategies to help determine best trading options. Be in full control of our investments taking good advantage of technology behind. Like many other crypto startups, that sounds good as an idea but what are the competitive factors for success which makes us want to invest? Although the outcome of ICO is never predictable, the team of founders and developers always make investment decisions more solid. What do we trust more– the idea or the people behind it? It is like a chicken and egg situation. Such symbiosis is a deal-maker. However, the ratio is probably not 50/50. The team makes the idea work as it takes development, dedication and effort with potential pivoting and contingency strategies, they come up with the idea and sweat all their human capital assets to make it work. So, the team is the core importance. If you think about investing into cryptocurrencies during ICOs, probably the most important step after understanding the concept being offered is getting to know the team.

Behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, Zcash are the teams of the most outstanding people who spend a lot of time in working on crypto economic systems. NaPoleonX doesn’t stay behind. There is a solid foundation behind French-based NaPoleonX. Holding MS and PhD’s from top institutions, having decades of experience heading EUR multi-billion portfolio management team working in top financial institutions, designing and running high-performance trading bots, understanding how data science works and owning the entrepreneurial spirit, in combination, lead to the formation of NaPoleonX’s team. Coming from the background the company intends to innovate and reinvent– financial institutions and big investors world by penetrating adaptation of crypto, project’s strategy ticks the box in due diligence.

The Cryptoeconomic model presented by NaPoleonX team provides different scenario calculations and penetrates the regulatory system which, in case of contingencies, backs up the user. Conservative approach to calculations and overall presentation of the project builds trust around the idea as NaPoleonX goes beyond standard crypto focus into entireness of crypto economics to expand and develop its influence on day-to-day lives of not only the people who understand it but the big economies on a global level.

The project, run by Napoleon Crypto SAS – parent company, aims to penetrate the all-weather performing investment solutions for crypto holders, through Decentralized Autonomous Funds (DAFs) which, in highly unregulated cryptocurrency world, intends to be fully regulated and licensed by obtaining the EU asset management license after ICO ends. Cryptocurrency funds will be able to finance industries transparently leveraging big amounts of investments. It will be possible with DAFs which are smart contracts that can invest in the crypto and fiat market through trading bots.

According to NaPoleonX’s Whitepaper, DAFs will develop unique strategies by combining algorithmic strategies and leverage ratios to develop unique return targets and risk exposures.  NaPoleonX will build the infrastructure and regulatory framework environment with enforced rules where the Blockchain will be employed to ensure fund adherence to its mandate and DAFs will point out to trade and portfolio information, as well that token holders will be able to access. The regulatory framework takes a significant part of the platform. Financial returns scenarios in intended forms give the idea that the creators are savvy in what they are aspired about. According to the idea of NaPoleonX project, trading commodities, shares, futures, etc with cryptocurrencies will absolutely change the form money is invested.

NaPoleonX and ICO

In its new investments world aims to achieve full autonomy and complete control over investments by user parties, the company plans project’s ICO on Jan. 22nd at 11am UTC.  Although ICOs are not about raising money but about creating networks effects and adding value to the ecosystem, network effect grows into multiplier effect (Huffpost, 2017). Network effects are marketing, building the brand and leveraging it so more users become part of the network. So, is ICO more of a marketing strategy and trial to assess popularity of the idea amongst general public? It is, possibly,  more of that than of the fundraising technique.

It is not easy to be the pioneer…

There are different projects which establish a niche to the diversification of crypto investment capabilities. Iconomi creates a diversified performing fund from a various digital currency allowing people to invest in crypto assets and decentralized-economy startups with fiat money. Blackmoon launches a high yield fund. NaPoleonX is creating a strategy for diversified investments into various assets with cryptocurrencies by becoming the first algorithmic crypto-asset management system. We may guess whether it is the right time to expand cryptocurrency investment capabilities, however, isn’t it the inevitable trend which would have come anyways considering how the crypto world has been expanding? NaPoleonX stresses transparency in asset management which is the invisible hand which will stimulate further evolution of the crypto world. We will soon know if the disruptor in face NaPoleonX finds its niche.

The Abyss is a next generation digital distribution platform with the vision to create a crypto reward ecosystem for millions of gamers and developers

The Abyss, the next generation digital distribution game platform, today announced the intent to launch a pioneering DAICO, a reinforced version of ICO merged with aspects of Decentralized Autonomous Organisation (DAO). The DAICO fundraising model was proposed by Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, earlier this month as a more responsible way to conduct initial coin offerings.

Founder of The Abyss platform, Konstantin Boyko-Romanovsky said, “DAICO provides tangible solutions to the ever-changing security needs and puts transparency at the center of innovation. We are confident in our capability to implement and improve Buterin’s idea. Our DAICO will be the perfect bridge between fundraising and team motivations control.”

The DAICO model will allow for refunds and raised funds withdrawal control by contributors. By design, DAICO minimizes the risk of fraud, specifies contribution and resolution rules, provides an option to shut the project down (in case the team fails to implement it), and excludes various kinds of attacks on the voting process.

In turn, The Abyss offers an improved voting system with Oracles acting as arbitrators when it comes to the project closure and funds withdrawal. To provide an appropriate degree of expertise, Oracles could be appointed from industry professionals, with an established reputation in the relevant field, and would have the right to hold polls for the project’s shut down, leading to the remaining funds returned to contributors.

“DAICO is a new mechanism, and there should be ways to further strengthen it while maintaining flexibility, transparency and security. Oracles and exclusive voting rules will do the job efficiently and reliably. Only project’s contributors will be granted a voting right. Controlled by the Smart Contract, the Company’s and Reserve tokens will not be eligible to participate with. We will utilize the proof-of-stake algorithm during the polls, but to make it impossible for the exchanges to take part, the weight of each Ethereum-wallet’s vote will be limited by a certain amount of tokens”, added Boyko-Romanovsky.

The Abyss DAICO is set to go live on February 7, 2018.

To discuss the topic or offer an idea, please, refer to our Telegram channel: https://t.me/theabyss

For more information, visit https://www.theabyss.com

You can also send your questions and suggestions, regarding the DAICO, or even file an application to become an Oracle, via: [email protected]

About The Abyss

The Abyss is a next generation digital distribution platform for video games currently being created and built by the Destiny.Games company, founded in 2008. Destiny.Games performs full-cycle development, publishes own and third-party MMO games including AAA-games. The company’s portfolio includes successful titles such as TERA: The Next, Botva Online, Music Wars, Moswar and more.

Retainly has been prompt in building its Blockchain based Distributed App and its Loyalty & Rewards Cryptocurrency RETN. While the Retainly DApp can allow businesses to create a crypto cashback for its loyal customers, the RETN deals network is proactive to partner with the world’s largest businesses. Applications from online businesses for early access to RETN DApp is open along with a deal sweetener of RETN 5000 as rewards to qualified businesses.

Among the recent partnerships announced by Retainly, Carrefour Brazil, Aliexpress, LycaMobile Australia, US based online ticketing OneTravel, India based Furniture & Home décor retailer Home Town, and South Korean online pharmacy Bodyguard Apotheke, are just a few. RETN deals will be able to extend significant discounts from these retailers from their online eCommerce stores and in addition to those discounts, consumers will get additional Cashback from RETN Deals.

While there are a couple of businesses that claim to offer cashback, most of such business do not give actual cash redemption option. Rather they allow consumers to redeem their cashback for discount vouchers or mobile recharge coupons. RETN deals will be the first business to offer cash with its cryptocurrency RETN.

More than 2 Million RETN Coins are already into circulation mostly held by crypto enthusiasts. Retainly ICO Presales Sprint 2 will open on 22nd January, 2018. However, RETN Deals will be able to allow mainstream consumers to receive cryptocurrency as rewards. That will be a significant contribution in increasing awareness and trust on cryptocurrencies.

The RETN DApp need not be used by e-Commerce companies alone, but any online business that considers loyalty to be the #1 marketing tactic to retain customers. SaaS platforms that are targeting to incentivize their users for platform usage, alternative fintech companies who want to reward customers for cross-sell and up-sell, and media publishers who intend to significantly increase audience engagement, can all effectively use the powerful APIs from RETN DApp.

Carrefour S.A. is a French multinational retailer headquartered in Boulogne, France. It is one of the largest hypermarket chains in the world.

Launched in 2010, AliExpress.com is an online retail service made up of small businesses in China and elsewhere offering products to international online buyers.

Home Town is India’s largest trusted furniture store.

About Retainly

Retainly is the world’s fastest growing marketing automation company. It’s cryptocurrency RETN is the first loyalty & rewards token built over the Ethereum platform.

Media Contacts:

Soujanya Kurelly,

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +91-9160055530.

Two Thirds of CHP already reserved with 30,000 + unique users and 4,000+ unique daily players already using site.

CoinPoker.com are launching their eagerly awaited ICO this Friday with only one-third of its allocation left for sale – two-thirds of CHP (chips) tokens already reserved for sale via the priority whitelist!

CoinPoker is a cryptocurrency based online poker room using blockchain technology to provide a transparent, secure, and accessible platform and is going to offer their in-game cryptocurrency called CHPs in two ICO stages. While the ICO will start at 10am (GMT) on Friday 19th January on the site www.coinpoker.com, interested users started making their reservations from the 5th January and have already purchased part of the tokens to be made available. Since then, CoinPoker’s MVP (Minimum Viable Product) has been downloaded 20,000 times and more than 30,000 unique users have registered on their website. There are already 15,000 CHP token holders and more than 4,000 unique daily players on the application!

“I’m very happy to see CoinPoker doing so well,” said poker legend Tony G, one of the project’s advisors, “Blockchain technologies are our future, and CoinPoker will begin the poker revolution that all the players have been waiting for. This is a game-changer!”

“CoinPoker is the first platform using the CHP token but it has a great chance to become the valuable utility token for use in the whole emerging crypto gaming industry and various projects”, said professional crypto investor Sonic Zhang.

Additional advisors on this project include PokerNews.com and poker industry veterans Isabelle Mercier, Warren Lush, and Michael Josem from the online gaming and poker industry space. There is also undoubted crypto market leaders backing this project including proven crypto investment consultancy company Digital X and top Asian crypto investment fund Valuenet Capital. Add top crypto advisors such as Sonic Zhang and Etherparty (FUEL) CEO Kevin Hobbs and it is clear there is huge momentum behind this project.

Everybody participating is able to purchase CHPs for the Stage I price – 4,200 CHPs for 1 ETH. After all the tokens allocated at this price are sold out Stage II will begin, and the price will rise to 3,500 CHPs for 1 ETH. The ICO is closing no later than on the 26th January, or when all the tokens are purchased before that.

Afterwards, CoinPoker is going to hold numerous juicy promotions during which they will distribute 15% of the tokens collected to the community. It will start with two huge opening tournaments which, assuming the ICO is going to sell out fully, will have unprecedented prizepools, as well as a tournament on the 21st January with a Tesla S as a grand prize.

While this project is still to launch its ICO, it has already attracted a considerable user base. 100,000,000 CHPs were sold out in just 6 days during the pre-ICO in November, and afterward, the project launched numerous promotions in which they gave away 5,000,000 CHP for free.

This activity allowed CoinPoker to stress test their application, and in these few months, its stability has been improved and numerous bugs were fixed. On top of that, new features have been added, many of which had been suggested by the project’s active community members. In fact, CoinPoker is involving its players in many processes, such as the selecting game formats, structures, the aforementioned features, and even app design.

Another way that the community gets their say is by participating in a bounty program that has an option for the players to design unique table skins for CoinPoker that have a chance of appearing on the app.

Security issues were explored, too. “CoinPoker has cracked down on multi-accounters,” said industry veteran and CoinPoker’s Head of Security Michael Josem, “CoinPoker closed a number of accounts that were used by the same people and that is just the start of the measures that CoinPoker is going to take in order to reduce the risk of cheating.”

Michael Josem has his own article series on CoinPoker’s Medium account in which he explores various security-related topics where he invites the community members to express their opinions on how the room is going to operate. For example, https://medium.com/@CoinPoker/consultation-player-user-id-changes-cd7742fb530f.
The project’s community is very active on its social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram) and they will have their say on how this project evolves.

CoinPoker is launching their ICO on the 19th of January, but there has already been a lot of progress made in terms of creating an active community, producing a well-tested viable product, and funding the final launch. At this point, it has already reached success and the upcoming ICO will determine the impact that CoinPoker can have in the gambling industry. For all information see www.coinpoker.com.

More info:

In order to find more detailed information on this project, please refer to CoinPoker’s Whitepaper at https://coinpoker.com/downloads/coinpoker-whitepaper.pdf .

Media Contact:

Michael Josem, [email protected]
Paul Mikaliunas, [email protected]

 

In the climate of click bait, unreliable journalists and “fake news,” it’s something of an unspoken rule that any you should take any opinion with a pinch of salt.

Professional review writing industries, as well as aggregates, have arguably been irrevocably tainted by financial interests. They are, after all, companies and as such have been formed with requirements (if not objectives) of creating opportunities for revenue generation: to pay the staff, cover overhead investments and ensure the ongoing development of the project.  

Issues that affect professional reviews are, however, are shared in many ways by user reviews as well; including unethical practices from retailers, review writers, product creators, and others. It does appear that our hallowed Blockchain technology could provide a solution to some, if not all of these if given a chance,  but first, it would do well first to consider what needs to be improved upon.

Problem #1: the conflicts of interest

Having an objective customer reviewer is all good and well but unless the website their review is posted on is managed by similarly minded managers & institutional practices, then there is no guarantee that the message will stay the same by the time it is published.

This is because, much like the professional magazines, the largest part of their revenue most often comes from advertisers and sponsors. To these investors, the audience is a valuable target – having established themselves as consumers by virtue of reading the content, to begin with, and as such, they are mostly comprised of those producers and retailers of the very products being covered by the publication.

There is, therefore, a clear conflict of interest between the review-hosting sites’ respective loyalties to their advertisers, and to their readers. The results of this can be manipulation of the review scores post-publication, censorship/omission of negative reviews, and the fabrication of positive reviews by the shop or manufacturer.

Problem  #2: The unreliable reviewers

Shills (Exhibit A)

Shills embody an end result of the aforementioned “conflicts of interest.” These particular individuals often manifest when one party who benefits the sale of a product approaches a reviewer (with either no reputation or with experience/trust-ability from the background) and persuades them to write positively about the product in question in return for a financial inventive or free products themselves.

This can even appear on well-known marketplaces such as Amazon (although compared to the accusations levied against them regarding employee welfare standards, I’d imagine it’s the least of their worries) and contribute to a negative perception of their reviews as being an “untrustworthy measure of quality,” according to Jeff Bercovici at Forbes.

He continues to describe the perpetrators as writers with a “vested interest – a friend, family member, [or] a fan” writing positive reviews” in addition to “notorious “sock puppets” created by novelists skilled in the practice of inventing characters and putting dialogue in their mouths.”

‘Review Bomb’ squads (Exhibit B)

Review bombing is a unique phenomenon which is most frequently associated with video-gaming and nerd culture. “The act of an organized group getting together and tanking the overall user review score.”

It is defined by the collective nature of the “attacks,” often represented by the proximity to which each is posted and to the aftermath of a certain event. They can also be identifiable in their conspiratorial nature, through semi-public announcements made on message-boards such as 4chan.

To clarify: not all instances of contradictory public opinion are examples of review bombs. A recent example presents a dichotomy between audience and reviewer opinions regarding the latest, post-Disney acquisition Star Wars film ‘The Last Jedi.’ It shows that the audience is somewhat active and reasoned in their criticisms.

Although if you were to listen to the politicized pundits, you would believe that everyone here (paying critics, who happen to disagree with their opinions) was a member of an organized “right-wing group.”

The conclusion: a Blockchain solution

A recently launched left-field ICO which appears (or at least claims) to have created a solution based on the Ethereum platform and its Blockchain to these highlighted concerns as well as much more you might not have even thought of. In fact, it is this company and their vision which inspired this piece.

Solution #1: The concern over review scores being manipulated or censored post-publication would be mitigated with Lina’s platform as all information would be stored on the public Blockchain, in addition to being backed up onto a private copy of said information (in a system called a ‘Hybrid Blockchain’). This means that nobody can tamper with it once it’s been submitted without the changes also being a public record.

Solution #2: Lina intents to tackle unreliable reviews by enlisting customers based on skill, experience, and ability. This is before monitoring their progress and customer approval in order to best determine future training/progress paths. With the project being an economy into itself, this allows for a form of compensation which encourages reviewers to contribute, which in turn helps to develop the ecosystem.

Lina.platform is a token based rating system, an economy whose value (and therefore the developer’s primary concern) is in the publication and promotion of high-quality objective reviews; as well as focusing on the development of popular and consistent writers for both prolific in content as well as audience bond.

Their ICO launched on Jan. 15, and you can read more about their detailed plans either on their website or by reading their whitepaper.