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Despite major cryptocurrency prices being down, key blockchain and cryptocurrency figure, Brock Pierce, believes that embedded within this space is a potential quadrillion dollar market. In the midst of a lower price market, plenty of new developments are arising from companies such as NetCents Technology Inc. (CSE: NC) (OTC: NTTCF), Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI), Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), and even Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB).
“Security tokens are going to give birth to a quadrillion dollar market,” said Pierce in a recent interview with Forbes. “This is because we will see the tokenization of the world’s fiat money, debt market, real estate, equities, and art.”
Prior to reaching these levels, the crypto space will require leaders that can heighten mainstream acceptance of the concept. One innovator that’s rapidly expanding payment options around the world, and is NetCents Technology Inc. (CSE: NC) (OTC: NTTCF), which now supports 55 countries and 36 fiat currencies—servicing over 3 million merchants.
With prices for major cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin being down, analysts such as Pierce see this as a period of greater innovation, and adoption.
“We’re going to see big things being built, multiple applications hitting a million users,” Pierce added. “I love the fact that prices are down. When prices are up, very little gets built because teams don’t stick around. Everyone is getting rich too quick and that de-motivates people. All the best things I’ve seen built in this ecosystem have been built in bear markets.”
For providers such as NetCents, the goal is to make merchant clients get rich quicker, and consumers save money on transactions. Incentivizing merchants is how to get adoption to happen quicker.
To achieve this, NetCents provides merchants with several appealing selling points, including low transaction fees (delivering a saves of 3-9% per transaction), instant settlements, and the ability to accept fiat, credit card, and/or cryptocurrencies equally. On average, a low-risk merchant typically faces a merchant fee between 3.5% to 5.5%, whereas a higher-risk merchant gets hit with a rate of 5.0% to 10.0%. NetCents’s merchant fee is only 1.99%—a savings of between 1.5% to 7.0% per transaction.
However, one major development that the NetCents team has put forth to bridge the gap for merchants, is its proprietary cryptocurrency credit card that pulls directly from the user’s NetCents wallet.
Usable anywhere that Visa or MasterCard are accepted, the unique credit card opens the world of cryptocurrency users to millions of merchant locations around the world. Mixing together everyday credit card transactions could be the perfect lead-in that the cryptocurrency world needs for mainstream acceptance.
But are cryptocurrencies still an investment in and of themselves?
Crypto Equity Is On The Way
NetCents has been quietly adding new currencies to its portfolio, including a recent agreement with ILO Crypto (ILOCX), which has its own platform that allows companies to raise non-equity capital through the sale of Initial License Offerings (“ILOs”).
ILOs are a revenue-based method of raising capital, that give buyers the right to promote and or sell an underlying product or service and receive royalties based on the gross revenue of the company. ILOCX has signed 54 companies to its first exchange platform allows its companies to list and sell an ILO to raise capital and enhance sales. There are currently more than 20 companies already listed on the exchange.
“The significance of this transaction is enormous for crypto holders everywhere, this partnership is giving them high quality alternative options for utilizing their capital currently locked in Bitcoin, ETH and various other altcoins,” said, CEO of ILOCX, Edward Fitzpatrick upon the agreement signing. “Hundreds of billions of dollars are sitting in crypto looking for new ways to put this capital to work, thanks to this partnership NetCents and ILOCX we can say with confidence that the era of utilization is here.”
Through the merchant agreement, ILOCX is set to use the NetCents Merchant Gateway to power cryptocurrency transactions for its capital raising services. With $300 million in deals on the exchange to date, this platform gives NetCents and ILOCX another way to tap into the hundreds of billions in crypto capital, giving crypto-holders alternative options for utilizing their capital and giving companies listing on ILOCX access to the capital they need.
Bringing Banks On Board
With banks such as JP Morgan Chase flirting with the idea of using blockchain ledgers for transactions, there is hope for acceptance from financial institutions on the horizon. In an effort to lubricate the transition, NetCents has also launched its Crypto Banking Stack (CBS), which allows for a low-cost crypto ready processing solution to be quickly implemented without the requirement for an extended and costly development cycle.
Banking clients get benefits from the CBS as well, as it will have the ability to provide account holders with the ability to convert and move balances between their crypto and fiat bank accounts. The cryptocurrencies which will be initially supported through the CBS are Bitcoin, Ether, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin.
Upon integration through the CBS API, financial institutions can potentially offer their customers crypto banking services accessible via their current online bank profile. These crypto bank accounts would have the same functionality as standard chequing and savings accounts.
Clients could then add various crypto accounts/wallets, transfer, deposit, withdraw, make a payment, view transactions; and the ability to link their crypto bank account to their existing debit cards—Blurring the lines between standard banking, and blockchain/crypto.
As lines blur, major companies too will look towards adopting these tech platforms that can help their businesses grow.
For a more in-depth look into NetCents Technology you can view the in-depth report at USA News Group: http://usanewsgroup.com/2018/12/12/the-sectors-that-could-change-the-way-you-view-2019/
Bigger Players Adopting Crypto In Their Own Way
Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) – Cryptocurrency within gaming is not a new concept. However, for Activision Blizzard, the makers of Call of Duty, and World of Warcraft, much of its 2018 record net revenue of $7.5 billion came from what are called microtransactions. In 2017, these in-game purchases accounted for $4 billion of its total $7.16 billion over the entire fiscal year, also a record at that time. A leading revenue driver for the company was what are called CoD Points, which are a ‘premium’ currency that are acquired with real money, and can only be spent buying virtual goods inside the Call of Duty game. At the moment, CoD Points can be acquired from third-party vendors, such as Amazon, but cannot be spent elsewhere. Should the game developer open up use of this digital currency outside of the platform, it would be interesting to see where the value of the currency would go.
Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) – Massive online retailer Overstock.com has built its name providing offerings such as home and garden products, furniture, housewares and more. However, with the launch of its new security trading platform tZERO underway, the company believes a market boom for its new product is around the corner. This alternative trading system (ATS) will use crypto tokens, and could open up the securities market to a much, much larger audience of investors from around the world. In the meantime, the tZERO dream is still dealing with regulatory questions, in order to satisfy FINRA and the SEC, who want to see them working with one broker.
Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) – Social media giant Facebook is preparing the launch of its own version of Bitcoin, to be used in its messaging applications, WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram. Dubbed the “Facecoin”, the new cryptocurrency could be the global technology giant’s breakthrough into the lucrative market for retail financial services. Very little is known about Facebook’s overall plans with the Facecoin, as so far there’s only a single company statement about a new group set up to look into cryptocurrencies. Media outlets have tipped small hints at the project, stating that the ambition is to explore multiple applications, and to establish Facecoin as a “stablecoin”. Facebook would have a fixed price, and the amount in circulation will vary.
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Cerebreon: Debt Support Startup Close £1.5m Seed Round to Help Save UK’s Most Vulnerable
Insolvency technology startup Cerebreon close final funds in £1.5m Seed round in a bid to scale support to the UK’s most vulnerable consumers to avoid bankruptcy.
Cerebreon is working with consumers, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners, to deploy their deep learning platform to help predict and prevent insolvency ahead of time.
Gillian Doyle, Cerebreon CEO, said, “Our mission is to support the most vulnerable people in society to help them to avoid insolvency. Unsecured personal debt was measured at £3.6Bn – with the COVID-19 outbreak UK families are taking on increasing levels of debt to survive.”
She went on to say, “By supplying data, debt insight and insolvency predictions to creditors as well as the insolvency industry, we can have a direct and positive effect on financial wellbeing and ultimately survival as a result of breaks in family incomes.”
The Irish startup were selected by Accenture’s Fintech Innovation Lab to take part in the highly competitive accelerator programme which has provided Cerebreon unrivalled access to key staff in the largest financial institutions.
Former BlackRock Managing Director, Scott Condron, commented, “Cerebreon has identified how digitization and data can be used to fundamentally alter the outcomes for debt distressed consumers, allowing more to emerge from insolvency and increasing recovery rates for creditors. Tech for good in action.”
The Donegal based tech firm have partnered with tech giant Microsoft to deliver the highest levels of security to protect sensitive personal data, using Microsoft Azure.
The £1.5m seed round was led by Delta Partners and supported by HBAN/private Angels, Western Development Commission, Consilience Ventures and Growing Capital who have invested in the Irish deep learning startup to boost go to market plans and product development as the financial crisis deepens in the UK.
Kevin Monserrat, Founding Partner at Consilience Ventures, commented, “The current financial crisis makes Cerebreon one of the most important and relevant tech platforms and we are proud to support the acceleration of their support to UK consumers in debt.”
Graph Blockchain Annouces Strategic Financial Advisory Agreement with Gravitas Securities
Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – March 24, 2020) – Graph Blockchain Inc. (CSE: GBLC) (“Graph” or “Company“) is pleased to announce it has executed on a financial advisory agreement with Gravitas Securities (GSI) to assess future business opportunities and develop a capital markets strategy as the Company’s financial strategic advisor, while the Company moves in to creating its blockchain supported e-Commerce marketplace for the booming psychedelic and ancillary sector.
GSI will assist the Company in closing its second tranche of the Company’s previously announced non-brokered private placement (2020-02-19) to raise up to $500,000. The company previously announced it’s first tranche close of $150,000 on 03/11/2020.
“We are pleased to enter into an Advisory Agreement with GSI,” announced Christian Scovenna, President & COO of the Company. “This announcement of having an investment bank like GSI solidifies GBLC’s commitment to spearhead the Company’s direction into the e-commerce psychedelics sector while creating shareholder value. GSI has demonstrated exemplary work with public companies with an affinity for growth via M&A proves significant value it can add. We are excited to have GSI assess future business opportunities and develop a capital markets strategy as our strategic financial advisor.”
Subject to the prior approval of CSE, the Company has agreed to pay GSI a retainer fee payable for services provided for each full Calendar Month for a period of twelve months. The payment shall be comprised of (subject to approval by the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”)) $15,000 (plus applicable tax) monthly payment in stock that will be invoiced annually in full, which will be paid in common shares at a deemed price per share equal to the greater of $0.05 or the minimum price per share permitted by the CSE at the time of issuance of such shares. Subject to CSE approval, these shares will be issued to GSI immediately. GSI may be paid a cash commission on any eligible subscriptions for potential private placement(s) within the stated (12) month advisory agreement. The Company will also, as soon as reasonably practicable following closing of the Transaction and subject to compliance with the stock option plan of the Company, shareholder approval of the stock option plan and the policies of the CSE, issue stock options (each, an “Option”) to GSI entitling GSI to purchase in the aggregate up to 2.5% of the total shares issued and outstanding in the Company. The exercise price and vesting provisions, if any, for these Options will be determined by the board of directors of the Company at the time of grant in the context of the stock option plan of the Company.
The Agreement, retainer fee and Option grant will be subject to such other approval, terms and conditions as would be typical for an agreement of this nature in the Canadian market. These conditions include:
(i) a condition respecting receipt of regulatory CSE (Canadian Securities Exchange) approvals;
(ii) a condition that no material adverse change affecting GSI has occurred;
(iii) a condition that all “shares for Service” adhere to IIROC and Regulatory trading and escrowed provisions.
About Gravitas Securities Inc.
Gravitas is known for sophisticated sector expertise, tactical individuals with a commitment to excellence, global integration and innovation, and as a leading independent wealth management and capital markets firm. Gravitas provides a wide range of investment mandates and services for retail and corporate clients globally from offices in Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary, and is represented in the United States through its FINRA representative, Gravitas Capital International, in New York and San Francisco.
About Graph Blockchain Inc.
The Company develops leading-edge private blockchain business intelligence and data management solutions that it will implement into a blockchain supported e-commerce marketplace for the sale of psychedelic and ancillary products in legal jurisdictions.
Additional Information on the Company is available at: www.graphblockchain.com
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Govinda Butcher – CEO
Phone: (416) 522-6688
Christian Scovenna – President & COO
Phone: (416) 453-4708
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Announcing the Virtual Gathering of the European Tech professionals (#TCE2020VE)
The TECH Conference Europe 2020 Spring Edition becomes a hybrid conference.
We have some important updates about the upcoming TCE2020 Spring Edition.
Due to the many travel restrictions, we have decided to create a Virtual Conference which gathers Tech professionals to discuss the vital topics with which companies in Europe and around the world are dealing with.
The Virtual Conference will take place on the 9th of June and everyone is invited to join and hear how Mobility, EdTech, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Fashiontech, and Fintech companies are embracing the current events and helping globally.
In order to secure your virtual seat, make sure to register here (no travel needed, you can attend from the comfort of your home or office)
PLEASE NOTE: If you are already a registered delegate of TCE Spring Edition, you don’t have to purchase a new ticket!
“As the world is sailing into uncharted waters, it is not likely that you will have the possibility to travel in the upcoming 3 months, so we are giving the chance for tech professionals, startups, investors to attend a full day of quality learning and networking from the comfort of their home” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency.
The agenda of the conference has been updated and now addresses current affairs with panel discussions that revolve around the current topics which many tech industries are facing.
Among the topics of the conference, you will find discussions such as:
- Champions Of Mobility During Global Pandemic
- Fashiontech – Is The Fashion Sector Suffering Or Innovating?
- Global Consumer Sentiment During Pandemic And Boosting Essential Services
- Edtech Becomes An Essential Part Of Teaching And Providers Show Camaraderie
- Fintech, Blockchain And Fintech, Blockchain At The Forefront Of Fighting The Pandemic
More topics will be added to the agenda as the demand is high from tech companies. We are inviting all industry experts to nominate speakers here.
The speakers and moderators
Among the already confirmed speakers and moderators you can find: Jovita Gabnienė (Attorney at Law, Head of Litigation & Investigations Team at Ellex Valiunas), Stefania Barbaglio (Founder and Director at Cassiopeia Services), Erja Retzén (Senior Managing Director, Global Listing Services at Nasdaq), Filipa Neto (Innovation Principal at Farfetch), Kostandina Zafirovska (General Manager of IT Labs), Sukhi Jutla (COO & Co-founder at MarketOrders), Kamilė Kliukienė (Legal Counsel at Telia, Women Go Tech alumni), Jaka Repanšek (Media and TECH Law Expert), Rauno Parras (Director of parcel services at Itella Estonia), Marek Kopanicky (Consultant at Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency), Gerard Martret (Co-Founder & CCO at Shotl), Vytautas Karalevičius (Co-founder at Bankera), Magith Noohukhan (Customer Engagement Evangelist at Braze), Dean Rakic (Chief Blockchain Officer at Blockcontrol Germany), Ricky Booker (Founder & CEO at Tradestreet), Slava Jefremov (CPO at Cointraffic), Vesa Perälä (CEO and Founder at Claned Group), Karim Coppola (Founder and Creative Director at VISORE LAB) and Alexander Belov (Co-Founder at Coinstelegram).
More speakers will be added along the way.
Sponsors and Partners
We are also happy to announce that IT Labs, the main sponsor of the conference has opted to support both virtual and live editions of the event.
For further inquiries about the peaking/attending/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to Andrada Bota (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency).
Among the supporters of the conference, you will also find the Georgian Venture Capital Association as a strategic partner, and leading media outlets such as Coins Flare, Embassy of Blockchain, CoinPedia, TechEvents Online, AI Time Journal, Cassiopeia Services, iBlock.tv, TechieScoops, DigitalScounting.de and many more.
Visit www.virtualedition.techconferenc.eu for more details!
For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).
TECH Conference Europe (TCE) Spring Edition, BTech and NTech Awards
TCE Spring Edition will become TCE Summer and will be held on the 4th of August. More information about the topics and speakers will be announced at a later stage.
The online voting stage for BTech and NTech Awards 2020 has been stopped and will be reset in order to allow all participants to focus on different matters.
A new online voting stage will be started between 1 and 30 June. Further information will be released in the upcoming weeks.
Hipther Agency (organizers of TECH Conference Europe) press contacts:
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