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Mainbloq launches cryptocurrency trading algorithms

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Mainbloq launched their suite of trading algorithms to empower traders of digital assets. Their algorithms can be used via the Mainbloq order management system or can be integrated into other OMSs or EMSs via API.

“We believe in modularity,” said CEO Peter Bordes. “Our mission is to bring the sophistication of the street to digital assets and to us that means creating the best tools in the world and putting them in the hands of traders, wherever they trade.”

“The most important thing to remember is that not all algos are created equal,” said CIO Marc Deveaux. “That’s why we’ve assembled a team of street veterans with experience crafting algorithms for some of the most successful shops. We’ve created your typical algos like TWAP and VWAP, but we’ve also crafted custom algorithms that you can’t find anywhere else.”

Mainbloq’s algorithm suite is currently comprised of eight algorithms and will continue to grow. They also create custom algorithms to help their clients execute their individual trading strategies.

“First we built the world’s best crypto smart order router,” said Peter Bordes. “With the launch of our algorithm suite we’ve created another “block” in our vision for a best-in-class cloud-based modular platform joining data, tools, research, and insights for digital assets. Crypto is getting more sophisticated.”

 

SOURCE Mainbloq

YOYOW Team Refactored YOYOW App Wallet and Updated it to V2.0

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YOYOW is a public blockchain for the content industry. As a basic part of the YOYOW project, YOYOW App Wallet has always been a key development project for the YOYOW team. The App Wallet allows users to connect through trusted nodes, manages the user’s YOYO assets, user authorization and user rights, and allows users to interact with the YOYOW content platform and DApp through the App Wallet.

The team spent half a year completely refactoring the entire App Wallet (re-developing the entire App Wallet from scratch). In addition to the underlying refactoring, in this update, the YOYOW App wallet also adopts a newly designed user interface, which greatly improves the user experience, makes the operation smoother, and secures the wallet storage architecture. The new version of iOS and Android App Wallet are native wallets.

New and key optimization features:

1.      The user interface is fully upgraded to optimize the user interaction experience.
2.      Account: multiple account switching
3.      Witness voting: voting extra time
4.      Optimized the “information sales” function, created a personalized shop
5.      New support for multi-function QR code; multi-function QR code supports the following operations: asset transfer, account import, platform authorization, platform login, DApp jump
6.      DApp: open DApp access
7.      System: multi-language interface
8.      Added the account reset function
9.      Added settings of password-free payment for tipping
10.   Added operation details and classification functions
11.   Can delete all wallets and logout
12.   Can hide the account asset amount, and increase privacy

 

SOURCE YOYOW

TiE Mumbai Bets Big on Promising Startups: Invests in EasyFi and Odd Giraffe’s Angel Funding Round

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Over the years, TiE Mumbai has played a significant role in promoting, mentoring, helping and funding startups in this region. TiE Mumbai represents over 2,500 startups in the Greater Mumbai Region. It has successfully connected and mentored over 2,000 entrepreneurs and startups over the last few years, over 1,000 startups have been successfully connected to investors.

Commenting on TiE Mumbai’s angel investments in startups, Atul Nishar, President, TiE Mumbai, said, “TiE Angels handholds idea stage entrepreneurs, helps them build out a business model, then invests and backs up with constant mentoring to help scale up the next level. TiE’s global network of charter members bring in their expertise, global customer connects and money to build great unicorns.”

He further added, “At a time of depleting early stage funding, TiE Angels Mumbai continues to spot and support promising entrepreneurs and businesses.”

As a part of its ongoing endeavour to assist startups, and venture into newer domains, TiE Mumbai has participated in the angel funding round and invested in a unique sphere of wireless, centralized, community-focused virtual Wi-Fi infrastructure through EasyFi. A product of WI Digital Service Pvt. Ltd., EasyFi is a Wi-Fi and Data Network aggregator that aims at reducing infrastructure clutter and enhancing network coverage for service providers by deploying a virtualized wireless infrastructure and network resources for end-consumers. This investment will facilitate last-mile Wi-Fi and Data Network provision by offering a virtual infrastructure to ISPs, telcos, and cable TV providers for access to end consumers.

Bhushan C Thakkar, Founder, WI Digital Services, elaborated, “Our Company was established with an aim to facilitate providers across remote locations of the country in delivering the fastest internet connectivity for users at the last-mile. With the funds raised in this Angel Funding Round, we strive to accomplish network partnerships across 25 new locations, scaling up to approximately INR 2 lakh daily users. Furthermore, we are looking forward to subsequent rounds of funding to further our vision and tread ahead on our path towards establishing EasyFi as the most optimal network solution across India.”

In another bid to continuously supported young businesses in India, TiE Mumbai has invested in Odd Giraffe, a newly launched design-led lifestyle brand based in MumbaiOdd Giraffe creates fun, colorful and aesthetically pleasing stationery and accessories for the young, independent women of today. They help people achieve their dreams of organizing effectively and creatively. Their annual planners are our flagship product. With more than 5500 happy customers planning and organizing with their planners, they also actively collaborate with brands to make office desks and stationery more fun and exciting. They are soon going to launch other types of stationery items, desk accessories, phone cases, drinkware, home decor, and apparel.

Karan Joshi, Founder, Odd Giraffe, said, “Associating with TiEMumbai has been great. With the help of the funds and guidance from investors, we were able to expand our production and reach out to a wide audience this time. I think it’s a great step taken by TiE Mumbai to help the ideation stage startups raise their first cheque. We are excited to launch new products in the coming months.”

 

SOURCE The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)

HNSS: World’s Unique Project by MEIL

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There are many lift irrigation projects in the world, but, the Handri Neeva Sujala Sravanthi (HNSS) project has unique features among all. This lift irrigation project is having the highest number of pump houses and motors in the world. 43 pump houses built in the first and second phases of the project. By establishing a total of 269 units (motor and pump is one unit), MEIL has created a world-class project.

HNSS is Asia’s biggest and longest lift irrigation project. Explaining the reasons to be the biggest, Mr. Rammohan Reddy, General Manager MEIL, said, “Though Kaleshwaram, Devadula, Kalwakurthy, Palamuru-Rangareddy projects are bigger projects, as they are still under execution level, HNSS is recognised as Asia’s biggest lift irrigation project. The California state in the USA is having the world’s biggest project which was built 80 years ago. This project lifts water to the highest levelof terrains for drinking and irrigation purposes. Once the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project completes, all these records will be erased out. As per the number of motors, pumps, pump houses and length, HNSS is Unique amongst all. MEIL’s electro-mechanical works had brought this uniqueness to the project. ”

Handri-Neeva project was proposed 30 years ago with the ambition to supply drinking and irrigation water to the four Rayalaseema districts. While the river Handri flows in Kurnool district and Neeva flows in Chittoor district, these two rivers are interlinked by digging hills and high terrains by setting up a pump house at Malyala in Kurnool district. When this project was taken up in 2006, there were many questions and critics about the availability of water and financial resources. Many pessimists raised questions regarding establishing and maintenance of pumps and motors.

“MEIL successfully executed the first phase of HNSS along with maintaining and pumping the water for the last eight years without any issues or hindrances . MEIL proved that whether it is Colorado or Rayalaseema, the lift irrigation projects can be implemented successfully. In the first phase of the project, 12 pump houses with 129 units (motors and pumps) are successfully running for the last 8 years,” said Rammohan Reddy, General Manager, MEIL.

As part of the second phase, water pumping is going on in 565-kilometre length main canal through Madakashira and Punganoor branch canal. This main canal spread across Ananthapur, Kadapa, Chittoor districts. The water pumping into the main canal began in this season. 140 units in 31 pumping stations are ready to operate. As per the limitations of first year of operation, it is currently operating only 43 units. With these units, as of now, 160 tmc of water is lifted from Malayala in Kurnool district to the endpoint in Chittoor district. This water is lifted with the help of 43 pump houses. Explaining the uniqueness of the project, Rammohan Reddy said, “As two phases of the project are working now, it has become one of the world’s biggest and longest unique projectsEven China or the U.S., which includes world-renowned California state water project, do not have these many pump houses.Colorado state water project has only 6 to 11 pumping stations. The motors’ capacity in the Colorado project works with horsepower of electricity whereas in Handri-Neeva, pump houses works with megawatts of power. With the capacity of the unit taken into consideration, HNSS pump houses are established with the highest capacity.”

Even in India, particularly in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, there are many lift irrigation projects built. In completed irrigations projects, no lift irrigation project has these many pumping stations. Under-construction projects like Devadula project has 20 pump houses, Kalwakurthy has 15, Rajivbheema has 20, Seetharama has 19 and Gandikota project has 14 pump houses. Once the Kaleshwaram project is completed, the 82 pump houses will come into the utilisation.

MEIL has the honour to create this world’s uniquely biggest and longest project. The construction first phase completed in 2012 with 12 pump houses which were inaugurated by the Government. These 12 pump houses pumped the water to an average height of 200 meters. Under the second phase, water was pumped to Ananthapur, Kadapa, Chittoor districts from Jeedipally reservoir for drinking and irrigation purposes. This second phase was inaugurated this year by the State Government. Under the HNSS project, 40 tmc of water can be lifted to supply water to 6.25 lakh acres of agricultural lands and drinking water to 35 lakhs people in 437 villages of 81 mandals. The project was taken up prestigiously in 2006 by then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

Adding to the above innovative features,Rammohan Reddy elaborated, “Under the HNSS second phase, MEIL completed the construction works to supply irrigation water from Jeedipally reservoir to Madakashira branch canal to supply water to 4,04,500 acres. 19 pump houses were built to supply water to 74,400 acres in Penugonda, Hindupur, Madakashira constituencies through this canal.”

Water will be pumped to 18 pump houses across the 155.2-kilometre branch canal from Jeedipally pump house. On the Madakashira branch canal, MEIL established 81 pumps in L1 to L17 and L4A pump houses. MEIL also built 132/6.6KV power substation at Jeedipally pump house. 33/6.6 KV sub-stations were built at the remaining pump house by MEIL.

 

SOURCE Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL)

Dr Batra’s Homeopathy Clinics Across the World to Treat 10,000 Patients Free on ‘World Homeopathy Day’

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To commemorate the 264th birth anniversary of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, Dr Batra’s Homeopathy Clinics aims to provide free medicines to 10,000 patients. The world’s leading homeopathy company opens the doors of its 225 clinics in 125 cities in India and 10 international locations including LondonDubaiManamaDhaka and Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, 10th April, to any patient that walks into their clinic between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M.

Homeopathy, the 2nd largest system of medicine in the world, according to World Health Organization, is practiced in 86 countries and is consumed by over 200 million people the world over. In India, over 10 crore people depend on homeopathy. All AIIMS at district level are going to have a homeopathic wing. Homeopathy treatments are now covered by insurance companies under their comprehensive health insurance policy.

There are many advantages that homeopathy offers to patients. Foremost is that it offers holistic treatment. The other benefit is that homeopathy is safe and treats naturally. Apart from these benefits, what makes it different from other forms of medicine is that it is cost-effective, non-invasive and non-toxic. Homeopathy has been successfully used to treat medical problems such as AllergiesAsthmaHair lossMigraine, Anxiety and DepressionPsoriasisPCOSWhite Patches and many more in all age groups.

Speaking on the initiative, Dr. Mukesh BatraPadma Shri recipient and Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Dr Batra’s Group of Companies said, “The best way to honor the memory of the founder of homeopathy is to enable more people to experience its true healing power. With our widespread reach and presence in 122 cities across the world and with the medical expertise of over 400 doctors, we aim to reach out to over 10,000 patients through this initiative. We would also like to urge other homeopaths to take up this initiative along with us every year.” Watch Dr Mukesh Batra’s message – http://bit.ly/WHDMessage

Dr Batra’s runs over 160 Free Clinics across India to spread the goodness of homeopathy and also provides free treatment to partner NGO’s – Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Shepherd Widows Home, Mercy Old Age HomeSandhya Home for the Aged, Little Sisters of Poor (HyderabadBangalore and Chennai), Ek Prayaas and Kartar Aasra Home through its CSR arm Dr Batra’s Foundation.

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SOURCE Dr Batra’s Multi-Specialty Homeopathy Clinics

HyperBlock Appoints Manning Elliott LLP as Auditor

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HyperBlock Inc. (CSE: HYPR) announced that it has appointed Manning Elliott LLP (“Successor Auditor”) as its auditor for the fiscal period ending December 31, 2018.

There are no “reportable events” (as defined in National Instrument 51-102 – Continuous Disclosure Obligations) between the company and its previous auditor MNP LLP (“Former Auditor”). In accordance with NI 51-102, the notice of change of auditor, together with the required letters from the Former Auditor and Successor Auditor, have been reviewed by HyperBlock’s board of directors and have been filed on SEDAR.

Vancouver-based Manning Elliott was founded in 1952 and employs a team of 200+ chartered professional accountants and business advisors.

 

SOURCE HyperBlock

DigiPlex Announces Nordic Connect Platform

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DigiPlex, the Nordic leader for innovative, sustainable and secure data centres, is announcing its Nordic Connect Platform, which links its main data centres in NorwaySweden and Denmark, creating a unique Nordic data centre ecosystem.

“DigiPlex is continuously developing strong relationships with businesses, carriers, internet exchanges and cloud providers, through our commitment to delivering the most efficient, sustainable and secure data centres possible,”said DigiPlex CEO Gisle M. Eckhoff. “Our Nordic Connect Platform enables our customers to tap into this ecosystem to expand their operations in the Nordics, reach the Edge, and use faster and secure routes to the Cloud – all with fewer layers of complexity and cost.”

Connecting the Nordic Ecosystem

DigiPlex five Nordic sites are home to many of the region’s best-known and most interconnected businesses. Through the DigiPlex Nordic Connect Platform, companies seeking to connect with counterparts across borders can now operate as easily as if they occupied neighbouring racks in the same facility. DigiPlex also offers access to numerous carriers and internet exchanges expanding the reach to networks/fabrics across the globe.

Extending access to the Cloud

DigiPlex Nordic Connect Platform also enables efficient routes to the secure, dedicated and private connections essential to businesses operating in the Cloud. DigiPlex offers connectivity to all major Cloud and Network Service Providers including the first Norwegian deployment of AWS Direct Connect through its Ulven Data centre in Oslo.

Reaching the Edge

The Nordic Connect Platform has also been designed to help DigiPlex’s customers seeking to expand across borders or enter the Nordic market with a single data centre provider. With five Nordic data centres, DigiPlex offers a unique mix of possible Edge deployments in one or several of the region’s capitals; OsloStockholm and Copenhagen. This enables customers to meet demands on for example latency or local regulations such as GDPR.

Nordic Connect

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Wirecard Joins Retailtech Hub – Powered by MediaMarktSaturn and Plug and Play – to Empower Future Commerce Innovation

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  • Retailtech Hub brings together startups and established digital leaders such as Wirecard to test and pilot new technologies and digital business models
  • Partnership underlines Wirecard’s commitment to shaping the future of digital commerce

Wirecard, the global innovation leader for digital financial technology, today announced it is partnering with Retailtech Hub, a digital innovation platform powered by MediaMarktSaturn and the global startup ecosystem Plug and Play. Retailtech Hub brings together startups, retailers, major consumer brands, suppliers and investors with the aim of empowering the next generation of retail technology innovation. Amongst the retail partners are market leaders such as Lidl and s.Oliver.

Retailtech Hub was launched in 2017 and concentrates on identifying, piloting and bringing innovation to the world of commerce. Its mission is to facilitate an open experience exchange between corporate partners as well as manage a mentoring program concentrating on startup business development and expansion. The initiative focuses on all topics along the commerce and retail value chain.

The cooperation focuses on the digital transformation in global trade. Through partnerships and cooperations, Retailtech Hub ensures that retailers and their partners optimize their core strategies for the challenges of digital change. Payment and financial products as well as data analytics based on payment flows play a central role in this.

“One of our core goals at Wirecard is to encourage innovation and shape the future of financial commerce. The cooperation with MediaMarktSaturn and Plug and Play offers us exciting ways to establish new business models and further develop innovative technologies. The objective is to always provide momentum for growth in the global portfolio of the Wirecard platform,” said Jörn Leogrande, EVP Wirecard Labs.

“In a time where payment plays such an important role for the customer, we are delighted to welcome Wirecard as a new partner. Our aim is to change the world of commerce with the best startups and digital-driven corporations. As a global innovation leader for digital financial technology, Wirecard is a perfect fit and we look forward to their influence and guidance as we introduce them to exciting new companies and technologies,” added Thorsten Marquardt, Managing Director of the Retailtech Hub.

 

SOURCE Wirecard AG

$185 BILLION RAISED ACROSS 12,500 TRANSACTIONS BEHIND GROWTH CAPITAL MARKETS’ 2018 BULL RUN, REVEALS HAMPLETON PARTNERS’ REPORT

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Hampleton Partners’ analysis of growth capital reveals that 2018 marked another record year for global venture capital financing, with a total disclosed value of $185 bn (€165 billion) raised across more than 12,500 transactions.

The international technology M&A and growth finance advisors reveal that total transaction volume grew five per cent per year from 2014 to 2018 across the globe, while total value raised grew by 13 per cent, suggesting that funding rounds are becoming larger.

The Asia-Pacific region registered the largest number of deals in 2018 at 6,676, followed by North America with 5,640 and Europe with 2,601.

Asia-Pacific also charted the highest growth in absolute value, propelled by the increasing prevalence of massive investment funds such as Softbank’s $100 billion Vision Fund and Tiger Global’s new $3.75 billion tech fund, both having contributed to some of the record 21 new Asian unicorns born in 2018.

Over a four-year period, Europe walked away with the highest relative growth, witnessing a 24% CAGR over three years, with the number of deals having doubled since 2016. The proliferation in Europe of early stage funding rounds and the higher value they generate are the result of favourable government programmes, thriving tech hubs from Stockholm to Berlin, and a highly active and maturing investor environment.

Supergiants and Unicorns

“Supergiant” funding rounds – venture capital rounds generating funds in excess of $100 million – are becoming commonplace. 2018 saw 515 supergiant rounds, more than 2017 and 2016 combined.  Although they accounted for only two per cent of all rounds worldwide, they secured a massive 56 per cent of the total $185bn value raised.

There was also an all-time high of 106 unicorn births during 2018, dwarfing the combined 2016 and 2017 total of 73.

Miro Parizek, founder and principal partner, Hampleton Partners, said:

“We’ve witnessed the highest level of venture capital investment on record, both in volume and value terms. This has included an unprecedented increase in the number of supergiant rounds and new unicorn births, in addition to growth in all median sizes of funding rounds. The total value of all unicorns has also inched above $1 trillion.

“This seemingly boomish growth is driven by the new wave of start-ups causing extreme disruption in traditional industries such as automotive, retail, security, and healthcare in addition to the larger start-ups continuing to fundraise from favorable private markets. While lights are bright green for the VC markets, this high growth in all metrics may also be a signal of overheating markets of increasingly cash-rich funds making increasingly risky investments.

Most active investors

Hampleton’s report identifies the most active investors in the EU and US. In the US, 500startups racked up 398 investments, followed by Y Combinator (374), Sequoia (305), Techstars (221), Plug and Play Ventures (188), Matrix (168) and Accel (163).

In Europe, Index Ventures tops the chart with 92 investments, followed by Partech (90) and High-Tech Gründerfonds (74), Kima Ventures (63), Balderton Capital (43), Octopus Investments (38) and EQT (38).

Largest transaction

The most valuable company on 2018’s unicorn list is Bytedance, a Chinese machine learning content platform. Bytedance was valued at $75bn in its October fundraise in a round led by Softbank and joined by KKR and General Atlantic.

Sector-focused funding

Fintech proved to be the most popular sector for investors, as consumer solutions aiming to revolutionise the banking and payments industry gained traction. Among the new unicorns born out of the rounds completed by Ant Financial or JD Finance in the second half of 2018 were N26, Plaid Technologies, Viva Republic and Monzo.

Autotech investment took second place with the highest number of VC investments in car-related businesses on record, totalling 355 vs. 325 in 2017, though total equity value raised was down to $13.5bn (€12bn) from a $25bn (€22bn) high in 2017, which was achieved after several mega-transactions by Softbank.

New autotech unicorn births included Aurora, Momenta, Xpeng and pony.ai.

Blackmoon and Zeus Exchange Strategic Partnership Announced

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Blackmoon Financial Group, a blockchain Financial Service and Fintech firm, and Crypto Zeus PTE. LTD. (Zeus Exchange), a Fintech firm whose vision is to merge traditional investments with the power of the blockchain, today announced that they have formed a strategic partnership over co-branded Exchange Traded Indexes (ETxs).

The new relationship between Blackmoon and Zeus Exchange will empower them to work very closely together in order to produce the ETx that will be directly linked with underlying assets listed on Zeus Exchange, whether those are stocks, or crypto stocks, or cryptocurrencies or other asset types, with an ability to receive an underlying asset at any given time.

“Blackmoon and Zeus Exchange share a very similar vision and it’s because of this that we are happy to have discovered such an incredible organization to partner with. We are eager to release the Zeus Exchange ETxs to offer this creative investment opportunity to investors across the globe,” said Oleg Seydak, CEO of Blackmoon

“Zeus Exchange strategy is to align with the best players in the field and build a diverse and liquid trading environment across the countries. We are happy to partner with Blackmoon over a whole investment class to trade at our platforms while offering the best of both in Asia and in Europe together,” said Olga Duka, CEO of Zeus Exchange

Such a strategic partnership is one of many that both companies intend to form over the coming months. The ultimate goal will be to have an entire suite of innovative investment instruments to offer to the clients around the globe within a partnership-based and legally coherent ecosystem of services.

 

SOURCE Blackmoon and Zeus Exchange

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