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Stellar XLM

The cryptocurrency market has been bearish and depressed for most of the year. Very few assets have managed to remain stable, and most have lost a lot of value over the last seven months. That’s why Stellar Lumen’s XLM‘s performance during July stands out above almost every other coin. It went up to sixth place by market capitalization, taking Litecoin‘s place. It’s one of the few (probably the only) token that grew in value last month which is no mean feat.

A series of exciting news have driven XLM’s growth and, unlike Tron’s equally great news over the month, Stellar’s have translated into market performance. Let’s review the events and partnerships that have propped Stellar’s recent success.

Satoshipay

It’s a micropayment network that aims to create monetization opportunities for artists and other content creators. It’s been around since 2014 when it was founded in Berlin, Germany and it’s found a way to get enough funding and to achieve a decent degree of success. The critical fact is that Satoshipay uses only the XLM token to process and settle payments.

On top of that, last month, on July 26th specifically, it announced it was getting ready to issue an IPO, so a lot of expectation is building up around both Satoshipay and Stellar Lumens.

Stronghold USD

This is a project by IBM to issue a cryptocurrency that will be backed up by actual dollars as well as Stellar’s network. This project has created a lot of hype because it intends to create a stable currency and because IBM, the tech giant that has been behind so many previous technological revolutions, is supporting it. Even before that IBM announced Stellar to be its blockchain of choice and it seems that every crypto project that could involve IBM will involve Stellar as well.

TransferTo

Only two years ago it was a startup. It’s a cross-border digital payment service which has built a vast global network (150 countries already) in a remarkably short amount of time. TransferTo has chosen Stellar as the network (and coin) to improve its international payments system. They aim to make it quicker, safer, cheaper. This partnership is probably one of Ripple’s nightmares.

Coinbase

This is one that must be taken a bit carefully. Coinbase is not listing Stellar, at least not yet. But it announced that it is studying the possibility of listing it in the future if they like it. Coinbase’s announcement was exceedingly careful and ambiguous but the fact that they announced they would consider XLM for listing before XRP aroused a lot of excitement among Stellar fans and it brought the price up right away.

Tempo

You can think about Tempo as the European Western Union. It’s a remittance service with a massive presence in Europe, Latin America and Africa. They have also chosen XLM to be the means to settle their international transactions.

This is probably the most significant news from all because unlike the other companies that have partnered up with Stellar (except IBM), Tempo is the one that indeed is an established giant within its business. There’s even been talk about Tempo issuing a debit card based on Stellar so that you can use your cryptocurrency to, say, buy groceries.

And all that happened in only two weeks. If Stellar (XLM) can keep up the lightning pace at which it is securing so many critical strategic partnerships, it won’t stay at sixth for too long. It could even become a player for crypto’s more prominent players, and it will keep having great performances in many more months to come.

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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //

Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.

Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.

The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.

NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more.

NFTs are already being actively traded in markets globally. For…

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Should Crypto Projects Devote Resources to Community Growth and Marketing?

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2020 has been an incredible year for crypto as investors have generated windfall profits and crypto projects have seen their businesses gain the spotlight they’ve been looking for.  While Bitcoin has received most of the attention after major institutional investors announced they were accumulating the increasingly scarce asset, many altcoins have also seen their fair share of glory.  When looking at all the big winners of the past year, the first project that probably comes to mind is Chainlink, having appreciated by more than 550% YTD and now valued at over $4.5 billion.  But, the actual biggest winner of the year is HEX with a YTD return of over 5,000%.

I mention both of the above projects as they have each taken slightly different paths to achieve greatness.  Chainlink has devoted resources toward building a fundamentally sound business with many strategic partnerships while HEX has spent vast sums of money on marketing and promotion.  Both approaches are valid, but one thing is certain, it is absolutely imperative for crypto projects to let the crypto community know what makes them special.  Of course, one of the reasons that makes crypto so valuable is the powerful blockchain technology that most projects are utilizing.

Cryptocurrency vs. Blockchain Technology

It’s important to make a distinction between blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  Although they are often used interchangeably, they are different.  Blockchain technology and crypto were both created after the 2008 financial crisis, but cryptocurrency…

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XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24th December, 2020, // ChainWire //

The XENO NFT Hub (https://xno.live) will provide a crypto-powered digital items and collectables trading platform allowing users to create, buy, and sell NFTs. Additionally it will support auction based listings, governance and voting mechanisms, trade history tracking, user rating and other advanced features.

As a first step towards its fully comprehensive service, XENO NFT Hub launched a recent VIP service to select users and early adopters in December 2020 with plans for a full Public Beta to open in June 2021. 

“NFTs are extremely flexible in their usage, from digital event tickets to artwork, and while NFTs have a very wide spectrum of uses and categories XENO will initially focus its partnership efforts and its own item curation on three primary areas: gaming, sports & entertainment, and collectibles.”, said XENO NFT Hub president Anthony Di Franco.

He also added “This does not mean we will prohibit other types of NFTs from our ecosystem However, it simply means that XENO’s efforts as a company will be targeted into these verticals initially as a cohesive business approach.”

Development and Procurement Lead, Gabby Dizon explained, “Despite our initial focus, we found ourselves with a unique opportunity to host some of the works of Mr. Hiro Yamagata. We are collaborating with Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata to enshrine some of his artwork into NFTs.”

Mr. Yamagata has been…

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