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Neobank Juno Raises USD 3M from Polychain, Sequoia and Dragonfly

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Juno aims to provide a high-yield account for savings

Juno, a neo banking platform that leverages decentralized digital assets to provide customers a high-yield account for savings, has announced that the completion of a USD $3 million seed round. Investors include prominent firms such as Polychain Capital and Sequoia Capital’s Surge. The platform is set to launch in select markets next year and is taking a radical approach towards creating an open and global financial system for everyone, regardless of location or income.

Banks in developed countries – including the US, Europe, Japan, and Singapore – traditionally offer between 0.01% and 0.10% interest through checking and savings accounts. This interest will be distributed daily and will fluctuate regularly.  Clients will also be able to send and receive money anywhere in the world without intermediaries and at no cost. Additionally, the company plans to introduce a debit card with a partner bank in the future.

Juno is built on the Ethereum blockchain and uses Nuo protocol for its core functionality. Its main feature is to enable decentralized lending and borrowing of digital assets to earn a high yield on stablecoins such as USDC. Juno is leveraging these assets to build the next generation of global decentralized financial and banking services (DeFi).

Varun Deshpande, co-founder of Juno“Today, we are excited to unveil Juno – a neo banking platform that aims to provide everyone a high yield account for their savings. Our goal with Juno is to help create an open financial system for the world by providing equal opportunity and access, no matter where you are born or how much you earn. We are also delighted to partner with Polychain Capital, Sequoia Capital’s Surge and Dragonfly Capital on this journey as we build a new age banking platform from the ground up.”

Olaf Carlson-Wee, Managing Member, CIO of Polychain Capital – “We were early supporters of decentralized finance and stablecoin systems, both of which have continued to gain meaningful traction in the market over the past couple of years. We believe Juno is well-positioned to bring decentralized finance to the mainstream with their neo banking platform for digital assets. We are particularly impressed with the team’s focus on simple user experience, unlocking liquidity using smart contracts, and their Asia first strategy.”

Juno was founded in July 2019 by Varun Deshpande, Ratnesh Ray, and Siddharth Verma after creating the Consensys-backed Nuo protocol in 2018. Using Nuo smart contracts, lenders can supply crypto assets and earn daily interest, while borrowers can instantly access credit using their digital assets as collateral. Smart contracts allow for algorithm-driven pricing, disbursals, and collections, ensuring efficiency and transparency. Nuo protocol has grown organically to USD $25 million in deposits and USD $20 million in loans disbursed, making it the most popular DeFi app in Asia

The founders’ past ventures also include BeeWise, an alternate credit analytics platform acquired in 2017 by Aditya Birla Money. As a serial entrepreneur, Deshpande was the co-founder and CEO of TopTalent, a high-end recruitment platform as well as AVP marketing at Topper, a Fidelity-backed edtech platform in India. He holds a degree from BITS Pilani. Ratnesh Ray graduated from IIIT Allahabad and was the head of data science at TinyOwl, a Sequoia India backed foodtech app. Prior to that, he was a software developer at Toppr, where he helped create personalized tests and social features. Siddharth Verma was part of the early team at Arista Networks where he worked on their flagship product consisting of high-density switches. He was previously a software developer at Cisco and an alum of BITS Pilani.

The seed round also saw the participation of Dragonfly Capital, Consensys Labs, Astarc Ventures, Singapore Angel Network and notable angel investors Balaji S. Srinivasan (Ex-CTO, Coinbase and General Partner, a16z), Amrish Rau, Jitendra Gupta (CEO & MD, PayU India), and Loi Luu (Founder, Kyber Network), Nitin Sharma from Incrypt, Venu Palaparthi (CCO, Dash Financial), Rajesh Chelapurath (President, Ceera Investments), Brian Ma (Founder, Divvy Homes), Sanjay Mehta from Mehta Ventures, and Prashant Malik (Creator of Apache Cassandra).

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How can Ethereum casino improve the online gambling industry?

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The undisputed king of the cryptocurrency industry is Bitcoin for the moment. This is an undeniable fact, maybe because it was the first and has been around for more than 10 years. But coming in a close second place is the Ethereum that has also been around for quite some time now. When it first emerged, ETH brought some major improvements to the table, most notably even faster speeds of transactions and the smart contract technology. From the get go, crypto casinos noticed the potential of Ethereum and that’s how the first ETH Casinos started to emerge. Since then Ethereum Casinos started going full throttle towards the progress of the gambling industry, bringing with themselves a ton of massive improvements that are truly revolutionizing the casino world.

The speed of Ethereum Casino

The first thing that everyone in the casino world notices is the incredible speed of the ETH Casinos. This is due to the fact that Ethereum uses smart contact technology that allows players to deal directly with the casino. This cuts down the time significantly and all processes are completed within a matter of minutes. For example, the classic online casinos take days to finalize the transactions, because they wait for 3-rd party organizations like banks. In case of Ethereum Casino, the deal happens directly, which translates into transfers that are made almost momentarily.

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Manufacturing Blockchain Company Syncfab Featured in NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center’s Event in Times Square

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The NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center hand-picked several advanced projects and companies to provide individualized mentorship and executive coaching in an effort to support tech startups working on various COVID-19 solutions. As part of the program, the NASDAQ Tower in Times Square broadcasted its Milestone Makers COVID-19 Solutions Cohort live last Wednesday.  

Time-tested communications and manufacturing supply chains have been significantly damaged this year due to the pandemic. This is why manufacturing blockchain company SyncFab was one of the headliners at the conference. Supply chains have become all but non-responsive, and innovative solutions are being prioritized.

SyncFab has built and launched an advanced blockchain platform for supporting smart supply chains and allowing users to source, procure, track, secure, and pay for precision spare parts. Led by Forbes Business Council Member Jeremy Goodwin, SyncFab brings real-time capacity savings opportunities alongside addressing the billion-dollar pain points in manufacturing supply chains. It connects automotive, aerospace, and medical manufacturers with more cost-effective suppliers using blockchain-secured transactions.

“In 2020 the time has finally arrived for industry to jettison the limitations of old-fashioned manual procurement processes,” said SyncFab CEO Jeremy Goodwin in his presentation during the conference. He added that “looking forward, we [SyncFab] will expand supplier coverage, add new supplier response incentive and purchase order programs, and continue to innovate post-procurement blockchain traceability features” to meet shifting needs in the industry.

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Ways To Become A Successful Trader

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If you want to start trading then you can trade in Forex market where you will find some great trading opportunities and you can take advantage from it if you know how to play the game in this market. At an early stage of trading almost all traders thinks that trading is all about setting up chart and entry and exit points. But if you want to be professional in this industry you must need to have knowledge about trading strategies, money management and should have control over your emotions. Now we are going to talk about a few tip which going to help you to stay alive in the trading game.

Study the Forex market

Having a sound knowledge about Forex trading is must if you want make a living from it. Traders need to know how this market works, the different currency pairs, how they behave, support and resistance and bid-ask price. There is also some complicated concepts like pips, spreads, leverage, slippage, commission etc. about which you need know clearly and able to calculate it without any confusion. You can analyze this market both technically and fundamentally, so you have to learn how to do them. There are lots of financial news publishes every day and a trader must need to understand those announcement and able to find out how the market can react to that news.

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