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Ripple (XRP) Snatches Facebook’s Former Payments Exec and Appoints Her as Senior VP

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Ripple (XRP) has released a new announcement this Wednesday in which it stated that it hired Kahina Van Dyke as its new Senior VP of business and corporate development. Van Dyke has previously been known as a director for global payments at Facebook, as well as a veteran of the banking industry.

Ripple makes new hirings

Ripple (XRP) is the third biggest crypto according to market cap these days, and the company behind it has just hired a banking expert as its new Senior VP. Kahina Van Dyke, who also worked as Facebook’s payment executive, has just joined Ripple as business and corporate development’s Senior Vice President.

The announcement came on Wednesday, July 11, together with another statement that said that David Schwartz, a known cryptographer, will become the company’s new CTO.

The new hirings came in the middle of Ripple’s new campaign to persuade the financial industry that XRP is just what they need for an improvement of cross-border payments. This is exactly where Van Dyke will get the opportunity to shine since her responsibilities will include coming up with strategic partnerships and focusing on the solutions for international payments.

According to her own statement, Van Dyke has started working for Ripple in order to eliminate the friction when it comes to international payments, and she plans to do this by applying Ripple’s tech to change the entire industry. She also stated that the most challenging problem with payments right now is the outdated technology. The current system is nearly 40 years old, and it cannot meet the modern needs.

International payments systems in need of improvement

These days, the cross-border payments often need days to be processed, and at large fees, as well. While this was a cutting-edge technology some 30 years ago, it is no longer good enough. The modern culture is a fast-moving one, and the banks will have to open up to new technologies in order to stay capable of providing their customers with what they need.

To do this, the banks will have to change their attitude toward cryptos, which is something that they seem reluctant to do. As a result, the improvement of cross-border transaction systems has been very slow, while the modern culture continues to speed up. Right now, the financial industry is slowly but surely getting more an more familiar with these technologies, but they still hesitate to use cryptos in everyday operations.

As for Ripple, the company claims that XRP can serve as a liquidity source, which would eliminate the obligation of the financial institutions to maintain capital when it comes to foreign reserve accounts. However, the recent statement by the Western Union claims that their XRP experiments did not result in any major savings. Ripple has responded to this, saying that their experiments were simply too small for the change to be apparent.

The addition of Van Dyke comes at the perfect time, considering her 20 years of experience when it comes to fintech and banking. Van Dyke held some pretty impressive positions at Facebook, as well as Mastercard. She has experience in creating new financial services and payment solutions and has even managed various partnerships while at Facebook. Those include major companies like PayPal, Western Union, Citibank, Visa, and others.

Ripple makes new steps towards decentralization

Additionally, Ripple has also promoted a cryptographer, David Schwartz, to the position of the company’s CTO. Creating a global network that contains so many financial institutions that are becoming more and more blockchain-oriented is a large task, which is why Ripple has decided that the company needs a fresh perspective. Because of this, Schwartz is to replace Stefan Thomas as a CTO.

According to Ripple, Schwartz will be tasked with leading a team that will have to find a way to bring the XRP ledger to further decentralization. This is an important part of Ripple’s development, especially since the SEC has stated that digital assets cannot be influenced by a central authority. If Ripple cannot achieve decentralization, the only thing that SEC can do is register it as a security – something that this coin has been working hard to avoid.

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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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