With Q4 already upon us, 2018 is drawing to a close. Some would say that the bear market, regulatory clampdown, and nosedive in industry size would make this a year to forget. But the reality is that a lot of work gets done during bear markets. HODLers and traders may bemoan the tanking price of ETH and XLM. But there are plenty of blockchain companies working hard to launch their platforms for the coming year.
We can expect some eye-opening developments in the months ahead across the board. But let’s check out these top five blockchain companies worth keeping an eye on in 2019.
With the charismatic CEO Trevor Koverko at the helm, Polymath is causing quite a stir on the circuit lately. Known for his smart investment choices (he went big on Ethereum back in the day and has a large stake in ShapeShift and EOS), Koverko’s also done time on both Wall Street and Silicon Valley. And the advisory board includes names like Partick Byrne of Overstock, Ethereum co-Founder Anthony Di Iorio, and ShapeShift’s Erik Vorhees.
What’s so special about Polymath? In the changing regulatory landscape, 2018 has seen a major shift toward security tokens in the USA. Polymath is creating the ST-20 that aims to be the “Ethereum of Security Tokens.” By offering the next standard in security tokens, the platform will provide companies with the technology layer they need to create their own security token effortlessly. And help trillions of dollars of securities to migrate to the blockchain at the same time.
2. Digitex Futures
Digitex Futures is looking to set the futures trading industry on fire in 2019. With the launch date for the completed exchange set for later this year, the company is rolling out the platform to its first 5,000 waitlist users. It’s then airdropping them 1,000 DGTX (its native token) to experiment with before final roll out. This provides the perfect testing environment for its developers, and also allows keen futures traders to get started faster.
There are a few features that set this crypto exchange apart. Mainly that it offers a commission-free trading model and decentralized accounts. Ex-pit trader CEO Adam Todd frequently saw profitable days turn into losses due to crippling commission fees. Now he’s finding a way to produce a highly liquid exchange that should be the answer to futures traders’ prayers.
OST as its own blockchain is amassing a growing number of DApps building on top of its technology. From token design and staking to airdrops and analytics, OST has plenty to offer businesses wanting a native token. Some OST partner companies already include PassKit, LytePay, LGBT Token, and Unsplash.
Continually growing their developer community has already gotten OST a name within the crypto space but their latest news is hot off the press. Revealed during an Ethereum hackathon at ETHBerlin, OST claims to have found the solution to Ethereum’s scalability issues: OpenST Mosaic, a consensus protocol that will run meta-blockchains on top of Ethereum, allowing for tens of thousands of transactions per second.
4. SMART VALOR
Swiss-based SMART VALOR is launching a decentralized global marketplace for tokenized alternative investments, including digital assets, such as cryptocurrencies, and tokenized assets, like private equity and real estate. The company recently announced that it had received regulatory approval to act as a financial intermediary in Switzerland. This is important since the majority of cryptocurrency exchanges currently fail to comply with AML/KYC practices and offer investors little security.
With the VALOR platform set to launch in Q4 this year, SMART VALOR has a history of working with regulators. CEO Olga Feldmeier was dubbed by the media as the “Bitcoin Queen” of Switzerland’s Crypto Valley. She was instrumental in leading the legislative case for Xapo, one of the largest Bitcoin custodians out there. Focused on democratizing access to wealth, the company aims to open up investment in previously off-limit assets to a far wider investor pool, causing a “revolution in global investment.”
5. Lucidium Health
Lucidium Health is bringing Blockchain to clinical trials. According to industry reports, over 70 percent of clinical trial participants drop out of the trial midway. This makes the trial conductors, the CROs, pick larger sample sizes to meet the trial requirements. Lucidium Health uses smart AI and ML to match the most suitable trial participants with the clinical trials.
To ensure adherence to the trial protocols, Lucidium Health will use the Stellar Blockchain and its unique feature of trust lines. The team comprises veteran clinicians who understand the industry inside out and have partnered with Turing Labs, a Blockchain development company, to build this well-planned project.
Wrapping It Up
With a heavy focus on regulation and compliance, as well as innovation, 2019 promises a ton of new developments in the blockchain world. As companies start to deliver on their promises and provide the platforms their investors expect, and new solutions are discovered to improve existing infrastructure, 2019 could be the year we cross the chasm to mass adoption after all.
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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange
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…
Should Crypto Projects Devote Resources to Community Growth and Marketing?
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…
XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata
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…