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If cryptocurrencies are one of the most popular topics in the world of finances, then blockchain is just as popular in the world of technology. Of course, the two tend to come as parts of the same package, but the blockchain technology goes far beyond simply supporting cryptocurrencies.

Over the years, developers have been shifting their focus from crypto and towards blockchain, discovering new use cases, and increasing the technology’s importance in the eyes of the world. However, similarly to crypto, the full potential of this tech is still largely unknown, which often sparks new predictions, assumptions, and speculation.

Fintech media company ChainDD recently invited numerous industry leaders to an online interactive program named “Who is the prophet?” in order to have them present their thoughts on the topic of blockchain and crypto. Industry leaders spoke to the crypto community, they managed to present evidence to back their past or current crypto/blockchain theories, and they went through a wide range of topics and expectations.

As a result, the world got to hear some of the predictions regarding these technologies and the potential turns they might take in 2019.

Blockchain predictions for 2019

The founder of LD Capital, Lihua Yi, stated that the blockchain technology would likely be much more active in 2019 than it was in late 2018. He expects that professional funds will improve, while the ones that do not perform will end up being eliminated. Furthermore, he sees the number of formed funds going down by 90%. However, he believes that the same will happen to crypto media outlets, with only about 20 of them surviving.

Then, there is Rui Guo, Ultrain’s co-founder, who stated that a number of new market segments are going to merge within the blockchain industry. He also predicts that some of them might be a traditional public chain, while others will be commercial. In the end, Guo predicts that two or three of them will likely solve the decentralization and scalability issues. Finally, he believes that public blockchain will probably be adopted in numerous industries, such as healthcare, gaming, retail, financial industry, energy, logistics, and alike.

VeChain’s founder, Sunny Lu, also predicted blockchain development, but Lu focused on the long-term, stating that the large scale adoption of blockchain is inevitable in the following decade. Not only will it come, according to Lu, but it will be used in pretty much every aspect of our lives. He also sees blockchain getting more and more in line with relevant regulations as the adoption and development continue.

Chu Shuai, the founder of QTUM, decided to take a more conservative approach, stating that 2019 is still too early for the mass adoption of this technology. He expects to hear about several breakthroughs before the year ends, although large-scale commercialization is unlikely to happen for at least three to five years. Regarding cryptocurrencies, he hopes to see the industry grow back to $200 billion, while the price of Bitcoin is expected to be anywhere between $4,500 and $5,000 at that point.

Zheng Ren, the partner at Consensus Lab, believes that blockchain investments will “choose paths,” as he put it. Around 80% of the token funds are going to disappear, he claims, while the surviving ones will be professional investment institutions. As for Bitcoin, he believes that it will continue its fluctuations between $3,000 and $6,000, while the popular dApps will be thriving. Also, he believes that more countries will try to come up with regulations and enforce them in order to establish STOs along the way.

Finally, there is Mei Luo, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management’s Ph.D. Supervisor. Luo claims that 2019 will be more of a year dedicated to academic research of the crypto space, while 2020 will be the year of presenting the results of the research. She also expects to see new crypto-related courses in business schools, particularly in Asia and the US. As for Bitcoin price, Lua’s thoughts are similar to those of Zheng Ren, meaning that BTC will likely remain volatile, going up and down between $3,000 and $6,000.

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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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