Every week, the HostingJournalist.com editorial staff publishes a special selection of editorial pieces on a certain topic or trend. The HostingJournalist.com editor’s picks are being marked as #HJPICKS on our social media channels. This week our editors provide you with a Top-10 list of the most interesting news items on Blockchain trends and market developments.
Blockchain Technology – The Most Disruptive Tech Changing The World
June 2018 – VIDEO – Blockchain technology will be impacting your everyday life in the near future, stated hosting provider Lunarpages. Even though blockchain is in its infancy, early movers stand to benefit from it because blockchain and similar technologies is where the future will ultimately lead to. This podcast by Lunarpages explains what it is and how it will be used all around you every day. Watch the video and listen to the podcast here.
Banks Team With IBM For Blockchain-Powered Trade Finance
May 2018 – Digital technologies such as blockchain, APIs and cloud are empowering new innovative business models in the banking industry. Learn from Keith Bear, VP of Financial Markets at IBM, how multiple banks have joined together in a consortium to use a digital trade chain to provide efficiency, transparency and security enabling expansion of trade financing to a growing network of small and medium enterprises. Watch this video here.
Former IBM Global Vice President Launches Blockchain-based Cyber-Security Startup
May 2018 – Ajay Jotwani, a former Global Vice President at IBM who also worked as Global Head of infrastructure services for Wipro Technologies, has launched a cybersecurity startup – 2Chain – with its focus on securing the ‘Information and Identity’ through the use of blockchain technology. As a “pure-play” cybersecurity enterprise, i2Chain will dedicate itself to the sole purpose of protecting Information and Identity. Read further.
“The two assets – Information and Identity never ever lose value. Ajay expresses his excitement at the launch of i2Chain and is energized to focus on securing the Information and Identity leveraging natively secure Blockchain technologies,” said Ajay Jotwani, Founder & CEO of i2Chain, Inc.
Silicon Valley Blockchain Company Crowdz Gets Seed Funding From China Venture Capital HRVC
April 2018 – Crowdz, one of the first companies in the world to build a B2B e-commerce transaction network based on blockchain technology and artificial intelligence (AI), and – through that network – providing ‘supply chain as a service,’ has signed a contract with China Venture Capital HRVC agreeing to invest in Crowdz China – a joint venture between Crowdz and a domestic Chinese technology company.
The B2B e-commerce portal established by Crowdz would have eased the information asymmetry, low-value transmission efficiency, and supply-chain conflicts among enterprises, and their plans have been or are being implemented in many industries. Read further.
Master Agency COLOTRAQ Adds Blockchain Solutions to Its Data Center Infrastructure Portfolio
April 2018 – In response to increasing demand from their clients and channel partners for Blockchain and DLT solutions that span across physical and virtualized data center environments, global master agency COLOTRAQ has added Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) solutions to its data center infrastructure portfolio. Read further.
“Blockchain is the world’s leading software platform for digital assets, and we are excited about integrating this new technology to help our clients build dramatically more cost-efficient and secure IT infrastructure,” said Dany Bouchedid, CEO of COLOTRAQ.
Blockchain-Based Streaming Platform Play2Live Fundraises $30 Million Through Token Sale
March 2018 – Streaming platform Play2Live uses a token called Level Up Coin (LUC), which can be “easily” converted to other cryptocurrencies or to fiat money through a special exchange service/API. During the course of a recent campaign, Play2Live achieved their hard-cap of sales, with a total supply of 1,308,800,000 LUC tokens, 62% of which were sold on the open market. Total funds raised have added up to $30 million. Read further.
“We are super excited and happy with the results of the main token sale event! This is an outcome of a carefully executed day-to-day operating of the highly professional international team. There is already a lot to be proud of: we held the world’s’ very first esports tournament in CS:GO with crypto prize pool – Play2Live CryptoMasters. Peer-to-peer CDN technology tested during the tournament allowed us to save up to 30% of traffic per separate stream. That means everyone, including the viewer, will be able to earn with us. Beta version with this monetization channel will already be available this summer, and our team is ready to deliver all the unique features that we’ve promised in our White Paper,” said Alexey Burdyko, CEO and Founder at Play2Live.
Video Startup Lino Raises $20M to Create Decentralized Video Community With Blockchain
February 2018 – Lino, a video startup based in Cupertino, California, has secured $20 million in funding through a private token sale. Led by ZhenFund, the new funding would help Lino build its YouTube-like video distribution network with blockchain technology. Lino utilizes blockchain technology to ensure content value can be recognized efficiently and all contributors can be incentivized directly to promote long-term economic growth. Read further.
“We believe that blockchain has enormous potential to empower video creators by decentralizing how their content is distributed and ensuring that their earnings go directly into their pockets. We want to eliminate the middlemen in video streaming,” said Wilson Wei, CEO of Lino.
451 Research: 28% of Enterprises Now Evaluating or Using Blockchain Technology
December 2017 – 28% of enterprises are now evaluating or using blockchain although fewer than 3% have any production applications, according to 451 Research’s Blockchain Codex 2017 Report – part of 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Cloud Transformation study. Read further.
“Ultimately, blockchain will do for transactions what the Internet has done for information. It promises to disrupt business models and entire industries. It allows for increased trust and efficiency, and is pushing us to challenge how we define and exchange value and reward participation. With a scarcity of skills in blockchain technology and potential applications, there is a tremendous opportunity for third party expertise that can help define and support proof of concepts and initial deployments,” said Csilla Zsigri, the report’s author and senior analyst, cloud transformation and blockchain at 451 Research.
EY Expands Blockchain Teams Across Europe, Beginning in France, UK and Germany
November 2017 – EY is expanding its European teams that develop innovative products based on blockchain technology to address current and future customer demand. Multimillion-dollar investment in talent, technology and facilities would see blockchain teams in Europe quadruple over the next 12 months and expand the EY blockchain development footprint worldwide. Read further.
“Blockchain will Fix It!” – Futurist Ian Khan on Using Tech to Change the World
September 2017 – VIDEO – What can we do today to have the future we want? Acclaimed futurist Ian Khan says that technologists can make a difference, and make the future we want using the technologies of blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing, big data, and more. Massive change is within reach if we choose it, says Ian Khan in this video. Read further and watch the VIDEO.