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DigiMax Enters KorePartners Ecosystem, Growing a Diverse Network

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DigiMax Enters KorePartners Ecosystem, Growing a Diverse Network

DigiMax and the Growing Alliance

In a positive announcement from a pair of promising companies, KoreConX announced the entrance of DigiMax into their developing KorePartners Ecosystem.

To date, this ecosystem consists of companies such as IdentityMind Global, IBM, Bellotti Capital, and more.

KorePartner EcoSystem

The KorePartner EcoSystem is a grouping of companies, which has established as strategic partnership with one another. The goal of which, is to provide clientele with access to services culminating in a comprehensive experience when hosting an STO/DSO. Of the various alliance networks available to companies, KorePartner remains one of the most extensive.

Importance of Networking

Those that follow the digital securities sector may have noticed a growing trend involving these types of alliances. The reason for this is that they play an important role in providing clients with an effective and pleasant experience.

While there are select companies in the sector which offer a comprehensive suite of services surrounding STOs and DSOs, most specialize in a select few areas. Companies which take part in alliances such as the Kore Partners program, now have the ability to refer clientele to one another, based on which networking partner offers the most appropriate services.

Commentary

In announcing the entrance of DigiMax into the KorePartner Ecosystem, representatives from each company took the time to comment.

Chris Carl, CEO of DigiMax, stated,

“We are excited to be joining the KoreConX global ecosystem of KorePartners. The governance standards and charter for how they operate has been defined with a thorough attention to a professional code of ethics and conduct to a level we seldom get to see. When you then complement this high level of governance with their global Digital Securities Protocol managed within their all-in-one platform, joining them as a KorePartner was an easy decision for us to make, since our goal at DigiMax is to also have a global footprint to help our clients.”

Oscar Jofre, CEO of KoreConX, stated,

“DigiMax is a new breed of registered dealers that truly understand how the private capital markets are changing and that for the markets to truly bring value to investors and companies, we must utilize an infrastructure that brings everyone together…We share a common vision of creating a respectable infrastructure for digital securities worldwide to combat fraudulent and irresponsible ICOs and STOs. We are thrilled that DigiMax chose the KoreConX all-in-one platform for their Digital Securities.”

DigiMax

DigiMax is a Toronto, Ontario based company. The team behind this company has developed a series of services tailored towards the facilitation of capital generation events (STOs, DSOs).

DigiMax was recently the recipient of an ‘exempt market dealer’ designation, on behalf of the Ontario Securities Commission. This will allow for the company to issue digital securities on behalf of their clientele, without the need for a prospectus.

CEO, Chris Carl, currently oversees company operations.

KoreConX

KoreConX was founded in 2016, and maintains headquarters in New York. The company offers a variety of services meant to serve the blockchain industry. KoreConX refer to themselves as the ‘World’s first all in one platform for the private capital markets’.

To date, KoreConX has seen positive industry adoption.  This is made evident, as various companies looking to raise capital have turned to them for their services. These include clients such as Libra, MintHealth, PCF Capital, and more.

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Square Awarded Patent for Payment Network Supporting Securities

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Square Awarded Patent for Payment Network Supporting Securities

After nearly 1 ½ years, payment processer, Square, has successfully been awarded a patent centered on establishing a ‘cryptocurrency payment network’.

Details of the Patent

The patent, which was initially filed on September 14, 2018, was done so by Square, Inc.  While the patent obviously goes into great depth, describing how exactly the proposed payment network will function, the following is a short excerpt summarizing the overall goal.

“Specifically, the present technology permits a first party to pay in any currency, while permitting the second party to be paid in any currency. In this way, the technology provides benefits that remove barriers to transactions that might inhibit international commerce, or commerce with certain types of currency.”

The invention of the technology, described throughout, is attributed to three individuals.

The Intriguing Part

What makes this particular patent notable for those following the digital securities sector, is the direct reference to securities.  It is stated,

“The disclosed technology addresses the need in the art for a payment service capable of accepting a greater diversity of currencies including fiat currencies (US dollars, Euro, Rupee, etc.), and non-fiat currencies including virtual currencies including cryptocurrencies (bitcoin, ether, etc.), commercial paper (loans, contracts, forms, etc.), and securities (stocks, bonds, derivatives, etc.), than a traditional payment system in a transaction between a customer and a merchant, and specifically for a payment service to solve or ameliorate problems germane to transactions with such currencies.”

While details are scarce on how exactly securities will play into the mix, the potential for them to be seamlessly transferred between parties is surely intriguing.

Jack Dorsey

There are a select few people that have become synonymous with Bitcoin and blockchain in general; Jack Dorsey is one of these.

Throughout the past few years, he has, not only been a vocal proponent of Bitcoin and blockchain technologies, but actually acted on his words.  Through payment processing company, Square, in which Dorsey is both the Founder and CEO, the world has seen glimpses of the potential for Bitcoin as it is integrated into their services

Dorsey recently caught the attention of many as he noted that which many have – Africa holds massive potential for the adoption of, and benefitting from, blockchain.  This realization has prompted a, soon to be undertaken, 6-month journey to the continent by Dorsey, as he works towards establishing blockchain based solutions to benefit the populace.

Square

Founded in 2009, Square maintains headquarters in San Francisco, California.  Above all, Square acts as a tech provider for payment processing solutions.  Their rapid rise in popularity over the past decade has seen the company expand beyond U.S. borders into various countries including, but not limited to, Canada and Japan.

CEO, Jack Dorsey, currently oversees company operations.

In Other News

With a rapidly developing sector, many industry players are looking to protect their intellectual property.  As such, we have found ourselves, on a variety of occasions, covering these events.  The following articles touch on a few patents filed over 2019, in addition to an interesting concept involving a ‘Patent Finance Market’.

Walmart Files a Crypto Patent for New Stable Coin

‘TOME’ Patent Awarded to tZERO by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Templum Markets and IPWe to Develop ‘Patent Finance Market’

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3 More Executives Leave SDX Due to Discrepencies

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SDX Exchange lost 3 executives in January 2020

The blockchain-based digital asset trading venue SDX continues to have a rough start to the new year. This week, another high-level executive announced their departure from the firm. The news brings the number of executives who left the company in January 2020 up to three. The news demonstrates a realignment and shuffling of SDX’s business plan. Also, it showcases the growing pains associated with these changes

According to company documentation, all of these executives departed from their full-time positions in January. The three individuals to leave are Alex Zinder, an architecture lead at SDX, Ivo Sauter, SDX’s head of clients and products, and Sven Roth, the firm’s chief digital officer. The later of the trio agreed to stay on as an external advisor to SDX.

In a recent interview, Sauter explained the motivation behind his decision to leave. He touched on a number of critical changes made throughout the firm. These changes included a shift from the platform’s original vision. He explained that at first, the platform was to utilize the banking sector as a bridge into the rest of the market.

However, this strategy quickly changed as SDX began to tailor its platform specifically, and solely for use by banks. Sauter described how these changes effected moral and fueled the growing dis-alignment between executives and owners. He explained that originally, the platform was to be much more inclusive. For example, SDX was to enable startups to provide services around its features.

Corporate Culture

Sauter also took a moment to touch on the negative effects this corporate culture had on the project. He explained that, in his opinion, a bit more separation needed to occur between SDX and its mother company, the Swiss stock exchange operator SIX Group. Apparently, these feelings of discourse only grew as the mother company took more and more influence on SDX’s day to day operations.

SDX Office via SIX

SDX Office via SIX

Additionally, Sauter explained how the big-company approach also inhibited the company’s ability to save. Large corporations require much more reporting. In turn, this reporting raises operating costs. Additionally, smaller firms have more liberty in terms of flexibility and risk management. In the end, the corporate approach made many of the executives feel as if they had been stifled.

Despite the discrepancies, Sauter stated that he had left on good terms. He went as far as to claim that he was at a point in his career that he had no desire to have his contract renewed. Consequently, SDX chose to not offer a renewal.

Challenges in the Market

As with any major corporate reshuffle, there are going to be individuals that no longer fall in line with the platform’s overall goals. Discussing these challenges, a SIX spokesman touched on the changes and what they mean to the project. They explained that whenever you have a concept built from scratch, there are going to be many ups-and-downs associated with the development. In the end, the firm acknowledged that these changes have begun to add up with the spokesperson stating that the firm has “spent quite a few Swiss francs” on the ordeal.

SDX Moving Forward

From the tone of SDX’s past employees, the company is undergoing some heavy internal changes. As such, there is no way to determine exactly how these personnel changes will affect the overall strategy the company has chosen to follow. One thing is for sure, SDX appears to have made a priority shift towards servicing the banking sector exclusively with its new platform.

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Tokeny Upgrades investorID with ONCHAINID

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ONCHAINID

There is no such thing as the launch of a completed product.  Times change, technology is upgraded, and needs vary.  A successful product will often see various iterations and updates throughout its lifespan, in an effort to serve its intended market.

With that in mind, tokenization platform, Tokeny, has announced the launch of ONCHAINID.

An Evolution

ONCHAINID is essentially version 2.0 of their previously released investorID – a solution geared towards whitelisting investors.  ONCHAINID looks to oust traditional ‘central-systems’, in favour of a more decentralized approach.  Along with this approach, ONCHAINID looks to build upon what investorID was able to offer, with various new functionalities.

Tokeny notes that this product is built on providing clients with 3 main features:

  • Data enrichment
  • Direct ownership of securities
  • Customer accounts management

For those interested in learning about the initial launch of investorID, and to see how Tokeny arrived at ONCHAINID, make sure to peruse the following article.

Tokeny Announces European Launch of investorID

Commentary

Upon announcing ONCHAINID, Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny, took the time to comment, elaborating on the move and why it was needed.

Luc Falempin stated,

“For financial institutions to move away from analogue processes and step in to the digital era, they need reliable and compliant standards.  Most of the protocols created for digital securities failed to recognise that identity across the value chain is essential to apply compliance for the issuance and transfer of tokenized securities.  ONCHAINID, and its open ecosystem, is the most credible solution to securely and accurately identify market players and their assets on the blockchain.”

He continued,

“To achieve our vision of a digital capital markets there needs to be a secure and institutional-grade system that enables the creation of digital identities for issuers, agents, investors and securities.  This is why we have created ONCHAINID, to bring forth a shared and controlled data-rich ecosystem that transforms traditional finance into a truly digital and connected industry.”

Speaking with Luc

In our ongoing interview series, we have had the pleasure of hosting an exclusive discussion with Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny.  Here, we learn more about what exactly Tokeny has to offer (including the predecessor of ONCHAINID).

Interview Series – Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny

Tokeny

Founded in 2017, Tokeny maintains headquarters in Luxembourg.  Since launch, the team at Tokeny has been hard at work, developing a variety of solutions, targeted towards the digital securities sector.  One such solution is, aforementioned, ONCHAINID discussed here today.

CEO, Luc Falempin, currently oversees company operations.

In Other News

Tokeny has had a successful few months.  It was only recently that we were reporting on the company being included in 2019’s ‘FinTech 50’ – A comprehensive list of the top European companies within the industry.

Tokeny Makes the FinTech 50

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