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Gram Token – Telegram Mulls Early Release

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Telegram Mulls Early Release of Gram Token

Investors got some interesting news this month after leaked information claimed Telegram plans to move its Gram token release date up. According to the report, the messaging service provider plans to start releasing Gram tokens to the public as early as Oct 31.

The decision to push the release date forward gives non-accredited investors a chance at owning Gram tokens much sooner than originally scheduled. Telegram’s token caught the attention of the cryptocommunity after raising $1.7 billion in funds via one of the largest ICOs in history.

Telegram executives seek to employ the token as a decentralized cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin. Users will be able to send and receive payments via the token. Like Bitcoin, Gram will allow for international money transfers in a near-instant manner.

In Libra’s Shadow

Despite its advantageous approach to the industry, Telegram managed to stay out of the crosshairs of regulators to date. Part of the reason for this lack of legislative blowback is the fact that the primary focus of regulators has been on Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency.

Interestingly, Libra and the Gram token are meant to function in the same manner. Both cryptos will create a self-efficient digital ecosystem via a large social platform. The main difference between the two is less technical and more political. Facebook continues to take heat for intrusive data collection and alleged election influence.

Crypto Adoption Moves Forward

The Gram token would boost crypto adoption significantly as Telegram has over 200 million registered users globally. These users would gain access to a host of new benefits which, in turn, could result in Telegram developing new platforms to further its digital currencies functionality.

Telegram via Homepage

Telegram via Homepage

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Telegram’s co-founder Dr. Nikolai Durov described the token as “an inherently scalable multi-blockchain architecture“. The company’s white paper cites both Bitcoin and Ethereum as inspiration for the project. The paper also points out the shortcomings of these early cryptocurrencies and how the Gram token alleviates these issues.

The gram token tackles three major chokepoints regarding large scale crypto adoption. First, developers sought to increase transaction speeds. Currently, Bitcoin is capable of only 4.6 transactions per second. Comparingly, VISA’s network can handle 1,700 transactions per second.

Next, developers wanted to increase the technical interoperability of cryptocurrencies. Users need to be able to spend their crypto across numerous platforms without the need for complicated processes.

Finally, Gram developers wanted to create a more conducive UX. The gram token will be an integral part of the Telegram platform. Using the token will be as easy as sending a message to any user on the network.

Network Integration

To accomplish this task, Telegram plans to add digital currency wallets to every user’s account. In this way, users don’t have to learn any new skills to use the gram token.

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The Gram token project is one of the largest currently underway in the crypto sector. If successful, Telegram will become one of the biggest players in the market. As it stands now, the firm continues to seek regulatory approval for its game-changing cryptocurrency.

 

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David Hamilton is a full-time journalist and a long-time bitcoinist. He specializes in writing articles on the blockchain. His articles have been published in multiple bitcoin publications including Bitcoinlightning.com

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A Look at the Silicon Valley Coin

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Silicon Valley Coin STO

The San Francisco-based venture capital firm, Andra Capital raised eyebrows across the market after announcing plans to host its Silicon Valley Coin (SVC) STO in the coming weeks. The funds raised via the STO will go towards the expansion of the company’s Open-Ended Technology Fund. The news demonstrates further security token usage in the US market, as well as, a desire to leverage blockchain technology to improve crowdfunding strategies.

The news officially broke on Jan. 22, 2020 via a company press release. In the release, Andra Capital described the purpose and concept of the Silicon Valley Coin. The firm cited the ability to provide investors higher returns and lower risks over a shorter investment period as one of the main focuses of the project.

Open-Ended Technology Fund

The Open-Ended Technology Fund is unique in many aspects. For one, the fund specifically targets companies in their hyper-growth phase. In this way, fund managers are able to combine a late-stage investment strategy with a perpetual VC structure that incorporates tradeable interests leveraged by the latest technology.

Tezos

Additionally, Andra Capital incorporated world-class service providers into the equation as a way to ensure the success of their project. For example, Andra Capital decided to partner with the Tezos Foundation to make the concept a reality. As such, Andra Capital decided to utilize the Tezos Blockchain for the project.

Tezos was a smart fit for the project because the firm provides Andra Capital access to global investors. Additionally, Tezos utilizes institutional-grade security features. Features such as formal verification streamline the entire investor onboarding process.

Silicon Valley Coin via Homepage

Silicon Valley Coin via Homepage

Notably, Tezos utilizes a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus algorithm to secure its blockchain. This style of consensus is far more energy-efficient than traditional Proof-of-Work systems such as the one utilized by Bitcoin. Importantly, Tezos supports secure smart contracts and features a unique live upgrade process. This ability to do live upgrades is ideal for long-term, high-value applications.

TokenSoft

For their part, TokenSoft will provide access to its proprietary tokenization technology. These tasks will include the integration of KYC and AML smart contract protocols. These compliance mechanisms help qualify retail investors. Also, TokenSoft will both issue SVC and host the SVC STO.

Speaking on the new partnerships, Sam Raman, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Andra Capital called his partners “best-in-class providers.” He touched on their past successes and how each firm can provide their unique expertise in digital securities to better the overall project.

Silicon Valley Coin (SVC)

The Silicon Valley Coin (SVC)  is a regulatory compliant, asset-backed, and tradeable security token. Each token represents a unit of interest in the Andra Capital Open-Ended Fund. Investors receive dividends equal to the percentage of tokens they hold in the fund. SVC tokens cannot be traded or transferred without first meeting KYC and AML restrictions.

Silicon Valley Coin (SVC) – A New Token in the Field

Andra Capital definitely did their homework prior to the launch of this project. The firm managed to partner with some of the biggest names in the industry to bring their concept to life. It will be interesting to watch this STO launch considering the amount of positioning each partner holds in the market. For now, the security token sector just got a new VC fund.

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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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SEC Charges Opporty for 2018 ICO

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SEC Charges Opporty for 2018 ICO

This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued its ICO crackdown. This time, the firm levied charges against project Opporty Founder and Brooklyn-resident Sergii Grybniak. The firm alleges that Grybniak broke the law when his firm raised approximately $600,000 during its 2018 ICO.

News of the charges first broke via Jan. 21 press release. In the release, the SEC reveals the charges laid against Grybniak in detail. Importantly, the primary charge is participating in the unregistered sale of securities. Additionally, the SEC claims that Grybniak made false statements in order to encourage more investor participation.

These statements include a myriad of exaggerated and completely fake claims. In one instance, Opporty claimed that its 2018 ICO was “100% SEC-compliant.” Unfortunately, this claim proved to be the tip of the iceberg. Apparently, Opporty also claimed to have thousands of “verified providers” who were ready to work with the platform.

Opporty via Homepage

Opporty via Homepage

This claim became so overblown that in one piece of marketing material, Opporty suggested it had a business database that included around 17 million participants. In actuality, the firm had no partnerships. Unfortunately, these claims served one main purpose, to push more investment capital into the ICO.

Major Software Firm

As if the shower of lies put forth weren’t enough, Opporty also made some very specific partnership claims that proved to be bunk as well. According to the SEC, the firm lied about a partnership with a major software company. This lie was to help ease investor doubt about the ability of developers to deliver on their hefty platform promises.

SEC Steps In – Opporty

It doesn’t take much research to see why Opporty ended up in the SEC’s crosshairs. Now, the SEC seeks injunctions against all future digital offerings by the company. On top of the cease-and-desist, regulators require Opporty to return all the funds the company raised during its 2018 ICO. Also, the firm is to face a variety of civil penalties for its actions.

Opporty

Opporty executives sold the concept to investors as a blockchain-based ecosystem for small businesses. The platform was to provide these small-to-medium sized companies with access to advanced blockchain systems. For example, businesses could list their services and lock in their clients via smart contracts.

United States Investors

Aside from the obvious scamming that took place, Opporty made another key error in its strategy. You see, unlike many similar ICOs, the offering did not explicitly exclude U.S. investors from participating. The 2018 ICO included investments from around 200 US citizens. In this way, the firm invited the SEC to monitor its actions throughout its entire crowdfunding campaign.

An Oppurty Lost

Given the long list of violations this firm now faces, it’s easy to imagine a scenario in which Opporty decides to close its doors. Already, numerous SEC-charged firms have taken similar measures prior to refunding clients’ funds. For now, Opporty has a long legal battle and hefty fines to deal with. You can expect to hear more from this case as the SEC pursues its charges against Grybniak.

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