Blockchain predictions for 2019: Crypto market crash has created “window of focus on underlying technology”, investors to gravitate towards STO fundraising model

As 2018 quickly draws to a close, we have included a selection of commentary below from a variety of industry experts from companies utilising blockchain technology to reflect on the year that was, as well as provide insight on what the next 12 months could potentially hold for blockchain.   Among the topics that are explored include the highlights and low points of 2018, trends and developments to look out for in 2019, short- and long-term predictions for blockchain, the implications of traditional/institutional investors entering the space, as well as…

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Hospitality Business Software Company HTS Announces Partnership with Swiss Loyalty Token Protocol qiibee

  All-in-one hotel management software HTS forges strategic partnership with qiibee to bring loyalty on the blockchain to the hospitality industry   Zug, Switzerland — October 23, 2018 —  qiibee, the Swiss loyalty token protocol which helps brands around the world run their loyalty programs on the blockchain, has announced a partnership with software company Hospitality Total Solution (HTS).     This strategic partnership between the two companies will allow qiibee to harness the power of HTS’s relationships with some of the most renowned companies in the hospitality industry across…

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American Express VP of Membership Rewards Joins qiibee As Strategic Advisor

Vice President and General Manager of Global Membership Rewards and Loyalty Benefits at American Express, Chris Cracchiolo, appointed as lead advisor to company behind Crypto Valley’s first proof-of-concept.   Zug, Switzerland — October 3, 2018 — qiibee, the Swiss loyalty token protocol which helps brands around the world run their loyalty programs on the blockchain, has announced the appointment of Chris Cracchiolo as lead advisor.   Cracchiolo brings with him almost 20 years of experience in business development, strategy, and client management, having worked across the technology, healthcare, enterprise, and…

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Hyperledger and EEA Collaboration could bring common standards to the blockchain space

Following the recent announcement that the Hyperledger Project and the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) have agreed to collaborate on bringing common standards to the blockchain space and cross-pollinate a wider open-source community, industry leaders comment on the topic of standardising the industry and the benefits which it can accrue.   Nick Cowan, CEO at Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX), said: The collaboration between the Hyperledger Project and the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) to create a common set of standards for both platforms is a significant milestone for the wider blockchain ecosystem.…

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5 Years Since Silk Road Was Shut Down – How Has Cryptocurrency Changed?

Five years ago today (October 1st, 2013), bitcoin’s most notorious marketplace, the Silk Road, was shut down by the FBI and its founder Ross Ulbricht arrested. Operating as part of the dark web on a Tor hidden service, the Silk Road was an online platform where people bought and sold illicit goods and services using bitcoin. While millions of dollars were transacted over the website in its short span, the Silk Road made headlines around the globe when it was shut down by the FBI after a controversial investigation, and…

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Google to lift Ad Ban on Crypto Exchanges and ICOs

Initially on Reuters this week, Google is expected to lift an advertising ban on certain regulated cryptocurrency exchanges in the US and Japan from October. This follows a similar decision by Facebook back in June to reverse a blanket ban on ads for crypto exchanges and ICOs.     Several blockchain industry leaders comment on the broader implications of this decision by Google and the likely factors that have influenced it.   Nicolas Gilot, Co-CEO of blockchain-powered gaming distribution platform Ultra, said: As the market has experienced more stability of…

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5 ways Blockchain can increase Customer Loyalty — and win brands’ battle for engagement

  With Singapore Airlines and Delta Air Lines having recently introduced a blockchain-based loyalty program and replacing its airmiles with cryptocurrency respectively, it shows that blockchain stands to radically transform traditional loyalty programs as we know them, making them more useful, accessible and cost-effective for both brands and customers alike.   So how is blockchain increasing customer loyalty and revitalising traditional rewards programs?     Blockchain introduces cost-cutting efficiencies, including cutting out high customer acquisition costs for brands.   From the technical implementation right through to the costs of the…

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Swiss Loyalty Ecosystem qiibee Announces Partnership with Italian Retail Association Confimprese

  Italian retail powerhouse forges a strategic partnership with the company behind Crypto Valley’s first proof-of-concept Lattessocoin   Zug, Switzerland — August 21, 2018 — qiibee, the Swiss loyalty token protocol which helps brands around the world run their loyalty programs on the blockchain, has announced a partnership with Italian Retail Association Confimprese.       This strategic partnership allows qiibee to harness the power of Confimprese’s extensive relationships with some of the world’s most renowned brands across the homeware, electronics, entertainment, clothing, F&B, and health and wellness sectors.  …

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Ethereum’s 3rd Anniversary 30 July 2018, Industry leaders reflect on Ethereum past and future impact

Ethereum’s third anniversary is this coming Monday, 30th of July.  Ethereum has had an incredible journey impacting multiple sectors during these three years and the untold potential it holds to entirely disrupt numerous industries to come.     Commenting on Ethereum’s progress in the dynamic cryptocurrency market, are leaders from blockchain and cryptocurrency space.   Nick Cowan, CEO of the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX),  which aims to position itself as a world-leading institutional-grade token sale platform and digital asset exchange that is a subsidiary of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange, a…

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Chinese Loyalty Rewards Solution foodchains Announces Partnership with Swiss Loyalty Ecosystem qiibee

qiibee to power foodchains’ gamification-based rewards system and bring loyalty on the blockchain to China Zug, Switzerland — July 18, 2018 — qiibee, the Swiss loyalty token protocol which helps brands around the world run their loyalty programs on the blockchain, has announced a partnership with Chinese restaurant loyalty rewards program foodchains, creating a blockchain-based cryptocurrency in the process.     Customers who download the foodchains app will earn FAN tokens each time they make a purchase at participating foodchains restaurants simply by scanning a QR code, writing reviews about…

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