How Stratis Could Become the Next Dark Horse of the Crypto World 14187

With cryptocurrency projects seemingly popping up on an hourly basis, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Stratis (STRAT) is not a new kid on the block by any means.

It was one of the first successful ICO startups to gain traction in 2016. A platform offering native C# & .NET end-to-end blockchain solutions, smart contracts, ICO’s, side-chains, and even masternodes.

While these features are not unique to Stratis alone, its success in implementation is what makes it a dark horse with the potential to upset Ethereum itself.

Microsoft Azure

Over the last couple of years, ICO’s have been struggling with issues of legitimacy in the eyes of established businesses. The whole process of setting up, running and managing an Initial Coin Offering process was riddled with inefficiencies, KYC, and overall user screening issues.

It is evident that there remains a huge demand for a mainstream business solution which could produce a streamlined user-friendly approach for accessing and verifying ICO participant user data.

Enter Stratis, which now features an ICO application that is listed and available for deployment via Microsoft Azure, making it the first blockchain based web app solution available on the marketplace.

Key Updates

Following its May release, the Stratis ICO platform has already proven its capabilities by allowing users to deploy ICO’s in minutes. Since then, the Stratis team has integrated various key updates.

These updates further increase the platform’s utility and make running a compliant ICO an even easier process.

  • Stratis’ platform allows screening participants by their geographic location. By utilizing functionality from IP Stack it is possible to identify the location of all ICO participants via IP address with the ability to screen circumventive measures such as TOR, VPN’s and other proxies.
  • This is a crucial step towards KYC compliance that assures ICO hosts can avoid any legal or regulatory issues from accepting contributions from illegible participants and makes the whole process transparent and straightforward.
  • Additionally, in order to provide an additional layer of security Stratis ICO platform has started to utilize Hierarchical Deterministic Wallets. This ensures the safety of collected funds by not having them stored on native servers.
  • Stratis Breeze Wallet adds features such as: displaying if there have been any address gap limit breaches caused by ICO contributions.
  • “Advanced Tab” which enables a simple way to retrieve the ExtPubKey, generate an address & resynchronize to any given date.
  • This allows ICO administrators to leverage the advantages of Azure’s PaaS offerings.

Chris Trew stated;

Utilizing the Stratis ICO Platform on Azure allows ICO Administrators to leverage the advantages of Azure’s PaaS offerings. Removing the headaches with typical standalone virtual machine deployments that are all too common. Our solution tied with Microsoft Azure allows an ICO Administrator to ensure their data is safe and their ICO is always available.

Security, Leadership, Business

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When it comes to security, leadership and business integration you would be hard-pressed to find a team more competent in the blockchain space.

  • It is well noted that 25% of all smart contracts contain critical bugs. With this in mind, Stratis has been leveraging the availability of debugging deployment suites and professional decompiler tools for C#; a huge move towards eliminating security issues and bug-ridden code.
  • The Breeze implementation of TumbleBit – a marriage between STRAT and Bitcoin. It provides anonymous transactions and is Lightning Network compatible.

If Stratis’ competence was ever in question, one look at the projects GitHub commits in the last 90 days makes it clear. Despite a raging bear market Stratis continues to add more than 650,000 lines of code to their platform which is more than most top projects out there.

A Top-50 project doing more than some Top-10 projects?

One of Stratis core-strengths is its ability to form strategic partnerships and close deals. In fact, Stratis is the only .NET based Blockchain ecosystem based in Europe that’s capable of serving both European and United States customers at the government level. This is big.

While platforms like Ethereum had a seemingly massive head start, their bad publicity from a number of Solidity smart contracts bugs may give prospective business customers second thoughts. This is where a platform like Stratis can truly shine and become the obvious choice for large enterprises while achieving every platforms ultimate goal – adoption.


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ICON (ICX) – Whatever Happened to The Korean Ethereum? 6733

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Bitcoiner since $59BittBurger, gives us his take on the current status of the South Korean ICON project. This post is primarily about a solid uptick in community involvement, decentralized marketing, and the token side of things. For the last year and a half we had a pretty uninvolved community, while the company continued to work under the hood to build something huge.

A lot is happening right now. I feel like nobody knows about it.

It’s Happening

A lot is happening right now. I feel like nobody knows about it. It just started. Most of it. So your patience will be appreciated. But I’ve never seen so much proactivity in this project on the token-side of things before.

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  • AMBASSADOR PROGRAM: Over the last handful of weeks, the Ambassador program has begun. This program incentivizes the creation of content to promote ICON across social media and the internet. Several Ambassadors have already put out multiple articles that are getting ranked across Google and Medium, bringing attention to the project.

  • ICONSENSUS P-REPS: The number of ICONSENSUS P-REP candidates has surpassed 40 (there will only be 22 voted in) and ICON is beginning a strong marketing push to attract more teams this month, with the goal of reaching 100. Check out the candidate interviews here.

  • EXPOSURE: Some of these P-REP teams which including RHIZOMEICONation, and Ubik have already begun cranking out content, started YouTube video channels, and scrambling to get ICON on podcasts.

  • PODCASTS: Speaking of Podcasts, several investors have begun reaching out to their contacts at several different podcast and YouTube influencers. The goal is to get ICON team members on for an interview, to talk about the project and get the ICON name in front of tens of thousands of faces (or ears). Ricky and others at ICON have been excited to make themselves available for this, which makes all of us extremely grateful. I will be working to get someone on my friend Chico Crypto‘s YouTube channel soon, and a handful of podcasts are already underway for scheduling.

  • EXCHANGES: This past week, a group formed within the Telegram channel to focus entirely on reaching out to as many new exchanges as possible, and getting ICON listed on them. A Trello has been set up, and we’ve already begun making headway on this incredibly important goal.

  • BINANCE USA LISTING: With the advent of Binance USA, both the ICON team and everyone involved are aggressively pursuing assurance that ICX will be listed on the new exchange for US investors.

  • COINBASE LISTING: The same is being done for ICX being in the next couple rounds of newly added coins on Coinbase. I’ve spoken to team members at ICON who have assured me they’ve been following up on this regularly. Please download their app > Sign in > Click “View all Assets” > Then scroll down and click “Follow” on ICON. This is an important metric for Coinbase to decide what gets added next.

  • HIRING PR COMPANY: Two days ago I managed to connect Ricky Dodds (ICONS Head of Institutional Markets in their San Francisco office) to a close friend of mine who runs the PR company which took Genesis mining from nothing to a $2 Billion valuation, and got them on that 60 minutes episode a few weeks ago about Bitcoin. The mining segment in Iceland was thanks to him. Intro email was sent and the two of them have been connected to see if they’re a good fit.

  • HIRING PR COMPANY: Today, I connected Ricky to another company who runs a significantly larger Crypto-focused PR and marketing company. These guys were responsible for some of the biggest successes in Crypto, including Ethereum, NEO, Maidsafe, Qtum, Bancor, Lisk, and Augur. They also managed scaling campaigns for DASH, Ripple, Bittrex, and Kraken. They were excited as they personally know 4 of the 8 advisors listed on the ICON website, and they have an office in Seoul, South Korea in addition to Santa Monica, NYC, Las Vegas, Toronto, and San Francisco. To say I am excited to see the emails flying around today between Ricky and their team would be an understatement.

  • STAKING! 15% Staking is coming in 43 days. The ramifications of this can not be overstated. Aside from the completely speculative “claim” from some that their whale groups will stop suppressing the price at that time (which would be great, if it’s true), I expect nearly everyone to be staking their coins, completely drying up the order book and causing massive upward price pressure come September.

  • INCENTIVE PROGRAMS: I was happy to hear from a team member that several very specific plans are being put in place, after observing countless incentive programs by other projects that have resulted in price gains. The ICON team has realized the importance of creating incentive, interest, anticipation, and excitement for this token, and they’re taking steps to make it a reality for ICX.

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My point in writing this: A LOT is coming in the next 8 to 12 weeks. All of this is centered around recovering and catapulting the price as high as it can possibly go. ICON is seeking out the all-stars in this industry with incredibly resumes, and asking the experts for direction and input.

All of the marketing and promotion has just barely begun. Everything is at ground zero. But its finally happening. All the things we’ve been hoping for, for a year and a half.

How FUSION’s (FSN) Blockchain is Taking Over the 300 Trillion Dollar Financial Industry 3643

Blockchain technology may have an impact across numerous industries but it is poised to change the way we think about Finance in the most profound way.

The incumbent capital finance system is structured around large institutions and regulatory bodies that serve as the trust layer to ensure the security and fluidity of financial systems. But this is set to change, with blockchain technology achieving inherent trust where previously a rent-seeking intermediary was an essential and unavoidable cog in the system.

The opportunities that emerge from the Digital Economy are significant, and Fusion is going to be at the centre of this transformation. The Fusion protocol provides the infrastructure for the financial applications of the future that many businesses and institutions are looking to build.

FUSION (FSN) has three key features that elevate it above other smart contract platforms targeting blockchain finance.

  1.     A feature-rich ecosystem for modeling time-based transactions relevant to many industries, starting with debt instruments, entertainment licensing, asset rentals and more.
  2.     A fully realized interoperability and distributed custody solution that connects different on-chain and off-chain ecosystems and serves as the foundation for decentralized exchange.
  3.     A team with deep traditional finance and technology experience focused on solving real-world use-cases in a flexible and adaptive way.

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