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Kaleido Launches Blockchain Marketplace with Plug-and-Play Services and Solution Partnership Program

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Web Summit — Kaleido, a ConsenSys company, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, is helping enterprises break through the proof-of-concept stage to live production blockchain networks with the announcement of its next major step forward. The newly launched Kaleido Marketplace extends its Blockchain Business Cloud to become the first full-stack enterprise platform available today. The new marketplace includes trusted tools and services from Kaleido, AWS, and members of the new partnership program, all offered as plug-and-play.

Early adopters of the Kaleido Marketplace have said that it eliminates 80 percent of the custom code required to build their blockchain project. Clients now have access to native AWS integrations, popular services such as HD wallets for privacy and ID registries for organizational identity, as well as industry products such as Chainlink for smart contract oracles, Viant for supply chain management, OpenLaw and Clause.io for real-time legal contracts, and many others—all at the click of a button.

With the business value-add of blockchain technology expected to exceed $3.1 trillion by 2030 (Gartner), it’s easy to see why blockchain is one of the most talked about technologies in business today. In fact, 84 percent of executives said their companies were “actively involved” with blockchain when surveyed by PwC in August 2018. However, to date, most companies have struggled to build complete, production-ready blockchain solutions, compounded by a shortage of blockchain skills and talent across the industry.

Since its launch in May, Kaleido has helped organizations create over 1,000 blockchain networks with its Blockchain Business Cloud. Now, Kaleido is going even further, offering the first full stack of blockchain capabilities needed to build a complete solution, get to live production state and keep the solution up and running.

“We’ve seen successful patterns of deployment as enterprise networks go into production and we’ve baked these best practices into the Kaleido Marketplace services, to help radically simplify the adoption of blockchain and eliminate some of the specialized blockchain expertise needed,” said Kaleido Founder and COO, Sophia Lopez.

“The reality is only about 10 percent of an enterprise blockchain project is the blockchain itself. There are many other application, data and infrastructure components required to go into production,” said Kaleido Founder and CEO, Steve Cerveny. “I’m very excited that we have a whole cloud of blockchain technologies pre-integrated for our clients to use. The Kaleido Marketplace is a one stop shop for all things enterprise blockchain.”

One Kaleido client is Komgo, a cutting edge commodity trade and finance network comprised of global institutions like Citi, ING, Koch Supply & Trading, MUFG Bank, Societe Generale, Credit Agricole Group, BNP Paribas, Shell and others.

“By building on an open blockchain system, Komgo can select from the best protocols in development across the ecosystem and use existing building blocks for an optimized solution,” said Souleïma Baddi, Chief Executive Officer of Komgo. “Now with the proof of concepts and pilots behind us, Kaleido will help us deliver production ready products for a large number of participants at a very fast pace.”

Kaleido is also launching its Partnership Program in tandem with the marketplace, providing significant opportunities for third-party providers to join the ecosystem by promoting their offerings in the Kaleido Marketplace, embedding Kaleido in their own blockchain solutions, or accelerating client engagements by using Kaleido in their consultations.

“Having our legal smart contract solution promoted in the Kaleido Marketplace creates an instant channel to bring our technology to a global audience and immediate access for new clients,” said OpenLaw Co-founder Aaron Wright.

Greenfence Consumer and Radiant Earth are embed partners and are using Kaleido to enhance their own blockchain networks; Greenfence to help Hollywood studios such as Sony and Fox revolutionize digital marketing for movie fans, and Radiant Earth to equip NGOs with aggregated open Earth imagery and geospatial data. On the consulting side, systems integrators such as ConsenSys Solutions are now using Kaleido to accelerate their clients’ blockchain engagements.

Kaleido’s Blockchain Business Cloud and the new Marketplace are available now, try it for free at Kaleido.io.

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OKEx Launches Thai Baht (THB) and British Pound (GBP) OTC Trading

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OKEx, the Malta-based world-leading digital asset exchange, announced to launch two new currencies – Thai Baht (THB) and British Pound (GBP) on its over-the-counter (OTC) trading platform (also referred to as fiat-to-cryptocurrency platform). Users in Thailand and the United Kingdom can now complete KYC verification to be eligible to trade on the OTC trading platform.

OKEx OTC trading allows users to place orders with self-selected exchange rate and payment methods to buy or sell Virtual Financial Assets with fiat currencies, which benefits them by offering a low-volatility market and zero transaction fee. Instead of the listing of the new currencies, Thai Baht (THB) and British Pound (GBP), OKEx OTC trading platform has already been facilitating global digital assets trading with the Vietnamese Dong (VND) and Chinese Renminbi (CNY) fiat-to-cryptocurrency markets, and more currencies are expected to come in at a later time this year. The Thai Baht (THB) and British Pound (GBP) OTC trading markets currently support BTC, USDT, ETH, and LTC.

“Our mission is simple at OKEx. We aim to offer flexibility and convenience to our traders. Thailand and the UK own the fastest growing crypto communities in the world. We see great potential in these two markets and want to support the needs there. Because of the increasing trading volume and number of traders in these two countries, we decided to launch the new THB and GBP trading services on our OTC trading platform. Wherever the market potential locates, we will expand to there. In 2019, you can expect more currencies will be supported on OKEx,” said Andy Cheung, OKEx’s Head of Operations.

OKEx OTC Network Launch Events and Promotions

To celebrate the launch, OKEx has come up with new incentives to encourage new sign-up for merchants and customers in Thailand and the UK. From January 23 to 27, newly registered customers can earn up to 50 USDT for making a minimum deposit of 100 USDT (or equivalent) and complete their first OTC transaction on OKEx, while the top 70 merchants with the most transaction volume will be rewarded 30 USDT (1 time per day).

In addition, the OKEx OTC Network Launch events will be hosted in Bangkok, Thailand on February 13, 2019 and London, UK in March respectively.

For more details, please refer to OKEx Twitter.

Risk Warning: Trading digital assets involves significant risk and can result in the loss of invested capital. Users should ensure that they fully understand the risk involved and take into consideration their level of experience, investment objectives and seek independent financial advice if necessary.

 

 

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Forrester: Customer Experience in the UK Stagnates With More Brands Becoming Mediocre

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Not a single brand in the UK has managed to rise to the top of Forrester’s Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) rankings or continued to move upward. Customer experience (CX) quality languished in 2018 as more brands become mediocre.

Forrester’s CX Index methodology measures how well a brand’s customer experience strengthens the loyalty of its customers. Based on a survey of 9,033 UK adult customers in 2018, Forrester benchmarked CX quality at 36 brands doing business in the UK.

Liverpool Victoria (LV=) confirmed its position as number one in the auto/home insurers category. Nationwide Building Society still topped the banks rankings in 2018 despite seeing its score stagnate, while new entrant Very.co.uk takes over Amazon’s position in the digital retailers category. John Lewis continues to be the number one multichannel retailer and while Tesco came out on top among wireless providers.

The percentage of UK brands making it into the good category fell from 31% in 2017 to just 14% in 2018. A staggering 86% now deliver OK experiences, which suggests customers are struggling to tell the difference between the experiences offered by competing brands.

The auto/home insurance and multichannel retailer industries saw their average score rise by a small but statistically significant amount this year. In contrast, the industry average score for banks fell by almost 4 points, with all but one of the seven banks seeing a statistically significant decline to their score. This year, the banks provided an average of seven emotionally positive experiences for each negative experience, down from 11 in 2017.

In fact, Forrester believes that emotion is key to the positive development of a brand. “Brands that want to break away from the pack should focus on emotion: How an experience makes customers feel has a bigger influence on their loyalty to a brand than effectiveness or ease in almost every industry,” says Joana van den Brink-Quintanilha.

Even a minor improvement to a brand’s customer experience quality can add tens of millions of dollars of revenue by reducing customer churn and increasing share of wallet. What’s more, customers with positive emotions are more willing to pay a premium price for the same products and services.

To learn more about how Forrester’s CX Index can help your business and register for a demo, please visit https://forr.com/2CvyfZh.

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Licensed Crypto Exchange Covesting Introduces Fiat Gateway

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Covesting, a licensed European-based digital currency exchange and professional trading platform offering secure and technologically advanced infrastructure for investors and traders worldwide, has introduced the first stage of their fiat gateway and cryptocurrency converter. EUR deposits via wire transfer are now available.

Additional options for fiat deposits/withdrawals as well as the buying and selling of cryptocurrencies will be released in stages over the coming weeks.

Covesting’s Founder and CEO, Dmitrij Pruglo, spoke about the company’s latest update, saying:

“The launch of a fiat gatewayis yet another step towards our ultimate goal of being the most complete, secure and transparent cryptocurrency platform in the industry. Allowing retail and institutional clients to legally exchange fiat into crypto automatically gives Covesting an edge and puts us among very few exchanges who offer such a solution. There are hundreds or maybe even thousands of crypto-crypto exchanges out there, but few who offer a legally compliant bridge between crypto and the traditional world of finance. We will continue to monitor the market and adapt to the new reality while offering the most demanded tools for our users.”

 

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