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Klaytn and Finschia Jointly Propose a Chain Merge to Create Asia’s Leading Blockchain Ecosystem

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  • Klaytn Foundation and Finschia Foundation have submitted a proposal to merge the two blockchains to create Asia’s Web3 technological and ecosystem powerhouse.
  • If passed, the merger will see the unification of South Korea’s leading blockchain with Japan’s leading blockchain, to form a unified ecosystem comprising over 420 DApps and 250 million wallets integrated with Kakaotalk and LINE, two popular messaging platforms in Asia.
  • The proposed new blockchain will be compatible with both EVM and CosmWasm, inheriting the strengths of both Klaytn and Finschia.
  • The proposal also details the replacement of KLAY and FNSA with a new native coin that features improved tokenomics and no ecosystem reserve. Holders of KLAY and FNSA will be able to swap for the new blockchain’s native coin upon issuance.

SINGAPORE, Jan. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Klaytn Foundation, established to build and decentralize the ecosystem of South Korea’s leading Layer 1 blockchain Klaytn, has teamed up with Finschia Foundation, the operator of the Finschia blockchain developed by LINE Tech Plus, to propose the merger of the two existing blockchains into a new mainnet. The two blockchain foundations will submit the integration proposal to their respective governance members today to open up the proposal for discussion, and voting will take place from 26 January till 2 February 2024.

The proposal aims to create a new industry leader with a technologically superior blockchain that supports both EVM and CosmWasm, as well as one of the largest ecosystems of DApps and users in Asia. The two foundations will also merge into one organization, combining their technology, services, and business networks which include Kakao, LINE, and many other strategic partners.

The creation of Asia’s largest Web3 ecosystem

The proposed merging of Klaytn and Finschia, the de-facto Web3 leaders in South Korea and Japan respectively, will create Asia’s largest Web3 ecosystem with a massive user base of over 250 million1 digital wallets interacting with more than 420 DApps. The new mainnet will inherit Klaytn’s integration with Kakaotalk and Finschia’s integration with LINE—both leading messaging platforms used across Asia—bringing a user-friendly, integrated Web3 experience straight into the phones of hundreds of millions of users.

Post-merge, the unified foundation will continue to pursue ecosystem expansion in the RWA tokenization, GameFi and DeFi verticals through collaborations with Japanese, South Korean, and Southeast Asian partners, while continuing to develop messenger-based Web3 services and the digital commerce platform. With access to every Kakaotalk and LINE user, the new public blockchain will also act as a springboard for Asia’s IT and entertainment enterprises. Last but not least, the merger will also create the largest Web3 business network in Asia.

Should the proposal pass both Klaytn and Finschia’s governance voting processes, the two foundations will immediately begin work on the chain merge, as well as the following business initiatives:

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  • Infrastructure development to enhance accessibility for institutional investors
  • Strengthening of the DeFi infrastructure and launch of a native stablecoin
  • Discovery and onboarding of AI-based DApps
  • Enhancing the onboarding infrastructure for Web2 companies to bring their digital items, memberships, ticketing platforms and more on-chain
  • Onboarding of top-tier Japanese gaming companies and Web3 projects featuring global IP
  • Cultivating of communities of holders, developers, and partners in each Asian country

Improved tokenomics focused on sustainable value creation

With the chain merge, KLAY and FNSA, the native coins of the two blockchains, will be replaced by a new native coin which will be issued based on the combined total amount of KLAY and FNSA. Holders of KLAY and FNSA will be able to swap for the new native coin upon issuance.

Drawing on the combined experience of both foundations, the proposed tokenomics for this new native coin will focus heavily on delivering sustainable value creation. This will be achieved via a lower base inflation rate and a 3-layer burning model designed to drive the coin towards deflation as network activity increases.

Additionally, 24% of the new coins issued—equivalent to the bulk of non-circulating KLAY—will be immediately burned to implement Zero Reserve Tokenomics, providing holders with greater certainty. Instead of operating off of reserves, the new foundation will operate transparently via an ecosystem fund and an infrastructure fund that are continuously replenished via block rewards.

Enhanced governance, decentralization, and interoperability

Klaytn’s and Finschia’s governance members will also be merged, creating Asia’s largest decentralized Web3 governance structure comprising 45 leading global enterprises with the capacity to expand up to 100 governance members. Permissionless validation is also planned for the new blockchain, allowing anyone to participate as a network validator, enhancing openness and security.

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Additionally, with support for both EVM and CosmWasm, the merged blockchain will be accessible to both Ethereum and Cosmos builders, leveraging the technological advantages of each while enabling greater interoperability between the two ecosystems.

“We are excited to be taking the first step toward unlocking the enormous synergy of merging the public blockchains started by Kakao and LINE, which are both leading IT companies in Asia,” said Klaytn Foundation and Finschia Foundation. “We will give our best to make this merge an opportunity to innovate and lead the Asian blockchain industry in both technology and adoption.”

To address questions regarding this proposal, representatives from the two foundations will be speaking at the upcoming Klaytn Community Town Hall scheduled on Friday, 19 January 2024. More information on this Town Hall will be shared on the official community and social platforms of Klaytn and Finschia Foundation.

1. The wallet user base is a figure that sums up the Monthly Active Users (MAU) in major Asian countries for Kakao and LINE, the initial developers of the two blockchains.

About Finschia Foundation

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The Finschia Foundation is an independent non-profit organization, based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, established in March 2023 to expand public blockchain and Web3 technologies. Inheriting the philosophy of LINE Blockchain’s “Blockchain for All”, the Foundation operates its third-generation public blockchain mainnet Finschia and crypto asset FINSCHIA (FNSA), and aims to achieve a sustainable token model with Web3 users around the world.

About Klaytn Foundation

Klaytn Foundation was established in 2020 to expand the ecosystem of Klaytn, a global Layer 1 blockchain platform, and has since been actively collaborating with its Governance Council members worldwide. Klaytn Foundation facilitates the adoption and development of new technologies to ensure that Klaytn fulfills its role as an open, trusted, and sustainable blockchain platform for developers and users alike. It also facilitates decision-making to ensure that the ecosystem continues to expand optimally in the rapidly changing blockchain landscape. In line with its long-term Governance Roadmap, Klaytn Foundation plans to fully implement the Decentralization Phase of the Klaytn blockchain in 2023 and beyond.

 

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HTX Ventures Announces Strategic Investment in Figment Capital to Enhance Global Innovation Support

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SINGAPORE, May 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — HTX Ventures, the global investment arm of the cryptocurrency exchange HTX, has officially announced a strategic investment in Figment Capital, an early-stage venture fund focused on blockchain infrastructure. This investment underscores HTX Ventures’ commitment to fostering innovation and supporting scalable Web3 technology development globally.

Launched in 2021, Figment Capital is dedicated to investing in high-conviction, early-stage blockchain infrastructure projects. By leveraging its strong technical understanding and deep connection with Figment Inc., a leader in enterprise-grade staking infrastructure, Figment Capital offers unparalleled technical insights and support to its portfolio companies.

Edward, Managing Partner at HTX Ventures, stated, “We are delighted to welcome Figment Capital as a strategic partner. This investment aligns with our mission to support promising companies and drive the next generation of technological innovations. By leveraging Figment’s technical expertise and robust network, we can identify and support superior projects while also helping them expand into the Asian market. HTX Ventures continues to solidify its position as a global investment leader.”

James Parillo, Managing Partner at Figment Capital, also shared, “The HTX Ventures team has been incredibly helpful in our growth as an emerging investment fund. Their knowledge of the Asian market and experience operating a globally recognized exchange has been invaluable as we continue to grow. We’re thankful for the trust and support the HTX Ventures team has placed in us and continue to look forward to collaborating for years to come.”

Figment Capital’s portfolio boasts notable projects such as EigenLayer, Celestia, Initia, Wormhole, Movement, zkSync, and more. The trust and reputation that Figment Capital has earned among Web3 founders are further strengthened by its close collaboration with portfolio companies, providing strategic guidance and technical support.

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HTX Ventures is excited about the potential of this partnership. By combining Figment Capital’s technical prowess and industry connections with HTX Ventures’ extensive market reach, particularly in Asia, we are well-positioned to support the next wave of innovative blockchain projects. This strategic investment marks a significant milestone in our mission to enhance global innovation support in the blockchain space.

About HTX Ventures

HTX Ventures, the global investment division of HTX, integrates investment, incubation, and research to identify the best and brightest teams worldwide. With a decade-long history as an industry pioneer, HTX Ventures excels at identifying cutting-edge technologies and emerging business models within the sector. To foster growth within the blockchain ecosystem, we provide comprehensive support to projects, including financing, resources, and strategic advice.

HTX Ventures currently backs over 200 projects spanning multiple blockchain sectors, with select high-quality initiatives already trading on the HTX exchange. Furthermore, as one of the most active Fund of Funds (FOF) investors, HTX Ventures collaboratively forges the blockchain ecosystem alongside premier global blockchain funds, including Figment Capital, Dragonfly, Bankless Ventures, Animoca, Shima, and IVC. Visit us here.

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About Figment Capital

Figment Capital is an early stage venture fund, focused primarily on investing in blockchain infrastructure. Launched in 2021, Figment Capital invests in high-conviction, early-stage blockchain infrastructure projects, leveraging strong technical insights and support. Notable portfolio companies include EigenLayer, Celestia, Initia, Wormhole, Movement, and Starkware.

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Bybit Drives Significant Trading Surge with EUR Zero Fees Campaign

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DUBAI, UAE, May 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bybit, one of the world’s top three crypto exchanges by trading volume, today announced a staggering increase in EUR trading volume following the launch of its EUR Zero Fees Fiesta campaign in early April. This move underscores Bybit’s commitment to the European market, offering a competitive and cost-effective platform for European crypto traders.

“By eliminating EUR trading fees, we’re making it easier and more affordable for European users to participate in the cryptocurrency market,” said Joan Han, Sales & Marketing Director of Bybit. “We view Europe as one of the key growth markets and are dedicated to offering a streamlined experience for European traders.

Soaring Popularity: Bybit Now #2 in Netherlands Market

The EUR Zero Fees Fiesta campaign has yielded impressive results. Since its launch, Bybit has observed a 13% average daily increase in trading volume for EUR pairs (compared to April data). This surge in volume strengthens Bybit’s position as a major player in the European crypto market. Bybit is currently ranked number two in the Netherlands, highlighting its expanding presence in the region.

Beyond Fees: Fostering a Convenient Crypto Experience for Europeans

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Bybit’s commitment to fostering a vibrant and accessible crypto ecosystem for European users extends beyond just fees. The EUR Zero Fees Fiesta campaign eliminates hidden costs, simplifying user participation in the market without surprise charges. This, combined with the seamless one-click purchase option through Google Pay across 35 currencies, empowers European users to buy and trade crypto with unmatched ease. Bybit is committed to making crypto not just accessible, but truly convenient for all European traders.

This dedication to user experience is what positions Bybit as the ideal platform for European crypto enthusiasts.  We’re constantly innovating to streamline processes and remove friction points, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free journey into the world of digital assets.

#Bybit / #TheCryptoArk /

About Bybit

Bybit is one of the world’s top three crypto exchanges by volume with over 30 million users. Established in 2018, Bybit offers a professional platform where crypto investors and traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, 24/7 customer service, and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions: the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

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Artrade’s new RWA feature ‘Fragments’: Launching with a Picasso

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Investing in world-class art like buying tokens on Solana

PARIS, May 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Artrade is excited to announce the upcoming launch of its new feature “Fragments”: a Real World Asset (RWA) physical masterpiece linked to a token on Solana. 

 

 

After the presale, it will be accessible in one click like any other tokens on a DEX.

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Making real world art investment easier than ever before.

The artworks 

We are only considering important artists for our new “Fragments” feature. Rapidly increasing and reliable valuations convinced us this is the right choice. We’ve been sourcing and analyzing serious offers on Monet, Picasso, Warhol and Banksy among others.

This typically expensive and elite investment opportunity is now accessible to you through trading fractions of it with Artrade.

Our first inaugural piece for this feature:

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A drawing by Pablo Picasso.

Artrade is proud to showcase this intimate piece of art by the most famous signature in the world, valued at $200,000.

The artwork will be revealed at the NFC conference in Lisbon, and the presale opened at this occasion.

After months of sourcing and researching the art market, we’re proud to come to the public with a piece by such an iconic artist.

Our vision

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Our ultimate vision is not to resell our artworks on the traditional market for a profit, but rather to create real-time quotations of our artwork’s tokens. Enhancing token value for holders over time.

Though if the artwork is resold, holders will have the option for a buyback (convert to USDC) of their tokens.

According to Artrade’s founder Paul Weibel: “On-chain real world assets will finally democratize the investment in historical masterpieces of art.”

What you get as a Fragment investor:

  • $ATR token airdrop
  • Whitelist priority on the next token offering
  • Be a part of the exclusive Fragment Collector community
  • Access to exclusive networking events and IRL showcases of the artwork

Why invest in an Art Real World Asset token?

Liquidity: contrary to a NFT or a physical artwork, a token is completely liquid and can be traded anytime.

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Value: the value of your token is really associated to the value of the artwork on the market. It’s a token with a real utility and value in the world.

Investment: the valuation of masterpieces has been reliable, strong and consistent for hundreds of years. The market knows that.

With Artrade’s RWA Token, this value will be displayed in real-time and opened to a dynamic Web3 native secondary market.

About Artrade 

Artrade is a French JEI (young innovative R&D company) created and funded in 2021 through an ICO (initial coin offering). Since then, the $ATR token has reached an ATH of $140m valuation with a pool of thousands of holders.

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The main and already running marketplace is built around Art real world assets by contemporary artists. Counting around 4,000 monthly users, Artrade is gaining more and more credibility and traction in the space.

Stay tuned for more updates and get ready to invest in world-class art with Artrade’s innovative “Fragments” feature.

Artrade, trade art. 

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