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Calastone Appoints Dan Kramer as Vice Chairman to Lead American Expansion

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Calastone, the largest global funds network, today announces the appointment of Dan Kramer as Vice Chairman, to be based in the firm’s New York office.

Kramer joins Calastone from BNY Mellon, where he held the position of EVP and Chief Client Experience Officer, managing all stages of customer experience across client service, insight and strategy. During this time, he was also a member of the CIBC Mellon Board. Prior to this, he spent eight years at JP Morgan Chase as Head of Fund Services.

Kramer will spearhead the firm’s strategy for expansion across the Americas, leveraging his more than thirty years of experience and expertise in the asset management and asset servicing industries.

Earlier this year, Calastone introduced its blockchain-enabled Distributed Market Infrastructure, creating the world’s largest financial community connected using distributed ledger technology.

Julien Hammerson, Calastone’s Chief Executive Officer, comments:

“I am delighted to welcome Dan to Calastone’s senior leadership team at a time when our business continues to grow from strength to strength. As a market leader we pride ourselves on bringing together the very best talent and experience in the industry and Dan’s appointment is hugely additive, bringing significant expertise of the American funds sector.”

“The Americas represent a significant growth opportunity for Calastone and Dan will be instrumental in directing our strategy for the region. Bringing our unique technology proposition to the Americas will mark a key inflection point for the ongoing success of our business worldwide.”

Commenting on his appointment, Kramer adds:

“I’m very excited to be joining Calastone at such a pivotal stage in its development. Calastone’s industry leading, innovative technology and first-class customer experience significantly reduces costs and generates better value for investors. This has been further enhanced by its blockchain-enabled Distributed Market Infrastructure (DMI).”

“In launching the DMI Calastone’s technology has delivered a step-change for the global funds industry, which for the first time can benefit from greater market efficiency, friction-free trading and lower costs for all participants. This is a unique proposition which I know can add significant value to the American funds markets which is the natural next step for the company’s growth.”

In his earlier career Kramer was EVP of Institutional Equities at Thomson Reuters (previously Thomson Financial), Global COO of DWS Investments, Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and Executive Director at Morgan Stanley. Kramer plays an active part in promoting gender diversity in the industry. In recognition of his efforts and achievements, Kramer was awarded the 2018 Champion of Women in Business Award by The Financial Times.

 

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Penta Security and R3 Announce Strategic Partnership for Digital Asset Management and MPC Technology

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Amit Ghosh, COO of R3 APAC (left) and Dr. Sim, CTO of Penta Security (right)

 

Penta Security and blockchain software firm R3 today announced that they have entered into a global strategic partnership for digital asset management and MPC (Multi-Party Computation) technology, combining Penta Security’s technologies and R3’s extensive enterprise blockchain platform, Corda.

With technology and services playing a critical role in digital asset payment and management aspects, the demand for a safer digital asset and private key management solution is dramatically increasing. The partnership brings together deep skills in MPC, blockchain key management solutions, technology development, and deployment in the finance sector via R3’s enterprise blockchain platform Corda.

As a result, Penta Security is devoted to expanding in the finance industry with its MPC technology which is based on the secret-sharing algorithm, and PALLET, an advanced key management solution for blockchain. Both parties will be heading to achieve goals through various new projects by forming a software enterprise firm, in addition to deploying Penta Security’s MPC technology on R3’s major projects.

Dr. Sim, Chief Technology Officer at Penta Security, said: “There’s no doubt that the private key to successful blockchain deployment is the most important asset. We believe Penta Security’s MPC and digital asset management technology can provide an ideal key protection solution for both blockchain and digital asset key protection. By diversifying our offerings through strategic partnerships, we’re excited to be devoting our expertise in the evolving blockchain scene.”

Cathy Minter, Chief Revenue Officer at R3, said: “The creation of a new market, powered by digital assets, is one of the most exciting promises of blockchain technology. Coupling our Corda platform with Penta Security’s MPC technology will be one step closer to addressing the industry demand for secure digital asset management. We are proud to be partnering with Penta Security to deliver an industry-leading solution and look forward to them achieving continued success in the future.”

 

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FiO Fixes Wine, Gaming and Fitness Industry Pain Points

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Innovative SaaS platform FiO is expected to release details on how its blockchain-onboarding service solves long-existing problems in wine provenance, online gaming and fitness tracking next week.

FiO merges the latest blockchain technology and GPG encryption with existing ledger software to create easy-to-use decentralized solutions for conventional businesses.

The company’s FiO software boasts a conventional form factor and simple templates to create a painless experience for non-technical users. Only 3 simple onboarding steps are required: user registration, service selection and finally, a connection to their API.

FiO’s “plug & play” technology aims to fix inherent issues that have long plagued traditional industries. For example, with counterfeit wines a multi-billion dollar problem, FiO enables a reliable and immutable traceability platform for wine products as they make their way from the vineyard to the consumer.

Through FiO’s simple blockchain tool, users can create a robust decentralized ledger and shareable digital certification pertaining to a wine’s appellation, winemaker, vintage year and shipping and storage. This enhanced ability to record the production, obtaining and selling of wine should foster greater trust between producers, distributors, resellers and collectors.

In recent years the fitness industry has seen a boom in wearable, biometric devices that track the end-user’s fitness regime and health vitals. FiO allows fitness gyms to integrate AI-enhanced features without compromising customer privacy. Gym users can consolidate their health and fitness training data from wearables, equipment and even medical service providers in one location, import token economy items and connect with social fitness influencers and networks.

The gaming industry, currently worth $150 billion per year, is predicted to double in value by 2022, with an increasing demand for B2B game development solutions that build and manage in-game item economies.

Until now, players could only trade and sell their virtual items directly or on third-party websites, with little protection against fraud, hacking and theft.

With FiO, game developers can now facilitate the easy and secure transfer of in-game items and rewards between players through their existing wallets. This increased functionality and fungibility of gaming rewards through blockchain will likely attract new players to the industry.

FiO made it clear that its platform is highly flexible and its benefits can be applied to nearly any conventional businesses. The company, currently in its final fundraising round, welcomes interested parties to get in touch.

 

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Crypto Earn: Now Earn 8% p.a. on EOS Deposits

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Crypto Earn: Now Earn 8% p.a. on EOS deposits

 

Crypto.com, the pioneering payments and cryptocurrency platform, announced today that it has added EOS to Crypto Earn, allowing users to enjoy up to 8% p.a. on their deposits.

In addition to having EOS available in Crypto Earn, deposit and withdrawal of EOS is also enabled on the Crypto.com App.

EOS.IO is a free, open-source blockchain software protocol that provides developers and entrepreneurs with a platform on which to build, deploy and run high-performing blockchain applications. It is currently supporting over 260 projects.

Crypto Earn now supports 16 coins including BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP, BNB, TUSD, PAX, USDC, MCO, BAT, LINK, CRO, MKR, DAI, PAXG with the addition of EOS. Interest is paid out weekly in the coin deposited with flexible, 1-month or 3-month terms available. Users earn more by staking at least 500 MCO.

Note: For the U.S. users, both deposit and withdrawal of EOS and Crypto Earn deposit in EOS are initially available in 38 states: AlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoDelawareFloridaIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNorth DakotaOhio, Oklahoma,  PennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVirginiaWest VirginiaWisconsin, and Wyoming.

 

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