Community Currencies in Kenya launched by Bancor

Bancor is collaborating with Grassroots Economics in order to tap into local Kenyan economies
22 June 2018   1116

Cryptocurrency network Bancor has declared on June 18 about the run of “blockchain-based community currencies” in Kenya. As an official statement from the company claims, the currencies have been deployed to “[combat] poverty through the stimulation of local and regional commerce and peer-to-peer economic collaboration.” 

The currencies will be supported with money grew during Bancor $153 million ICO in June of last year. The initiative will be controlled by Will Ruddick, Bancor’s Nairobi-based Director of Community Currencies. Before this position, Ruddick constructed Grassroots Economics, a nonprofit that creates community currencies. Presently the nonprofit is serving more than 20 schools and 1,000 local businesses and works in partnership with the Kenyan government.

Communities should be afforded the same privileges as nations to develop their own prospering economies with the stability of their own currencies.
Will Ruddick
Director of Community Currencies, Bancor

Ruddick and the team at Grassroots will apply Bancor’s protocol in order to expand Grassroot’s existing paper currency system into a blockchain-built network. Firms from around the world who boost this initiative will be able to acquire and sell local currencies using major cryptocurrencies or credit, making it possible to rise the value of the community currencies from afar. The project will be initially piloted in Kibera and Kawangware, characterized by Bancor as “the two largest underserved neighborhoods in Kenya.”

SEC to Accuse Veritaseum ICO of Fraud

SEC believes that project's tokensale, thru which it raised $14.8M back in 2017-2018 had a signs of scam and company misled the investors
14 August 2019   166

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued New Yorker  and Veritaseum-related companies that have been caught by the agency in conducting an unregistered ICO with signs of fraud. It is reported by Cointelegraph.

According to documents published on the network, the SEC intends to hold Reggie Middleton accountable and immediately freeze the assets of Veritaseum Inc. and Veritaseum LLC.

The Commission claims that the defendants raised about $ 14.8 million through an initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017 - early 2018. At the same time, many investors were misled, as the company distorted information about the conditions of the token sale and deliberately hid some significant details.

The American regulator claims that the project still has about $ 8 million of illegally raised funds. According to the SEC, these assets must be frozen immediately.

Amid this news, the Veritaseum (VERI) rate has fallen by 70%. Now the coin is trading near the $ 5 mark, although at the beginning of 2018 its rate was approaching $ 500.

Veritaseum was created as a financial p2p platform, involving the movement of capital without traditional intermediaries. Also, VERI was positioned as a utility token for use in consulting services and access to various research works.

In 2017, Veritaseum blockchain startup fell victim to hackers, having lost $ 8.4 million from ICO investors.