OpenBazaar reached $5 mln mark in a series A round

Bitcoin marketplace has gained support from Bitmain along already participating Union Square Ventures, BlueYard Capital, Digital Currency Group
14 March 2018   437

OpenBazaar managing company, OB1 has announced it successfully secured $5 mln of a series A round. The round was headed by the venture capital arm of OMERS pension fund - OMERS Ventures. Among the backers Andreessen Horowitz, William Mougayar, Union Square Ventures, BlueYard Capital, Digital Currency Group there was a new investor - Bitmain.

OB1 allows individuals, living anywhere, to buy and sell as part of a truly global marketplace. We are excited about the potential represented by OpenBazaar’s decentralized peer-to-peer protocol, and are thrilled about the various implementation paths that Brian and the rest of his team are pursuing.

 

Jim Orlando

Managing Partner, OMERS Ventures

The official release also explains the key points of the ongoing development: enhancements in terms of user flexibility and control over the means of the sale and purchase of products online. The 2018 plan also includes the launch of both web and mobile applications and new features like trade requests and operations with other cryptocurrencies. In early 2018 the platform already implemented Bitcoin Cash and Zcash services. This week was notable with the release of Verified Moderators program.

Our goal is to see the OpenBazaar protocol and software empower business owners and consumers alike to shift away from the corporate-controlled legacy systems and engage in ecommerce in a free, fair and independent way.

 

Brian Hoffman

CEO, OB1

Crypto Exchange White Label Service launched by OKEx

OKEx, one of the biggest exchanges in the world, has declared the run of a crypto exchange creation programme ‘Digital Asset Exchange Open Partnership Program’
20 June 2018   73

The announcement claims that the programme is intended to “nurture a new generation of digital asset exchanges”. To establish a new crypto exchange, interested parties have to provide OKEx with a domain name, logo, and specialties of the management team. They are assured to possess “solid industry experience, quest for service excellence, and strong industry influence.”

Applicants should also deposit 500,000 OKB tokens into their accounts. This equals around $2.5 million at the present rate, according to coincodex.com. OKB is a utility token that were first sold in March of this year in packages of up to 100, each costing $100. They can be applied to settle transaction fees on the exchange and traded for Bitcoin, Ethereum and Tether.

The applicants will get access to OKEx’s fitting system (which links up buy and sell orders), cold and hot wallets (offline and online cryptocurrency storage), clearing system (which handles money transfer), client support system, and know-your-customer and anti-laundering systems. They will also get support from the OKEx technical team.

100 places are suggested by the programme in its first phase. It is anticipated to start in July. The announcement also points out the setup that the new exchanges must have. They will develop their own native tokens, and distribute them as follows:

  • 25 percent to themselves;
  • 24 percent to OKB holders;
  • and 51 percent to be mined.

OKEx explains the mechanisms by which the tokens will be mined/released. The term white label was firstly invented in the music industry - a white label vinyl record was a release so new that it had not yet been labelled, a much sought-after thing. Presently it cites to a service or product manufactured by one company and sold to another for re-sale under a different brand name.