Shelf.Network presents decentralized auctions

Currently focused on automotive trade Shelf.Network plans to expand to Eastern European used-car market with their new auction platform
05 March 2018   158

Auctions are a great help, when you want to find a buyer for your product, but there always is a hassle involved in managing auctions on multiple marketplaces. Shelf.Network aims to simplify this process. The team is building a new distributed network to synchronize an auction instance on several interconnected platforms.

The platform was already tested in 2015 and 2016 on Ukrainian market with governmental partnership, and now the team plans to expand to three markets in Eastern Europe. One of the target markets is a secondary car market. They have already partnered up with four marketplaces and six leasing companies.

Now the company want to scale its services and add Western European suppliers. This will allow it to enter huge-revenue automotive auctions market. The preparations for opening for general public and tokenization are also underway.

Essentially the project is about creating a more realistic and widespread case of blockchain utilization, so that general public will see the benefits of blockchain and its usefulness up close and personal, not just as another gimmick or a digital collectible. And, of course, auctions can garner great profits, especially with the tools that the company promises to implement in future, such as one-click auction marketplace deployment and adding commodity and collectibles trading, beyond the current automotive trade scenario.

Cryptocurrency to be Regulated in France

French Ministry of the Economy and Finances creates working group to regulate cryptocurrency
22 March 2018   120

Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of the Economy, announced the government initiative to constitute the instructions and regulations towards cryptocurrency. The group is also aimed to decrease the influence of Bitcoin and altcoins to the formal system of economy with the help of required concept. These measures would help French government to prevent tax avoidance and some other criminal activities (such as money laundering).

In an op-ed that was published in French media this week the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire made a promise not to miss the blockchain revolution. He refined the reasons of the French authorities`decision to regulate the technology. According to his point of view, it is impossible for any consumer or entrepreneur to carry out a transaction, invest, develop in business being in a regulatory vacuum. The Minister also put this position on the top among the rest questions to be discussed at G20 Summit in Buenos Aires. Bruno Le Maire is sure that the role of France is to be a driving force in “building the world of tomorrow”.

The Minister is going to present his case at the G20 Summit in 2018 in Argentina. He hopes that the framework can help in decreasing illegal activity in cryptocurrencies. Le Maire also explained that the sphere of digital funds is extremely attractive for criminals.

The leader of the working group is Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of France Jean-Pierre Landau. The French Central Bank supports the Government and hopes there would be no negative impact and consequences for the traditional economy system.

The key object of cryptocurrency regulation is to limit various negative factors in the financial sphere caused by digital money, such as the price volatility. Le Maire claims that at the same time the regulation of the cryptocurrency can support the development of the technology and can even lead to the economic growth. As blockchain can destroy not only traditional daily practices in banking and financial markets, but also patents and certified acts, the French Minister of Economy urges that the working group should foresee all these changes and become “actors of this revolution”, instead of simple viewers.