South Korea’s ICOs Ban skipped over by Startups

  ICOs ban of South Korea might have slacked things down, but it hasn’t commonly stopped the flow of new digital coins on local exchanges
17 April 2018   209

Startups in the country have not shut the door on this basic method, despite the ban, and are instead domiciling their ICO abroad and then listing their currencies on South Korean exchanges. South Korea gave way its restriction on the cryptocurrency markets in September 2017, when it banned ICO listings in the country, as CCN  reported earlier. The move influenced greatly on the cryptocurrency trading volumes there, where the bitcoin price is known to trade at a hefty premium versus other markets.

Meanwhile, the flow is starting to turn for ICO issuers, as proved by ICON (ICX), a new coin developed by Seoul-based fintech DAYLI Financial Group but issued in Switzerland. The ICON Foundation is registered in Switzerland but functions out of Korea.

Major two cryptocurrency exchanges of South Korea, Bithumb and Upbit, keep Icon for trading where the new coin has been listed since March. As South Korea directed in the footsteps of China to ban ICOs, the issuing firms have created a way to skip over the rules. ICON has been a profitable investment so far, having launched trading at $0.11 and soared to $2.64, or KRW 2,814.

ICON isn’t the only Korean digital currency to have got round this prohibition. A tendency was adopted in about 12 companies have similarly launched ICOs overseas but listed their coins on Korean exchanges, including Hyundai subsidiary Hyundai BS&C, an Internet of Things startup that similarly chose Switzerland for its Hdac token generating event.

South Korean regulators want South Korean startups to be limpid about their international transactions, but don’t plan to obstacle them. At the same time, it would be much easier and less costly for South Korea to let local startups launch their token sales locally once again.

Zilliqa is holding a meetup in Singapore

High throughput blockchain platform Zilliqa is organizing a meetup session in Singapore on May 23 to share its progress and preview its new smart contract language Scilla
24 April 2018   26

A meetup titled "Zilliqa: Sharding in Action & Security by Design" by Zilliqa project will take place on May 23 at The Metro@ thebridge. Zilliqa is a new high-throughput public blockchain platform that can enable real-world applications considered impossible up to the moment. Zilliqa utilizes the idea of sharding to reach thousands of transactions per second without sacrificing security and decentralization.

The session will covering the so-far progress of the project, the partners joining the project and the preview of the new smart contract language Scilla that further improves on security for smart contracts. The event is going to be broadcasted love on YouTube. The agenda of the meetup is as follows

  • 18:45 - 19:00 Overview of the Zilliqa project
  • 19:00 - 19:20 Session with partners of Zilliqa
  • 19:20 - 19:50 Demo: Testnet & secure smart contracts with Scilla
  • 19:50 - 20:40 Networking

At the moment of publication, Zilliqa market parameters are as follows:

  • Average price $0.099018
  • Market cap $721,249,874
  • Volume (24H) $86,625,700