IOTA PARTNERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS SO FAR

Handy list of IOTA partnerships so far.

iota partnerships

Volkswagen source: 

https://in.reuters.com/article/us-blockchain-iota-cisco/blockchain-network-iota-teams-up-with-microsoft-others-on-data-marketplace-idINKBN1DS2EE

Cisco Source: ( please note this is unconfirmed)

https://in.reuters.com/article/us-blockchain-iota-cisco/blockchain-network-iota-teams-up-with-microsoft-others-on-data-marketplace-idINKBN1DS2EE

Samsung Artik:

Microsoft:

https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2017/11/28/iota-microsoft-data-marketplace-cryptocurrency/

Fujitsu:

https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2017/11/28/iota-microsoft-data-marketplace-cryptocurrency/

BOSCH:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/10/prweb14822551.htm

LATTICE80:

LATTICE80, World’s Largest Fintech Hub, Partners with Germany’s IOTA on New Innovation Lab

Sopra Steria:

https://www.soprasteria.com/en/media/press-release/blockchain-and-the-iot-sopra-steria-partners-with-iota

RuuviLab:

https://lab.ruuvi.com/iota/

Innogy:

https://innovationhub.innogy.com/news-event/3lj6DX6LS0C4SyKmgEOiQq/meet-our-future-customers–machines-with-wallets

ElaadNL:

https://www.elaad.nl/news/how-elaadnl-built-a-poc-charge-station-running-fully-on-iota-and-iota-only/

Ubuntu,Canonical:

IOTA: IoT revolutionised with a ledger


Microsoft Azure BaaS https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/azure-blockchain-update-5/
DIF:

http://identity.foundation/

Trusted IoT Alliance:

https://www.trusted-iot.org/

F6S:

https://www.f6s.com/iot/p/iota-team-up-with-f6s-on-a-10-million-dollar-iota-ecosystem-fund-
Outlier Ventures:

Why We’re Investing in…IOTA

Refunite:

https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/iota-foundation-enters-historic-partnership-with-refugee-nonprofit/

Sirin Labs:

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/26/blockchain-smartphone-sirin-finney-solarin/

Netobjex:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/netobjex-demonstrates-dynamic-electric-vehicle-wireless-charging-prototype-using-distributed-ledgers-and-cryptocurrency-300548157.html
Nakamo.to:

Brickblock And nakamo.to Announce Partnership To Fuse Real-World Asset Trading With The Potential Of IOTA’s Tangle Network

Blockchain Bundesverband e.V.:


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Steam drops Bitcoin support

Washington-base game developer and distribution company Valve will cease to accept Bitcoin as a valid payment method on Steam due to high transaction fees but. The outfit may re-evaluate in the future.

In a blog post today, Valve said “Steam will no longer support Bitcoin as a payment method on our platform due to high fees and volatility in the value of Bitcoin.”

When the firm started accepting Bitcoin sometime ago the network transaction fees was roughly $0.20, in recent days this has reached around $20 making the purchase of games extremely expensive.

Back in April 2016 Valve partnered with BitPay to utilise their payment gateway enabling customers to pay in Bitcoin. They hoped it would provide a fast, cheap and alternative solution for emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil with no risk of chargeback fraud that comes with card payments. Fast forward today it has become the complete opposite in terms of the currency becoming an overly expensive method of payment.

Valve are stating they have no control over transaction fees due to BitPay automatically presetting them when generating invoices, which are automatically adjusted depending on network congestion.

“When checking out on Steam, a customer will transfer x amount of Bitcoin for the cost of the game, plus y amount of Bitcoin to cover the transaction fee charged by the Bitcoin network,” the company said. “The value of Bitcoin is only guaranteed for a certain period of time so if the transaction doesn’t complete within that window of time, then the amount of Bitcoin needed to cover the transaction can fluctuate considerably. This value has been increasing significantly.”

“At this point, it has become untenable to support Bitcoin as a payment option,” Valve said. “We may re-evaluate whether Bitcoin makes sense for us and for the Steam community at a later date.”

Valve added support for Steam purchases with bitcoin in 2016 as part of a partnership with company Bitpay.

In the last few months alone Blockchain technology has rapidly advanced with newer technologies, Valve may look into Ethereum which would offer a faster checkout process.

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UK Government plans to develop digital fund for Blockchain

In a press release today the UK government has outlined a long term approach for enhancing the country’s future generation of investment management with one of the key areas focusing on blockchain technology.

The proposal named ‘Investment Management Strategy II’, includes six areas of growth including the development of Asset Management Centre’s of Excellence at various Universities across the UK. The core aim is to strengthen the UK’s investment management pipeline in order to make the country a world leader in Fintech. It would like to achieve this through a digital fund based around blockchain technology.

The UK is often seen as very attractive base for overseas firms who wish to make use of competitive corporation tax rates. The government hopes to further entice new firms and encourage relocation of core business through regulatory incentives which facilitate growth in the blockchain industry.

Employing just shy of 40,000 people and contributing to 1% of the UK’s gross domestic product, the Asset Management industry plays a big role in Britain’s economy.

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay, said:

The UK is a world leader in asset management, and it is vital that we keep it that way. The new Strategy for the sector outlines how we will do this, and I look forward to working closely with the industry to fully realise it’s potential.

Chris Cummings, Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Association said:

We are delighted to welcome the government’s new, ambitious Investment Management Strategy. This strategy will give asset management firms, who collectively manage the pensions of millions of British households and hold the UK’s biggest listed companies to account, a roadmap to success through Brexit and beyond.

Together with the Asset Management Taskforce, this comprehensive strategy provides the opportunity for partnership between Government, industry and regulators to ensure the UK remains the leading European asset management centre. The forward-looking agenda brings a welcome focus on the critical success factors of tomorrow, including harnessing the fintech revolution, encouraging sustainable investment and ensuring a diverse and world-leading workforce.

Domestic excellence will help to boost the industry’s export and trade contribution as the UK looks to a new place in the world. This strategy means our industry will continue to deliver the best possible outcomes for savers and for the UK economy in the years to come.

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Cryptocurrency rush comes to the US trucking industry: Doft launched Pre-ICO 2.0

Silicon Valley truck-sharing startup, DOFT (Do Freight Transportation), rescheduled its ICO and launched the Pre-ICO 2.0 offering its tokens with a 40% bonus. Doft is giving out 100% of the company’s total coin supply, meaning that anyone can become an owner of Doftcoins (DFC) and enjoy the benefits of being a part of the transportation community.

The token sale is live now and will end on December 15, 2017, 00:00 a.m. UTC. Doft Bounty Campaign is also available for everyone during the whole crowdsale.

The Doftcoin token will be used to access all the services and products provided by the platform. Today Doft accepts only USD when a customer pays for the services. In the nearest future Doftcoins will become a number one payment method within the network.

Another important value of the token is scaling to other countries. Doftcoins will make the expansion process outside the US market much easier.

The total hard cap for the sale is 200,000 ETH (roughly $90 million) for a total supply of 50 million tokens. 90% of the 50 million tokens will be distributed in the Doft ICO except for 10% (5% reserved for Bounties and 5% more reserved for future mining). None of the tokens have been kept in reserve for further raises or distributed to the Doft team.

The current Pre-ICO 2.0 crowdsale will be live until December, 15, 2017 with a hard cap of 5,000,000 DFC. The second and final ICO round will be held in the early 2018.

The funds raised during the whole crowdsale period will be used for the technological improvement, business development and market expansion in the world’s 10 major countries.

When we imagine a new logistics’ era, we think of a free to use, simple, user-friendly solution suitable for every type of business which is involved in the logistics chain. No doubt, the solution should make business processes much easier and quicker, yet without breaking the habits of industry professionals who do the job every day. Doft’s solution is equally suitable for all the parties involved into the transportation chain. Whether you are a carrier, a broker, a trucker or a dispatcher, you’ll find potency as Doft covers all necessary vertical services in transportation.

About – Doft

Doft – a Silicon Valley based startup – developed a mobile app for the trucking industry that provides freight matching services. The on-demand instant freight and truck matching application has been labelled the “Uber of trucking.” Doft aims to improve the lives of truckers and provide ever-increasing value to shippers and carriers through its peer-to-peer service. Doft is changing the way American truckers and shippers work together, and now taking it further with a Doft ICO crowdfunding campaign, allowing Doft’s users to be part of the project by contributing and receiving Doftcoins, which can later be used within Doft to pay for services and goods in Doft App and Doft Store where Doft sells trucking related products.

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Old money meets new: Revolut merges mobile banking with crypto trading

London-based mobile banking outfit Revolut is merging traditional day-to-day fiat spending with digital currencies, enabling customers to buy, sell, trade and hold cryptocurrencies including Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin in 130 currencies in what the firm claims to be a world first.

Aiming to fill the void between digital currencies and old money, customers who have an debit card attached to their Revolut account can purchase goods in real time and have the funds deducted from their accounts in fiat or crypto. More importantly small transactions such as paying for groceries at the supermarket, parking etc are encouraged and work seamlessly at very reasonable rates.

Now, spending Bitcoin with a debit card is nothing new, firms such as Xapo, CEX and CryptoPay have been providing this for some time. The key difference with Revolut is that customers are now be able to tap into extremely low exchange rates resulting in ‘fee-free’ transactions with real exchange rates in over 130 currencies.

Revolut also removes the inconsistencies associated with Bitcoin/ fiat conversions which can be time consuming and expensive, particularly when the exchange is operating in other jurisdictions. These exchanges charge anywhere from 5 percent to 10 percent per transaction whilst Revolut offers a fixed fee of just 1.5 percent.

Revolut’s platform launch comes as Bitcoin continues to blow past ATH’s like $10,000, fight for its legitimacy in the eyes of mainstream users and governments and prepares for futures trading this month. With the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approving Bitcoin futures, cryptocurrencies has grown up considerably since their less stellar dark web days and with services like Revolut now available are ready for mass adoption.

“Despite being one of the hottest trends in the world right now, getting exposure to cryptocurrency has notoriously been time-consuming and expensive,” Storonsky writes.

Nikolay Storonsky, the CEO of Revolut said at this years Techcrunch Disrupt conference in Berlin that users will be able to access the new cryptocurrency trading features on the app from this Thursday.

The company has an excellent track record when it comes to saving customers millions on foreign exchange fees, citing more than $160 million in customer savings since launch. The app is currently servicing over 1,000,000 users in Europe and is growing exponentially and now the company ready to roll out its mobile banking to the masses.

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trade.io Announces Historic Partnerships & Introduces Tiered Structure Further To Community Demand

01 December 2017, Zug Switzerland. Highly anticipated upcoming ICO trade.io has made three major announcements this week, which have strengthened its positioning as one of the leading ICOs to invest in, for 2017.

The company has launched an historic partnership with The University Of Nicosia.

Two post-doctoral seats, funded by trade.io will focus on advanced research in Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).  The research will have a specific focus on side-chains and cross-chain interoperability, as well as smart token corporate governance best practices and implementation.

trade.io has partnered with HitBTC.

HitBTC is one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges, exceeding upwards of half a billion in daily volume, and operating since 2014. Once listed on the HitBTC exchange, the Trade Token (listed as TIO) will trade against the counters Bitcoin (BCT) and Ethereum (ETH).

The company has introduced a four-part tiered pricing structure

Further to overwhelming demand from the community a tiered pricing structure is now in place:

7-14 December: 1 ETH = 900 Trade Tokens

14-21 December: 1 ETH = 800 Trade Tokens

21-28 December: 1 ETH = 700 Trade Tokens

28 December – 4 January: 1 ETH = 600 Trade Tokens

On this, CEO Jim Preissler commented: “Our community has spoken. You have been asking us to extend the low Trade Token price for the ICO.  The strength of trade.io lies in our community, your voice acts as a directing force for strategic decisions.  With this in mind, our board has agreed to extend the low pricing by adding a tiered structure, giving early movers a bigger incentive to contribute and also to allow more time for such contributions”

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DateCoin collected more than 688 ETH during the first days of the pre-sale

The Pre-ICO of the project DateCoin – which is the world’s first dating service that uses intelligent algorithms and neural network technology and it is based on already operating successful business model (MVP – app Denim) and has a buyback program on the blockchain – has been launched at  midnight on the 29th of November. Duribg the first few minutes of the pre-SALE of the project DateCoin collected over 527 ETH (about $244 000). For the first days of the Sael more than $ 320,000 was collected.

DateCoin – is a service of “pragmatic dating”. That’s how sites where successful men are looking for companions, and women are hoping to catch a wealthy bachelor are called. After all, if there is a demand, there will be a supply, won’t? The first wave of buying the tokens eloquently proves this fact! During the Pre-ICO DTC tokens can be bought with a discount up to 50%, the tokens are created and function on the basis of smart contracts of Ether, and it is possible to invest  BTC or ETH cryptocurrencies in the project.


What is the main idea of the project? Tinder, Mamba are also the sites for online dating and there are lots of them, but the vast majority suffer from several serious problems:

– Weak protection services. Including the risk of loss of confidential data due to negligence or hacker attacks. One wrong line in a code and all your private correspondence becomes public. We’ve been through this more than once.

-Weak free functionality of the application which implies the need for regular payments for additional services. The most advanced sites promote paid services even without your desire.

-The vast majority of accounts are fake, specially reated to extort money from you.

– And finally, it is really difficult to find the right person. And this problem can’t be solved by setting the settings and different filters.

However, the market of online dating services is changing rapidly – its global volume is approaching to $ 5 billion, and this is not the limit of growth. More and more new people join this direction, because, agree that it is so nice to look for the perfect pair, not running through the endless dates… And even nicer when an artificial intelligence do it for you! In the project DateCoin this becomes possible – imagine that you’ve always liked girls of a certain type and that you want to find exactly her… You don’t even need to set criteria starting from the size of the breast and the waist, ending with a tone of the voice. Moreover, there is no need to enter all the data manually – just upload the photo of a girl you are interested in, the rest of the work the system will do itself. Pretty cool, huh? And what about the security? Your conversations and personal data will be encrypted on the basis of end-to-end… And the fake accounts will be deleted by the intelligent system of the verification of users.

The token DTC brings not only the investment value, but also the consumer one. It means that, it is worthy not only to keep it, based on the rising cost of the token (and the rise is sure to be due to the possibility of the buyback and the total growth of this sector on the market), but it’s also worthy to spend it while having special privileges within the service.

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Crypto broker LH-Crypto has collected $2,500,000 during the pre-ICO

 

Today has started the ICO of the project LH-Crypto, the first Forex broker that will work fully on the cryptocurrency. During the Pre-ICO was collected $ 2 555 426 and was determined the price of the token LHC and it is $0.128.

According to the mechanism of the sale of the tokens, every week the tokens LHC will become more expensive – so on the ICO  the price of the token was $0.1352 (5% higher than  pre-sale price). During the second week of the sale the price of the token will increase in comparison with the pre-ICO by 10%, during the third by 15%, and finally in the last week of sale by 21%. Thus, the company motivates investors to invest at an earlier stage. However, in the case of the crypto-broker it is really beneficial as early investors participate in the program Early Bird. Here, as elsewhere, those who buy tokens at the beginning pay less and those who buy in the end – pay more, that’s just the smart contract is set up so that with higher prices in the next step the difference is divided between the early participants.

All the project investors receive a guarantee of return of the token at +20% annually: if the tokens’ value will not be equal to “nominal + 20%”, the company will pay the missing funds into personal account of investors. This amount can be used for trade or immediately withdrawn.

And the main thing of the project is the monthly income which receive holders from operating activities. Regular crediting of funds to client’s personal account with a debit card on the brokerage account carries a high commission, but the transfer of cryptocurrencies doesn’t have such a cost. That’s why the company has decided to save 5% monthly from all incoming payments and at the end of the month to transfer them to the holders of the tokens.

LH-Crypto is  the project of the company Larson & Holz  which is broker with a 13 years of history. Why has a successful international broker decided to enter the cryptocurrency market? First of all, it will allow to solve the problem of mutual settlements with other countries, primarily with China, India, Arab countries, where the currency legislation considerably differs from the European one. Second, the “hype” around cryptocurrency is attracting to the market new and new people. Individuals who are interested in increasing their capital and in speculating. It expands the client base. Thirdly, the use of cryptocurrencies allows to avoid the territorial and legal constraints, including lengthy and complex process for obtaining licenses, and the limits of financial regulators will not have such a large value. And finally, the use of cryptocurrency helps to reduce transaction costs in 6 times up to 1%, which will attract more people.

To participate in the ICO LH-Crypto: https://lh-crypto.io

 

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The world’s first blockchain investment option in the oil and gas sector

With the development of the blockchain technology and possibility of creating your own tokens and cryptocurrencies, there are many fields that want to improve their work by connecting to the blockchain. This technology is not only limited to computer programs, apps and platforms. ODMCoin project want to benefit from blockchain, while operating in an industrial area.

Oil drilling mud

ODMCoin want to explore the oil and gas sector. The company will set up facilities for oil drilling mud, which is a mixture of both oil products and soil and ground particles. Over $1,000,000 was invested in research and development of technologies for processing these muds and extracting raw materials that can be used for building, electricity and fuel. Another distinctive feature is the development of unique process that lets recycle the mud right on the working side, without any need for special storage and transportation to recycling factories. Not only the project aims to just obtain these products, but it’s all done with the idea of clean and safe for environment improvements in industrial field. Usually, such companies care only about profits, while ODMC wants to introduce innovative production technology with ecological environment in mind.

It’s also worth noting, that this project’s whitepapers are very detailed, and explain from the technical but also easily understandable the whole process of drilling the mud and the technologies used for it. This for sure acts as a huge advantage and shows to the potential investors that ODMCoin know exactly what they are doing.

Clean Country

While we are at the environmental aspects of the project, ODMCoin want to be a part of the Clean Country project, which is a high priority Russia project, officially accepted and implemented by the government. But taking into consideration the problems with oil mud storage that other countries struggle with too, the project may become a solution of environmental issues in the whole world.

Blockchain Industrial Club

One of the main features and benefit for a token holder, will be a membership in a Blockchain Industrial Club, possibly the first of its kind, that will connect companies focused on revolutionizing the industrial business with the help of the blockchain technology. They will develop their own tokens, which will give a right to receive company’s profits. BIC is a platform to regulate the interaction among participants of the ODMCoin project and token holders and it mutual work on the development and prosperity of the project. As an advantage acts the fact that it is developed to make secure transactions with the help of smart contracts and escrow agents.

Product for investors

To strengthen the promise that the holder of the token, by supporting the project financially on the very early stages of the development, becomes also in a way a co-owner of the company. ODMC is taking it rather seriously and are ready to share the drilled products directly with the investor. Each investor has a possibility to receive the finished products like oil, gas or construction materials. This may encourage even big corporation, which are related to the trade of such products to invest in ODMC, leading to a very successful ICO phase.

ODMC Token

ODMCoin will be Ethereum based, meaning you can store it with your other ICO coins in most of Ethereum wallets. It will be directly related to the drilling project and profits of the company, but also it’s worth noting that this token can be used to possibly bigger project, which is Blockchain Industrial Club, as BIC token also gives a right to receive 20% club profits and 80% from industrial company profits, which holder has a token for.
Also to maintain the prosperity of the token’s price, ODMCoin will buyback a particular amount every month.

ICO

The pre-ICO phase has already ended and turned out to be rather successful. ODMCoin have raised and met the goals they had set. These funds will be mainly used for the preparation of the final ICO phase, the whole marketing and PR campaigns and any other expenses of the early preparation stage. The main ICO phase stars on the 1st December, 2017 and will last a month, ending on the last day of 2017. With these funds, the team will be able to start fully developing the projects just from the very beginning of 2018.

The team

ODMC team is Russian based. It especially focuses on specialists to deal with the management and technical side of the whole drill mining process. Also there are experienced international advisers, like Ludmila Golubkova (Managing partner of Starta Capital and Starta Capital Accessor Fund), supporting the team.

Final Thoughts

The project has an advantage of focusing on real assets and direct work. ODMCoin team seem to know a lot about the whole technical process of drilling and have the environment’s safety in mind at the same time.

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Trade.io Funds Cutting-Edge Distributed Ledger Technology Research At The University of Nicosia

29 November 2017, Zug Switzerland trade.io is delighted to announce that it is funding two post-doctoral seats at the University of Nicosia to focus on advanced research in Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).  Specifically, trade.io will be supporting post-doctoral research at the University of Nicosia in the areas of 1) Distributed Ledger Technology, with a specific focus on side-chains and cross-chain interoperability, and 2) smart token corporate governance best practices and implementation.
With this important initiative, trade.io demonstrates its commitment to improving the state-of-the-art in the DLT field by supporting high caliber academic staff to pursue topics that will improve the functionality, interoperability, and  governance of blockchain technologies.

trade.io CEO, Jim Preissler said of the agreement, “Without a doubt, this is a major development for us, in that it provides trade.io with access to some of the brightest and most innovative minds in blockchain and digital currency.  The University of Nicosia has embraced blockchain technology since 2013, being the first to accept bitcoin for tuition and to publish academic certificates on the blockchain”. Preissler continued: “They were also the first university in the world to offer coursework and an accredited academic degree program in this field (MSc in Digital Currency) and are considered a global leader in academia in this area.

Antonis Polemitis, CEO of University of Nicosia, remarked on the collaboration, “We very much welcome and commend trade.io’s willingness to fund and support technical research in some of the most interesting (and difficult) topics in Distributed Ledger Technology.  We are deeply interested in further research and development in these areas that will benefit the whole community and field at large.  Given the rapid growth of value being transacted globally on blockchains, it is critical that firms in this field contribute, both financially and technically, to basic academic research in the technologies that underpin this new field.”
The call for post-doctoral researchers under this program will be open on December 4th at:

www.digitalcurrency.unic.ac.cy
trade.io is building a blockchain-based trading platform for cryptocurrency and traditional financial assets.   More information about trade.io can be found at: www.trade.io

The University of Nicosia (UNIC) is one of the leading comprehensive universities in southern Europe with over 12,000 students.  More information about the University of Nicosia can be found at: www.unic.ac.cy

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