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African Bitcoin Based Startups

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Cryptocurrencies are becoming increasingly popular in the African continent. Initially the purchase of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin were difficult and seemed to be expensive. This was because of high transaction charges rates and the inability to convert it into the local currencies. Those barriers put a damper on the growth and usage of cryptocurrencies in Africa. But as the adoption of Bitcoin grew in certain African nations such as Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, Bitcoin startups also sprang up. These startups were waking up to address the African need and we will be looking at a few of them.


Bitpesa

The Kenyan based startup was launched in 2013 and is one of the most outstanding Bitcoin startups on the continent. Bitpesa was able to outshine other startups in operation due to policies put in place by the government of Kenya to improve its technological infrastructure. BitPesa is a cross border payment solutions company that offers not just bitcoins but also mobile money making cross border transactions easier in a market where transacting with overseas businesses used to be difficult. The company has expanded to other African countries and even have Chinese clients making use of its platform now. The company provides a great platform for SMEs and for business-to-business ( B2B ) transactions.

Sun Exchange

Energy is one aspect most african countries lack. This South African based bitcoin startup is providing alternative power for the continent. The Sun Exchange is an online marketplace that allows people purchase solar cells globally and have them power businesses and communities in the sunniest locations on earth. Owners of these solar assets earn 20 years of monthly rental income from anywhere at a 10% IRR (return).
 
Golix

Zimbabwe has been facing hyperinflations for some time now and the Zimbabwean dollar has practically collapse. This resulted in the people of Zimbabwe needing an alternative source of money and cryptocurrencies became the answer. The Crypto exchange, Golix enables locals to buy Bitcoins. Recently, a Bitcoin Atm was installed in the country as the exchange branches out to South Africa.

 

NairaEx

This startups is one of Nigeria’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges.  The online exchange has given its Nigeria users the opportunity to trade with Bitcoins using Naira.

 

 

 

 

What other bitcoin based startup do you know? Share your opinion with us in the comment section below.
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Justin Sun to launch Tron-based Decentralized stablecoin. Why should we care? 

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Founder of the Tron Blockchain, Justin Sun has hinted at plans to launch a stablecoin based on the Tron blockchain. 

This was made via his Twitter account hours ago.

According to the tweet, the TRON community will launch a new decentralized stablecoin backed by the TRX and BTT token. 

 

 

There was little information given by the tweet but Justin Sun posted a question to the entire community, and it is for the best name for the new stablecoin. 

Stablecoins have grown in numbers since the eventual launch of US dollar backed Tether (USDT). Ever since then, various fiat currency pegged stablecoins have been made available on the market. 

The stability of this cryptocurrency class has also pricked the interest of governments and private corporations,  the decision of Facebook to launch Libra provides a testament to the global interest in stablecoins which does away with the apparent honeypot feature of non-stable cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, ethereum and other non-stablecoins. Volatility. 

Nations CBDC has also become a fascinating way to utilize the idea behind stablecoins. Several countries are experimenting and others such as China are already getting ready. 

Justin Sun’s decision to launch a decentralized stablecoin may be a noble cause, but the optics of this decision may show a contrary view. 

Tron and the founders Justin from its earliest time has been involved in certain controversies such as plagiarizing the White Paper of other projects and copying codes from Ethereum, has also been linked to pump and dump schemes most especially with the use of its wide audience to manipulate value of coins by tweeting mostly inconsequential pieces. 

The new stablecoin will be decentralized according to Justin Sun. While the decentralization is not absolute, complete decentralisation is a myth and it has been a much discussed topic in the space. It therefore begs a very important question, since it’s claimed to be decentralized, who will be the horses pulling the chariot. 

With many stablecoins in the market, one would wonder why launch a new one, there are mostly two options on ground, it’s either the stablecoin markets offer very juicy returns that the Tron blockchain will benefit from the volume as the ‘horses’ also does, or Justin Sun has ran out of ideas. 

For the community’s sake, let it be the first. 

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Tunisia’s Central Bank to Launch E-Dinar, A Digital Currency

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The central bank of Tunisia has announced the development of work for the launch of a digital currency, the E-Dinar.

The Tunisia’s foray into digital currency will see the creation of a blockchain based platform and digitization of the Tunisian fiat currency, the Dinar. The virtual currency will be created and issued using a Russian developed blockchain, the Universa Blockchain.

The Universa platform will receive a percentage of all transaction carried out with the E-dinar while the Tunisia central bank will see every transaction, as well as every buyer and seller online.

The Tunisian central bank revealed that the nation will not issue additional shares to issue the electronic money rather; the E-dinar will be pegged to part of the local fiat currency. And with the launch, individuals can also switch to the E-dinar.

Based on the contract between both parties, the Russian firm who developed the blockchain platform will receive a percentage of each operation for the entire duration of the operation of the technology, and at the same time, as it develops the Universa platform, it will launch a web application and open two thousands stalls in the country where individuals can transfer their money to E-dinars.

In order to protect the financial sovereignty of the Tunisia’s nation, considering the operations of the US based swift which operates in over 200 countries and financial censored the Iranian government, financial censorship will not happen in Tunisia’s E-dinar as the developers will hand over all encryption keys to the nation’s Central Bank and they will not be able to block the platform and see transactions.

According to the head of Tunisia’s central bank, “we are for the development of financial technologies. But we do not support private money in any form, digitally or so. If they replace public money, they will destroy monetary policy and financial stability. We are against”

The system was kick-start by the Tunisian Central bank’s head Marouane El Abassi and a representative of the IMF which say both of them carrying out a symbolic transfer of one E-dinar from one account to another in a test form. In the event in the nation’s capital where the E-dinar was presented, also in attendance was other Maghreb countries such as Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania.

Universa plans to expand to other part of the world to nations such as Malaysia, Phillipines, Argentina, Brazil etc.

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A Crypto Project With the intention to Eradicate Poverty Has Written An Open Letter to the EFCC, Says it’s Open for Questioning. 

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An ambitious Crypto project iBSmartify, through its CEO Omotade Sparks Amos Sewanu has written an open letter to the Nigerian anti-graft agency, the Economic Financial Crimes Commission EFCC informing agency of its intention to eradicate poverty in the country.

The letter which was posted on twitter via @inksnation handle shows the intention of the CEO to through its own blockchain platform iBLedger which it dubbed ‘Nigeria to the World blockchain’ to eradicate poverty in the country in the next six to nine months.

The CEO claims the iBLedger blockchain will compete with Facebook’s Libra, Telegram’s TON & GRAM, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Hyperledger and other blockchains in the world.

According to the letter, the powerful thing about the “charitable-blockchain” is that it can through the first token iBNaira generate a minimum of $847 billion for the Nigerian Government.

It also said the iBNaira can end poverty by 6 – 9 months by paying every single citizen including children born daily a minimum of N120,000 monthly.

The reason for this he said is because disruption is coming to the world and as such, it’s better Nigeria has its own version of disruption.

The poverty eradication scheme will begin fully on the 12th of November.

He claimed he has applied to SCUML under the name iBSmartify but it’s awaiting the certificate. However, the firm appears to be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission under the following details:

Registration Number: 2956459

Name: IBSMARTIFY

Address: 23 Yetunde Abu Street

Registration date: 2019-08-15

The website appears to offer unimaginable rewards to those who come in, the type of rewards which is seen in Ponzi Schemes.

While the Anti-graft agency is yet to say anything on the open letter, the move by the firm has attracted criticism from Twitter as can be seen below.

https://twitter.com/brysonadahcole/status/1192412071683604482?s=19

The firm replied those requesting for White Paper on the same thread

The 12th of November is just six days away and as the CEO said, it is open to questioning.

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Ethereum to be Marketed and Promoted by a DAO – Marketing DAO

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Second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, Ethereum will now be marketed like other blockchains in the industry.

The marketing of Ethereum will not be done by individuals rather a decentralized autonomous organisation – the Ethereum Marketing DAO.

Born in September, 2019 and launched one months later, the DAO is made up of like-minded individuals knowledgeable in marketing, communication, brand experts etc and they include ConsenSys advisor, Amanda Cassatt, Former ETH Foundation Advisor William Mougayar, etc

The Marketing DAO according to a medium post released by the organization was conceived to ensure the strengths, value propositions, and vision of Ethereum are well communicated and understood, despite its complexity.

As Ethereum is in an enviable position, it gets attacked by detractors, those spreading misinformation, it lacks an organized entity to respond to these misinformation thus a unified marketing organization is needed.

According to the Marketing DAO, Ethereum growth has been accomplished without a concerted effort to market the network by the Ethereum Foundation and now, it has grown to the point where there is a need to formalize and professionalize a set of marketing and communications activities to benefit its long-term position.

The best way to help advance and promote Ethereum was in the Ethereum way – through a DAO and in order to properly support the network and stakeholders, there is a need for a coordinated mechanism to empower funding and decision making in an efficient, fair and representative manner, Marketing DAO said.

The Marketing DAO said it will fork the Molock DAO as the DAO baseline and it will be used for implementation of its marketing activities.

Work has been ongoing for the past month through regular online and in-person meetings and planning sessions to lay the foundational elements for the DAO.

Its initial project including developing strong Ethereum positioning, getting to know its audience and establishing a strong ground presence.

Those currently working on the DAO include ConsenSys advisor and former CMO Amanda Cassatt, former Ethereum Foundation advisor and blockchain author William Mougayar, Darren Mills, MetaCartel DAO’s Alexandre Masmejean, EtherWorld Founder and Ethereum Cat Herder Pooja Ranjan, former Reuters Americas General Manager Saul Hudson, former ShapeShift CMO and current director at Wachsman Emily Coleman, Brendan Forster, Dave Craige, Ven Gist, James Ross Treacher, Manuel Gonzalez Alzuru, and Kris Jones — among over 50 others.

As at decentralized organization, Ethereum Marketing DAO calls on anyone to be a part of it either as a Funder, a Member and/a supporter.

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