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How Covid-19 focuses on supply chain failures?

How Covid-19 focuses on supply chain failures? While the Covid-19 pandemic begins to spread, multiple companies are confronting an unpredictable future. With numerous furlough programs in effect across the world that shield companies for the short term, there could be a window of opportunity to evaluate your business plan, examine emerging developments, and figure out …

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While the Covid-19 pandemic begins to spread, multiple companies are confronting an unpredictable future. With numerous furlough programs in effect across the world that shield companies for the short term, there could be a window of opportunity to evaluate your business plan, examine emerging developments, and figure out the best direction to follow until the ‘new standard’ is formed.

These sorts of issues often need a little move back,

Alan Vey, the co-founder of the Artos blockchain development company, says to The Block.

With no flying, an enormous amount of room has been set aside for families. Things have slowed down a bit to do some strategic planning and look ahead. It’s a perfect opportunity to find possibly any crucial innovations that might make a change.

Good protection is a successful attack, as the phrase goes, and with blockchain, problems that have already been found across the supply chain – whether food, personal protective equipment (PPE), or others – might contribute to a few post-COVID-19 converts. No less than the World Economic Forum (WEF) stated earlier this week that a ‘thinking’ deployment of blockchain technology was required. ” class=”pin-it-button” count-layout=”vertical”>

How Covid-19 focuses on supply chain failures?
How Covid-19 focuses on supply chain failures?

I think the [blockchain] supply chain technology will boom,

says Annika Monari, co-founder of Artos.

If you start talking about how the price of paracetamol has increased, not getting a toilet roll for a few weeks – the loss of exposure that relies on a world’s governing system is distinct from ours is a very real business concern.

How Covid-19 focuses on supply chain failures?

These kinds of risks have not been so much appreciated so far,

Monari adds.

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Blockchain will provide a lot of value in having the consistency, traceability, and oversight when you have such supply chains, in order to be able to detect downstream problems even quicker.

This is not the only area that those who support blockchain see advantages, however.

I think it’s really fascinating to see some of the initiatives out there that are looking at reconciling data on COVID – monitoring data, outbreak data – and use blockchain technology to seek to standardize the data structure and function as a common source of reality for that data,

says Monari.

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Monari and Vey created Artos in early 2018 after having previously introduced Aventus, an Ethereum-based network aimed at mitigating fraud in ticketing utilizing blockchain technology. Artos offers proprietary technology, built on Ethereum, including features such as a powerful transaction engine, asset lifecycle management, and cryptographic security, to guide businesses on their journey from ideation to implementation.

As a result, the two soon realized that the possibilities of their business went beyond ticketing.

Ultimately, what we did was see how relevant this technology was to some kind of supply chain or value chain – indeed any company,

says Monari.

Blockchain will have a huge effect on the way businesses operate with other corporations. We began expanding out more – our approach was relatively generic, so that’s why we formed Artos so agreed to be the gateway to blockchain for business.

This ‘path to blockchain’ is a significant aspect of Artos’ messaging – yes, it is a licensed trademark – but the organization is strongly placed as a platform supplier rather than a consultancy or creation store. Nevertheless, training and raising the information gap plays a role in the early stages.

Some of these innovations, such as AI or cloud, just before that … before you launch, nobody even knows how to use it,

Vey says.

They realize it can be beneficial, but they don’t realize when it is best done exactly how to implement it.

It’s just teamwork with the initial customer, knowing the market, knowing the sector, combining our skills, how this technology might function, and then encouraging them to pursue additional implementations and solutions,

he continues.

In the first year or two of [project], we’re potentially very consultative-heavy, however, we’re heading more and more towards modular solutions.

The push to develop Artos’ technologies on Ethereum, or more broadly on public blockchains, is thus assertive. It is especially noteworthy considering that others in the sector do not yet see it as a business norm in terms of transactions per second, despite the fact that organizations such as StarkWare have made substantial strides in recent months.

Monari explains the rationale behind long-term public blockchains.

It’s the same way you think of the intranet versus the Internet,

she says.

An intranet is very useful within an entity, within divisions, so as you start attempting to attach more users to it and using it as a layer of data sharing, a layer of knowledge sharing, it starts to lose influence as it is managed by one or a few parties.

“The Internet is so strong – it’s a centralized networking system regulated by no one,” Monari continues. “It creates interoperability between data, people, and organizations – and we have the same view of blockchain technology.

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How Covid-19 focuses on supply chain failures?

There’s nothing wrong with approved blockchain – for now, it’s the quickest way to get up and running so that’s why people are implementing those – but eventually all of those authorization applications would need to be linked so interoperable.

One of the aspects that makes blockchain so theoretically wide-ranging is its effect on the supply chain; utilizing the analog ‘farm to fork’ Going back to the example of ticketing, Artos sees it as a demand chain rather than a supply chain.

“For ticketing, anyone from the location, to the organizer, to the ticketing service – they wouldn’t find themselves a supply chain, it’s a demand chain,”

Monari says.

“By providing clarity or traceability to what happens in a value chain to an adjacent value chain, or regulator, is where this technology can be so strong.”

Vey adds that there is a misunderstanding on where precisely blockchain applies.

“It’s really challenging to provide a descriptive and correct response to that, as it’s like wondering where a personal machine is heading,”

he says.

“It’s a computer that can be designed to manage a whole host of use scenarios. Blockchain is really similar – it’s a general-purpose system that is programmable by smart contracts; it’s scalable because multiple usage cases can be built to derive benefit from it.

“As before, this understanding of the flexibility and effect of blockchain is becoming crucial to many in the ready-to-transform industries. With this in mind, Artos is bringing together a webinar collection, with a webinar on the metals and mining sector heading to live earlier this week.

It’s still really complicated at this moment – so one of these positives is that there’s a little more flexibility to do certain stuff – and one of those items is thinking about emerging technologies,”

Monari says.

“It’s sort of why we began this show – we know that people have more time, so we hope that we will develop some awareness so help them make choices about their businesses based on potential patterns.

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Aave and Chainlink hit new highs as Bitcoin price fights to hold $32K

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Bitcoin (BTC) price opened the weekend trapped within the $33,500 to $32,000 range but at the time of writing the digital asset is struggling to hold above $32,000. 

A few analysts have warned that the recent price loss of momentum may be a sign of ‘institutional exhaustion’ as selling pressure from Asia has increased since Jan. 19.

Despite Bitcoin’s current downtrend, some institutional investors are sticking to their prediction that BTC price will reach $100,000 before the end of 2021. This suggests that institutions are buoyed by rising investor sentiment and the new proposals for a Bitcoin ETF.

BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

While Bitcoin still faces resistance around the $33,000 level, on-chain analyst Willy Woo sees one potentially positive development for BTC. Woo said that the Bitcoin Spent Output Profit Ratio (SOPR), a metric that shows the profit ratio of BTC by dividing the price sold by the price paid, had “a touchdown”.

According to Woo there was a:

“Full on-chain SOPR reset. Coins moving between investors per hour (24h MA) no longer carry profit on average. To push SOPR lower, investors would have to be willing to sell at a loss.”

Bitcoin adjusted SOPR. Source: Glassnode

Woo also suggested that investors are less likely to sell at a loss, an early signal that Bitcoin could be close to finding a bottom.

Altcoins and DeFi tokens soar

DeFi tokens and altcoins continued to forge their own path as Bitcoin searched for support. Polkadot (DOT), AAVE, Curve DAO Token (CRV) and Sushiswap (SUSHI) all rallied roughly 5% to 7%.

The surge in the price of many DeFi-related tokens has in large part been the result of an increase in DEX activity. Data from Dune Analytics shows monthly DEX volumes have increased since July 2020 and currently the total value locked in DeFi is at $23.89 billion.

Monthly DEX volume by project. Source: Dune Analytics

Chainlink (LINK) continued its strong rally, setting a new all-time high at $25.50 and surpassing Litecoin (LTC) in terms of total market cap to become the seventh-largest project listed on CoinMarketCap. Aave price also broke to a new all-time high at $229.39 and the total value locked in the platform is $3.44 billion.

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $936.8 billion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 63.5%.


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Ultra-rare alien CryptoPunk NFT sells for 605 ETH, or $750,000

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Amid a wild market-wide bullrun for non-fungible tokens (NFTs), an ultra-rare “alien” CryptoPunk has sold today for 605 Ether, worth over $750,000 at today’s prices. 

CryptoPunks are widely considered to be the original NFT project, released even before Cryptokitties, the blockchain-based collectibles project that propelled NFTs to mainstream consciousness. CryptoPunks developers Larva Labs report that Punks have accounted for $26 million in lifetime sales on their native marketplace, and the average sale price for Punks over the past year has been $6,199.

Each Punk has unique attributes, such as background color, accessories, and even some ultra-rare features, such as an “alien” or “zombie” appearance. The Punk that sold today, #2890, is one of nine alien Punks in existence.

The bidding for the Punk was competitive throughout the last week, with DeFi megawallet-turn-Twitter personality 0x_b1 putting in a 500 ETH bid. The Punk was last sold in July of 2017 for 8 ETH, meaning the owner made a 75x return on their investment. 

The new owners are a group of investors that include FlamingoDAO, a “NFT collective that supports and collects premium NFTS,” according to a Flamingo spokesperson. The official FlamingoDAO Twitter handle confirmed the purchase with a meme:

“It’s simple: Cryptopunks is a groundbreaking project; it pre-dated the ERC 721 standard and crypto kitties,” said the spokesperson on the investment thesis. “Aliens are the rarest form of Cryptopunk and we believe that the acquired Alien will be prized by collectors over time and mature into an iconic digital art piece.”

Crypto art collector @gmoneyNFT, who himself dropped 140 ETH on a Punk earlier in the month, thinks that the alien is a fine investment despite the sky-high valuation.

“I think it was a great purchase. As the world moves more digital, the digital “flex” will be more and more important. It’s how humans operate in the physical world. It won’t change in the digital realm,” he said.

Long-derided as a secondary usecase for blockchain, sales like today’s demonstrate that NFTs are just beginning to have their day in the sun. NBA Topshot, a collectible highlight project from Dapper Labs, has proven to be tremendously popular, and Axie Infinity’s native critters have been selling for remarkable prices as of late as well.

Some critics have called into the question the sky-high prices rare NFTs have been fetching, however, arguing that simple digital scarcity is a shaky foundation on which to justify a $750,000 sale. @gmoneyNFT dismisses these criticisms, saying that there are plenty of real-world analogues that make just as much — or as little — sense.

“Why would someone pay millions of dollars for an original Andy Warhol screen print when you can buy the same one online for $20? Why would someone buy a pair of yeezy’s for $300 when you can buy a fake from the same factory, made with the same materials for much less? Humans like to feel special. The provenance has value.”


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Voyager Token (VGX) gains 926% as mergers and acquisitions bring new users

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Voyager Token (VGX), also known as BQX at some exchanges, is the native token of Voyager cryptocurrency exchange. 

The exchange separates itself from its competitors by claiming to be a commission-free crypto broker platform and its smart order router also allows clients to trade at multiple exchanges.

Since the turn of the year, VGX has gained 620% and on Jan. 15 the token reached a new all-time high at $1.48.

Voyager (BQX) token price at Binance. Source: TradingView

In addition to having a fiat gateway, the platform also offers market data, interactive charts,crypto research and up to 9% interest on stablecoins, along with staking returns for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies if users leave them in their exchange wallets.

Token activity sees exponential growth

On-chain data shows that activity started to pick up just a few weeks ago, with the number of daily active addresses surpassing 1,500 while transfers quickly reached $60 million.

VGX daily transfers and unique addresses. Source:

The Invest Voyager app allows traders to earn interest with no lock-ups and users staking a certain quantity of VGX token unlocks higher yields. Furthermore, the platform is owned by a listed company in Canada, Voyager Digital Ltd. (CSE:VYGR), a $600 million market capitalization fully-regulated entity.

The Canada TSX exchange listing deal also hides an interesting story. By acquiring a defunct shell company, Voyager was able to manage a reverse merger in Feb. 2019. More interestingly, not a single USD has been paid for the deal, which involved shares of the new company.

In Oct. 2019, Voyager announced a partnership with Celsius Network to manage a portion of its clients’ assets. Thus, the broker was able to diversify its staking offering.

Another notable milestone was Circle Invest acquisition completed in Feb. 2020, converting more than 40,000 accounts. Circle Invest was previously involved with the USD Coin (USD) stablecoin, besides Poloniex exchange, although both projects had already been divested. It is worth noting that the deal did not involve cash, being settled in Voyager Digital shares.

These developments explain the current uptick in user accounts and token activity and similar to Coinbase, Voyager’s fiat on-ramp and regulated status could make the exchange a top choice for future crypto investors located in the United States.

VGX price growth follows new acquisitions and European expansion

Currently, Voyager exchanges is available to every U.S. state except New York, as the company waits for its BitLicense approval. In October 2020, Voyager Digital acquired France-based LGO, a fully licensed European digital asset exchange focused on institutional investors.

LGO CEO Hugo Renaudin explained that the French company would discontinue its dedicated institutional exchange, while LGO would operate under the Voyager brand, although focusing mostly on retail.

The overall traded volume on Voyager’s platform reached $120 million in Nov. 2020, while its asset under management surpassed $485 million on Jan. 15. To date, more than 200,000 users have downloaded the iOS and Android applications and further expansion into Europe should increase the platform’s user base.

Voyager (VGX) Twitter user activity vs. price (USD). Source: TheTie

Data from TheTIE, an alternative social analytics platform, shows that the recent price spike was preceded by increased social network activity. Apart from a few users complaining of KYC-related withdrawal issues, the general sentiment around Voyager and VGX are positive.

Offering up to 9.5% annualized interest returns on stablecoins and being a fully-licensed broker offering altcoin trading and staking to U.S. citizens seem to be the primary drivers behind the platform’s momentum.

As for the economics behind the VGX token, the possibility of a debit card with cashback rewards, withdrawal fee discount, and interest booster on staking might be needed to drive its valuation further.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.


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