Novel Coronavirus is looming large over many of us in the blockchain industry, especially those who are preparing to travel to conferences and events and stand in close proximity with a long line of people we don’t know from across the world.

A number of health organizations globally have advised against gathering in large crowds at all costs. If you do, however, decide to go ahead and attend such events, there are some things that you can do to significantly reduce your risk of exposure to the virus.

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Only travel to approved “safe” countries

The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea, and recommends that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel to Japan. The CDC also notes that Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand harbor a significant risk of community spread. The CDC defines a risk of “community spread” as “[a situation in which] people have been infected with the virus, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.” At the time of writing, the extent of virus spread is not sustained or widespread enough to meet the CDC’s criteria for a travel health notice, however, travelers would likely be well advised to take precautions, or even cancel travel to these destinations if possible. …

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With news that the Chinese are burning Yuan banknotes to fight the Coronavirus, there may be fears that fiat currency is too dangerous and dirty to handle. After all, money is only as clean as the uncleanest place it has been. Consider that one US study showed that most dollar bills are contaminated with cocaine, and the conclusion you may draw is that the majority of greenbacks have at some time been up someone’s nose. …

How a Compliance-Driven Public Blockchain is Changing Perceptions Towards Emerging Technology in Financial Markets

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After overcoming initial teething problems with regulatory compliance, enterprise and consumer acceptance, financial technology (FinTech) has reached a zenith, with neobanking services and consumer finance applications no longer a niche offering but a growing significant proportion of banking services.

Yet even as FinTech finds its footing in old money, no other technology trend in this century has generated the multiple levels of evolution as that of blockchain since it burst into the consciousness of mainstream finance just over two years ago.

Bitcoin, with the first-of-its-kind cryptographic algorithm that allowed it to operate as a new form of currency; permissionless and decentralized yet secure and immutable. Its low barrier to entry, free access and open participation coupled with transparent and yet private ownership appeared to challenge the very foundations of banking and finance. …

This article is not about the effects on the world health of the rapidly spreading COVID-19, better known as coronavirus. Rather, it is about the effects that a pandemic could have on the most widespread and “oldest” cryptocurrency on the planet: Bitcoin.

Let’s start by clarifying that attempts to justify the growth or decrease in value of Bitcoin as a consequence of events of global importance have typically proved completely useless and without valid economic foundations.

Bitcoin’s volatility is determined by many factors and predicting its performance is more complex than predicting Juventus’ final result in a Champions League match.

Crystal ball, gambling or whatever. …

On Monday, the 20th of January, we will be attending the Geneva Blockchain Congress.

The Geneva Blockchain Congress
The Geneva Blockchain Congress
The Geneva Blockchain Congress

There is an amazing program for the event with talks on a wide range of topics including stablecoins, digital identities, eVoting, governance and blockchain in healthcare. Many big names in the space are either speaking or attending including Don Tapscott, Bertrand Perez, Carlos Moreira and Paul Kohlhass amongst many others.

We will be on the exhibition floor from 8.30 am, meeting people and doing interviews. Once the event is over we will release a post talking about everything that we saw and heard, who we got to speak to and their ideas and projects. We will also be releasing all the footage and pictures from the event on our social media channels. You can follow us live on Twitter: @AmaZixOfficial and LinkedIn.

If you are at the event then be sure to come and find us!

How Startups are Playing the Collaborative Sport of Disruption

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Despite what the headlines and Google ads might suggest, success in the blockchain sector isn’t as straightforward as it once was. Only two years ago, during the ICO peak of 2017, bright-eyed speculators were eager to throw money at any and all projects fundraising via a token sale. Now the market has cooled significantly, and the crowdfunding landscape presents a far tougher challenge to navigate.

The statistics which prove the trend make for a sobering read: in 2017, 875 ICOs managed to raise a cumulative $6.22 billion, while the following year, 1,253 ICOs raked in a barely increased $6.81 billion. Last year, the market shrank quite considerably, with 101 token offerings raising $366 million between them. …

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December 18, Hong Kong — Full-stack consultancy firm AmaZix proudly announces its latest partnership with ZB Nexus, a crypto research and blockchain think tank based in China.

Recognizing the growing need for blockchain intelligence, AmaZix and ZB Nexus will work together to provide deep industry knowledge and insight to help their network of clients generate informed decisions and develop relevant solutions.

Accelerating the integration of blockchain technology and real economy

From current and future trends in tokenization of assets, and the need for identifying and promoting best practices in the industry, there is still much to learn and understand in the nascent space.

Recognizing the limited amount of information, and the restricted access to available data, ZB Nexus also plans to open source all of its findings, ensuring mutual benefit for the wider industry. …

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December 12, Hong Kong — Full-stack consultancy firm AmaZix is pleased to confirm its latest partnership with Estonia-based crypto incorporation specialists www.Consulting24.co. Together, they hope to simplify setup processes for multiple types of crypto businesses, helping global players gain easy access to the emergent financial domain of blockchain and crypto.

Consulting24 is a specialist in quick and efficient crypto incorporation services, having helped over a hundred international blockchain projects formalize a business entity with registration and license approval.

Quick and efficient business setup for crypto projects

Under the new partnership, AmaZix’s network of clients will be able to access a comprehensive range of services just as any normal company would. …

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TreeCoin CEO Jörg Schäfer at a eucalyptus reforestation site. Photo credit: TreeCoin/Ronny Barthel

The growing multitude of blockchain-for-good projects is cause for optimism. If in the past, the majority of new projects and solutions were seeking to disrupt any number of industry sectors, tackling inefficiencies and bringing cost reduction, there appears to be a change in trend.

More startups are now looking at the application of blockchain tech’s familiar aspects to effect social change. The UN has already completed several trials, primarily using immutability and transparency aspects to improve logistics, but today hopes to use innovation to overcome various socio-economic challenges. In particular, it hopes to develop “ new systems of trust and exchange on which users can send value directly from one party to another without the need for intermediaries”. …

Why remote working AmaZix still meets face to face

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Despite having been together for over two years, many of us in the AmaZix family have never met. Quite often, during interactions with others within the industry, we tend to completely overlook this as out of the ordinary. Simply put, because it works.

We are scattered all over the world, quite literally. Being ‘decentralized’ is at the very core of AmaZix. Diverse in culture, experience, and expertise, brought together by a mutual desire to help shape the still-developing blockchain space. …

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