Align Commerce Obtains Insurance Covering Blockchain Payments

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Next-generation global payments provider Align Commerce today announced that it is enhancing protections for its small- and medium-sized business (SMB) clients sending payments internationally, by obtaining insurance to safeguard against losses as a result of a physical or cyber-security breach, theft, or operational errors and omissions. These policies, together with Align’s commitment to operating robust regulatory and compliance programs, helps build customer confidence in using its modern cross-border Blockchain payment solutions.

“Providing our clients with the highest degree of transparency and security is of the utmost importance as we continue to offer new and innovative ways to move money in an increasingly global economy,” said Align Commerce General Counsel and Compliance Officer Jay Hansen. “Securing these insurance policies from highly rated insurance carriers reflects the growing acceptance of our technology that puts control back in the hands of small business owners around the world.”

With its unique “multi-rail” platform, Align Commerce employs the Blockchain electronic rail alongside wire and treasury management rails to route transfers from Point A to Point B in the most efficient manner possible without having to use intermediary banks – or pay the fees associated with them. Align brings the potential to save SMBs billions of dollars annually in bank wire and foreign exchange fees, with a transparent process and tiered pricing structure that offers a financially competitive alternative to the excessive fees of traditional bank wires.

“Our new transaction protections further strengthen Align’s promise to provide the best possible experience for our clients, built on a foundation of trust and security,” said Align Commerce CEO and Co-founder Marwan Forzley. “Align’s policies extend to all means by which Align elects to fulfill customer transactions, including the Blockchain, which we believe is an industry first.”

Align’s increased client protections come shortly after it announced the establishment of corridors to some of the world’s most vital economic regions: China, Brazil and Mexico. The company launched in November with $12.5 million in Series A funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and enables payments to and from more than 60 countries globally.

For more information about the Align Commerce cross-border payments platform and how Align Commerce is enabling faster, simpler and less expensive overseas payments for small businesses, visit AlignCommerce.com.

To sign up, visit https://www.aligncommerce.com/dashboard/register.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) – Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He’s written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein’s professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he’s travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’ travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he’s raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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