Samsung to Invest in Block.io Blockchain Startup

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Samsung SDS, an affiliate of the Samsung Group has announced that it has invested in Blocko, a Korean Blockchain startup through its new technology investment fund.

The Samsung  press release stated:

“Through these investments, Samsung SDS will be able to retain leading-edge technology in cyber security and blockchain. The company plans to collaborate closely with these startups to drive business growth. Samsung SDS will increase competitiveness of its cybersecurity business and services by promoting sales of the differentiated cyber threat defense solution by Darktrace to Korean companies, as well as work with Blocko to support commercialization of emerging blockchain technology in various sectors including IoT.”

Samsung SDS as a global ICT service company considers securing a differentiated core technology very important and therefore is investing in global startups with future promising technologies through a new technology investment fund in which Samsung SDS owns 99% of the shares, co-managed by Samsung Venture Investment Corporations (“SVIC”).

Darktrace is a startup based in U.K. which uses advanced machine learning technology for detecting and responding to cyber threats. Named ‘Best Security Company of the Year’ 2016 by Info Security, Darktrace is capable of identifying new, emerging threats within computer networks in real time including insider attacks, ransomware, machine-based attacks, and unknown threat scenarios that may bypass other security systems.

Blocko is a Blockchain company in Korea that provides a proprietary Blockchain platform  to leading enterprises in Korea, enabling them to easily adopt this emerging technology. Blockchain is a technology which maintains a shared digital ledger of transaction data on a distributed network of computers so as to prevent the data from being hacked or corrupted. This emerging technology is expected to be applied in Fintech and other fields such as IoT and healthcare.

“Samsung SDS will continue to invest in global startups in sectors such as AI, analytics, IoT, etc. to secure disruptive technologies and drive future growth through innovation.”

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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