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.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme. He has over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology at over 50 events in 30+ citiies. He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe.  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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