Canadian company Blockchain Foundry, a Blockchain development startup based in Toronto, is working on a new web-based e-commerce platform that leverages Blockchain technology to remove the middlemen from the buying and selling process, giving customers a ‘true peer-to-peer marketplace‘.
The company provides Blockchain solutions using several of the most developed and robust Blockchain technologies, with plans for its product offerings to be interoperable between these different Blockchain technologies. A key focus in Blockchain Foundry’s products will be to provide end users with the benefits of Blockchain technology without requiring them to understand or know that Blockchain technology is powering their experience.
Blockchain Foundry’s initial commercial product, known as Blockmarket, is a web-based e-commerce platform which will allow online retailers, entrepreneurs and individual sellers to create and access individual marketplaces hosted entirely on the Syscoin network, a Company-developed Blockchain platform. Blockmarket will significantly decrease listing costs incurred by retailers currently using other services and will provide 100% uptime and state of the art security.
Blockchain Foundry’s first public Blockchain initiative was released in August 2014 and is powered by a token called Syscoin, a cryptocurrency based on the same algorithm used in the Bitcoin network. Syscoin trades on multiple digital asset exchanges and has a current market value of more than US$6 million. Syscoin has already partnered with Microsoft as a member of Microsoft Azure’s Blockchain-as-a-Service (“BaaS”) platform. Blockmarket is currently undergoing Microsoft certification and the Company anticipates that it will be available on the Azure Marketplace before the end of 2016.
“We are excited to announce the formation of Blockchain Foundry and are working hard to complete the Blockmarket platform as expeditiously as possible,” said Dan Wasyluk, President and CEO of Blockchain Foundry. “In tandem with our product initiatives, we have added additional talent to our team aimed specifically at raising capital to bolster our development resources and accelerate the realization of our vision to be a leading Blockchain services company.”
Commenting further, Mr. Wasyluk said,
“The announcement of Blockchain Foundry is an important milestone in our development as a maturing fintech organization. Our team has demonstrated our Blockchain expertise through three years of continuous development in a technological space that is constantly evolving. Our ability to keep pace with these changes is exemplified by the recent release of the Syscoin 2.0 reference client in May 2016. We are working with our partners at Microsoft to obtain product certifications on the Azure Marketplace platform, making Blockchain Foundry’s product the first bitcoin-derived offering to be Microsoft Azure certified. We are excited about the immense potential Blockchain technology has to transform and disrupt many different markets. We look forward to exploring this potential through Blockchain Foundry and will be providing regular updates on our progress over the next several months.”
Syscoin is a Blockchain protocol that provides businesses and individuals the ability to trade goods, assets, digital certificates and data securely. The Syscoin token trades under the symbol “SYS” on leading digital asset exchanges including Poloniex (poloniex.com), BTC38 (btc38.com) and Bittrex (bittrex.com). For more information please visit syscoin.org.
Blockchain Foundry is an emerging Blockchain-technology development company. The Company developed the Syscoin protocol in 2014 and designs and develops commercial Blockchain-based solutions for businesses and individual consumers. To learn more about Blockchain Foundry please visit Blockchainfoundry.co.
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 1500 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 Ad Honorem - 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. 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 in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.
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.