Investors Flock to Blockchain Startup DECENT, Raising USD $3.5 Million In Initial Coin Offering (ICO)

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DECENT, a new Blockchain-fueled peer-to-peer content distribution platform, has received more than USD$3.5 million in investment since its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) went live on September 11. Powered by Distributed Ledger Technology technology, DECENT is designed to remove third party manipulation, protect user privacy and prevent content piracy. The revolutionary network benefits the storage, publishing, and distribution of digital files like movies, photos, music, blogs and articles. The Swiss-based startup has so far raised more than $3.5 million USD worth of its digital currency, called DCT, during an ICO that concludes on November 6.

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They expect investment to accelerate more having recently integrated the ability to participate in the ICO using fiat currency direct – with a number of services including Cashila, Paybis or ANOON (Paypal) which provide the means of fast and precise currency exchange that can be used in participation with DECENT ICO

Co-founder of DECENT Matej Boda said:

“We are thrilled that so many people around the world are seeing such value in our platform because the content distribution industry has been encumbered with catastrophic problems for years. In particular, maintaining and policing Digital Rights Management and Intellectual Property has become extremely difficult, even as access to content has become easier. Our technology makes it possible to track and secure each piece of content on the network from the moment it is created and uploaded, because it is timestamped and immutable. We can effectively eliminate piracy and at the same time, maintain user privacy through data encryption.”  

DECENT, which plans to launch in the first half of 2017, will allow users and media creators to publish content on the platform for a small DCT fee while enjoying 100% of the revenue.

“Unlike Amazon, Shutterstock, and iTunes, who share almost a third or more of revenue on works hosted on their platforms, we aim to free media creators from middlemen and manipulation by sharing and selling content at almost zero cost, but with maximum reward,” said Boda. 

DECENT also differs from Torrent streaming sites for two reasons: firstly, copyright infringement is nullified by the content owner’s willingness and permission to upload the work, and secondly, seeders are rewarded in DCT for providing computational power to distribute networked content. 

“Our technology is based on Proof of Custody, a concept where the seeder, or data storage server, proves that he is in possession of a given data. Due to the nature of DECENT Blockchain technology, the proof must be verifiable by the miners, who don’t actually see the data due to encryption, but provide the server power and therefore contribute to the efficiency of the network,” added Boda.  

Backers of the DECENT ICO will be issued with DCT tokens at its close. DCT distributed in the ICO will be 70% of the total DCT volume, with the other 30% dedicated to mining rewards. Public investors can use Bitcoin or fiat as payment options to join the DECENT ICO. 

According to CoinMarketCap.com, total existing cryptocurrencies are now valued at over $12 billion, rising from $7 billion at the beginning of this year.

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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 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.

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