Blockchain Startup DECENT Expands International Reach with Presence in Asia and Europe

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DECENT, a cutting edge peer-to-peer content distribution platform revolutionizing the way people share media, has embarked on large scale international expansion during their successful ICO. While raising more than $3.6 million USD since their crowd raise commenced in mid-September, the Swiss startup has opened up an office in China, brokered several business partnerships, and established a Blockchain development hub in Yerevan, Armenia. The DECENT ICO concludes on November 6, 2016.

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Co-founder of DECENT Matej Michalko said:

“Pushing into China is a benchmark moment for our company. There is so much potential in the Asian market and the thirst for Blockchain-powered solutions, especially to problems like piracy, is growing by the day. We are also excited about our developments in the Caucasus. Armenia has presented itself as a fertile climate for software developers who have their hearts set on innovating in Blockchain technology. To that end, we are establishing the first-ever Blockchain hub in Yerevan and hope to gain backing by the Armenian national government, which will dramatically accelerate  Blockchain expansion in the region. Many throughout the world are unaware that the area is a hotbed for talented software developers and technology enthusiasts, who will be key to fueling education and adoption in this corner of the globe and beyond.”

In the last two weeks, DECENT opened a new office in Shanghai alongside 40 high-level fintech companies. Over $1 billion has been invested in the overseas Blockchain market to date, a sector catching the eyes of many venture capitalists. DECENT is currently in negotiation with multiple Chinese business partners and has announced partnerships with two rapidly-growing Chinese firms: Beijing Fastweb, a leading content delivery network with over 150 locations and existing partnerships with every major telecom carriers in China, and Aikxian, one of the world’s fastest-growing video live-streaming companies. Maintaining a base in China will not only boost DECENT’s user base, but expedite Blockchain adoption in the most populated continent in the world.

In Yerevan, Armenia, DECENT’s founders have established Blockchain R&D Hub, the first Blockchain research and development hub in the Caucasus region. Their mission is to create products and solutions that enable the convenient, direct, and secure exchange of digital content globally, leveraging Armenia’s unique pool of talent in technology as a catalyst for development.

As part of their international expansion, DECENT has also partnered with the Hackereum Project in an effort to further heighten platform security. The alliance will see white-hat hackers carrying out attacks and pinpointing vulnerabilities to eradicate any software malfunctions and ensure the protocol is watertight.


Powered by Blockchain technology and torrent-like seeding protocols, DECENT is designed to remove third party manipulation, protect user privacy and prevent content piracy. DECENT’s revolutionary network benefits the storage, publishing, and distribution of digital files like movies, photos, music, blogs and articles.

DECENT has 10 days remaining of its ICO. After its conclusion, DCT tokens will be issued investors no later than Q2 2017.

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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, 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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