Blocko Blockchain Technology Fuels Korea Exchange With KRX Startup Market Exchange

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The Korea Stock Exchange has launched its KSM (Korea Startup Market) service that provides a marketplace where the equity shares of startup companies can be traded in the open market. Blocko Inc., a Blockchain startup in Korea, participated in the project and implemented its Blockchain technology for document and identity authentication. The KSM service has applied this technology by using Coinstack, Blocko’s proprietary Blockchain-based development platform.

Blocko has secured the highest number of client references within Korea by providing its Coinstack platform to Korea’s JB Bank, Lottecard, KISA, Paygate and others. Blocko raised a series A round funding of $1.3 million from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation in July 2016.

Won-Beom Kim, Blocko Inc. CEO, said:

“This is the first example of commercialization in which Blockchain is applied to the Korean over-the-counter stock market.” He added, “We are striving to advance our product by partnering with Samsung SDS, CISCO and others to apply Blockchain to a wide range of industries in the future, beyond existing uses such as bonds, promissory notes and points within the financial sector.”

Coinstack is serviced in two ways, Cloud and On-premise, and supports all types of applications and protocols available via the Bitcoin Blockchain. Furthermore, Coinstack is a development platform that supports both Blockchain-based contracts and Ethereum-based smart contracts, enabling companies to easily apply Blockchain-based functions to its services.

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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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