Distributed Cloud Platform iEx.ec attracts $12M in Three Hours in ICO

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iExec, the world’s first distributed cloud platform, reached its crowdfund target of $12 million within three hours on Wednesday making it the 5th largest Initial Coin Offering (ICO) in history. More than 1200 individuals contributed the equivalent of 10,000 BTC in return for RLC tokens. RLC tokens (‘Runs on Lots of Computers’) are the sole means of paying for services on the iExec platform, granting holders payment and access rights to the first distributed cloud network.

Headquartered in Lyon, France, the iExec team will now start work on building a distributed computing network that will allow anyone anywhere in the world to provision computing resources through the cloud. Current cloud services are struggling to meet the demand for resource intensive business practices and their centralised design creates a bottleneck for data. iExec proposes a completely new model that pools computing resources from participants on the network making them available to everyone.

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The distributed design of iExec is suited to an emerging class merging distributed business models that includes blockchain-based enterprise, Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). iExec will provide distributed applications running on the blockchain with scalable, secure and easy access to the services, the data-sets and the computing resources they need. It’s technology relies on Ethereum smart contracts to manage a virtual Cloud infrastructure and enable high-performance computing services on demand.

‘At iExec, we can now organize decentralized infrastructures and market places, where everyone will be able to rent its computing resources, where the innovative SMEs which design Big Data and HPC applications will be able to sell them online immediately with the needed resources to run them, and where highly valued data-sets will be rentable with a fine-grain business model’ Gilles Fedak, CEO, iExec

The team is lead by CEO Dr. Gilles Fedak and Chief Scientist Dr. Haiwu He, two well respected researchers in distributed and cloud computing. Together they have co-authored over 120 papers in their respective specialisms. They will now lead the team on a four year plan with the first milestone scheduled for release at Devcon 3 in October 2017, a highly anticipated mainnet with off-chain computing for DApps.

For more information about iExec visit http://iex.ec

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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