Blockchain Shakeup: Matchpool to Dual Launch on Qtum and Ethereum


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Qtum and Matchpool have announced that Matchpool will dual launch on Qtum and Ethereum. Qtum is a groundbreaking platform providing the first Decentralized Governance Protocol and Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism for smart contracts. Now with more than 10 projects being built on Qtum, blockchain industry leaders are increasingly looking to Qtum to solve complex issues of scalability and deliverability to their projects. Qtum delivers a smart contract platform running on a proof-of-stake consensus model for the first time, allowing individuals and businesses to use smart contracts on mobile devices while staking their Qtum holdings to secure the network.

Matchpool raised nearly $6 million over two days earlier this year and has since become an established decentralized application, outperforming projects that raised much more in token sale funding. The Matchpool platform allows anyone to create monetizable communities and build engagement with incentives. Community owners can create communities, or “pools,” and select custom business models to suit the needs of their audiences. Pool owners can further embed their communities into websites and applications across the web. The use cases for this technology are endless and beneficial for a range of business models, as “matchmakers” earn rewards for facilitating connections. Matchpool is led by CEO Yonatan Ben Shimon and advisor Gavin Woods, CTO and co-founder of Ethereum.

“By dual launching our platform on Ethereum and Qtum, we’ll be able to expand Matchpool’s presence in Asia, where the community is very active and supportive,” said Yonatan Ben Shimon, CEO of Matchpool. “I’m proud to be working with the exceptional team at Qtum as we usher in Matchpool’s next phase of growth.”

“We had an instant connection with Matchpool once we understood their value proposition,” said Patrick Dai, Co-Founder of Qtum. “There will be great potential when this is combined with Qtum’s mobile smart contract capabilities.”

As Qtum adds functionality and prepares for broader adoption, the team has joined several organizations to influence decision-making in key sectors. Qtum recently became a founding member of the Trusted Internet of Things Alliance. Jordan Earls has joined the Chamber of Digital Commerce’s Smart Contracts Alliance as co-chair. In addition, Qtum has added one of China’s most notable entrepreneurs and angel investors, Charles Xue, as a strategic advisor.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
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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