NEM Foundation Partners with Metaps Plus, Expanding Korean Presence

Metaps Plus’ new digital currency exchange CoinRoom will be the first to list XEM in Korea

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The NEM.io Foundation, creators of the peer-to-peer NEM Blockchain platform, has announced that Metaps Plus will adopt NEM’s Blockchain technology into their existing payment infrastructure. Seoul-based Metaps Plus is a leading Korean fintech company and mobile marketing platform developer with over $10 million USD in transactions per year, and is eager to integrate NEM’s solutions to usher in more efficient, seamless payment processes. NEM will also collaborate with Metaps Plus on the launch of its digital currency exchange, CoinRoom, which will be the first Korean exchange to list XEM beginning November 11, 2017. The two companies also plan to collaborate to integrate NEM’s API technology into Metaps Plus and its current operations.

“NEM is one of the most experienced companies in the industry, and a perfect partner to help us leverage Blockchain technology to its fullest potential in Korea,” said Seungyeon Kim, CEO of Metaps Plus. “Through this partnership, we look forward to listing XEM on CoinRoom and implementing forward-thinking Blockchain solutions.”

“Interest in Blockchain and cryptocurrency is skyrocketing in Korea, and it will continue to grow as one of the industry’s leading markets,” said Jeff McDonald, Vice President of the NEM Foundation. “NEM plans to establish a strong presence in Korea, and partnering with such a well respected and established partner at Metaps is major step forward in that mission.”

Metaps Plus recently introduced its Ethereum-based token, PlusCoin (PLC), which has raised over 32,000 ETH in an ongoing ICO. The ICO will continue until October 10, 2017.

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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 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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