After raising $15M in a pre-sale, BitClave is ramping up for its Nov 8 crowdsale, and its plans to redefine the search experience

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BitClave, a Blockchain startup developing a decentralized search ecosystem, has completed a very successful private and public pre-sale token event raising almost $15 million and receiving commitments for another $24 million.

BitClave is also excited to announce the start date for the highly anticipated crowdsale of their Consumer Activity Token (CAT) is November 8th, 2017. BitClave is expecting to reach $50 million during the crowdsale.

BitClave, a software company led by former LG Electronics CSO Alex Bessonov, is using Blockchain to eliminate ad service middlemen and create a direct connection between businesses and customers. BitClave is building a decentralized search engine that helps its users truly find what they are looking for and get compensated every time they search privately for products and services from their favorite brands, making third-party advertising networks unnecessary and annoying ads a thing of the past.

The BitClave Active Search Ecosystem (BASE) is a unique platform where users can perform a search and then opt-in to relevant advertisements, earning CATs for each ad with which users engage. Customers have control over their own data and can choose whether to reveal their identity and personal information to retailers. Customers can decide who has access to their data and are “paid” each time businesses “use” their data to make them offers. Businesses have a direct connection with customers and can offer a uniquely targeted promotion.

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For example, if a user searches for a new car, that user will be presented with car offers from businesses where the user’s preferences and the business’s target audience match. Users can then engage with each offer, earning CAT tokens for their time and the data they have decided to share with each business.

“We are extremely grateful for the support to our community and to everyone who participated in the presale. Our goal as a team remains: to conduct a successful crowdsale event for our community and to deliver on a project vision with the potential to redefine how online search works by prioritizing user privacy and control,” said BitClave’s founder and CEO Alex Bessonov.

BitClave recently announced the invaluable partnerships with  Bancor, Qtum and Carnegie Mellon University.

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 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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