Decentralized Bank-as-a-Service Enterprise, BANKEX, Announces Balanc3 as Advisor

Collaboration with the ConsenSys formation, Balanc3, aims to revolutionize outdated systems through the use of blockchain

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BANKEX, the decentralized Bank-as-a-service (BaaS) enterprise, today announced that ConsenSys formation, Balanc3, the blockchain-based accountancy platform will join its advisory board. Both BANKEX and Balanc3 aim to transform current financial systems while catering to the unique needs of the emerging blockchain industry.

“With the explosion in fintech and blockchain projects comes a very real need for transparency, scalability, and trust. Balanc3 has created an accountancy platform that specifically addresses the unique needs of the emerging blockchain industry while eliminating some of the uncertainties for token holders,” said Igor Khmel, BANKEX CEO and founder.

“We believe this collaboration is a major step in not only modernizing traditional financial and accountancy systems but encouraging the mainstream adoption of blockchain,” he added.

BANKEX CEO Igor Khmel is a fintech entrepreneur with experience in product development, operations, and digital strategy implementation. With an MBA from Stanford School of Business, Khmel’s professional track-record includes professional tenures at prestigious organizations McKinsey, Deloitte, and Citadel. Khmel also founded Sberbank Lab, a fintech laboratory, and innovation practice, at the largest bank in Eastern Europe.

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A leader in blockchain-based accounting, Balanc3, a ConsenSys formation, has engineered a full-service accountancy package customized to meet the needs of token generation events and emerging blockchain-based projects. Cultivating a network of leading innovators in the cross-section of blockchain and accounting, Balanc3 provides a full range of solutions to decentralized companies such as triple-entry accounting and on-chain transactions which transforms data into traditional accounting formats.

“We are very excited about becoming BANKEX’s advisor. At Balanc3 we feel very strongly that a significant number of assets will be tokenized and digitized over the next few years. BANKEX’s unique Proof-of-Asset Protocol is a significant step forward in this mission. BANKEX’s efforts will give traditional clients access to the benefits of blockchain-based solutions and lay the foundation for a new banking economy,” said Griffin Anderson, Founder, Balanc3.

Balanc3 is joining BANKEX’s stellar board of advisors, consisting of industry experts such as Sergey Sergienko, Founder of Chronobank, Sasha Ivanov, Founder of Waves, Nehemia Kramer, an early stage investor in Ethereum, Chris Skinner, a leading financial markets strategist, and Gabriele Colombo, Executive Director of Symphony Foundation, as well as academic advisors Michael Ostrovsky, Professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Peter Cramton, Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland.

BANKEX and Balanc3 will be working on several pilot schemes together, aiming to apply blockchain solutions to the traditional professions of banking and accounting respectively, offering clients a broader and more diverse solution, while improving transparency.

“This collaboration is one of many significant projects that we will undertake to not only optimize our own solution but to offer our clients a more diverse range of services bridging the gap between traditional finance and the rapidly developing blockchain sector,” concluded Khmel.

After committing $10 million USD in its private contribution period, the BANKEX public presale opened last week, in which participants can use both Ethereum and Bitcoin to participate. Early contributors will receive a 25 percent bonus with the minimum contribution during the current presale stage set at 100 ETH.  For more information visit http://www.bankex.com/ or contact [email protected].

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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