Blockchain Platform Orbs Marks Strategic Expansion Into South Korea

Orbs partners with Kakao subsidiary Ground X to spearhead blockchain research initiatives, opens Seoul office

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Hybrid blockchain scaling base-layer protocols company Orbs, has announced that it has established a partnership with Ground X, the blockchain subsidiary of leading South Korean internet company Kakao, for research, development, and business cooperation.

Orbs has also opened headquarters in Seoul – with five full-time employees hired to drive further business development in the Asian region.

Orbs’ Branching out into South Korea, a leading global blockchain hub, demonstrates a commitment to tapping into the country’s significant blockchain talent to spearhead technical innovation in the space worldwide.

Orbs will collaborate with Ground X to conduct research and development on shared blockchain components, such as a crypto library, mutual security audits, and autonomous swaps, an advancement that would facilitate decentralized interoperability of cryptocurrency assets. Additionally, the two teams will compose joint research papers and conduct peer review on code vital to the core development initiatives of both blockchain infrastructures. Orbs and Ground X will also support one another’s business development. This work will be complemented by the opening of Orbs’ Seoul headquarters this month. The new location has hired five full-time employees to manage marketing and community relations efforts, in addition to strategic partnerships and business development work.

Orbs Co-founder Uriel Peled said: “It’s no coincidence that Orbs decided to open its first office outside of Israel. With leading conglomerates such as Kako entering the space, South Korea is currently leading the pack when it comes to innovation and development in the blockchain space and has the potential to become the ‘blockchain nation.’ Partnering with Ground X on innovative blockchain development will facilitate the continued evolution of both of our platforms, and enable those at the forefront of dApp development to experience unrivalled security, liquidity and scalability. In addition, by opening our office in Seoul, we are cementing our presence in a region that we view as fundamental to blockchain’s future.”

Ground X, a subsidiary of South Korean internet conglomerate Kakao, is a blockchain business development unit focused on developing a reliable and scalable platformto meet the constantly-evolving needs of major players in the space. The company is in the process of recruiting partners to establish a collaborative environment in which blockchain solutions can be tested and appraised, with the goal of making them as user-friendly as possible prior to extending their use to wider industry.

Ground X CEO Jason Han said: “Ground X’s partnership with an industry leader of the technical sophistication of Orbs represents a significant step forward for the blockchain space both within South Korea’s borders and globally. Through our long-term collaboration, we look forward to building a collaborative network that will advance our mission of leveraging blockchain technology to drive private and public sector innovation within Asia and elsewhere. Ground X is also proud to have Orbs as our local partners in Israel to further establish and solidify our presence in another global technology hub.”

Han added: “This MOU with Orbs is a part of Ground X’s plan to form the Blockchain Tech Alliance. Ground X is planning to collaborate with other outstanding local and global blockchain tech companies and institutions to develop a high-end blockchain platform and to create a sound blockchain ecosystem. We will not only be covering technologies of blockchain platforms, but also building a collaborative network covering diverse areas including security and DApp technologies.”

 

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Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group ($500m+ and 50+ ICOs), 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

Ad honorem - Honorary Ph.d - 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. Chevalier (Knight) - Ordre des Arts et des
Technologies at Crypto Chain University and on advisory board of Advisory Board Member of International Decentralized Association Of Cryptocurrency And Blockchain (IDABC) as well as Advisory Board Member at U.S. Blockchain Association.

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, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich

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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