Yes Exactly is pleased to have been awarded the contract to redesign and update information for the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) interactive map. We are proud to assist with providing timely and accurate, mission-critical information services for our region.
I’m going to quote Dan Morehead, CEO of Pantera Capital, and share a few reasons why bitcoin and blockchain technologies are gaining ground at the close of 2015:
Transactions have now caught up with and are growing faster than price, indicating increasing real use of the network. Source: Pantera Capital
2015 is an inflection point — financial institutions acknowledging the disruptiveness of the blockchain. These institutions are creating separate departments to explore synergies with the technology and even investing into companies in the space.
Below are how some traditional financial institutions that are now exploring the technology:
- Lloyds Bank has sponsored hackathons that include blockchain and digital currency projects.
- BNP Paribas has looked into ways to incorporate bitcoin into one of its currency funds.
- JP Morgan is one of the founding members of R3. Jamie Dimon wrote in his letter to shareholders that the firm needs to look to Silicon Valley innovators to prevent the bank’s demise.
- Credit Suisse is a founding member of the R3 blockchain partnership.
- Deutsche Bank is opening three blockchain innovation labs: in Berlin, London, and San Francisco.
- Bank of America has filed a patent for blockchain-based wire transfers.
- UBS has started the Level 39 co-working space to encourage blockchain initiatives within the bank.
- Barclays has partnered with Techstars to invest and incubate blockchain companies. Safello and Everledgr are two blockchain companies of those blockchain companies.
- Royal Bank of Scotland to pilot blockchain proof-concept in early 2016.
- Citigroup – Citi is working on “Citicoin” for cross-border payments and is an investor in portfolio company Chain.
At this point, traditional financial services firms conducting pilot programs or some sort of blockchain experiment are countless.
Read the rest of Morehead’s newsletter here. It’s pretty good.
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Musica Franklin is a free music education and antipoverty program for kids in the Greenfield area. Yes Exactly believes that music is about much more than entertainment. It is part of our community, linking the future with the past. We are proud to donate our web design and development services to benefit this worthwhile cause.
GREENFIELD October 7, 2015 — Yes Exactly Web Design has been selected for the 2015 Best of Greenfield Award in the Website Designer category by the Greenfield Award Program.
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Yes Exactly is pleased to have been selected as the website maintenance and support vendor for the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC). We are proud to assist with providing timely and accurate, mission-critical information services for our region.
In between building websites, Yes Exactly has been quietly creating a new platform for streaming music bundled with cryptocurrency. We will be presenting a session on the basics of this technology, entitled “Blockchains and Altcoins: Intro to Digital Currency“, at the NERD Summit in Amherst, MA from 3PM – 3:45 PM on Saturday, September 12.
The rise of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency have moved out off the tech underground with the potential to transform the way we handle online commerce and information through transparent, decentralized systems. But how does it really work and what are its real-world applications? This session will present the fundamentals of cryptocurrency, smart contracts and the blockchain by looking at our own Attention Based Currency (ABC), an open source altcoin points system developed by Yes Exactly’s Tess Gadwa and Erik Amlee, that rewards users and pays royalties directly to creators for listening to streaming music.