I wanted to make this post right now when moral is (once again) at a low point. NANO is such a coin that is amazing and has an amazing community, yet it has to pass through many trials and tribulations to prove its own worth. Still NANO and the NANO FOUNDATION keeps on chugging, overcome each obstacle while only getting better. Yet the battle hasnt been won yet and we might face yet another dry season before rain season starts to happen.
A lot of you are well aware of the upcoming technical updates (V19 and V20) as this usually is the main focus of both the foundation and this sub. Because of that and the whole LIBRA annoucement overwelming the community at large, the latest news on business opportunities, new relationships and even partherships that brings direct exposure to the (targeted) public have been overlooked. All of this has been talked about in the weekly update (this medium post
Now a quick note here (and a small jab to the community manager too) is that almost zero hype has been created from all of these GREAT news. If it was any other coin, even 1/10 of all these great changes would have been enough to cover the frontpage of CC and talked about in various blogposts/vlogs etc. We are talking about several Universities here that can have the option to use nano to pay for their lunch/coffee. That alone is HUGE and can be a great real life adoption as universities are places that usually are more friendlier towards innovation.
Lets dissect the weekly post a bit more and follow the links up to see what the announcements really mean. In the light of focussing mainly on business orientated news (partnerships, exposure, new relationships etc.), some things ofc will be skipped:
Interview Financial Times
First what is mentioned is the interview of Colin with financial times currency correspondent Eva Szalay
. Here is her page on the official website of the Financial Times UK: https://www.ft.com/stream/ff54f58c-6708-45fa-8c26-5b5baa7eb794
Now i cant find the interview yet, so i take it hasnt been published yet. Still, if this happens, it would mean great exposure as the FT is seen as a credible source of news. This would expose NANO to real investors alone.
Afterwards, the CEO of WIREX spoke:
Wirex CEO Pavel Mateev took to the stage afterward to discuss some of the challenges his company has faced in working to bridge the gap between cryptocurrency and traditional fiat currencies over the last five years. Pavel also took some time to outline Wirex’s intent to expand its services beyond Europe — to North America, Asia, and even Africa.
The fact that Wirex, which also have adopted NANO, speaks at a NANO conference already speaks of measures. Wirex on that note alone can be seen as a 'partner' of NANO, i.e. one of NANO's partnerships. Its interesting to note Wirex also intends to expand in to Africa.
For those who dont know what Wirex is, its a creditcard where you pay with crypto (and it says its accepted everywhere were visa is accepted too): https://wirexapp.com/
Within that context, NANO can already be used to buy regular things with through a creditcard from Wirex. This is yet another step for mainstream adoption.
Still these are small things to consider (even though they do start to stack up!), the biggest announcement must be the partnership/adoption from Kappture
Cutting-edge electronic point-of-sale device company, Kappture, presented their alpha integration of Nano into its merchant devices. The integration will mark the forward-thinking company’s first venture into offering users the opportunity to pay with cryptocurrency. With highly regarded institutions such as Saïd Business School and the University of West London among the users of the EPoS system, this integration will represent a significant step forward in the discovery of natural use cases of secure and decentralized cryptocurrency — with the ultrafast and fee-less transactions of Nano leading the way.
This might have been the biggest news of the week if Libra announcement didnt came out. Kappture adoption for NANO means exposure to a WILD range of publics. Please go to Kappture own website and see where there devices are being used. We are talking about:
- The Championships Wimbledon - Football stadiums - Opera house - Cricket - Rugy - multiple universities (including Oxford) and business schools - Several business clients including Peugeot
This is true adoption and major exposure to such a variety of people. These are mainly Europe/London based, which means NANO is set for adoption in the West (Europe). With wirex being a visa card where you can pay with NANO all over the world (as long as they accept visa), Kappture will give you the oppertunity to directly sell your NANO on several events/places through their ePOS system.
If that wasnt enough the FOUNDATION has come with its own ePOS system, that is crypto agnostic (i.o.w. it accepts all crypto) yet still is secure and private:
The much-anticipated unveiling of the Appia payment ecosystem capped the days' proceedings. Appia is a crypto agnostic service providing, amongst many other things, signed payment requests for strong customer protection. Built on the new Manta protocol, Appia focuses on security, privacy, and multi-channel capability. Appia will help simplify the process of both paying with cryptocurrency as a consumer and accepting it as a merchant.
This is not only amazing news for NANO, this is amazing news for the WHOLE crypto community! If it is cheap to make and easy to setup (targets that can be worked on), it could spread adoption all over the world.
Colin himself have said that developing countries will also become a business focus for the NANO foundation. Certain African countries already use digital cash called m-pesa
and some have already become the first cashless society
of earth. Its one of the reasons why Africa is very promising for blockchain currencies (as they can be trustless/permisionless/secure unlike m-pesa). Not only that, with Appia, Wirex and ofc the current (mobile/web) wallets and its tech, NANO FOUNDATION has strong tools for adoption in Africa.
Possible second layer privacy option
Now just think about NANO having a second layer privacy mixer (copying from the BANANO devs), and its hard not to be exited: https://medium.com/banano/introducing-camo-banano-bananos-privacy-layer-98a5bb0ecdb1
. The library is already there. It can't be that hard to implement it, though its smart to first wait out and see how it works on BANANO (ironing all the bugs out) before implementing it on NANO. This is a fine example why it is extremely good for NANO to have a fork like BANANO, as it can become a testing ground for new tech (we really should be happy and Co exist/co work with each other in that front in my opinion).
This is part from the BANANO medium post, but its well worth to mention, especially the last part:
First of all, Camo BANANO Phase 1 as described here and available for now allows for confidential transactions, but not for real privacy yet. At the current stage, Camo BANANO is the equivalent of opening 20 BANANO accounts on your BANANO Vault and using all 20 accounts to do transactions, meaning that any person you’d interact with only knows 1/20th of your stack. Camo BANANO allows to make this process easier (as kind of a manual mixer) and thereby in its Phase 1 adds confidentiality to BANANO transactions as proof of concept.
Camo BANANO will, however, be further developed, and Phase 2 of Camo BANANO requires adding a new block type to the BANANO protocol, finally allowing for sum-of-squares private transactions.
These all on their own are worthy of their own medium post and should be talked about in vlogs/blogs etc. And i do wonder, with such wonderful news, why this all has been kept in a short medium post with not that even a lot of claps. These are major announcement yet are being kept quite for some reason. Maybe there is a reason for it though. As Libra has come and Bitcoin is taking off, maybe the marketing crew is abiding their time before dropping these bombs in to the public. Also, like i said, NANO is going to have to endure one last test, one last difficult price depression, before it has the chance to spread it wings.
TLDR: - Financial times UK interview (exposure to serious investors) - Wirex being a serious partner of NANO (also, paying with NANO world wide everywhere VISA is accepted!) - Kappture partnership that includes exposure to several football/cricket/rugby clubs, theaters, universities (including Oxford), and other business (like Peugeot) - with this a good part of the Western/UK demography gets targeted, meaning immense exposure in the UK. - Appia device, agnostic crypto ePOS to lower the bar accepting crypto in your store World Wide - Oppertunities in Africa
- Possible second layer mixer for privacy option (through BANANO development)
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