August is over and Fall is approaching. Fall has always been my favorite time of year, but even more so now because it means that Meridian 2021 is just around the corner! Registration for Meridian is now live, and I’m already excited about the agenda for this year’s conference. Not only will Meridian spotlight how Stellar has grown, but invited speakers will also debate some of the most top-of-mind topics in blockchain during the event: CBDCs vs. stablecoins, how the regulatory landscape will shift in the upcoming months, sustainability, and more. I love Meridian because it’s a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with ecosystem participants while meeting new players in the space.
As a sign of how far ecosystem participants have come, I’m pleased to announce the launch of two new case studies: RealtyBits and COINQVEST. RealtyBits is a marketplace infrastructure provider that built its platform on Stellar to provide private asset investing tools for both sponsors and investors alike. Meanwhile, former Stellar Community Fund winner COINQVEST is an all-in-one enterprise payment platform built on Stellar, offering programmable cross-blockchain settlement for merchants.
And a reminder that the Stellar Community Fund round has just entered its Community Discussion phase. Out of a record number of submissions, only 33 projects have been selected to proceed, and anyone has the chance to weigh in and offer advice to the contestants. For those interested in participating in the discussion, start by reading through the project entries. Then you can use the DISCUS interface at the bottom of each submission to provide individual feedback or just hop into the conversation over at the SCF Discord.
Now that we’re in the final months of the year, I’m sensing a lot of activity in the air – let’s finish strong!
To connect the global financial infrastructure, we need to build a strong foundation at the ground level. That’s why this year’s Meridian theme is Build Locally, Impact Globally. Conversations will focus on the power of local solutions and how they can not only support the regions they originate from, but also scale beyond to deliver global impact.
SDF leadership welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Silicon Valley and discussed SDF's ongoing support for Ukraine's digital economy. SDF commends Ukraine's forward-looking leadership and commitment to delivering digital transformation by leveraging blockchain.
In late June 2021, the Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum held its 18th global meeting at Parlatino, the Latin American Parliament, in Panama City, Panama. Over 2,100 ministers of parliament, AML officers, and other government officials from 49 countries attended in-person or online. Seth Hertlein, Stellar Development Foundation Head of Policy & Government Relations, was invited to speak on a panel focused on illicit finance and blockchain.
As a leading cryptocurrency exchange platform in Mexico, and Argentina, and with their recent launch in Brazil, Bitso has seen incredible traction in the largest remittance corridor in the world, processing $1.2 billion in cross-border payments between US and Mexico in 2020 alone. Bitso and the Stellar Development Foundation announced that the exchange will begin integrating Stellar USDC for its customers.
We’re highlighting Leaf Global Fintech, a digital wallet provider that helps people store and transport money across borders. The main user base consists of migrants, refugees, and cross-borders in East Africa, mainly Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya. Users can save money, send and receive it between families and friends, exchange in different currencies, and cash out in local payment systems that they already know. Leaf’s wallet has gained momentum beyond the Stellar ecosystem, most recently winning Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Award as well as earning funding from the UNICEF Innovation Fund and Cisco’s Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021.
As a “tech company that creates innovative products to connect crypto enthusiasts and gamers to unique experiences,” Litemint started off with Litemint.io, a competitive tradable card game, and its complementary Stellar-powered wallet. More recently, Litemint launched a beta version of its NFT marketplace, enabling creators to mint NFTs on Stellar in less than two minutes.
With continued dialogue between the blockchain industry and the U.S. Congress, there is still hope that regulatory legislation will arrive at a mutually beneficial resolution.
Tomer Weller, Head of Partner Engineering at Stellar, talks about Stellar goals, consensus protocol, the beta project called starlight, scalability, different use cases, and challenges in the crypto industry.
Stellar Community Fund #8 entered the Community Discussion phase. Once again, there were a record number of submissions for this round of SCF, but, after careful consideration, a selection panel narrowed the field to 33 projects.
RealtyBits Inc. is a marketplace infrastructure provider for private asset investing. It connects verified sponsors & investors to directly transact with each other in a secure and compliant way. Sponsors use custom dashboards to manage their cap-tables in real-time and investors through the life of the asset, while investors can browse listed offerings and invest in them freely on the RealtyBits platform.
Chile-based company CLPX, in partnership with payments network Stellar, announced the release of the world’s first Chilean Peso stablecoin (CLPX). CLPX will give investors and traders the ability to easily hold and transfer a crypto asset fully pegged to the Chilean Peso.
VersaBank, a leader in digital banking and cyber security solutions, announced that it has initiated closed ecosystem testing of its VCAD Digital Deposit Receipts to validate the security, processes, procedures and protocols. Testing is being conducted in partnership with VersaBank's partner for VCAD, Stablecorp, with transactions initially occurring on the public and live Stellar blockchain.
COINQVEST is an all-in-one enterprise payment platform built on Stellar, offering programmable cross-blockchain settlement for merchants. Thanks to COINQVEST’s well-documented and developer-friendly API, merchants can conduct transactions on the Stellar network, which are recorded to its ledger, routed through the COINQVEST platform, and paid out in the merchant’s fiat or cryptocurrency of choice.
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