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What is DragonChain?

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DragonChain is a blockchain-based company and ecosystem originally developed by Disney in 2014. The project started as the “Disney Private Blockchain Platform” and was later released as open-source software in 2016.

DragonChain currently operates as a nonprofit but will launch as a commercial enterprise (DragonChain Inc.) once the platform is fully rolled out.

What Does DragonChain Do?

In general terms, the purpose of DragonChain is to help companies quickly and easily incorporate blockchain into their business applications. Many companies might be interested in making this transition because of the benefits associated with serving clients over a blockchain – increased efficiency and security for transactions, a reduction of costs from eliminating potential fraud and scams, etc.

More specifically, DragonChain is providing the serverless ecosystem that allows companies to start using blockchain applications in an easy, private, and secure way. They aim to give businesses a “turn-key” product that is compatible with the development stack that companies are currently used to like Java, C++, and Python. This means that businesses will now be able to build their own smart contracts (on the DragonChain platform) using common programming languages.

To look at a complete list of attributes for the DragonChain ecosystem, we’ll reference the DRGN whitepaper:

  • Serverless system and smart contracts
  • Established language support for smart contracts (Java, Python, Node, C#, Go, etc.)
  • Scalable – Amazon AWS and Google deployments
  • Secure – Protection of business data and operations
  • Advanced currency implementations
  • Smart contract libraries
  • Currency Agnostic

These key properties, discussed in more detail later, are what make up the environment for businesses to easily run their decentralized applications on. The properties work in combination to deliver lower development costs, faster speed to market for company projects, higher scalability for those projects, and significantly heightened levels of security.

How Does DragonChain work?

The DRGN ecosystem consists of three key components:

1) The DragonChain Platform

The Platform can be thought of as the backend aspect of DragonChain that stores and secures business-client data. This is where developers can create and store Smart Contracts in common programming languages. Also included in the platform is access to Amazon Web Services (a subsidiary of Amazon.com that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms).




2) The DragonChain Crowd-Scaled Incubator

The Crowd-Scaled Incubator is where companies will be able to easily develop their blockchain projects by following DragonChain’s standardized process.

The “crowd-scaled” aspect of the incubator is meant to be of major benefit to company projects. This means that, after a business develops their blockchain project in the incubator, they can have it reviewed and scaled by a crowd consisting of people/investors from all over the world. If successful, the incubation process works to drastically reduce the resources needed for a client to get exposure on a developing project.

In terms of outcomes, the crowd-scaled incubator aims to allow business projects to launch and start producing market value much quicker. On DragonChain’s website, you can see that they’re currently taking applications from businesses looking to start their commercial platform and incubation process.

DragonChain currently has 5 projects under incubation: Look Lateral – Liquid Art, Seed2You, LifeID, IDPay, and ClevX.

More information on each of these projects is available in the DragonChain whitepaper.

3) The DragonChain Marketplace

Lastly, the DragonChain Marketplace is a support system for client companies. Here they can access a pool of verified Subject Matter Experts on topics like crypto, marketing, and software development. The Marketplace is also where DragonChain clients access the library of pre-developed smart contracts.

Together, these 3 components (the platform, the incubator, and the marketplace) make up the DragonChain ecosystem. The ecosystem is fueled by the Dragon Coin (DRGN), a token that is micro-licensed to serve as credit for each of the service components.

What sets DragonChain apart?

Chiefly, DragonChain aims to resolve the issue of existing platforms restricting the creation of truly secure and scalable blockchain applications in real-world business use cases.

Ethereum, for example, provides customers with an ecosystem that runs Dapps and Smart Contracts. DragonChain serves a similar purpose but is designed to be more secure than the Bitcoin and Ethereum protocols.

DragonChain’s whitepaper makes a point to emphasize the level of security proposed by their blockchain. Included in the DRGN platform is a system of five standardized levels of consensus. Security increases as the verification level for a block increases. These five levels are:

  1. Business (Approval) Verification
  2. Enterprise (Validation) Verification
  3. Network Diversity Verification
  4. External Partner (Notary) Verification
  5. Public Checkpoint Verification

This form of layered security works to add another dimension to the common blockchain model. DragonChain suggests thinking about their levels of consensus model as a “blockchain of blockchains.”

Which Industries Does DragonChain target?

Since the blockchain aims to replace traditional contracts and payment systems with a more secure process, industries that currently suffer from fraud/scams have high potential to benefit. This means that companies dealing in real estate or law, for instance, could remove significant losses to fraud through Smart Contracts within DragonChain’s ecosystem.




Another potential use case is found in the gaming industry. FlowPlay, a gaming company with over 75 million users, wants to use DragonChain tokens to allow gamers to safely purchase virtual items. This will effectively create the first non-trust based marketplace for virtual goods, guaranteeing legitimacy.

A few more intuitive use cases of the platform include auditing, booking/reservations, and voting systems. To see a full list, reference this page made available by Disney.

Who’s on the DragonChain Team?

The DragonChain team is composed of eight members with Joe Roets as the CEO and Chief Architect. He formerly worked for Disney before leaving to commit full-time to the development of the DRGN platform. Joe Roets is also noted for his involvement in projects at Coinbase and Overstock.

The rest of the team consists of four core developers and three business/marketing professionals. More information on each member and their involvement is available on the DragonChain website.

Additionally, the team has a strong advisor board behind them. Jeff Garzik is likely their most experienced advisor in terms of blockchain technology. He serves as an established icon in the Bitcoin network and founded the blockchain company, Bloq. Another significant advisor is Ed Fries; VP of game publishing at Microsoft and Co-Founder of Xbox.

Token Distribution

Total Supply: 433,494,437 DRGN

Circulating Supply: 238,421,940 DRGN

The DRGN coin was offered on October 2nd, 2017 at .0663 USD at the ICO and surpassed $4 by January of 2018.

Public tokens make up 55% of the total tokens with the remaining 45% distributed accordingly:

Dragon Slumber Score

DragonChain offers benefits for those that hold their coin in the form of a Dragon Slumber Score. The more DRGN coins you own and the longer you hold them, the higher your Slumber Score will be.

A higher Slumber Score rewards you with a greater extent of the following benefits:

  • Everyone: bonuses for company ICOs in the future
  • Business Owners: discounts on smart contracts available in the DragonChain marketplace as well as other forms of tech that DragonChain plans to offer in the future

Where Can I Buy DragonChain?

DRGN is not mineable, but you can purchase it on the following exchanges:

  • KuCoin
  • CoinExchange
  • Gate.io
  • Tidex
  • Bancor Network
  • Token Store

A lot of the exchanges on this list are rather uncommon, leaving room for potential price jumps if DRGN gets adopted by larger exchanges like Binance. Of the exchanges on this list, KuCoin has the highest trading volume for DRGN by a large margin. Using KuCoin in this case then will allow your DRGN trades to be processed and fulfilled much quicker.

Where to Store DragonChain?

DRGN is an ERC-20 token so there are several options for where to store it, namely in an ERC-20-compatible wallet. If storing your tokens in an online ERC-20 wallet, DragonChain recommends using MyEtherWallet or “MEW”.




If you’re looking for a more secure and offline method to store DRGN coins, you should look into using a hardware wallet like Trezor or the Ledger Nano S. Both wallets support all ERC-20 tokens including DRGN.

Final Thoughts

DragonChain’s platform is establishing a niche in the crypto world with its layered security feature. The 5-layer security model adds great credibility to their overall goal of facilitating business integration into the blockchain.

Additionally, DragonChain is seen as a strong rival to Ethereum because of the platform’s ability to scale; an issue that Ethereum has been notorious for. From a financial standpoint, if DragonChain is to rival Ethereum, then there is plenty of room for growth in the DRGN Market Cap. Ethereum’s market cap is currently over 120 times that of DragonChain’s.

As of January 2018, the DragonChain team is raising funds and finishing development of the platform. Although the exact date is currently unannounced, the DRGN platform is expected to fully launch sometime this year.

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BNB Coin Analysis: Altcoin Remains In Uptrend Despite Recent Decline

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BNB coin analysis shows that the coin managed to stay on the uptrend despite the recent decline due to the ban for US customers from the main exchange. The price tested the key resistance support at $30.00 and we read more about it in the coming altcoin news. The binance coin price declined sharply due to the US customer ban but later recovered above $34.00. There seems to be a crucial bullish trend line forming near the support line at $32.50 on the 2-hour chart. The price still remains in an uptrend and could easily make another attempt and surpass the $35.00 support range. The major crypto exchange banned all United States customers from their main exchange and this was one of the reasons that led the price to a sharp decline. The exchange later announced a separate exchange for US customers. Although the BNB coin analysis shows a heavy decline, there was a positive movement for both Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Ripple which turned out to help Binance Coin to find the nearest support area at $30.00. If you take a look at the 2-hour chart of BNB/USD, the pair declined heavily after it failed to clear the $36.50 resistance level after it had previously broken down the $32.00 support area which acted as a strong buying zone. As a result, the price bounced back above the $32.50 and later to $34.00. The BNB price also managed to break the $35.00 support level but it has, however, struggled near the $35.40 area. On the downside, as reported in the latest cryptocurrency news, there are many support levels near the $33.50 and $32.50 levels. The 50% Fib retracement level of the latest upward move from the $31.60 low to $35.43 high is also close to the $33.50 level and will act as a support with the 25 moving average. Also, there is a crucial bullish trend line that is now forming near the $32.50 on the same chart. Therefore as long as the price remains strong above the $32.50 it will remain in an uptrend. On the upside, the binance coin price resistance level will be near $35.50 which could help revisit the $36.50 area.
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Meet Libra: Deep Technical Analysis Of Facebook’s Cryptocurrency

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Meet Libra, Facebook’s new cryptocurrency that spiked controversies among the crypto community and in today’s altcoin news we dive deeper into the technical analysis of the coin. When talking about privacy, Facebook is considered the little stalker of social media who was accused in the past for luring into people’s lives via their profiles. And while the social media giant has information on many people, the one thing that it lacks is the financial transaction of every person. In that name, meet Libra: the cryptocurrency which will get that side taken care of. The project is basically a stablecoin by Facebook in order to facilitate real-time cross border payments by creating an open source blockchain which will support the cryptocurrency. Libra is very similar to Tether since it is fully backed by reserved funds. The project was rumored during 2018 and it was finally confirmed today. The idea behind the project is that this stablecoin will be used to pay for services and transfer money and you can read all that in the newly published whitepaper. The whitepaper explains how Facebook aims to launch a cross-border payment service with its current services. The main mission of Libra is:
“Enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people”
According to Facebook, the Libra project is decentralized but on its basis is actually semi-decentralized since it is controlled by a handful of corporations. The founding members of the crypto project include payments with the help of Visa, PayPal, PayU, and Mastercard. Also, technology and marketplaces helped by eBay, Farfetch, Lyft, MercadoPago, Spotify and Uber Technologies. Next, telecommunications with the help of Vodafone group, blockchain with the help of Coinbase, Xapo Holdings Limited and Bison Trails. The new project is also supported by venture capitalists such as Breakthrough Initiatives, Ribbit Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, and Thrive Capital. As mentioned in the latest cryptocurrency news, the whitepaper says that the ultimate goal is to become permission less blockchain but prior to this Facebook will set up the validators in order to make sure they create a monopolistic position over the network. Any company with a $1 billion valuation can now join the Libra’s affiliation.
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Famous Coincheck Theft Was Masterminded By Russian Hackers: Report

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The famous Coincheck theft, which led the exchange to lose around $530 million worth of New Economy Movement (NEM) tokens was a hot topic in the altcoin news in January 2018. A new report recently emerged, showing that the hack had been finessed by an unknown group of Russian hackers. Even though it is widely believed that North Korean hackers stand behind the famous Coincheck theft, the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun is in the latest cryptocurrency news today with a new report - showing the Russian breadcrumbs in the Coincheck crypto exchange hack. According to the Japanese newspaper, the examination of a Coincheck employee's personal computer revealed a malware which was associated with Russian hackers. The hack, on the other hand, was a result of the crypto exchange's employees and the fact that they installed infected software on their computers. The famous Coincheck theft had the hackers sending emails to the employees (full of viruses such as Mokes and Netwire) which installed the malware on their machines and caused the massive financial loss. These viruses took over the infected computers and allowed the hackers to operate them remotely, gaining access to the private keys and executing the famous Coincheck theft. Russian hackers have been known for leaving breadcrumbs of their misdeeds in the past. Therefore, it is not surprising to see many best cryptocurrency news sites reporting about them doing a shoddy job of covering the tracks once again - when they hacked the crypto exchange last year. Despite the famous Coincheck theft, the crypto exchange was recently resurrected and now operates with a cryptocurrency license, unlike last year when it was hacked into. At that time, the exchange was awaiting a license and had poor checks and balances in place to prevent the massive theft knocking it into the ground. Moreover, the inefficiency of Coincheck to protect its customers' funds means that the hackers had to loot a fort with no defenses. If this was the Russians, it would have been a walk in the park - the country's hackers are known for hacking the DNC server during the 2016 elections s well as many other cases of hacks, Bitcoin scams and more. Below is a proof of one. https://twitter.com/nathanielpopper/status/1017816145397796865
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Ripple And MoneyGram Join Forces: $50M Investment On The Way

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The latest cryptocurrency news show a new partnership on the horizon - between Ripple and MoneyGram - which seems to be a strategic collaboration that makes the most of blockchain based payments. The two firms have agreed to become partners in the cross-border payments and foreign exchange settlements with digital assets. As the official announcement shows, MoneyGram will be able to get up to $50 million dollars from Ripple in exchange for equity in the firm. Both Ripple and MoneyGram have agreed to use each other's products. The press release shared by many best cryptocurrency news sites shows that MoneyGram will use Ripple's xRapid liquidity product which allows money to be sent in one currency and instantly settled in the destination currency. Using the XRP token for such transfers, xRapid is a technology that can settle such transactions faster and better than with standard fiat currencies or other cryptocurrencies. As the CEO of MoneyGram Alex Holmes noted when announcing the Ripple and MoneyGram partnership:
“Through Ripple’s xRapid product, we will have the ability to instantly settle funds from U.S. dollars to destination currencies on a 24/7 basis, which has the potential to revolutionize our operations and dramatically streamline our global liquidity management.”
As the website shows, MoneyGram is the second largest payments firm in the world. The coming altcoin news and its partnership with Ripple will also help the blockchain firm to gain presence in more than 200 countries (where MoneyGram actively operates). Much of the company's business lies in the remittances market, which value is estimated at around $600 billion. The CEO of Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse, also shared his excitement about the new Ripple and MoneyGram partnership, stating:
“This strategic partnership will enable MoneyGram to greatly improve its operations and enable millions of people around the world to benefit from its improved efficiency. This is a huge milestone in helping to transform cross-border payments and I look forward to a long-term, very strategic partnership between our companies."
Payment processing and sending money globally through the blockchain are definitely something that can be improved with this new partnership. By joining Ripple's growing and global network, financial institutions can process their customers' payments anywhere in the world instantly, reliably as well as cost-effectively.
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