Ethos Introduces Cashback Rewards for Token Holders Trading with Voyager

Ethos Introduces Cashback Rewards for Token Holders Trading with Voyager

Ethos is pleased to announce a new era of Ethos token utility, in our latest and most significant strategic partnership to date, with Voyager. In this article, we explain the details on how cashback rewards will work, but first here is some context.

In early 2019, Voyager will be launching their commission-free cryptocurrency investing app. Voyager will give users the power to use their smart order router technology, which connects to multiple exchanges, to get the best execution on their crypto purchases and sales.

Whether you are selling or buying in fiat or trading between cryptocurrencies, Voyager makes it simple, safe and offers you the best execution on every trade.

Ethos Universal Wallet will be integrating Voyager’s trading technology, enabling seamless commission-free trading, with best-execution speed, liquidity and price across multiple exchanges directly from your wallet.

Using the Wallet, users will always maintain control over private keys and custody of coins. Wallet holders will soon be able to directly transfer the tokens they manage to Voyager for instant trading, and back to the Ethos Universal Wallet for easy storing, tracking and transacting.

ETHOS Token Powered Cashback Rewards: How It Works

We will determine the level of cashback rewards you are eligible for by cross-referencing your Ethos Status, which is determined by the number of Ethos tokens you hold in your Universal Wallet, with your monthly trade volume through Voyager.

So, in order to be eligible for cashback rewards, you must…

1 – Gain Ethos Status by Holding Ethos Tokens in your Universal Wallet

Your Ethos Status will increase to higher-levels when you hold more Ethos Tokens in your wallet, it’s that simple. For example, 100 Tokens is Silver and 10,000 Tokens is Diamond.

For more information on Ethos Status, read: Ethos Status Powered by Ethos Token Ethos Status is built on Ethos Bedrock. Through our xAlert API, your Ethos Status is updated in real-time based on the amount of tokens you are holding in your wallet, unlocking features such as coin reviews ratings and more. Of course, the higher your status, the more cashback you will receive.

2. Actively Trade Using Voyager

The more trades, buys and sells that you perform using Voyager, alongside your Ethos Status, will unlock higher-levels of cashback rewards. Keep in mind, it’s not just the amount of trades, it’s the volume, so the larger your trades, the greater your cashback.

Making trades through Voyager is completely commission-free, so you also get the benefit of not having to deal with hidden fees and mark-up on your trades. Cashback rewards will be available for both the Voyager fiat gateway and cryptocurrency trading platform.

The Ethos Cashback Token Utility Equation & Cashback Levels

The more tokens you hold, the more you trade, the more you earn! Here is the Full Cashback Level Chart:

Disclaimer:  Cashback Rewards will not be eligible through the Simplex & ShapeShift Services coming soon to the Universal Wallet. Cashback will only be available utilizing Voyager for trades, on the Voyager Platform and through the trader router in Ethos Universal Wallet. Cashback rates and levels are subject to change.

Ethos Token Utility - The Future is Bright

Today marks another major milestone for Ethos Token Utility. But truly, we are still just getting started. As we continue to expand our ecosystem and partnerships, we will continue to announce more token utility features and rewards for our community.

Voyager is an incredible partner for Ethos, and we look forward to more strategic partners who will work with us to make crypto more easy, fun and accessible to the mainstream, while always adding value to the network and empowering our token and users.

Stay tuned for more announcements and features to come in 2019, as we rapidly progress on the road to mass adoption! The future is for everyone.



Q&A with Voyager CEO and Co-Founder Steve Ehrlich

Q&A with Voyager CEO and Co-Founder Steve Ehrlich

Getting to Know You

Tell us the origin story of Voyager. How did it all come about?

My co-founders and I sat down last year for breakfast in Soho to talk about a potential crypto business. After that, the breakfasts continued weekly and our idea grew bigger, and bigger. The five of us have each respectively built successful businesses in the technology and finance sectors, and when we looked at the current offering in the crypto market we knew we could do better. We believed (and still do) that crypto was here to stay and that the market was only going to grow larger and more mature. We wanted to be a part of the financial revolution and we knew that we could give investors the solutions they deserved.

What inspired you to make the switch from traditional finance to crypto?

Early in my career I worked at TIR, one of only 3 global soft dollar brokers when the Soft Dollar Brokerage industry emerged. At Lightspeed Financial, I led the first Broker Dealer solely focused on active traders and automated trading. As CEO of Tradier, I led an API brokerage before any broker dealers were utilizing that technology. I’ve been fortunate enough to be at the forefront of many financial revolutions, including online trading at E*Trade. Crypto seemed like the obvious next step for me and is too exciting to miss out on being a participant in that community..

This industry being so new, what gave you the confidence in crypto and blockchain to take the big leap?

As soon as I learned about the technology, I knew it was the next big thing. It’s one of the few emerging technologies that I felt had major growth potential. We had seen the “internetization” of information and media. Money seemed like the logical next evolution.That being said, when I looked into the existing infrastructure, I could see it was lacking many of the components that drove equities and online trading to be successful.

What are the biggest hurdles you have had to overcome while building Voyager?

The crypto market is so new and because of that it’s sort of the wild west. There is very little regulatory guidance and there’s still a lot of confusion surrounding the technology. For us, a lot of work went into making sure we were following the existing regulation and preparing for a more regulated future while still honoring the disruptive nature of crypto.

There’s also a major liquidity issue in the market. We knew from day one that we wanted to be aggressive in the assets that we offered. It was difficult to find reputable custody partners that supported a wide range of crypto assets. By building a Smart Order Router that connected to multiple exchanges and partnering with elite partners like Ethos we’ve been able to create a custody and liquidity network unlike any other in the market.

Tell us a little bit about the team culture at Voyager. How does the team currently operate and how do you see it expanding?

Collectively our founders and employees have built businesses in nearly every sector — finance, technology, healthcare, crypto, and more. We’re not scared to pave the way and cause disruption – which is really important in this space. All of our experience seemed to prepare us perfectly to take on the crypto market. Over the last year we’ve grown from a couple of friends getting coffee, to a full fledged team across multiple offices. It’s been a lot of fun! Every employee at Voyager is passionate about crypto and genuinely wants it to be for the masses.

The Voyager Technology

Voyager has built your signature Smart Router technology, how does that work and compare to other order execution engines?

The current crypto asset market structure forces investors to find liquidity and competitive pricing on their own – often leading customers to open multiple accounts on different exchanges and trading platforms. Our smart order router does the work for you. We’re connected to multiple trusted and secure exchanges and liquidity providers. The router is designed to be constantly monitoring order books and always knows where to achieve best execution, even if that means filling an order fractionally across multiple exchanges. It processes data in real-time and executes orders within milliseconds of a customer placing a trade. (You can learn more about it here.)

Can you share about the differences and similarities of how your technology is used for the purposes of a Fiat Gateway vs Crypto Trading?

Trading is just the beginning. We want to make more crypto assets available to more people. In order to do this, there needs to be a reliable fiat gateway to the crypto market. We’ve built this by partnering with the best liquidity providers and custodians in the industry. Our technology allows users to convert their fiat currencies from a bank account to a wide range of crypto assets instantly. There’s no crypto trading, investing, or purchasing without a fiat gateway.

So the big question! Can I just simply pay with cash via Debit Card or Bank Account to purchase crypto, and then it shows up in my Universal Wallet?! Will it be that easy?

Yes, that’s the goal! Customers will be able to connect their bank accounts and buy 15+ crypto assets (including Ethos in the near future) with USD. Ethos wallet holders will be able to seamlessly transfer their assets in and out of their wallets with fiat trading being integrated soon.

Ethos x Voyager – Explained

We see Ethos and Voyager as a “match made in heaven.” How do you envision Ethos and Voyager working closely together to build the future of finance?

We’re creating a truly integrated product built solely to benefit customers. Together with Ethos we’re bringing news, research, best execution trading, a wide range of crypto assets, self-custody, a payment mechanism and world class service to the crypto market. Execution and custody are the biggest hindrances in the crypto industry maturing. With Ethos, we help solve that directly!

The Ethos Universal Wallet will be integrated into the Voyager retail and institutional businesses, allowing customers to self-custody their crypto assets and seamlessly convert back-and-forth to fiat. Together, we’ll offer both retail and institutional crypto investors unparalleled liquidity, speed, and security.

Voyager and Ethos share the joint vision of a financial system that is open, safe, and fair for everyone. We believe that crypto is the future, and together we’re building the infrastructure to support and drive mass adoption.

Ethos has built Bedrock – an enterprise application making blockchain accessible to institutions like yours. How does Voyager intend to integrate and utilize Ethos’ Bedrock technology?

Bedrock will help strengthen the institutional offering. The combined Bedrock and Voyager B2B offering will enable businesses of all types to build crypto applications rooted in custody, payments, investing, and more. Voyager’s institutional partners will have access to Bedrock for a powerful custody solution, while Ethos Bedrock customers now gain access to trade execution. We get to offer the full package.

The Timeline

We are on the edge of our seats…When will Voyager release?

Soon! Our public beta is just weeks away. After release, we will upgrade and evolve the app quickly but we are extremely proud of the application that we will ship this year.

So it will be available to the US first, what’s the plan for international expansion?

We’re spending significant time with US counsel to bring Voyager to all 50 states. We’re also working with international regulators to bring Voyager outside of the US as quickly as possible, but we don’t have a set timeline in place yet.

As a visionary, how do you foresee crypto transforming how money is used in our daily lives and in a digital age?

I believe that crypto evolution will happen in 4 areas: buying (converting fiat to crypto), trading (investing), holding (custody), and paying (or transferring). Today, we’re seeing people participating in all four of these pillars but mass adoption hasn’t occurred yet in any single one. Trading is the only crypto use case that has seen any significant adoption. I believe that with time, people will use crypto assets in their daily life but first, the market needs to grow and mature to support this shift. Some of the strongest use cases for crypto are happening in countries with hyperinflation. People living in Venezuela, for example, have an alternative, independent currency that’s actually worth something. Crypto will democratize finance and I think that’s a really good thing. It’s about time that money moves as fast as information does these days. Crypto and Blockchain are what make that happen.

Thank you for your amazing answers, last big question! We jumped in Doc’s car, hit the gas and gunned it to the future. It’s now the end of 2020, what do you see for Voyager?

We believe that the financial industry is in a transformational phase. Payments, trading, custody and clearing are all changing because of crypto. Some changes will take place in the short term, but the bigger disruption will probably take more time. We want to be at the forefront –– educating consumers and regulators, developing solutions, and leading the way towards a more democratized financial future. Long term, the possibilities of blockchain technology and crypto are endless. We are confident that equities will take form as digital assets, crypto will be used at your corner store, and many companies will look more like decentralized networks. In the meanwhile, the industry has a lot of work to do!



Ethos x Voyager Partnership FAQ

Ethos x Voyager Partnership FAQ

Ethos has formally announced our partnership with Voyager Digital to build a best-in-class Fiat Gateway into our flagship product, the Ethos Universal Wallet. With this, we will offer all users access to exchange functionality utilizing their liquidity network. CEO Shingo Lavine will also be joining Voyager as an advisor, closely supporting this development process. This announcement formalizes the relationship between Voyager and Ethos, and we have considered your most pressing questions. So here are the answers you may be seeking.

How high are fees for crypto to fiat, and vice versa, transactions?
Voyager is a commission-free trading application and is not planning on having any fees for trades and purchases.

When is the Voyager Platform launching?
Currently slated for Q4 2018 and will be released in phases. The launch of Voyager’s integration into Ethos & Universal Wallet is separate, although is happening leading into and post-Voyager’s launch. No official date has been announced for the Ethos x Voyager integration. More announcements will be made upon completion of major milestones.

When will the Fiat Gateway be available?
A lot of work is being done to ensure the integration between Ethos and the Voyager execution platform is seamless. No official date has been announced for the launch of the Fiat Gateway. More announcements will be made upon completion of major milestones.

Which coins will be supported?
The supported coins for trading are currently being finalized. Voyager and Ethos are ensuring that appropriate trade execution and custody solutions are in place for each of the supported coins. Voyager will announce the first list of supported coins when their mobile application launches later this month. This will help determine the coins that Voyager and Ethos support together via the Fiat Gateway.

Why is Voyager interested in Bedrock?
Bedrock enhances the custody offering for Voyager, opening up support of coins that Voyager’s existing custody partners do not support and increases speed to market for new coins. This enhances both the Voyager retail trading application, in addition to the Voyager institutional offering. For both businesses, Ethos and Voyager solve the crypto retail and institutional markets biggest problems – custody and liquidity. Additionally, Voyager aims to honor the self-custody nature of crypto and offer this to their customers who wish to take full ownership of their crypto assets, through the Ethos Universal Wallet and other Bedrock applications.

What is a crypto broker? Is this different from a broker dealer?
A crypto broker is an agent that acts on behalf of crypto investors to execute their order. Though regulation does not require the form of “best execution” for this service, Voyager and Ethos believe strongly that crypto investors have the right to “best execution” and their trades should be processed to seek optimal liquidity, price, speed and reliability. A broker-dealer is a licensed entity that operates as previously described, but requires the license for securities. Voyager executes orders according to many of the standards of a broker-dealer, however does not engage this license as currently supported assets are not deemed securities.

Will Voyager support security tokens in the Future?
Yes, this is on the Voyager roadmap for the future, TBA. This is subject to strict regulatory and technical compliance, and will be executed up to latest compliance standards.

What is the scope of the MVP?
The MVP execution between Voyager and Ethos will be to bring an integrated Fiat Gateway to Ethos users. Voyager will give Ethos users the power to convert fiat currency into the Ethos Token or other crypto assets and these tokens into fiat, all within their wallet, allowing a seamless mechanism to trade through Voyager’s platform.

What features and solutions can be expected from this partnership?
We anticipate a number of exciting features and solutions to come via the partnership between Voyager and Ethos. The goal is to seamlessly integrate Voyager’s trade execution, Ethos’s Universal Wallet and Ethos Bedrock with one another. Perfecting that integration is our primary goal but we are excited to explore features around portfolio optimization, lending, and more.

Will Voyager allow buying and selling of Crypto, includling Crypto to Crypto and Crypto to Fiat trading?
At the official launch of Voyager this year, Voyager will support Fiat to Crypto and Crypto to Fiat trading. Crypto to Crypto transactions are already in our development log and this feature is slated for early 2019. All of these exchange features will be made available to Ethos Universal Wallet users upon completion of the integration.

Will Voyager support bank deposits/withdrawals?
Yes. Bank deposits and withdrawals are supported for US residents.

Which countries will Voyager be available in?
Voyager will only be available to US residents immediately after launch. International expansion is a key goal and priority for Voyager. Voyager will approach international expansion similarly to US market rollout, seeking required money transmitter licensing in markets that are required to support fiat trading.

What are the minimum limits for purchases on Voyager?
The minimum trade and transfer (withdrawal / deposit) amount on Voyager is $10 USD.

Will Voyager require KYC/AML?
Voyager has integrated Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) processes as a part of the account opening process. KYC & AML is required to perform the trading applications within the service. This helps ensure the safety of our customers and business in accordance with compliance.

Can you clarify the how Voyager will be integrated into the Ethos Universal Wallet?
As mentioned, Voyager will enable in-app purchases of cryptocurrencies utilizing a best-in-class Fiat Gateway, and crypto to crypto exchanges and trading utilizing the Voyager Smart Router & Liquidity Network system.

Does Voyager plan to support alternate international currencies, other than USD? For example, Euro, Pound, Yen, etc.
USD is currently the only supported fiat currency on the Voyager platform at this moment, however, we will roll out support for other fiat currencies as part of the international expansion plan.

How fast will orders be executed?
The Voyager Smart Order Router has the capacity to execute orders in milliseconds and has real-time access to the order books of exchange partners. As the limits or constraints of an order can vary, Voyager cannot guarantee time execution, however, the Voyager execution system is built to execute market orders instantly.

How long will it take for the crypto I purchase to be made available in my SmartWallet or to be accessible for withdrawal?
Full custody or withdrawal of crypto requires the underlying principal amount to have cleared. Once transfers have cleared, crypto withdrawals will happen in time with respective network speeds.

How long will it take for fiat to transfer to my bank account and be made available?
Fiat transfers will be subject to standard ACH and wire transfer timelines.

What banking information will be stored by Voyager/Ethos?
Voyager stores customer’s bank name, account type, account number, routing number, and most recent account balance. Banking credentials are not stored and deposits and withdrawals are powered by a 3rd party provider.

Can I get a debit card through Voyager?
This feature will not be available at launch with Voyager. Given the payment functionality of the Ethos Wallet and the growing number of outlets that accept crypto in payment transactions, Voyager is exploring possibilities to help account holders access and make use of their crypto assets. This may include debit cards, though this is still to be determined. We will keep the community updated on any product announcements related to debit cards and payments.



Ethos x Voyager – A ground-breaking partnership to power the future of finance.

Ethos x Voyager – A ground-breaking partnership to power the future of finance.

Ethos is excited to have formally announced our partnership with Voyager Digital Holdings Inc. (“Voyager”) to provide a best-in-class Fiat Gateway to our Universal Wallet users. This strategic partnership will bring Crypto-to-Fiat and best execution trading to the Ethos community, while enhancing self-custody and wallet solutions on Voyager’s retail and institutional platforms.

Shingo Lavine (CEO) will be joining the Voyager Advisory Board to oversee the execution of the integration of the partnership, closely supporting the development process.

In the growing New Economy, powerful solutions are needed and demanded by consumers. Together, Ethos and Voyager are ushering in an era of fairer practices that serve the people.

Ethos aims to create a financial ecosystem that is open, safe and fair for everyone. That begins with the Ethos Universal Wallet, a secure, self-custodied mobile wallet where the user is in control of funds at all times.

Voyager will give Ethos users the power to convert fiat currency into the Ethos Token or other crypto assets and these tokens into fiat, all within their wallet, allowing a seamless mechanism to trade through Voyager’s platform. This best-in-class Fiat Gateway, and crypto to crypto exchanges and trading, will utilize Voyager Smart Router & Liquidity Network system.

Stephen Ehrlich, CEO of Voyager, said: “With this transformative partnership in place, we believe we are offering the first end-to- end, fully integrated solution in the crypto asset space.

We are always seeking out products and solutions that enhance the experience for crypto investors and these best-in-class solutions from Ethos are a perfect complement for us, further strengthening our offerings and goal of operating a unique, pure-play, open architecture platform.”

These two solutions providers, working hand-in-hand, will help resolve some of the biggest pain points in crypto. Ethos users will have a safe and seamless method for converting between fiat and cryptocurrency, and Voyager can provide robust wallet solutions across their retail and institutional platforms.

“This partnership creates a true bridge between traditional and institutional finance within the crypto-asset market to create a dynamic and borderless financial ecosystem,” Shingo Lavine said.

Together we are excited to build the future of crypto finance.



Coin Swap Shapeshift Ethos Coin Wallet

Ethos Brings Coin Swaps to the Universal Wallet

Ethos Brings Coin Swaps to the Universal Wallet

In recent breaking news, we publicized our exciting partnership with ShapeShift to allow coin swaps in the Universal Wallet. This article explains the new features we will be releasing to our users and how it will all work.

With the launch of the Universal Wallet, we gave our users the ability to store, track, send and receive over 100+ cryptocurrencies. With an entire division of our dev-team purely focused on new token integrations, in the coming weeks and months users will see the addition of the most popular and highly-requested tokens to be fully supported in the wallet.

And now, enabled by our partnership with ShapeShift, all Ethos Universal Wallet Users will be able to Swap between different types of cryptocurrencies, with speed, ease and security without ever leaving your wallet!

Users will always maintain self-custody of their tokens and their private keys, ensuring decentralized control of all tokens during their swaps, without taking on the risk of using centralized exchanges.

With the integration of ShapeShift into Universal Wallet, our users can:

  • Turn your Ethereum into Bitcoin
  • Turn your Bitcoin into Litecoin
  • Essentially, swap any coins for one another supported by both Ethos & ShapeShift
  • All safely and securely within your Universal Wallet with private keys you control

The Benefits of Using Ethos Universal Wallet & ShapeShift for Token Swaps

Convenience – At the click of a button, you can swap a token you currently hold and easily exchange it for another. With Ethos & ShapeShift, you no longer have to send your crypto to a centralized exchange, wait for the deposit, transact one coin, potentially sell into Bitcoin or Ethereum as a trading pair, and wait and process your withdrawal from the exchange. Only then sending it back to your wallet for safe-keeping.

Ease of Use – By using the Universal Wallet, you can easily select the wallet addresses instead of having to deal with writing or pasting public addresses across multiple platforms. If you want to send someone a specific token you don’t have in your wallet, you can do a swap and then scan their QR-code for easy sending.

It’s Safer – Eliminate the risk of being redirected to a phishing site instead of an exchange, sending to the wrong public address when transferring between exchange and your wallet, or being subjected to an exchange hack. No more sleepless nights wondering if your crypto is safe.

How It Will Work – Want to know how you will be able to exchange between cryptocurrencies with Ethos Universal Wallet x ShapeShift? Here is the breakdown.

This is a draft UX design for prototyping purposes, actual UX may vary.

The 5-Easy Steps to our Upcoming Coin Swap Feature

  1. You need cryptocurrency in your Ethos Smartwallet
    • Download the Universal Wallet from the App Store
    • Create your Account
    • Create a SmartWallet
    • Deposit cryptocurrency into your SmartWallet
  2. Tap on the coin within your wallet that you want to exchange and select “Swap”
  3. Choose the coin that you want to receive in exchange
  4. Review the transaction and tap “Confirm Swap”
  5. Authorize your swap transaction using your biometrics/PIN

The Result: A Successful Coin Swap in the Universal Wallet!

You will see the coin that you are swapping leave your wallet, and shortly after the new coin will be added to your SmartWallet. It’s that easy.

In Summary

This is one of many new exciting features that will be coming soon to enhance the Ethos Universal Wallet. Our developers are hard at work programming this exciting new feature, so stay tuned for future announcements when it’s ready for release, and coming to a Universal Wallet app near you.


Ethos Announces Simplex Agreement - Accelerating Phase I of Fiat Gateway

Ethos Announces Simplex Agreement - Accelerating Phase I of Fiat Gateway

Ethos is pleased to announce an integration with Simplex, a global instant fiat purchase service enabling bitcoin and altcoin purchases with credit and debit cards. This integration will mean that Ethos customers will soon have access to liquidity and exchange services between fiat and cryptocurrencies on an international scale.

Ethos aims to create a financial ecosystem that is open, safe and fair for everyone by harnessing the power and autonomy that cryptocurrencies provide. The Ethos Universal Wallet provides a secure, self-custodied mobile wallet where the user is in control of funds at all times. Ethos Universal Wallet gives users the power to store, track, send and receive over 100+ tokens.

This agreement allows Ethos to accelerate the first phase of the fiat gateway and provide Ethos customers with a safe and seamless method for converting between fiat and cryptocurrency.

Paired with the Shapeshift integration, users will be able to gain access to dozens of cryptocurrencies and tokens using fiat.

Image is for prototype mockup purposes only.

“Ethos is excited to offer a wealth of dynamic capabilities to consumers,” says Ethos Founder & CEO Shingo Lavine. “The Universal Wallet will become the most accessible way for people to safely interact with cryptocurrencies using innovative services such as Simplex.”

“As Ethos expands its service offering, Simplex is proud to play a fundamental role in offering seamless, easy conversion between fiat and cryptocurrencies while ensuring transactions are completely fraud-free,” says Nimrod Lehavi, CEO and Co-founder of Simplex. “We are able to achieve this thanks to our advanced machine learning AI algorithms and broad accumulated experience as security experts.”

The Ethos Universal Wallet is available in the iOS & Android app-store worldwide. Download the app: https://www.ethos.io/universal-wallet/

 

About Ethos.io PTE LTD

Ethos is a leading cryptocurrency services provider that is building a bridge between the blockchain and existing financial institutions and systems. The Ethos Universal Wallet enables anybody to securely safe-keep their own crypto assets easily, safely and for free. The Universal Wallet is decentralized, with consumers creating and owning their own private SmartKeys that secure personal digital vaults. The Universal Wallet is built on Bedrock, a foundation platform that abstracts and makes blockchains more accessible, secure and compliant for both people and financial institutions. Ethos has built a blockchain dream team of financial and technology executives with experience at companies like Blackrock, Citrix, Deloitte, Freddie Mac, Merrill Lynch and UBS. Ethos is headquartered in Singapore with a global presence and community. Learn more at ethos.io.

 

About Simplex

Simplex is a fintech company that provides online merchants with fraud-free payment processing. Our goal is to make online commerce safe. Based on advanced AI technology, Simplex’s automated system facilitates processing online payments while assessing risk with maximum speed and accuracy.

Simplex integrates with online crypto exchanges to fulfill the credit card payment process. Hence, Simplex is responsible for risk analysis, processing the payments with the credit card company, and finalizing the transaction. The cryptocurrency is provided by the online exchange. Learn more at Simplex.com.


Ethos and ShapeShift Partner to Deepen Liquidity and Advance Enterprise Cryptocurrency Exchange

Ethos and ShapeShift Partner to Deepen Liquidity and Advance Enterprise Cryptocurrency Exchange

Ethos, a leading multi-cryptocurrency wallet and enterprise blockchain solutions provider, is pleased to announce an integration with ShapeShift.io, a digital marketplace for Bitcoin and other blockchain tokens. This integration will mean that Ethos users and enterprise customers will soon have access to the liquidity and exchange services for dozens of cryptocurrencies and tokens.

Ethos aims to create a financial ecosystem that is open, safe and fair for everyone by harnessing the power and autonomy that cryptocurrencies provide. The Ethos Universal Wallet provides a secure, self-custodied mobile wallet where the user is in control of funds at all times. Ethos Universal Wallet gives users the power to store, track, send and receive over 100+ tokens.

The integration with ShapeShift enables users to securely exchange and swap coins without any intermediaries. Users will be able to initiate trades directly from their wallet with settlement and order handling abstracted and rapidly executed for the user.  

“Ethos provides the infrastructure for a more robust digital economy that is truly easy to use and accessible to the average person,” says Ethos Founder & CEO Shingo Lavine. “We want to partner with leading companies in the space to provide the best possible service while preserving the ideals and allure that cryptocurrencies hold.”

ShapeShift Swap in Universal Wallet Prototype – The image above is a prototype mockup. The actual app integration UI/UX may vary from the image above.

Beyond the consumer wallet service, Ethos plans to integrate ShapeShift as an offering in its Bedrock product and services. Bedrock is a sophisticated, high-performance API that makes blockchain protocols as accessible as internet protocols for businesses and institutions. Ethos and Shapeshift are taking a leap forward to offer exchange services and move towards building regulated, enterprise-ready service offerings that can service users and institutions globally.

The Ethos Universal Wallet is available worldwide today. Download the app:  https://www.ethos.io/universal-wallet/

 

About Ethos.io PTE LTD

Ethos is a leading cryptocurrency services provider that is building a bridge between the blockchain and existing financial institutions and systems. The Ethos Universal Wallet enables anybody to securely safe-keep their own crypto assets easily, safely and for free. The Universal Wallet is decentralized, with consumers creating and owning their own private SmartKeys that secure personal digital vaults. The Universal Wallet is built on Bedrock, a foundation platform that abstracts and makes blockchains more accessible, secure and compliant for both people and financial institutions. Ethos has built a blockchain dream team of financial and technology executives with experience at companies like Blackrock, Citrix, Deloitte, Freddie Mac, Merrill Lynch and UBS. Ethos is headquartered in Singapore with a global presence and community. Learn more at ethos.io.

 

About ShapeShift  

ShapeShift AG is a leading blockchain technology company based in Switzerland. It operates several crypto products including ShapeShift.io, CoinCap, Prism, and KeepKey. Its primary service, ShapeShift.io, is a an online marketplace where users can buy and sell digital assets. The popular app enables users to safely trade Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and other major blockchain-based tokens and assets. See more at: shapeshift.com.


Payroc, Ethos Announce U.S. Cryptocurrency Payments Partnership

Payroc, Ethos Announce U.S. Cryptocurrency Payments Partnership

Agreement to Enable Consumer Crypto Payments at Participating Merchant Locations

TINLEY PARK, Ill., and PARK CIY, Utah, July 16, 2018 (Business Wire) – Payroc, LLC, a leading merchant services and payment processing organization, and Ethos.io PTE, a leading cryptocurrency services platform, today formally announced their partnership to create a best-in-class cryptocurrency merchant payment processing service. The Ethos Bedrock platform will be integrated with Payroc’s payment gateway platform, enabling a simple “Pay with Crypto” button to be placed on merchant websites, giving consumers the option of paying with cryptocurrency in addition to traditional payment forms. The companies made their partnership intentions known late last week during Digital Currency Con in Park City.

“We’re excited about partnering with Ethos as it brings together the traditional payments world Payroc operates in with new digital currencies,” said Jared Poulson, chief integrations officer for Payroc. “Our merchants will be able to accept payments via traditional credit cards, ACH, PayPal and now popular cryptocurrencies,” added Poulson. “We have been tracking Ethos for quite some time. Their commitment and vision of bringing the benefits of blockchain technology to the mass market aligns with Payroc’s culture of innovation, trust and stability.”

The partnership will facilitate direct consumer-to-merchant crypto payments, encompassing common cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash, as well as the Ethos token which acts as the gas for the Ethos ecosystem. Ethos Bedrock also abstracts blockchains, and therefore can support other cryptos such as Ripple and Litecoin.

Benefits to participating merchants include instant crypto payments and settlement made directly from consumer crypto wallets, plus immutable transactions with no chargeback risk. Consumer benefits include the opportunity to pay from mobile devices in cryptocurrency with the security and convenience of Ethos Universal Wallet’s easy-to-use, decentralized self-storage that keeps tokens, coins and digital assets safe and secure on the blockchain.

“Payroc is a stable, trusted and visionary partner,” said Ethos Chief Executive Officer Shingo Lavine. “Ethos is dedicated to bringing cryptocurrency to the masses, and partners such as Payroc are an integral part of our delivery.”

About Payroc LLC
Payroc, headquartered in the Tinley Park suburb of Chicago, drives commerce for its merchants with anytime, anywhere payment solutions. Payroc serves its referral partners and merchant clients with integrity as trusted advisors and recognized experts in payments, providing transparent pricing clarity, and developing personal relationships while delivering exceptional technology. Payroc has registered to become an ISO of MB Financial Bank, N.A., Chicago, Illinois, is a registered ISO and payment facilitator of Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a registered ISO of Wells Fargo, Concord, California. Payroc services and supports more than 30,000 merchants throughout North America, providing stability in payments by safely and securely processing more than $8 billion in annual volume. For more information, please visit payroc.com or telephone 844-PAYROC-4.

About Ethos.io PTE LTD
Ethos is a leading cryptocurrency services provider that is building a bridge between the blockchain and existing financial institutions and systems. The Ethos Universal Wallet enables anybody to securely safe-keep their own crypto assets easily, safely and for free. The Universal Wallet is decentralized, with consumers creating and owning their own private SmartKeys that secure personal digital vaults. The Universal Wallet is built on Bedrock, a foundation platform that abstracts and makes blockchains more accessible, secure and compliant for both people and financial institutions. Ethos has built a blockchain dream team of financial and technology executives with experience at companies like Blackrock, Citrix, Deloitte, Freddie Mac, Merrill Lynch and UBS. Ethos is headquartered in Singapore with a global presence and community. Learn more at ethos.io.


Future State: Ethos Builds the Technical Infrastructure for USD Funding using Plaid

Future State: Ethos Builds the Technical Infrastructure for USD Funding using Plaid

We’ve heard the community, and we understand that providing dynamic options to seamlessly connect your Universal Wallet to broad funding sources is an important feature that cannot be overlooked. In order to expedite this feature, we are using one of the leading technology companies in this space, Plaid. Plaid builds the technical infrastructure APIs that connect consumers, traditional financial institutions, and developers to create seamless consumer experiences.

Plaid’s powerful and multi-faceted technology will make it easier for Ethos users to link their bank accounts and safely transfer money directly on the platform. This will help accelerate our capabilities and offerings with one of the most credible technology providers in the industry.

About Ethos

Ethos is a people-powered blockchain platform, on the verge of launching our much anticipated Universal Wallet to app stores globally. Our app will make it easier than ever for people to store, track, learn, send & receive, all in one app. Our mission is to build a financial ecosystem that is open, safe and fair for everybody. By harnessing the power of design, technology and social intelligence, we are creating a breakthrough solution to enable everyone to participate in the New Economy – putting the power back in the hands of the people, where it belongs.


Ethos x Taxfyle

Ethos Partnering with #1 On-Demand Tax Prep Company, Taxfyle

Ethos x Taxfyle

Ethos has partnered with Taxfyle to offer crypto investors the first viable tax preparation alternative for supporting the crypto community with access to responsible tax preparation and filing. Ethos is developing a dynamic Multi-Sided Investment Platform and Global Ecosystem that will begin to be introduced this quarter. Taxfyle is the number one on-demand tax prep service, where customers are provided with an upfront price quote to have a credentialed tax professional prepare and file their taxes.

Let’s face it, the U.S. tax regulations involving cryptocurrency investments are overly complicated and counter intuitive, when compared to traditional investment alternatives. This partnership will allow crypto investors access to high-quality tax preparation and professionals without having to pay the inflated fees associated with traditional professional accounting firms.

“Given the new tax regulations governing cryptocurrencies, now more than ever, crypto investors are going to require the expertise that licensed professionals have to offer,” Taxfyle co-founder Richard Lavina said in a statement.

“We’re very proud to be partnering with Ethos. We see this as a step in the right direction for promoting the adoption of cryptocurrencies, as well as helping solve a very real need being faced by these investors,” said Taxfyle co-founder Michael Mouriz.

“We believe that Taxfyle’s services will fill a crucial gap that many other crypto firms aren’t able to provide. Dealing with taxes in the crypto industry is difficult. By partnering with Taxfyle we are furthering Ethos’s mission to make the crypto industry more accessible to everyone,” said Ethos founder and CEO, Shingo Lavine.

“Tax considerations are an essential part of a dynamic investment ecosystem. As we deliver this transformative and powerful new multi-sided financial platform it was obvious to us that we needed to provide our users with access to critical tax services, and Taxfyle immediately fills this need,” said Ethos Chief Global Strategist Stephen Corliss.

Together, Ethos and Taxfyle aim to provide crypto investors the best solution in resolving their tax worries, in an effort to be fully compliant in this ever-changing industry. As the multi-sided features of the Ethos ecosystem mature, Ethos and Taxfyle see a significant opportunity to streamline the ability for users to locate, find and engage with tax professionals anywhere anytime.

To kick things off, Ethos community members can receive $20 off Taxfyle services with the promo code ETHOSCRYPTO.

Learn more at https://taxfyle.com/partners/ethos

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